Midtown

18th August
2015
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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.

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27th March
2014
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48th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

This bar must purely exist for events or for people who work in the neighborhood to pretend to be big shots.  You enter into a decent sized space lined with booths for bottle service, and lots of people in suits dropping $14 for cocktails.  The scene is business kids, staff is very attentive, cocktails at above cocktail prices (~$13), taste alright.

www.48nyc.com

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26th February
2014
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7th Ave. btw 47th and 48th St.

While most New Yorkers loathe walking through Times Square, staring at it from a few floors up isn’t half bad.  The hard part is getting a seat for this view.  This hotel bar is on the second floor of the Renaissance Hotel and it’s made up of two rooms: the main room is a decent sized room that is always packed, and so you move to the second room, which has about a dozen seats and is more of a waiting around area until you can get into the first room.  Crowd is all tourists, not much to this place at all except the view, cocktails that are roughly ~$13, taste alright.

www.rloungetimessquare.com

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19th February
2014
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51st St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Another member of the cookie cutter “Irish Pub” that seems to abound in Manhattan.  It’s basically your after work crowd of business types (old and young) mixed with theater goers.  Decent sized space, service is good, sports on TV, just a regular bar really.  Average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.mchalespub.com

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28th May
2013
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54th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

Used to be a piano bar under the same name that had a quiet crowd.  Now they’ve kept the piano but thrown open the windows and the crowd is much livelier.  Draws in your business people and B&T’s, place gets packed after work.  Average and above average beers, above average prices, taste fine.

www.bills54.com

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20th May
2013
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54th St. btw 7th Ave. and Broadway

Not as good as it’s downtown counterpart.  It feels like a basement (where its located), the space is tighter and the ambiance isn’t conducive to champagne drinking.  The staff is friendly, they have some beers…just feels like they crammed a bar into a small space and hope the name brings the customers.  Some beers, mostly cocktails and champagnes, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.flutebar.com

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4th April
2013
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Broadway btw 45th and 46th St.

Before you go in, place an over/under on how many people try to place one leg on the stationary part, the other on the rotating floor, and then grimace with surprise shock at how this could possibly hurt.  Back to the review!  Big rotating bar right above Times Square in the Marriott.  It’s usually for tourists, hotel guests, or dates, all coming for the view (which is pretty good), all trying to grab one of the tables on the edge to take a few pictures, and then head out.  Service is fine, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.theviewnyc.com

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18th January
2013
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45th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Walk in the doors and leave the most annoying bell sound ever behind on the sidewalk, and you have a big space that doesn’t really have too much personality (shiny and tall does not equal personality).  The beers appear to be the only thing actually British in here.  If they just liked the bar name for the sound of it, I apologize for assuming they were going for a pub.  Crowd is your B&T’s, a few tourists thrown in (probably attracted by the bell), and definitely not a quiet place to just sit down and enjoy a pint.  British beers with some regulars, average prices, taste fine.

www.cockandbullnyc.com

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1st August
2012
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54th btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Decent sized bar with two floors in midtown that usually has a pretty good sized crowd, from tourists to area workers to business types.  The top floor is usually some group, the downstairs for the casual drinker.  Nothing really stood out to bring me back, but it’s by no means a bad place.  Average drinks at average prices, taste fine, nice staff.

www.thethreemonkeysbar.com

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12th July
2012
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55th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.

I only heard about this place because it’s one of a few places that lay claim to creating the Bloody Mary (originally called the Red Snapper here).  It was mighty darn tasty.  They don’t have taps here, but what you really come for are the drinks.  Be warned, a the Red Snapper, a gin and Tonic, and other drinks went for about $20 each, but you’re really getting a double helping at once, so the math comes out to a bit over average price for your drink.  What you do get with that cost is a nice place, friendly service, and great tasting drinks.  And fear not, beer is served here as well.

www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/property/dining/attraction_detail.html?propertyID=81&attractionId=27614

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21st June
2012
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44th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

