Flatiron

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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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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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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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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14th July
2016
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25th btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Used to be a couple of blocks north of here, this space just feels bigger and more suited for sports watching.  That and general crowd movement is better than at it’s last location.  Crowd is a mix of young and old, lots of TV’s, friendly staff, average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.smithfieldnyc.com

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26th April
2016
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5th Ave. and 26th St.

The least gastropub feeling gastropub I’ve been in.  Maybe it’s the abundance of sunlight coming in.  Otherwise, still has the same feeling as other new spots: attired bartenders, above average beers and drinks each poured in its own special way with special tools, but the crowd was more lively than most other spots in the neighborhood.  There was a good amount seating at the bar and behind it, with plenty of tables beyond that.  Service is good, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.bbcnomad.com

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25th April
2016
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29th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

If you’re bar is going to reek of popcorn, make sure it’s constantly being refilled at the bar!  Otherwise it’s just torture!  That aside, this place feels like they just tossed a couple of arcade games into a big space with no idea what to do with the rest of it.  It has a lot of room, clientele is young to early 30’s, TV’s showing sports and one with a movie on, average beers at average prices, taste alright.

www.pioneersbar.com

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3rd February
2015
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34th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

How have I never been in here before?  Small bar that’s easy to miss (oh, that’s how) and in a location that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic unless your heading to or from work.  So, small bar that maybe fits about 40, has some TV’s, and friendly/chatty bartenders, crowd is a mixed bag of young and old.  Average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.

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5th January
2015
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24th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

What better way to liven up a boring block than with an arcade.  Lot’s of your favorite games (The Simpsons being up there for me) mixed with a young crowd, slightly Bro-y crowd.  There’s bar seating and regular seating for those not willing to drop two bits, and plenty of TV’s to keep you occupied.  Food smelled good, staff was friendly, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.barcadenewyork.com

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5th December
2014
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24th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Thankfully this bar is better than “one star”, although it would make writing this much easier!  It’s a dimly lit bar that basically has about a dozen or so spots at the bar, and everyone else hangs out behind you against the wall or in a back room…so a regular bar basically.  Has access to the hotel, so you’ll get a mix of guests and locals.  Couple of TV’s, friendly staff, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.onestarnyc.com

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10th November
2014
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19th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Russian bar/eatery…fine, it could be considered a place to go eat, but the drink selection brings it back into bar territory.  They have Vodka specials where you can sample a whole bunch for a decent price, and they have plenty of beers as well, also decently priced.  Crowd tends to be parties, people 30 and up, or actual Russians.  Booze and food taste fine, above average prices on individual drinks but good deals on tastings, taste fine.

www.nasharashanyc.com

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18th February
2014
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26th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

I think it would be fair to call this half bar, half beer hall…well, better upstairs bar, downstairs beer hall.  All craft beer menu with plenty of cocktails as well, this venue is going for the old-timey feel, which explains the lack of sound on all of the sports TV’s downstairs (yes, I’m fully aware radio came before TV, just roll with the joke, ok).  It really is like two different bars, with a bit of a haughty/pretentious air upstairs and downstairs filled with a more energetic crowd.  Crowd is business kids, area workers, 20’s- and 30’s, and people who mix it up with Flatiron Room across the street.  Service is good, food is ok, above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.

www.flatironhall.com

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10th February
2014
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23rd St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

This place used to be Limerick’s, and I guess someone decided this could finally not be a dump anymore.  After a good washing, the new place is a lot brighter, more than two people are in here, staff is still friendly, crowd is basically anyone who works in the area and is in for a few drinks before going home.  Average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.thestorehousenyc.com

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19th November
2013
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Broadway and 20th St.

Below the store is a cocktail bar that is usually always crowded.  Make your way past the awkward coat check, head downstairs, and if you’re there early enough you can grab a table; if not you’re headed to the small bar.  Cocktails and wine are the pours here, crowd is B&T’s, business kids, and any local workers.  Cocktails, average prices for cocktails (~11), taste fine.

www.beechershandmadecheese.com

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9th October
2013
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Park Ave. btw 28th and 29th St.

