Archive for July, 2010

29th July
2010
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10th Ave. btw 43rd and 44th St.

I’m shocked at how many B&T’s/business types trek all the way over to this side of Manhattan.  Despite them, it’s actually a pretty decent place to go.  There is a lot of space in here, and you have a 75% chance of actually getting a seat.  Food is pretty good, tons of TV’s, beers taste fine and at average prices, and there’s even a strip of ice imbedded into the bar to rest your drinks on and keep them cool…nice.

www.lansdowneroadnyc.com

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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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29th July
2010
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46th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, good amount of space on the inside.  Mixed crowd, from young to old, business to construction.  There were some guys hassling the bartender about their drinks, and I felt bad as first.  But then she charged me $6 for a pint when it clearly said $3 outside, so my sympathy diminished slightly.  Prices were on the high end of average, tasted fine.

www.mcanns46.com

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28th July
2010
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Amsterdam Ave btw 76th and 77th St.

I first went to this bar because the other Amsterdam Ave bars were crowded.  I now go because I can always get a seat, watch a game, drink very cheap beer that tastes fine, and play beer pong, if the mood takes me.  If beer pong isn’t your thing, they have Air Hockey…yes, Air Hockey!!!  The bar gets a good sized crowd that can become a sausage fest at times but it’s still tolerable.

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28th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.

I’m not sure how to feel about this bar.  Everyone constantly says to meet here because it’s a pretty decent sized space.  The bartenders were okay, the beers your normal beers at normal prices, but I really really hate stairs in bars and they have set the bar up like aisles almost so you’re standing in rows instead of just milling about.

www.telebar.com

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28th July
2010
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44th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

A nice Scottish pub in midtown, that has, hands down, the best Shepherd’s Pie I’ve ever had in the States (well, second to my mom’s).  Very cozy place with a small restaurant in the back, I always aim to meet here with people for some after work adult sodas.  Beers were average prices, taste good, friendly service.

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28th July
2010
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10th Ave. and 17th St.

So perhaps I’m partial to this bar because my RA from college was a bartender here.  If you come here with a bunch of guy friends, which is the crowd you’ll normally see, it’s a pretty good time, especially if you want to get away from the posh-ness of the surrounding Meat Packing district.  The beers are decently priced (and usually poured down your throat by the staff), taste fine and the staff is entertaining enough for me to put up with the crowd.

www.redrockwestsaloon.com

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28th July
2010
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45th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Apart from a couple of obnoxious, fresh out of college business kids, the wait staff did what they could to make sure everyone else was having a good time.  The beers are average priced, taste fine, and there’s a decent amount of space, but they did cut off songs a billion times, just when I was getting into it.

www.nationnyc.com

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28th July
2010
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Amsterdam Ave. and 73rd St.

Could’ve sworn this was a diner every time I walked by and after entering, it looked like I was right.  This bar is a little run down but the beers are taste great, average prices with good deals, and the extremely cute female bartender definitely has me bringing people back.  One problem, there’s no café.  A couple of runs across the street to Gray’s Papaya should suffice. 

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28th July
2010
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Maybe I hit this place on an off night, but I get the feeling that most people pass by this quiet bar and head to other bars in the neighborhood.  We tried to make the best of the pool table and the juke box, but we got the feeling as if we were being judged by the 5 other people in the bar.  Nice place with your average priced beers that tasted average.

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28th July
2010
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1st Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd St.

Friendly bar on a strip where there aren’t many bars.    The pints tasted decent, average prices and there’s a good amount of room here.  Plenty of locals come in here and the crowd ranges up towards the older crowd.

www.mcannsnyc.com

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28th July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 28th and 29th St.

This is a pub, no matter how upscale it tries to be and look.  Hard to find a more talkative bartender, plenty of good taps and they all are average prices.  It’s gets a little claustrophobic here on Friday night’s, due to the mix of a big crowd and the low ceilings.

