St. Mark's Bar & Grill

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St. Mark's Bar & Grill

Section: Lower Manhattan

Neighborhood: East Village

Address: 28 Astor Place; Astor and Lafayette St

What neighborhood would be without a local watering hole? Well in the case of the East Village - it has many watering holes, but St. Mark's is one of the oldest and best. Located smack dab in the heart of the East Village, it has a relaxed Cheers-like atmosphere with the signature Village twist that is brought to the bar by the locals.

St. Mark's is a relatively small establishment with a cozy ambiance - the standard bar pool and darts place with popular happy hours. Burgers, sandwiches, and finger foods make up the bulk of the menu which has a few eclectic items such as Brazilian pasta or Thai curry which remind patrons it's a respectable Village pub.

Upon walking down the crowded, narrow street which is always alive with sounds of traffic, music and laughter from the parties in the clubs and apartments the colorful, flyer and mural laden exterior of St. Mark's greets the local with a welcoming happy hour sign and a door that is constantly opening and closing with the flow of patrons who usually stop in for a drink or two while getting the "411" on what's going on in the Village.

The sounds of pool balls breaking, the din of the crowd, and the music from the jukebox warm the patron as he enters and spots the square shaped oak bar with brass fixtures between a divider separating the pool tables and dart boards from the rest of the place.

Seating is centered at the bar with matching oak tables and counter seating around the divider and the windows facing the street where patrons can drink and watch the people walking by. Five high backed booths with hooks for coats and bags on the oak posts that divide each one, offering a bit of privacy to those at them.

Six coin-op pool tables are arranged on the other side of the oak divider with plenty of space to take a shot. A few tables spill out in the front of the room from the other side of the divider which runs three quarters of the length of the establishment so as to allow patrons to slip back and forth between the bar and this area. Dart boards are located at the very rear with the restrooms and kitchen on the bar side of the divider which breaks briefly here for a walkway from area to area as well.

Note to Players: Hearing related Perception rolls are +1 difficulty in the St. Mark’s normally and +2 with the jukebox playing. Use of Heightened Senses or any similar power in the pub will stun the Player Character for 1d10 minutes real time. ID is required and the club is 21 and over. Minors are at a +2 difficulty on social rolls involving sneaking in or passing fake ID off.

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