Boozin' at... Crocodile Lounge

Virtually every day since I moved to the East Village, I've walked by Crocodile Lounge (E. 14th St. between 1st and 2nd Aves.) and wondered what its deal is. Then I actually walked on the other side of the street and read the sandwich board: free pizza.

Free pizza? "Yes, it's true," as the board sometimes reads. You buy a drink, and the friendly bartender will ask you if you'd like some pizza. We're talking a full pizza here. As in, a personal-sized pizza baked in a huge oven right next to the bar. It's a sure-fire way to cure hunger, get a cheap meal, or fulfill your late-night munchies.

But that's not all. There's an outdoor garden. It's small, and its puke-green paint may not be the most asthetic thing in the world, but it serves its purpose of offering a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of 14th Street.

I saved the best for last. If you're ever bored while waiting for your pizza, or catching some rays out back, you can venture to the rear of the bar for Skee-Ball, Wacky Gator, Golden Tee, or Big Buck Hunter.

Quirks aside, this would be a decent bar regardless. There's plenty of seating, including some quiet little nooks with pillows and some funky tables. The drink prices are pretty average, but specials (like $2 Yuenglings during the day) save you a few bucks, if you don't think the free pizza is a good enough deal as it is (and if that's the case, you're a cheap bastard).

Review, in haiku:
Free pizza. Skee-Ball.
Whack-a-Mole. Cold Beer. It's Chuck-
E-Cheese for grown-ups!

(East 14th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, north side of the street)

Previous Boozin' ats: Professor Thom's, Barcade, Speakeasy

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