For being a stone’s throw away from Times Square, this bar is kind of bland.  It’s just…I don’t know…nothing really remarkable but not a bad place either.  Was kind of quiet on a weeknight, plenty of sports on TV, a good amount of space for people to sit.  The crowd in there was a mix of work groups getting tanked, people wandering by that decided 6th Avenue was too far, and some people sitting by themselves at the bar watching sports.  Beers tasted fine, average prices for average pints.

www.odonoghuestimessquare.com

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19th June
2012
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44th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

This place uses to be St. Andrew’s, a nice and quiet bar that felt very homey.  While its layout of tables is still the same, it’s been spruced up to look like a place trying to hold onto a quaint feeling but jumping into the future with flash.  Still has the long bar (that oddly vibrates non-stop), staff is good, mixed crowd of tourists and midtown workers, and plenty of space.  Drinks are average prices, taste alright, and your average taps.

www.thelongroomnyc.com

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18th June
2012
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46th St. btw Vanderbilt and Madison Ave.

Sometimes, not every roof top needs to have a bar.  Some positives about this space is that the crowd is extremely diverse, from tourists/hotel guests to business people old and young, and the beers are priced around average.  The negatives are there’s really not much to look at, the narrow space is extremely cluttered with furniture, and I wasn’t sure if I was going into the Fort Knox or a bar because that is a ridiculous amount of security/ear piece talking/dark hallways to get to this place.  Beers are the high end of average while drinks are above average process, beers taste better than the drinks, service is good.

www.mad46.com

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26th January
2012
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49th btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

It’s almost the exact same layout as its predecessor near Union Square, except more space.  Interesting crowd of tourists, theater goers, and business kids.  Service was okay at getting your drinks, kind of want to see them in action with a packed house.  Not much mingling going on, average tasting taps at the high point of average prices ($6.50 for a Bud Light!).

www.lilliesnyc.com

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13th January
2012
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47th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Upscale bar in Times Square, with some of the softest bar stools I’ve ever sat in…if you’re into that kind of thing…cough.  Anywho, yes, upscale looking, business/tourist/Broadway crowd, decent amount of room with more room upstairs.  They have sports on TV, average tasting drinks at slightly above average prices.

www.glasshousetavern.com

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5th January
2012
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54th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Good job boys, excellent example of what a pub should be.  Inviting, chatty, sports, good beers, good food, good amount of space.  And they make a pretty darn good margarita, which my songstress agrees with.  Average prices for average taps, an older midtown crowd mixed with business kids (the latter being the only downside).

www.oldcastlepub.com

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4th January
2012
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6th Ave. and 59th St.

I get the impression that this wants to give the feel of an “old boys club” from the outside, but when you’re right next to Central Park, it just becomes upscale tourist bar on the inside.  There’s a good amount of space, decent bar area, games on TV, not as crowded on the weekends.  It’s a little above average prices for your slightly above average beers (Sam Adams, etc.).

www.gerberbars.com

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7th November
2011
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45th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.

This bar is a mix of Upper East Side sports bar with a Business clientele feel, and even though that’s redundant, you know what I mean.  The crowd draws your usual after work Business crowd, and then as the night moves on, the B&T’s come in to mix with whoever is still avoiding going home.  Lots of TV’s with sports, decent amount of space, karaoke on certain nights where the person running it feels the need to sing every other song (lame), average tasting beers at average prices.

www.eamonns.biz

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3rd November
2011
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45th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

As my curly-haired friend said “This place attracts and certain clientele, and that clientele sucks”.  Yes, B&T’s and business kids are among the frequenters here, including some of the more socially awkward people I’ve ever seen in a bar.  Do they come for the “dive” feel, the huge wheel behind the bar that doles out free drinks to the winner (which I rarely see used), the off-tasting taps?  Who knows, but at least the prices are good.  Average prices, so-so tasting taps.

www.pointbreaknyc.com

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2nd November
2011
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45th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

It’s rare I like a Times Square bar, but this place has changed my mind.  Lots of open space, very friendly staff, and I was given a free pen on the way out…sold!  The bar is the place I picture Two Face hanging out for a drink, one side of it is shiny, quiet, subdued; the other side is brick, louder, equally as good.  The food was also pretty good too.  Average prices for pints that tasted pretty good.

