Best Musician's Bar New York 2000 - O'Connor's - CLOSED
Back in my active musician days, I looked for four things in a bar: cheap drinks, not too crowded, great jukebox, no live music (after two hours of drilling your ears out in some aspirin-box of a rehearsal studio, another band is just not what you want to hear). That combination used to be pretty common in the East Village (the Park Inn!), before the neighborhood became a theme park for dotcommies. Not anymore. Thank Allah, therefore, for O'Connor's, where the drinks are really cheap ($2.50 well drinks and Rolling Rocks) and the jukebox isn't just great, it's amazing (courtesy of Spike the bartendera musician himself, of course). Bonus: It's really, really dark.