East Village

18th July
2016
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1st Ave. and 1st. St.

Used to be Golden Cadillac (that place came and went fast), and the new place is more inviting and not so kitschy as the previous tenant.  Simple cocktail bar that draws the late 20’s and up crowd, and male to female ration is oddly 3:1 in here, at least the nights I was there.  A decent amount of seating, service is good, cocktail at cocktail prices, taste fine.

www.boilermakernyc.com

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27th October
2015
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St. Marks Pl. btw 2nd and 3rd St.

Might be my least favorite of the bar arcade franchise, mainly because the games aren’t the best.  Otherwise it’s, a long, narrow bar, dark, filled to the brim with college (of age, of course) kids, average beers at average prices in plastic cups, taste fine.

Editor’s Note:  They got TMNT, so the bar has been raised…

www.barcade.com

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3rd December
2014
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St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

I’m sure by the time this is posted it will be under another name, as it was Holiday Cocktail, etc. within the past couple of years.  Nothing has really changed about it, still two floors,very eclectic scenery and patrons, average and above average beers at average prices, taste alright.

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5th November
2014
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11th St. btw 3rd and 4th Ave.

I have been going to shows at Webster Hall for years, and how have I never known this was here?  Big bar, decent amount of space, lots of TV’s, and lots of crap on the walls.  Crowd is in their 20’s, service is friendly, average taps at average prices, taste fine.

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27th October
2014
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3rd Ave. and 13th St.

Two level bar in an area churning out a decent number of good spots.  Big space for mingling, windows for hanging out of (OSHA compliant of course), sports on TV, and they even have a rack for newspapers (bonus point!).  Crowd is 20’s and 30’s, service is friendly, above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.brazenfoxnyc.com

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29th April
2014
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3rd Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.

A decent sized bar that is a bit more subdued that it’s neighbors, which helps to draw a different crowd (slightly older, quieter, and more room to maneuver).  It’s just a basic bar, some tables in front and back, friendly service.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.linenhallnyc.com

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13th March
2014
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1st Ave. and 1st. St.

So after seeing this place on countless “top new bars” lists, I gave it a once over.  With the exception that the bar area reminds me of the neon lights on an old jukebox, there is really nothing out of the ordinary about this place.  The menu had your generic cocktails, there was a decent sized space for sitting, service was friendly, just your run of the mill bar.  Mixed drinks, average prices for them (~$8-$10), taste fine.

www.goldencadillacnyc.com

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28th February
2014
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2nd Ave. and 13th St.

Used to be Nightingales, but now you can actually see the inside from the outside!  Gone are the always curtained atmosphere and the weird lounge vibe.  Hers now stands a spacious pub, though for a new spot it could use a good airing out.  It’s basically just your run of the mill bar, sports on TV, friendly service, and the crowd is college kids mixed with a dash of Hipster and business kid.  Average taps at average prices, taste fine.

www.durdenbarnyc.com

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18th December
2013
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3rd Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.

Out of the darkness comes the light.  And that comment really only has to do with comparing the cave-like settings of the original location as compared to the shiny lights of its new spot, located one block north.  There’s also multiple floors now instead of a usually closed bar in the basement.  Still the same crowd (all ages that usually keep to themselves, mixed with soccer fans), and space is decent but packed with tables now.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.nevadasmiths.net

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4th November
2013
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St. Marks Pl. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

To say it’s just a bar that is frequented at intermission from the guests attending a show at the attached playhouse and only really frequented by passerby’s who wait until they see a sign of life in here before entering might be the best way to sum this place up.  The crowd is basically theater goers and the occasional stragglers, and they serve mostly cocktails and are pretty in the know about absinthe.  A few above average beers on tap, above average prices, taste fine.

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1st November
2013
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St. Marks Pl. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

This might be the quirkiest bar I’ve ever been to.  2 floors of tacky (albeit fun) decorations, completely a mixed crowd of people of all kinds, having the balcony makes me feel as if some weird show is going on below and I’m just a spectator to all if it.  Service is pretty good, average beers at average price, taste fine.

www.saintstavern.com

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25th October
2013
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2nd Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.

