Archive for June, 2010

9th June
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44th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Pretty big bar for the area, space wise that is.  I’ve passed it when it was packed but I must have caught an off night.  Lots of sitting space in the back, lots of average priced beers that taste fine, and not a completely business oriented crowd. 

www.overlooknyc.com

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2010
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2nd Ave. and 52nd St.

Two different bars under one roof.  The front section is trying to capitalize on the fact that the other bars on the street are all trying to be lounges, and this place is following suit.  The clientele reflects as such.  The back room is more for parties, but they open it up after 12 and the music changes to match the rest of the bar, unfortunately.  Thankfully, you are distracted by numerous TV’s, slightly above average priced drinks that still taste average, and a crowd that has little promise.

www.opalbar.com

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1st Ave. and 1st St.

Nice pub on the edge of the East Village.  There are plenty of average priced beers on tap here and it’s a welcome reprieve from the pretentious bars in the surrounding area.  Surprisingly there are TV’s actually showing sports in here, but for some reason I felt as if the crowd coming in were all expecting a club, which apparently is in the basement as I recently found out.

www.oneandoneny.com

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W. 4th St. and Barrow St.

This place used to be Boxer’s, but has since changed names and not one ounce of décor.  It’s basically two rooms with a big bar in the middle; bar scene through the front door, and tables around the other side of the bar.  The drinks taste good and run about average prices (sometimes a little more).  I get a weird vibe from this place though.  It’s as if there are lots of people here but you’re so spaced out that it’s quiet and you feel alone…is this what alcoholics feel like?

www.oliversbarandgrill.com

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Park Ave. and 17th St.

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

www.toddenglish.com

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18th St. btw Broadway and Park Ave.

Old bar and it is so close to feeling like one.  Thankfully the crowd is lively enough to fill the small space.  If you’re not here early enough to get a booth, you will have to stand in the small area and have to constantly move aside for the waitresses.  They have a pretty good selection of beers that are averagely priced and the staff is definitely seasoned and friendly.

www.oldtownbar.com

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MacDougal St. btw Bleeker St. & Minetta Lane

If it weren’t for the 25-45 year old meatheads or frat boys that are constantly in here, this place would actually be a great bar.  The wings are cheap, there are plenty of average tasting beers at your average prices, TV’s and even a small table for beer pong, if that’s your thing, which it is for the latter group mentioned at the beginning.  There’s just something wrong about a college bar with a velvet rope outside.

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2010
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Lafayette St. btw Kenmare and Broome St.

Hmm, I…hmm.  So they had Russ Meyer films/B movies on TV, though having two on at once separated our attention spans even further.  If I’m starting off with that sentence, it’s not the best sign.  The crowd was yuppie…you know what, I didn’t like the place.  Be sure to enunciate when you order, the beers were average prices, tasted fine, and don’t get tangled in any of the beads that are hanging over every square inch of the place.

www.obivia.com

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31st St. btw Broadway and 6th Ave.

Excellent pub that gets a good crowd, but not the throngs that inundate the other bars in the Penn Station area.  The taps were good, the beers your average prices and the bartenders were also friendly.  Food ain’t too shabby either.

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2010
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3rd Ave. and 45th and 46th St.

While this is a big chain in the UK, this is the only one in the city.  This is a very friendly place and the food is your standard UK fare.  The bar staff is very chatty and it’s a great place for after work drinks.  The prices were average and the beers tasted good.  They allowed Marie and I in near closing, I guess my freckles were the password.

www.oneillsnewyork.com

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2010
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Greenwich St. and Cedar St.

Lots of space in here.  There are tons of TV’s to watch almost anything you want.  They have a good selection of beers that are average prices.  You don’t really get the college crowd or work crowd in here, more like the older crowd from the locals, mainly because it’s covered by scaffolding.

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2010
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14th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

I didn’t think it was possible that I would actually be in a bar showing CNN and they actually had the sound on.  Now granted, I was the youngest person in here by about a solid 15 years, but everyone was friendly and there’s a lot of space in here.  The pints taste fine, average prices, good service.

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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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2010
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41st St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.

