A great way to start the day!
Coyote Ugly Saloon has been plagued with the notion of a tourist trap. While I can’t speak for the Coyote Ugly’s across the world, the one located in the East Village is more than a tourist trap. The bar offers a true East Village experience that you won’t get say at 13th Step, or 12th Street Ale House.
Coyote Ugly is host to a wild cast of characters who call East Village home, or those who call Coyote Ugly their second home (you’ll probably see my brother there). The bar may have a distinct smell to it, but it only adds to the fun experience you’re bound to have. The bartenders definitely bring a different kind of energy that you won’t experience anywhere else. No, they may not be setting the bar on fire like they did in the movie, but they’ll dance for countless songs, shove whiskey down your throat and make you like it. Birthday boys have the privilege of getting beaten by the bartender of their choice. Yes, it’s true and don’t ask.
Yes, the tourists do come in, but believe it or not, they add to the experience. There are tourists at every bar, they’re just a little more obvious at Coyote Ugly.
Let’s get down to the beer. I personally recommend sticking to canned/bottled beer. Whiskey and mixed drinks could work as well. Regardless, it’s all affordable. I don’t recommend the tap. You’ll notice whoever goes into Coyote Ugly only buys cans ($2 PBR) or bottles, or gets a mixed drink. That leaves the beer tap to just sit there, eventually getting spoiled.
They don’t serve food at Coyote Ugly, but you’re more than welcomed to bring food into the bar.
You’ll find some of the friendliest bartenders in NYC at Coyote Ugly and they dance their assess off too – obviously they’re hot on top of it all. You won’t see Tyra Banks, but you’ll get a good smelly taste of the East Village at its finest.
Coyote Ugly is located at 153 1st Ave, between 9th and 10th Streets.