The Rusty Knot: A Home Away from Home
Hanging out at the Rusty Knot is the equivalent of filling your living room with sand, blasting the heat, and making margaritas in the winter; it feels like summer not matter what time of year. I spent most of the summer biking up and down the West Side Highway on their fancy bike lane and would make a pit spot at the Rusty Knot every time. After all, they make the best Dark and Stormy’s I’ve ever tasted and their pretzel hot dogs keep me coming back for more. The decor is a mix of 70’s rec room and Florida vacation home. Think less Hawaiian Tropic Zone and more Gilligan’s Island romper room. Due to the welcoming atmosphere, it draws a strange mix of people.; from Chelsea artist types, to Happy-Hour suits, to wayward hipsters. The end result is highly entertaining social interactions and lots of free drinks from the suits!
And now word on the street is, they’re offering a new party bus shuttle service to their West Village location, I practically clicked my heels together with joy. It sounds almost too good to be true. The bus picks up at two locations, the Bedford stop in Williamsburg and 1st and 1st in the city. They boast of free beer and smoking on the bus while they whisk you away to their tropical oasis. I can no longer make the excuse it’s too cold to go out, if there’s a magic bus that takes me to one of my favorite watering holes. They’re also one of the few remaining places that has an actual jukebox so you don’t have to endure some random DJ “spinning” mashups on their iPod. Check their Twitter page for pick-up dates and time, and be transported back to your college days where riding a drunk bus was just another Monday night.
Photo Credit: Joonbug
425 West St
At W 11th St [West Village]