Upper East Side

25th February
2016
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2nd Ave. and 81st St.

Quiet cocktail bar that, while hosting a young to early 30’s crowd, has patrons looking for a quiet drink mingling with people just wandering down 2nd Ave. before hitting the next spot.  Space is slightly small, service is good, mostly tables to sit at, menu has lots of the same cocktail options, all at average cocktail prices, taste fine.

www.thegilroynyc.com

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26th January
2016
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2nd Ave. and 78th St.

This one definitely feels more of a restaurant than it’s across town relative, but I still see the majority of people here drinking and not eating, so write it up!  Dimly lit space that has plenty of seating room, including at the bar, the crowd is a mix of everyone.  TV’s all around, staff is nice, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.hi-life.com

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21st January
2016
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2nd Ave. btw 91st and 92nd St.

Used to be Off The Rails, and now it joins the ranks of bars on the Upper East Side that are trying to distance themselves from the frat spots below 89th.  Nothing much to it, decent amount of bar space up front, seating in the back, with a crowd of mostly late 20’3 and early 30’s mingling with the, um… more older group?  Service is friendly, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.themiltonnyc.com

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20th January
2016
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92nd St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Another spot that falls into the “is it a restaurant?” category, but once again, up until happy hour was over, everyone here was just drinking, so it counts!  Indian place, they make some darn good cocktails, and the bartender is nice.  A handful of seats at the bar, everything else is tables.  Cocktails at slightly below cocktail prices, taste pretty good.

www.drunkenmunkeynyc.com

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19th January
2016
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2nd Ave. btw 94th and 95th St.

This is place is more of what the Upper East Side needs for anyone over the age of 45.  It’s a quiet spot, good amount of seating, everyone is very chatty, bartenders included, and I can just relax and have a beer before heading south into the fraternities.  Above average beer at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.vinusandmarc.com

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1st December
2014
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2nd Ave. and 85th St.

Used to be a restaurant, and now it’s a bar…so there.  Decent sized space with a horseshoe bar, lots of columns to knock and space to be knocked into, so try and grab a tall table by the window.  Or head upstairs where there is more seating, but they really pack ‘em in!  Average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.fivemilestone.com

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22nd July
2014
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2nd Ave btw 88th and 89th St.

Used to be Elaine’s, and while I have no frame of reference, having never visited the former tenant, this place draws a good crowd, particularly a big older crowd  mixed with a younger crowd, and it gets pretty packed.  Two separate rooms, the larger more of a sitting/dining area, the smaller the bar area.  Service is pretty good, above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.

www.thewritingroomnyc.com

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16th July
2014
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2nd Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.

Used to be Tin Lizzy’s, and while the crowd might be the same age, it’s definitely “more adult” in here now.  Gone is the back area for dancing; now it’s full of tables, packed with people who want to enjoy a craft beer.  It gets pretty crowded in here, and with the over abundance of tables, it’s a little tough to move around, but this “more adult” crowd handles it well, as well as the bartenders.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.thesupplyhousenyc.com

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14th July
2014
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Lexington Ave. btw 72nd and 73rd St.

This location in this chain of bars is probably the quietest (whilst still drawing a crowd) and most adult, neither of which is a bad thing.  Want to smoke a cigar in after-work silence or with a buddy or two, this might be the best out of a chain for a relaxing night.  Only downside was that I was confused by where the door was once you come off the street, but now I’m just looking for something wrong with this place!  Above average drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.barandbooks.cz/lexington

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25th February
2014
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3rd Ave. and 94th St.

One big bright TV/window filled room.  A simple bar filled with tables and bar stools that is usually packed any day of the week.  Crowd is your typical young Upper East Side resident, this place is really trying to present a more upscale watering hole.  Service is fine, slightly above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.thedistrictbarnyc.com

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3rd February
2014
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60th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

A new craft beer place to hit this lower part of the Upper East Side.  Actually, it might be the only one around here.  Anywho, it’s a decent sized space, long, tight bar area up front with a few tables in the back.  All craft beer, all the time, and lots of it.  Service is chatty, crowd is late 20’s-early 30’s, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.thejeffreynyc.com

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23rd January
2014
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60th St. btw Lexington and Park Ave.

This street is quickly becoming chock full of pubs, and this one is probably the biggest/most crowded.  Big space full of Upper East Sider’s/business types stopping over for a drink before heading home.  Tables are usually filled by happy hour, but there’s decent room at the bar with plenty on TV, and the service is pretty quick for the crowd size.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.thebarroomnyc.com

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27th November
2013
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92nd St. and 3rd Ave.

