Duane St. btw Church St. and W. Broadway
Cocktail bar in this neck of the woods that manages to keep a crowd after the happy hour crowd disperses. Decent amount of space, but it’s better to grab a table so you don’t have to chance spilling your drinks when it’s packed (leave the spilling to the pros!). Crowd is young to early 30’s, service handles the crowd well, cocktails at cocktails prices, taste fine.
N. Moore St. btw Varick and Hudson St.
Upscale spot in TriBeCa, this place is a decent spot for a drink before dinner or to hang after work with your business friends. Decent sized space that has a lot of reserved table and enjoys playing the whole “let me check if we have anything” game when it’s empty anyway, and you’re standing there watching them look at an empty bar. Anywho, service is pretty slow if you’re sitting at the bar, all cocktails and booze, average cocktail prices (~12), taste fine.
Church St. btw Franklin and White St.
A subterranean cocktail bar in Tribeca. A small bar that has most tables reserved…actually, pretty much all tables reserved, so grab one of the handful of bar stools and try a drink. They have a few beers on tap in addition to their cocktail list, service is friendly, crowd is a mixed bag and also ranges from crowded to empty. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, cocktails are cocktail prices, taste fine.
Duane St. btw Hudson St. and W. Broadway
When your place of business doesn’t have a sign with the name on it, and you’re right next to another place with the same “thinking”, you’re off to a bad start. So you find the place, and step into a decent sized bar. Great spot for a date, lots of people here for after work drinks, mid-20’s and up crowd. All cocktails, probably could taste a little better though some are alright, but the service is good, and you can usually get a seat at the bar if you hang around for at least a second drink. Cocktails, cocktail prices (~12), gin cocktails need work, the rest taste alright.
Murray St. btw Broadway and Church St.
Lively bar on a quiet street, this place provides a spot for the business crowd who wants to stay close to trains they know, wants to watch sports, and wants to go out drinking after work…so basically everyone who works south of Chambers. After 10 on a weeknight it empties out, so if you want a seat and to watch a west coast game, come on in! You do get some stragglers mixing in with the locals, and the staff is pretty friendly. Big place once you squeeze past the bar area, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Chambers St. btw Church St. and W. Broadway
If you like Brother Jimmy’s but wish the crowd was more subdued, had a location downtown, and was pretty quiet, than come here! More or less the same food (Bar BBQ…did I just make that term up?) as Brother Jimmy’s and other bar’s, nothing really stands out about this place. It feels more like a diner actually. Decent food specials, beers are average taps at average prices and taste average.
Warren St. btw Greenwich St. and W. Broadway
While any bar showing sports is ok in my book…er, blog, this new breed of “posh” sports bars, such as this one, has me perplexed. How am I supposed to act in here!?! I want to root root for my home team, but everyone is standing around and paying zero attention to the game, so I wouldn’t want to be a disturbance, but it is a bar after all. That aside, crowd is all young business kids, a few booths up front with some seats in back, nowhere else to stand really so be prepared to be cramped. Above average beers with Bud Light sneaking in there, average prices, taste fine.
Warren St. btw Church St. and W. Broadway
If someone’s man cave was also a dive bar at the same time…actually, that explains it perfectly. Either grab one of the dozen seats at the bar or the table in the back, or your standing around wondering which arcade game to play or being asked to move away so gaming can commence. The crowd ranges from young business kids to older locals. Nice bartender, average drinks with good happy hour prices (average prices at other times), taste fine.
Murray St. btw W. Broadway and Church St.
And here is where the college crowd has moved to…graduates of course. Also a lot of young business kids tend to mingle here, sprinkled with some of the elder crowd too. Deceptively large bar, as I thought it was just another quiet space from the outside. And most of that space is filled after work until the later hours, so plan on bringing a friend so you blend in. Average pints, average prices, taste average.
Murray St. btw W. Broadway and Church St.
Say good bye to what was the college themed, frat boy bar of Biddy Early’s and say hello to its clean and proper replacement. Well, at least it’s trying to be straight laced. A much more subdued crowd sits in silence here as the older bartender fumfers around behind the bar, you come in, stare at the TV, wonder if it’s any crazier downstairs (it’s not, just sort of a Whiskey lounge down there) and wonder if they are just trying to save on the electric bill with the dim lights or creating a mood. Too much thinking for a bar, so I had an average tasting drink from the average tasting taps, at average price of course, and scurried next door.
Murray St. btw Greenwich St. and W. Broadway
This is a place you come for a well-rounded cast of characters. Enter the most brightly lit bar I’ve ever been to, and you get old locals, business kids, dates, youth, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! There’s a good amount of space, never overly crowded, lots of TV’s on, and everyone, staff and patrons alike, is pretty friendly. Average beers at average prices, taste fine, pretty decent bar.
Warren St. btw Broadway and Church St.
It’s a…bar? I mean, the bar is the focal point, no one was eating here…yeah, a bar…I guess, and by no means a club. Maybe the switch happens after 8 PM?. The exterior of the bar is the flashiest part, small space inside, not really crowded, and mostly an older crowd with a few young B&T’s who accidentally stumble in but feel guilty about doing an immediate turnaround. Good happy hour, no taps, bottles taste fine.
Copper Barrel (Murray St. btw Broadway and Church St.)
