Local 138 Closes, Begins Renovating New Orchard Street Bar
Hell Square dive bar, Local 138, closed down its longtime home on Ludlow Street this past Saturday night. It had been located at the namesake Ludlow Street address since opening in 1996.
Since the announcement of the closure and impending move in January, work has been underway on the second coming. The new Local 138 is just around the corner on Orchard Street, and a downsizing at that. And not entirely its own choice, either.
As reported, controversial landlord Michael Shah purchased the pre-war tenement in January 2018 for $19 million, and gave the bar its marching orders. The initial plan was to relocate the operation to the north store of 138 Ludlow, but to surrender the liquor license and apply for a new one.
When that fell through, Local 138 decided to throw the dice on the former Quinn boutique a block away at 181 Orchard.
This is a preliminary glimpse inside the future home of Local 138. It might take some time for this new watering hole to earn dive status anew.