Ludlow Classic ‘Motor City Bar’ Closed 5 Years Ago [PHOTOS]

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 at 5:08 am by

Motor City morning, October 2010

Motor City Bar spent seventeen years on Ludlow Street before its demise back in 2013. Tomorrow marks five years since the gates shuttered on this Lower East Side classic.

The well-worn dive opened on Ludlow back in 1996, when the block was still rough around the edges. In flux before the inevitable. Garage rock, sweat, sticky bar, ratty couch, and bathrooms defined this place. But most of all, the crowd and the bartenders. In February 2013, its lease expired, and the landlords opted against renewing to the rock joint. Yet, they were granted an extension to stay until June.

Closing party, June 2013

It was an epic sendoff party that lasted a week, and included plenty of cheap beer and live music. As we reported at the time:

Grizzled metalheads, punk rockers, and bikers from all over returned to the Hell Square that no longer wants them. A series of bands played short sets for the over-capacity crowd; beer flowed like a torrent; condensation dripped from the ceiling.

A good portion of the space was stripped immediately after the demise.

Closing party, June 2013

Two years later, SET L.E.S. opened in its place, a barbecue joint that’s really just a sports bar.

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