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June 29, 2011

Alright, last Tuesday I went out in search of a swizzle stick and for Uncle Waltie, a commenter here and at various other blogs and the man behind the curtain of the International Bar Blog. Sadly, he wasn’t there. I’ve dropped some subtle as a mallot hints on this blog all through the week, that I'd be coming back this Tuesday so let’s if we can find the elusive Uncle Waltie tonight. And besides, this is just too good of an excuse to go to the International Bar two weeks in a row, I didn’t have that luxury last year!

Okay, we'll be taking the F train to the East Village tonight, so it's down we go into the bowels of the Manhattan subway system.

Shit, a train just pulled out of the stop, looks like we'll be waiting awhile. Oh well.

Here comes a train...

But it's the M train...are you seeing this Gene? Where were you when we needed you! (You had to be there folks!)

And after a half an hour, the F train arrives. I think the F stands for Fucking Finally it's here.

And through the magic of the internet, here we are on 1st Avenue. Just a few blocks to go and we're at the International Bar.


And here we are at the International Bar. I love the gold leaf logo in the window here.

If you were with us last week, you'll remember Jason on the right who's here with his friend Damian. In addition to working at the International Bar, Jason is a guitarist and a member of CABB. Check them out here: CABB on facebook.

Hooray, here's the lovely and friendly Molly behind the bar...but where's Uncle Waltie?

Well he's right here! Uncle Waltie and I with Sip Ahoy sign balloons. (Please note that "Sip Ahoy" is a patented Uncle Waltie catchphrase, use only with permission!)

Molly joins in on the Sip Ahoy action!

And here's Michael, who I met at P.J. Clarke's last year on the bar crawl! It is indeed a small world, but as Stephen Wright once said, I'd hate to have to paint it.

Sebastian has some great Uncle Waltie stories, but you have to come to the International Bar to here them, I'll never tell!

John made his own sign declaring himself, "Out Of Order." I can identify with that. Shortly after this picture John burst into a one man show of the Mulberry Monologues. It was entertaining and frightening all at the same time. Well worth the price of admission!

Here's the pretty Fatou posing with the Sip Ahoy sign at the bar.

And here's Lydia, looking lovely while waiting for a drink. Sip Ahoy!

And a final shot of the lovely Lydia, the elusive Uncle Waltie and half of Gumby.

Sip Ahoy and see you all tomorrow after dark.

International Bar
120 1/2 First Avenue (Near 7th St.)

Further reading: Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, EV Grieve, Shecky’s and Time Out New York.

You also might like: Neon, Freon and Leon.

Four International Men
Austin Powers
International Man of Leather
Linley Edwards
Uncle Waltie

I've been a long lost soul,
For a long, long time.


(Surprise link...click on it...I dare you!)

Bonus Link Sent In From Tim “Clacky” Clack!

Aaaaahhh! (Wait until about 2:02 into the video.)


Bonus Sip Ahoy Word Balloons from Jaws!

Jaws made these custom-made word balloons for my next meeting with Uncle Waltie! Thanks Jaws and Sip Ahoy!

Reader Comments (36)

Ah, I've wondered what this Unkle Waltie looks like - now we know! I'll have to hang out at International Bar more often. Who knows, after Mars dies, I may plant a stool in there. Sip ahoy!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGoggla

To Uncle Waltie, Molly and all the fab people at the International Bar! Sip Ahoy! (I didn't have permission, is that okay, Uncle Waltie?)

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Fabulous post. International is a great dive that has gotten better with the lovely Molly at the helm. Uncle Waltie,,,sip ahoy, hey he got you there two weeks in a row,,,great. I was smelling a papaya this morning but that's just paranoia creeping in,,,, thank you Waltie for steering Marty to this gem instead. lol

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAl

I like the .... "Sip Ahoy and see you all tomorrow after dark" picture ........... Genesee, Miller High Life, and Schaefer ......... what a lineup of awesome beers !

Great to see the happy & cheery Molly again ! ........ and finally the elusive "M" train ! ...... I will sit on you someday M train !

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

PS ...... I find it a little disturbing that Cardboard Box Man is dressed up like Michael Jackson :( ..... great find Clacky !!!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

@Goggla: The International Bar would be a great go to bar after Mars is dead, maybe the next meeting spot for the next Chillmaster Dance Party. Sip Ahoy!

@Barfly: I think it's okay, but if you hear from Uncle Waltie's lawyers, don't say I didn't warn you!

@Al: I think the International Bar would be your favorite New York City dark bar. We'll go for sure when you get here. After a stop at the Papaya Dog of course!

@GENE: I cracked up when I saw the M train! Has the BBC ever been to the International Bar? A must stop next time for sure! And yes, a great find by Clacky! Sip Ahoy!

