Houston St. btw Sullivan St. and LaGuardia Pl.
This place used to be Busker’s and I feel that it will always keep changing until they figure out how to let more light in/let people know there’s a fun bar inside. It is now a nautical themed spot that still has plenty of room, and is never packed. Slightly above average beers mixed with average beers, average prices, taste fine.
Houston St. btw 6th Ave. and Varick St.
When they finally weren’t closed for a private event, I had a chance to check this really big space out. This large beer hall has a menu to match its square footage, but I feel it needs more tables as there is a lot of standing room. Your beers are what you’d find in any German-themed bierhaus, along with various sizes of glass. Crowd is a big mix of everyone, staff is friendly, above average beers at slightly above average prices for any size, taste fine.
Ave. B btw 3rd and 4th St.
Science! What I can only assume is a bar which operates on the sly as Frankenstein’s lab, this quirky spot has a lot of fruit infused vodka Actually, it’s mainly what they have. Lots of vodka slowly mixing with fruit is their specialty, or craft/labor of love…oh, I get it! Anyway, crowd is mixed with young and old, decent sized space, they do have above average beers at only slightly above average prices, along with their vodka concoctions, taste fine.
39th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.
Small, proper pub on the ground floor of a townhouse. It can be crowded right after work hours, and the space is a little dark and has some different levels, but I never really felt cramped. Crowd is young and old business types mixed in with people waiting for their reservations upstairs. Plenty of TV”s, friendly staff, average British beers at slightly above average American prices, taste fine.
38th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Another crpwded rooftop bar but I definitely feel more relaxed at this one. Yes, it has your business crowd, overdressed and trying to entertain clients, but the bar area keeps things moving. Good views looking south, clientele is people who like rooftop bars, mixed with midtown tourists staying in the hotel. Above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
8th Ave. btw 18th and 19th St.
The craft beer industry has made it’s way to Chelsea. This new bar has a lot going for it: spacious, friendly staff, and a good mix of all different crowds. All the beers are above craft, and seem a little pricier than normal, even during happy hour. Above average beers, above average prices, taste fine.
26th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
So after deciding I didn’t walk into a theatre for an off-Broadway show, I took a seat. While not as big, it’s laid out like a theater; stage is up front, a bunch of tables in front of it, good sized bar in the back, and another room upstairs. I was in on an off night when there was nobody performing (turns out it is a live act venue!), but the service was fine nonetheless and the crowd was local workers out for happy hour. Cocktails at cocktail prices, taste fine.
9th St. btw Ave. B and C
Another cocktail bar on this cocktail bar corner, but this one doesn’t try as hard as the others to be gastropub-y or ultra fancy, and that’s a good thing. Small bar area with a few tables in front and in the back, friendly service, and the crowd is late 20′s and up. Cocktails at cocktail prices, taste pretty good.
25th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
The only reason the outdoor signs are so large is because there is no other way to know a bar is actually in here. Step into the hotel lobby, realize there are no signs inside directing you to the bar, and then head to the back to find a small bar that, from the looks of it, only brings in hotel guests. Plenty of space to sit, good amount of TV’s, and friendly service. Average and above average beer at slightly above average prices, taste alright.
Turns out it’s closed, color me shocked. And this is why you don’t wait forever and a day to post things!
Prince St. btw Elizabeth and Mott St.
More of a cafe with a bar, but since the bar is the focal point for the crowd in here, aside from brunch hours, bar it is! Quiet spot with pretty good bar apps, about a half dozen bar stools with seating along the wall that can feel a little small when all of the tables are rolled out and packed, friendly service. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
35th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Used to be Blaggard’s Pub, and now, thankfully, it’s actually a nice spot to go into. Decent pub that has a good amount of space, crowd is quiet B&T’s (who knew they existed!?!), and the service is friendly. Lots of taps of average and above average beers, average prices, taste fine.
1st Ave. and 1st. St.
Used to be Golden Cadillac (that place came and went fast), and the new place is more inviting and not so kitschy as the previous tenant. Simple cocktail bar that draws the late 20’s and up crowd, and male to female ration is oddly 3:1 in here, at least the nights I was there. A decent amount of seating, service is good, cocktail at cocktail prices, taste fine.
25th btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Used to be a couple of blocks north of here, this space just feels bigger and more suited for sports watching. That and general crowd movement is better than at it’s last location. Crowd is a mix of young and old, lots of TV’s, friendly staff, average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
3rd Ave. btw 25th and 26th St.
