Houston St. btw 6th Ave. and Varick St.
When they finally weren’t closed for a private event, I had a chance to check this really big space out. This large beer hall has a menu to match its square footage, but I feel it needs more tables as there is a lot of standing room. Your beers are what you’d find in any German-themed bierhaus, along with various sizes of glass. Crowd is a big mix of everyone, staff is friendly, above average beers at slightly above average prices for any size, taste fine.
10th St. btw Greenwich and 6th Ave.
Two floors of bar here. The top floor is an island bar with some decent standing space, though you are surrounded by people eating. Downstairs is a better bar space, more room to mill about. The scene is mid-20’s to low-30’s crowd mixed with older locals, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Hudson St. btw Charles and Perry St.
I don’t often use this word with bars, but I just felt comfortable in here. It’s a quiet spot with people here to mostly drink, though you can eat too, in a quiet space while you have some craft beer or even coffee (they’re not biased against other brews I guess). Service is friendly, decent amount of space, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
W. 4th btw Jones and Barrow St.
I’ve been to a bunch of bars with karaoke, but this is the first that not only feels like a bar, but it’s a party going on in here. No pressure to sing, but if you come here you’ll be inundated with the good, the pro’s, and a bunch of people who just want to wail into the night. Decent amount of space, service is pretty good, the crowd is a mix of college kids and everyone in their 20’s, and remember that it’s a karaoke bar, so deal with it. Average beers for average prices, taste fine.
10th St. btw Waverly Pl. and Greenwich Ave.
Packed bar on a quiet street in the West Village. Room is basically a cube, some tables up front and on the side, mostly just room for standing around. Crowd is B&T’s and a few locals, and I’ve never seen it less than halfway full. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Commerce St. btw Bedford and Barrow St.
I had walked by this place a million times thinking it was purely a restaurant. I walked in on a Thursday and every table and bar stool was filled with drinkers, barely a bite of food in sight, so a bar it is! The place was packed, 30’s crowd, locals, older crowd, everyone having a pretty good time. Until I had the beer… The taps need a good cleaning out, and I could barely finish my dates’ when she couldn’t finish her own. Above average beers, above average prices, taste needs work.
Hudson St. btw 10th and Christopher St.
Walk past the fortune teller (I’m serious) and enter a pretty big bar area that’s serving up cocktails. The crowd is definitely B&T’s, mixed with locals, and people on their way to or from the Meatpacking area. Service is pretty good and friendly, usually crowded, cocktails at good prices (~10), taste fine.
Hudson St. btw Charles and 10th St.
Used to be RF Lounge, but now it’s gone to pork… Anywho, head upstairs to a decent sized bar that does a pretty good job of not cramming everyone in. If you’re not here for the food, this polished bar packs in a young crowd that can get a little douche at times. I can only attest that the food smelled great, having not tried it, but it’s a good little stop over bar for a couple of quick drinks. Above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Bedford St. and Downing St.
A bar west of 6th that offers a respite from cocktails and “places to be seen”. Decent sized, dimly lit bar that usually draws a crowd of 20 and 30 year olds, and serves up some good pub food as well, though the full meals need work. Service is good, though it slows when it gets packed. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Houston St, btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Pretty decent bar that is usually packed at all hours. If you come for happy hour, every business kid/B&T that works nearby should be here, filling this decent sized bar to the gills. Good amount of bar space with an area in the back, service is usually pretty quick, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
7th Ave. and Leroy St.
Speakeasy in the West Village, though the jig is up when there’s a guy sitting on a stool in front of a mysterious door. Head downstairs and either hope to grab one of the tables or stand at the bar. 20’s and 30’s crowd, everyone seems to come and go at a good pace, so the turnover keeps things moving. As for the cocktails, they were alright, nothing to get all worked up about but passable. Cocktails, about average prices for cocktails (~12), taste alright.
Barrow St. and Hudson St.
