Best Generically City-Themed Bar - 2002
MOTOR CITY BAR
The Bowery's nowhere near as desolate or dangerous as downtown Detroit, but between the run-down buildings and ethnic enclaves the two locales definitely share a sensibility. Too bad then that MOTOR CITY BAR, the only New York drinking establishment to pursue that elusive Motown chic, comes up a little short: A Woodward Avenue sign and Ford logo are a nice start, but considering the range of memorable bands and sports teams Detroit's turned out, the walls (and the jukebox) are a little underfed. Still, the divey atmosphere and cheap cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon (almost as good a symbol of Motown's working-class pride as Kid Rock's mullet) are still worth stumbling into.