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6th November
2018
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Rivington St. btw Clinton and Suffolk St.

Good sized bar with a separate bar in the back where you can watch some live music.  Good old school LES feel, music is great, had movies (muted) on TV, service was friendly.  Everything in cans and bottles, average prices, tastes like beers out of bottle and cans, which I enjoy.

Aaaaaand another one bites the dust

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6th November
2018
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Rivington St. btw Clinton and Suffolk St.

Head down stairs to a decent sized space with a lot of sugary cocktails and some oddball drafts.  Crowd is on the young side, service is friendly, and there’s a good mix of music. Only downside is for those over 7’-6”, it’s a little cramped.  Average and above average beers, average prices, taste fine.

Aaaaaand, its closed.

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6th November
2018
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2nd Ave. btw 89th and 90th St.

Used to be Blonde, Brunette, and a Redhead, but they’ve added some lights…lots of lights in the front, and gave it a makeover.  More in the gastropub vein now, the crowd is still young 20’s to early 30’s, service friendly, small areas in the front and back.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.infirmarynyc.com

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6th November
2018
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Houston St. btw W. Broadway and Wooster St.

I was floored by the fact that I could find a casual, non-hotel based cocktail place around SoHo!  Huge spot up a flight of stairs, the crowd is mixed with after work groups, dates, and people just meeting for a drink.  Service is friendly, cocktails at cocktail prices, taste fine.

www.peguclub.com

 

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5th November
2018
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Rector St. and Washington St.

Lively bar, and the indoor space is decent sized but can get crowded, with a good sized outdoor space.  The downside is that the outdoors area it rarely ever sees the sun; whether being blocked by the tall building it hides under or the scaffolding.  So, crowd is mixed with tourists, business, young-uns, and the service is friendly. Above average beers at only slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.clintonhallny.com

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30th October
2018
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Broadway and 164th St.

Sports bar in a part of town severely lacking in sports bars.  Well, let me clarify; a sports bar that is showing just the Yankees game.  Lots of space, including some secluded spaces for parties. Crowd is very mixed (which is why I like this area) and from young, old, and after-work people who just wanna see sports.  Average and above average beers, average prices, taste fine.

Aaaaaaand it’s closed

www.heightstavernnyc.com

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30th October
2018
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3rd St. btw 6th Ave. and MacDougal St.

Ok, live music is a given here.  That said, know that you’re going to hear music and not have a big chance to socialize, unless you shout over the band, in which case you’re a dick.  A few seats at the bar give way to lots of tables for groups that include families of the band, tourists, or genuine fans of jazz. Food is alright, average beers and cocktails at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.bluenotejazz.com

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30th October
2018
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39th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

The outpost of it’s Chelsea location, this place is not as secluded or tucked away as it’s older brother.  One side of a hotel lobby (that’ll make sense when you go), it’s about three booths and a bar area that maybe fits about 25-30.  Crowd is tourists and people looking for a pretty good cocktail, and the service is decent. Cocktails at cocktail prices, taste pretty good.

www.raineslawroom.com

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30th October
2018
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30th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

No longer content with the shackles of Flatiron in their name (as well as not really being the Flatiron District anymore), Dewey’s Flatiron has moved to a new location that works much better than the two storied cavern that it once was.  Crowd is your typical B&T’s, mixed with people going to the Garden, lots of sports on TV, service very friendly. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.deweyspub.com

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30th October
2018
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West Side Highway and Vesey St.

Is it a tourist trap, yes, but it’s a relatively subdued crowd at this sky high bar.  If you don’t grab a table, there are a dozen or so bar stools up for grabs in this decently sized bar.  Service is good, views are great, not much more to it. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.oneworldobservatory.com

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30th October
2018
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10th St. btw 6th and Greenwich Ave.

Used to be Kingswood.  Not much has changed though the bar area no longer spills into the seating.  Crowd is still young to late 20’s, B&T’s, and the service is pretty good about keeping up with the crowds and makes a solid drink.  Beers and cocktails at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.happiesthournyc.com

 

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30th October
2018
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Broome St. btw Orchard and Ludlow St.

If I had to classify a bar for a date spot, this would probably be it.  This decent sized space with room (more room in the back) is a great place for drinks, for a chat with a friend, or to show a date a spot below Delancey (and that’s not a euphemism).  Crowd is 20’s and 30’s, service friendly, bottled beer, wine, and cocktails are the fare, at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.tenbellsnyc.com

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30th October
2018
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Orchard St. btw Broome and Delancey St.