Is it a bar? Is it a bodega? Is it something resembling the eating area in a pizzeria!?! Who cares, it’s quiet and a nice place to hang out. The staff is nice, willing to put any game on that you want to watch. It’s a quiet business crowd mixed with a smattering of other workers in the area. Good happy hour specials, average prices at other times, they serve average pints that taste average.
Greenwich St. btw Franklin and Harrison St.
Used to be Pig & Whistle, and definitely has more of an open-space feeling. Your crowd of B&T’s and business kids is the norm here, with your smattering of older locals. Lots of room, sparsely crowded, plenty of TV’s to watch a game. Though I did notice that though they have many taps, they’re 80% your average taps (Bud Light, etc.). Taste fine, average prices.
Walker St. btw Church St. and Broadway
So I don’t know what to make of this place. On an off night, this place is empty, but you still get people coming in who think it’s about to kick off into club land. On the weekends, this place gets crazy. There’s an island bar, TV’s, live music, and I have no idea why there’s booths because they’re really cramped and definitely not VIP worthy. Good amount of space, average prices for so-so tasting taps.
Varick St. and N. Moore St.
I really like this bar, but it is not a place to stand around with a big group. There isn’t a lot of bar space and you kind of feel guilty sitting down and taking tables away from people who want to eat (the food is good by the way). But the bartenders are very nice, the beer tastes good and are average prices. Good after-work place.
6th Ave. btw White and Walker St.
I’ve been here a few times. The first time was on Valentines Day with 6 male friends and we were just drinking. A group of girls come in and we’re thinking “sweet”. Nope, lesbians. However, this must have been a rarity. This place has a lot of space but does attract the locals that don’t like the other clubs/lounges in the area. The beers are your normal taps, taste good, average prices, and a nice sized room in the back with a pool table.
Church St. btw White and Franklin St.
Look’s like some fancy restaurant from the outside, very down to earth bar on the inside. Lot’s of space and a good young crowd here. There was a more midtown bar feeling in this place than Tribeca or Financial District, beers were still average prices, tasted fine, and they had good music.
Reade St. btw Hudson and Greenwich St.
I wasn’t completely sold on this place. Definitely an older business crowd here, which didn’t bother me, but they, including the waitress, all wondered why these 26 year olds stumbled into their place. It felt more like a diner than a bar, but they had decent priced drinks and food, and both tasted average.
Hudson St. and Harrison St.
I liked this place for its size, and that would be small. There was a good young crowd here and most were watching the games on TV. The taps were good and at your average prices. I can simply say that it was a nice place to go after work for a pint with friends to watch the game or just shoot the shit.
Greenwich St. btw Franklin and Harrison St.
Never would’ve expected to see a bar from this chain down here in Tribeca but it was a nice surprise. If you want to get away from the lounge scene, this is a place to go with plenty of room. A pretty big space with a crowd of both young and old. The bartender is a nice guy and the beers are average prices that taste fine.
Chambers St. btw Church St. and West Broadway
I’m always amazed at the dive bars that have lasted through the Tribeca/Financial District expansions, and this place is no exception. Definitely one of the darker bars, it’s one of the few places that can draw older locals when there aren’t many locals to begin with. The place is big, lots of seats, and a surfboarding alligator, what more could you want? The beers are cheap to average prices, taste fine, and you can be loud on a quiet day if that’s your thing.
W. Broadway and Lispenard St.
I like this bar, but it’s not a “great” bar. It’s a thin space, but gets a pretty lively crowd. They had good tasting beers on tap for average prices, TV’s to watch and good service. The bartender enjoyed chastising the girls in the group who wanted to go to a club instead of staying…my kind of place.
Greenwich St. and Beach St.
Bar, wannabe lounge, who the heck knows. They have plenty of TV’s and booths and seats and lots of taps. But the lighting just throws the place off and makes me feel underdressed if I walk in wearing jeans. Plus there is a hostess. Anywho, the beer is average prices, tastes fine, and the staff very friendly.
Park Place btw W. Broadway and Church St.
Probably my favorite bar in this lower Tribeca neighborhood. Lots of space, plenty of games, plenty of TV’s and great service. The beers taste good and are average prices. The crowd is mixed, with a young /construction/”locals” crowd coming in. They also play a great mix on the radio. And they have Connect Four!
N. Moore St. btw Varick St. and W. Broadway
Definitely one of the more crowded lounge/bars in Tribeca. There was plenty of space to sit and walk around but more of a place to bring a group than attempt to pick up someone. They had a decent selection of beer at average prices that tasted fine. No TV’s for game watching, but it is an alright place to bring an after work group, especially if you’re after that “I want to drink in someplace with a library/study decor” frame of mind.
Murray St. btw Church St. and W. Broadway
Well, here’s the college bar for the financial district. Seems like every senior at Pace, or any other downtown college, was here. Very nice bar staff and plenty of cheap drinks that taste good make this a good place to go to recapture your youth and play beer pong…well, the youth you seem to have a hazy memory of.
W. Broadway btw N. Moore and Beach St.
Possibly the oddliest (my word, I’m calling it) decorated of any bar/lounge/whatever it’s trying to be, but I liked this place. The beers were good, average priced, and you can sit outside. Now, the space is very tight inside and it reeks of trying too hard, but it’s great for a few drinks in a relatively quiet neighborhood.