It’s a sports bar explosion! Let’s do the bar first. Lot’s of space, lot’s of tables, and a big bar that you can almost go completely around until you get stuck in this tiny corner just when ou think your journey comes full circle…why they didn’t plan this better is beyond me. I think that every inch of wall space above 7 feet has a TV on it, so I’m sure anything you want to watch is on, or can be. Clientele is 20’s and 30’s, intermixed with douche bags, B&T’s, and sports-watchers. Service is fine with average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Amsterdam Ave. and 80th St.
This might be where I cross the line into reviewing a spot that really is close to being a restaurant. But the bar takes up most of the space, so forget that original thought. Quiet spot on the Upper West Side where you can enjoy a quiet drink and some decent appetizers With a friend or two. Anymore than that and you’re sitting at a table. a few TV’s, friendly staff, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.
Used to be Slightly Oliver’s but now it doesn’t feel so much like a fancy bar with beds in the back, because that should’ve ever been a thing? Definitely feels more like the bars below 82nd and Amsterdam, but there’s a lot more space for the crowd to spread out. Crowd ranges from young to early 30’s, staff is friendly, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
5th Ave. and 26th St.
The least gastropub feeling gastropub I’ve been in. Maybe it’s the abundance of sunlight coming in. Otherwise, still has the same feeling as other new spots: attired bartenders, above average beers and drinks each poured in its own special way with special tools, but the crowd was more lively than most other spots in the neighborhood. There was a good amount seating at the bar and behind it, with plenty of tables beyond that. Service is good, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
29th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
If you’re bar is going to reek of popcorn, make sure it’s constantly being refilled at the bar! Otherwise it’s just torture! That aside, this place feels like they just tossed a couple of arcade games into a big space with no idea what to do with the rest of it. It has a lot of room, clientele is young to early 30’s, TV’s showing sports and one with a movie on, average beers at average prices, taste alright.
Macdougal St. btw 3rd. and Bleeker St.
Cocktail spot on MacDougal amongst the beer insanity. Head downstairs to this dimly lit spot where ther’es a good amount of bar space and table space. Not much more to it, service is friendly, cocktails at cocktail prices, taste pretty darn good.
Duane St. btw Church St. and W. Broadway
Cocktail bar in this neck of the woods that manages to keep a crowd after the happy hour crowd disperses. Decent amount of space, but it’s better to grab a table so you don’t have to chance spilling your drinks when it’s packed (leave the spilling to the pros!). Crowd is young to early 30’s, service handles the crowd well, cocktails at cocktails prices, taste fine.
Macdougal St. btw 3rd and 4th St.
The East Village spot has moved West, and forgot to air the place out prior to moving in. Aroma aside, this is a tight space that can, maybe, seat 35 people. Handful of seats at the bar and tables scattered about serve this young to early 30’s crowd. Service is fine for drinks, pretty slow on food, above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. and 81st St.
Quiet cocktail bar that, while hosting a young to early 30’s crowd, has patrons looking for a quiet drink mingling with people just wandering down 2nd Ave. before hitting the next spot. Space is slightly small, service is good, mostly tables to sit at, menu has lots of the same cocktail options, all at average cocktail prices, taste fine.
Stone Rose (Time Warner Center)
Used to be called the Stone Rose, and out of the two bars up here (“up here” meaning vertically within the building), this one is probably my least favorite of the two. Crowd is a mixed bag, mostly an older mixed bag, seating is usually reserved, but there’s a decent amount of space at the bar with some standing table room behind it. Cocktails are on the menu at above cocktail prices, taste alright.
Lafayette St. btw Grand and Hester St.
Nice after work spot that is good for that crowd, because if you don’t get here right after work, you’re not going to be comfortable in here. There is a lot of seating, but little to no standing room, and the bar area is too tight to linger. Crowd is young, there can be lines outside due to aforementioned overcrowding, cocktails are the specialty here, cocktail prices, taste pretty good.
2nd Ave. and 78th St.
This one definitely feels more of a restaurant than it’s across town relative, but I still see the majority of people here drinking and not eating, so write it up! Dimly lit space that has plenty of seating room, including at the bar, the crowd is a mix of everyone. TV’s all around, staff is nice, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 91st and 92nd St.
