Lower East Side

11th November
2015
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Allen St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

Pretty large space that has a long bar up front, and a small seating area in the back, like most other places.  The rooms are split oddly so try hunting for a spot or else you’re standing.  It’s pretty hipster (based on staff, music, and movie selection), but the crowd is more of a young mix of varying kinds.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.antlerdispensary.com

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23rd October
2015
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2nd Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.

Head down a flight of stairs to this quiet horseshoe bar that I feel most people miss as they walk down 2nd Ave.  Just a nice spot for a drink and to feel relaxed.  Not much else to say except the service is very friendly, average and above average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.jukebarnyc.com

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21st October
2015
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Chrystie St. btw Delancey and Broome St.

I mean, the title says it all, a sports bar on the Lower East Side, which is not something you see a lot of.  Head up a flight of steps to a pretty spacious bar with plenty of TV’s showing just about everything.  Crowd is young, service is fine, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

Aaand apparently it closed before I could post!  I guess it pays to not be lazy…I guess.

www.lessportsbar.com

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2nd February
2015
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Ludlow St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

One of the less pretentious/fly by night/hipster spots on the LES, this place runs old school while still drawings a good all around crowd of 20 and 30 year olds.  No frills bar that’s just a solid place to hang with a small group, friendly staff, and a decent amount of space.  Above average taps at average prices, taste fine.

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20th January
2015
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Rivington St. btw Essex and Norfolk St.

Head downstairs to this basement bar to find a few tables, a few bar stools, and, well, that’s about it.  Service is friendly and the crowd is 20’s and 30’s.Cocktails and above average beers are the drinks available, and I had one of each, because I can.  Both were slightly above average prices, beer tasted fine and cocktails were actually pretty good.

www.nitecapnyc.com

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20th November
2014
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Houston St. btw Eldridge and Forsythe St.

Probably one of the larger bars on the Lower East Side, with a very long bar to boot.  Crowd is young locals (which these days means new condo owners) mixed with moviegoers from next door and neighborhood workers.  As I said, plenty of space, dim lighting, sports on TV, lots of taps, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.foolsgoldnyc.com

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18th November
2014
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Houston St. btw Allen and Eldridge St.

Used to be National Underground, and now it’s more of a pub.  The only screen was playing the Godfather when I was in there, so for sports, you might have to go elsewhere.  This Irish bar (assumption based solely on the Owner and bartender’s brogue’s) is a small spot that’s pretty basic, which can be nice if you just want a quiet drink.  Average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

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22nd April
2014
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Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

It’s an arcade with beer, and that’s about it.  Games ranging from old to older, usually crowded and gets a little tight but I never had to wait long at all to play.  Crowd ranges from 20’s to 30’s to gamers.  There’s booze in the back, average taps at average prices, taste fine.

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21st April
2014
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Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

Used to be Mason Dixon, and its thankfully very different.  While they may be the worst hidden bar (can’t tell if they’re going for the speakeasy thing with the tiny store up front), its by no means the worst.  This place is usually always packed, whether you’re here for brunch or to grab a bite while packing in to this large space.  Tables in back, bar area up front, all filled to the gills.  Food good, service good as well, above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.sonsofessexnyc.com

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8th April
2014
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Nurse Bettie (Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.)

A decent bar/lounge that caters to those looking to avoid the louder Essex Street scene, or to those just passing through on their way to another bar.  Decent sized space with seating all around, friendly staff, crowd is 20’s and 30’s.  I can’t vouch for the Burlesque shows that go on here, just throwing it out that they do have them (guess we were too early on a Saturday), but when I passed by during one, the place was packed.  Above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.nursebettie.com

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4th April
2014
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Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

Speakeasy’s, take note.  This is how it should be.  If I’m not walking through a back alley or don’t have an opportunity to move a bookshelf, you’re just a basement bar.  Anywho, make your way past said alley into a pretty big space holding a mixed crowd of young and old.  Good place to hang with a group of friends, cocktails at average prices (~$11), taste fine.

 

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2nd April
2014
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Sunita Bar (Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.)