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28th July
2010
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2nd Ave. and 53rd St.

A tiny bit out of place in this neighborhood but still a nice reprieve from the nuttiness of its neighbors.  A smaller bar with and outdoor seating area, this bar is quiet and has a more subdued youth crowd.  Occasionally you’ll have the morons who got kicked out of the next door bars stumble in but for the most part, it’s a good place to sit for average tasting taps at average prices.

www.localcafenyc.com

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28th July
2010
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3rd St. btw Mercer St. and Broadway

Some could argue that the food would make this closer to a restaurant.  But if you had the food, you would only call this a bar.  The service is a little low, the drinks a tad above average price but they taste good…come to think of it, this place doesn’t really belong in this neighborhood.  The people that frequent it are probably the same ones think that there’s an actual place in the city called “Noho”…there isn’t, it’s Greenwich Village or the East Village.

www.leelalounge.com

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28th July
2010
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Avenue A btw Houston and 2nd St.

I’ve said it for one other bar and I’ll say it again…Air Hockey!  The one drawback is that the rest of the bar thought we were un-cool for playing it.  The beers were priced a little below average (there was even a giveaway the night we were there), beers tasted fine.  The crowd had the pretentious air, but we tuned them out with the juke box and the joyous sound of puck gliding on air.

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28th July
2010
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181st St. and Pinehurst Ave.

Now this is more like it.  Great place to come and just hang out.  I’ve also been up here for brunch and it’s been one of the better brunch experiences too.  The booze is good, average priced, and the staff is awesome.  Very laid back vibe here, great place to hang with friends for a few hours.

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28th July
2010
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9th Ave. and 13th St.

Lot’s of room at this bar that’s right in the center of the Meat Packing district.  There’s a seating area in the front and a smaller room in the back, the smaller room the one you actually want to be in.  The pitchers are cheap here, beers taste fine, and there’s a pretty decent crowd that comes here to avoid the high costs of the “scene” that surround.

www.hogpit.com

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28th July
2010
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23rd St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.

This place is one of my favorite bars, even down to the complete shithole of a bathroom.  We always come here during the week after a game, the Cajun burger is great, the crowd is very mixed but always good, and the jukebox is great.  The service is good, average pints at average prices, good place to watch a game.  Shame it closed.

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28th July
2010
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50th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Huge bar in midtown that is a lot more low-key than I thought it would be when I first passed by.  Add to that one of the better burgers I’ve had in a bar (even after having a few drinks) this was a pretty good place to go for the Broadway crowd or for your run of the mill drinkers, such as myself.  The beer was average priced, tasted fine, and the wait staff was extremely attentive.

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28th July
2010
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Pearl St. and Broad St.

So, apparently this is place is really old.  The original G. Dubya visited here, amongst other notables in the 1700’s, or so I was told.  I’m curious if the bar portion felt like a Knights of Columbus hall back then too.  Don’t get me wrong, years of staring at my parents fake wood paneling has numbed me to its effects, but seriously?  In a bar?  Well, the crowd was mixed (all 15 people) and the taps were averagely priced and tasted a little off, but the staff was pretty friendly.

www.frauncestavern.com

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28th July
2010
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Fulton St. btw William and Gold St.

So, I guess this place is different then its neighbors because it tries to be a bit more upscale than surrounding pubs.  I would rather visit the neighbors.  My friend swears by the bartender but there wasn’t enough to get me to go here over another bar.  Though the college crowd seemed older, it’s still a college crowd.  Beers tasted fine, average prices, but it’s really for the Pace kids who don’t want to travel too far but think that proper pubs are beneath them.

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28th July
2010
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9th Ave. btw 43rd and 44th St.

Probably the only real dive bar in midtown.  You gotta love the peanuts on the tables (and the shells that created a sort of carpet on the floor) but the people and atmosphere doesn’t make you feel completely comfortable.  The beers are average priced, taste alright, but definitely go in to this bar in numbers.

