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Justin Theroux’s new NYC pub is a lame excuse for a dive bar

From the outside, Justin Theroux’s new “dive” bar just might pass for a real no-frills joint, with its black-painted brick exterior, an awning marked “liquor-beer” and wooden blinds obstructing the glow of the street lights. But step inside, and any hope for a beer-and-shot combo under $5 is promptly torpedoed. Instead, the place teems with buttoned-up bros and Soho scenesters, with eye-popping prices (a shot of Evan Williams and a PBR is $12), fake-looking decor (even the Townes Van Zandt posters look brand-new) and clean, red leather bar stools (OK, they’re pretty comfortable). To put it bluntly, Ray’s — “The Leftovers” star’s Chrystie Street joint — is a far cry from the beer-soaked, tobacco-stained pubs Ne ...