www.olunneys.com

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1st November
2011
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48th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

This place used to be called Channel 4, and though it’s now part of the Pig & Whistle franchise, they didn’t bother to change any of the stuff on the walls, so don’t worry, you can still sit under that creepy picture of Jay Leno and Bono while having a pint.  And I thought there would be more tourists in here due to its location, but I guess because it looks inconspicuous and is usually hidden by trucks, they don’t notice it.  So instead you have a younger crowd, most of them toasted by 9 PM.  Average pints, average prices.

www.thepigpub.com

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31st October
2011
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48th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.

I don’t want to say a small bar, but it’s definitely claustrophobic upfront, especially after work hours.  That being said, it’s also a pretty good bar too.  I thought I was walking into a business worker/B&T trap, but it was more of a melting pot of business, older crowd and tourists because it’s right by Rockefeller.  Really good music, good bartenders who are attentive, average beers at average prices.

www.pjmorans.com

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26th October
2011
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44th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

I know it wouldn’t be realistic, but I always thought there was a bank vault behind this huge, metal door.  Sadly there isn’t, but there is a bar that reminds me of an amphitheatre.  Trying-a-little-too-hard-to-be upscale at the Royalton Hotel, it’s a very long bar, lots of space, but there is this “seating” area where you climb down  steps to sit, and face this little area that’s used either for karaoke (though this place is too fancy for that) or impromptu speeches.  Drinks are a little above average prices, taste alright.

www.royaltonhotel.com/en-us/#/explore/?id=/royalton-new-york-fourty-four

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1st September
2011
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45th St. and Vanderbilt Ave.

So, yeah, basically one big room filled with people below the age of 28, all B&T’s (mostly in “pack formation”), half sitting and half standing.  There really isn’t much of a draw to this place besides the fact that it’s a couple extra blocks in all directions to the next bar.  Plus sides: average tasting specialty beers at average prices, service was pretty good.

www.vanderbar.com

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9th August
2011
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54th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Bingo, good pub, well done.  Even on a slow NYC Sunday they managed to draw a nice crowd.  Front windows open, lots of TV’s, 30’s crowd, lots of space around a multi sided bar.  Beers tasted average to slightly above average, average prices, normal taps.

www.charactersnyc.com

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29th July
2010
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46th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, good amount of space on the inside.  Mixed crowd, from young to old, business to construction.  There were some guys hassling the bartender about their drinks, and I felt bad as first.  But then she charged me $6 for a pint when it clearly said $3 outside, so my sympathy diminished slightly.  Prices were on the high end of average, tasted fine.

www.mcanns46.com

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28th July
2010
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44th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

A nice Scottish pub in midtown, that has, hands down, the best Shepherd’s Pie I’ve ever had in the States (well, second to my mom’s).  Very cozy place with a small restaurant in the back, I always aim to meet here with people for some after work adult sodas.  Beers were average prices, taste good, friendly service.

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28th July
2010
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45th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Apart from a couple of obnoxious, fresh out of college business kids, the wait staff did what they could to make sure everyone else was having a good time.  The beers are average priced, taste fine, and there’s a decent amount of space, but they did cut off songs a billion times, just when I was getting into it.

www.nationnyc.com

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28th July
2010
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2nd Ave. and 53rd St.

A tiny bit out of place in this neighborhood but still a nice reprieve from the nuttiness of its neighbors.  A smaller bar with and outdoor seating area, this bar is quiet and has a more subdued youth crowd.  Occasionally you’ll have the morons who got kicked out of the next door bars stumble in but for the most part, it’s a good place to sit for average tasting taps at average prices.

www.localcafenyc.com

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28th July
2010
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50th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Huge bar in midtown that is a lot more low-key than I thought it would be when I first passed by.  Add to that one of the better burgers I’ve had in a bar (even after having a few drinks) this was a pretty good place to go for the Broadway crowd or for your run of the mill drinkers, such as myself.  The beer was average priced, tasted fine, and the wait staff was extremely attentive.