While they have Jamaican beers on tap, and some decorations that might remind some people of Jamaica (it reminded me more of New Orleans), that’s really the only Jamaican part of the bar.  Decent sized bar that’s elevated (literally) above the other Second Avenue bars on this street.  Crowd is still the same as every other neighboring bar (mid-20’s, business kids, and NYU kids) but it’s definitely more subdued.  Caribbean taps, average prices, taste fine.

www.kingstonhall.com

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24th October
2013
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Stuvesant St. btw 9th St. and 3rd Ave.

Hidden bar within a sushi restaurant.  Walk up the stairs, hook a U-turn, hope that it’s not packed (which it usually becomes after 7 PM), and step into a small yet roomy space that could probably hold only about 30-35 people.  Many different types of cocktails, service is good, average price for cocktails (~12), taste alright.

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11th October
2013
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Bowery btw 3rd and 4th St.

If you don’t see a door or window, look for the people painted on the walls outside.  Once inside, it’s a decent sized place that is empty around happy hour but fills up as the night goes on.  Bartenders are friendly, mixing cocktails with a few beers on tap.  Crowd is a little older than its neighbors (late 20’s to 30’s).  Above average beers and cocktails, slightly above average prices on the beers, average prices on cocktails (~11), taste fine.

www.wisemennyc.com

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10th October
2013
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1st Ave, and 7th St.

Laid out like a mix between a soda shoppe and diner, complete with old school jukebox, this hipster bar is usually crowded and yet can range from noisy to quiet all the same.  If you don’t get one of the tables or a stool at the bar, you’re just going to get shoved around in here.  Bartenders are nice, the crowd is locals and hipsters, though the two are quickly becoming one and the same.  Above average beers, at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

 

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1st August
2013
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4th Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.

Use to be Forum, now with even more restrictions as to where you can sit.  Every table has a “Reserved” sign on it, thereby tossing everyone towards the bar.  Now, while there is a good amount of space up front, can we at least get a few tables opened up?  It’s happy hour and no one is clamoring to get in here.  Lots of sports on TV, nice staff, bathroom takes forever to get to, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.theroyalnyc.com

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1st May
2013
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14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Used to be King’s Head Tavern, and now it’s a gastropub.  It’s the same long bar with a good amount of space, but a little more surprisingly bearable pretentiousness sprinkled in with some fascination with pickleback shots (not that I’m complaining about the latter).  There’s also live music which plays here.  Crowd is a mix of B&T’s with hipster, but then again, it’s what the neighborhood is becoming.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

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8th January
2013
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2nd Ave. btw 5th and 6th St.

This is a live music venue but there is plenty of bar space in here and also plenty of room to get lost! Usually draws a good crowd on the weekends, full of college age kids and hipsters here to enjoy a show.  Not a bad music venue by any means, with lots of space to dance, though don’t you dare make any noise when you leave the place!!!  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.litloungenyc.com

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4th January
2013
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2nd Ave. and 4th St.

So I popped in here right after work and there was literally no one in here except for the bartender and what must have been a person interviewing for work.  To make sure it wasn’t a fluke, I went by on a weekend night and saw about a dozen or so people, but nothing classified as raucous.  The place can hold maybe 20 people, and it’s a cross between an authentic pub and my grandmother’s living room, so if you’re into cozy and quiet, here’s your place!  I guess I’m always on the hunt for an authentic pub, but I want more of a London pub rather that a country pub.  Average beers at cheap prices, taste fine.

www.queenvicnyc.com/index.html

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22nd December
2011
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7th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Another bar on the list of places that remind me of a neighbor’s basement, this time with wet dog smell!  There’s a good amount of room here, small bar, lots of booths, and yes, hipsters.  Average tasting beers at average prices.