Safe to say this is probably the only straight dive bar in the West Village. Decent sized space filled with a mix of recent grads, older locals…actually, any group will be here, good assortment. Not much to it really, service is good, sports on TV, though the one drawback are the taps and those lines could use a good cleaning. Average beers at average prices, taste a little off.
Turks & Frogs (11th St. btw Greenwich and Washington St.)
Wine bar in the West Village. It’s a small spot that basically draws locals and people waiting to get into a brunch spot nearby. A few seats at the bar, some more room in the back, lots of good wine. Bartender was friendly, your average price for a glass of wine (~9), taste fine.
W. 4th St. btw 7th Ave. and 10th St.
This place used to be Absolutely 4th, and they’ve done a much better job of not making you feel completely cramped. I say “completely” because it is still a small space, and the bar area seems to have gotten more crowded. It also went from sort of a posh feeling bar to a more generic “pub” atmosphere, which have led to the crowds changing from subdued to young B&T’s mixing in with the young neighborhood crowd. Service is pretty good, above average taps at slightly above average prices.
Hudson St. btw Perry and 11th St.
There’s really not much to this place looks wise, but it’s actually a pretty decent spot for a drink. I mean, it’s sort of a blank room with a bar, very unpretentious, but there’s a decent amount of space, draws a good crowd that’s young and old, and the bartenders were very nice to talk to. It’s more of your neighborhood bar than a destination. Above average pints that taste good, average prices.
Hudson St. and Charles St.
Something was amiss with this place. It has a very odd set up, making the place feel divided with the people up front sitting down and the people sitting at the bar. It was sparsely populated on a Friday, but the bartender was upbeat. Average tasting beers at average prices.
Bleeker St. and Jones St.
Williamsburg-esque bar in the West Village, meaning it has all your specialty brews without the inundation of Hipsters…well, a slight inundation. If you can actually get one of the few tables, or a nook to stand in, it’s actually cozy in here. Otherwise you’re just getting brushed by the entire time. As for the beers, they taste pretty darn good and they cost you’re above average prices ($6.50 being the cheapest, unless my sight is going).
10th St. and Waverly Pl.
If you’re not older than 45, or a gay male, or the token old lady near the front (think John Waters or Mr. Blackwell), this place is not very welcoming. I went in with a friend, and it has all the makings of a nice neighborhood bar, with some TV, places to sit, big bar, and a really friendly bartender. But if you’re not one of the previously mentioned crowds, you’re stared at until you quietly leave. Beers taste average, above average pints at average prices.
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave. and Bleeker St.
I feel like this place would belong more down Route 109 in backwoods Pennsylvania. This place is small, some dancing entertainment (I finally get the term banana hammock), the crowd is old and young men, and the place could use an airing out. Beers were cheap and tasted average, good music.
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave and Waverly Pl.
Stonewall Inn, where it all began…oh if they could see it now. It’s mostly a tourist destination, filled with the LGBT community, college students, and the aforementioned tourists who just want to see a slice of history. The bartender was probably around back in the 70’s, and he moves as is in his 70’s. There’s a decent amount of space, two floors, good two for one special for happy hours, drinks taste average (all bottles) and are average prices at normal times.
7th Ave. btw Charles and 10th St.
Not as big as its uptown namesake. It’s quieter, more subdued, and definitely not your typical West Village crowd, meaning there are B&T’s here…how did they find it!?! Most games are covered by the TV’s all over the place, good amount of seating, alright tasting beers at average prices.
10th St. and 4th St.
I would be doing a disservice by calling it an “upscale” sports bar, so how about a clean sports bar, one that happens to be located in the West Village. Now, if you don’t get a booth or spot at the small bar, you’ll be standing in a small space…make that a small, very crowded space. A bonus is the good looking fellow drinkers, though 99.99% are taken, so enjoy staring! Other than that, good service, your above average taps that taste fine at average prices, and the foods pretty good too.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
In the growing amount of bars in building basements on this street, this one is the most polished, probably because it’s the newest…let me start that again. Brand new bar and the only one with outdoor space in the back. The crowd was more subdued than its neighbors and the only viewings will be of other people, not sports. Beer tasted alright, average prices.
