Hell’s Kitchen

15th September
2014
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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.

www.scallywagsnyc.com

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24th April
2014
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Used to be the Irish Rogue, but they’ve opened the space a little (and construction still looks ongoing) so it’s a little more room to breathe in here.  Still the same good amount of sports available, good amount of space to sit, service is friendly.  Average and above average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.

www.quinnsnyc.com

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26th March
2014
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45th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

The latest in the line of Beer Refrigerator’s comes to Hell’s Kitchen.  Thankfully, this one is a little livelier than others.  You go in, you can buy six packs, you can buy beers on tap, and they have sports on TV.  It’s not the biggest of spaces, it can get crowded, which it usually is, and the crowd is late 20’s and up.  Above average beers and craft beers, above average prices, taste fine.

www.beerculturenyc.com

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25th March
2014
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8th Ave and 45th St.

New bar to the 8th Avenue scene (is there an 8th Avenue scene?) that is just like any other sports bar.  The difference is that while it offers nothing different (not a bad thing), it has crammed this place full of tables and there’s actually a VIP section.  I get it, rent is too darn high (copyright avoidance!) but, when you’re in here, you’re cramped into a small standing space next to many empty tables.  The crowd is older with some spill in from people on their way home to the Port Authority and theatre goers, service is pretty good, average beers at average prices, taps could use a cleaning.

www.ironbarnyc.com

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27th January
2014
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42nd St. btw 10th and 11th Ave.

Newer nightclub to the lower Hell’s Kitchen scene, this draws to types of crowds: people who are here for an event, and the gay scene.  There’s also two parts of this place, a slightly quieter bar room up front, and a double barred club in the back.  Not a bad spot, bathrooms are a little hard to get to, good service, beer and cocktails, above average prices, taste fine.

www.xlnightclub.com

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6th January
2014
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9th Ave. btw 41st and 42nd St.

Another branch of this chain of bars, it’s basically the same in size and offerings.  Small bar that attracts traffic on their way to the Port Authority, has a good amount of sports on TV, it can also tend to be a quiet spot with an almost non-existent crowd.  Average beers and above average beers at average prices and above average prices, taste fine.

www.shortysnyc.com

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17th December
2013
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Some positives for this place include a lot of space, lots of taps, and lots of TV’s.  The service is alright, slowly managing the business kids and late 20’s that make up the crowd.  The downside is that there’s not much too it, sort of lacking a personality.  Or maybe I’m getting fussier.  It just feels like a big space that does its best to keep everyone in their separate corners.  Average and above average taps, average prices, taste fine.

www.nybeercompany.com

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25th November
2013
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10th Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.

Whiskey bar in Hell’s Kitchen.  They do have other alcohol as well, but their specialty is whiskey, and they have lots.  The space is pretty small, can maybe hold 30 tops, so try for a space in the back.  Crowd is late 20’s and up, quiet spot, not much more to it.  Whiskey and other spirits, about ~11 and up for a drink, tastes as whiskey should.

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Ivy

23rd July
2013
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8th Ave. btw 55th and 56th St.

Upscale place on the edge of Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper West Side (it’s in the former).  Decent sized space with tables dotted all over, you’ll be drinking with the business kids here.  Service can be spotty at times, lots of wine and above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.ivybarnyc.com

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18th April
2013
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39th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Absolutely bingo.  Spot on.  A billion synonyms I can use for the bar I’ve been waiting for here in NYC can be used to describe this place.  This bar used to be located on 8th and 33rd but has since closed and relocated here.  Plenty of space with everyone grabbing drinks at the bar and heading back to their own booth/table/area with their own group.  Plenty of space to mingle, loads of sports on TV, good chatty service, and good food.  Well done.  Average drinks at average prices, taste fine.

www.tirnanognyc.com

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10th April
2013
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45th St. and 9th Ave.

