Grammercy

11th April
2017
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Irving Pl. btw 17th and 18th St.

Not hard to get a table here, but not exactly warm to the walk-ins.  This cocktail bar has a good amount of space, including a standing area in the back.  Filled to the brim with first dates, B&T’s and after work drinkers, they do their best to fill as many people in as the fire code allows.  Cocktails at above average prices, taste pretty good.

www.dearirving.com

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6th May
2014
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14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

A “gastropub” that is joining the ranks of other “gastropubs” in this neck of the woods, though this might be the most crowded with younger people out of them all.  The crowd ranges from fresh out of college to business kids, standing around for either your generic cocktail or one of many taps.  Staff is friendly, big space with seats in the back and a front bar area that has good turnover on stools but maintains the number of patrons.  Above average taps, taste alright, above average prices.

www.thewinslownyc.com

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12th March
2014
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3rd Ave. btw 17th and 18th St.)

Used to be Still, but now it draws more of a crowd, though that crowd may still be business kids, thankfully with more adults mixed in.  Still plenty of sports on TV, service is better, still a pretty big space.  Average taps at average prices, taps could use a cleaning out.

www.trionasnyc.com

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16th May
2013
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18th St. btw Irving Pl. and Park Ave.

It’s not as big as its Flatiron counterpart, but the crowd is the same.  Decent sized space filled with your B&T’s, business kids and D-bags, all here for after work drinks or to stare at the very attractive bartenders.  If you catch it on an off night, it’s actually a quiet spot to watch sports and not be bothered.  Average drinks at average prices, taste fine.

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3rd May
2013
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15th St. btw Irving Place and Park Ave.

This place use to be 119, and this is a complete about face…or headless face…anyone?  From dive bar to wine cellar/clean dungeon look, this place attracts a different clientele than its previous tenant.  Crowd is B&T’s in their 20’s, pretty packed in the middle space around the bar, a slight less crowded in the back.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

 

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2nd May
2013
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15th St. btw Irving Place and Park Ave.

From the decorations, I’m assuming horse racing was actually watched in here at one point.  Those days are gone, and now its half sports bar and half weird alcove-back table land.  Quieter than the other bars around Irving Plaza, it’s an older crowd mixed in with the youth, decent place to sit and watch a game.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.belmontloungenyc.com

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5th February
2013
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15th St. btw Irving Pl. and Park Ave.

Even though it’s attached to Side Bar by way of the bathrooms, it blatantly is its own separate bar.  This place is a lot more subdued than it’s conjoined twin, but still packs a crowd in.  There’s a dozen or so bar seats, most of the area is loaded with tables.  It can almost be explained as a brunch place that just keeps going after the 4 PM deadline has come and gone.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.littletown.com

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18th July
2012
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2nd Ave. btw 18th and 19th St.

This place used to be 3 Steps, but don’t worry, the steps are still here.  Thankfully the rest has been changed, from what was a dimly lit bar to a bright open room that is a lot more welcoming.  The hipsters aren’t there en masse anymore, but then again, there weren’t a lot of people in there at all.  The few who were there were chatty/kept to themselves.  Also, don’t be deceived by the name, about a 10 minute walk to Grammercy Park.  Friendly bartender, sports on TV, average and above average taps at average prices, taste fine

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25th August
2010
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16th St. btw Irving Pl. and Park Ave.

The most recent addition to the franchise, the bar was the only part being used as the tables were completely empty.  Definitely your fresh out of college crowd, there’s a good amount of bar space and standing space, kind of feels like a hall that is used for cocktail hours.  Good happy hour, beers taste fine and average prices the rest of the time.

www.brotherjimmys.com

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25th August
2010
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1st Ave and 18th St.

For people who authentically live in Stuy Town/Peter Cooper (you know who, you are older crowd you) this is your local bar.  It’s a small bar space, but you never feel claustrophobic in this friendly/Cheers-ish place.  Walked in on a Friday afternoon with a friend, sat at the bar, quietly watched TV as the early bird crowd strolled in, had some good pints at average prices…pretty nice spot on the whole.

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28th July
2010
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23rd St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.

This place is one of my favorite bars, even down to the complete shithole of a bathroom.  We always come here during the week after a game, the Cajun burger is great, the crowd is very mixed but always good, and the jukebox is great.  The service is good, average pints at average prices, good place to watch a game.  Shame it closed.