Greenwich Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.
What’s to say about this place, it’s a dump, really friendly, good people (mostly an older crowd) and I liked it a lot. The bartender will chew your ear off, if you are willing to carry on a conversation, and everyone else in the bar will give you their opinion. Cheap to average prices, small space, beers taste average.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
So they moved across the street. On the plus side, it’s definitely a lot cleaner in here…that’s about it. Same beers, same specials, same type of wait staff, same clientele, and this place is always packed.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Upscale sports bar? Not sure what to say about this place. I’ve never seen it crowded and I think it wants to be a club/dance spot sometimes. Maybe over time it will get some grime under its nails. All that being said, it’s not a bad place. Plenty of room, fast service, but it’s weird watching a game because it seems that no one wants to loudly cheer for their team, just sort of have the noise of a game on in the background.
7th Ave and Bleeker St.
Okay, this breaks my rule of abbreviating the bar to what people will actually call it because you all actually know it as the bar above Five Guys Burger. And I’m not entirely sure if it’s trying to be a speakeasy as its pretty obvious there’s a bar up here, you just have to walk through the burger place to get to the stairs. Oh yeah, there’s stairs to get into here…when will people learn? So, average pints, average prices, college crowd, small space.
W. 4th St. btw W. 10th St. and 7th Ave.
Though the bars in the Christopher Street/Sheridan Square area are usually geared towards a certain crowd, some are neutral and this one is a pleasant surprise. Great place for after work drinks with surprisingly good happy hour specials. The mixed drinks even tasted good. A little small but the clientele is attractive enough to make standing worth it.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
What this bar lacks in space it makes up for in…wings? It’s really small in here and usually is taken over by one after work group or a student union or something. But as referenced, the wings and food are pretty frickin good. The taps all taste fine and the prices are average too.
Hudson St. and 11th St.
A lot of people go here for the historic nature of the bar, but the prices are completely up to date. No real drink specials, just average prices for average beers and the food is alright. There is plenty of space and definitely better than some of the other bars on Hudson.
Bedford St. and Leroy St.
I guess this is the sports bar of the West Village. Not entirely sure I like it. Now, it gets good crowds, good beer at average prices, but it can get a little too crowded sometimes. That and it’s a sausage fest when it does get crowded. Did I mention the word “crowd”?
8th Ave. and Jane St.
This is definitely a tavern. However, if you’re not sitting and decide to stand at the bar, you will be shoved by people until the cows come home. This is a very West Village crowd, meaning young and old, families and friends…could be the most Hallmark-y sentence I’ve ever written. The beers taste good, costs average prices, and is one of the cozier bars in the city.
Greenwich St. and 11th St.
Big bar in the West Village. 2 floors filled with lots of rooms that I got lost in finding the bathroom. Upstairs is a little bit quieter, but good times can be had on the ground floor too. The only drawback is that it’s packed all of the time. And the bartenders downstairs have some sort of stick up their ass about serving people who look younger than 40. Beers taste fine, average prices, no knuckleheads.
W. 4th St. and Jones St.
This slightly themed bar in Greenwich Village is, honestly, just in need of a cleaning and it might be a great place to go. I know, I appreciate a dive as much as the next person, but there’s something stale about this place. The taps taste a little rusty and the area that separates the bar from the people eating smells like the back of Key Food on hot day. The beer is average prices and still taste fine, which was one saving grace, that is unless you want shots from plastic syringes, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?
11th St. and West Side Highway
If a bar is this far west and out of the way, it better be good. Well done, guys (or ladies), well done. Now, there’s not much room to sit and there’s a little too much pointless crap (a la T.G.I. Fridays) on the walls but bonus points for no barstools (the way it should be) and a free jukebox with great music. There is a line on weekend nights, so be forewarned. As for drinks, they have average priced drinks but they tasted great thanks to certain additives. For example, the Tecate has salt poured into it by the bartender, tasted great. And who knew pickle juice chasers diluted awkward tasting shots? You did? Well I’m a little behind on the times, glad I caught up. Nice bartender too.