Smaller and a much lower decibel level than its Upper East Side brother.  There’s also a quiet bar downstairs if the small space upstairs is too crowded.  The food’s good, crowd is mixed and subdued.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.southernhospitalitybbq.com

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9th April
2013
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40th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Don’t be fooled by the tiny bar when you walk in with the older crowd on the bar stools.  Head upstairs to two more wide open floors full of a young crowd, meatheads and business kids, and anyone grabbing a quick drink before getting on their bus.  Tons of space, lots of TV’s, service is pretty good.  Average beers mixed with above average beers, all at average prices, taste fine.

www.beerauthoritynyc.com

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26th February
2013
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49th St. and 9th Ave.

I’m not entirely sure what to think of this place.  Maybe it’s trying to cash in on the party scene in Hell’s Kitchen, but there is zero room in here if you’re not sitting at the bar of at one of the high tables.  Dance music with sports on the TV’s…that’s about it really.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

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14th February
2013
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

This space has changed names so many times (Joshua Tree, Village Pour House) and absolutely nothing has changed between each tenant, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing another review for it next year.  Same young crowd, tight space, plenty of TV’s.  Actually, I will say they have changed the feel of the place from a big club rectangle to a more oaky/comfy rectangle, guess they really hope to stick around!  Average beers, average prices, taste fine.

www.restaurantrow.littletown.com

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13th February
2013
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53rd St. and 9th Ave.

Nice space in Hell’s Kitchen, blends in nicely with the other sports bars in the area.  The difference is that its craft beers on tap and slightly more subdued.  Plenty of sports on TV’s and plenty of room to sit.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.alfiesnyc.com

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6th August
2012
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9th Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd St.

It would be detrimental to call it a fancier place, but it definitely attracts a more nicely dressed individual than some of the other bars on 9th Ave.  It’s really just a big bar, split into two room, business kids mixed with dinner dates, tossing in the random older local.  Not a lot of space for standing, the service is quick and friendly, lots of TV’s, above average taps at a little above average prices, taste fine.

www.brickyardnyc.com

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2nd August
2012
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48th St. and 9th Ave.

I’m not exactly sure who was hoping for a meat head bar in Hell’s Kitchen, but here you go.  Basically one room split by the bar down the middle, definitely doesn’t feel as polished as it’s Midtown location even though it’s new-ish to the area.  The crowd is as mentioned in the first sentence, sprinkled in with Business kids.  Service was pretty good though, average prices for average drinks that taste average.

www.trafficbarnyc.com

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26th July
2012
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

What the…I have no idea what to make of this.  Quirky bar in the basement of an office building, located down a ton of stairs and the entrance looks like the door most building would normally take garbage out of.  The stairs and the entrance are my only complaints really.  Downstairs there’s one main room with the bar, and a couple of offshoot rooms that are usually filled.  It literally feels that a couple of guys tapped some coolers on the beach and are serving beer out of them, which is the look that they achieve well.  It’s basically a dark version of a bar you would find in a beach hut.  They have your average and “themed” drinks, average prices, taste fine.

www.reunionbar.com

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15th March
2012
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48th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.

One of the smaller sports bars in Hell’s Kitchen, but by no means the least popular.  Dartboards and TV’s everywhere, young crowd, decent amount of room to move around, and I use the term “around” literally as there is an island in the middle of the bar…for some reason.  Friendly staff, regular pints, taste average, average prices.

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9th March
2012
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9th Ave. btw 45th and 46th St.

Compared to the other bars, or really any other establishment on 9th, this would be the “dive” of the lot.  An old school bar with a good amount of space, good music, and, wait for it, it’s a gay bar.  I admit, I was fooled and thought it was just another hole in the wall. And while it is, it’s an all-male bar, hags in tow, and a decent place to grab a drink..actually, I really liked this place.  Everyone was in a good mood, and very friendly to anyone who wandered in.  Friendly bartenders, average prices for average tasting beers.

www.9thavesaloon.com

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8th March
2012
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57th St. btw 11th and 12th Ave.