The newer of the two Gansevoort hotel rooftops, and the lesser of the two.  This one isn’t as pretentious, and maybe a buck cheaper on drinks, but it’s kind of like a Jersey Shore bar on a roof, with a lot of stairs and not as much open space.  The crowd is really mixed, from young, to business kids, to coworkers, to an older crowd of guys mixed with mid 40’s Bon Jovi fans from Jersey.  Average drinks and mixed drinks, above average prices, taste fine.

www.gansevoorthotelgroup.com

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30th September
2013
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23rd St. btw Madison and Park Ave.

Admittedly I had never been to the original location that has since closed.  I really hope it was better than this.  Through the boarded up windows is a “speakeasy” that puts on the same shtick whether it’s full or not.  If you’re with a group, there are tables in the back, on a date or alone, space up front.  However, don’t for one moment think you can wander around, everyone is forced to keep to their section.  The hostess and manager are pretty awful as well.  However, the wait staff is very friendly, and the cocktails are pretty darn good, so there are some pluses to this place.  Cocktails at cocktail prices (~12), taste good.

www.mlkhny.com/newyork

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26th September
2013
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Madison Ave. btw 27th and 28th St.

Another location in this chain of bars has situated itself in an area that’s barren of watering holes (no bar for a 2 block radius is barren in my book).  It’s your typical sports bar, though it’s a lot quieter than most, and the crowd is a mix of people waiting for their express buses and anyone who works in the direct area.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.shortysnyc.com

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8th August
2013
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23rd St. and 5th Ave.

Located on top of Eately, this roof top bar really doesn’t offer much in the view department for someplace that’s got great surroundings.  Crowd is a mix of everyone really; older, business, 30’s, tourists, that all cram into the bar space or decide to grab a table for a meal.  Service is pretty good, above average beers on tap, above average prices, taste fine.

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17th July
2013
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23rd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Another spot that is borderline a restaurant, but since I see few people eating and most drinking, I’ll write it up.  All craft beer, numerous taps, lots of wine, and all the hotel guests one can handle!  Located on the first floor of a B&B, this decent sized bar is a quiet spot for a few drinks on a weekend (open during the week too).  Service is friendly, slightly above average prices for above average beers, taste fine.

www.guiltygoose.com

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24th June
2013
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26th St. btw 6th and Broadway

Used to be Gstaad, now more of a sports bar.  Plenty of seating and standing room, lots of TV’s, crowd is a mix of business kids, B&T’s and people full of BBQ from across the street.  Average beers at average prices, taste alright.

www.greybarnyc.com

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23rd May
2013
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28th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

I’m not shocked in any way that the owners of this own Whiskey Rebel.  Same layout of a long bar, though with higher ceilings, eastern European bartenders, loud house music at any hour, and popcorn.  Crowd is people who like all of that.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.snafu28.com

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6th May
2013
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17th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Now this is what I call a speakeasy.  There might be a wait, but they accommodate with a small standing bar/waiting room in the back.  The place circulates the tables pretty well, and once you’re seated, it’s a chill atmosphere with good service as you sip a cocktail that actually makes me change my stance on cocktails.  The drinks are a little pricey (~15 to start) but completely worth it, taste great.

www.raineslawroom.com

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11th February
2013
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29th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

Used to be Red Sky, but they have thankfully classed the joint up.  Still multi-leveled, the place is now a little more…intimate isn’t the right word…it’s definitely darker and not as much as a party atmosphere on the first floor.  It actually comes off as more of a restaurant on the first floor.  Food’s good, service friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.tavern29.com

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6th February
2013
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32nd St. btw Park and Madison

Brand new venue in Murray Hill that is so close to looking like a TGI Friday’s, but thankfully no blinking street signs on the wall.  The venue in back does a good job of cramming you into two floors with pretty good service.  The bar area up front is also two floors with possibly the deepest bar I’ve ever seen (doing stretches to grab a pint is never in my plans).  A decent amount of room to move around, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.thecuttingroomnyc.com

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23rd January
2013
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28th St. btw Madison and Park Ave.