Used to be Brother Jimmy’s, and man, it couldn’t be any more different.  Gone are the days of day drinking in a dark bar, here is a brunch/dinner spot that caters to families as well as the tame sports watcher.  The space is more crowded with numerous tables, and the booze selection has gone up a notch from fishbowls and bud lights.  Above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.beermenus.com/places/7744-third-avenue-ale-house/

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8th November
2013
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2nd Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.

A gastropub has made its way to the Upper East Side.  Polished addition to the Upper East Side, this place draws in your UES 20’s to young 30’s crowd.  There’s a decent amount of room here, though most of the tables wind up being reserved.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.penrosebar.com

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23rd October
2013
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76th St. btw 1st and York Ave.

I’ve been told by several people to check this place out.  Meh.  A dark space that has a lot of stools at its lengthy bar, but not much space behind it, so it gets a little tight.  There are some tables in the back, but it’s for having a meal.  It’s just your basic, average bar, with good service, mixed crowd of young and old.  They serve all British beers/ales/lagers, so that’s a plus.  British beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.joneswoodfoundry.com

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9th May
2013
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60th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.

This border between Midtown and the Upper East Side is sorely lacking in a bar scene.  So wedged into one of the busiest streets, vehicularly speaking, is a new “Gastropub” that, in spite of the heavy traffic, draws a pretty good crowd.  It’s basically all business kids and young Upper East Sider’s filling in the decent sized bar space and the tables in the back.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.brinkleysstation.com

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17th January
2013
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70th St. btw 1st and York Ave.

This place used to be For Pete’s Sake, and while I was glad to see that the previous tenants no longer exist, the place hasn’t upgraded by much.  It’s better lit now, but the clientele is a mix of nurses and douche, and the bartenders are hit and miss, meaning some will chat with you when there’s no one else around, and some could care less.  So maybe it’s okay to compare it to its predecessor, so check out the link above!  Average beers, average prices, taste alright.

www.thealliewayny.com

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16th January
2013
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1st Ave. and 75th St.

The East Side version of this bar that first came to Hell’s Kitchen.  And even though I’m not always up for craft beers, this actually adds, dare I say, a level of maturity to the Upper East Side.  It is a good sized bar, lots of table space and bar space, TV’s on all over, late 20’s into 30’s crowd.  Beers are above average and at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

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15th January
2013
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2nd Ave. btw 83rd and 84th St.

This place used to be something hard to pronounce (Jack Tamson’s Bairns) and can now be pronounced clearly by the people stumbling down 2nd Avenue.  There really is zero difference, so please click on the link above to check out that review!  Bartenders are still very nice, quiet crowd, average to above average beers, average prices, taste fine.

www.caledoniascottishpub.com

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10th January
2013
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1st Ave. btw 63rd and 64th St.

This place used to be Becky’s, and I never liked Becky’s so this is a welcome change.  Now, I have zero idea what makes this place anything even remotely resembling “Honky Tonk”, unless it’s from the posh section of Austin.  Playing some light country music in the background makes you a relaxing bar, not a Honky Tonk bar.  But it’s not a bad bar by any means…so just mis-named.  Food is good, average beers at average prices that taste fine.

honkytonktavernnyc.com/home

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9th January
2013
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1st Ave. btw 75th and 76th St.

Used to be Citibar, and they really didn’t do a thing to change the place, with the happy exception of giving the tap lines a quick rinse so the beers taste better.  Since they changed nothing else, read that review (my laziness knows no bounds).  Average beers at average prices, taste average.

www.singlepage.com/citi-bar–grill/menu

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10th April
2012
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2nd Ave. btw 91st and 92nd St.

Yep, behind this never ending construction is a newer bar to the neighborhood, and a good one at that.  Big bar that can get a little tight in the middle, good sports bar, and the crowd is a good mix of people while keeping the shenanigans to a low.  Average beers, average prices, taste fine.

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29th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 92nd and 93rd St.