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23rd July
2010
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47th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.

Tried to come in here on a weekend, it was closed.  Guess they’re going for the Financial District theory of “no one is around here except during the work week, so why stay opened”?  Went back on a work night, the place was packed.  Most people are coming from the Park Avenue business offices, most on their way home to Westchester.  There are two floors, and while the bar downstairs is a little narrow, the crowd is friendly enough to give way.  Service is friendly, average prices for pints that taste fine, worth actually coming back for after work.

www.maggiesnyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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55th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

A hidden treat in the upper reaches of midtown…can’t believe I just wrote that.  Drink specials all night include $2 drafts and $3 martinis for the non beer drinkers.  It’s also a pretty big space and popcorn is on every table.  Definitely good for after work drinks with a few people or a big crowd.  The rest of the crowd is surprisingly tolerable too.

www.whiskeytradernyc.com

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14th July
2010
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7th Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.

If ESPN Zone is too much of an annoyance to get into, and you really don’t want to leave the right in Times Square area for your sports, come here!  Squashed in between a strip club and the Tropic Zone, you have its spillovers here, with lots of big TV’s and decent food and a lot of people.  The drinks taste good, cost average prices, and your fun loving meatheads to boot!

www.tonicbarnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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46th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

I liked the original (see other “R.I.P”…blurb…what should I call these…opinions?…) for its ambiance.  The new location is bigger but is a 40 year old sausage fest, nary a gal in sight.  The beers still taste good and at an average prices, very crowded with wannabe sugar daddies, so gold diggers, here you go.  Still has one of the best Shephard’s pies (after mom’s) I’ve ever had.

www.standrews.com

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

At first I thought this would have a restaurant attached but no, this is a straight up Vodka bar.  There are appetizers and things to eat, but this is a place for drinking alcohol from the Motherland and listening to the piano player.  The staff is very accommodating, large group or small, very quick to deliver your drinks too, and the crowd is actually mellow and tolerable.  You are paying for vodka but it’s actually decent prices and the tall beers are also average prices and it all tastes great…well, the garlic vodka might be used as a fuel alternative, but great tasting vodka for the most part.

www.russianvodkaroom.com

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9th July
2010
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47th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Even though this bar is 100 feet west of Times Square, you would walk right past this place if you weren’t looking for it.  The bar is usually empty but the drinks are still average prices, taste fine, and you will definitely be left alone by anyone else in here.

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9th July
2010
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46th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

A nice two story bar in the Times Square area.  I prefer the top floor over the bottom floor because there’s more space and not some odd wall that cuts the room in half, like on the bottom floor.  They have good happy hour specials (and food happy hour specials), average prices for beer at normal times, and the taps taste good.  There aren’t a lot of TV’s here, just as a heads up.

www.rosieogradys.com

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9th July
2010
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7th Ave. and 52nd St.

What’s not to like about this place.  A good after work crowd, though older, with a decent amount of space.  The taps are good and average prices for midtown, and TV’s all around.  It comes off as fancy on the outside, but they save that for the restaurant portion.

www.rosieogradys.com

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9th July
2010
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49th St. btw 7th Ave. and Broadway

Decided to grab a bite and a pint before a Roseland show.  Out of all the pubs in this chain, this feels the most like a fast food place, not to downgrade the food or anything.  It just didn’t feel as if there were any people that would linger for a long time in here, maybe because it’s in Times Square, who knows.  But the pints still tasted great, cost your average prices and the burger was pretty darn good as well.

www.playwrighttavern.com

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9th July
2010
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7th Ave. btw 57th and 58th St.

