Allow me to present you Mehanata – a Bulgarian bar located in the Lower East Side, which during the last 23 years earned its reputation as one of the loudest, the most outrageous and plain crazy night clubs in New York
Birthplace of the new gypsy punk wave and the Balkan beats phenomenon, it is the place where the breakthrough act Gogol Bordello was formed as a band and shaped as a style. Front man Eugene Hütz to this day is among the patrons of Mehanata, along with the notorious world music artist Manu Chao. Mehanata is not a celebrity focused place, but being one of Manhattan’s hottest spots in naturally attracts the party goers, so it’s not uncommon to see Elijah Wood, Dave Grohl, Gwen Stefani or even Macaulay Culkin doing shots at the bar.
The party in Mehanata has no limits – the music jumps from break-beat to Bachata in an eye blink, which doesn’t bother the model material crowd on the dance floor, who after several glasses of the home made vodka apple cider, usually move to the poles downstairs. One of the landmarks of the place is the infamous Ice Cage – a glass box with temperature of 5 °F and selection of vodka from all over the world, which gives you the real Russian drinking experience: wearing an authentic military uniform, you receive a glass made of ice and the challenge to take up to 5 shots in 2 minutes. If you survive, you can victoriously smash the glass in your helmet, if not – there is a puke bucket in the corner.
The best way to realize what is Mehanata is to experience it – the club is located at 113 Ludlow, opening hours are Thursday through Saturday from 8PM to 4AM, but usually the wildest part of the night is from 11:30pm till 4am.
113 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002.
Hours: Sun – Wed: Closed
Thur: 8pm – 4am
Fri: 8pm – 4am
Sat: 8pm – 4am
Mehanata Bulgarian Bar has been a notorious stomping ground for outrageous parties, live music, and good times since the ’90s. You’ll have to see it to believe it.