This place used to be J Macs, but I guess they took the taps when they moved out.  Very small bar, a dive with some paint and flat screens (thereby losing the dive title) that is all alone out in this section of Manhattan.  Crowd is made up of locals, the businesses surrounding, and a couple of regulars.  You can maybe fit 30 people in here, and the pool table takes up most of the standing room.  Everything was in bottles, tasted alright, average prices.

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7th February
2012
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11th Ave. and 46th St.

Old school pub in a quickly developing neighborhood.  This is also evident by the people in here, old crowd from days gone by mixed with the new annoying crowd/hipsters that work in the area/are slowly moving into the area.  Once the latter group left, it was a really nice, quiet place, good tasting pints, average prices (though please having the price include change or I’m going to start giving change tips!), nice place to watch a game, friendly staff.  If it wasn’t such a schlep I would come more often.

www.thelandmarktavern.org

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12th January
2012
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Even though it didn’t “rain glitter”, as a friend promised, the place was still packed and dancing.  Don’t be fooled by the huge crowd/line outside, there’s plenty of room inside.  Several floors of booze and boys, it can sometimes feel like one big apartment party.  Beers are average prices, taste fine, the crowd is mostly LGBT, all crowds are welcome.

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29th November
2011
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8th Ave. btw 40th and 41st St.

It’s kind of the same idea as Track’s (being right in the middle of a major transportation hub), but cleaner and smaller.  The smallest of the chain, you still get all of your homegrown taps and the good food.  Pretty much a B&T crowd, Heartland prices ($7 or $8) for a pint, tastes fine.

www.heartlandbrewery.com

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24th October
2011
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41st St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Used to be Port 41, but looks a tad more welcoming from the front now.  If you’re in this area, you’re taking the Lincoln tunnel, using the Port Authority, a construction worker, want a dollar slice of pizza, or homeless.  All are welcome at this place and they all show up!  This place is a dive, make no mistake, and there’s plenty of room, though I would stick to the front area.  If you come in here with an open mind, you’ll be fine.  If you think Social is the best bar in Hell’s Kitchen, don’t bother.  Nice staff, locals will either chew your ear off or let you sit in silence, average prices for average pints.

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21st October
2011
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9th Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.

This place used to be Why Not, and used to be bigger.  Still draws the crowd that’s looking for a quieter, dive bar experience.  Good amount of space, beers still taste average at average prices…not much else really.

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20th October
2011
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9th Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.

Now I know how many hipsters it takes to fill the Albert Hall…Anyway, I guess all the tenants of the new buildings in this neighborhood didn’t want a new place to match the dive bars that abound in this area.  So voila, we have a, as they call it, gastropub…that term needs to go.  All microbrews, which I can stomach if I have to, but $9 for a pint of Speckled Hen!?!  It’s not as if the crowd doesn’t reek of pretentiousness (though that sentence I just wrote might), or the bartenders could come off as somewhat personable.  It’s just a really crowded bar, decent amount of space, with expensive average microbrews that taste the same as anywhere else.

www.alberthalltavern.com

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19th October
2011
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37th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Small bar tucked away on the west side.  Well, there is a lounge on the second floor, so not so small.  The downstairs, let’s focus on that.  This is definitely a “Lets hop in for one or two drinks” place before heading home, and most of the patrons tend to work in the buildings directly surrounding here.  Pretty quiet place, nice bartender, average drinks at average prices.

www.concretenyc.com

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14th September
2011
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West Side Highway and 42nd Street

I guess this is becoming a chain…they should’ve kept it to just 72nd St.  This can only be for tourists or bikers or those Tibetan protesters who need a break from running across the highway.  Now, that’s not to say I’m not glad there isn’t a bar on the water in midtown, but this place is a far cry from its namesakes uptown.  $8 for a beer!?!  Enough said.  Service is pretty good, lots of tables, but really, you’re not serving liquid gold, it’s your regular, average beer that tastes like regular, average beer.

 

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9th September
2011
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10th Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.

