The West Village bar offers beer and a free Q-Tip Up Your Nose

WEST VILLAGE, NY – It’s a new kind of specialty drink. A West Village bar offers and requires two free COVID-19 tests to enter the watering hole for a beer or cocktail.

Henrietta Hudson, one of New York’s oldest lesbian bars, offers rapid PCR and antigen testing right outside its doors at 438 Hudson Street.

The pub’s walk-in clinic is open to everyone, not just clients who want to pair their nasal swab with a strong drink.

As of Wednesday, just under 400 people had been tested at the new clinic, which is open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the NY Post reported. .

Henrietta Hudson has partnered with City Testing Services, which provides free COVID testing at the bar.

But the West Village bar takes care of all other operational matters, including staff members who become certified test donors and administer the swabs themselves, according to the NY Post.

“With Omicron, I knew I had to do something more,” Henrietta owner Lisa Cannistraci told Curbed. “It was a good way to stay open and safe. Plus, who doesn’t want to go get tested and have a drink while waiting? ”

Clients can sit outside and have a drink while waiting for their rapid test and re-enter once the result is negative.

An image of Henrietta Hudson. Google Maps.

Henrietta Hudson is a “queer human space built by lesbians” that opened in 1991.

“Henrietta Hudson has not only survived but thrived for 30 years and is embarking on a massive reinvention of her legendary space,” reads a description on Henrietta’s website. adapts and changes our model from a crowded nightclub to a spacious and airy living room for the community to come together safely. “

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