June 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Ah, what a great post!!! Love the "sip ahoy" signs! Fantastic!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

@MAD ....... we did do Coal Yard and International Bar back to back and a belly to belly last November ...... I wanted to do it again last weekend -- but forgot :( ....... maybe next month !!!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

Awesome. I love the photo-booth Sip Ahoy shots. Great idea!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBritta

Yo, Yo, YO....Cahdbwahd BOX Man...GIT DAAAWWOOOON!! Looks like he's firing up his death ray vision for the next time he sees you Marty, I'd watch it if I were you. Check your e-mail Marty, I've got a JPEG surprise for you that might come in handy the next time you see Uncle Waltie. Blow them up, print them out and take them with the next time you go to meet/drink with him.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@Lindsay: Thanks, it was a fun night, Uncle Waltie is a great guy and everybody in the International Bar are great people.

@GENE: Next month for sure!

@Britta: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

@Jaws: I just got them, thanks! I'll post them here in a couple minutes.

June 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

how come all the most beautiful women in the universe wind up at the I-Bar? Are they looking for me?....not very likely. Oh well...

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Waltie

@Uncle Waltie: They're certainly not looking for me, but I'm looking at them! Great to see you again last night, I look forward to more meetings, Sip Ahoy!

June 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Looks like another great night there. Glad everyone was willing to pose with the Sips Ahoy. I saw cardboard mans cousin in salt lake sunday, need to send it into you. He's becoming international!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@kari: That's frightening news about Cardboard Box Man! Send me the photo when you can and I'll post it. And yes, it was a great night, it always is at the International Bar!

June 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Sip Ahoy!!
My mind was racing and I broke into a cold sweat when the CBBM video came on the TV at the pub on monday....The worst thing is that he's hijacking the minds of the hipsters (not that they weren't already) and using them to reach his goal....THE MAINSTREAM. It's a rags to riches story. Sorry, Gumby. He's just too powerful. Retreat! Retreat!
Howdy Molly and Uncle Waltie!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClacky.

MAD connects w/ the elusive Uncle Waltie for another classic post...computer flackey as corn tonight...so all i say boy the bonuses sorta over shadowed the "sip ahoys"...way off topic...yea i know...maybe one of these days MAD will spin a story and let us (well me) know- what's he got against that gruber dude or is that some sick inside joke?...

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
~Denis Diderot


June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@Clacky: Frightening indeed and I thank you for the link and the words of warning! Kari spotted one in Utah, the end appears near. I advise you all to drink heavily. Sip ahoy!

@rr: The Gruber battle is that he won't tell me what the Christmas tree winner gets and when the contest will be over, I think he may be in cahoots with CBM. Great quote as always!

June 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

geez...never let me get on your "bad" side...


June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@rr: Ha ha ha! Not a chance!

June 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Clacky's link is brilliant - it's so cool to see CBM's dance moves & actually makes me kind of like him a bit (sorry!). Oh Gruber... I saw a Christmas tree in a fenced in lot today & considered breaking in, but the fence was too high. That man (Gruber, not the dancing CBM) is an evil, sadistic SOB.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronemorefoldedsunset

@onemorefoldedsunset: Gruber MacDougal is a certified son of a bitch!

June 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Ah..so that's Uncle Waltie; I know that face. .

@Uncle Waltie: You've seen me around too. When I get back to Manhattan, I'll be sure to introduce myself.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

@Harry: Ha! Cool you've seen Uncle Waltie, we'll all have to have a drink when you get back. Sip ahoy!

June 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Molly seems like a truly kick-ass bartender! Love it when you take us back to the International. Although, when I go there, I am NOT drinking Schaefer.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

P.S. Hello, Uncle Waltie!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Biff: We need to go there for sure, you'd love it there!

June 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

The Interbational Bar looks like my kind of place! Love it!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

@Tiki Bar Susie: It's a great place and one of my favorite bars!

June 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Hey Marty: What little I remember about our night out was spectacular. It was a pleasure meeting you. I hope to see some of the participants of this blog next time around. As they say at AA meetings: "My name is Uncle Waltie and I have a problem...too many bars on the way home."

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Waltie

PS: I embrace my condition.

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Waltie

@Uncle Waltie: The pleasure was all mine, you are a kindred spirit and it was great to see you again! I condition my embrace! Sip ahoy, my friend and I'll see you soon, I hope! I'll call you when the next Chillmaster party happens.

July 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Great one!!Sip Ahoy. Kids on LI this week were junping into the pool saying"chips ahoy!!".

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Jaws, these are really nice word balloons. This is tee shirt material. Can I order 5? Sip Ahoy.

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Waltie

@Uncle Waltie - tell Marty to send you my e-mail address, then
send me an e-mail and I'll send you back the JPEG artwork and you can print up as many as you want at your leisure...glad to do it!

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie


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