Archive for May, 2010
7th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Very nice Polish bar in the East Village. On top of that, very good bar staff that actually knows their stuff. I couldn’t understand what my friends were saying but that Polish beer tastes pretty good…the only important factor. I couldn’t even begin to write or say the one Polish beer they didn’t have, but the wide selection they did have was average prices and tasted very nice.
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.
14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
It’s a little out of the way, but it’s still a decent place to go. A long bar with lots of space, there’s usually a pretty good crowd here, but it’s hard to find a space to camp out. Taps are your average prices, taste fine, the crowd is made up of aspiring wannabes and people who actually live in the area.
Pearl St. btw Wall and Hanover St.
Probably my favorite bar downtown. Very friendly place, a huge bar, totally cool wait staff. The pints tasted fine and were at average prices. Lively crowd too. I really need to talk up the great bars with longer paragraphs.
4th St. btw 2nd Ave. and Bowery
I was a little torn on this bar. While they over themed it, the beers were cheap enough and tasted good enough for me to stick around. If you can forgo a little pretentiousness by the other bar goers, and by that I mean hipsters, then enjoy!
13th St. btw 1st Ave. and Avenue A
Nice, my apartment is actually bigger than something in NYC! Though mine smells more of booze. This small bar has a ton of good specials (the buy one get one free deal carries over until your next visit), a friendly staff, there’s a tiny crowd of quiet hipsters staring at you while you drink. The prices are average, the beers taste fine, and my friend assures me that this place gets packed to the brim on weekends, contrary to a Monday night.
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave. and Waverly Pl.
Though this bar was a little crowded, it made up for it with the friendly crowd. The bartender handled the masses pretty quickly and kept the average priced, good tasting beer flowing. It’s a younger crowd than most bars in the area and there is a back room if the front bar is too much for you.
Bleeker St. btw Thompson and Sullivan St.
When I mentioned to my dad that I was going here for my Saturday night, he was amazed it still existed from his times. Thinking I was going to be getting a dive, I was shocked to see a pretty nice, huge space. The live act that was on up front on the small stage was barely audible so we were able to enjoy the bar. Pretty young crowd (though I guess it depends on the act), average prices for beer, tastes good, plenty of space to stand around.
Avenue A btw 1st and 2nd St.
Perhaps because the other bars are too crowded would be the reason for people going in here. It’s usually empty and gives you that warm, run down feeling you’ve always been searching for. The beers tasted alright and average prices, the vibe was a little slow in here, which can be a nice reprieve from its neighbors.
2nd Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.
Is it a bar, is it a lounge that slowly turned into a bar? Who knows. There’s isn’t much of a draw here besides space to sit and karaoke…what am I saying, that’s what makes this place bearable! The other clientele, meh, newly graduated business kids. The beers tasted good and were average prices, it just had a crowd that thought they were auditioning for Fame when they got up to sing.
35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Really? This area needs a club? Or something desperately trying to be one? Well, if you have to come in here, don’t say you weren’t warned. Two floors…well, one floor and you can stare at the dancers on the second. Not a lot of space to maneuver in here, though those crazy kids try their darndest. The drinks are only slightly over average prices and they taste fine once the bartender realizes you’re alive/thirsty.
1st Ave. btw 3rd and 4th St.
This place has hookahs and it has a bar, yet it is thankfully not like other places called Hookah bars that only have hookahs…could I squeeze “hookah” into the sentence anymore? There’s a good amount of space up front for the drinkers and they stick all of the hookah smokers in the back. A little light wouldn’t kill anyone, would it? Beers are average prices, taste average, hookahs are average too.
Ave B. and 4th St.
A nice place in Alphabet city that does a good job of turning away the club crowd from Le Souk across the street. Though it could also be due to the fact that it’s usually considered a Vegan restaurant. There’s a good amount of space and it was pleasantly one of the quieter bars I’ve been to. The beers tasted fine, average prices, and the typical no TV policy in Alphabet City.
2nd Ave. btw 5th and 6th St.
There is really nothing out of the ordinary to say about this bar. Sometimes the taps are on, other times they suck, but always at average prices. They always have sports on TV, a decent amount of space and the crowd is very mixed, from college kids to the locals.
