By now most people know of CBGB's, or have at least seen the logo printed on the front of a low quality t-shirt. But as far as historic rock-and-roll destinations go, in New York, Cafe Bizarre deserves a lot more recognition than it gets. After all, if it weren't for the Velvet Underground, we may not have had half those bands come out of CBGB's. And if it weren't for Andy Warhol seeing the Velvets at Cafe Bizarre, they might've never blown up.
Cafe Bizarre was supposedly a place mainly frequented by tourists. It was a narrow room on West 3rd Street with sawdust on the floor, serving exotic drinks like obnoxious milkshakes with ice-cream scoops and fruit sticking out the top. Among all that, the Velvets sang about sex and heroin; it's no wonder Warhol was captivated. The exact story is unclear, but Paul Morissey brought Andy to see the band in December of 1965 and from there Andy went on to manage the band. So let's give Bizarre a little credit.
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