A pretentious dive bar? No, although the Ph.D. candidates at 1020 Bar will be more than happy to engage you about the ongoing debates in the humanities. Or they might just want to match you Jack for Jack. This is where the elite of Columbia University’s brainiacs come to unwind—the few, the poor, the all-but-dissertation—and they play a mean game of darts. Think you can’t discuss string theory after two rounds of sloppy pool and four Amstels? Well, neither can they, but it’s deliciously stupid to try. And you may have just learned this without shelling out for tuition, so who’s the smarty now?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 21, 2009