56th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Very small bar, compared to the others in the neighborhood. But you really don’t mind it, oddly enough. The food tasted good and was average prices, the beer the same. Pretty friendly crowd that doesn’t get too large, good for lunch.
Washington St. btw Green and Mercer St.
Normally, if I see a staircase that leads to the bar, I head for zee hills. I just want the minimal amount of effort for me to get to the bar as quickly as possible. Anywho, I go downstairs and I actually find a decent bar down there. The headroom is a little suspect but there’s a good amount of bar space to go around. They get bonus points for showing soccer on the weekends. The prices are average, beers taste fine, but the crowd was your usual “I went to NYU and still want to hang out at the bars I went to back then so I can feel as if I never left college” crowd.
46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
It’s the complete opposite of its east side brother. A skinny bar that has another floor, but there is hardly anybody here. You feel cramped but it’s mainly because there is no room. Maybe there’s a noise ordinance in place in the area, but I don’t think a crowd has ever been here. Beer tasted fine, average prices, maybe two groups of 6 each can fit in here.
3rd Ave btw 34th and 35th St.
The other half of this bar/lounge duo on the east side of midtown. It gets very crowded here but I’ve still never had a problem getting my drink quickly and having a fun time dancing with my friends in the back, which is really the only reason you should come here. The main negative is the dopey crowd made up of frat boys/B&T’s and guys who will hit on anything, all the time The beers are average prices, taste fine, can get easily spilled.
51st St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
There really is only one reason to come here, and that’s the mechanical bull. And for the record, men should never be allowed to ride the bull! I mean, come on, why on earth should anyone but a girl be riding the bull!?! Anywho, along with the bull comes skeevy guys leering at you. Otherwise, the space is big, plenty of TV’s and the beers are average prices and taste average.
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.
John St. btw Broadway and Nassau St.
Big bar downtown, though once again, stairs to get into a bar suck. It’s kind of a weird scene. Some people left over from work, people who think it’s a club or lounge (if it is, they could find better elsewhere), Pace kids, and then those people who, like my friend, didn’t feel like walking further into the winding streets of the Financial District. The drinks are average price, taste average, and there’s not much to look at as far as entertainment.
6th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
I don’t want to call it a dive bar, because it’s spacious, not crowded, and they were playing a movie on TV with the volume actually up! That being said, you walk in through that creaky door and the bartender and the one hipster in the bar stare at you the whole time, wondering when you’ll leave. The taps tasted alright, average prices, sense of foreboding comes free of charge.
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.
44th St. between 6th Ave. and Broadway
The best part about this dive bar is that it’s not a dive bar. The drinks are pretty cheap to average prices, especially for a Times Square bar, and taste fine. It’s a little tight in this space but there are tables in the back. Not a lot of business types here, which is fine by me.
Maiden Lane btw Gold and William St.
Cavernous bar; not in the dark way, just has oddly huge ceilings for a bar in the Financial District. It was kind of empty for a Friday night, but it seems like it attracts a bigger lunchtime crowd. The bartender was great, taps tasted fine and at average prices, and the food was pretty good too.
Front St. btw Beekman St and Peck Slip
Nothing like a frat bar in the middle of NYC’s history. Every time I’m in here the place is packed. One difference between this and other college crowd bars is that women actually venture in here on their own. Granted, I’m not big on the beer they have on tap, but it came in a plastic cup so I wasn’t expecting perfection. Tons of TV’s and someone with taste seems to be controlling the music. Beers were average prices and tastes like light beer in a plastic cup.
57th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
A quiet pub, definitely for the locals but with a good infusion of older 20’s. There isn’t really a lot of space in here unless you’re at a booth. The TV’s are tucked away in random corners and usually every TV has a different game on, so you have to squeeze into areas just to see your team. The bartender is nice, food’s good, average prices for average pints, definitely not as crazy as the 9th Avenue bars but that’s a good thing sometimes.
2nd Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.
The odd bar out in the neighborhood but no where near the worst. It’s not as dolled up as its neighbors, but there are still plenty of TV’s and plenty of space. The beer is averagely priced, tastes average and the crowd tends to be in the 30’s/40’s but it’s a good spot when the college crowd gets to be too much in the surrounding bars.