 

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21st December
2011
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7th St, btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Ok, so about half of the space is tables, the rest is a bar area.  Bucket specials are available in 100% of the space, and 25% is having food.  That’s a lot of math, I know, but this Filipino bar has some decent deals for happy hour.  It’s a young crowd, Filipino and others, average prices for average tasting beers.

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20th December
2011
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1st Ave. btw 6th and 7th St.

This place used to be Lilly’s Coogans.  If memory serves me, the bar was on the other side.  Thankfully I write this blog so my memory doesn’t have to serve me 24/7.  Good happy hours, younger crowd, and a decent amount of space.  Beers taste alright, average prices.

www.coalyardbar.com

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15th December
2011
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7th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

So this is what a pretzel feels like…that’s the best I can do to explain the lighting in here.  Not much to talk about for the rest of the bar either beside  small bar, hipsters…yep, that’s about it.  Not a lot of space to stand around as the bar takes up a big portion of the space.  Beers taste fine, average prices for average taps.

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14th December
2011
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1st Ave. btw 7th and 8th St.

I liked it.  It may be really tiny, but it was a really good place to go for a drink.  As said 14 words ago, tiny, but everyone is friendly, very cozy feeling, and really good happy hour specials.  Nice bartender, mix of locals and youth.  Beer tastes good, average prices after happy hour.

www.internationalbarnyc.com

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13th December
2011
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St. Mark’s btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Came here on a Monday night, we were the only people in here.  Tried to come on a Friday night, saw the owner locking up.  So, when it feels like being open, there’s a good amount of space in here, lots of room around the bar.  Not really divey, but definitely older.  Beer tastes ok, average prices.

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12th December
2011
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1st Ave. btw St. Mark’s Pl. and 9th St.

Used to be Cheap Shots, and not much has changed, though I will say it is cleaner and a tad more friendlier.  Good jukebox, great happy hour deals, friendly bartender.  Beers tastes fine, average prices after happy hour.

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9th December
2011
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10th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Quiet bar that’s tucked away off the main avenue.  Small place, seems that most of the people in here knew someone who worked here and were there for support more than actually frequenting the place.  Good for a quiet drink, good for a stopover on your way out, beer tastes fine and at average prices, decent happy hour.

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8th December
2011
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2nd Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.

This place used to be Telephone.  They cleaned out the long tables and made this more of a pub…a pub taken over by B&T’s.  Pluses: TV’s everywhere, food is decent.  Minuses: stairs,  meatheads and B&T’s…lots of ‘em.  The beer tastes fine, average prices, it reminds me of a cleaner, more spacious Off the Wagon…oh wait, same owner…so there you go.

www.nycbestbar.com/13thstep

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7th December
2011
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1st Ave. btw 1st and 2nd St.

I like this bar, very mixed crowd, not too posh, not too hipster, just a nice place to hang out.  Well, hang out in the back, the bar area is a really tight space.  It’s a small place, good music that gets turned “up to 11” once the occupancy gets above 20, really nice bartender.  Average tasting beer, average taps, average prices.

www.lalinealounge.com

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6th December
2011
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3rd Ave. btw St. Mark’s Pl. and 9th St.

I’ve most likely walked by this bar thousands of times, and always thought it was some club and that I would hate it.  This is why I do this, to dispel these notions, right everyone’s wrong thinking!  Ok, the bars is average, very cheap happy hour, tons of space, nice staff.  The clientele is a weird mix of college grads, people who just can’t get over college, and people who are using it as a meeting place before heading elsewhere.  Beers taste fine, average beers at average prices.

www.continentalnyc.com

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15th November
2011
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2nd Ave. btw 8th and 9th St.

This place is huge, and I’m not just talking about being compared to its neighbors, there’s a ton of space in here.  That’s one of the few perks of this place.  The crowd is diverse, mostly young, and with two fights between girls over the course of a visit, what more could I ask for!?!  They use the space for movies on the walls, on occasion, you feel a little sketch walking past the “lounge” area to get to the bathroom, but the bartenders are nice, good specials, average beers at average prices.