Out of the many bars/bottle sellers, this is noted for being a spot that actually feels like a bar.  Not a lot of seats but plenty of standing room, the crowd is subdued locals in their late 20’s and 30’s.  Bartender is nice, and the place serves above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.tophops.com

30th October
2018
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Orchard St. btw Grand and Broome St.

Head downstairs to this live music cocktail bar that draws a mixed/young crowd.  Service is friendly, and while they are meticulous making your drink, it’s pretty darn tasty.  A handful of seats at the bar, seating closer to the stage, the rest is standing room. cocktails at average cocktail prices, and taste, as stated above, pretty darn good.

Aaaaaan it’s closed

www.botaniclab.nyc

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30th October
2018
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Bowery and 3rd St.

This place is huge!  But just because something is huge doesn’t mean it’s great…I’ll stop right there.  This bar located in the Bowery Hotel is a series of different sized rooms filled with all sorts of plants and stairs and doorways, so your best bet on moving around is to either stay put or work on the buddy system.  Service is good, sometimes it’s an event going on in here, other times it’s good for a couple of pre-dinner or pre-bed drinks. Above average drinks, average prices for these drinks, taste fine.

www.theboweryhotel.com

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29th October
2018
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Orchard St. btw Grand and Broome St.

It’s a thrift store in a bar…I can get behind this…though apparently customers could not, because it’s closed.  You can either come into buy, or sit and have some drinks and then make a choice you might regret later…sounds like lots of other bar nights.  Anywho, down to the bar, which is the other half of this establishment. Seats about 8 at the bar, a few tables in the back, and maybe 15-20 can stand without spilling on the merchandise.  Service woke up on the wrong side the night we were there, crowd is mixed, beer is bottled and at average prices, taste alright.

www.thedressingroomnyc.com

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29th October
2018
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Orchard St. btw Grand and Broome St.

While I will quickly skim over the food review here (plate lickin’ delicious), above the tables on the first floor there is an upstairs bar that draws a crowd as the night goes on.  It’s a small space, with the second floor half the size of the first, and just gets to be way too crowded so just hang at the bar downstairs instead and enjoy the good music from there.  Cocktails and bottled beer at slightly above average prices, cocktails taste pretty good.

Aaaaaand it’s closed

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29th October
2018
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Orchard St. btw Hester and Canal St.

Alright, excellent case of not really a restaurant.  Lots of booze and different types of oysters, with less than a handful of other small pickins.  You come here to drink, have a few good/cheap oysters, and start your night out. 30’s and up crowd, bottled beers with cocktails, slightly above average prices for both, cocktails taste nice.

And now it’s closed, revamped as Bar Belly.

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29th October
2018
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John St. btw William and Gold St.

Putting aside the fact they use that awful acronym in their name, it’s the same as it’s midtown location, except way more business kids, and a big emphasis on kids.  Everyone in here is fresh out of college and surrounded by their peers, with a smattering of older folks there to pick up the tab or leer at said younger folks. It’s one big room, with everyone packed amongst reserved tables.  Lot’s of TV’s, average and above average beers at above average prices for all, taste fine.

www.stoutnyc.com

 

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29th October
2018
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John St. btw Cliff and Pearl St.

You drink down in this neighborhood, and you’re going to be with the business crowd or the tourist crowd.  While the former drink here into the night, it’s an older and more subdued after-work crowd you’ll find here, patiently enjoying happy hour before missing their train home.  Lots of TV’s, nice long space with tables in the back, and friendly service. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.opendoornyc.com

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29th October
2018
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181st St. and Cabrini Blvd.

Might be one of the more claustrophobic bars I’ve ever been to, from the bathroom to ducking under the stairs to get around.  It’s half brunch spot, have people crammed into a small bar area to wait for said brunch. Nice enough spot for the neighborhood locals, service is alright, beers are a mixed bag, average prices, taste fine.

www.lecheilenyc.com

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29th October
2018
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Broadway btw Fairview Ave. and 192nd St.

Sports bar that draws a decent crowd during the day, and pretty much stays that way into the night.  Lots of TV’s, friendly service, lots of craft beers on tap at above average prices, taste fine.

 

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29th October
2018
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Broadway and Arden St.

