Archive for April, 2010
79th St. and West Side Highway
Good crowd, yes. Ability to get a seat without smoke from the grill engulfing you, no way Jose. Average priced beers that taste fine, yes, but it can take a while to get them. It is outdoors, kind of, but your best bet to sit is show up really early. It gets a little packed but nothing that can’t be handled.
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave. and Waverly Pl.
I was not a huge fan of this place. There was really only room for seating; standing was not really an option. The beer was fine, cost your average prices, and there was a live act, which I guess some people enjoyed, but I just wasn’t feeling whatever vibe this place was giving off.
3rd Ave. btw 34th and 35th St.
One of two bar/lounges that are exactly the same, on the same block, on the east side of Manhattan. If it’s too crowded, hit up Joshua Tree (practically the same) and vice versa. The difference is that it’s easier to get food here but it becomes a crowded bar after 11. It’s a fun place where they do the typical mix of 80’s music and hip hop and the beers aren’t too expensive and taste fine.
Amsterdam Ave. and 80th St.
Whoa, talk about out of place. And I mean not only me being in this bar/lounge, but this place in the neighborhood. If you are one of those people that like club music and don’t want to leave the Upper West Side, go here. The drinks are pricier than normal, taste average but there’s not much to do here but pick a corner and be left alone. Downstairs is the “club portion”…I guess.
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.
5th Ave. and 27th St.
I was always extremely hesitant of this place, and I was only partially justified. The trick is to reserve a table, because if you don’t, it just gets ridiculous. The view rocks from this rooftop bar, the service is hit or miss (hit looks-wise, miss service-wise) at only very slightly above average prices. The downsides? If you don’t get a table, you’re cramped in a very small aisle, cramped around the upstairs bar, or worst of all, forced to go downstairs to the lower bar, which resembles a porn I’ve seen before, and you get to deal with the overly annoying bouncers and staff.
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.
Avenue A and 2nd St.
One of my favorite places to go in the city. It still hasn’t been completely usurped by the hipster crowd, though it’s getting there, which makes it enjoyable. The drinks are your average price, taste fine, there’s plenty of space, especially on the top floor, and the staff is friendly.
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.
31st St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.
A very tight space in what I could’ve sworn was a hotel bar. This place is always packed but I’m always confused as to where these people work in the neighborhood because there’s nothing around here. Anywho, though the place looks overly trendy, it’s actually a nice place to meet for an hour or so for some pre-gaming. I say for an hour because that’s how long you can take people staring at you as you sit at one of the few tables there while they stand behind you. They will seriously pounce the second you get up. The drink specials are good and the drinks taste fine too.
10th Ave. btw 50th and 51st St.
Hell’s Kitchen’s newest frat house. I like the idea, $1 burgers (very tiny but tasty…sounds like the fantasy end to my dates…), $2 shots, and $3 draft beers. However, don’t expect to walk in and be able to sit and enjoy these specials. Toss in every shitty rich kid who thinks they’re really venturing out into Hell’s Kitchen by hitting up 10th Ave. There are plenty of TV’s, the beers taste fine but no so much the mixed drinks, and quite possibly the daftest bartender with absolutely nothing going on upstairs…we spent a solid 20 minutes debating if it was an act or not…we voted on not.
2nd Ave. and 12th St.
Being close to the L train normally means a hipster bar, and this one is very borderline. It used to be a gay bar called Dicks, but attracts a completely different clientele now. While it’s very clean, has plenty of TV’s, the beers are good (though they can run out of Bud/Bud Light if there is a pub crawl in the area) and cheap, and they have party mix in bowls on the bar, it definitely gives off the vibe of a hipster sports bar.
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.
11th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
Putting aside the awesomeness of the fact that this is a fully fledged Liverpool bar, this place isn’t that bad. There’s a decent amount of space with a small room in the back. Depending on when you’re here, you either sit among a sea of red jerseys, or get a group that wanders off the beaten path of Avenue A. The drinks taste good, average prices, and they serve meat pies…yes, actual meat pies.
10th Ave and 50thSt.
If you want a big, open, one room square bar with a room that feels like it’s out of The Shining’s ballroom, look no further. This bar is really for the people staying in the hotel above. There’s not much in the way of a crowd here…scratch that, we were the crowd. The beers were average prices and tasted fine, but we quickly found the only appeal of the place to be the mac and cheese.