10th Ave. and 57th St.
Probably my least favorite of this chain of bars, but it’s not a bad place. I liked the bartender, the beers were good and priced normally, and they had TV’s showing sports which you could watch in relative peace. The staff is friendly but the crowd can be weird. Either they thought that it was their personal bar (even if there were only 10 of them) or we were interrupting a CBS intern/frat boy or mob meeting as they stared at us from their long table.
23rd St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
I like this bar, but for some reason the bottled beer is a little off. The taps on the other hand are much better. The prices are average to just barely slightly above average and the taps taste fine. The staff is friendly and more than willing to accommodate your sports watching needs. The crowd is late 20’s and up and can get pretty lively after work.
9th Ave. btw 22nd and 23rd St.
I was wondering when a bar on 9th Avenue in Chelsea would turn up. It’s basically the same as it’s namesake on 23rd and 7th, but a quieter crowd. I still don’t know how you can charge $7 for a pint of Miller Lite, but it tasted fine and the service was great and friendly…not enough to get me to walk back all the way over here though.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 80th and 81st St.
One of the trio of bars in this neighborhood that cater to college kids and young adults, this is probably my least favorite, but still an alright bar. Alright place to watch a game and enjoy average priced beers, there’s a separate room in the back for those who want a bit more quiet but not lose the attractive clientele that frequent this bar. Two downsides are the amount of stairs all over the bar and it gets really crowded really fast.
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.
33rd St. btw Broadway and 5th Ave.
Out of the bars on this street, this is my least frequented, though by no means a bad bar. And there’s good girl to guy ratio, though none are up for chatting…my friends tried. The crowd was a little sparse, the room is a little tight, but the beers tasted good and were average prices.
Avenue C btw 8th and 9th St.
A lot of people call this a dive bar, and I think a lot of people need to check their definition. Sure, it looks like hell on the outside, but inside is actually a really awesome bar. TV’s, some of the friendliest bartenders, a good 20-30’s crowd, there’s a backyard and even semi-clean bathrooms…so no, it’s not a dive. Beers were average prices, taste fine, worth the schlep to the east side.
Cliff St. btw John and Fulton St.
This place used to be Amarok, and the bar was tiny back then. It still is small but now they have added a swing over the bar for the bartenders…yeah, it’s exactly as it sounds. God bless the servers for voluntarily getting up there, though it’s really too small of a place to enjoy it. Beers still tastes fine, average prices, and the crowd is a sausage fest that are there for the swing watching.
31st St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
This place is huge and there are a ton of TV’s. After that, well, you’re going to cough up bucks to drink. I mean come on, $7 for a pint of Yuengling and $6 for a Bud Light? Luckily their food was actually kind of cheap but for those going to here to drink, bring your wallet…what am I saying, it’s all B&T’s here so you can afford it. Beers are above average prices, taste fine, service from the bartenders is kind of spotty unless you’re sitting at the bar and not standing behind the seated patrons or are an attractive girl.
44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Sometimes it’s crowded in here, other times I have no problem getting a seat. They have plenty of TV’s showing most matches from most sports. The beer tastes good, average prices, and the crowd is usually the late 20’s to thirties crowd.
Exchange St. btw William and Broad St.
It’s basically the Sutton Place of the Financial District, without the rooftop. Definitely a young crowd that shows up right after the closing bell. It’s your typical yuppie kids that have nothing great to talk about. The drinks taste fine, average prices, and small TV’s with stocks on, because the costumers didn’t get enough during the day.
The Irish Pub (7th Ave. btw 53rd and 54th St.)
This bar is definitely lower key than its neighbors. This smaller bar is a nice place to go for a few drinks (though bring your wallet for the $7 for a pint of Amstel Light, tastes the same as everywhere else) and lunch. On match day, this place gets pretty packed with good, authentic fans that actually know what Rugby is.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
The record definitely screeched when I and my friends walked in here. That being said, it’s a frickin’ huge bar, compared to its neighbors of course. So much so that there were two bars, with a good amount of space in between, and a pool table. The friendly older/trying-to-look-younger bartenders were nice, served average priced beers (no taps) that tasted average, and the crowd sticks to themselves.