I’m pretty sure by the time I post this, the bar will be gone, but I’m glad I got to go once.  It’s a dark bar where people who just want a drink in their own silence come, but good luck with one of the nicest/chattiest bartenders on hand.  I feel as if the TV in the bar until recently had to be smacked on the side in order to get good reception. Decent spot but can get a little depressing, average beers, all bottled, taste like bottled beer.

I was right, closed!

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29th October
2018
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Broadway btw Thayer and Dyckman St.

Shiny Irish bar in an area that is experiencing some new life.  TV overload with an island bar in the middle, you get some locals, families, and bros all mixed together during a game.  Service is nice, lots of beers, average and above average on tap, average to slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.tryonpublichouse.com

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29th October
2018
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Division St, btw Ludlow and Orchard St.

100%  more like a brunch spot on the weekends, but thankfully attracts the non-eaters after work during the week.  A little more business type-y than its neighbors, and definitely more subdued. Service is nice, most people keep to themselves, mainly because there is zero room to stand around in here from all of the seats.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.forgtmenotnyc.com

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13th August
2018
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Essex St. btw Canal and Hester St.

Dive bar that draws a mixed young crowd of locals, hipsters, and people who went too far on the F train.  Small space that is filled usually from right after work and onwards…so a bar…I need to take a creative writing class or something.  Good music selection, average and above average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.clockworknyc.com

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7th August
2018
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26th St. btw Broadway and 6th Ave.

Nice sized cocktail bar in an area quickly building up a bar scene.  Crowd is B&T’s and coworkers, service is fine, and if you there’s plenty of room if you can’t grab a seat at the bar.  Not much to it, but cocktails at slightly above cocktail prices, taste alright.

www.maysvillenyc.com

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25th July
2018
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Trinity Pl. btw Edgar and Rector St.

The latest in the chain of cheese steak bars in the city, and yet I hardly ever see a person eating a cheese steak.  That aside, it’s just a sports bar where the crowd is business and young people, plenty of TV’s, and the service is nice.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.wogies.com

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23rd July
2018
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Suffolk St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

Not a dive, yet not a polished bar either, that is trying its best to keep it real in the LES.  Good music, young crowd, good amount of space, this place is nice to bring a few friends but also conducive to meeting other people.  Cocktails at slightly under and decent happy hour cocktail prices, taste fine.

www.subject-les.com

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19th July
2018
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Jane St. and West Side Highway

So the day we went, the elevator to this rooftop bar was out of order.  but if we can make a 65 year old in our group climb the stairs and still have a ball, this place is worth revisiting.  There is a small outdoor patio that really crams them in, but the trick is to sit in the indoor space near the bar where seating is much more aplenty.  Crowd is young to late 20’s, service is nice, views pretty good. Average and above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.thejanenyc.com

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12th July
2018
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Orchard St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.

We went a-wassailing, and found ciders so clean…that’s as far as my lyrical knowledge goes.  So this is a cider bar, and they have a bunch of different options. A decent sized bar, with a crowd that ranges from early 20’s to 30’s.  If you’re a cider fan, the flavors they serve are very nice, but they can be a bit sweet. Ciders at above average prices, taste fine.

Aaaaan it’s closed.  Bless the master of that house, and the mistress too!

www.wassailnyc.com

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10th July
2018
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Ludlow St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

Not your typical hotel bar, in that it’s a bit more nice than your run of the mill hotel bar.  Also, there is a lack of tourists and mainly an older crowd. All that being said, it doesn’t get too crowded in this decent sized space.  Service leaves a lot to be desired, but the beers and cocktails are pretty good. Above average beers and cocktails at above average prices, taste fine.

www.ludlowhotel.com

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2nd July
2018
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58th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Well, what a lovely, quiet spot that I have stumbled upon.  Small rooftop bar that sits about 20, so hurry up (I think I can’t legally finish the song) but you get the idea.  The view is essentially the Time Warner Center, and other adjacent tall buildings, with a glimpse of Central Park. But, as the opening sentence says, a quiet bar.  Crowd is young mixed with tourists, service is nice, wine and beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.blueribbonrestaurants.com

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28th June
2018
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38th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

Decent sized sports bar in an area that is slowly accumulating more pubs/sports bars as opposed to pretentious spots.  That being said, you still get the B&T crowd, mostly business types, good amount of TV’s showing sports, and possibly the friendliest bouncer I’ve ever come across.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.districttaphouse.com

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27th June
2018
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58th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

One of the several bars in this hotel, and one of two outdoor bars.  The draw here is its a good looking place for an event, and tacos. The space is filled with business kids and hotel guests, as well as lots of art filling in the gaps.  Takes a little while to get your drinks, but the service is friendly as they serve average beers and cocktails at slightly above average prices, and they taste fine.

