Lakeside Lounge Closing Down in East Village

Goodbye, Lakeside Lounge

Filmmaker Jill Woodward solemnly told me that Alphabet City watering hole Lakeside Lounge is closing down at the end of April.

Lakeside Lounge, on Ave B at E. 11th, is best known for its ultra-cheap happy hour (which lasts until 8pm), its commitment to local live music, and its old-school photo booth.

Lakeside Lounge had provided great nights out for 16 years. When I re-visited New York recently, Lakeside was where we all met up on my first evening back. I have fond memories, as well as three photo strips, of that night.

I can only hope that another local bar will adopt the photo booth.

But times changed. To a generation of pampered, status-grubbing white invaders from the suburbs, Lakeside made no sense. The place wasn’t kitschy because its owners were genuinely committed to it, and to the musicians who played there.

via  New York Music Daily

I took the photo below; if you’ve ever walked to (or past) Lakeside Lounge, so did you.

Lakeside Lounge: Photo Booth, Whiskey, and Great Music

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