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14th October
2011
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1st Ave. and St. Mark’s Pl.

I’m not entirely sure if this place wants to be a bar or a café.  Since I saw no one eating around dinner time, bar it is.  There’s a bar, a few tables, a few people…you would think that this place would be hopping considering it’s at the “entrance” to the East Village for most newcomers, but alas, just a few people passing the time at the bar.  The bartender was a little aloof, but I can’t blame him for that due to the lack of clientele.  Average beers at average prices.

www.vbar.net/vbarstmarks

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13th October
2011
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5th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

One of the many wonders of NYC is “What do newborn pigeons look like”?  You only see the adults, where are the babies!?!  Similarly, “what do newborn hipsters look like”?  Well this latter mystery has been solved.  Before they dive head first into their future lives, they come here, try out every style possible (I swear one kid was dressed as a 50’s mechanic), and drink average beers at average prices.  The plusses of this bar are the awesome bartender, its quiet, it’s off the beaten trail.

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12th October
2011
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4th St. btw 1st and 2nd St.

Normally my friend’s will say “let’s hit up a gay bar”, and I envision dance floor and over-the-top everything.  This is one of the few “gay bars” in the city that is actually just a bar that happens to be gay, meaning it looks like every other bar in the city, pool table and all.  Sure there is a jukebox battle between Robyn and Evanescence going on, but I liked it here.  The bartenders are a tiny bit overwhelmed by the big crowd, but are very polite when they get to you.  Average beers at average prices, including Rolling Rock on tap!

www.boilerroomnyc.com

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11th October
2011
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5th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Wedged in between the crowded Bowery and the 2nd Avenue college strip is this quiet, pretty good pub.  Lots of room, good music, average people fill up this pretty decent sized space.  The bartenders are moody, average beers at average prices.

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10th October
2011
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4th St. btw 2nd Ave and Bowery

Pretty good sized bar in the east village that is basically two rooms, one all standing, the other half standing, and a bunch of bar video games.  The crowd was young college kids to early 30’s.  The only thing that stood out was that I didn’t hear any music playing, even though there was a fancy jukebox…maybe this is why the bar is named “Stillwater”?  Nice bartender, average drinks at average prices.

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6th October
2011
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2nd Ave. btw 11th and 12th St.

I’m not sure what the theme is here.  I’m guessing something related to New Orleans, based on the name and the reference to voodoo in one spot behind the bar.  It actually feels more like you’re walking downstairs into the galley of a ship. Anywho, young college crowd, bartender that is dressed for an East Village bar, outside space that closes before the rest of the bar, decent sized space with booths in the back, average taps at average prices.

www.ninthwardnyc.com

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5th October
2011
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2nd Ave btw 12th and 13th St.

I was completely fooled by this place and thought it was a German place.  While it may resemble one on the inside, it’s about as German as a pineapple (had a tough time with that analogy).  It’s really just a regular bar with outdoor seating, booths in the back, young crowd, supplied with above average taps at average prices.

www.shoolbreds.com

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4th October
2011
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3rd Ave. and 13th St.

Fancy shmancy in the East Village.  This place is always packed, including the seating areas which there are plenty of, albeit full.  Your typical crowd for this part of the neighborhood (college, B&T, young), more of a group place then a place to meet people.  Average beers at average prices, service speed depends on whether you’re sitting or at the bar.

www.thepennyfarthingnyc.com

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3rd October
2011
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10th St. btw 3rd and 4th Ave.

If it’s possible to be a tucked away bar in this neighborhood, kudos to this place.  I must have passed it dozens of times until finally noticing it.  Empty when I got there but filled up really quickly.  Bartender was friendly and resembled Trent Reznor and Perry Farrell’s love child, if they could have one.  Good tunes, beers were average prices, but a bit below average tasting.

 

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25th August
2011
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2nd Ave. and 1st St.

