1020 is a well-loved bar on Amsterdam Avenue at 110th St. It was once the low-key haunt of grad students and hipsters. Today, although it continues to skew a little older, 1020 is now home to a more energetic crowd. There's usually a line outside the door on Thursday through Saturday nights. IDs and scans. Someone also celebrated his 21st birthday there once—with his parents. In 2012, Robert met Kristine here, and fell head-over-heels.
The bar boasts a dart board and one of the neighborhood's only respectable pool tables. It also comes with friendly bartenders and a groovy decor (read: Christmas lights all year round). Random movies (sometimes porn) are projected onto a large screen in the back, without sound, and the bar's soundtrack is the definition of a mixed bag.
Drinks are fairly cheap (Used to be $3 for Yuengling and Rolling Rock—now $4) and happy hours run every day from 4pm-7pm when drinks and tap beers are half price. If you're looking for a quieter scene and cigarette-centric conversation, head over later in the evening; the place is open till 4 am. If you try to order a cocktail there, you should leave.
Every Tuesday at 8, random people from the neighborhood and some brave Columbia souls venture to Trivia Night to test their knowledge of pop culture, music, and random facts. Winner of Trivia Night usually gets a $20 tab (or 5 Yuengling's).
On February 18th, 2013, the Columbia Daily Spectator published an article by a sophomore who wrote about being served at 1020. She was a minor. Days later, 1020 was raided by the NYPD, and fined $1,500.
2021 Allegations of Sexual Harassment
On November 4th, 2021, the Columbia Daily Spectator published an exposé detailing numerous allegations of sexual harassment against the venue's co-owner, Michael McKiernan. These allegations were made by former bartenders, who were also Columbia-affiliated students . The venue closed temporarily for a number of days after the exposé was published; with McKiernan reportedly resigning as manager, but still co-owning the venue. The venue has since reopened.