New York, New York
June 17, 2003
Named for its address on 1020 Amsterdam Avenue, the bar continues the theme with a clock that says the time is always 10:20. And the antique dentist chairs provide some entertainment until you realize that they don’t move up and down anymore.
The dartboard by the door attracts a good crowd, but none of them are serious darts players, and most fumble and laugh away their scores. The large TV screen in the back of the long room plays movies, but you can’t really see the screen because people sit on the bench in front of it.
The drinks are not remarkable, but stronger than most places in the area. And the bartenders are friendly, though not too attentive.
Unless you don’t mind being dragged down by someone’s deep thoughts, avoid 1020 on weeknights. But the weekends are fun. The crowd gets old, though, unless you’re with group of friends, which makes 1020 a good place to grab a drink, but not a great place to spend the whole night.
From journal A Night on the Town: Dining and Drinking around Columbia University