I would say that this was only a lively hotspot because there were 20 of us and an “over 40 year old” bachelorette party.  There’s really not a lot of room to move around here, with or without the large groups present.  However, the service was good, good tasting taps at below normal midtown prices, so basically average prices.

www.pjcarneys.com

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9th July
2010
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47th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Most of the other bars in Times Square give off a restaurant-y feeling while still being a bar.  This place definitely is for drinking, two floors of it, and not as polished as its neighbors.  There was a decent amount of space to move around, though getting a seat at the bar takes some serious skill and patience.  The beers were average prices and tasted fine.

www.pignwhistlets.com

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8th July
2010
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45th St. between 6th Ave. and Broadway

Excellent bar to go to if you want TV’s, a decent crowd that will leave you alone, and plenty of your standard sized beers.  It’s definitely a late 20’s and up crowd, like other Times Square pubs, beers taste good, average prices.

www.theperfectpintnyc.com

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8th July
2010
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43rd St. btw Vanderbilt and Madison Ave.

I don’t know, but it feels like this place could do a lot more with this space instead of having a maze of walls to fight though to get to the bar.  That being said, it’s a nice pub, relatively quiet too, especially for its central Manhattan location.  The bartender was nice, pints average prices, tasted fine, TV’s on to break the silence.

www.patrickconways.com

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9th June
2010
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41st St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.

You’ll find an older midtown crowd in this pub, but no less friendly than its neighbors…which there aren’t many of.  I stopped in here before getting on the 7 to Shea (I’m still calling it Shea) and it was a nice stopping point but I don’t know if I would spend hours in here, as some of the patrons at the bar looked like they had.  The pints tasted fine and were average prices.

www.ocaseysnyc.com

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9th June
2010
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46th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

Small midtown bar that has a friendly atmosphere and nice wait staff.  That’s about it really.  The beers, though they taste fine, are a little above average prices as well as the food.  I had Spinach dip and 5 beers for over $50 on a Friday afternoon.  With so many other bars located close by, you would think they would offer some happy hour special to attract customers.

www.obriensnyc.com

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4th June
2010
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Madison Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.

I think this is the only bar on the entire stretch of Madison Avenue, wine bars do not count.  It’s sort of a sports bar where every guy over 40 and every kid who filled out a bracket that works in the area likes to go.  The pints are good, the prices are average and there’s a decent amount of space to watch a game.

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4th June
2010
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54th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

Yeah, this was more of a glorified waiting area than a bar.  There’s a decent amount of space by the bar and there’s a bit more space to sit or stand.  But the ambiance was weird and I was getting texts from friends, who were also in the bar, to leave because I couldn’t hear them.  The drinks were a little pricey too, tasted fine, and the few patrons who were in there were a little sketchy for the type of place it was trying to be.

www.monkeybarnewyork.com

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4th June
2010
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59th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

The bar was big enough to count this as an actual bar.  Unfortunately my wallet wasn’t.  $7 for a Heineken!?!  I guess that’s what I get for wanting to drink on Central Park South.  The food menu was also a little pricey for appetizers but they at least tasted good.  This place is also good if you always wanted to drink while watching Yankee highlights on YES from the 70’s…which I don’t.

www.mickeymantles.com

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

Lot’s of space and TV’s in this midtown bar.  Though I only ever see the island bar in the middle crowded, this is fine by me when I need to get away from the packed bars on 8th Avenue.  If they had more of a happy hour special I would frequent this place more often.  Otherwise, the crowd is slightly slow but the beers taste fine and are average prices.

www.themeanfiddlernyc.com

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

A quiet pub that stands by itself in upper Hell’s Kitchen.  The service is a tiny bit slow but the beers taste good and aren’t expensive, the food is pretty good, and there’s TV’s to watch most sports.  The crowd is differs from “normal crowd” to “weird events being run in here to draw a crowd”…avoid these events.

www.mcgeespub.com

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4th June
2010
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47th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

One of the quieter Times Square bars.  There’s not a big crowd here, but the bar stools are usually always occupied, which means you get to lean on one of the tables near the dining area in the back.  The beers tasted pretty good, average prices, and most people just keep to themselves here so it’s a good place to actually have a conversation with your friends.

www.langans.com

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26th May
2010
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56th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Very small bar, compared to the others in the neighborhood.  But you really don’t mind it, oddly enough.  The food tasted good and was average prices, the beer the same.  Pretty friendly crowd that doesn’t get too large, good for lunch.