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28th July
2010
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Lexington Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.

Small bar competing for the clientele that is not really in this area, unless they’re heading towards 3rd Ave.  The bartender was nice enough and they had an alright special for happy hour.  We hung around and the beers stayed around average prices, tasted fine.  It was basically us and a couple of people on dates here.

www.chillloungenyc.com

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28th July
2010
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51st St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

The hipsters have invaded Midtown!  This small bar is the latest move by America’s least favorite group to try and establish themselves.  They have lots of beers that you’ve never heard of (heaven forbid they serve Bud Light) that are at least decently priced, and a polite staff.  I’m not saying it’s a bad place, but I hate being stared at because I don’t have elbow patches on my coat, or a goatee.

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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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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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28th July
2010
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Cliff St. btw Fulton and John St.

So, though it kind of feels like someone’s college apartment in here (which isn’t the worst thing) I liked coming in here to get away from the packed bars nearby.  Negative points for physically having taps but no actual beer in them.  I do enjoy the free foosball (though two of the players had no legs) but they had a limited beer selection that tasted alright…you know, maybe I didn’t think this place was that great after all.

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28th July
2010
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W. 4th St. btw W. 10th St. and 7th Ave.

Though the bars in the Christopher Street/Sheridan Square area are usually geared towards a certain crowd, some are neutral and this one is a pleasant surprise.  Great place for after work drinks with surprisingly good happy hour specials.  The mixed drinks even tasted good.  A little small but the clientele is attractive enough to make standing worth it.

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27th July
2010
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Better than the place it used to be (Mr. Generosity) but still the same crowd.  There’s a bigger sign outside pointing you down the stairs to a door you’re not quite sure if it’s the entrance.  The place is filled with an older lively crowd mixed with loners or awkward “right after work” groups that stick themselves yet take up space, and some genuinely nice bartenders.  Average prices for average pints.

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27th July
2010
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8th Ave. and 44th St.

I was in here years ago and it resembled a normal bar then.  Now it looks like more of a restaurant, except I only saw people drinking here, hence the write up.  While the bar is guilty of giving change because the price is not rounded to the nearest dollar (a negative), this place was nice and subdued for the Times Square area.  Bit more quiet than it’s neighbors, beers taste alright, average prices.

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27th July
2010
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8th Ave. and 44th St.

The outside of this place blends in perfectly with 8th Ave. and pre-90’s Times Square, meaning I wasn’t sure if it was a bar or a porn store…it’s the former, for the record.  Went inside, and this is place is deceivingly bigger than it looks from the outside.  Lots of space, good music, a pretty good mixed crowd of all ages.  A downside was a bouncer at 5 PM, never sure why such a thing exists.  Another downside were average price drinks that are $4.50…seriously, either round up or round down, no need for quarters to be floating around on the bar.  Beers tasted fine, good service.

www.smithsbar.com

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23rd July
2010
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52nd St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

No way this is a sushi place, this is a lounge/bar.  Came here for a birthday party, the back room was packed, and they had lots of room up front near the bar.  The service kind of sucked, but the girl at the bar was great.  The drinks were average to slightly above average prices, tasted fine, and I was possibly one of the few non-Asian/gay persons in here.

www.bamboo52nyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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47th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.

Tried to come in here on a weekend, it was closed.  Guess they’re going for the Financial District theory of “no one is around here except during the work week, so why stay opened”?  Went back on a work night, the place was packed.  Most people are coming from the Park Avenue business offices, most on their way home to Westchester.  There are two floors, and while the bar downstairs is a little narrow, the crowd is friendly enough to give way.  Service is friendly, average prices for pints that taste fine, worth actually coming back for after work.

www.maggiesnyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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Columbus Ave. and 78th St.