Apologies reader, this is closed, but I’m getting better at posting my backlog!

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26th June
2018
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Irving Pl. btw 17th and 18th St.

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this place, and I’m okay with that.  There’s plenty of seating room in this eclectic establishment, and the crowd is mixed between those who actually looked for it and those waiting to get into a neighboring restaurant/bar.  Also mixed between old locals and young, and the service is really friendly. Nice place for a quiet drink, cocktails at cocktail prices, taste alright.

www.cibarlounge.com

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20th June
2018
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Cedar St. btw Trinity Pl. and Broadway

Aside from the novelty of the old timey bank vault door, it’s just another bar in the Financial District.  Enjoy watching pleated pants through the windows as you drink your slightly overpriced cocktail in the space that is usually packed with your business types.  Cocktails at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.trinityplacenyc.com

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19th June
2018
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Fulton St. btw Nassau and Dutch St.

Huge bar that has always been crowded, albeit with plenty of room to move around, each time I’ve gone in.  Not as upscale as some other sports watering holes, but in no way a shit hole. Clientele is all business, plenty of sports on TV, and the service is quick on the service.  Average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

Aaaaaand another one bites the dust, supposedly turning into an Ainsworth…whoopee…

 

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13th June
2018
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Liberty St. and Nassau St.

Well well, a nice quiet pub that’s sort of tucked away.  Upon finding the entrance, head up some stairs and you find a British themed water hole that has a good amount of space with British beers on tap.  Crowd is business type, can bring in the tourists. Average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.poundandpence.com

8th June
2018
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Ave. A btw 13th and 14th St.

Well, there is a Fat Buddha in the middle of this island bar.  Not much else to this place that strikes me as serene.  Just your typical alphabet city bar that draws your college crowd and the rest of the 20’s crowd.  Music is always turned up, but the good bartenders can hear you over it.  Cocktails and beers at average prices, taste alright.

www.fatbuddhabar.com

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7th June
2018
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13th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

So Momofuku took back the space and it is no longer it’s own entity, but I’m posting it anyway, so there.

Depending on the day you come here, you can either walk right in and sit down, or have to wait as there is zero standing room.  Small bar with “specialty” cocktails that are basically normal cocktails with different names; a gin and tonic by any other name…  Crowd is 20’s and 30’s, service friendly, cocktails at cocktail prices, taste fine.

Aaand this place is closed, sorry!

 

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14th February
2018
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44th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

It sure is.  I actually had to check if I had a full tan after I left.  If you grab the seats right up against the front window, you might not need to excessively blink after leaving.  But as to the bar, it’s a decent sized space, crowd is older B&T’s, business types, and tourists.  Mostly cocktails with some beers, all above average prices, taste alright.

www.marriott.com/hotels

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12th February
2018
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Lafayette St. btw Grand and Hester St.

Fun karaoke bar that maybe fits about 20, if you all don’t exhale at the same time though.  Bar when no singing is occurring, this place is really cozy and a good place to relax.  When the live band shows up to perform your preferred song selection, it gets cozier.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.babygrandnyc.com

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9th February
2018
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9th Ave. and 51st St.

Probably the most business type bar for after work drinks in this area.  Crowd is older, aforementioned business types, and they usually pack the place on most days.  Decent amount of tables (maybe too many as it gets crowded), but plenty of sports on TV to distract.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.jaspersnyc.com

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6th February
2018
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2nd Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.

Used to be Swig, they’ve really scrubbed the place down, as well as toned down the sports bar aspect down, for more of a gastropub feel.  Crowd has changed to reflect the decor and now it’s a little older and more subdued.  Food is alright, service is chatty, same decent amount of space.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.  Another reason to post when I first visit, this place is closed already, oh well.

www.wildhorsetavern.com

 

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5th February
2018
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John St. btw South and Front St.

Pretty big bar that manages to make you feel comfy with a big group.  Crowd is a pretty good mix of tourists, locals (yes, there are locals down here in this part of town) and business-types.  Solid staff that can handle the crowds, a pretty good spot all in all.  Average and above average drafts, above average prices, taste fine

www.tradingpostnyc.com

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2nd February
2018
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Murray St. btw Church St. and Broadway

Besides the fact that I can use the bar as a shortcut to get from block to block on a cold day (of course stopping for a berer…naturally), this huge space draws your usual business crowd and probably has about 100 taps.  Plenty of space, plenty of TV’s, friendly service.  A few average beers with mostly above average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.

www.barleycornnyc.com

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1st February
2018
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Washington St. btw Rector and Carlisle St.