My friend was always intrigued to try this place but figured the inside looked as welcoming as the outside.  So I took the plunge for him and went in.  Now, I’m sure at some point this place was a good dive bar and tetanus was rampant.  However, my friend would be displeased to know that it has become what I refer to as a hipster-dive bar.  Basically, hipster bartender and the décor is from people who tried too hard to keep it looking like it’s been here since the 60’s/70’s.  Or who knows, it may have always been like this and has just swept more often now.  Judging from the hipsters drinking here, I’ll go for the former.  Beers tasted average, average prices, and you have your old guys who hit on anything that moves.

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12th August
2011
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9th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

I’m always hesitant when a friend recommends a bar that has dancing.  But this place was actually pretty good.  Lots of bar space, and they did a good job of keeping the dancing separated in another room.  Lots of TV with sports on, good music, can get pretty crowded, especially the dance floor, but the service is pretty quick, average prices, beers taste fine.

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11th August
2011
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2nd Ave. btw 8th and 9th St.

First time I went here was on a date and when I asked the bartender what he wanted to do for a living, he said “I just wanna dance”…totally serious face, gleam in his eye.  Hopefully he’s found his way.  Back to the bar…some days there’s no one in here, some days a decent sized crowd.  Make your way down the ramp into the small space, the beers taste alright, average prices, definitely a place to go if you want some quiet time.  As a side note, it’s actual name in “Karpaty” but no one calls it that

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28th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.

I’m not sure how to feel about this bar.  Everyone constantly says to meet here because it’s a pretty decent sized space.  The bartenders were okay, the beers your normal beers at normal prices, but I really really hate stairs in bars and they have set the bar up like aisles almost so you’re standing in rows instead of just milling about.

www.telebar.com

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23rd July
2010
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7th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Stairs…why must it always be stairs.  So, navigating my way down, you pop into a small bar/catacomb that is almost always packed.  There are mostly tables taking up the space and very little space and seating by the bar.  The beers are all microbrews that cost a bit above average prices, but that’s what you normally pay for a microbrew, and they taste fine, service is pretty friendly too.

www.jimmysno43.com

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23rd July
2010
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3rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

One of the newer, and therefore more crowded, bars in the East Village.  Definitely more of a younger crowd (thanks NYU) so you can expect the usual amount of drunkenness and falling down on their behalf.  The beers were served in cans with coozies (ingenious!), taste fine and at average prices.

www.whiskeytownbar.com

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14th July
2010
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2nd Ave. and 11th St.

A bar that tries to give you everything and they don’t miss the mark.  There were tons of TV’s (each labeled to show you what game would be coming on next), plenty of space and a good crowd.  A few hipsters were attempting brunch but they were thankfully kept quiet by football fans.  The food is alright, the drinks are average prices, and there seemed to be different events going on during the week, in case TV doesn’t entertain you enough.

www.villagepourhouse.com

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14th July
2010
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2nd Ave btw 1st and 2nd St.

As of now, the only gay bar I’ve been to in this area.  This place is actually pretty laid back.  I mean, they show reruns of Buffy and not sports, the drinks are average prices and the beer tastes good.  The real draw here was Monday Night Drag Queen Bingo.  I won $50 twice and got to use my “I’m from Queens…but not that kind” joke.

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14th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.

When this bar finally wasn’t shut down for a private party, I gave it a shot.  This long bar is trying to draw in a little bit classier of clientele to the pub scene.  The beers were your average prices, taste fine and there was sports on the TV, but the tight space, with an either non-existent crowd or packed to the gills night out, gave off an unwelcoming vibe.

www.ryansnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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7th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Could it be?  A low scale sports bar in the East Village?  And free pizza…well, some nights.  There’s isn’t a whole lotta space, but whatever wall space existed is filled up with TV’s and all kinds of random sports crap.  There weren’t a lot of people in here at 7 on a Saturday night, but if you can find the entrance, you’ll have a place to watch sports if you don’t want lots of fans screaming in your ears…if that’s your thing of course.  The beers were average prices, tasted fine, and watching a young guy sleep while waiting for his friend was mildly amusing.

www.standingsbar.com

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12th July
2010
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St. Marks Place btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

If you can’t get a table here, I would probably avoid the place.  It just doesn’t have a lot of room to stand around and if you are standing, you’re blocking some of the TV’s I’m watching!!!  The beers are good, average prices, and the wait staff does the best they can with the large crowd.

