Mona's

Mona's

Dive Bar$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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    The folks at Village Voice and Serious Eats like this place. Would you agree?
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    Cgl
    "Great swing music on Tuesday nights after 23."(7 Tips)
    Tim V.
    "Astonishingly good bluegrass session on Monday nights"(4 Tips)
    Marc M.
    "Bring jukebox money, sometimes it gets quiet."(11 Tips)
    Bon
    "Umm, WAY better than that *other* post-hipster skeeball bar nearby"(5 Tips)
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  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 9, 2013
    Secret tip: this dive bar has a pool table and jukebox all the way in the back. Check out their late-night ragtime shows on Tuesdays!
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    DoubleDeuceApril 2, 2018
    There are two vibes in here, at the dark bar and in the brighter back room that has games and a pool table. One is bound to fit your mood. Great art on the walls and great drink prices too.
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeyAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Some of the best live jazz in the city every Tuesday night after 11:30. Be warned - it is crowded. $5 suggestion tip for the band.
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    Roman GarciaMarch 10, 2019
    Been here 100+ times
    No need to ask for happy hour, the drinks are always cheap. $5 well , $4 Guinness pints on Thursday and an eclectic gang of characters. Feels like home for those looking for a place to land.
  • Tarnima S.
    Tarnima SabedOctober 30, 2017
    "Tuesday evenings at Mona’s, when the city’s best saxophonists and trumpeters drop in for late-night jazz jams with the Mona’s Hot Four, the bar’s house band" 11pm - 3am
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.December 10, 2014
    On Tuesday night there is a lot jazz musicians play beautiful live music. Such an open-piano-night :)
  • Ron G.
    Ron GSeptember 11, 2013
    Mona tried to tell me to stay away from the train lines. They say that all those railroad men just drink up your blood like wine; Bob Dylan; Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, 1966
  • Phil O.
    Phil OhmeSeptember 21, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    It’s hh all day everyday here. Dive bar but specials only for crap beer like Miller High Life. Best beer on special? Labbats Blue if you ask me.
  • Katelyn L.
    Katelyn LMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 well drinks & draughts, a pool table, skee ball, and a jukebox. Plenty of space in the back room to sit down & chat with your friends, even on a weekend night.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Mona’s keeps it simple with just a pool table, a few stools, and a killer jukebox. It’s one of the East Village’s many beloved dive bars.
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    CglFebruary 6, 2015
    Great swing music on Tuesday nights after 23. Mona's Hot Four rocks!!!
  • Marc M.heart icon on user image
    Marc MayerFebruary 21, 2015
    Bring jukebox money, sometimes it gets quiet. And then you overhear the Tinder date at the table next to you. Aaawwwwkwaard.
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    ben mAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Best Guinness in ABC City ($3 on Thursdays). The juke is worth a few bucks too.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatJune 4, 2012
    This bar is great when you are a Jazz music fan! Join the Tuesday night jam, it starts at 12 am. :-)
  • Bonobos
    BonobosAugust 10, 2012
    One of the best dive bars in the city. $3 PBRs all the time. (A nice respite from the ridiculousness of White Noise. Just across the street.)
  • Bon
    BonNovember 9, 2013
    Skeeball 3 games for $1 AND with prizes. Umm, WAY better than that *other* post-hipster skeeball bar nearby
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterAugust 7, 2012
    Astonishingly good bluegrass session on Monday nights, possibly the best I seen in six years in Manhattan & Brooklyn.
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    Andrea TKJune 3, 2015
    Don't miss the open jazz gigs that they have on tuesday nights.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 6, 2013
    If you like Guinness, pints are only $3 here on Thursdays!
  • Leah M.
    Leah M.August 19, 2012
    The jukebox is great - no endless loops of Sweet Caroline-Don't Stop Believin'-Livin' On a Prayer here.
  • Gabrielle Z.
    Gabrielle ZigiJuly 13, 2013
    Cheapest bar in nyc! $3 pbr, $5 vodka sodas, $5 wines, $4 bud lights!
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SApril 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Ragtime Tuesday!!! And they have proper Ireland-style Guinness, a killer juke & pool.
  • Bob F.heart icon on user image
    Bob F.October 27, 2017
    The jukebox is pretty fantastic!
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    AlanFebruary 12, 2013
    Mona's, Sophie's and Josie's are all under same ownership and great.
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    LeonDecember 31, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Best dive in a three-block radius
  • Lawrence S.heart icon on user image
    Lawrence StearnsJanuary 12, 2020
    Been here 25+ times
    This place is awesome
  • Brett S.
    Brett ScieszkaNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    My first "regular" bar in New York. Still feels like home after all these years.
  • cc
    ccJuly 16, 2010
    A great dive bar, filled with locals and hipsters and everythin in between. Juke box, pool table, skeeball...
  • Leah M.
    Leah M.August 19, 2012
    The dark and stormy is shockingly delicious here!
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RobinsonJuly 27, 2011
    Tuesday's after 11pm they have great live jazz.
  • Cory M.
    Cory McGrathDecember 6, 2013
    $3 Guinness every Thursday!
  • Lazar N.
    Lazar N.May 11, 2013
    $3 Guiness every Thursday!
  • Dave F.
    Dave FordFebruary 11, 2011
    For over 10 years they have been serving $3 dollar guinness on Thursday... Booyah!
  • Kevin C.heart icon on user image
    Kevin ChenMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    No longer $3 Guinness ... But $4 Thursday Guinness.
  • Nina
    NinaJune 14, 2013
    $3 Guinness on Thursdays
  • Monica
    MonicaSeptember 3, 2012
    Might be the best juke box yet
  • Jillian S.heart icon on user image
    Jillian SwitzerMarch 12, 2015
    Bluegrass on Mondays
  • David S.
    David ScottDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bluegrass Mondays... Always a treat
  • Charlie S.heart icon on user image
    Charlie SneathAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Really low key and relaxed.
  • Angie
    AngieMay 20, 2010
    Drink a Tom Collins, start a money pile, and let that wasted random douchebag buy you and everyone else at the bar a drink at 2am.
  • Cowrie S.
    Cowrie ShellDecember 18, 2012
    Great bluegrass; possibly the worst bartender ever.
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BuesingSeptember 8, 2012
    Never order a Moscow Mule!
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DAugust 29, 2011
    pool, great juke, and ski balls
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen RidleyOctober 14, 2010
    great great people
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    🎀September 6, 2013
    Baby coffin mirrors.
  • Charlie S.heart icon on user image
    Charlie SneathAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    $3 Guinness on Thursday nights.
  • micilin o.
    micilin odonaghueDecember 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Guinness Thursday! $3. It's not bad either.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CanadySeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fill the bar with good tunes on the jukebox.
  • Travis D.
    Travis DonovanApril 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check the pool cues, not all are straight!
  • Will C.
    Will CMay 18, 2010
    Go see Mona's Hot 4 on Tuesday Night
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