10th St. and 7th Ave.
If you walk past the restaurant, there is a basement bar here that is a pretty good sports bar. I’m torn on the setup, because the one room in the bar is divided into about 4 different places. There are TV’s covering almost every square inch of wall that isn’t covered by Red Sox apparel. The beers are tasty and average prices and the service is good.
Christopher St. btw Greenwich and Gay St.
In this neighborhood, you’re more than likely to get a gay bar, but this one is gay, pure and simple. Tacky atmosphere, disco ball, you name it. I like this bar because I eventually went home with one of the hottest girls I’ve ever been with (trust me, I double checked to make sure I wasn’t getting stiffed…pun intended). The drinks were average prices, they tasted fine, singing was happening with or without the karaoke.
W. 4th St. and Barrow St.
This place used to be Boxer’s, but has since changed names and not one ounce of décor. It’s basically two rooms with a big bar in the middle; bar scene through the front door, and tables around the other side of the bar. The drinks taste good and run about average prices (sometimes a little more). I get a weird vibe from this place though. It’s as if there are lots of people here but you’re so spaced out that it’s quiet and you feel alone…is this what alcoholics feel like?
Carmine St. btw 7th Ave. and Bedford St.
Now this is a pub. Very friendly place, you have your sports on TV, and a good crowd comes here. The beers are good, average prices, and the service is good as well. The food is also pretty good.
Grove St. and Washington Pl.
One of the more crowded bars on Christopher Street but with good reason. If you’re looking for someone of the same gender and would like to keep the drink tab relatively low, this place is worth the line to get into. The beers were average prices, tasted average, I was not part of the average.
Grove St. btw 7th Ave, and Bleeker St.
A piano bar near Christopher St? The heck you say. Want to hang out with musical loving people, their hags, and people who need ego boosts? Then look no further. Now I will say one thing for this decently sized bar, the drinks were cheap. And taste good. And full of liquor. Other than that, come here to hear people attempt all of the harmonies for “One Day More”.
Grove St. btw Bleeker and Bedford St.
The unknown beer hall. I have easily walked by here a billion times and finally went in. There’s a small bar up front where a nice bartender serves the authentic German brews that are actually average prices and taste good. There’s a larger room in the back, with a bunch of tables amidst the Sound of Music mural. A small crowd but you’ll probably always be guaranteed a seat.
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave. and Waverly Pl.
Though this bar was a little crowded, it made up for it with the friendly crowd. The bartender handled the masses pretty quickly and kept the average priced, good tasting beer flowing. It’s a younger crowd than most bars in the area and there is a back room if the front bar is too much for you.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
The record definitely screeched when I and my friends walked in here. That being said, it’s a frickin’ huge bar, compared to its neighbors of course. So much so that there were two bars, with a good amount of space in between, and a pool table. The friendly older/trying-to-look-younger bartenders were nice, served average priced beers (no taps) that tasted average, and the crowd sticks to themselves.
Hudson St. btw Horatio and Jane St.
Smokers rejoice, the West Village part of this bar chain is your heaven. This tight, well lit, slightly well lit space has a good crowd that is pretty easy to get into. On top of that, the drinks aren’t even outrageously priced. Well, is you want to get fancy, drink at your wallet’s risk, but the beer is average prices, perhaps slightly above, but still taste fine and the staff is pretty friendly about accommodating your group of 8, but are looking to shove you out the second they sense non-smokers.
Greenwich Ave. btw Perry and Charles St.