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9th July
2010
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2nd Ave btw 9th and 10th St.

Out of the three bars on this side of the street on this block, this is by far my favorite.  Now there’s not a lot of table room here, but the turnover is pretty good so things keep moving.  They have good taps, your average priced beers and good service.

www.ryansnyc.com

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9th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 13th and 14th St.

Your downtown friendly neighborhood Boston bar.  And there are lots of  patrons here on game day.  The beers are good here, decently priced, and plenty of TV’s, including a screen in the back.  The weird thing about the bar is the upstairs.  I feel like I walked into Dracula’s castle.  The little balcony that it leads to is nice to hang out on (if there are less than 10 people) but I am confused as to why there is a second floor.

www.professorthoms.com

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9th July
2010
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Bowery and 4th St.

A good place to go when you want to stay in the area but escape the pretentiousness and college crowds.  The only downside is that it’s hard to get a place to sit sometimes.  A decent sized pub with good food and average priced beer and a very lively crowd that likes to watch sports on one of the many TV’s throughout the bar.

www.phebesnyc.com

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9th June
2010
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1st Ave. and 1st St.

Nice pub on the edge of the East Village.  There are plenty of average priced beers on tap here and it’s a welcome reprieve from the pretentious bars in the surrounding area.  Surprisingly there are TV’s actually showing sports in here, but for some reason I felt as if the crowd coming in were all expecting a club, which apparently is in the basement as I recently found out.

www.oneandoneny.com

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9th June
2010
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14th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

I didn’t think it was possible that I would actually be in a bar showing CNN and they actually had the sound on.  Now granted, I was the youngest person in here by about a solid 15 years, but everyone was friendly and there’s a lot of space in here.  The pints taste fine, average prices, good service.

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9th June
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 13th and 14th St.

A lounge in the middle of college bars in the east village.  There’s plenty of space in here, but the beer prices are a tad bit high, though they taste fine, and there’s not a lot of people in here to fill the room.

www.nightingalelounge.com

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9th June
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 11th and 12th St.

I dislike the bar purely because it’s a Manchester United supporter’s bar.  Otherwise, it’s not so bad.  There’s a lot of space but it usually is a sausage fest in here.  The taps are alright, the beer is average prices, and they have plenty of TV’s, though you feel like you’re in a cave when watching matches because they black out the windows and there are zero lights.

www.nevadasmiths.net

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4th June
2010
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7th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

One of the older bars in the city, mainly by looks, it is by no means un-popular.  In fact, there’s almost always a line to get in.  No TV’s, just plenty of good conversation.  There are only two choices of beer, light or dark, and they’re only two dollars at that.  There’s definitely a huge age spectrum that comes here, whether it be the fresh college grads or the 40 year-old’s bachelorette party, I have definitely seen the latter here twice.

www.mcsorleysnewyork.com

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4th June
2010
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1st Ave. btw St. Marks Pl. and 7th St.

Lounge or bar, lord knows, but filled with those people who don’t want to go one step further east past 1st avenue but like to think their still hip by living down here.  A decent sized crowd that wasn’t too crazy, beers tasted fine and cost your average prices, decent late night scene.

www.lunasabar.com

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4th June
2010
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1st Ave. btw 6th and 7th St.