Considering this place is making it through the construction out front, it’s impressive.  That being said, I get the feeling a lot of people come in here because they didn’t know The Big Easy was closed, though it’s definitely a nice place on the inside.  The place was packed with TV’s, younger crowd, nice staff.  Pints were average prices with a good happy hour, and they tasted fine.

www.mannysonsecond.com

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28th July
2010
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32nd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

There were definitely locals in here but the majority of people are just passing through on their way to Penn Station.  They have food and a few TV’s behind the bar, but you get the feeling that you don’t belong in this place, as if all the laborers in the neighborhood are here for a quick bite to eat.  The beers tasted fine and were average prices.

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28th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 92nd and 93rd St.

And here’s the other candidate for best college bar on the Upper East Side.  The difference here is that you do get people who are in their upper 20’s and lower 30’s who just can’t let go of that lifestyle.  You know, Jell-o shots and syringe shots and more shots poured every which way into your mouth.  The difference with this bar, as compared to Aces and Eights, is the atmosphere.  It is constantly a party in here.  Good service, cheap drinks and plenty of space.

www.bigeasynyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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Wicker Park (3rd Ave. and 83rd St.)

If the crowd from the Kentucky Derby were to be magically transported to an Upper East Side bar, they would, within all probability, land here.  Oddly enough, I was in here for the Belmont Stakes.  Anywho, for a bar, it’s a classy but not obnoxiously so.  I just felt awkward in here with jeans and a t-shirt, even after 1 in the morning, when it turns into a club of just one big open space and a total shitshow.  The beers are average prices, taste alright, the service is decent and they have lots of TV’s. 

www.wickerparknyc.com

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14th July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 88th and 89th St.

Half upscale lounge, half room for a harem.  This dimly lit bar has a ton of space, but it seems more for the dating scene/I’m-too-lazy-to-travel-to-an-actual-lounge-downtown scene.  Don’t get me wrong, they had sports on the TV’s at the bar, the drinks were average to only slightly above average prices, tasted fine, and the service was pretty quick (except when it came time to check out).

www.uptownloungenyc.com

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14th July
2010
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84th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Everybody raves about this bar.  The bartender is very friendly and the beers are good and at average prices.  But can this place even fit 30 people?  And yes, it’s the middle of the day but you can’t see anything inside because of the dopey low lighting.  That and they would rather watch the Yankee game and whatever is on the OTB channel than put a Mets game on.

www.trinitypubnyc.com

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14th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.

What does one say about this bar?  Everyone knows about it, probably because they have a dance floor.  There’s always a lot of people here, mostly a young crowd interspersed with a few idiots.  There are decent drink specials, and lots of TV’s.  However, I went there recently and they no longer have the dancing and the bar was kind of lame so the luster may be lost for this place.  I mean, they would let 12 guys in and not let an extremely attractive girl in, take what you will from that.  When it was quiet, nice bartender, good beers, average prices.

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14th July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 93rd and 94th St.

Well, the bartender was really nice here.  Otherwise, it’s a little rundown and the crowd was a little sedated.  Though that creepy guy at the bar, he was fun to watch.  They had a good selection of taps at your average prices, a pretty decent happy hour special (though the margarita machine was down that day) and karaoke.  It was one of those places you walked into and wanted to say “aww”, but not in the “aww, that’s cute” way, more of in that “aww, that dog only has three legs” way.

www.tequilajacksnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.

I like this place, mainly because it feels like an actual bar compared to the over the top bars in the surrounding area.  This is a place you can come in with your friends, sit down for a few hours, and never be bothered.  The beer was good, prices average, friendly bartenders, and they have good sports on TV.  The table service is a little slow, so stick with the bar.

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12th July
2010
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60th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.

Welcome to the thugged out bar of the Upper East Side.  This place was just an open studio room that had a bar in it, definitely a dive.  I could not wait to get out of here the entire time I was here.  The beers tasted average, average prices.

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12th July
2010
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76th St. and 2nd Ave.

Kind of like a less clean Dorrian’s.  The exact same clientele (B&T’s, frat boys, girls who think they’re hot shit) as other UES bars.  And there are bouncers, annoyingly, all over the place.  The beer tastes alright and they have your usual pitcher fare, the prices are average, and the service does what it can with the large crowd.  Lot’s of TV’s to distract you from the crowd.

www.nycbestbar.com/stumble

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12th July
2010
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1st Ave. btw 73rd and 74th St.

Once you get past the “lounge look” up front, you’ll find that it looks like any other bar.  There’s a lot of open space in this very long bar.  The beers are your normal taps that taste fine, normal prices and the bartender was super nice.  The one downside was trying to get some cheese fries.  Took 30 frickin minutes to melt some cheese on some chips!!!

www.stirnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 76th and 77th St.

