The proprietor of Home Sweet Home has an open fixation with taxidermy. "She's looking to acquire a horse—a stuffed, full size horse—for that corner over there," commented one bartender on a recent visit here. Surely that corner to which he was referring, in the back of the bar, could use something. Otherwise one will find cement floors, vintage sofas, a lion, some birds of prey, various woodland creatures and an assortment of bric-a-brac lying around this semi-divey Lower East Side bar which on a Saturday night looks far more nightclub-like than one might expect (velvet ropes outside, thick-necked bouncers in black leather and black sunglasses). Drinks are always reasonably priced, the staff friendly, and until the horse arrives there's ample room for dancing.
Despite its location on a nondescript block, Home Sweet Home is the newest standout on the Lower East Side
. Tucked underneath an art gallery, this sparsely furnished hideaway is always packed with the asymmetrical haircut crowd. Decorated with taxidermy and folk-art knick-knacks, the space is kitschy cute and never fails to attract the downtown set with great local DJs and always-cheap drinks. It’s not a bad idea to drop in during an opening at the space upstairs as the bar is generally less crowded and you might stand a chance of scoring one of the seats in back. You can call it a dive, but the chandeliers above the bar certainly say "fancy" to us. Besides, no matter what it looks like, there’s no place like home.