Pretty good example of what a pub should feel like, with the exception of the low ceiling.  All British beers, like Fuller’s and Carlsberg, on tap, and plenty of space to hangout.  The crowd is mixed of B&T’s with a smattering of older people.  The food’s pretty good too, though it’s fancier than your average pub grub.  Only gripe is with the low volume audio of Churchill being piped into the bathroom…that’s a recommendation to lose the audio, not make it louder, in case anyone reads this.  British beers at average prices, taste pretty good.

www.thechurchillny.com

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22nd January
2013
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17th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Great example of what I like to call a “borderline bar”; packed bar up front and a tiny restaurant in the back.  However, because you can sit in the back and drink (until 7 when they enforce reservations and start chucking you up front), I’m going for bar status.  For the bar space, it’s packed with a young B&T crowd, and getting a seat takes a lot of patience, but the bartenders do a good job of keeping up with the crowd.  Above average taps, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.ryehousenyc.com

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22nd February
2012
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33rd St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.

The bars that try to capture the crowds that commute to Penn Station are slowly fanning out, and this would probably be the furthest, almost the same distance between Penn And Grand Central.  As to the bar itself, lots of space, older crowd, lots of TV’s, and what seems to be the Pandora version of CBS-FM playing over the speakers.  Beers are the higher end of average (~$6) and taste alright.

www.nellyspillanes.com

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3rd February
2012
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30th btw Madison and Park Ave.

This is pretty barren area in regards to the bar scene, but this is a decent addition.  Smells like BBQ, lots of space, TV’s, mixed crowd of business people and the rest is a mish mash.  A couple of good happy hour specials, good amount of average taps and above average taps, they taste fine, average prices.

www.masonjarny.com

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16th November
2011
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19th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

I would call it a speakeasy if it was hidden in some way from the public eye, but no, right out in the open, and probably the only bar that resembles a speakeasy that doesn’t have to call itself one to drum up business.  That being said, it’s usually packed in here after work, pretentious crowd, and no taps.  The drinks are a little above average prices, taste good, really good service, can feel a little claustrophobic.

www.flatironlounge.com

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28th October
2011
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33rd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

The less rowdy version of Stout (its neighbor).  It gives off the same cozy feeling, attracts the same crowd (B&T’s) but not as many in numbers, has lots of TV’s and a good amount of space, nice bartender.  Average pints at average prices.

www.feilenyc.com

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18th October
2011
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21st St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

If this really wants to be a sports bar for the neighborhood, they’re going to have to cut out the table reservations nonsense.  As of right now it’s just a B&T place with a ton of TV’s, a big space but most of it requires a phone call ahead of time to access, so those who just walk in cram in at the bar.  One plus is keeping with Bounce tradition of hiring really good looking servers.  Average prices for average tasting beers.

www.bounceny.com

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15th September
2011
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Park Avenue btw 30th and 31st St.

Am I old?  I thought 30 was still a pretty good age.  Well, this place has rightly put me in my place.  A young, pretty large crowd with pretty good music.  Even though there are lots of people here, and a few rooms to roam around in, it’s still pretty tight in here.  Surprisingly there were few shenanigans, any problems were quickly diffused by one of the 43 bouncers.  Drinks were average prices, decent house brew, average tastes, good service.

www.ps450.com

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28th July
2010
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32nd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

There were definitely locals in here but the majority of people are just passing through on their way to Penn Station.  They have food and a few TV’s behind the bar, but you get the feeling that you don’t belong in this place, as if all the laborers in the neighborhood are here for a quick bite to eat.  The beers tasted fine and were average prices.

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14th July
2010
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Park Ave. btw 17th and 18th St.

Sometimes it’s filled, sometimes it’s just you and the bartender, very night and day in this place.  If you are around the bar, the service is good, the beers good and decently priced.  But I don’t really like the lounge part of it.  It takes away too much space and leaves you to be stared at by people who think they’re in a lounge.

www.union-bar.com

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12th July
2010
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33rd St. btw 6thand 7th Ave.

The newest bar in the area, it’s great if you want a proper meal and average priced drinks before either heading to Penn Station or to the Garden.  It’s a big open bar and the crowd is a little more business casual than the next door neighbors.  Sometimes it can get a little too packed inside, but there are three huge rooms to spread out the LIRR riders before they head home.

www.stoutnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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17th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

If you’re asked to go out with your gay friends for the night, expect to possibly be dragged here, have a relatively fun night, and then never see them again in the bar for the rest of the night.  The bartender was very good at realizing that I was straight but was nice enough to comp me most of the night.  If you stay upstairs, it’s a dance floor with some fun live performances.  Downstairs, well…if you’re going to bathroom, make a left at every guy making out and then zip back upstairs as fast as possible.  The drinks aren’t too overpriced but do taste good.

www.splashbar.com

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9th July
2010
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6th Ave. btw 25th and 26th St.