Quiet bar on an avenue that is getting more and more people wandering over to it these days.  A lot of standing space, almost unnaturally so, and a small crowd.  Locals mostly, most with brogues, and the bartender was mainly aloof but always was ready to give me another beer after I flagged him down.  Average prices, taps tastes alright.

www.perditionnyc.com

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6th September
2011
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8th Ave. btw 37th and 38th St.

The name of the bar is probably the sound you would make when you walked in.  You feel as if you are in what once a strip club, but has since felt the cleansing hand of ex-Mayor Giuliani and had to change to just a bar.  And while it is on a very crowded route towards either Penn or Port Authority, most people definitely walk past it save for the few stragglers whose curiosity has been piqued.  Beers tasted alright, average prices, locals (yes, they exist in this area) and creepy guys make up the crowd.

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23rd August
2011
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57th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

I always see a line for this place, but once going inside, there really isn’t a lot of room…oh, that would be why there’s a line…just thought it was popular…Anywho, yes, the place is small but I kind of liked it, though it can get really tight in here.  They had beer (bottled) so it tasted fine, average prices, a second floor overlooking the first, good music, crowd is kind of young though.

www.providencenyc.com

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19th August
2011
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9th Ave. btw 49th and 50th St.

Newer bar in Hell’s Kitchen, and you can tell by the amount of servers waiting to help you.  I mean, they’re all busy but they still have that spark in their eye that will slowly diminish as time goes by.  The front room of the bar is a little tight, but can still hold a decent sized crowd.  The back room has bar games, pool, etc. that helps in the dispersal.  Beers taste alright, average prices, good sports bar.

www.molloyspub.com

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18th August
2011
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47th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.

Nice bar where the crowd isn’t necessarily there to pick up people, but to just hang out with your friends.  It also happens to be all male so, besides…no, including hags, there are no pickins for us muggles.  A decent amount of space, pretty good tasting taps, average prices, and bathrooms that, though they have outdated pictures, can still make you feel less than average.

 

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17th August
2011
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9th Ave. and 35th St.

Don’t know if there was a market for a huge sports bar in this neck of the woods, probably trying to tempt the steak crowd from next door.  And it was packed for after work too…who knew this many B&T’s worked over here?  There is seating, but most people hang by the bar, service is pretty quick, taps should taste a little fresher for being new but still decent, average prices.

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16th August
2011
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10th Ave. and 35th St.

Nice place.  I mean, this far west and not en-route to Penn Station nor Port Authority, you never know what you could get.  But there was a good mixed crowd in here, TV on, bartender who was ornery and nice at the same time, taps tasted good, prices average…worth the trip actually.

www.hudsonyardscafe.com

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2nd August
2011
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Could be the quietest bar I’ve ever been to in Hell’s Kitchen, and to be located on one of the busier streets that says something.  Tons of space in here with a few different rooms, most rooms resembling what a bar in your friend’s dad’s basement would look like.  The only downside to all the space is that the bartender doesn’t make a lot of laps through all of them, so order two at once.  Foods decent, beers taste pretty good actually, average prices.

www.oflahertysny.com

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21st July
2011
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

This place used to be Joshua Tree, and though the space is the same, there are actually people in here now.  Place was packed when I went, mainly crammed into the small space in front of the long bar.  TV’s all over the place, young crowd, average price beers, and good service.  Probably the frenziest (word?) of the chain.

www.ph46.villagepourhouse.com

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20th July
2011
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44th St. and 11th Ave.

Probably the bar I was most intrigued to try, mainly because it’s so out of the way.  Figured shenanigans had to be going on inside.  Though the groups kept to themselves, the place was crowded, mostly tables to sit at, taps varied from tasting alright to a tiny bit off, though I blame that on the fact that I’m probably the only person to actually order Rolling Rock on draft in the last 5 years.  Prices average, crowd was older.

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14th July
2011
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8th Ave. btw 46th and 47th St.