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23rd July
2010
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19th St. btw Park and Irving

Ever want to go to a bar with college kids and the older crowd that still hits on them.  Then step right up and come on in.  The service was alright with plenty of average priced drinks and they did have a karaoke night.  Bit of a small space with more room towards the back.

www.wateringholenyc.com

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12th July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 17th and 18th St.

First time I went in here, it was filled with shitty 30 year old yuppies and was super obnoxious.  Thankfully I went back in again and found a better crowd to deal with.  I’ll dismiss the fact that two bouncers swarmed my friends and me even though no one else was in here.  The bartender was nice, the beers were good and average prices, and there’s a bunch of TV’s in the decent amount of space here.

www.stillnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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15th St. and Irving Place

Would go back purely for the staff.  Though it feels like a tight space, they do pretty well making sure everyone can see one of the gajillion TV’s in here.  There is a back room that is actually not a back room and just a darker/loungier/more worn in couchier space to watch a game on the big screen.  The beers tasted pretty good at average prices and it’s a decent place to bring a group.

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12th July
2010
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15th btw 3rd Ave. and Irving Pl.

A nice quiet bar with plenty of space and a nice atmosphere.  It’s not exactly tucked away but it is a little off the beaten path.  The food is good, the beers are average prices, taste fine  and there are TV’s where you can not only watch a game but hear it too, what a concept!

www.shadesofgreenpub.com

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9th July
2010
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15th St. btw 3rd Ave. and Irving Place

Some days this bar is on, others days it’s kind of lame.  The first time I went in, we had a very attentive bartender, the drinks were good and your regular prices, and the TV’s were on for us to watch the Open (it was early on a weekday).  There’s even a nice yard out back.  Almost every other time I’ve gone in here, the bartender sucks because her college friends need her constant attention and some group of annoying suits take up all the space in the back.

www.revivalbarnyc.com

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9th July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 20th and 21st St.

I love this place.  It’s a bit tiny but always accommodating.  Sometimes you get some old guys hitting on the bartender non-stop and the over zealous suits that think they rock at shuffleboard.  For the record, my coworker and I haven’t lost at shuffleboard in 23 tries.  Anywho, all of the bartenders are nice, the taps taste pretty good and are average priced and they have plenty of TV’s…though they do show a lot more Yankees games on the TV’s then Mets games, but no bar is perfect.

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8th July
2010
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Irving Place and 18th St.

Now this is pretty close to what I think a tavern should be.  It’s been around forever, but it doesn’t feel outdated.  The food is great, the wait staff good, and they have lots of good tasting taps at average prices.  The one downside is that it’s always crowded at the bar and you usually feel like you’re an outsider because it’s always some big group who has taken over the place.

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8th July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 19th and 20th St.

If you suffer from equinophobia, do not come in here.  I mean, I get that some bars want a theme, but I would expect this amount of horse objects in an OTB or some child’s bedroom.  Definitely a bar for the older drinking crowd, it’s still a fun bar nonetheless.  Will definitely not get as crowded as it’s neighbors, but there are still plenty of TV’s, average priced beers that taste fine, and a decent amount of space, length wise, not vertically.

www.paddymaguiresnyc.com

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9th June
2010
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Park Ave. and 17th St.

Somehow the W Hotel chain makes their hotel bar feel like you’re not in an actual hotel.  Now, that doesn’t take away from the pretentiousness, but it’s not an uncomfortable pretentiousness.  I usually find there are plenty of places to sit, including making your own seats on the window ledges.  The drinks aren’t even that badly priced, right around and slightly above the average prices, but taste fine.

www.toddenglish.com

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4th June
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 22nd and 23rd St.

I guess every area needs the tiny bar that is frequented by the locals.  This is Grammercy’s.  It’s by no means a bad bar, but you get the feeling that you’re disturbing the natural order of things by going inside.  The beers are good and average prices, but the place is very tiny.

www.mollysshebeen.com

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4th June
2010
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1st Ave and 19th St.

