I thought about bailing on Matt and Karina on Saturday night. Just for a minute. Obviously, I wanted to hang out with them but since plans didn’t solidify til around midnight, this old fogie was ready to call it a night and head to bed. But then I remembered how much I loved those crazy kids so I figured I could put off sleep for just one more hour. I am so glad I rallied because I loved the bar we went to, Prohibition.
This bar does not typify the Upper West Side, or at least not the UWS I’ve seen. I admit, I haven’t spent too much time up there in the past, but I did not expect to walk into a packed bar with a live band. If there was live music, I figured it would be Jazz to suit all the parents in the neighborhood. But no, this band could play at a wedding. A really fun wedding. The band actually had groupies who were jumping all over the place. They may not be like the crowd I typically hang out with, but their enthusiasm was viral. First there was some Jackson 5. Then some Four Seasons and a round of “Build Me Up Buttercup.” Then they moved into Lit for something a little more modern but still considered old school. Now that Lit is old school, I realize I am old. Ugh.
Usually, if I’m bopping around to fun music, the bar is divey. Prohibition, however, was a little nicer. It suited the slightly older crowd perfectly. I particularly liked the lighting fixtures. You may not be able to tell in the picture, but they are actually upside down wine bottles, each filled with a skinny light bulb. They pour a good drink and the food that passed by looked good. Food, drink, and head bopping tunes all in one spot – this made me look at the UWS in a whole new light.