East Village

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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6th May
2010
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14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Next stop, hipster central.  There’s a big, young crowd here and you want to gouge your ears and ears out after a few minutes.  With a lack of TV’s you have to be inundated with awful conversations so go when it’s empty because the beers are at least good and cheap.

www.beautybar.com/ny/home.html

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6th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw. 12th and 13th St.

I feel like I’m in the rundown version of The Peach Pit After Dark in here.  While there’s plenty of TV’s, cheap beers at average prices that taste okay, and pretty quick service, the meathead factor is through the roof.  Good luck on the back dance floor, I think I got accidentally groped by roaming hands (though to his credit he used moisturizer) as he was trying to dance with my friends.

www.barnonenyc.com

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5th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 5th and 6th St.

I’m going out on a limb and calling this a bar.  Sure, they have a huge indoor area with tables that looks like a restaurant, but I usually see people only drinking here.  They have your American and Asian beers and they’re reasonably priced and taste fine.  The service is a tad bit slow but they give you edamame on your table!

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28th April
2010
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2nd Ave. and 12th St.

Being close to the L train normally means a hipster bar, and this one is very borderline.  It used to be a gay bar called Dicks, but attracts a completely different clientele now.  While it’s very clean, has plenty of TV’s, the beers are good (though they can run out of Bud/Bud Light if there is a pub crawl in the area) and cheap, and they have party mix in bowls on the bar, it definitely gives off the vibe of a hipster sports bar.

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