Right off the bat, stairs, which I hate. I mean, you’re just asking for trouble. After that, a really nice bar. You walk up to the second floor of the building, and there’s a decent sized room with a decent crowd, speaking in behavior and age terms. It basically is a quiet respite from the crowds in surrounding bars. Good music, good beers, average prices…I guess the stairs keep people out of this one, but thankfully the stairs are the only negative thing about this place.
Christopher St. and Hudson St.
Lindsey might actually murder me if I don’t put this on, so here we go. This bar/restaurant is right at the crossroads of two completely different neighborhoods. A quiet place that serves up decent food and, more importantly, pretty decently priced drinks. Nothing but the classics playing over the stereo in this very polished, quiet Italian place. Boring, but accurate, review Linds, so deal with it.
W. 4th St. btw Cornelia and Jones St.
If I had to take a stab at the crowd (and sometime, I wish that was an option) I would say it attracts the late 20’s and up crowd. Basically, everyone who thinks they’re better than Down the Hatch or the other “rowdy” bars on the block. If you get a seat here, hold on to it for dear life, otherwise it’s a bunch of people tripping over you to get to the bar. Service is good, drinks taste fine and at about your average price.
Greenwich Ave. and Perry St.
I simultaneously like and hate this bar. Plenty of space, with lots of seating, and a pool table that’s usually open. The service is alright, but as in most places, always send a girl to get your drinks for better service. The drinks taste fine and are an average cost. The reason for the dislike is that it seems to attract meatheads, most likely from the nearby PATH train (take that Hoboken!) and they tend to get obnoxiously drunk really fast and hit on anything that moves. No you can not get my number sir!
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave and Bleeker St.
I’m not completely sure why there needs to be a cover to play games you have to pay for anyway, but I digress…no, screw that, I…regress? There are plenty of ping pong tables, air hockey tables, and board games, yet you have to pay more than the cover to play these? Anyway, you have your canned beer and taps that taste fine at average prices, but get there early or you may never get a chance to play.
Spring St. and Renwick St.
Nice bar with your average priced beers that’s taste average. Multiple TV’s and lots of space make this a good after work place for drinks. The bartenders (Holly or Molly…I think) are some of the nicest in the city which definitely made it easier to stick around for a few drinks.
Spring St. btw Greenwich and Washington St.
One of the oldest pubs in the city yet the clientele is pretty lively. While waiting for a table at the restaurants next door, I stopped in here for a cheap beer. The only flaw of the place is that it had two TV’s that were both showing the Yankee game when there was also a perfectly good Mets game on, though I digress. As I said the beer is average prices to cheap, but tastes fine, with a decent amount of room.
7th Ave. and Christopher St.
This two storied bar on Christopher Street may seem intimidating to the timid on the outside but it’s actually quite nice on the inside. The downstairs features the bartenders singing as well as the chance for you to join in, especially after a few cheap drinks to boost your courage. The upstairs is has a bar with the longest unisex bathroom line I’ve ever been on. The beers were tasted fine and were average prices, decent amount of space.
Hudson St. btw 11th and Bank St.
When you tire of cheap beers and a normal bar atmosphere in Greenwich Village, come to Dublin 6. This bar/lounge is a little cramped and you’ll pay a little more for drinks…that’s about it really. It could do with a little more light and a lot less loud music, but I’ve been to more awkward places than this. The beers tasted as fine as anywhere else.
W. 4th St. and Jones St.
Every neighborhood needs the crazy college bar and ding ding ding, we have a winner. I didn’t make it here during college so I came a few years after. Good lord, were we really like that back then? Anyway, after falling downstairs (I hate stairs to get into a bar) there’s a well lit cave of a bar that has your typical college crowd drinking the normal watered down beer for the average prices.
10th St. btw W. 4th St. and Bleeker St.
If you don’t get a seat, don’t bother. It is not physically possible to cram more picnic tables indoors. There is zero room at the bar and the hipsters/yuppies refuse to ever leave. However, they had a very good drink (too many led to me forgetting the name) that is half margarita, half Amstel, served in a pint glass that is pretty frickin good and actually doesn’t cost a lot of money. The other drinks I do remember being average prices and taste fine.