Much better upgrade from its Amsterdam, now closed, location.  One negative, stairs to get to the bar, which is practically hidden from street level.  I was shocked at how much room is in this place.  The place stays pretty lively, it’s one of the few bars on Columbus Ave..  The staff is very friendly, average beers at average prices, definitely would come back in again.

www.pandgbar.com

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23rd July
2010
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3rd St. btw Mercer St. and Broadway

Well, it’s a step up from the place that used to be here (Leela Lounge) but that’s mainly because there’s more natural light…if that’s important to you.  The bar still has the lounge feel to it, filled with boutique store shoppers on the couches who need to rest their feet, while the actual drinkers sit at the bar.  Another addition is the TV’s.  Average beers at average prices, crowd is a little hipster-ish.

www.west3rdcommon.com

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23rd July
2010
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Bleeker St. btw Sullivan and MacDougal St.

First time I tried to go in here was right after work and I had my backpack with me…denied.  I tried again (under protest!) on a Tuesday afternoon and I was admitted, bag and all…I wish I had been denied again.  Two floors, with way too many tables, mostly all covered in velvet.  Don’t even try to join tables, they’ll chop your head right off.  They had average tasting beers at average prices, but man was that service slow.  The crowd was very mixed, from all ages to all everybody.  One bonus point, probably the best bar nachos I’ve ever had.

www.1849nyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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7th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Stairs…why must it always be stairs.  So, navigating my way down, you pop into a small bar/catacomb that is almost always packed.  There are mostly tables taking up the space and very little space and seating by the bar.  The beers are all microbrews that cost a bit above average prices, but that’s what you normally pay for a microbrew, and they taste fine, service is pretty friendly too.

www.jimmysno43.com

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23rd July
2010
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3rd St. btw Thompson and Sullivan St.

This place used to be a dump before Zinc Bar moved in, so I gave it a shot.  Now I’m sure this place has the capability to draw a crowd, but it was coming on 8 o’clock and I was still the only one in here, even with a band supposedly going on in an hour.  IT’s very polished, definitely geared towards having you pay attention to the stage, and the beers were surprisingly average prices and tasted fine.  Friendly bartender too.

www.zincbar.com

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23rd July
2010
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72nd St. btw Broadway and West End Ave.

Odd that they would open up a branch right down the block, but this may be why I didn’t go to school for marketing.  There are basically zero bars west of Broadway so they must be looking to capitalize on the crowd who don’t feel like walking too far.  However, there is next to no space in this bar, so I’m still mystified.  This place is tiny, but still has the charm of the original.  Prices are average, beers taste fine, crowd a tiny bit older.

www.pdohurleysupperwest.com

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23rd July
2010
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8th Ave. and 30th St.

Probably my favorite bar on this side of Penn Station.  It’s quiet, even with the decent sized crowd.  Service is great, pints taste good and at average prices.  You do have your couple of locals sitting at the bar, and yes, your B&T’s from Long Island might take one too many steps down 8th to wander in here, the vibe is good and under control.

www.themollywee.com

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23rd July
2010
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Delancey St. btw Clinton and Attorney St.

I guess it depends on what you come for, and that will determine your experience.  IF you’re here for a band, there’s a good bar with average drinks at average prices.  If you’re here for the bar, average drinks at above average prices (trust me, they took us behind the woodshed with our check).  There’s also a rooftop where you can watch cars coming off the Williamsburg Bridge, if that’s your thing.

www.thedelancey.com

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23rd July
2010
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23rd St. btw 10th and 11th Ave.

So there aren’t many bars this far over in this area, which usually means everyone goes there.  Everyone and their mother.  This place is always crowded and they just don’t have the fast service to handle it all, even if you’re sitting right at the bar.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good space (with lots of it), and the beers taste good and cost average prices.  There’s just too many people that never leave so good luck finding a seat.

www.thehalfking.com

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23rd July
2010
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Avenue C btw 7th and 8th St.