You would think it’s your typical upscale watering hole, with pricey drinks and snotty people.  Far from it.  Excellent place to watch any sporting event, particularly the World Cup, due to a good amount of TV’s for everyone’s viewing pleasure.  The food is your average prices and the beers are tasty.  The happy hour specials change daily and you’re better off skipping the buckets and getting pints.

www.roguenyc.com

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9th July
2010
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29th St. btw Madison and Park Ave.

Sort of the anti-lounge lounge, well, the downstairs anyway.  I though it was some annoying after work poshy lounge every time I walked by, but after going in, it’s actually a nice place.  The beers are your average prices, taste fine, enough TV’s on the first two floors, and a decent roof deck.  The crowd is your B&T’s, young all around.  Extra notice to the DJ for one of the better music selections being played.

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9th July
2010
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33rd St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.

There is one bar on the entire stretch of Madison Ave., so thankfully this is pretty close to Madison.  This place has changed hands a lot, so in its current incarnation, we have a sports bar.  There’s a lot of space here, TV’s for everyone to see (particularly Washington University alumni on the day I went), some tight table space in the back.  Young crowd, beers tasted fine and were average prices.

www.rattlenhumbarnyc.com

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8th July
2010
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15th St. btw 5th Ave. and Union Square West

Like the bar, hate the crowd.  It’s great when the windows are open and you can mill about, but it’s so small in here and the hipsters never leave so you’re forced to stand by the door and you want to leave after a beer.  The beer tastes good, a nice sized selection, and the prices to the high average side.

www.parkbarnyc.com

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9th June
2010
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18th St. btw Broadway and Park Ave.

Old bar and it is so close to feeling like one.  Thankfully the crowd is lively enough to fill the small space.  If you’re not here early enough to get a booth, you will have to stand in the small area and have to constantly move aside for the waitresses.  They have a pretty good selection of beers that are averagely priced and the staff is definitely seasoned and friendly.

www.oldtownbar.com

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9th June
2010
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31st St. btw Broadway and 6th Ave.

Excellent pub that gets a good crowd, but not the throngs that inundate the other bars in the Penn Station area.  The taps were good, the beers your average prices and the bartenders were also friendly.  Food ain’t too shabby either.

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9th June
2010
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20th St. btw Park Ave. and Broadway

Not much that’s wrong with this bar.  Lots of space, the crowd is decent, the beers are good and at an average prices.  Show up on a day when it’s your “name of the day” and you drink for free.

www.noideabar.com

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4th June
2010
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23rd St. btw Madison Ave. and Broadway

The food is bad enough so I’ll consider this a bar.  It can get a little tight in here, mainly because of the enormous indoor clam shack that takes up space.  The bartenders are a little slow to get you a drink, but for $10 pitchers of Stella, I’ll wait.  The other pints taste fine too.  Some of the clientele…most can be annoying, but if you can squeeze your group in, it’s a nice after work spot.

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4th June
2010
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23rd St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

From the outside it looks like your typical dive bar, but it’s actually kind of nice inside, just stick to sitting at the bar.  The bar food is good and the drinks are cheap, taste fine too.  It could use a slightly bigger TV and the crowd is definitely made up of locals and groups coming from work.

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4th June
2010
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17th St. btw 5th Ave. and Broadway

Huge bar and extremely crowded.  There aren’t many bars around the north part of Union Square so everyone basically filters here before a movie.  I fought my way to the back and found the place to be pretty cozy, definitely brand new, and a young and lively crowd that was under control, until roughly around 7 when this place gets packed and then you want to avoid the young crowd that packs in here.  Beers tasted fine, average prices too.

Lillies (17th St. btw 5th Ave. and Broadway)

Huge bar and extremely crowded. There aren’t many bars around the north part of Union Square so everyone basically filters here before a movie. I fought my way to the back and found the place to be pretty cozy, definitely brand new, and a young and lively crowd that was under control, until roughly around 7 when this place gets packed and then you want to avoid the young crowd that packs in here. Beers tasted fine, average prices too.

www.lilliesnyc.com

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4th June
2010
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33rd St. btw Broadway and 5th Ave.

