The I Bar is Back... Walking down 1st Ave. near 7th St. this afternoon, I noticed that New York's International Bar -- site of many informal indieWIRE gatherings back in the early days -- is in fact back.
The door was open today so I went in, rather tentatively at first, chatting with the new owners for a bit. The East Village hangout looks the same from the outside, but is a bit different on the inside. The bar has moved to the other side of the space, away from the front. Dark paneling dominates, leading the way to new bathrooms and the open backyard. It's not the old I bar, but has a decent vibe.
While the bar re-opened yesterday, it will be technically be back for good with an official opening in two weeks. Well drinks are going for $4, Schaefer beer for $2. Happy hour is from Noon - 8 p.m.
[photos by eugene hernandez]