I’ve walked by multiple times and it’s been open, so I can’t confirm that the business hours are whenever the owner would like to open.  That aside, there’s really not much to the place.  Basically a small open room, a few seats away from the bar, basically just feels like a place to wait before heading elsewhere.  A quiet bar compared to its neighbors, average drinks at average prices, taste fine.

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1st April
2014
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Clinton St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

This is a pretty interesting idea.  It’s an art gallery/performance space with a small bar up front.  They thankfully allow you to wander the galleries with your drink, and even have some space to sit down amongst the displays.  Staff is nice, above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.culturefixny.com

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10th January
2014
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Ludlow St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

My 1000th Manhattan bar!!!  Came here on a suggestion and could not have been a better fit for number 1000.  Swings in front of the bar, Bulgarian polka band, basically a dive bar, vodka Ice room downstairs…the perfect kind of nuts that I wanted for this achievement.  Downsides, don’t bother showing up prior to 10 PM because no one is here.  Upsides, it gets really packed with a dancing crowd, you get to wear costumes when you go for the Vodka.  Average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.mehanata.com

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8th January
2014
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Ludlow St. btw Broome St. and Delancey St.

Deceptively small bar that opens up to a dance/live music room in the back.  If you want a quitter space to hang with your friends with some pretty good music that is a lot quieter than the rest of the new night scene close by, this might be your spot.  Crowd is young, with Hipsters and concertgoers mingling with people who got lost going too far past Delancey.  Bar space is tiny, but there is good room in the back.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.leftfieldbar.com

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10th December
2013
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Broome St. and Allen St.

Used to be Lolita, and while I never got a chance to visit, if it was anything like its replacement, I definitely missed out on something.  Nice, cozy bar in the Lower East Side that does a good job of attracting groups of all kinds.  Good amount of space up front, more room in the back, and plenty of sitting room in both.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

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6th December
2013
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Essex St. btw Grand and Hester St.

This bar may be in for the running of smallest bar in Manhattan.  To top it off, they crammed a performance space into one corner.  Probably fits about 15 people in here, you come for the aspiring artists (very loose term), mingle with the hipsters, enjoy the friendly service, and then move along.  Honestly, it’s a quiet spot, but avoid the acts..  They only have above average beer and wine, average prices, taste fine.

www.oldmanhustle.com

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7th November
2013
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Ludlow St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

This bar basically defines the term “down to the bare bones”…wait, I swear there’s no double entendre in there.  You walk into a big empty basement room and pretty much just stand around, either waiting for other people to stand with, or for the other bar behind the wall to open after 11 PM.  Not much hidden back there either, though a little more polished in this room.  Hipster bar, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.darkroomles.com

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6th November
2013
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Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.

Best way to sum this place up is the bar that everyone references when they think Lower East Side bar.  That’s really all it has going for it.  It also attracts every type of crowd, from Hipsters to B&T’s to your average drinker of any age.  Live music in the back, bar gets pretty cramped up front.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.pianosnyc.com

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5th November
2013
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Ludlow St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

Sort of misnamed bar in the Lower East Side.  While the space might be void of seats or, well, anything really, there is a lot of space to stand around, a back room that’s a little darker, and the makings of an impromptu dance party.  Average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.

www.nofun-nyc.com

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29th July
2013
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Allen St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

While technically it’s on a roof (of a one story building), this outdoor patio (much better) draws a good crowd of business kids, B&T’s and over 30’s.  On the rare chance you can score a seat (show up early), there’s a bunch of long tables, some short ones against the railing, with everyone else standing around in any possible space they can find.  If you find your way here through the hotel and restaurant, you’re treated to above average/craft beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.blueribbonrestaurants.com

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14th June
2013
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Delancey St. btw Chrystie St. and Bowery

While I’m glad that someone finally put something in this abandoned space located right next to the Bowery Ballroom, is this the best they could do?  Horseshoe bar that has a wall running right down the middle, separating the bar into two rooms, grim and grimmer.  The crowd is subdued for a concert audience, and when and if they show up, it’s pretty quiet, and the service doesn’t make with the chit chat.  Average and above average beers, average prices, taste alright.

www.onemilehousenyc.com

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29th May
2013
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Clinton St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