If it wasn’t for the Irish brogues, I would’ve felt I was in a tactfully designed Howard Beach home.  This huge place is always packed, mainly with a lot of right off the boat’s and their families.  Something of a dance floor opens up, bringing all the cougars out.  I actually really enjoyed the place, despite the past three sentences.  The service is fast, beers taste fine and cost average prices, and plenty of seats to watch the multitude of TV’s.

www.legends33.com

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26th May
2010
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33rd St. btw Broadway and 5th Ave.

Out of the bars on this street, this is my least frequented, though by no means a bad bar.  And there’s good girl to guy ratio, though none are up for chatting…my friends tried.  The crowd was a little sparse, the room is a little tight, but the beers tasted good and were average prices.

www.jackdemseys.com

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17th May
2010
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26th St. btw Broadway and 6th Ave.

I know this is a new place, but they could’ve dirtied it up a little bit to live up to its namesake.  It kind of just looks like a T.G.I. Friday’s inside.  They had a pretty good happy hour and are doing what they can to draw people in for a neighborhood that doesn’t have a lot of people lingering after work.  The taps were okay and an average price.

www.hogpit.com

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17th May
2010
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33rd btw 6th and 7th Ave.

This place had to be a diner before it was a bar.  And by diner I mean soup kitchen.  If they were allowed on 33rd, I would expect semis outside and truckers to be lined up at the counter waiting for Flo to serve up a bud with their burgers (no food here).  Needless to say, there are better place in the area, but it’s not as dive-y as it seems.  The beers tastes alright, average prices, and usually empty.

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17th May
2010
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Union Square West btw 16th and 17th St.

I don’t consider this breaking the “no restaurant” rule (self imposed rule of course) because they do brew their own beer.  Thumbs up to the Raspberry Cider, the only part of the chain that serves it.  Some of the beers here are maybe a dollar or two more than average, but most of them are worth it.  I say go for the beer sampler for quantity and low cost.  The bartender can be a little slow, but it’s good for a meet up place before heading to another bar.  The beers taste fine, a tad bit more than average prices, small bar space.

www.heartlandbrewery.com

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17th May
2010
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34th St. and 5th Ave.

The most touristy of the chain due to that building on top.  For the bar, head downstairs and there’s a decent amount of bar space that the diners skip over en route to their tables.  There’s a younger crowd in here that doesn’t hang around all night, but you have the same house brews you would get at the rest of the chain that taste fine, at a bit above average prices, and the service is decent.

www.heartlandbrewery.com

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14th May
2010
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26th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

This flatiron lounge is on the outskirts from the other trendy bars in the area.  This overly trendy bar is a good place for the workers in the neighborhood who want more than a pub, and thankfully there aren’t many of these workers.  The beer is reasonably priced and tastes fine though you get your normal yuppie beers (Stella, etc.) on tap.

www.gstaadnyc.com

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13th May
2010
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33rd St. btw Broadway and 5th Ave.

I didn’t think it would be when I walked in, but I think I found a new favorite place to add to my list.  It’s like a sports bar that has way more crap on the walls than a T.G.I. Fridays, though the objects are much more interesting to look at here.  There’s also an electric racecar track in the back, and it actually functions.  They have good specials, but avoid the Rolling Rock tap, no matter how tempting it may be.  Tons of TV’s for sports watching too.  The staff was cool (though the owner was a bit of a TV Nazi), the food was good, beers were average prices and tasted fine, Rolling Rock excluded.

www.foleysny.com

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13th May
2010
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20th St. btw Park Ave. and Broadway

Call me crazy, but I have never heard of a champagne bar.  We don’t really get those in south Queens.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover this place.  It’s actually kind of romantic, something I didn’t think I would like in a place to grab a drink.  They have some bottled beers (slightly overpriced but still tasty) and your normal liquor options, but the walls are lined with endless amounts of champagne.  Hot hostess too and lots of very attractive clientele.

www.flutebar.com

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12th May
2010
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24th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

I must’ve walked by here a billion times thinking it was a sushi restaurant.  It isn’t, and it does have a pool table.  It actually is a really decent space for a good night out, though I don’t know if it ever gets crowded.  They don’t have any taps, but the bottles are average prices and tasted fine.  No TV’s either, but man do they love sparkly things and zebra print.

www.dusklounge.com

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12th May
2010
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5th Ave. btw 25th and 26th St.