I’m not sure if this was once a church, but I’m definitely putting my money on it having been a diner at some point.  Straight up bars and tables (a few too many tables if you ask me…which, turns out, they aren’t) and you have a average sized bar with your average Financial District crowd of business kids, tourists, and construction workers, with a few TV’s showing sports.  Apparently they serve Chinese food in this bar, but all I saw were wings, so enjoy that.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.stgeorgetavernnyc.com

 

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31st January
2018
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24th St. btw 5th Ave. and Broadway

The bar area is the focal point, with the few diners being cordoned off toward the back in another section.  Young crowd of B&T’s that linger for Happy Hour and then leave a more manageable bar in their wake.  A few beers on tap, along with cocktails, are the main fare.  Decent sized space, service is friendly and they manage the crowd well.  Above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.bosrestaurant.com

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30th January
2018
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South St. btw Pine St. and Maiden Ln.

Another bar taking up residency near the Seaport, and this one is a tale of two cities; half is pure bar, the other is a bar with pizza.  Crowd is business kids with tourists, decent amount of space, nice view of Downtown Brooklyn.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.industry-kitchen.com

 

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17th January
2018
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William St. btw Broad and St. and Mill Ln.

German themed bar that is here for the business kid that are looking for slightly more beer for just slightly more money.  It’s a bar that stretches through the block, plenty of space, plenty of TV’s, lots of German beer.  Service is friendly, though pretty sure there isn’t one actual German server (not a dig, just funny that they have to wear the “German bar person” uniform).  German beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.bavariabarnyc.com

 

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16th January
2018
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Stone St. btw Hanover Sq. and Coentis Slip

Located beneath The Growler, this small cocktail bar is a quiet respite from the plethora of bars upstairs and outside.  Chatty bartenders, 20’s and 30’s crowd, cocktails at cocktails prices, taste pretty good.

www.thegrowlernyc.com/underdog.cfm

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11th January
2018
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1st Ave. btw 7th and 8th St.

Used to be Lunasa, and the basic difference is more sports on TV and less board games.  Mixed crowd of young and old, plenty of TV’s, plenty of space, not much more to it.  Average and above average beers at average prices, taste alright.

 www.thegraftonnyc.com

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2nd January
2018
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Stanton St. btw Chrystie St. and Bowery

Used to be Stanton Public, and pretty much nothing is too different, though the music selection is more eclectic, and on repeat after about 9 songs, and the crowd is a little more adult.  The yard area is still nice in, case the bar gets too crowded, the service is friendly and chatty, and the crowd is 20’s and 30’s.  Cocktails at cocktail prices, taste fine.

www.bonnievee.com

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25th May
2017
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Allen St. btw Delancey St. and Rivington St.

Pretty decent sized space with the bar in the back, but you’re free to drink up front as well, though the front area is used more for eating.  Vibe is relaxed with late 20 to 30 year old’s, friendly service, and, well, that’s about it.  Solid spot.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.hillanddalenyc.com

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19th May
2017
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Bleecker St. and Barrow St.

Used to be Bleecker Heights Tavern, but now it’s cleaned it’s act up a little bit.  First off, it’s harder to find due to the construction downstairs.  But once upstairs, the place has been renovated with the old furniture from Sunset Boulevard.  If you don’t claim one of the furniture groups, you’ll be crammed into the decent sized bar area as every young 20 year old seems to come here.  Service gets bonus points for being pretty quick on service, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.garretnyc.com

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15th May
2017
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1st Ave. btw 10th and 11th St.

Spacious bar in an area consisting of dive bars, so it’s a nice change of pace if you like cleanliness and such.  Crowd is 20’s and 30’s, service is friendly, and there are plenty of seats.  Above average beers and cocktails at prices average for both, taste fine.

Well, this place as closed, must have been as exciting to the masses as my review.