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26th May
2010
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51st St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

There really is only one reason to come here, and that’s the mechanical bull.  And for the record, men should never be allowed to ride the bull!  I mean, come on, why on earth should anyone but a girl be riding the bull!?!  Anywho, along with the bull comes skeevy guys leering at you.  Otherwise, the space is big, plenty of TV’s and the beers are average prices and taste average.

www.johnnyutahs.com

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26th May
2010
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44th St. between 6th Ave. and Broadway

The best part about this dive bar is that it’s not a dive bar.  The drinks are pretty cheap to average prices, especially for a Times Square bar, and taste fine.  It’s a little tight in this space but there are tables in the back.  Not a lot of business types here, which is fine by me.

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17th May
2010
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The Irish Pub (7th Ave. btw 53rd and 54th St.)

This bar is definitely lower key than its neighbors.  This smaller bar is a nice place to go for a few drinks (though bring your wallet for the $7 for a pint of Amstel Light, tastes the same as everywhere else) and lunch.  On match day, this place gets pretty packed with good, authentic fans that actually know what Rugby is.

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17th May
2010
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48th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Lively bar west of Times Square that draws a mature/older crowd?  The heck you say.  This is a pretty decent bar that keeps away the riffraff of the nearby 8th Ave. bars and still manages to stay crowded.  The beer tasted fine, very friendly crowd/staff, average prices too.

www.hurleysnyc.com

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17th May
2010
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51st St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

This is the second most restaurant-y of the chain, and is always packed for lunch.  It also probably takes the longest to get food here, but if you’re here for the drinks, you’ll do fine sitting at the bar.  Same slightly above average prices, same tastes as the rest of the chain.

www.heartlandbrewery.com

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17th May
2010
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43rd St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

The most restaurant-y of the chain, and probably my least favorite.  They don’t seem to have the same brews as the others in the chain.  I do love the Raspberry Cider other Heartlands have, but it was not to be had here that night.  This place is huge and is really more about having you eat then drink.  The beers are the normal dollar or two above average, just like the rest of the chain, but still taste pretty good.

www.heartlandbrewery.com

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13th May
2010
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52nd St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.

If it weren’t for the wall of TV’s, I would consider this place a restaurant.  That being said, I didn’t belong here.  I am neither in finance nor a cougar.  Add to that the $8 Brooklyn Lager and it wasn’t for me.  The bartender was very friendly, the beer tasted fine, and the free almonds on the bar were the only bright spots.

www.firesidenewyork.com

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13th May
2010
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54th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

There’s a lot of space in this midtown bar.  The food is pretty good and there are plenty of beers on tap.  It gets extremely crowded around the bar so try and grab a seat at the numerous spaces around the bar.  If you can’t, there’s really no point in staying because you just feel in the way and who wants to stand in the middle of a room?  The beers were average tasting at average prices.

www.facesandnames.com

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12th May
2010
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50th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Huge bar at the northern part of the theater district, you will always see groups here, whether its cast after show parties or musical goers.  Both awkward lively groups, but they sure can drink.  There are plenty of TV’s to watch anything in here, lots of space to move around, and a very friendly staff.  The beers are average prices, taste good, and you will definitely linger here all night.

www.emmettolunneys.com

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12th May
2010
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54th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

This location was a lot more of a bar than its east side cousin.  Very big space and a big young crowd.  The only drawback is the overpriced glasses of wine.  The bartenders were nice and there was always something to look at as far as clientele, but definitely not the cheapest wine bar in the neighborhood.  The beers were also slightly above average prices but tasted fine.

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11th May
2010
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47th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.