Feels like a box that has a bar on one side with a charmingly cold cement backyard.  And for some reason, there’s a business crowd in here…not exactly sure how that happened.  The beer tastes alright, the bartender is nice and charges average prices, pretty empty.

www.myspace.com/lillycoogans

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27th May
2010
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7th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Very nice Polish bar in the East Village.  On top of that, very good bar staff that actually knows their stuff.  I couldn’t understand what my friends were saying but that Polish beer tastes pretty good…the only important factor.  I couldn’t even begin to write or say the one Polish beer they didn’t have, but the wide selection they did have was average prices and tasted very nice.

www.klimatbarnyc.com

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27th May
2010
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14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

It’s a little out of the way, but it’s still a decent place to go.  A long bar with lots of space, there’s usually a pretty good crowd here, but it’s hard to find a space to camp out.  Taps are your average prices, taste fine, the crowd is made up of aspiring wannabes and people who actually live in the area.

www.kingsheadtavern.com

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27th May
2010
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4th St. btw 2nd Ave. and Bowery

I was a little torn on this bar.  While they over themed it, the beers were cheap enough and tasted good enough for me to stick around.  If you can forgo a little pretentiousness by the other bar goers, and by that I mean hipsters, then enjoy!

www.kgbbar.com

www.kgbbar.com

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27th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 3rd and 4th St.

This place has hookahs and it has a bar, yet it is thankfully not like other places called Hookah bars that only have hookahs…could I squeeze “hookah” into the sentence anymore?  There’s a good amount of space up front for the drinkers and they stick all of the hookah smokers in the back.  A little light wouldn’t kill anyone, would it?  Beers are average prices, taste average, hookahs are average too.

www.karmanyc.com

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27th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 5th and 6th St.

There is really nothing out of the ordinary to say about this bar.  Sometimes the taps are on, other times they suck, but always at average prices.  They always have sports on TV, a decent amount of space and the crowd is very mixed, from college kids to the locals.

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14th May
2010
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St. Marks Place btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

My lasting memory of this place will be my friend Armando’s 21st birthday when he kept downing cheap shots and then proceeded to throw up on himself.  That being said, the rest of the bar isn’t too memorable, nothing even remotely reminds me of anything “grassroots” related.  It kind of reminds me of a wine cellar without the wine.  The music is good though and, as said, the beer is average prices and tastes average.

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13th May
2010
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4th Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.

I guess this is the bar that symbolizes the new direction of the neighborhood…it’s not bad, but for the love of God, hold out tiny pubs!  This large bar is very popular with the suits in the neighborhood and the B&T’s that work on Park Avenue.  The strange part is that I oddly like it when I go in with a big group and can take up the back.  Otherwise, you blatantly get the weird looks, but you know what, sometimes I want a drink by myself on my way to a normal pub!  Anywho, the drinks actually taste good and are average prices.

www.orderforumnyc.com

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13th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 13th and 14th St.

Some of my friends complain that since it moved, it hasn’t been the same.  I don’t know, I still see the same frat party I saw at the old location.  It really is just one big room.  The drinks taste good and the prices are average, though there are specials.  Usually packed during games, it’s just your good ole B&T sausage fest.

www.finnertysnyc.com

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12th May
2010
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3rd St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

A surprisingly big bar in the East Village, though the mood changes from crowded to just myself and the un-talkative hot bartender…I’m sure that last part surprises no one…well, not me.  Though her good looks took a hit when she informed me that Happy Hour just ended (it was only 6:39…who ends happy hour before 7!?!) and I had to pay $5 for a Miller Lite draft that tasted pretty bad.

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12th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 3rd and 4th St.

This used to be one of my favorite places in the city to go with my friends.  They have cleaned it up in the past few months making it a little too sterile.  Odds are you’ll run into an Irish band playing live here, but that doesn’t make up for the angry bartenders that work here.  There used to be a nice waitress but I assume she’s been let go.  Anywho, they still do draw a big crowd on the weekends, but the jukebox is sorely lacking. The beers are still average prices and taste just fine.  They thankfully got rid of the dartboard that was located over one of the tables.

www.dempseyspub.com

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12th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 2nd and 3rd St.