Speakeasy located through above/through the back of Barramundi, pretty easy to get into before 9, good luck afterwards.  Basically someone’s living room with a bar, tables spaced around for groups, good amount of PDA going on.  Drinks are all cocktails, ~$12 on average for a drink, taste alright.

www.2ndflooronclinton.com

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21st March
2013
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Clinton St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

Small Australian bar on the Lower East Side that is a good place to go with friends, mainly because it’s really only booths and a few stools at the bar.  And it can easily get packed, because it is a nice place for a drink, but also because there happens to be a speakeasy upstairs, so people will just hang around waiting to get up there.  Really good bartenders, young to mid-thirties crowd, Aussie beers mixed with some above average beers, average prices, taste pretty good.

www.barramundiny.com

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20th March
2013
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Clinton St. and Stanton St.

I’m not usually a fan of a place that will close itself down on a Saturday night for a private party, but I’ll let it slide.  This place gets packed with a good crowd of young and above 30’s, pretty lively and the staff handles it well.  Not really any places to sit, so be prepared to get herded into a big floor in the middle of the space.  Above average and average taps, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.donnybrooknyc.com

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14th March
2013
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Houston St. and Attorney St.

It’s official, the B&T’s have found the Lower East Side.  What could be a pretty cool dive bar with some small band live music has become a meeting place for the aforementioned group before they head to the latest basement club in the surrounding area.  That group aside, a good dive bar.  Lots of space, friendly service, good tunes, average beers at average prices, taste alright.

www.parksidelounge.net

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7th February
2013
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Orchard St. and Stanton St.

The owners of Gin Mill, Down the Hatch, etc. have brought their talents to the Lower East Side.  Big open bar in an area that definitely could use a sports bar, you get the same deals here as at the rest of their bars, tons of TV’s, good food, and friendly bartenders.  Average beers at average prices, taste good.

www.nycbestbar.com/hair-of-dog.php

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13th March
2012
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Houston St. btw Ludlow and Essex St.

Live music venue on the Lower East Side.  Half of the space (walled off from the stage area) is a bar, tight quarters but thankfully it’s a long bar.  The area in back is just a box and a stage, no frills, but not that there should be.  Service is good, beers are average prices, taste alright.

www.mercuryloungenyc.com

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7th March
2012
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Allen St. and Rivington St.

Ha, it’s called Marshall Stack and there are mini-Marshall Stacks behind the bar…cough.  Anywho, this place is always packed, and there is a decent amount of room even when all of the seats are spoken for, as they usually are.  Crowd is hipsters/yuppies/any breeding of the two just mentioned  All specialty taps at specialty tap prices ($6-$8 for the most part), they taste average, lots of bottled brews and wines, nice staff, very attentive.  So back to the first sentence, why is this place called Marshall Stack, there’s no live music…guess that’s really my only quas-issue/curiosity about the place.

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6th March
2012
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Houston St. and Suffolk St.

It looks like a bar, smells like a bar…If this place didn’t have a stage (even though its small), I would say that the 5 bar stools would be filled with people and that would be it as far as occupancy goes.  It has plenty of room to stand around, but that’s about it, nothing else really to it, you’re really just here to chat with the bartender or see live music.  Good for seeing your friend’s band, nice bartender, average prices for average beers.

www.thelocal269.com

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15th February
2012
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Ludlow St. btw Broome and Delancey St.

Big space, a few separate rooms, each having its own purpose: bar, performance space, emptiness.  I used the middle for late night dancing.  The bar is kind of quiet, with a decent amount of space.  Clientele is hipsters, Goth kids one night of the week (you still exist?), and people who wandered south of Delancey and don’t want a club or a posh hole in the wall bar…just a place for a quiet drink really.  Average prices for average tasting drinks.

www.ucloungenyc.com

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13th February
2012
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Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.

It’s almost set up as a Broadway Theatre, meaning there’s a gathering place in the front with a decent amount of room (though it can definitely get crowded), but then you get ushered into the concert space once the shows begin.  I would say don’t forget your one drink minimum, but they happily remind you so you couldn’t possible forget.  It’s a mixed crowd of hipsters, mid-twenties and band supporters, mostly hipsters.  More than one bar on the premise (though the front bar gives you the quickest service), average drinks at average prices, and cash only.

www.livingroomny.com

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30th January
2012
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Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.