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11th May
2017
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10th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Used to be Company, and it’s basically the same layout except they took away the multi-phone charger and installed a car grille…so there’s that.  It’s definitely more inviting than the former tenant, and there’s a small space for live music now.  Service is friendly, and the crowd is late 20’s to 30’s.  Above average taps at average prices, taste fine.

www.pinks.nyc

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3rd May
2017
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26th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Solid pub in an area that could use more places like this.  British-style hangout with a lot of space to move around.  Plenty of TV’s for sports, with a crowd of B&T’s and tourists.  Average and above average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.cromptonalehouse.com

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26th April
2017
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35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Like any rooftop bar, when you go early in the evening, there’s a lot of velvet ropes and bouncers for what I can assume turns into a hoppin’ night.  However, until that time, this rooftop bar with a pretty good view of Herald Square (who knew the rooftops around here were interesting!?!) is sparsely crowded.  There’s a second, smaller bar out on the deck next to the “VIP” seating, the service is friendly, and the crowd consists of B&T’s and hotel guests.  Above average taps at above average prices, taste alright.

www.addisongroupnyc.com/venues/monarch

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25th April
2017
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Eldridge St. btw Delancey and Broome St.

Nice spot with limited seating, this open air bar (during nice weather of course) is relaxed spot to pop in for a chat or, as was the case, there was no more room at Attaboy.  Not much too it, simple cocktail bar that has a few interesting drinks of their own, crowd is 20’s and 30’s with locals.  Friendly service, cocktails at cocktail prices, taste fine.

Update, place is closed, sad news

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18th April
2017
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Eldridge St. btw Delancey and Broome St.

Used to be Milk and Honey, though I never got a chance to visit that spot.  This “speakeasy” doesn’t take reservations, but if there’s enough room at this small spot, the cocktails are really well done.  Bartenders are chatty and friendly, crowd is 20’s and 30’s.  Cocktails at average cocktail prices, taste really good.

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17th April
2017
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Frederick Douglas Blvd. and 116th St.

Now this is a spot I can behind!  Big outdoors front area, plenty of room inside at the bar, tons of sports on TV’s all over, and the food is pretty good too.  Service is friendly and can handle the crowd, which is basically every group from the surrounding area.  Average and above average beers, average prices, taste fine.

www.harlemtavern.com

14th April
2017
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Frederick Douglas Blvd. btw 112th and 113th St.

Cocktail bar that’s airy and friendly and not pretentious, what they should all be like!  Well, it’s a little small, but the crowd is friendly and chatty, as well as the bartender, and the crowd is a good mix of the neighborhood and humanity.  Cocktails at average cocktail prices, taste pretty good.

www.67orangestreet.com

13th April
2017
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9th Ave. and 48th St.

Used to be Traffic, and it’s the exact same layout, however not quite as douchey as its previous tenant.  It feels more welcoming and you can actually carry on a conversation without shouting, who woulda thunk!?!  Crowd is young, plenty of TV’s, average and above average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.jollymonknyc.com

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12th April
2017
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Duane St. btw Hudson and Greenwich St.

Just a nice, decent sized place that is good for a quiet drink with a couple of friends.  Sure, you have the B&T’s wondering over after work, but the rest of the time it’s just a solid bar with a friendly staff…I really need to get better about singing good bars’ praises.  Anywho, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.thehideawaynyc.com

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11th April
2017
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Irving Pl. btw 17th and 18th St.

Not hard to get a table here, but not exactly warm to the walk-ins.  This cocktail bar has a good amount of space, including a standing area in the back.  Filled to the brim with first dates, B&T’s and after work drinkers, they do their best to fill as many people in as the fire code allows.  Cocktails at above average prices, taste pretty good.

www.dearirving.com

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10th April
2017
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Union Square Park

What used to be Luna Park is now reopened but with a lot less table space outside of the building.  Decent sized space that brings in the B&T’s by the fistful, the staff presents you with cocktails and liquor until it’s time to catch your train home to the suburbs.  Cocktails at above average prices, taste alright.

www.thepavilionnyc.com

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1st February
2017
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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.

www.follynyc.com

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24th January
2017
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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.

www.houstonhallny.com 

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20th January
2017
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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.

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19th January
2017
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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.

www.theshakespearenyc.com

 

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17th January
2017
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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.

www.spyglassnyc.com

 

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12th October
2016
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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.

www.coopersnyc.com

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10th October
2016
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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.

www.theflatironroom.com

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21st September
2016
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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.

www.macenewyork.com

 

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12th September
2016
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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!

 

 

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7th September
2016
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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.

www.jacques1534.com

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6th September
2016
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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.

www.johnsullivansnyc.com

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18th July
2016
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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.

www.boilermakernyc.com

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