Two floors: the downstairs has a good bar with a huge dining area that is kept separate from the bar and is definitely for the older crowd.  The upstairs has a big space that is great for hearing live bands and can get way overcrowded.  The beers were average prices and tasted fine.

www.connollyspubandrestaurant.com

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11th May
2010
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45th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

If I’m at this bar, it’s to see Shilelagh Law, and that would also put me on the top floor.  3 floors of room at this bar, and each one is different: 1st for a bar, 2nd for food, third for mayhem.  One down note is that they jack up the prices for a cup of beer whenever a live act happens to be on.  The beer tastes fine but the prices are slightly above average for the aforementioned rocking on the fiddle and St. Patrick’s Day.

www.connollyspubandrestaurant.com

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11th May
2010
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54th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Probably the smallest of the franchise, though definitely not the worst.  Pretty good after-work crowd, your average $4 pint that tastes fine, and a broad range of ages make it a nice scene.  It can get a little tight due to the small bar space but never uncomfortable.

www.connollyspubandrestaurant.com

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11th May
2010
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55th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

A quiet bar that has a good juke box and good selection of beer on tap.  Though the bartender said $24 for drinks and I was charged $26, I took coasters to balance it out.  The clientele was attractive and laid back, the latter being hard to find in the upper midtown bars.  Beers were, normally, average prices, tasted fine, and they dint really mind our softball team coming in after a particularly warm August day.

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11th May
2010
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Vanderbilt Ave. btw 42nd and 43rd St.

I completely didn’t expect this.  I usually avoid places like this due to the older/more financial clientele and the expensive drinks.  But I may have to reconsider my opinion.  I came here on a Saturday night, got a seat, and was left alone to talk all night with the group.  People came and went, the place never got to capacity (that’s a bonus point, for keeping the crowd controlled) and the finger food was pretty good too.  The drinks, as mentioned, are expensive ($12 for a drink) but taste great, service is on top of things and they even walk around with a spray bottle of dry vermouth…you stay classy San Diego.

www.hospitalityholdings.com

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11th May
2010
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43rd St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

Definitely a place to go if you want a quiet, friendly drink in the heart of Times Square.  The food is good and you can actually hear your groups’ conversation too.  The beers may be a little pricey, but you won’t get your typical Coors Light beers here, though you can if you like, they all taste fine.

www.bxlcafe.pregraphic.com

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11th May
2010
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42nd St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Not quite sure about how I felt at this bar.  While it was great to have a fully outdoor bar with a good looking crowd, it was way too crowded for the limited amount of space.  The clientele also comes off as a little snooty, packed with suits from the business firms up 6th Avenue.  A little too noisy for an open air bar, if that’s even acoustically possible. Otherwise, the beers were average prices, tasted fine and they had a decent selection.

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8th May
2010
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54th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Huge hotel bar that you can actually access from the street, doth mine eye deceive me?  I was here with an ex during her model UN event (hers, not mine!) and we came down here for a drink.  It’s very quiet in here, though there were people in here, just so much space so everyone was spread out.  The drinks were a tiny bit above average prices, tasted fine.

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6th May
2010
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54th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

A nice quiet bar in Midtown.  We were hungry for something more than pub food so we went to this small bar, complete with piano player.  Not exactly a place to be loud or rowdy, but it’s definitely a great stopping point for average priced beer that tastes good and for food on your way to the East Side bars.

www.billsnyc.com

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5th May
2010
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55th St. btw Broadway and 7th Ave.

It’s a rooftop bar on top of the Dream Hotel.  There are two floors, the downstairs being the much faster place to get drinks.  If you’re up on the rooftop, while it’s an interesting view into Times Square, the other patrons are where you want to focus attention, mainly to avoid the projectile vomit being aimed towards you or one of the plants.  The drinks are only slightly overpriced, taste alright, and the crowd only slightly annoying, vomit aside.  Hard to get a seat but what did you expect on a rooftop bar?

www.avaloungenyc.com

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5th May
2010
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43rd St. btw Vanderbilt and Madison Ave.

Huge bar right next to Grand Central, it draws a big crowd for after work and a big crowd for lunch too.  There’s a lot of standing room here and plenty of TV’s to capture your attention, and it’s definitely an older crowd here, mostly people meeting their respective others before heading home on Metro North.  The beers are slightly above average prices, but they taste good.  Friendly bartender but he seemed to be judging me being there on my own…like 3 o’clock in the afternoon isn’t a time for beer.

www.anniemooresnyc.com

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