It’s Easter Sunday so today I’m going to post links to two of my favorite Easter Sunday’s I ever spent. Both of them were in New York and both of them were spent in the infamous Mars Bar which was located in the East Village of the city. If you’ve never heard of the Mars Bar there’s three links below for some background information on the place. The last three links are about my Easter Sunday’s I spent there. The Mars Bar is gone now, so I’m glad I got to know the place and be a regular while it was still in business in New York City!
New York Magazine Review of Mars Bar - This first line from an old NY Magazine review of Mars Bar says it all: “There's always a bad smell over by the bathrooms; the drinks are stiff and the people are crazy.” Ha ha ha!
The Long, Slow Death of Mars Bar - I was there for the end of the Mars Bar and it was a long, slow waiting period. No one knew when it would close, but we all knew the end was near. It was almost a relief when the place finally did close up. At least we all knew it was over.
End of a Bar, and Its Surprisingly Artistic Life - A nice article in the NY Times about the Mars Bar and how it was one of the last islands in New York for people with artistic minds that were square pegs in our round society. Hamlet gets a mention in the article and he was my first friend I made in the Mars Bar. He’s pictured in the link below this one.
365 Bars - Day 85—Easter Sunday, April 4th - Mars Bar - My first Easter Sunday at Mars Bar and this was a memorable one and one of my favorite days on my 365 Bar Crawl adventure.
Marty After Dark - The Mars Bar: 2:45PM - East Village - My second and last Easter Sunday in Mars Bar a year later. I felt happy that my Easter Cake was well-recieved and we ended up trashing it later in the evening.
MBIP - Easter Sunday At Mars Bar - Here’s a recap on MBIP with my thoughts about both Easter Sunday’s I spent at Mars Bar. I sure miss that place and all the people that used to hang out in there. Cheers to lost people and memories.
I haven’t been to Gil’s Supper Club in over 25 years and last night I returned with my friends, Artie and Sandra. I’m happy to report that their fried chicken is still the best in the world! That post will be up tomorrow on Monday. Tuesday we are starting to wind down in our year of sandwich sampling, it’s our 44th week and tune in to see where we stopped at this week! Wednesday I’m going to have an update on lit. on fire bookstore. The shop has doubled in space and I’ll have photos of it, owner Jessica and a bunch of books! I’ve been threatening to do another “Can I Eat My Lunch In Here” episode for a while now and I’m hoping to make good on that promise this week. If it turns out like I’m thinking, this could be the most awkward and uncomfortable one yet! Friday I may be introducing a new street to start eating our way down in Peoria since I finished up the Main Street tour the other week. Well, that’s a lot of shit I have to get working on, so I’m going to run now. Have a great Easter Sunday Peeps and we’ll see you all tomorrow!