Blarney Cove in the East Village is one of those dingy, dimly lit New York City dive bars that sucks you in from the moment you walk through the door. The regulars—who you can find sipping on hooch at all hours of the day—consist of longtime residents of the neighborhood, a self-proclaimed psychic named Mary Ellen who offers up readings for unassuming customers, and a cast of other eccentric old-timers. Approach any one of these men or women and there is a good chance you will end up hearing a fascinating story about life in New York (or be met with some sort of incomprehensible gobbledygook—could go either way).
Blarney Cove will close at the end of this month, along with other small businesses on that stretch of 14th Street, to make way for a new development, reports Blogger C.O. Moed. And so New York City will lose another of its essential bars, where trend and pretense are absent and real charm and character is abundant. The bartenders at Blarney were good to their customers and the customers were friendly with one another. That’s not something you see too often in new-school bars where the art of bartending has given way to the art of mixology, and egos too often get in the way of good service.
Read more about how the NYC bar scene has changed, for better or for worse, in the last 15 years. And be sure to go pay the Blarney a final visit before its gone for good.