Used to be Off The Rails, and now it joins the ranks of bars on the Upper East Side that are trying to distance themselves from the frat spots below 89th. Nothing much to it, decent amount of bar space up front, seating in the back, with a crowd of mostly late 20’3 and early 30’s mingling with the, um… more older group? Service is friendly, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
92nd St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Another spot that falls into the “is it a restaurant?” category, but once again, up until happy hour was over, everyone here was just drinking, so it counts! Indian place, they make some darn good cocktails, and the bartender is nice. A handful of seats at the bar, everything else is tables. Cocktails at slightly below cocktail prices, taste pretty good.
2nd Ave. btw 94th and 95th St.
This is place is more of what the Upper East Side needs for anyone over the age of 45. It’s a quiet spot, good amount of seating, everyone is very chatty, bartenders included, and I can just relax and have a beer before heading south into the fraternities. Above average beer at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
30th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Used to be The Parlour, and whatever they’ve done they’ve finally figured out how to draw a crowd to this place. Still a big spot, but it definitely feels warmer than its predecessor, and not as stuck up. That’s not to say that the crowd isn’t, it being a mix of business kids, B&T’s, and anyone else in their late 20’s. Service handles the crowd well and is friendly, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
8th Ave. btw 30th and 31st St.
A step up from the old Walter’s, a step down from really any other bar nearby, this place is a little low rent, but at least it’s quiet. Small space, crowd is a mix of everyone young and old, and the service is decent. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
40th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
WHAT? COULD YOU REPEAT THAT? YOU WANT ME TO GO WHERE? That just summed up the three things you’re most likely to hear at this place. Lot’s of TV’s, music cranked up way past 11, and filled with B&T’s, after work happy hours, and I’m guessing people who don’t come to bars to talk. Bartenders are fine, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
39th btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Used to be EVR, and they have thankfully revamped this spot. While both floors are still pretty spacious, it’s no longer giving off a club vibe, loud music aside, but still a little snooty. TV’s are present, it’s a crowd mixed of business people old and young with groups going out for happy hours. Service is alright, average and above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
3rd Ave. btw 26th and 27th St.
The latest to the cocktail craze in this neck of the woods, but by no means the smallest. Plenty of space here, about a dozen or so seats at the bar, and then it basically is like every other cocktail bar/gastropub you’ve been to. Service is friendly (dressed in the usual suspendered attire), crowd is mixed, clever names for cocktails that are at cocktail prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 31st and 32nd St.
Used to be Whiskey River, and while they’ve stripped the place and changed the decor to something not resembling a lodge and more an actual bar, the same crowd still comes here. Staff is friendly, average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Allen St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.
Pretty large space that has a long bar up front, and a small seating area in the back, like most other places. The rooms are split oddly so try hunting for a spot or else you’re standing. It’s pretty hipster (based on staff, music, and movie selection), but the crowd is more of a young mix of varying kinds. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st Ave. and Ave. A
Nice spot on St. Mark’s that’s definitely quieter than it’s neighbors. Long bar that usually has an open spot, crowd is late 20’s to early 30’s and slightly hipster, and the service is friendly. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
St. Marks Pl. btw 2nd and 3rd St.
Might be my least favorite of the bar arcade franchise, mainly because the games aren’t the best. Otherwise it’s, a long, narrow bar, dark, filled to the brim with college (of age, of course) kids, average beers at average prices in plastic cups, taste fine.
Editor’s Note: They got TMNT, so the bar has been raised…
2nd Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.
Head down a flight of stairs to this quiet horseshoe bar that I feel most people miss as they walk down 2nd Ave. Just a nice spot for a drink and to feel relaxed. Not much else to say except the service is very friendly, average and above average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Chrystie St. btw Delancey and Broome St.
I mean, the title says it all, a sports bar on the Lower East Side, which is not something you see a lot of. Head up a flight of steps to a pretty spacious bar with plenty of TV’s showing just about everything. Crowd is young, service is fine, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Aaand apparently it closed before I could post! I guess it pays to not be lazy…I guess.
54th St. and 3rd Ave.
There’s no hotel above, but I feel like I’m in a lobby bar, or on display for all of 3rd Avenue to watch me drink. There’s plenty of space at the bar, lots of tables and seating areas for you and your midtown coworkers to drink. Closes at 1, staff is friendly, average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
58th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Just your average, run of the mill, nice pub that, while sometimes crowded, remains off the beaten path (unless your heading to Queens). Service is friendly, older crowd, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Bleeker St. and MacDougal St.
