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Boss Tweed's Saloon Faces Loss of Liquor License After Raid

By Allegra Hobbs | August 2, 2017 5:48pm
 Boss Tweed's Saloon is located at 115 Essex St.
Boss Tweed's Saloon is located at 115 Essex St.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — A controversial dive bar that was raided by authorities last week after an incident involving an underage patron has been hit with a handful of State Liquor Authority violations that could result in the loss of its license to serve booze.

Police and SLA officials on July 28 descended on Boss Tweed's Saloon at 115 Essex St. in response to an incident the previous week, in which a 20-year-old woman fell asleep in the bar bathroom and awoke to find herself locked inside at 4 a.m. and claimed she may have been drugged, said authorities.

The NYPD hit the saloon with 20 violations. Authorities could not immediately specify the nature of the violations.

The State Liquor Authority subsequently issued four violations, two stemming from findings the day of the raid — the bar was a source of noise and disturbance that made it a focal point for police attention, records show, and had failed to comply with the stipulations attached to its license application.

The bar had also failed to comply with community board stipulations about its backyard, which mandated the yard close by 10 p.m. and shutter if neighbors filed noise complaints, and had fostered a pattern of noise and disturbance, SLA records show.

The SLA had already issued a violation on July 25 for underage drinking stemming from the July 21 incident, records show.

Boss Tweed's must respond to the underage drinking charge by Aug. 16 and to the other violations by Aug. 30, according to the violations, which state the bar's license could be canceled or revoked as a result of the violations.

Yelp currently lists the saloon as "closed," though it is not known whether the bar has permanently shuttered. A representative of Boss Tweed's Saloon could not immediately be reached for comment.