Nice place to hang out on the East Side.  A lot of space to move around, grab some 50 cent wings and have a decent pint at average prices.  One downside was the staff.  Either the good looking wait staff feels they’re too good for this family/down home crowd or they really just like having pusses on their faces all the time.  To be fair, only two of them could care less about our group.  Another one was just too hot for me to care.

www.mjarmstrongs.com

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4th June
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 22nd and 23rd St.

I don’t think they were intentionally going for a dive bar, but that’s what it is.  And great!!!  It’s quiet, enough off the beaten trail so it doesn’t have a huge crowd, and the bartender was very nice.  The beer tastes good and it’s your average prices.

www.mcswiggansbar.com

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14th May
2010
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23rd St. btw Lexington and 3rd Ave.

I used to love this place when it was Grand Saloon, so I was extremely skeptical about the makeover.  While the bar area has more or less remained the same, I have no idea what they’re trying to do with the rest of the place.  I mean, turn up the lights, I want to see my friends!  Is it a lounge?  Who knows?  Another negative is that they took away the jukebox and you have to listen to the same 8 songs on repeat (trust me, I counted).  The beers still taste good, still average prices, the staff still friendly, and one benefit of the makeover is a much better bathroom.

www.theglobeny.com

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12th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 19th and 20th St.

Brand spankin’ new bar amidst a strip of some of my favorites, this place relocated from Fulton St. to here, either that or the name is a coincidence.  There’s a decent amount of space, plenty of TV’s and a crowd that probably picked it because it’s the brightest bar in the bunch.  The bartender was very friendly, beer average prices and tasted fine.  I’m not a fan of the ticker tape running across the bar, but thankfully there are no stocks being shown on it.  What is shown is something I’ve never seen before.  So, it will act like a stock ticker, but will track what beers are being bought in the bar.  If one type is being primarily imbibed, the price goes up and the other go down, hopefully drawing you to those lower priced beers…too much concentration required for a bar.

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11th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 21st and 22nd St.

Seems to be the hangout for the local teachers, this place can either be good for a quiet drink or to feel left out of the group that has congregated here.  The bartender is nice, and they have TV’s for sports watching, but the average priced taps tasted a little off.

www.copperdoortavern.com

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11th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 22nd and 23rd St.

Generally, whenever we go after work, I like this place.  The dart board is usually free, the taps are pretty good and are averaged priced (with a good happy hour special) and the juke box is pretty good too.  But I’m always weirded out by the “VIP” room in the bar.  I mean, seriously?  That and there is an odd number of suits who come into the bar but always seem to mingle around Buck Hunter in the front.  At night, there is a velvet rope outside, so that’s minus points.  But the ridiculously hot bartender here makes up for this faux pas.

www.bullsheadtavern.com

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7th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 21st and 22nd St.

This place is very hit or miss.  If you come on the weekend, you can bring a bunch of friends and just hang out.  Come on a week night and it’s packed with people who are annoying and are way too into Buck Hunter.  They do have cheap buckets of beer along with other good weekday specials, the beer tastes fine, but you’re almost guaranteed to be standing the whole night among annoying B&T’s.

www.bblnyc.com

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6th May
2010
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3rd Ave. and 20th St.

How do you cram a lot of seats into a small bar and yet still find room for a pool table?  Barfly answers this question with ease.  The bar is nice enough but there really is no room if you’re not sitting.  The taps taste good with your average prices and they have plenty of sports on but it gets very cramped.

www.barflyny.com

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28th April
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 18th and 19th St.

Why oh why must everything within arms length of the L train get taken over by Hipsters?  Steps to get into a bar, minus 1.  Hipsters, minus…game over.  I was the only person actually watching the Angels-Yankees game, everyone else was talking about Williamsburg and the like.  Beers were about average price, they taste fine, and there’s a decent amount of room.  The bar felt a little empty though, mainly of people who have a soul.

www.3stepsnyc.com/main.html

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119

28th April
2010
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15th St. btw Park Ave. and Irving Pl.

I hadn’t been in here since after the Low Dough shows in high school, so I gave it a fresh start.  Definitely a dive, but clearly by choice, probably to try and attract the crowds from the shows next door.  There’s plenty of room in here, including couches surrounding the Photo Hunt (bonus points).  The beers were average prices, tasted fine, although I feel I should’ve been wearing more flannel to be in here.

www.119bar.com

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