While this is a perfect example of a new bar trying to get a yuppie crowd down to the Lower East Side, I didn’t mind it.  People say I’m nuts for thinking that, but maybe I caught it on an off night.  There wasn’t really a crowd, they had every game on one of their many TV’s, and most people kept to themselves.  I can tell by the fancy décor/tables/velvet rope that it could attract D-bags, but I need to see it to believe it.  Average prices for average tasting beers.

www.libationnyc.com

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30th December
2011
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Ludlow St. btw Broome and Delancey St.

Okay, so get here early to avoid waiting on line outside.  Next, pick a spot and hang on to it for dear life.  This place gets ridiculously crowded, but they have space on another floor for the dancer in you/if you need more space.  The crowd is, well, I guess they can be summed up as “that crowd that while young, they will move on to the next big thing the second it opens”.  So I’ll have to come back in a few months and see how it is.  Drinks are pricey, average beers available.

www.hotelchantelle.com

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29th December
2011
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Rivington St. btw Ludlow and Essex St.

Ok ok, this place makes an argument for a restaurant…but come in at happy hour and it is anything but.  Ooh, and there’s a DJ, so not a place to dine, bar it is!  Good happy hour specials ($5 Litchi Martini’s) and zero space.  Well, if you get a table or can plant yourself at the bar, do so, because you will be squeezed into a tight area.  Service handles the crowd excellently, beers are a little above average prices after happy hour, all bottles.

www.verlainenyc.com

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28th December
2011
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Rivington St. btw Essex and Norfolk St.

I can only imagine that they took an old diner and turned it into a bar.  This gives the place lots of space, a decent sized bar, and lots of places to sit.  Service can be slow, it’s usually crowded, I’ve never seen an actual Magician in here, and it’s chock full of hipsters.  Beers are average prices, taste fine, average and above average taps.

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23rd December
2011
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Essex St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

Alright, hipsters take note, this is how your bar should look, even if you and your kind frequent it.  The plus side are some older locals, and that it ranges from slightly crowded to crowded, so it eventually turns into a good mix.  As stated in their name, they have a lot of whiskey, as well as half off happy hours, otherwise average prices for above average pints, taste decent, though if you have Guinness, bartender (this is for you) it’s okay to take time for a decent pour.

www.thewhiskeyward.com

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10th November
2011
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Orchard St. btw Stanton and Houston St.

While I came on a weeknight, it still drew a good sized crowd that wasn’t overly hipster.  Bouncer up front, along with a few couches, while the rest of the people cram along the bar space.  It’s a long bar, decent amount of space, with a huge staircase to the second floor small space, and I’ve seen a few people stumble their way up and down.  The music is pretty good, the beers average prices and taste fine.

www.theskinnybarlounge.com

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8th November
2011
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Rivington St. btw Clinton and Suffolk St.

Now, I’m going to preface this review by saying that though it’s the same people as Sunburnt Cow and Sunburnt Calf, this place does not stand alone as a bar without food, so I’m writing this place up because I like the other two so much.  Came here for brunch, the booze is still good, service a little slow, not overwhelmingly hipster-y, average prices (brunch specials are very good too) for your Fosters, etc. and they taste fine.

www.bondiroad.com

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24th August
2011
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Allen St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

So there are two bars in this live music venue, a small bar in a small room, and a small bar in the large room.  Both have bartenders that are on your orders pretty quickly though, beer tastes average and charge average prices.  Fun to watch the bans cram onto the tiny stage.  That’s it.

www.rockwoodmusichall.com

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22nd August
2011
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Eldridge St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

What can you say, you come here to dance, you watch white kids recite 90’s hip-hop, the crowds get bigger and louder later in the night as they try to cram into a small space, can get a little thug but hey, if you want to dance, you want to dance.  Yep, that one long sentence said it all.  Beers tasted average, average prices.

www.sapphirenyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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Delancey St. btw Clinton and Attorney St.