I never would’ve known this was here if it wasn’t for randomly searching for any new places on a certain other website. Cut through a restaurant (you will be leered at), and head downstairs to this decent cocktail bar. It’s got about a handful of seats at the bar, a small seating area next to it, and that’s about it. Service is friendly, crowd is young, cocktails at cocktail prices, taste fine.
55th St. btw Broadway and 7th Ave.
So the night I was here, there was a Scandal viewing party going on, so I couldn’t get a sense of the normal crowd. This crowd was young, non-hotel guests (btw, I later found that the opposite is the normal crowd on regular nights), but when the bartender forgot to switch to ABC for the reason people were here, talk about a Scandal! Anywho, decent sized space, average beers and mixed drinks here, average prices for both, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 54th and 55th St.
If you’re going to have a name like this, I don’t think it’s too much to have everything be bacon flavored, right? The food is bacon and/or has bacon in it, but I know someone, somewhere sells bacon infused beers and alcohol, so let’s find them and start replacing those taps! You can get a flight of bacon that’s pretty good, as well as cheap. Service is alright, crowd is a mix, plenty of TV’s, beers are above average at above average prices, taste fine.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.
Well, they serve pickles of various types, and I think nothing more needs to be said…What?…This is a beer blog? Fine. Place is usually always crowded, with a decent amount of tables up front, with dining in the back. Service is nice, crowd is a mix of everyone, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine, and pickles.
79th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.
Used to be the Sunburnt Calf, and they have really filled the space in. What used to be a long open bar area now has more personality, but a much smaller drinking space. Probably fits around 25 at the bar, but what it lacks in space it makes up for in charm. There’s a “speakeasy” upstairs, but that’s for another time. Bartenders are friendly, crowd is late 20’s to 30’s, drinks taste good, cocktails at cocktail prices.
Sorry folks…folk, been adjusting to the new job, getting things in order, but don’t worry, I have about 150 more bars to post and I’m still finding more. It’s tough trying to be creative (if you want to call it that) for the majority of bars that are run of the mill and, well, I just lost the energy. Anywho, sob story over, I’ll do my best to post on weekdays on a regular basis, and away we go!
34th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.
How have I never been in here before? Small bar that’s easy to miss (oh, that’s how) and in a location that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic unless your heading to or from work. So, small bar that maybe fits about 40, has some TV’s, and friendly/chatty bartenders, crowd is a mixed bag of young and old. Average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.
One of the less pretentious/fly by night/hipster spots on the LES, this place runs old school while still drawings a good all around crowd of 20 and 30 year olds. No frills bar that’s just a solid place to hang with a small group, friendly staff, and a decent amount of space. Above average taps at average prices, taste fine.
Rivington St. btw Essex and Norfolk St.
Head downstairs to this basement bar to find a few tables, a few bar stools, and, well, that’s about it. Service is friendly and the crowd is 20’s and 30’s.Cocktails and above average beers are the drinks available, and I had one of each, because I can. Both were slightly above average prices, beer tasted fine and cocktails were actually pretty good.
24th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
What better way to liven up a boring block than with an arcade. Lot’s of your favorite games (The Simpsons being up there for me) mixed with a young crowd, slightly Bro-y crowd. There’s bar seating and regular seating for those not willing to drop two bits, and plenty of TV’s to keep you occupied. Food smelled good, staff was friendly, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
24th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Thankfully this bar is better than “one star”, although it would make writing this much easier! It’s a dimly lit bar that basically has about a dozen or so spots at the bar, and everyone else hangs out behind you against the wall or in a back room…so a regular bar basically. Has access to the hotel, so you’ll get a mix of guests and locals. Couple of TV’s, friendly staff, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
I’m sure by the time this is posted it will be under another name, as it was Holiday Cocktail, etc. within the past couple of years. Nothing has really changed about it, still two floors,very eclectic scenery and patrons, average and above average beers at average prices, taste alright.
2nd Ave. and 85th St.
Used to be a restaurant, and now it’s a bar…so there. Decent sized space with a horseshoe bar, lots of columns to knock and space to be knocked into, so try and grab a tall table by the window. Or head upstairs where there is more seating, but they really pack ‘em in! Average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Houston St. btw Eldridge and Forsythe St.
Probably one of the larger bars on the Lower East Side, with a very long bar to boot. Crowd is young locals (which these days means new condo owners) mixed with moviegoers from next door and neighborhood workers. As I said, plenty of space, dim lighting, sports on TV, lots of taps, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Houston St. btw Allen and Eldridge St.