One of the better bars in this neighborhood.  It doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb and it doesn’t pretend to be a relic of days past.  Run by some fun Turkish people, there’s two floors of space and a pretty cool atmosphere, actual TV’s with actual sports on, and good tasting beers at average prices.

www.porchnyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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Avenue C and 10th St.

It was only a matter of time before the newer bars started creeping up Avenue C, but by no means is it pretentious…microbrews aside.  This place is a decent sized space, usually draws a crowd (mostly younger) on most nights, has a good happy hour special, average prices other times, and the beers taste fine.

www.evtnyc.com/index.html

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23rd July
2010
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Avenue C and 7th St.

This German restaurant/small indoor beer garden in Alphabet City is the spot for a long night out of good drinking and eating.  The food is your typical German fair, while reasonably priced, and the beers are even more reasonably priced for a glass bigger than most patrons’ heads.  Go with a group, pull right up next to a table of strangers, and buckle up.

www.zumschneider.com

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23rd July
2010
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Houston St. and Sullivan St.

When someone says “let’s go to a bar around NYU”, I either cringe or prepare for a live act.  I go to this place for a nice moment of serenity.  Older crowd, yes.  Lots of space, yes.  One of the few places that oddly enough feels like an actual pub in the city, has a friendly and chatty staff, average price pints that taste good, and possibly be a new favorite…yes.

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23rd July
2010
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34th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Hmm, well, it’s a sports lounge, if I had to call it anything.  This place is packed with tables (uncomfortably so) but there are tons of TV’s, whatever space you’re occupying.  The beers are good and surprisingly average priced.  The service is a little slow and you can skip the food.  There is what looks like a VIP section, which is automatically a negative gajillion points.

www.bar12.com

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23rd July
2010
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14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

What this bar lacks in space it makes up for in…wings?  It’s really small in here and usually is taken over by one after work group or a student union or something.  But as referenced, the wings and food are pretty frickin good.  The taps all taste fine and the prices are average too.

www.woodymchales.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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23rd July
2010
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Bleeker St. btw Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.

What used to be Asylum has now become this bar/club and, well, it tries to be a bit too much.  While the pirate theme tries to capitalize on the latest craze of the moment, the idea of making it into some sort of loungy club just makes it a bit silly.  While discussing the décor over the incredibly bad music, the beer was average prices, tasted fine, and the Jell-O shots being offered by our waitress didn’t seem too expensive, and don’t forget the neon beer pong…yeah, this is a draw for the kids.

www.myspace.com/wickedwillysnyc

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23rd July
2010
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9th Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.

You got me!  There are few bars in this lower Hell’s Kitchen area and this bar is up there on my favorites list.  A nice big space, very friendly and talkative staff, and the beers are cheap to average prices.  Sorry, no TV’s here, but it is a good place to go with a few friends and have some quiet drinks, chatty as heck bartender too.

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23rd July
2010
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Bridge St. btw Whitehall and Broad St.

Okay, right off the bat, not your young Wall Street trader bar or college bar, which is good, I liked it here purely for that fact.  That and an awesome jukebox (best in the city dare I say?).  The bartenders are nice, the people here are really down to earth (mainly because you probably have to be a regular to figure out that, even though it doesn’t look it from the outside, it is actually open), and the taps are pretty good at your average prices.

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23rd July
2010
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Hudson St. and 11th St.

A lot of people go here for the historic nature of the bar, but the prices are completely up to date.  No real drink specials, just average prices for average beers and the food is alright.  There is plenty of space and definitely better than some of the other bars on Hudson.

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2010
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55th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

A hidden treat in the upper reaches of midtown…can’t believe I just wrote that.  Drink specials all night include $2 drafts and $3 martinis for the non beer drinkers.  It’s also a pretty big space and popcorn is on every table.  Definitely good for after work drinks with a few people or a big crowd.  The rest of the crowd is surprisingly tolerable too.

www.whiskeytradernyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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3rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

One of the newer, and therefore more crowded, bars in the East Village.  Definitely more of a younger crowd (thanks NYU) so you can expect the usual amount of drunkenness and falling down on their behalf.  The beers were served in cans with coozies (ingenious!), taste fine and at average prices.

www.whiskeytownbar.com

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2010
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2nd Ave. btw 31st and 32nd St.