I guess it depends on what you come for, and that will determine your experience.  IF you’re here for a band, there’s a good bar with average drinks at average prices.  If you’re here for the bar, average drinks at above average prices (trust me, they took us behind the woodshed with our check).  There’s also a rooftop where you can watch cars coming off the Williamsburg Bridge, if that’s your thing.

www.thedelancey.com

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23rd July
2010
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Rivington St. btw Essex and Norfolk St.

Stairs into a bar, the bane of my existence!  Possibly the only negative of this bar though.  Made to look like a 1970’s living room (or my parents house), there’s a lot of seating but good luck trying to get some seats.  The beers are average prices, cheap PBR’s, taste about as good as you would expect, no TV’s for game watching.

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14th July
2010
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Rivington St. btw Ludlow and Essex St.

This could be the downfall of the Lower East Side.  Don’t get me wrong, the place wasn’t so bad, but I’m a fan of posterity and “one of these bars is not like the others”.  There are a lot of people here, more on the sausage side.  It’s a little hard to get to the bar, it’s a little hard to get a table, it’s a little hard to get a phone number because groups stick together here like glue…who am I kidding, I have no game.  A plus for the bar is that the drinks are pretty reasonable priced and taste good.

www.hotelonrivington.com

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12th July
2010
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Stanton St. btw Bowery and Chrystie St.

Well, I like the place, but it’s so close to being a hipster haven that I’m on the fence.  The place was empty inside, it was busy out back.  The backyard isn’t ginormous, but all seats painfully had a hipster occupying it.  Plus column, sports on TV, good music, backyard.  Minus column, the other people, bumped into all of the furniture because I couldn’t see it.  The beers tasted good, good variety, average prices, and the service was good.

www.stantonpublic.com

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12th July
2010
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Rivington St. and Ludlow St.

If you ever wanted a miniature version of a beer hall that’s indoors, look no further.  They have some of your standard beers on tap (Sierra Nevada, etc.) but the specialty beers are what you’re here for.  I had a few of the “Bear” drinks and the “Delirium Tremens” and I was actually impressed.  They also got me loaded very quickly, which is always the point, and it didn’t even cost a lot, the most surprising part.  The crowd is your typical Lower East side crowd but surprisingly friendly (at least when you were sitting, not the ones by the bar), the beers were about $7 but for bigger pints and imports, and they all taste fine.

www.spitzerscorner.com

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12th July
2010
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Slipper Room (Stanton St. and Orchard St.)

I’ve always heard about the burlesque shows that go on here, but have only ever come for drinks.  Definitely gives you the feel that it’s been here forever, the bar is a small area up front with a decent amount of space to sit or stand.  Service was pretty quick for the size of the crowd, cost average prices and the beer tasted fine.

www.slipperroom.com

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12th July
2010
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The Sixth Ward (Orchard St. btw Stanton and Houston St.)

I guess this is the direction the Lower East Side is going, sadly.  It’s not a bad bar, but it reminds of me of some trashy Italian discothèque (redundant?) in someone’s basement.  Negative for stairs to get in and the above mentioned atmosphere.  The crowd is small and can be described as typical for these new LES bars, the taps at least taste fine and are average prices.

www.sixthwardnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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Clinton St. btw Stanton and Houston St.

I’ve always heard about this place from friends so I finally checked it out.  I get the feeling that it was big a couple of years ago, but has since lost the crowds to the neighboring bars.  That’s not to say that the bar was bad at all.  The drinks were your average prices and tasted fine, the tables taken up by some party of yentas so there was no room to sit, and the bartender was very attentive.

www.saltnyc.com

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9th July
2010
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Bowery btw Stanton and Rivington St.

Talk about a crap shoot.  Most times you come here, it only mildly annoying; the other times, very annoying.  Skipping the annoying bouncers, there is a lot of space in here, but it’s always packed.  The beers are decently priced and taste average, but good luck trying to get to the bar.  The crowd is almost strictly B&T looking to “slum it” by hanging out on the Bowery.

www.rbarnyc.com

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8th July
2010
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Allen St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.