Ludlow St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.
I liked this place because there was a friendly crowd that wasn’t as pretentious as almost every other bar in the Lower East Side. The beers were your normal price, tasted fine, and there was a decent sized friendly crowd in here as well. Another bonus was a good juke box with a pleasant lacking of indy-Brooklyn bands’ albums.
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.
48th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
Lively bar west of Times Square that draws a mature/older crowd? The heck you say. This is a pretty decent bar that keeps away the riffraff of the nearby 8th Ave. bars and still manages to stay crowded. The beer tasted fine, very friendly crowd/staff, average prices too.
Hudson St. btw Horatio and Jane St.
Smokers rejoice, the West Village part of this bar chain is your heaven. This tight, well lit, slightly well lit space has a good crowd that is pretty easy to get into. On top of that, the drinks aren’t even outrageously priced. Well, is you want to get fancy, drink at your wallet’s risk, but the beer is average prices, perhaps slightly above, but still taste fine and the staff is pretty friendly about accommodating your group of 8, but are looking to shove you out the second they sense non-smokers.
46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Definitely more crowded than its northern namesake, but I prefer the other location in this “chain”. The crowd is diverse, from theater goers to a young crowd, to people waiting to get into The Ritz, it’s hard to find a place to situate yourself in here. IT’s a decent sized space with the service being better at the bar than the tables. Average tasting beers at average prices.
51st St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Good bar, pure and simple. There were plenty of beers, a decent sized crowd, but not an overbearing one, and very nice bartenders/wait staff. One of two House of Brews in the city, I prefer this one for the slightly smaller venue and as a better place to actually hear yourself think and enjoy a cheap drink…I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.
8th Ave. btw 36th and 37th St.
There aren’t a lot of bars on 8th Avenue between Penn Station and the Port Authority, so thankfully this place opened up. There’s a good amount of space here, though the overload on stools makes getting to the bar a fun adventure. It’s the 21-49 crowd, average prices for beer that taste fine, but TV’s are set up in weird locations so choose your seat wisely.
Avenue B and 7th St.
I always knew it as 7B, now I know it as the yuppie/dive sports bar of Alphabet City. It gets really crowded in here with people who honestly think they’re slumming it. It’s usually from the fact that they’re walking back from Zum Schneider’s and think the place looks “rad”. All of that doesn’t take away from the fact the pints taste fine and are average prices and it has a decent amount of space to keep the crowd tight. They also have a butt load of TV’s and of course Buck Hunter for the aforementioned slummers. Bonus point to the largest Photo Hunt screen I’ve ever seen.
John St. btw Pearl and Water St.
After climbing the Matterhorn of staircases, you come to this delightful slice of thugged out heaven. Suck it in and make your way around the pool table to head to the bar. Drinks are average prices, taste fine, and if you’re looking to shake your thang in a bar that looks like someone’s basement, then hang here.
2nd Ave. btw 33rd and 34th St.
As I’ve heard many times in my life, I thought it would be bigger. This is probably one of the smallest bars I’ve been in. The taps were a little off but priced averagely. The bartender was pretty nice. Randomly, the bar was pretty sparkly, like a bedazzler gone wild on the tables.
Chrystie St. btw Broome and Delancey St.
Are you a brooding hipster? Than look no further. While the space is cool, the people are not. I don’t really like the hipster attempt at being a Friday’s by having “artsy” random crap on the walls. But the beer tasted good, it wasn’t expensive, and thankfully my group of friends and I had our guards up so as to not be infected by Emo.
Washington St. and 13th St.
The real inspiration for Coyote Ugly, it’s a small bar that does all it can to pack ‘em in. The bartenders and bouncers aren’t the friendliest, but that probably has to do with the people in the crowd who can become a bit obnoxious at times. The beers are average prices and taste fine, but I think once was enough for me to say I’ve at least gone here.
26th St. btw Broadway and 6th Ave.
I know this is a new place, but they could’ve dirtied it up a little bit to live up to its namesake. It kind of just looks like a T.G.I. Friday’s inside. They had a pretty good happy hour and are doing what they can to draw people in for a neighborhood that doesn’t have a lot of people lingering after work. The taps were okay and an average price.