Leroy St. and Bedford St.
Your alternative to the Village Tavern. This place is a little bit small and doesn’t have a very welcoming feel to it when it’s crowded, but it’s a whole other story when there’s room to breathe as there are too many tables taking up most of the space when they’re full. It’s not a bad bar (the crowd is young and borderline meathead-ish on packed nights, borderline hipster on the quiet nights) and the drinks are average priced and taste fine. Bonus points for serving tater tots.
W. 4th St. and Jane St.
I actually went in here and didn’t have the food. If this would’ve meant I had a seat so I wasn’t in the tiny bar space, then I should’ve asked for a menu. There isn’t a lot of bar space, but I would definitely give it bar status (that authority bestowed on me after beating Thorner in darts somewhere else one night). The beers were very McSorley’s-esque, ala light or dark, and they were very quick at serving them up. Tasted fine, average prices, very close quarters.
Hudson St. and Dominick St.
I’m fully convinced that this used to be someone’s kitchen…well, a kitchen with a bar installed. The crowd was basically the few people that want to stick around after working in the neighborhood, meaning, a younger group of “business” kids, and one office group that stuck to themselves. The bartender was nice, TV’s to watch, taps didn’t taste great but they are your average price.
West Side Highway btw Christopher and 10th St.
I’m noticing more and more bars along the highway, but this is honestly the first gay bar in the stretch, or at least that I’ve noticed. It’s very shiny, pretty spacious, and the crowd is pretty laid back. The service blows, but the drinks taste good and were your average prices too.
Barrow St. btw 4th and Bleeker St.
This bar is really just an open space, though if everyone else is sitting and you’re not, you definitely feel like the odd man out. A good selection of your regularly priced beer that tastes fine, and an attractive single scene, plus a decent amount of TV’s might drag me back.
Washington St. and Bank St.
Small bar in the West Village, but not without its charm. My only complaint is the stairs to the bathroom (watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy!) and, well, the lack of space. The staff is really friendly, beers are average prices, and the beers taste fine.
Grove St. btw 7th Ave. and Bleeker St.
This place was definitely on the list of least favorite bars. I could put up with the crowd at most Christopher Street bars, but this one really rubbed me the wrong way…don’t misread that. The service blew too. The beers were a little pricey, the waitresses were clueless as to what to do with the crowd (when there was a crowd), and the live act was just plain annoying.
8th Ave. btw West 4th and Horatio St.
This place is trying to be something dark and mysterious, something that no bar should aspire to do. There are two rooms in the bar, a front room with little space with always crowded booths, but the bar is in this room. The back room is a bunch of couches where people nest for hours on end. So basically, if you don’t have a seat, go somewhere else. The beers taste fine and are average priced, no TV’s and tons of pretentiousness.
Hudson St. btw Dominick and Spring St.
So I came here on my birthday on the advice of a lady because, randomly, my name was the “name of the day” that exact day…what are the odds? Basically, you show up on your name of the day and you get to drink until midnight. However, they take an insane amount of time to get you your next beer and they can’t wait until the special is over to go back to being a boring bartender. The place is big, they generally have good music on and the beers (though I wasn’t paying) were cheap when my friends ordered and tasted fine.
Spring St. btw Greenwich and Renwick St.
One of the few plusses of this madhouse is the cheap gin and tonics. Other than that, it’s a club, who are we kidding here. The only difference is that there is zero room in here and no one is dancing. The service however was pretty quick for the amount of people they head to serve and they even had beer, which I had after I was tired of having the other patrons spill my drinks. Drinks were average prices, surprisingly, and tasted fine.
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave. and Waverly Pl.
I was not a huge fan of this place. There was really only room for seating; standing was not really an option. The beer was fine, cost your average prices, and there was a live act, which I guess some people enjoyed, but I just wasn’t feeling whatever vibe this place was giving off.