The Now-Shuttered Mars Bar Gets Eulogized In Song
Last night the Mars Bar, the East Village dive that had been on the chopping block for quite a while thanks to one of those noxious "luxury" highrises coming to its location the corner of Second Avenue and First Street, closed up shop. (The official reason for the timing of the close: A DOH inspection that unearthed "approximately 850 fruit flies in various areas of the restaurant and in a bottle of alcohol." Well.) As part of a memorial vigil outside the bar last night, the blues-punk troubadour Daddy Long Legs sang "Mars Bar Blues," his ode to the "blood and the beer" flowing through the narrow space. Listen below.
Here's a bit more information on Daddy Long Legs, who came to the city inspired by the likes of the Dictators and the New York Dolls (and who you can actually see in this much-better-lit clip):