When this place is a straight up bar, it’s not that bad.  The drinks are good, average prices, and the rest of the patrons are an okay crowd, slightly teetering towards a sausage fest, plenty of sports on plenty of TV’s.  However, when you come here and it’s in “club” mode, holy shit, just walk right back out.  I’m 27, but it is so fucking loud in here, it goes beyond the border of ridiculous.  Keep the bar, ditch Justin’s club.

www.southernhospitalitybbq.com

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12th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.

There’s tons of room in this bar, that is, if you have a map to navigate your way around.  The service is a little slow and the taps are alright, but the prices are still average.  Like every neighboring bar, there are tons of TV’s to watch sports and the clientele is your typical Upper East Side crowd.

www.shipoffoolsnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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1st Avenue and 73rd St.

I went here on Marathon Day so I’m not sure exactly how crowded this bar normally gets.  Went back randomly on a weekend, frickin’ packed.  They do have plenty of space to accommodate a huge crowd, though nowhere near enough bathrooms.  And because it was Marathon Day, the lite beer was jacked up to $8 bucks for a can, so unfortunately that is a huge point against the bar.  I mean, seriously, would you normally be doing any business of that magnitude on a Sunday morning!?!  That and there was only one TV working in the front bar and all the bartenders were all dudes, always a no no.  On normal days, average beers, average prices.

www.session73.com

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12th July
2010
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York Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.

Well, this is probably the only bar in the city where you can dance and drink anymore.  This doesn’t really make for the best thing ever, but pickings are slim.  So, you put up with the 5 layers of bouncers and the annoying meatheads because you and your friends want to dance to 80’s music and whatever Z100 is playing these days.  The beer tastes good and decently priced, but you’re here for dancing or to support your friend who is guest bartending.

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9th July
2010
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85th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

This two story bar down a side street on the Upper East Side is always filled but surprisingly not uncomfortably.  The average priced, average tasting drinks are served quickly for the amount of people in here and there is lots of room to move around.  They also have indoor basketball solid bonus points.

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9th July
2010
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92nd St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Besides the fact that they show hockey over the Mets game, there really isn’t much more to write negatively about this place.  I mean, it looks like a dump, but it’s actually quite friendly.  The bartenders are talkative, the beer is good, and average prices.  They also have a decent size space in the back, which you also wouldn’t think from looking at it from the outside.

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9th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 88th and 89th St.

Okay, so I went on a rainy night and they didn’t have a huge crowd, but the bar still didn’t disappoint.  The food wasn’t bad, a good amount of space, and the beers were your average prices.  I have been assured that there normally is a huge, young crowd with a lot of women.

 I went back on St. Patrick’s Day, and this place was nuts, but in a good way.  I showed up with some friends, found a place to claim as our own in the back, and the cans of beer never stopped rolling in, nor did the great music, then again, pipe bands all have the same repertoire.

www.rathbonesnyc.com

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9th July
2010
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67th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Okay, a part of me was hoping Rosanna Scotto or Nick Gregory would be in here ossified drunk as it’s right across from Fox.  Alas, I was let down.  Points for Goldfish instead of peanuts on the bar.  There are small rooms in the back if the front gets crowded, which it will.  The bartender was friendly, drinks were average prices and tasted fine.

www.phoenixparkny.com

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9th July
2010
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1st Ave. and 88th St.

Looking for that local union hall feeling in a bar?  Then look no further, this is your place.  Though most people would walk right by this practically windowless bar, it actually isn’t so bad on the inside.  The staff is friendly, definitely an older crowd, and plenty of quasi-folding tables to sit at.  The juke box was pretty good (a definite plus) and the beers were good at your average prices.

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8th July
2010
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2nd Ave. and 88th St.

Red Sox fans of the world unite.  You and all your Boston ex-patriots can be found here for every single game.  There’s actually a decent amount of space in here though you wouldn’t think it from the outside.  As I said, they have plenty of TV’s and your average tasting beers at average prices.  Not a bad single scene too, beer pong unfortunately in the back.

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9th June
2010
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1st Ave. btw 65th and 66th St.

Man, there is a lot of space in this bar.  Sure, the bar smells kind of funny and needs an airing out, but there was a decent sized crowd in there anyway.  Cute bartenders and average prices for fine tasting beers.  They also had a pretty kick ass band when I was there, will look into future dates.