3rd Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.
After defying my friend by proving this wasn’t a fondue bar, I found a decent place to have a drink. There was a good amount of space here, but it wasn’t that crowded, probably because it’s tucked into a recessed corner next to a large building. I seriously would’ve believed my friend that it wasn’t a bar. The pints are good and averagely priced and the service was very attentive, but that was most likely due to it being me and another group of 4 watching the NCAA tournament being the only patrons.
33rd btw 6th and 7th Ave.
This place had to be a diner before it was a bar. And by diner I mean soup kitchen. If they were allowed on 33rd, I would expect semis outside and truckers to be lined up at the counter waiting for Flo to serve up a bud with their burgers (no food here). Needless to say, there are better place in the area, but it’s not as dive-y as it seems. The beers tastes alright, average prices, and usually empty.
50th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.
So this is a decent sports bar, yet the tiny wall in the middle makes it feel like two different bars when you’re inside. There’s a cramped space near the bar, which is usually full, and then there are high tables and bar stools on the other side, which gives you some more room, but you have everyone walking through on their way to the bathroom. The pints tasted good, cost average prices, younger crowd.
Amsterdam Ave. and 83rd St.
It feels like my Den Mother’s living room in here, minus the booze, but definitely with the fish tank. There’s not a lot of bar space here, most of the room has been given up to seating…must have been a diner beforehand. So, people pushing past you aside, the beers tasted fine, about average prices, and not much going on in the way of a crowd, mostly a young crowd that wants to avoid the nuttiness of the bars two blocks south.
Ave. A btw 10th and 11th St.
A big bar that thankfully is only crowded up front. Standing in the back is usually the main option, as the booths are consistently packed. The service is also kind of slow, but with all the people packed around the bar, it’s expected. The crowd is mostly those people who like to dip a toe into Alphabet City and think they’re really slumming it by heading east of First Avenue. Typical beers that taste alright and cost average prices.
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.
Fulton St. and South St.
The smallest of the chain, it’s still got a great location right across from the Seaport. This one is a little more of a bar than a restaurant but the space is still small. Drinks still taste good albeit a tiny bit above average price.
51st St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
This is the second most restaurant-y of the chain, and is always packed for lunch. It also probably takes the longest to get food here, but if you’re here for the drinks, you’ll do fine sitting at the bar. Same slightly above average prices, same tastes as the rest of the chain.
43rd St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
The most restaurant-y of the chain, and probably my least favorite. They don’t seem to have the same brews as the others in the chain. I do love the Raspberry Cider other Heartlands have, but it was not to be had here that night. This place is huge and is really more about having you eat then drink. The beers are the normal dollar or two above average, just like the rest of the chain, but still taste pretty good.
Union Square West btw 16th and 17th St.
I don’t consider this breaking the “no restaurant” rule (self imposed rule of course) because they do brew their own beer. Thumbs up to the Raspberry Cider, the only part of the chain that serves it. Some of the beers here are maybe a dollar or two more than average, but most of them are worth it. I say go for the beer sampler for quantity and low cost. The bartender can be a little slow, but it’s good for a meet up place before heading to another bar. The beers taste fine, a tad bit more than average prices, small bar space.
34th St. and 5th Ave.
The most touristy of the chain due to that building on top. For the bar, head downstairs and there’s a decent amount of bar space that the diners skip over en route to their tables. There’s a younger crowd in here that doesn’t hang around all night, but you have the same house brews you would get at the rest of the chain that taste fine, at a bit above average prices, and the service is decent.
7th Ave. btw 30th and 31st St.
Not exactly sure what to say about this bar except that it’s pretty much like the rest of the Seventh Avenue Penn Station bars. Big inside with lots of TV’s and a good selection of beers. A little more crowded later in the night but that’s probably because it’s only one block away from the trains instead of two blocks away. The beers were average prices, tasted average, lots of tables.
10th Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.
This German Restaurant/bar is located in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s really there for those who don’t want to trek to Queens or to Alphabet City for a German beer hall. The beers taste great and were decently priced, though the food wasn’t as great as Zum Schnieder or any other German eatery. Nice backyard for drinking during the nice weather.
