The legendary Upper East Side dive bar known as The Subway Inn is back business and pouring ice cold pints once again after a short move just a few doors down from its old spot — and a painful, eight month long wait for a new liquor license.
Drinks are finally flowing inside The Subway Inn’s new space, located at 1154 Second Avenue, near East 61st Street, now that it has finally received a liquor license.
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Because liquor licenses in New York State are linked to specific addresses and not businesses, the iconic bar was required to apply for a completely new liquor license when it relocated roughly 150 feet to the north last summer.
Shuttered since the end of June, The Subway Inn was forced out of its home of nearly eight years after its building at the corner of East 60th Street and Second Avenue was slated for demolition.
This was the second time the bar in less than a decade that bar’s owner was forced to relocate the 85-year-old Upper East Side institution. Back in 2014, the longtime neighborhood watering hole faced closure when the landlords at their original location, on East 60th Street near Lexington Avenue, refused to renew their lease.
Serving patrons since last Friday, the new space features a long wooden bar along the northern wall with plenty of seating for customers, as well as a row of brand new high-top tables, and a small seating area with a bar and stools along the front window.
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A half dozen large TV’s are stationed through the space, giving sports fans access to all the games they could want, and there’s even a jukebox for those with a burning desire to blast their favorite tunes.
While The Subway Inn’s regulars can finally get back to be being regulars, the team is still putting the finishing touches on a few things — and waiting on the required approval from the City to fire up the kitchen.
Right now, the bar is open from noon to 2:00 am seven days a week. Be sure to stop by and welcome The Subway Inn team back to the Upper East Side.
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