Best of Westchester - Editors' Picks
Friendliest Bar (2012)
The Cellar Bar, just across from the Larchmont Metro-North station and four steps below street level, is one of the friendliest bars around. Not fake-and-saccharine friendly, or even cliquey friendly—just friendly friendly. “I’m fifty-seven, and I shoot the breeze with friends of mine who are twenty-eight,” Manager Gary Bisonette says. “Everybody knows everybody, and if you don’t know everybody, you’re going to by the second time you come in.” The crowd runs the gamut from post-work commuters to young professionals to local au pairs who eventually go back to homes in places like New Zealand and Amsterdam, proudly wearing their The Cellar Bar T-shirts. And the décor is part wood-lined Irish pub and part Caribbean parrot-figurines. (The owner, says Bisonette, is a huge Jimmy Buffett fan.) The bar stays open until 4 am 365 days a year, so, while the patrons do have a wide age range, they do skew younger later in the night. They’re so friendly, you can even call the bar a dive, and they won’t mind. “A dive is a good thing now,” Bisonette says.
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