You’ll find an older midtown crowd in this pub, but no less friendly than its neighbors…which there aren’t many of.  I stopped in here before getting on the 7 to Shea (I’m still calling it Shea) and it was a nice stopping point but I don’t know if I would spend hours in here, as some of the patrons at the bar looked like they had.  The pints tasted fine and were average prices.

www.ocaseysnyc.com

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46th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

Small midtown bar that has a friendly atmosphere and nice wait staff.  That’s about it really.  The beers, though they taste fine, are a little above average prices as well as the food.  I had Spinach dip and 5 beers for over $50 on a Friday afternoon.  With so many other bars located close by, you would think they would offer some happy hour special to attract customers.

www.obriensnyc.com

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2010
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20th St. btw Park Ave. and Broadway

Not much that’s wrong with this bar.  Lots of space, the crowd is decent, the beers are good and at an average prices.  Show up on a day when it’s your “name of the day” and you drink for free.

www.noideabar.com

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9th June
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 13th and 14th St.

A lounge in the middle of college bars in the east village.  There’s plenty of space in here, but the beer prices are a tad bit high, though they taste fine, and there’s not a lot of people in here to fill the room.

www.nightingalelounge.com

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2010
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Avenue A and 1st St.

Holy crap, an actual sports bar in the Lower East Side.  Sure, other bars may show sports but they have other purposes.  This bar is always crowded and has a great crowd that wants to get away from hipster bars in the area.  They have lots of beer at your average prices and a pretty good piece of cheesecake.

www.niceguyeddies.com

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2010
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52nd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Like Nyles?…Neal’s?…who knows how to pronounce it.  Well, I was all set for a new pub in midtown…cough…  Built like a nice pub, it felt like Club Ireland in here.  The club music that was blasting in here was so frickin out of place that it wasn’t even funny…well, slightly funny.  The bar space isn’t that spacious but it is long.  The taps tasted pretty good though and were at average prices.

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2010
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7th Ave. and Avenue A

A different room for everyone here, all of them overcrowded.  Upstairs you have your usual small bar, followed by the photo booth waiting room.  Downstairs are two more bars, one tucked away, and the other right in your face with a quasi dance floor.  For the most part, the place is fun, the staff is pretty quick with the beers, and not overpriced.

Just went back a week ago, this place has been completely renovated and has fallen victim to people trying to clean up Alphabet City…I will be avoiding from here on in.

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2010
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3rd Ave. btw 11th and 12th St.

I dislike the bar purely because it’s a Manchester United supporter’s bar.  Otherwise, it’s not so bad.  There’s a lot of space but it usually is a sausage fest in here.  The taps are alright, the beer is average prices, and they have plenty of TV’s, though you feel like you’re in a cave when watching matches because they black out the windows and there are zero lights.

www.nevadasmiths.net

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9th June
2010
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Peck Slip btw Front and South St.

I felt unsure when I walked in as to what kind of bar this was going to be, a wine bar or your regular bar.  I don’t think I saw one bottle of wine taken off the wall so a bar it is.  This place had a lot of space, good service, and the beers were average prices.  One of the better places in the area.

www.nelsonblue.com

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9th June
2010
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Houston St. btw Eldridge and Allen St.

Though they have a tiny stage, this is a really a bar that has a small act performing at night, on random nights.  If you show up before 7, it’s just you and the 4 or 5 employees who are constantly moving around doing…well, I’m not exactly sure.  They had The Godfather on TV with closed captioning, but considering the crap selection on the I-pod, they should’ve turned up the volume on the TV.  The pints were average prices, tasted fine, and the place was a little.

www.myspace.com/thenationalunderground

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9th June
2010
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Nassau St. btw Beekman and Anne St.

I always wondered why this place was crowded when I walked by.  After walking in, I still wonder.  Definitely the dive bar of the Financial District, but with bikinis!  Don’t get your hopes up, it’s not the greatest site to see.  So it’s dark, filled with older guys and frat boys, and a little more dark in the back.  But I’m not one to say no to a dive bar, but spent most of my time feeling sad for the two ladies behind the bar.  My friend asked if they were twins and I said “No, but it looks like they’re both expecting twins”…zing!  Beer tastes fine, average prices, you’re pretty much going to stand the whole time in here.

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2010
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W. Broadway and Lispenard St.

