NYPD Files Suit Against Lolita Bar For Alleged Underage Drinking (Updated 10:23 a.m.)

Valentine’s Day was not sweet for at least one Lower East Side nightlife establishment. The 7th Precinct paid a visit to Lolita Bar at 266 Broome Street last night.  You can see the results; a restraining order notice was slapped on the door.  The city has filed a civil suit alleging underage drinking at the low-key LES hangout.

According to documents, underage patrons, undercover auxiliary police officers, were served on several occasions beginning last fall.  The city filed the case in State Supreme Court; a hearing is anticipated next Tuesday, February 19.  A short time ago, Matt Friedlander, the bar’s general manager, told us Lolita was not closed down last night and they’ll be open as usual this evening.

International Women Artists Host Closing Night Party

The International Women Artists’ Salon is closing out their show, Exhibition One: Zero Gravity, at Lolita Bar with a “Meet the Artists” closing party tomorrow night. The show took place over two months and included numerous visual artists, performance artists, a literary reading night and film and video screenings.  FREE // Wednesday, June 30th // 7:00-9:00 pm // 266 Broome Street.

Was Shakespeare Really Shakespeare? Debate Tonight

Many people don’t believe Shakespeare was really Shakespeare.  Some say “he” was a “she,” some say he was actually Frances Bacon and some say he wrote the King James Bible…You can weigh in on the debate tonight at Lolita Bar, where writer Todd Seavey will host his monthly debate (club?).  The evening will feature Christian Toth, an off-off-Broadway actor and advertising worker, arguing YES (that it really was that guy who lived in Stratford-on-Avon) VS. Gerit Quealy, a journalist, NBC.com style editor, former actor, and part-time paleographer, arguing NO (that who it was — whether the Earl of Oxford, Anakin, or other — may be unclear, but it wasn’t that guy)  8pm // Basement level of Lolita Bar – 266 Broome St., corner of Allen St.