Between Brick Lane and Houston on First Avenue, there isn’t much to do beside smoke hookah, so when a bar plants itself in the middle, you hope for the best.  Close but no cigar.  In the vein of hipster bars inundating anything with half a mile of the L train, we’re given this huge bar downtown.  No regular taps here, just your standard local Brooklyn basement brewer’s concoctions.  There wasn’t much going on in the way of a crowd, even at 1 in the morning.  Pints were your average microbrew prices ($7-ish) and tasted generic.

www.drinkgoodstuff.com/ny/default.asp

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11th May
2010
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14th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

With every pint you buy, there is a free pizza.  I’ll say it again.  With every pint you buy, there is a free pizza.  If that doesn’t sell you then nothing will, and that’s the only thing that really sells this place.  Though the bar can get a bit crowded due to its small space, this is a great idea that keeps people fed while they continue to drink.  And the pizza ain’t bad either.  The beers tastes fine, average prices, mixed crowd of hipsters and college kids.

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11th May
2010
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Bowery and 1st St.

This place always looked packed so I went in on a night when it was semi-crowded.  One of the few places in the area that is a quasi club, we got in before the cover took effect.  The crowd was hit or miss, your typical sausage fest waiting for the two or three groups of girls who show up.  Not really my scene but I’m sure there are people who get tired of the hipster places in the area.  The beers were average prices and tasted fine.

www.3tenlounge.com

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11th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.

I have to imagine that this place stays in business purely from the name of the bar and tourists wanting to check it out.  To put it mildly, this place is a shit hole.  Now, the people who work here, awesome, including the bouncers.  The beer tastes fine and it’s average prices.  But it completely feels like the floor could give out any minute and while I normally don’t mind the smell of stale beer mixed with piss and the smell of old creepy guys…not for me.

www.coyoteuglysaloon.com

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11th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw St. Mark’s Place and 9th St.

Now, while it looks like a dive, it was actually pretty nice in here.  The bartender was great, some of the best locals I’ve ever met at a bar, and the beer tasted good and at your average prices.  They even have air hockey and one of the better dart boards.  The one downside was the men’s room, which almost required me to stand in the sink to pee, though I heard I should’ve used the roomier women’s room.

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11th May
2010
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9th St. btw 3rd and 4th Ave.

The first time I came here years ago, this place was night and day, pub downstairs, insanely overcrowded euro-trash club upstairs.  I now come back here regularly, usually in the morning for soccer matches, don’t see anyone going upstairs, and have a great time downstairs.  Many kudos for the waitress in the back section, she’s the best.  A downside of the pub is how they’ll switch off matches people are watching for some college football game to appease the tourists, but besides that one slip up, great bartenders, good pints, average prices, food’s good too, and the crowd is very mixed, in the good way.

www.centralbarnyc.com

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11th May
2010
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7th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Holy hipster Batman, this bar would take the cake if it wasn’t for the fact that there was an older crowd in here.  You had your taps that you’ve never heard of before, the trendy bartender, even a late 20 year old knitting in the corner.  Yet, the other patrons were older, even a dad with his kid and their dog.  Carpet in a bar, good lord.  As for the basics, the beers were a little above average prices, though they tasted fine (though god knows what the names of these microbrews were), and some points back for having free French Fries for us.

www.burpcastlenyc.wordpress.com

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11th May
2010
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St. Marks Place btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

I’m always surprised at the large size of some of the bars in the East Village.  They have a back yard for when the bar gets too crowded, which it does get.  Now while the beers were your average prices and tasted fine for the most part, I got a little nauseous after having the Blue Moon here.  I’m sure it’s changed since then, but just throwing out a heads up.  Also, the crowd can be hit or miss, ranging between low key or college crowd.

www.ryansnyc.com

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8th May
2010
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14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

If you’ve ever had a desire to watch sports with hipsters, then this is your place.  There are plenty of TV’s covering every game and there’s lots of space.  The beer is priced alright, tastes fine, and the finger food isn’t bad at all.  The one downfall is the crowd.  When they are out in numbers, it is no fun watching football with hipsters…and I really tried.

www.blindpigbar.com

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