The Mars Bar, an East Village dive bar that also served as an art gallery, has been closed for health code violations. A couple of Bridgeport artists had their work in there.
It seems demolition was already in the works, though, and an apartment building is planned in its place. One less reason to visit the Village.
The Mars Bar opened in 1984 as a bar, art gallery and deliberately graffiti-laden hole in the wall. All that will be left behind is this review from New York Magazine:
There’s always a bad smell over by the bathrooms; the drinks are stiff and the people are crazy. Welcome to Mars Bar. It’s just a narrow room, mostly taken up by a scarred bar with a row of mismatched stools before an assortment of crude (and often rude) paintings behind. No credit cards, no draft beer—hell, you’re lucky if there’s toilet paper. The glass-brick walls facing Second Avenue provide decent people-watching, if you care enough to look up from your drink, which most patrons don’t. After all, sometimes you want to go where nobody knows your name.