I guess this could be called the slightly quieter version of its neighbor, Scruffy Duffy’s.  there’s not much too it, big crowd, average price beers, average tasting, and much like the other bar mentioned here, it’s gone, wiped off the earth by a bulldozer.  If my bad description whetted your appetite, read other posts for similar Shakespearean writing.

 

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11th July
2011
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8th Ave. btw 46th and 47th St.

Home to possibly my favorite bar special: If a Matsui hits a homerun, free round for everyone.  Needless to say, during the Subway Series at that turn of the century, great place to be and save money.  This place was always packed, with every kind of crowd.  Tons of TV’s, food wasn’t bad, beers average prices and tasted average.  I used the past tense throughout this post as the bar is no longer there…come to think of it, the building is no longer there either.

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22nd June
2011
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57th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

It’s almost as if this bar was designed to be the transition from midtown to the Upper West Side.  It draws a good crowd, but it’s a little more subdued than its southern neighbors.  Tables for food with a good amount of bar space, the pints were average prices but tasted off.

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29th July
2010
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10th Ave. btw 43rd and 44th St.

I’m shocked at how many B&T’s/business types trek all the way over to this side of Manhattan.  Despite them, it’s actually a pretty decent place to go.  There is a lot of space in here, and you have a 75% chance of actually getting a seat.  Food is pretty good, tons of TV’s, beers taste fine and at average prices, and there’s even a strip of ice imbedded into the bar to rest your drinks on and keep them cool…nice.

www.lansdowneroadnyc.com

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28th July
2010
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Maybe I hit this place on an off night, but I get the feeling that most people pass by this quiet bar and head to other bars in the neighborhood.  We tried to make the best of the pool table and the juke box, but we got the feeling as if we were being judged by the 5 other people in the bar.  Nice place with your average priced beers that tasted average.

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28th July
2010
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9th Ave. btw 43rd and 44th St.

Probably the only real dive bar in midtown.  You gotta love the peanuts on the tables (and the shells that created a sort of carpet on the floor) but the people and atmosphere doesn’t make you feel completely comfortable.  The beers are average priced, taste alright, but definitely go in to this bar in numbers.

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27th July
2010
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Better than the place it used to be (Mr. Generosity) but still the same crowd.  There’s a bigger sign outside pointing you down the stairs to a door you’re not quite sure if it’s the entrance.  The place is filled with an older lively crowd mixed with loners or awkward “right after work” groups that stick themselves yet take up space, and some genuinely nice bartenders.  Average prices for average pints.

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27th July
2010
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8th Ave. and 44th St.

I was in here years ago and it resembled a normal bar then.  Now it looks like more of a restaurant, except I only saw people drinking here, hence the write up.  While the bar is guilty of giving change because the price is not rounded to the nearest dollar (a negative), this place was nice and subdued for the Times Square area.  Bit more quiet than it’s neighbors, beers taste alright, average prices.

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27th July
2010
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8th Ave. and 44th St.

The outside of this place blends in perfectly with 8th Ave. and pre-90’s Times Square, meaning I wasn’t sure if it was a bar or a porn store…it’s the former, for the record.  Went inside, and this is place is deceivingly bigger than it looks from the outside.  Lots of space, good music, a pretty good mixed crowd of all ages.  A downside was a bouncer at 5 PM, never sure why such a thing exists.  Another downside were average price drinks that are $4.50…seriously, either round up or round down, no need for quarters to be floating around on the bar.  Beers tasted fine, good service.

www.smithsbar.com

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23rd July
2010
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52nd St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

No way this is a sushi place, this is a lounge/bar.  Came here for a birthday party, the back room was packed, and they had lots of room up front near the bar.  The service kind of sucked, but the girl at the bar was great.  The drinks were average to slightly above average prices, tasted fine, and I was possibly one of the few non-Asian/gay persons in here.

www.bamboo52nyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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9th Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.

You got me!  There are few bars in this lower Hell’s Kitchen area and this bar is up there on my favorites list.  A nice big space, very friendly and talkative staff, and the beers are cheap to average prices.  Sorry, no TV’s here, but it is a good place to go with a few friends and have some quiet drinks, chatty as heck bartender too.