Used to be National Underground, and now it’s more of a pub. The only screen was playing the Godfather when I was in there, so for sports, you might have to go elsewhere. This Irish bar (assumption based solely on the Owner and bartender’s brogue’s) is a small spot that’s pretty basic, which can be nice if you just want a quiet drink. Average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Ok, the beer garden bar area is the part not facing the water (the water part is, of course and inconveniently, part of the restaurant). This hedge enclosed bar basically has about a dozen or so garden tables with umbrellas, and a quasi-tiki bar at one end. Not many people here except for people coming off the Ferries, so basically tourists. Average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Fulton St. and Front St.
I’m pretty sure that this bar takes up three separate corners (and part of a street) on Fulton and Front Streets, so I’m going to review the one on the southwest corner because, after having walked through all three, this one looked the most bar like and the warmest (and I could sit). So, this place has a good amount of standing space, indoor picnic tables for meeting new friends, and a lot of different beer taps. Service is good, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
37th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
One of the few rooftop bars where there isn’t a lot of standing room…actually, there’s really just not much space. This rooftop is basically a bunch of tables and bench seating, filled with workers from the Fashion District and hotel guests. Service can be a little slow, but they’re friendly. Drinks are cocktails and wine, above average prices for each, taste fine.
19th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Russian bar/eatery…fine, it could be considered a place to go eat, but the drink selection brings it back into bar territory. They have Vodka specials where you can sample a whole bunch for a decent price, and they have plenty of beers as well, also decently priced. Crowd tends to be parties, people 30 and up, or actual Russians. Booze and food taste fine, above average prices on individual drinks but good deals on tastings, taste fine.
Broadway btw Bleeker and 3rd St.
Cocktail bar mixed with activities = here. Someone created a bar near NYU where business kids can go and play foosball, play shuffleboard, watch sports, crammed them into a tight bar area (there are seats but they’re usually taken), and slowly pass the time before they stumble back upstairs (it’s in the basement of the building) into the sunlight. Now that’s a sentence! Service has a hard time with the crowd, but still friendly. Cocktails and a few above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
11th St. btw 3rd and 4th Ave.
I have been going to shows at Webster Hall for years, and how have I never known this was here? Big bar, decent amount of space, lots of TV’s, and lots of crap on the walls. Crowd is in their 20’s, service is friendly, average taps at average prices, taste fine.
Bleeker St. btw Thompson and Sullivan St.
I’m not entirely sure what to make of this place. Is it a Hookah Bar? Why does it require a bouncer? What exactly are the hours it’s open? Came in here with some friends, found a long, thin bar that gets a bit tight with everyone else inside. Not much to it really,, tight space in the front, a few tables in the back, service is pretty good at keeping up with the orders, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
3rd Ave. and 13th St.
Two level bar in an area churning out a decent number of good spots. Big space for mingling, windows for hanging out of (OSHA compliant of course), sports on TV, and they even have a rack for newspapers (bonus point!). Crowd is 20’s and 30’s, service is friendly, above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
I think the best way to sum this place up is that it wanted to be a club over near 10th Ave. in Chelsea, but decided to try it’s luck in the middle of the island. The patrons and owners haven’t gotten the memo and still treat it as if it’s a raging club 24/7, filled with smoke machines, VIP tables, coat check, etc. with just a really sparse crowd. There’s a decent amount of space by the bar, service is friendly…that’s about it. Average drinks (bottles), slightly above average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Trying to get to this rooftop bar is like reenacting the Goodfellas Copacabana entrance scene. When you finally get to the elevator, you’re brought up stairs to a decent sized space where the drinks are, surprisingly, not outrageously priced. I mean, still above average, but not to a point of complaint. Views are pretty good, decent space even though they have VIP tables, and the crowd is 20’s-30’s mixed with tourists. they even have a TV for sports. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.
Used to be Door, more recently Albert Hall, and now it’s gone the gastropub route. Still a pretty sizable space, though this is definitely the most crowded I’ve seen it. Filled with people of all ages, ranging from neighborhood workers to locals to tourists, the only place to get a wide range of crafts brews in this area. Above average drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.
