Are you a broke-ass? Are you a guy? Do you love women dancing around in bikinis? If you answered “yes” to all three questions, then you have to– no– you must visit 21 Bar in Washington Heights.
I remember being 21 years-old and being denied entrance into this place. I thought to myself, “What’s the big deal about this bar? Why do I have to be 25 years-old to get in this place?” Oh, how young and naive. Years go by, and after a late night of celebrating my friend’s birthday, a friend and me stumbled upon 21 Bar on the way home. With the sting of rejection still looming over me, I said, “Fuck this place, I’m going in there!!!”
Good lord. I walked into this small dive bar, and I witnessed the most voluptuous woman in a bikini, that I’ve ever seen in person, shaking what her momma gave her on the bar. If I could have recorded the facial expression on our faces, I’d still be laughing. My friend’s exact words were, “I feel bad for Jimmy (referring to the bartender at Reynold’s Bar), because I’m coming here from now on.” All this before we even bought a drink.
As soon as you enter, the girls try to sell you the beer & shot deal for $7. Beers are $4 and shots are $3 regardless if you get the deal or not. Most drinks will also run you $9. There is hookah available, but since I don’t do that I’m not sure of the price. The regular girls are extremely friendly and they try to converse with you between dances. There are usually a minimum of three girls on a night, and they take turns dancing on the bar.
If you’re lucky enough to sit at the bar, here are the unwritten rules:
Don’t Touch The Girls: Under no circumstance should you be touching them when they’re dancing. You will be kicked out. There are at least three scary guys watching you. You’ve been warned.
Tip The Girls: The girls make their money from tips like most bartenders. In this place they make most of their money from dancing on the bar. There’s a reason you’ll be getting your change back in all singles. The girls remember who tip them, and they’ll be grateful.
Try To Be A Gentlemen: There’s a reason why you have to be 25 years-old to come in here, but some guys still act like they’ve never seen a woman before. Be honest with yourself, these girls won’t be going home with you, and just because they’re dancing in bikinis, you don’t need to behave like a complete pig.
So if you’re looking to have some ass shaking in your face, head over to 21 Bar. Bring your friends, bring your girlfriend, shit, bring your father, too (I’ve witnessed them here.) It’s the best bikini bar in the city, with cheap price.
21 Bar Corporation
Beer & Shot $7, Beer $4, Drinks $9
4318 West 184th Street
Photo Credit: Me