The City Sues to Shut Down 169 Bar After Instances of Underage Drinking
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169 Bar is in trouble. Outspoken neighbors want it out, and as a result, the city has filed suit to make it so.
Five months after two back-to-back instances of underage drinking, the lawsuit was officially filed with the New York Supreme Court April 7. It alleges that the classic watering hole allowed sales to minors in an “open and notorious manner” (i.e. cans of PBR), and demands payment of $1,000 for each day it allowed such sales. The city also seeks to shut down the bar for a year and “seize, remove and sell ‘all material, equipment and instrumentality used in the creation and maintenance of the public nuisance,’” according to DNAinfo.
The long-running 169 Bar, deemed “one of the last, oldest, and original bars in one of the last original hoods in Manhattan,” remains open for the time being. Its next court date is April 16.