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14th July
2010
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51st St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

I guess Hell’s kitchen is becoming a new Chelsea, but in a more blend-in kind of way, this bar being an example.  Among the restaurants on this street is this two story gay bar/lounge that is always crowded, at least both times I’ve been there.  The drinks are actually average prices and taste good too.  The crowd is, well, for the boys, and I don’t feel as if I’m going to be pounced on in the second I walk in the door…maybe I’m losing my sex appeal.

www.vladabar.com

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14th July
2010
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9th Ave. and 54th St.

This bar could get pretty crowded.  They have lots of different beers that usually taste pretty good at average prices.  The bartenders are pretty hot and there is a decent singles crowd here, though you will also normally find a lot of after work groups here as well, including your B&T’s.

www.myspace.com/valhallabeer

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14th July
2010
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52nd St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

My friend insists it gets crazy in here but I definitely caught in on a quieter night.  Rated by my friend as one of the better gay bars in the city, it definitely has a more upbeat/cozier feeling than most other places, gay or straight.  A bonus was that they had Rolling Rock on tap, and it actually tasted good, two for one happy hour specials, average prices the other times.

www.therapy-nyc.com

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12th July
2010
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8th Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.

I was here on a birthday a few years ago, arrived after 3 AM, went straight to the back and was able to sit with about 13 of my friends and had a good time…I was suspicious though.  So, I went back during normal Friday night hours and wouldn’t you know, my suspicions confirmed.  I’m not sure what led to tons of B&T’s picking this place, maybe there was a khaki pants sale or something.  The trick here is to go with a few friends, pick a spot, don’t mingle, and you’ll have a good time.  It’s usually packed, beers taste fine and are average prices.

www.socialbarnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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9th Ave. btw 50th and 51st St.

Interesting bar in Hell’s Kitchen.  I went on a Tuesday night and there was a good sized crowd but the lights were off in half of the bar.  Because it was cold the outdoor area was closed but there was plenty of room and service inside.  The staff was very friendly and the beers average prices and average tasting.  Bonus points for being definitely one of the cleaner bars in the area, if that matters to you.

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9th July
2010
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8th Ave. btw 55th and 56th St.

This bar is filled with every girl who enjoys staring but won’t meet you halfway.  Coming back off of that tangent, service is good, food is good, beer tastes good with average prices.  Plenty of TV’s that show nothing…I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch the Brewers play the Reds while the Mets and Yankees are on the other channels and not being shown?

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9th July
2010
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9th Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.

What sets this place apart from the other bars in the neighborhood?  Free hotdogs.  While it’s hard to get a seat here, just order a pint and you get a free hotdog.  I don’t know who thought of this but there has to be a Nobel Prize in this field.  Sure the place is a shithole, but the staff is friendly and there’s an area outback when it gets too crowded.  Beers are average to just below average prices, taste average and did I mention the free hotdogs!?!

www.rudysbarnyc.com

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9th July
2010
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10th Ave. btw 42nd and 43rd St.

I always thought this was a two story dive bar, so I was very surprised when I actually went in.  It’s a small place and borderline immaculate, including bottles of wine in the high ceilinged room that I’m pretty sure will never be opened.  The bartender was very friendly, and I guess he had to be because it was me, a group of engineers huddled in the corner (who probably came from working on the nearby construction), and what looked like a middle age couples book club.  The beers were average prices, tasted fine, bit out of the way to get to.

www.riverhellskitchen.com

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9th July
2010
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10th Ave. and 45th St.

The hipsters have officially invaded Hell’s Kitchen, yet I didn’t mind it so much.  Probably because I had one of the few places to sit and didn’t have to mingle.  Expecting your regular American favorites on tap?  Ain’t gonna happen, just your regular microbrews mostly found in Brooklyn bars.  Also, when you think you’ve found a drink that looks interesting, be sure to check the size of the pint glass they give you, because you’ll pay the same price for a half pint of one drink that you’ll pay for a regular pint of another drink.  The beer tasted fine, average microbrew prices, hipster crowd.

www.theponybar.com

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9th July
2010
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8th Ave. btw 45th and 46th St.

