Thursday, July 30, 2009

Al Diwan, A Sad Story

I can't really believe that I feel bad for bar owners in this town, but it happened to me, so it could happen to you too.

Last night I passed by the North East Village of Avenue A and saw the 4 main bars totally packed, overflowing - Drop Off Service, Destination, Common Ground and SuperDive. And right in the midst of these 4 noisy crowded places is Al Diwan. It is a rather large establishment with a bar and tables for dinner. It was completely empty, with the staff standing outside, staring wistfully across the street at the crowds they can't seem to attract. I felt really bad for them, making no money while the other guys are just cleaning up. Habibi, which is adjacent to SuperDive was also empty save for 2 people at the bar.

Is this the end of the middle eastern extravaganza, or did it never take off to begin with? I have no idea.

In other bar related news, on Saturday night I counted how many people were standing in front of bars on Avenue A at around midnight. Each bar (this time including Habibi) in the North East Village portion of Avenue A had about 25 people on the sidewalk, totalling around 150 people on the street from 12th-14th Street.

4 comments:

EV Grieve said...

The two hookah bars on Avenue B and 6th Street seem to pack them in on weekends...

Anyway, that area there on North A is a horror show. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

Jeremiah Moss said...

that's a lot of people. why is one group all white and the other all POC?

Goggla said...

Interesting...I was in my favorite (old-timey) dive last Saturday and it was practically empty. I love having it to myself, but not if it means losing it.

Jill said...

I think the crowd of Asians is in front of Forbidden City. Perhaps they were having a party? Who knows but I hadn't noticed it when I took the photo, all I saw were hoards.