Summing this one up really quickly, because I never wanted to leave a place faster.  Two floors, the second being way more crowded, claustrophobe’s beware up here.  It’s full of people who think they’re hip by going south of Houston, but would never venture East of Allen unless it was daytime and it was for brunch.  The drinks were surprisingly average to a tiny bit above average prices, and tasted fine.

www.peoplelounge.com

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9th June
2010
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Houston St. btw Eldridge and Allen St.

Though they have a tiny stage, this is a really a bar that has a small act performing at night, on random nights.  If you show up before 7, it’s just you and the 4 or 5 employees who are constantly moving around doing…well, I’m not exactly sure.  They had The Godfather on TV with closed captioning, but considering the crap selection on the I-pod, they should’ve turned up the volume on the TV.  The pints were average prices, tasted fine, and the place was a little.

www.myspace.com/thenationalunderground

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4th June
2010
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Ludlow St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

Okay, they’re going for a theme here.  This bar was attempting to be geared towards the Michiganders who now live in NYC.  What it looks like is a T.G.I. Friday’s from Detroit that took over a really old lounge.  Also, I was in there during the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals and there was no TV to watch the Red Wings play!?!  Aside from this, I highly doubt anyone from Detroit actually was in there, but the beers were slightly cheaper than the places near by, tasted fine, and the crowd was meh.

www.motorcitybar.com

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4th June
2010
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Ludlow St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

Ground Zero for hipsters.  I hated almost everything about this place.  The people are the above mentioned plague on humanity, and I got to hear a kid actually comment to two girls on the fact that I wasn’t wearing Converse so “Why would I come to Max Fish?”…seriously.  There’s a decent amount of space and it’s usually packed.  They have PBR (of course) and other beers which taste fine and are average prices.

www.maxfish.com

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4th June
2010
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Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

The original mechanical bull spot in Manhattan…not the best thing to brag about.  Again, no men belong on this thing, why is this hard to understand?  As for the rest of the bar, there is some sort of VIP place (always a negative) and while there is a decent enough amount of space to stand towards the front of the bar, it’s away from the main attraction.  A plus is that the wait staff is pretty good about getting around while you’re standing and getting you your drinks.  Average prices, taste fine, crowd is definitely young 20’s to mid thirties.

www.masondixonnyc.com

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4th June
2010
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Orchard St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

So I thought I was going to get a proper pub in a sea of hipsterized (my word, copyright it) watering holes.  It came so close.  The only negative effect of this place was the fact that all of the people who can’t get into the other posh places in the neighborhood come in here.  So, once you push aside the crowd, the bar is actually not bad.  Either I was imaging things or it stretched all the way through to Allen St…just checked, it does.  The beer was your average price for a pint, tasted fine, and the staff was nice enough.

www.luckyjacksnyc.com

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4th June
2010
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Rivington St. btw Bowery and Christie St.

At first I wondered (and I didn’t mind at all) why all the taps had German beer.  I then found out that its owner owns Zum Schneider.  Very different atmosphere though.  You can bring a big group here and there’s plenty of space.  The beers were well priced for the size of the steins (a tad bit above average), tasted fine, and I didn’t have to push through the Zum crowds to get in here.

www.loreleynyc.com

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17th May
2010
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Ludlow St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

I liked this place because there was a friendly crowd that wasn’t as pretentious as almost every other bar in the Lower East Side.  The beers were your normal price, tasted fine, and there was a decent sized friendly crowd in here as well.  Another bonus was a good juke box with a pleasant lacking of indy-Brooklyn bands’ albums.

www.myspace.com/iggys

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17th May
2010
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Chrystie St. btw Broome and Delancey St.

Are you a brooding hipster?  Than look no further.  While the space is cool, the people are not.  I don’t really like the hipster attempt at being a Friday’s by having “artsy” random crap on the walls.  But the beer tasted good, it wasn’t expensive, and thankfully my group of friends and I had our guards up so as to not be infected by Emo.

www.myspace.com/homesweethomebar

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14th May
2010
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Forsythe St. btw Broome and Grand St.