Used to be Blarney Stone, one of several in the city, but now it’s been spruced up a bit to resemble a more welcoming spot. This place draws an above 30’s crowd after work, as it;s definitely one of the quieter spots in the neighborhood (I’m including everything near Penn Station and 10th Avenue as “the neighborhood”). Space can be a little tight, but ther’es usualyl a seat open at the bar, food is good, service is friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Sorry for the lack of posts, decided to take the summer and spruce up my writing skil…ha, who am I kidding, posts will be the same as always!
For the dozens of readers (probably overestimating), I’ll be sprucing up the website come the new year, hopefully take it to another level.
So, away we go…
31st St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Used to be the Irish Times, and now it’s not, but by name alone. Still the same sports bar with plenty of TV’s for your viewing pleasure, still is multi-leveled, still alot of space to move around. Beers are even the same, though the service got a little slower. Average beer at average prices, taste alright.
2nd Ave btw 88th and 89th St.
Used to be Elaine’s, and while I have no frame of reference, having never visited the former tenant, this place draws a good crowd, particularly a big older crowd mixed with a younger crowd, and it gets pretty packed. Two separate rooms, the larger more of a sitting/dining area, the smaller the bar area. Service is pretty good, above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.
Used to be Tin Lizzy’s, and while the crowd might be the same age, it’s definitely “more adult” in here now. Gone is the back area for dancing; now it’s full of tables, packed with people who want to enjoy a craft beer. It gets pretty crowded in here, and with the over abundance of tables, it’s a little tough to move around, but this “more adult” crowd handles it well, as well as the bartenders. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Lexington Ave. btw 72nd and 73rd St.
This location in this chain of bars is probably the quietest (whilst still drawing a crowd) and most adult, neither of which is a bad thing. Want to smoke a cigar in after-work silence or with a buddy or two, this might be the best out of a chain for a relaxing night. Only downside was that I was confused by where the door was once you come off the street, but now I’m just looking for something wrong with this place! Above average drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
12th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
Quiet bar during the week, draws a crowd on the weeke…wait, that’s every bar. Anywho, this spot is two rooms of space, lots of places to sit, and draws a younger crowd. The service depends on what day you come: weekdays when it’s empty, service is non-existent, weekends it picks up, probably to make sure people keep coming back on the weekends. Above average beers, average prices, taste fine.
Ave. A btw 13th and 14th St.
Of the two bars drawing a sports crowd on this block, this is where the youngins hang out, legally of course. Not much too it, simple square with a bar on one side. Pretty good amount of TV’s, crowd is young (can get a little douchey at times), and the service is pretty good. Average and above average taps, average prices, taste fine.
(Broome St. btw Bowery and Elizabeth St.)
Latest (well, newer) in a line of gastropubs to make it’s way downtown. This bar does not lack for square footage, but it constantly packed. The crowd ranges from right out of college, to Hipster, to people there right after work or meeting for a date…you know, its a big ole mix of people. Beers are above average, above average prices, taste fine.
Grand St. and Thompson St.
Rooftop bar that pretty much has what most others do: great view (even though they’re all different of course), pool you can’t go in unless you’re a hotel guest, and pricey drinks that aren’t any different from ground floor bars or different enough to justify the high price. It’s smaller than most roof bars, and the crowd is a mix of hotel guests and people who like taking elevators to be seen. Staff is friendly, cocktails at cocktail prices (~13), taste alright.
1st Ave. and St. Mark’s Pl.
This could go either way, as a restaurant or a bar/lounge/gimmick, but the booze is flowing more than the food (food’s good though), so bar it is. Bar bedecked in curtains and amidst a sea of red and gold everything, draws a crowd of young and old, mostly the former, but while it’s a nice, quiet spot early on, gets packed at night. Drinks are cocktails and booze, average price for them (~$12), taste fine.
N. Moore St. btw Varick and Hudson St.
Upscale spot in TriBeCa, this place is a decent spot for a drink before dinner or to hang after work with your business friends. Decent sized space that has a lot of reserved table and enjoys playing the whole “let me check if we have anything” game when it’s empty anyway, and you’re standing there watching them look at an empty bar. Anywho, service is pretty slow if you’re sitting at the bar, all cocktails and booze, average cocktail prices (~12), taste fine.
Church St. btw Franklin and White St.
A subterranean cocktail bar in Tribeca. A small bar that has most tables reserved…actually, pretty much all tables reserved, so grab one of the handful of bar stools and try a drink. They have a few beers on tap in addition to their cocktail list, service is friendly, crowd is a mixed bag and also ranges from crowded to empty. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, cocktails are cocktail prices, taste fine.