Lower East Side

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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