I like this bar, but it’s not a “great” bar.  It’s a thin space, but gets a pretty lively crowd.  They had good tasting beers on tap for average prices, TV’s to watch and good service.  The bartender enjoyed chastising the girls in the group who wanted to go to a club instead of staying…my kind of place.

www.nancywhiskeypub.com

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4th June
2010
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7th Ave. btw 28th and 29th St.

The smaller, almost mirrored version of Mustang Harry’s…oh, I get it.  Anywho, this is a nice little place that doesn’t get overly crowded, compared to its neighbors.  As for the beer, the Yuengling tasted a little lighter than normal, but the rest of the taps seems fine, and they were average prices.

www.mustangsallysnyc.com

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2010
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7th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.

Definitely a great place to meet before a game (though it can get crowded) or at the very end of your night (great quiet place to end your night).  There’s not an incredible amount of space here, because of all of the booths.  It’s really hard to get the bartenders attention when it’s crowded, but that has everything to do with the suits not moving away from the bar and letting you get a drink.  The taps taste better than most and are your average prices.

www.mustangharrys.com

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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. btw 51st and 52nd St.

A part of the group of bars that are the antithesis to the frat/sausage fest bars in Turtle Bay.  However, it’s probably my least favorite of the group.  The taps taste a little funky, though they are your average prices.  The crowd is a little subdued, though your average pub crowd as far as age is concerned.  Good amount of TV’s though with plenty of English Soccer recaps on TV.

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4th June
2010
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Washington St. and Green St.

I was kind of hesitant to go in here for fear that it would be some shticky pub that had sombreros.  Thankfully it wasn’t.  A big open bar, with a nice central island bar surrounded by tons of TV’s.  The bartenders will chew your ear off and the pints are average prices and taste fine.  We were in here on a Wednesday night and there was next to no one in the bar.

www.murphy-gonzalez.com

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4th June
2010
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Madison Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.

I think this is the only bar on the entire stretch of Madison Avenue, wine bars do not count.  It’s sort of a sports bar where every guy over 40 and every kid who filled out a bracket that works in the area likes to go.  The pints are good, the prices are average and there’s a decent amount of space to watch a game.

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4th June
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 43rd and 44th St.

The old man’s bar in midtown, albeit a lively one.  You have your locals (yes, there is a group of these in Midtown) and the business crowd that are looking for a more down to earth bar, and just the good people who want to drink and watch TV.  It get’s a little crowded in the front because the bar is kind of small, but there are tables in the back.  Beers taste good, average prices, and a friendly old bartender.

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4th June
2010
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Mulberry St. btw Broome and Grand St.

So, I swung by Mulberry and tried this small bar and got to sit outside.  The staff was very friendly and the beers were your average prices and tasted fine.  They were very good about getting rid of people who were being dummies (definite bonus points for that), but it totally lived up to every stereotype I would have for a Little Italy bar, including people in headlocks and gold chains…but hey, it’s the fashion, so let boys be boys…whew, that should save my skin…

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2010
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Carmine St. btw 7th Ave. and Bedford St.

Now this is a pub.  Very friendly place, you have your sports on TV, and a good crowd comes here.  The beers are good, average prices, and the service is good as well.  The food is also pretty good.

www.mrdennehys.com

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2010
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10th Ave. and 43rd St.

Workers of the world unite…right here.  I went to this bar on a Thursday afternoon and the bar was filled with the local construction workers from the area…and it was a great crowd.  Plenty of sports on TV and having everything half off (except top shelf) for happy hour will definitely get me to trek all the way over to 10th Avenue again.  The beers were served fast, tasted fine, average prices.

www.mrbiggsnewyork.com

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2010
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Ludlow St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

Okay, they’re going for a theme here.  This bar was attempting to be geared towards the Michiganders who now live in NYC.  What it looks like is a T.G.I. Friday’s from Detroit that took over a really old lounge.  Also, I was in there during the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals and there was no TV to watch the Red Wings play!?!  Aside from this, I highly doubt anyone from Detroit actually was in there, but the beers were slightly cheaper than the places near by, tasted fine, and the crowd was meh.

www.motorcitybar.com

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4th June
2010
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Grove St. and Washington Pl.