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4th June
2010
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2nd Ave. and 85th St.

Hands down, possibly the fastest I’ve ever been in and out of a bar.  Aside from having one of the worst taps I’ve ever tasted (though it was cheap, so I guess I get what I pay for), this place just skeeved me out from the moment I walked in.  The patrons were moderately annoying, but it felt like the bar was trying to be 3 different bars in one.

www.mustanggrill.com

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4th June
2010
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70th btw 1st and York Ave.

Now this is a relaxing pub.  The food was great, a decent amount of space, extremely friendly staff, good music and decently priced beers that taste fine.  I almost wanted to end the bar crawl at this place and just hang out for the rest of the night.

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4th June
2010
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2nd Ave. and 85th St.

If you still want the young, large crowd but with less obnoxiousness than its neighbors, this place is a good bar.  There’s also a lot more places to sit and to also get food.  This place does get crowded on the weekend but never to an annoying level.  There are plenty of TV’s, beers taste fine, average prices.

www.mollysalehouseny.com

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4th June
2010
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2nd Ave. and 95th St.

They have plenty of TV’s in here to support the crowds that come here to get away from the other Frat boy bars in the area.  The bartenders were chatty, when not paying attention solely to their friends, and the beers were good and at average prices.  Lots of space too.

www.merrionsquarenyc.com

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4th June
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 74th and 75th St.

“Very chill bar”, to quote my friend.  I couldn’t agree more.  Mostly late 20’s and up crowd, this smaller pub is a good place to come and watch a game and grab a bite.  The staff is excellent (and very attractive) and the beers taste good and are average priced.

www.mckeownsnyc.com

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4th June
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 87th and 88th St.

Definitely a smaller crowd than most bars nearby, but by no means less of a bar.  This is one of the few places you can walk into in Manhattan and wind up knowing almost everybody by the end of the night (there’s always one crazy talkative lady).  The taps are your typical Manhattan fare with your average Manhattan prices, tastes a little under average but still drinkable.

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4th June
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 81st and 82nd St.

Oh dear lord.  Well, don’t come here on a Thursday through Saturday night unless you want the complete college experience, frat and all.  On the flip side of the coin, I’ve been here on a Tuesday night and it was quiet, actually relaxing, and still a decent sized crowd.  The taps were good and at average prices and I could actually hold a conversation here on their slow nights.

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4th June
2010
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Luke’s (3rd Ave. btw 79th and 80th St.)

This place reminds me of a bar in Queens that my dad went to when he was younger, without the smoke and the elevated train overhead.  A good pub, good food, good pints, average prices, good atmosphere too.  Fits in perfectly with the few other pubs in the area on 3rd, there was really nothing wrong with this place.

www.lukesbarandgrill.com

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27th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 93rd and 94th St.

My friend’s Irish dad came here every week, and I can see why.  A very different bar than most of the ones you’ll find on the Upper East Side, this NYC Rugby bar is a cool place to come in, relax, watch the match.  A crowd of people of all ages keep the usual UES shenanigans and drunkenness to a minimum.  The beers taste pretty good, average prices, very friendly staff.

www.kinsale.com

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26th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 80th and 81st St.

Sort of your cookie cutter Upper East Side bar.  Nothing really stands out at this place but you can expect good service of good beers at average prices.  I’m really struggling to write something interesting, but it’s just your run-of-the-mill bar.

www.johnnyfoxesnyc.com

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26th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 83rd and 84th St.

One of the newer additions to the Upper East Side, this Scottish bar kind of sticks out like a sore thumb.  Very friendly service, the beers are average prices and taste fine, but it’s a little sterile.  That and the back third of the bar is this weird lounge that I don’t recall ever seeing in an actual Scottish bar.

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26th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.

You almost really want to not like this bar, from the college jocks to the waitresses who could give a fuck, but it’s so hard to walk away without having a good time.  The food is good, the beers taste good with average prices, and they have TV’s everywhere, including in your booth that allows you to put on whatever game you want to watch.

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17th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 75th and 76th St.

The novelty here is that it’s a free Karaoke bar, meaning its 18 hours a day/7 days a week, on the Upper East Side.  Next to no bar space, forcing you to sit in the back next to the singing.  The beer is average priced and tastes so-so, but you’re really here for the singing.  My favorite time to come is late night on a Sunday night, you get to sing all to yourself.

www.orderiggysnyc.com

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17th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.

