Best Place to Go Get Lit by Yourself (2008)
Don't expect to find any cocktails here. Holiday Cocktail Lounge has been serving cheap imported beers and stiff well drinks ($3) to the lonely and destitute for more than 15 years. The dive's horseshoe-shaped bar brings Bukowski to mind, but there are as many East Village hipsters as barflies. There's a dysfunctional Cheers-like scene (local drunk "the Rabbi"), and steady traffic from St. Marks attracted by the jukebox (Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones). Holiday is best known for its weekday bartender Stefan, a former Olympic soccer star who entertains with slurred, improvisational arias. If you stick around long enough, he becomes looser with the bottle and the shots get even cheaper.