3rd St. and Thompson St.
This place isn’t huge, and a seat in the front is hard to come by, so head to the slightly larger back room. Random fact, I enjoy seeing other bar owners from the neighborhood getting sloshed in here. There was, as you would expect around NYU, a younger crowd, but also a bit more behaved than in other Village places. Beers were good, prices average, and the service was pretty good too.
3rd Ave. and 25th St.
This bar could be looked at in two ways, a sausage fest or a B&T fest. The best bet is to come here on a random weekday night to avoid both. They have a bunch of taps and a decent amount of room. The beers are on the higher side of average prices but at least taste fine.
Forsythe St. btw Broome and Grand St.
Every time I’m here, there’s an impromptu dance party, though that’s usually after closing time so tough darts to everyone else. As for normal operating hours, this place is pretty big, good music is always on, drinks are average prices and taste pretty good.
MacDougal St. and 3rd St.
I like this as a live act venue, but it gets way too crowded in here to get anywhere near the stage. This might not be a bad thing though as some of the bands should give it up. Not much to do hear besides drink and listen to the music, but the drinks taste good and are average prices.
MacDougal St. btw Minetta and Bleeker St.
There honestly is nothing spectacular and nothing bad about this bar. Probably just here to provide a respite from the insanity laden sausage fests of its neighbors. It’s basically just a square room, a decent amount of space, and…god, I really can’t think of another thing to say about this place. The beers tasted fine and were average prices…there, that was two more things.
Greenwich Ave. btw Perry and Charles St.
Right off the bat, stairs, which I hate. I mean, you’re just asking for trouble. After that, a really nice bar. You walk up to the second floor of the building, and there’s a decent sized room with a decent crowd, speaking in behavior and age terms. It basically is a quiet respite from the crowds in surrounding bars. Good music, good beers, average prices…I guess the stairs keep people out of this one, but thankfully the stairs are the only negative thing about this place.
Greenwich St. and Beach St.
Bar, wannabe lounge, who the heck knows. They have plenty of TV’s and booths and seats and lots of taps. But the lighting just throws the place off and makes me feel underdressed if I walk in wearing jeans. Plus there is a hostess. Anywho, the beer is average prices, tastes fine, and the staff very friendly.
St. Marks Place btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
My lasting memory of this place will be my friend Armando’s 21st birthday when he kept downing cheap shots and then proceeded to throw up on himself. That being said, the rest of the bar isn’t too memorable, nothing even remotely reminds me of anything “grassroots” related. It kind of reminds me of a wine cellar without the wine. The music is good though and, as said, the beer is average prices and tastes average.
9th Ave. btw 49th and 50th St.
One of Hell’s Kitchen’s newer editions, and it’s definitely one of the bigger bars in the area. If they could only get a crowd in here, it would be great. Lots’ of TV’s, your older locals at the bar who don’t mind talking to any girl that approaches the bar, plenty of places to sit too. The pints taste fine and are average prices.
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.
36th St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.
So many beer taps and at average prices make this place the popular place it is…that and it’s equidistant from Park Avenue to Penn Station. True, lots of B&T’s, and the majority goes to the males here, but it was hard to find other faults with this bar. If you keep a close eye on the tables, the crowd usually rotates through them so you won’t be standing for long. Definitely a great after work place to head to, which is completely what this crowd is.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 81st and 82nd St.
Completing the trio of college/young adult bars on the Upper West Side, this bar is known for good, cheap food, plenty of cheap pitchers, and the beer pong/flip cup tables set up in the back amidst plenty of TV’s. Great place for happy hour, meeting people, and home to contenders for possibly the best looking female bartenders in NYC. I take this bar out of the trio *the other two being Jake’s and Bro. Jimmy’s). however, avoid when a school decided to hold their sports night there because there is no room.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 83rd and 84th St.
I was surprised when I stumbled (literally) into here. I wound up putting this bar as one of the tops on my list of bars in this area. There are lots of beer choices here, good music playing. Not a great place to meet new people but definitely good if you have a group that wants to go out and have a fun night out. And popcorn!