OK, if I put Zum Schneider and other German places on this list, I have to include this place.  One of the last bastions of German Yorkville, this bar is not for the raucous crowds but more for the adults looking for good beer and a peek at some lederhosen…I mean, who isn’t?  You can even have your favorite German brew served in a glass boot, if that’s your thing.  The beer tastes great at a surprisingly average price and the atmosphere was relaxing.

www.heidelbergrestaurant.com

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14th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 88th and 89th St.

The things I sometimes don’t like about a bar…actually didn’t bother me here.  Normally, I don’t like a bar having someone seat you, but the guy was so frickin nice, we had to oblige.  They had a great set of taps (bonus points for the best Carlsberg tap in the city) with average prices for beer and the fish and chips are one of the best I’ve had at a bar in this city.  The bar was packed with very friendly people and the atmosphere was totally chill.

www.genesisbar.com

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14th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 88th and 89th St.

Probably one of the few actual Irish bars north of 86th on the Upper East Side.  The bartender was great, lots of UK sports showing on TV, beers taste good and average priced, and the other patrons are pretty friendly.

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14th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.

Very nice pub and pretty close to authentic.  The bartender was very chatty and friendly, serving up good tasting pints at average prices.  There was a decent amount of room here and the patrons were a mixed young/old group of people.

www.thegaelpubnyc.com/main.html

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13th May
2010
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70th St. btw 1st and York Ave.

Holy crap did I hate this place.  It used to be T.J. Pub, and while I never went there under it’s previous owner, anything had to be better.  The tap was definitely off, an extremely obnoxious crowd…I’m getting miffed just writing about it.  Go two doors down to Murphy’s.

So I went back on a random night.  Empty.  The tap still tasted a little funny.  It would be easy to say that because it was an off night that it wouldn’t be packed.  But it was a Friday…empty.  Maybe I hate it less but still wouldn’t go back.

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13th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 73rd and 74th St.

I don’t know if I really dig the cave like atmosphere in here.  I also wasn’t sure if this was a restaurant or a pub.  Because I’m not sure, here comes the review.  They had a decent bar, more of an older crowd that was acting as if they were waiting to be seated the whole time, the beers were average prices and tasted fine.  Now that I think about it, I don’t recall any music being played, negative points.

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13th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 92nd and 93rd St.

Alright, probably more of a restaurant than a bar, but the bar looked packed and we decided to go in.  Maybe I missed the sign out front, but everyone stared at us as we came in.  It felt like we were crashing some private party.  When we elbowed our way to the bar, they had your normal taps at normal prices, but the crowd in the bar had such a holier than thou attitude that we left pretty quickly, after finishing a few pints of course, we’re not heathens!

www.fetchbarandgrill.com

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12th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.

I always see a lot of lights flashing in here and think it’s crowded during the week.  It’s not and there are just a lot of TV’s.  Now, it’s not a bad bar, in fact far from it.  There’s a good amount of space and the taps taste fine, with the beers at average prices.  Big bonus points for having Goldfish crackers on the bar that aren’t stale.

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12th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 86th and 87th St.

When I think authentic pub, lookswise, this comes pretty darn close.  It’s a brand new pub (well, revamped at least) but the crowd is definitely meatheads and college kids.  Other than that, the bar has plenty of space, average priced drinks that taste fine, and friendly older bartender, and lots of TV’s to watch.  Another down side is that the dumbest American “soccer” fan has to be listened to if you come here on a Saturday morning.

www.eastendbar.com

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12th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.

First time I ever had to do manual labor at a bar, though I was grateful to do it.  I got to change a keg, and like any good pub, there were thankfully more Guinness kegs than lite beer kegs.  The bartender was very friendly, the beers tasted good and at your normal prices, though there was not a lot of space in here.

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12th May
2010
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2nd Ave. and 84th St.

I’ve had two different experiences at this bar.  The first involved my friends and I drinking amongst every I-Zod wearing, sweater-over-the-button-down-shirt wearing kid from Connecticut.  This made the bar very awful…clearly.  The second time was on a holiday Saturday night and I happened to have an awesome time with a nice lady, though we were secluded from the same crowd.  As for the bar itself, I hate when bars have lines outside and this one had a particularly bad line.  There’s a bar in front and a second bar/odd club in the back that both get crowded but the service is pretty quick for the amount of people they serve.  The drinks are your average prices, taste fine, and they surprisingly had all TV’s showing sports.

www.dorrians.com

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12th May
2010
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2nd Ave btw 77th and 78th St.