One of the more crowded bars on Christopher Street but with good reason.  If you’re looking for someone of the same gender and would like to keep the drink tab relatively low, this place is worth the line to get into.  The beers were average prices, tasted average, I was not part of the average.

www.manhattan-monster.com

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4th June
2010
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54th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

Yeah, this was more of a glorified waiting area than a bar.  There’s a decent amount of space by the bar and there’s a bit more space to sit or stand.  But the ambiance was weird and I was getting texts from friends, who were also in the bar, to leave because I couldn’t hear them.  The drinks were a little pricey too, tasted fine, and the few patrons who were in there were a little sketchy for the type of place it was trying to be.

www.monkeybarnewyork.com

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2010
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Avenue B. btw 13th and 14th St.

Thankfully a bar exists this far west where the bartenders have brogues and is not yet inundated by the L train patrons.  That being said, it’s just an okay spot.  There’s a decent amount of room by the bar, a pool table in the back, haven’t seen Buck Hunter in these parts in a while, and a young crowd.  The beers are average prices with a decent happy hour, they taste fine, and if you’re going to show a muted Tarantino movie on the only TV turned on, especially during the dialogue and not the violence, put on the closed captioning!

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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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3rd Ave. btw 22nd and 23rd St.

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

www.mollysshebeen.com

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2010
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1st Ave and 19th St.

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

www.mjarmstrongs.com

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Houston St. btw Mott and Mulberry St.

Excellent hole in the wall bar.  It’s a dive and you never want to leave.  The bartender is very chatty, you’ve got the old guy in the back that never leaves, and you usually have a good crowd in there.  The space is a little small, I needed to sterilize myself after using the bathroom, and they had Cleopatra on TV with no closed captioning, but otherwise it’s good.  The beers are average prices and taste fine.

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4th June
2010
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Thompson St. and Prince St.

Talk about an out of place bar.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a snob, in any way, who thinks that there should only be trendy places in Soho…but maybe this time those snobs have it right.  So this “renovated” diner just feels weird.  The average priced beers tasted fine, they had two small TV’s which apparently is a huge inconvenience to change (especially if you’re a Mets fan and there is a game on and it’s not being shown even though they have a big Neon Mets light outside) and the people in the bar kind of sucked.

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2010
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59th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

The bar was big enough to count this as an actual bar.  Unfortunately my wallet wasn’t.  $7 for a Heineken!?!  I guess that’s what I get for wanting to drink on Central Park South.  The food menu was also a little pricey for appetizers but they at least tasted good.  This place is also good if you always wanted to drink while watching Yankee highlights on YES from the 70’s…which I don’t.

www.mickeymantles.com

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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Hands down, the meat headiest of meat head bars in the entire city.  I mean come on, a fight almost 4 times an hour every single night!?!  There’s lots of space and the beers are decently priced and taste fine, but the people who go here drive me nuts.  Though, who doesn’t love to watch Mr.  Mid-20’s steroid user hit on Ms. I Can’t Handle My Booze College Girl and then have his friends start a fight over it with her actual boyfriend and his friends.

www.metro53.com

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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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9th Ave. btw 45th and 46th St.

Trying to bring a little upscale to the Hell’s Kitchen bars, it’s just a fancy sports bar in the end.  There’s usually a young business crowd in here and getting some place to sit is a crap shoot.  The service is a little slow, but you’ll pay the same average prices for good tasting beers in here as you would anywhere else.

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3rd Ave. btw 33rd and 34th St.

Went here on a Friday night and it is definitely more manageable than the other flashy bars in the area.  The beers were average prices, taste fine but the big thing I noticed was the good looking crowd and the non-blaring music.  The crowd is on the younger side and can get crowded but not as much as the other bars one block north.

www.mercurybareast.com

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Pearl St. btw Wall and Hanover St.

For the record, I usually don’t dig bars with carpet, but I’ll let it slide.  This is a pretty relaxed place with a good amount of bar space…I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.  I felt like I was in Labyrinth will all of the stairs leading places.  The taps tasted fine, average prices and a middle aged, subdued crowd.

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47th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Lot’s of space and TV’s in this midtown bar.  Though I only ever see the island bar in the middle crowded, this is fine by me when I need to get away from the packed bars on 8th Avenue.  If they had more of a happy hour special I would frequent this place more often.  Otherwise, the crowd is slightly slow but the beers taste fine and are average prices.

www.themeanfiddlernyc.com

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Peck Slip and Water St.