Every time I’m here, there’s an impromptu dance party, though that’s usually after closing time so tough darts to everyone else.  As for normal operating hours, this place is pretty big, good music is always on, drinks are average prices and taste pretty good.

www.grotto-nyc.com

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14th May
2010
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Orchard St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

Everything that the Lower East Side has horribly turned into.  Where do we start: velvet ropes, people who think they’re in high society, guest lists!  I mean come on, why is it so hard to put up a bar with some chairs where people can hold a conversation with one another without having to pay $7 for a bottled domestic that tastes the same as any other bar?

www.gallerybarnyc.com

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13th May
2010
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Eldridge St. btw Grand and Broome St.

With everything else crammed into tight little spaces/basements in this neighborhood, I was surprised at how big this was…something I long to hear.  Anywho, it’s a little out of the way, but the live act space downstairs draws most of the crowds here.  When the shows are over, this place is packed, and while there is a lot of room, most of it is reserved…seriously?  I mean, the reserved tables are no where near the bands so why have them at all?  The crowd is very mixed, the service is actually pretty quick for the amount of people in here, beers tastes fine and is average prices.  If you want quiet, just get here before the show goes on.

www.fontanasnyc.com

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12th May
2010
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Allen St. and Stanton St.

So, I guess this could be one of the “sports” bars in the Lower East Side from all the TV’s in here.  It’s also trying to be a little trendy to bring in the spillover from its Allen St. neighbors.  It is almost always crowded with hipsters/yuppies/everything else that has invaded the LES lately.  The beers are average prices, taste fine, and are one of the few places with regular taps in the neighborhood.

www.epsteinsbarnyc.com

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11th May
2010
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Bowery btw Rivington and Delancey St.

A live venue place that has a decent sized bar and hosts the most awesomest quiz night in the city.  The beers taste fine are your average price (including, much to my surprise, the cans of PBR stocked at the bar) though the taps don’t always work, and the staff is hit or miss as to how fast you’ll get served or ignored, but this usually due to the crowd size.

www.crashmansion.com

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8th May
2010
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Essex St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

Amidst the impending doom or encroaching Hipster bars, this place is holding the tide back.  I like that it’s a good sized place with plenty of cheap to average priced beers that taste fine, and a good amount of room.  The bartenders are pretty friendly and if you can put up with the occasional Williamsburg-er who has strayed in, you’ll like this place.

www.bosstweeds.com

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8th May
2010
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The Blue Seats (Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.)

This place was completely night and day.  It felt like a club for the first half of the bar or you can continue to the back where there is a small sports bar.  The booths here have your own personal TV’s (5 by my count) but the people sitting in them aren’t even watching them, just hanging out.  I get that they want to accommodate all crowds in this area to try and bring people in, but I’m not sure if the mix was a good one.  I mean, they had a DJ playing over the Final Four games.  Very nice wait-staff, the drinks weren’t expensive and tasted fine, and we got to take pictures with Stifler (Seann William Scott, to avoid any copyright infringement).

www.theblueseatsnyc.com

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5th May
2010
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Stanton St. btw Ludlow and Orchard St.

Yeah, yeah, this is a live music venue, but because they do karaoke, unlike other music venues, it brings it back to a bar.  That would be one of the only plusses of this place.  From asshole bartenders to the largest massing of B&T’s who want to be trendy to it being way overcrowded, it would take a really special live act to get me to come back.  Beer was average prices and tasted fine right out of the can.

www.arlenesgrocery.net

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28th April
2010
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Orchard St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

Every time I’m in here there’s never anyone in the back on the “dance floor” though the music is great.  On the other hand, the rest of the bar is a little lame, filled with the people who think they’re above the dancing and they take up all of the space around the bar, though thankfully you can just push your way past and have a good time.  Regular beer, tastes fine, and costs average prices.

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28th April
2010
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East Broadway btw Rutgers and Jefferson St.

There aren’t a lot of bars in this area…actually, this is it.  It’s a good dive bar right off of the F train stop.  There’s a good amount of space here that gets filled quickly, usually from the teachers in the neighborhood.  The beers and shots are average prices, they taste fine, the atmosphere laid back, and they are fully accepting of my need to bring in a double cheeseburger meal from McDonalds around the corner.

www.169barnyc.com

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