Upper East Side

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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8th May
2010
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2nd Ave and 73rd St.

Ding ding ding, we have a winner for hands down the hottest bartenders in the city.  So much so that my friends actually thanked me for showing up late while they whittled away the hour waiting for me.  This bar has everything, from cheap beers that taste good, to pretty decent food, to a TV that was showing every football game on at the moment.  One down side is that it gets really packed and there is not a lot of space.  Also, if you don’t get there early, the odds of you getting a table are slim to none.

www.bounceny.com/default.htm

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8th May
2010
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60th St. and 2nd Ave.

Putting an Atomic Wings inside of the bar…genius!!!  The only downside was that there weren’t a lot of places to sit and eat them.  This place kind of stands alone with few watering holes nearby so you do get some locals mixed with your normal after work groups.  A few TV’s, cheap happy hour specials, average prices during normal hours, beer tasted fine, and a good amount of open space.

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8th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw. 89th and 90th St.

I’m not shortening it BB & R, just tossing that out there.  I definitely got the sense that everyone who didn’t get into Big Easy came here, because it’s the same crowd but a lot more shiny.  So, if you don’t mind some of the meatheads that hang out here, or the really long men’s room line, this isn’t really a bad place.  The beers are your average price, taste fine, and they have your standard American taps and more than enough cheap liquor drinks.  They also have a lot of TV’s.

www.bbrnyc.com

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6th May
2010
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91st St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Probably one of the smallest bars in the city, but by no means a bad one.  The bartenders are very friendly and chatty, the taps taste pretty good with your average prices, and the crowd is always low key and friendly.  Also a good place to watch a game with a few friends amid some relative peace and quiet.

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6th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 63rd and 64th St.

For a bar with not a lot of room, they have an inordinate amount of taps offering a great selection of beer.  Unfortunately, that was one of the few bright sides.  The bar is kind of small, the back room with the dartboards was shut down, and the bartender wasn’t completely into actually working.  Add to that the late 40’s to death crowd, there’s not much appeal to this place.  The beers tasted alright but were at least average prices.

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6th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 89th and 90th St.

The one negative about this place is that you have to walk UP stairs to get into the bar.  That’s just the worst idea ever.  Aside from that, I really liked the place.  The bartender was friendly, they had your average taps at average prices with some borderline hipster taps which my friend enjoyed, and the dartboard and two pool tables were ours for the taking.

www.bareast.com

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6th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 73rd and 74th St.

Okay, so I was a little drunk by the time I got here, but I get the gist of the place.  It’s a little small but the crowd was friendly enough that you didn’t feel suffocated.  The beer was a little watered down, but the prices are average with some good pitcher specials, and the staff here is very quick to pass out the beer and keep you entertained.  Good music selection too.

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6th May
2010
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63rd St. and 1st Ave.

Very friendly bar on the East Side that isn’t as rowdy as some of its neighbors.  Lot’s of tables might lead some to think it’s a restaurant (I think I heard that this was the original T.G.I. Friday’s), but most people were standing at the bar.  They had plenty of TV’s, a pretty decent selection of beers on tap that tasted fine, good burger and very friendly service.

www.bakerstreetnyc.com

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6th May
2010
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York Ave and 85th St.

I declare this my Upper East Side bar.  True, there are some I haven’t been to yet, but this is the closest to what I consider a pub in the city.  Lots of sitting room, dartboard and pinball machine, great service, good beers that taste fine (though skip the Molson on tap) and average prices.  Great atmosphere too.

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6th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 83rd and 84th St.

I dug this place for the setup.  There’s lots of TV’s in here and they’re all mounted on very high ceiling walls.  The beer is decent, average prices and the crowd runs from families to a sausage fest.  The staff was hit or miss; bartenders yay, waitresses nay.

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5th May
2010
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89th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

I always had a pre-determined attitude about this place from the thick velvet curtains that block the view from the outside world.  I wasn’t too far off when I went in, but by no means totally off.  So, a little pretentious, yes.  Do they make you reserve one of the seats ahead of time, yes.  Could they shoot Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the next Blade movie in here, yes.  But the taps tasted really good at average prices and the wait staff was also a pleasant surprise.  And they even had a TV showing sports.

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5th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 76th and 77th St.

When I walked into the bar, I felt that the owners were originally trying to make it look like a dive bar, but it didn’t come off that way.  However, over the years, it actually got grimy and became a dive bar, thus finally completing their objective.  I tried to make that sound like a compliment; perhaps I need better English classes.  Anywho, lots of space in this bar, it gets a good sized crowd, and they have an old school hockey game, definite bonus points.  My female friends felt a little sketched out, but after a few cheap pints, they were rolling with the theme.  The beer tasted alright, though cleaning the lines wouldn’t hurt.

www.nycamericantrash.com

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5th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 87th and 88th St.

Definitely in the race for the college kids bar on the Upper East Side.  If you’re looking for recent grads that can’t let go, current students and lots of beer pong, this is a bar for you.  It’s a big place with lots of TV’s and cheap beer that tastes like cheap beer, and the service can be a little slow.  Oh yeah, did I mention the annoying throngs of college kids and meatheads?

www.acesandeightsnyc.com

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