A two story bar that’s like night and day.  Downstairs is a small corner bar and upstairs in someone’s 70’s living room with a pool table.  I’m never a fan of places that relish in the fact that they only have specialty beers on tap but it’s a lot quieter than the college bars in the neighborhood and the beers taste fine, no matter what kind, and are reasonably priced.

www.meadesbar.com

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2nd Ave. btw 22nd and 23rd St.

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

www.mcswiggansbar.com

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7th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

One of the older bars in the city, mainly by looks, it is by no means un-popular.  In fact, there’s almost always a line to get in.  No TV’s, just plenty of good conversation.  There are only two choices of beer, light or dark, and they’re only two dollars at that.  There’s definitely a huge age spectrum that comes here, whether it be the fresh college grads or the 40 year-old’s bachelorette party, I have definitely seen the latter here twice.

www.mcsorleysnewyork.com

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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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14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

Looks like a dive bar on the outside but don’t be fooled; it’s a dive bar on the inside as well.  The bar room is next to non-existent, the music is way too loud and crappy, and it is impossible to find a place to sit.  They do have a 2 for 1 happy hour drink special and incredibly hot bartenders, but it’s not worth the chance that you’ll be mugged or have plaster fall on your head.

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55th St. btw 8th Ave and Broadway

A quiet pub that stands by itself in upper Hell’s Kitchen.  The service is a tiny bit slow but the beers taste good and aren’t expensive, the food is pretty good, and there’s TV’s to watch most sports.  The crowd is differs from “normal crowd” to “weird events being run in here to draw a crowd”…avoid these events.

www.mcgeespub.com

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36th St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.

I’ve been here a few times and I’m never sure what I’m going to get.  While the staff is always friendly and the beers are average prices and taste fine, the crowd is either one way or the other: quiet and slightly depressing or nicely crowded.  Since I don’t mind the slightly depressing, it works fine for me.

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42nd St. and 2nd Ave.

Talk about a bar too small for its popularity.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the service and the prices, as well as the crowd at this place during a Bills game.  But they need to get rid of the dining crowd a little earlier in the night, especially on game nights.  Other night’s they’re inundated with the runoff from Calico Jack’s, not a good thing.  There’s just not enough space whenever the bar gets crowded, which is pretty much everyday.

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9th Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.

A tight space but there is seating in the back.  The beers are relatively priced, taste good, and the burger is pretty good too.  The one bartender was talkative.  I wish there was more to say about this place but there isn’t much more to it.

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3rd Ave. btw 26th and 27th St.

Run of the mill pub amidst a sea of kitschy bars going for flair.  The taps taste fine and they are decently priced.  The atmosphere is a little relaxed to borderline silent and the bartender is friendly enough to accommodate your TV watching preference, though they charge an arm and a leg for soccer viewing when it’s free two bars down.

www.mccormacks.net

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9th Ave. btw 33rd and 34th St.

A small bar a little west of Penn Station.  I never see the bar packed but there is always a nice sized crowd there.  I always feel as if I’m in an Irish bar where everyone knows each other and I’m intruding on a family party, but I like that feeling in a bar.  The service is great and the beers average priced, taste good too.

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Amsterdam Ave. btw 80th and 81st St.

Definitely not as jammed packed as the other Amsterdam Ave. bars across the street, it has its fair share of older costumers so that’s one explanation.  A little divey, the beers are average prices and taste fine.  Wait, as an addendum, they recently cleaned it up a bit in order to lure some of the crowd from its neighbors.  Meh, still not my first choice but by no means a bad place to drink.

www.mcaleerspub.com

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Ludlow St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

Ground Zero for hipsters.  I hated almost everything about this place.  The people are the above mentioned plague on humanity, and I got to hear a kid actually comment to two girls on the fact that I wasn’t wearing Converse so “Why would I come to Max Fish?”…seriously.  There’s a decent amount of space and it’s usually packed.  They have PBR (of course) and other beers which taste fine and are average prices.

www.maxfish.com

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8th Ave. btw 55th and 56th St.

This place was borderline a restaurant, but I’m throwing it in here anyway.  Very friendly bartender who didn’t mind a sweaty softball team in his place.  The beer, served in oversized flutes, was great and average priced and they had both NY teams showing on their TV’s, as opposed to other bars in the neighborhood.