I like this bar and I can never figure out what makes me trend to this location.  I mean, the crowd is alright, there are usually seats, and they always have tons of sports on TV.  But it’s not really a “fun” bar or gimmicky, just a quiet place for a drink.  The service is nice, good tasting taps at average prices.  This place should see more business now that the surrounding bars have all gone away.

www.playwrightcelticpubnyc.com/home/index.html

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4th June
2010
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10th Ave. and 43rd St.

Workers of the world unite…right here.  I went to this bar on a Thursday afternoon and the bar was filled with the local construction workers from the area…and it was a great crowd.  Plenty of sports on TV and having everything half off (except top shelf) for happy hour will definitely get me to trek all the way over to 10th Avenue again.  The beers were served fast, tasted fine, average prices.

www.mrbiggsnewyork.com

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4th June
2010
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9th Ave. btw 45th and 46th St.

Trying to bring a little upscale to the Hell’s Kitchen bars, it’s just a fancy sports bar in the end.  There’s usually a young business crowd in here and getting some place to sit is a crap shoot.  The service is a little slow, but you’ll pay the same average prices for good tasting beers in here as you would anywhere else.

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4th June
2010
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9th Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.

A tight space but there is seating in the back.  The beers are relatively priced, taste good, and the burger is pretty good too.  The one bartender was talkative.  I wish there was more to say about this place but there isn’t much more to it.

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4th June
2010
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8th Ave. btw 55th and 56th St.

This place was borderline a restaurant, but I’m throwing it in here anyway.  Very friendly bartender who didn’t mind a sweaty softball team in his place.  The beer, served in oversized flutes, was great and average priced and they had both NY teams showing on their TV’s, as opposed to other bars in the neighborhood.

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4th June
2010
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9th Ave. btw 56th and 57th St.

A definite college bar, but whether you get the mellow college crowd or the meatheads is a complete coin flip.  There’s not a ton of room in here, but if you can get a seat, hold on to it for dear life as the other people do.  They have pretty good pitcher specials, but the beer tastes a little watered down and regular pints run at your average prices.

Just went back last week and they knocked down a wall and there’s a huge additional room now, dispersing the crowd.  More TV’s now, beer tastes better, same average prices.

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4th June
2010
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8th Ave. btw 47th and 48th St.

One of two serious Yuppie bars in Hell’s Kitchen.  I guess they’re trying to attract the business people who work/live in the area.  There’s a lot of space but it almost always packed up front, so aim towards the back of the bar for some breathing room.  The beers tasted fine, average prices, and the food is a little overpriced, though they give good portions.

www.latitudebarnyc.com

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26th May
2010
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

It’s the complete opposite of its east side brother.  A skinny bar that has another floor, but there is hardly anybody here.  You feel cramped but it’s mainly because there is no room.  Maybe there’s a noise ordinance in place in the area, but I don’t think a crowd has ever been here.  Beer tasted fine, average prices, maybe two groups of 6 each can fit in here.

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26th May
2010
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57th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

A quiet pub, definitely for the locals but with a good infusion of older 20’s.  There isn’t really a lot of space in here unless you’re at a booth.  The TV’s are tucked away in random corners and usually every TV has a different game on, so you have to squeeze into areas just to see your team.  The bartender is nice, food’s good, average prices for average pints, definitely not as crazy as the 9th Avenue bars but that’s a good thing sometimes.

www.djreynolds.com

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26th May
2010
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10th Ave. and 57th St.

Probably my least favorite of this chain of bars, but it’s not a bad place.  I liked the bartender, the beers were good and priced normally, and they had TV’s showing sports which you could watch in relative peace.  The staff is friendly but the crowd can be weird.  Either they thought that it was their personal bar (even if there were only 10 of them) or we were interrupting a CBS intern/frat boy or mob meeting as they stared at us from their long table.

