The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge

Bar, Lounge, Dive Bar
$ $
543 8th Ave (btw 37th & 38th Sts)
New York, NY 10018
(212) 244-9045


  • the first rule of wakamba is that you don't talk about wakamba
  • The best worst bar of NYC!
  • If you don't speak Spanish, you'll feel unwelcomed here
  • Don't come here
  • it's an adventure... kitschy and fun, yet dark and weird.
  • Best dive bar in shouting distance of Penn Station. Drinks are cheap. Spanish is the primary language.
  • Order a Presidente. Enjoy the atmosphere..
  • Critics' Pick winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Fascinating Sports Bar!
  • One of our favorite dive/tiki bars in all five boroughs. Start at 8am with the old men or come later for great jukebox tunes, trashy barteders and a lot of dancing!
  • High Latin population but staff is very friendly.
  • it's very...distinguished.
  • This place has a huge selection of alcohol but no bartender to handle it. Its way 2 divey. When you come in expect no signature drinks - pick well style.
  • Divey awesomeness
  • Bring your white friends here and watch the hilarity ensue. This bar is awesome for its cheap drinks and mellow atmosphere. Reminds me of being back in SoCal.
  • I spent $10 on a margarita made from the mix you buy at the store, poured directly out of the plastic bottle and then wondered into which alternate universe I had stepped. Strip club? Uncertain.
  • Beautiful dive
  • Can't believe -yet I can- that they ran out of Presidente!
  • It has been referred to as "a strip club without the stripping." Expect exactly that. This place could actually be a decent bar if anyone there cared or at least pretended to.
  • Careful gentlemen Chicks charge $2 per dance.
  • Ordering alcohol is a surprisingly difficult process

Nearby places

4 Penn Plz (btwn 7th & 8th Ave)
323 Avenue of the Americas (at W 3rd St)
520 8th Ave (corner of 37th St.)