This bar would be great if it wasn’t for the customers.  The bartenders are nice, the beers taste good and are average prices, and there’s a lot of room.  But the suits that come in here are just kind of douchey and a little too B&T for humanities taste.

www.deweysflatiron.com

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11th May
2010
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30th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

Do I call this a hidden treat and try not to sound cliché?  Yeah, my cube mate just slapped me for that one.  This is a fun bar that usually draws a good mixed crowd; impressive for being on a street that sells everything else on the face of the planet.  There’s a good amount of space, friendly staff, the pints taste better than normal, and they’re at average prices too, lots of space.

www.thecrookedknife.com

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11th May
2010
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Broadway btw 19th and 20th St.

This was so borderline that I had to go in.  More of a polished/upscale wine bar than an actual bar, this place charges you up the wazoo for a Gin and Tonic (yes, I drink what my grandparents drink).  That and the bar staff is very excited to give you your first drink, though not that excited to follow up with the next drink or the check.  Serves me right for thinking something that shiny was good.

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11th May
2010
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14th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

I’m 28, and I felt like an old man in here.  Whether you intended to go to the Meatpacking district and didn’t want to walk 2 more avenues, you hopped off the PATH and decided that this is it, or you all just turned 21 and wanted to celebrate together, this is your place!  It’s a long bar, good amount of space, lots of TV’s.  Beer tastes fine, average prices…why am I complaining about this place again?  Oh yeah, I’m not in college anymore.

www.bungasden.com

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8th May
2010
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29th St. btw 5th Ave. and Broadway

This is an experience, and if you don’t get here early, good luck getting in.  Now, there are a few tables for food (the pork belly is amazing) that half of the place is waiting to get too but there is room for drinking, so I’m torn on whether to call this a bar or not…decision reached after going into the lobby and seeing everyone sloshed…bar!  If you’re not spilling out into the hotel lobby next door, there’s a nice bar up front.  They pretty much only serve your standard microbrews, which cost normal microbrew prices, but the crowd is lively, a little overdressed, and represents every age range possible.

www.thebreslin.com

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8th May
2010
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33rd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Nope, not the Blarney Stone, this place is different than the chain.  If I want a drink before an event at the Garden, this is where I’ll always be found.  Good finger food and average priced tasty beers make this a good place to pre-game with real sports fans.  The crowd is friendly and there’s usually room to move around despite the low ceilinged claustrophobic impression you get.

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6th May
2010
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26th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

I can only imagine that this place is also owned by the people who own Park Bar on 15th, because it looks exactly the same, down to the hipster/yuppie clientele, the big trendy beer selection and the above average prices that come with that beer selection.  Service is pretty good though and there is a decent amount of space, particularly in the back, but it’s always packed.

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5th May
2010
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26th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Holy TV overload Batman.  Brand new place in Chelsea/Flatiron that has a lot of space and an extremely varied crowd, from families to sports nuts to the good people like me who take long lunches.  The service is friendly, the place is huge, the beers average priced and taste fine.  But it can get a little uppity in here during after hours.

www.ainsworthnyc.com

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28th April
2010
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5th Ave. and 27th St.

I was always extremely hesitant of this place, and I was only partially justified.  The trick is to reserve a table, because if you don’t, it just gets ridiculous.  The view rocks from this rooftop bar, the service is hit or miss (hit looks-wise, miss service-wise) at only very slightly above average prices.  The downsides?  If you don’t get a table, you’re cramped in a very small aisle, cramped around the upstairs bar, or worst of all, forced to go downstairs to the lower bar, which resembles a porn I’ve seen before, and you get to deal with the overly annoying bouncers and staff.

www.230-fifth.com

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28th April
2010
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31st St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.

A very tight space in what I could’ve sworn was a hotel bar.  This place is always packed but I’m always confused as to where these people work in the neighborhood because there’s nothing around here.  Anywho, though the place looks overly trendy, it’s actually a nice place to meet for an hour or so for some pre-gaming.  I say for an hour because that’s how long you can take people staring at you as you sit at one of the few tables there while they stand behind you.  They will seriously pounce the second you get up.  The drink specials are good and the drinks taste fine too.

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