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17th May
2010
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Sometimes it’s crowded in here, other times I have no problem getting a seat.  They have plenty of TV’s showing most matches from most sports.  The beer tastes good, average prices, and the crowd is usually the late 20’s to thirties crowd.

www.theirishrogue.com

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17th May
2010
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Definitely more crowded than its northern namesake, but I prefer the other location in this “chain”.  The crowd is diverse, from theater goers to a young crowd, to people waiting to get into The Ritz, it’s hard to find a place to situate yourself in here.  IT’s a decent sized space with the service being better at the bar than the tables.  Average tasting beers at average prices.

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17th May
2010
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51st St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Good bar, pure and simple.  There were plenty of beers, a decent sized crowd, but not an overbearing one, and very nice bartenders/wait staff.  One of two House of Brews in the city, I prefer this one for the slightly smaller venue and as a better place to actually hear yourself think and enjoy a cheap drink…I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.

www.houseofbrewsny.com

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17th May
2010
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50th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.

So this is a decent sports bar, yet the tiny wall in the middle makes it feel like two different bars when you’re inside.  There’s a cramped space near the bar, which is usually full, and then there are high tables and bar stools on the other side, which gives you some more room, but you have everyone walking through on their way to the bathroom.  The pints tasted good, cost average prices, younger crowd.

www.hiberniabar.com

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17th May
2010
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10th Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.

This German Restaurant/bar is located in Hell’s Kitchen.  It’s really there for those who don’t want to trek to Queens or to Alphabet City for a German beer hall.  The beers taste great and were decently priced, though the food wasn’t as great as Zum Schnieder or any other German eatery.  Nice backyard for drinking during the nice weather.

www.halloberlinrestaurant.com

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14th May
2010
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9th Ave. btw 49th and 50th St.

One of Hell’s Kitchen’s newer editions, and it’s definitely one of the bigger bars in the area.  If they could only get a crowd in here, it would be great.  Lots’ of TV’s, your older locals at the bar who don’t mind talking to any girl that approaches the bar, plenty of places to sit too.  The pints taste fine and are average prices.

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12th May
2010
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10th Ave. btw 50th and 51st St.

Sort of by itself in this part of Hell’s Kitchen, but not lacking in costumers.  The waitress was very attentive, the drinks were average prices, and tasted fine.  Plenty of space to sit and has yet to be inundated by the new yuppies to the area.

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12th May
2010
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9th Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.

I thought this would be some awful club that couldn’t make it on to 27th Street and had to relocate further uptown.  Part of the new Hell’s Kitchen, this bar/lounge was actually a nice place to grab a drink.  Friendly service and plenty of places to sit.  They even had a good beer selection that tasted fine and was average prices, which was the real shocker.

www.thedoorny.com

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12th May
2010
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

This place is really close to not being counted, mainly due to the fact that I feel like I’m performing for the patrons in the back room.  The bar space here is pretty big and the beers taste fine at average prices.  But the main draw is the back room where you can eat and watch performances and then watch as the drunken barflies do a horrible job of imitating the dancers.

www.donttellmamanyc.com

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12th May
2010
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54th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.

You could easily walk by this small bar in the northern part of Hell’s Kitchen, but you would miss a good time.  The bartenders are friendly and the scene is very relaxing but energetic at the same time.  They have a decent selection of tasty beers at average prices and they also have a patio out back during the summer in case the small space gets too crowded.

www.disiacloungenyc.com

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12th May
2010
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

If you’re looking for proof of the hipster influx into Hell’s Kitchen, look no further.  This small bar was chocked full of way too skinny people fresh from shopping at the Salvation Army.  The music was kind of lame and the crowd was a bit annoying.  One plus was that the shots were pretty cheap.  The beers were average prices and tasted fine, but I couldn’t drink more than one here.

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