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I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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Buy a Drink, Get a Pizza

Guest Post by Jenni Maier, Editor of the Post Grad Blog

I’m a recent postgrad on a tight budget so I’m constantly on the look out for good deals and cheap meals. Crocodile Lounge in the East Village out does itself daily by by offering a free personal pizza with every single drink purchase. That’s a 24/7 offer which basically means you can treat yourself to a drink and dinner (or after bar snack) for $5.

And I got an even better deal by going during happy hour. My beer was only $3. Now the pizza isn’t great quality and it probably couldn’t even beat Digiorno in a taste test contest. But an 8 (small) slice pizza for $3…I really can’t complain. The biggest problem I had during happy hour was that it was really crowded and finding a place to actually eat your pizza was a problem. But after giving the evil eye to a few people at the bar who weren’t drinking or eating, I finally found a seat.

You won’t be surprised to hear Crocodile Lounge is somewhat of a dive bar. The lights are low and it’s probably for the best. It’s the kinda place that I think would be pretty disappointing (and most likely disgusting) if the lights were actually on. But I appreciated the low lighting since I was stuffing my face with pizza. You don’t finish off a pizza in five minutes flat by eating like a lady.

Once your down getting your fill of drinks and pizza, you can head to any of the bars along 14th.

Laura’s note:  We love the Crocodile Lounge too – even though I do have a friend who has screamed at the pizza guys, “I don’t get your business model!”  The 14th Street location also has a great little patio in the back during the warm summer months and also has skee-ball and photo hunt if you want to play some games while unwinding.  Don’t want to be in a crowded bar?  Check out Crocodile Lounge’s cousin Alligator Lounge, which offers the same deal and is location off the L (Lorimer stop) in Brooklyn.  While drinking at both locations, you’ll get tickets every time you order a beer to redeem for pizza.  Not hungry? Keep the tickets.  I have been known to go back to the bar late night to redeem my tickets for pizza – sans drink.  Don’t judge.
The Basics
Name: Crocodile Lounge
Location: 325 E. 14th St, between 1st and 2nd
Who to bring: Friends
Price: $ Great value
Overall: 4 stars.  Cheap drinks, free food, I love it.

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