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Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

The original mechanical bull spot in Manhattan…not the best thing to brag about.  Again, no men belong on this thing, why is this hard to understand?  As for the rest of the bar, there is some sort of VIP place (always a negative) and while there is a decent enough amount of space to stand towards the front of the bar, it’s away from the main attraction.  A plus is that the wait staff is pretty good about getting around while you’re standing and getting you your drinks.  Average prices, taste fine, crowd is definitely young 20’s to mid thirties.

www.masondixonnyc.com

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Avenue A btw 2nd and 3rd St.

I walked by expecting another dimly lit bar in the East Village, and I was definitely shocked, in a bad way.  This overly polished bar is something so hipster-ish that even Hipsters would hate this…ha, who am I kidding, they’ll make an indy movie out of the place or something.  Young crowd, decent sized space, but every inch is planned out to try and be a lounge and a bar at the same time, from awkward seats in the front, empty picture frames on walls, borderline eating room in the back (I say borderline because the food is bad).  The drinks were at least average prices and tasted fine.

www.maryosnyc.com

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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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Grove St. btw 7th Ave, and Bleeker St.

A piano bar near Christopher St?  The heck you say.  Want to hang out with musical loving people, their hags, and people who need ego boosts?  Then look no further.  Now I will say one thing for this decently sized bar, the drinks were cheap.  And taste good.  And full of liquor.  Other than that, come here to hear people attempt all of the harmonies for “One Day More”.

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3rd Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.

I love this block, nice cozy Black Sheep at the start, run of the mill bar (this place) in the middle, then a sports bar/little bit of crazy, to the north.  This place is like other cookie cutter bars in the city: TV’s, right off the boat accent accented bartender who’s pretty cool, decent amount of room, shitty quesadillas.  The beers taste fine, average prices, and an average crowd of business kids and people who don’t like the other options on the block.

www.margaritamurphys.com

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Avenue B btw 6th and 7th St.

Well, thankfully there are still a couple of bars that aren’t polished in this neighborhood.  Manitoba is one of these.  My curly haired friend likes coming here for her Photo Hunt addiction (the first step is admitting you have a problem), every biker in the area comes here, and most people keep to themselves.  The taps are your typical standard with your average prices and average tastes.

www.manitobas.com

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2nd Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.

Every inch of this small bar is used to benefit the crowd that comes here; it’s like a maze with walls all over the place!  All eyes are forced to look at the TV set up and that makes for great soccer watching.  The beers are pretty cheap and the crowd very friendly.  I also enjoyed the soup, just as a side note.

www.manchesterpubnyc.com

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Ave. B and 3rd St.

Nope, definitely not a grocery store.  Not much of a bar either, but it will suffice as a stopover.  Extremely laid back bar in Alphabet City that has a lot of open space where you will never feel more stared at by it’s patrons than anywhere else, especially if you don’t have your hipster membership card on you.  The beers taste fine and are average prices.

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72nd St. btw Columbus and Amsterdam Ave.

One of the divier bars near Columbus Ave., this small bar is a little run down but an excellent place for finger food.  The beers are average prices and taste fine and the food is good too.  It gets really crowded after Central Park events, decent sized crowd of older locals the rest of the time.

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Houston St. btw Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.

Most walk by this bar and are wary about going into it.  After trying it, I’m torn on how I feel.  The bar area is small but there is a small back area that seemed comfortable but I was hesitant to sit on any of the couches.  It’s good as a novelty and if you want to stay away from sunlight.  They had a good selection of beers at average prices, crowd is young.

www.madamex.com

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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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3rd Ave. btw 26th and 27th St.

Well, they did have a lot of TV’s for sports.  The only problem was the older crowd cheering for every ball and strike (mostly Yankees fans that are silly and think throwing a strike on a 3-0 count is something to cheer for).  The beers were pretty good, average priced, and they had a pretty good happy hour, especially with liquor drinks.  This bar gets as packed as most of the other bars on 3rd Avenue.

www.madhattersaloonnyc.com

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1st Ave. btw St. Marks Pl. and 7th St.

Lounge or bar, lord knows, but filled with those people who don’t want to go one step further east past 1st avenue but like to think their still hip by living down here.  A decent sized crowd that wasn’t too crazy, beers tasted fine and cost your average prices, decent late night scene.

www.lunasabar.com

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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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