This place is always a good time even though it is constantly packed to the gills.  This bar isn’t the biggest place but there is a big back room and outdoor seating.  Usually a mid-20’s crowd comes here, there’s plenty to see, TV’s or people, and the drinks are your average prices and all taste fine.  Also home to one of my favorite live acts in the city.

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12th May
2010
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74th St. and York Ave.

Huge place…must search for more adjectives for large.  This establishment was part of a brief stopover.  Not crowded by any means, though probably because you would never expect a bar to be in this area.  There was a very subdued atmosphere in here.  Friendly service, average prices for beers that tasted fine, just a little too quiet.

www.davidcopperfields.com

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12th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.

I was warned about going here, specifically during Saturday “Karaoke” night, so I went on a Friday afternoon.  I was the youngest employed person in here by about 10 years.  The bartender was extremely friendly, the beer tasted fine to me and was decently priced, and they had a nice “front porch” and back area.  I just don’t see much of a young crowd coming in here.

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11th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 93rd and 94th St.

I liked this place for a couple of reasons.  First, they had the most random assortment of taps I’ve seen on the Upper East Side, including Rolling Rock on tap, many bonus points for that. Secondly, the other college bars on the southern blocks below the bar keep most of the loud crowds away.  Now while some would see this as a flaw, I love a quiet, friendly place like this to actually have a conversation with my friends.

www.crowesnestnyc.com

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11th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 75th and 76th St.

Hmm, this pub had a good feel to it, a slightly older crowd and still fun.  The beers were averagely priced, and the pool table was ours for the taking, mainly because it was pouring outside, thus keeping the crowds away.  However, and the reason for the “hmm”, was the notably bad taps.  They had a good selection of beer but the four of us agreed, and only after one sip mind you, that the taps were the skunkiest we’ve ever had.  Now, as any good drinker would, I finished mine and tried some of my friend’s for a double check, and I would fully recommend that the bar clean their lines out.

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11th May
2010
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Lexington Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.

This place had a very random mix of people here.  It’s probably the only bar on Lexington Ave, at least north of midtown, so it’s not too weird to see old locals, young kids and the occasional derelict sitting together after riding the 6 train.  Now, the ladies in my group were not the biggest fans of this place, but I liked it because it was quiet, the taps were good as well as the prices being average.  True, some sketchy guys were there that needed to be introduced to a shower, but they only slightly hit on the other patrons.

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11th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 87th and 88th St.

Extremely friendly bar on the Upper East Side.  Couldn’t have met a nicer bartender who was more than willing to chat our ears off.  The beers tasted good, average prices and definitely more quiet than some of the college bars in the area.  One plus is that it’s a very dog friendly bar, much to the happiness of my curly haired friend, my sister and my female coworkers.

www.bullpennyc.com

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11th May
2010
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3rd Ave. and 92nd St.

Definitely the tamest of the franchise, but by no means the least fun.  There’s a good amount of room to have a lot of friends meet you for drinks, which are cheap to average priced and taste fine, and the bartenders are definitely the nicest of the chain too.  There’s a big seating room in the back, but I never see it full, and they’re always showing any of the games that are on.

www.brotherjimmys.com

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11th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 77th and 78th St.

Smaller than its west side location, which means it constantly crowded, this location is just as popular with anyone under the age of 35.  Not as many TV’s but I do find the food service a little faster than it’s Amsterdam Ave. brother.  Average priced PBR’s and other beers, they all taste fine, cool bartenders.

www.brotherjimmys.com

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8th May
2010
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84th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

It’s always fun to come in to places like this when you want some quiet time and a drink.  That being said, guys, don’t expect to pick up girls here unless you go for the sad middle age lady with the stick up her ass who thinks she’s an amazing singer.  It’s exactly what you think, a mostly gay piano bar on the Upper East Side.  The drinks are good, about your average price, and the pianist is accommodating with almost any you song you suggest…he entertained my request of “Freebird” and “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”.

www.brandysnyc.com

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8th May
2010
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2nd Ave. and 82nd St.

The quiet bar on the 2nd Ave strip, and thank god.  It’s by no means a bad bar, in fact, it’s actually nice to be able to go to a good place that has darts and not be inundated with the young crowd, though they do straggle in.  They have TV’s, average priced drinks that taste fine and you can almost always grab a seat.

www.bradysbar.com

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