I don’t know who Nancy is, but I like her style. Nancy’s Whiskey Pub is one of the few, if not only, dive bars in the Soho/Tribeca area. (Their Web site even reminds you that they’ve been there since before it was “Tribeca.” While most places nearby have fancy fruit-oil-infused cocktails, Nancy’s still focuses on their namesake. In fact, the whiskey is cheaper than the beer, including the nice stuff that doesn’t burn your esophagus. The beers are $5 or $6 and the whiskeys are $4.50 to $5.50, making Nancy’s the only place on Earth (or at least the five boroughs) where the Jameson is cheaper than the Yuengling. (Except during happy hour, where Bud Light and Bud are $2.50).
The interior looks a bit like a dingy cabin or Elks Lodge or something, but in the most positive way. There’s tons of seating, and you don’t feel too bad if you spill something. There’s also a bumper shuffle board table. I rolled my eyes at the bumpers at first, but it actually makes the game harder because you have to hit the stones straight on. And if you haven’t played shuffle board, you should. Throwing the stones down a sanded hardwood table is like raking one of those little Zen gardens, but more fun because you’re trying to knock your opponent off the board. If all the shuffleboarding makes you hungry, Nancy’s has a tiny food menu of cheap, greasy and delicious bar food.
photo from theclassygeek.com
Nancy’s Whiskey Pub
1 Lispenard Street
Between 6th Ave and West Broadway [Tribeca]