I’m guessing the guy who owns Black Bear Lodge owns this place too, because it’s almost the exact same setup, except way too many walls and doors and a frat party right in the middle.  The beers are good and average prices, but you are almost always guaranteed to sit in the front where you can’t even see the rest of the bar nor have anyone acknowledge your existence.  It’s really just good for a quick drink before a movie across the street.

www.whiskeyrivernyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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Lexington Ave. btw 28th and 29th St.

Years ago there was another bar in this location, so I’m glad someone put another bar on this stretch of Lex.  That being said, you would walk right past it if you weren’t looking for it.  This place was empty after work on a Tuesday except for friends of the bartenders.  They had a cheap happy hour special, the tap tasted clean (I mean, the bar IS brand new), you toss in a couple of old Italian guys at the front of the bar, some popcorn on the bar and there’s not much that stands out (not a bad thing), besides the cheap happy hour or if I’m randomly eating Indian food and want a beer.

www.whiskeyrebelnyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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Lexington Ave. btw 49th and 50th St.

I get it, the W Hotel is fancy and thus requires a fancy bar.  It also happens to be the only place on Lexington in this area.  But does it really mean that every business guy and gold-digger has to cram into this place?  Seats…don’t bother.  Service, pretty good.  And surprisingly the beers weren’t priced too far above average.  The mixed drinks on the other hand…

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23rd July
2010
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44th St. btw Lexington and 3rd Ave.

A nice pub in midtown that is mostly seat service, though I’m confused as to if this is part of the hotel or not because it feels like I could’ve peed and booked a room at the same time…after making it through the maze and finding the bathroom.  The front bar is quieter than the back and feels very claustrophobic, the back bar is more open and lively, both are okay for a pub.  Drinks taste fine, average prices.

www.fitzpatrickhotels.com/grand-central/midtown-nyc-restaurants.php

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23rd July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 38th and 39th St

This place is almost always packed, and there’s a lot of room.  I finally stumbled upstairs the last time I was here and there was tons of space up here.  I recommend upstairs just to stay away from those fun loving, just out of college business kids.  The beer tastes fine, average prices and there’s plenty of space to watch football.

www.wharfnyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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23rd St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

There aren’t a lot of bars in this neck of the woods, thanks to the nearby clubs, so this is a nice place to step away from the chic.  The service is good and there’s plenty of space to sit with friends.  The beer tastes good and are average prices.  You really only get locals here because most offices stay on their side of 8th.

www.westsidetavern.com

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23rd July
2010
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Amsterdam Ave. and 76th St.

I guess it was inevitable that a bar with microbrews would show up on the Upper West.  The main attraction is that it wasn’t like the other bars a few block north on Amsterdam, more of a 30 year old bar full of people who have actually grown up.  It definitely keeps a good low-key profile while still drawing a nice sized crowd.  Taps were average prices, taste fine, lots of microbrews.

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23rd July
2010
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Rivington St. btw Essex and Norfolk St.

Stairs into a bar, the bane of my existence!  Possibly the only negative of this bar though.  Made to look like a 1970’s living room (or my parents house), there’s a lot of seating but good luck trying to get some seats.  The beers are average prices, cheap PBR’s, taste about as good as you would expect, no TV’s for game watching.

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23rd July
2010
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Pearl St. btw Coentis Slip and William St.

We walked in through the Stone Street entrance and thought we were in an Asian fusion place.  After cutting through the eatery, we came to the bar in the front.  The pitcher specials were good, but the taps tasted a little harsh, and the individual drinks were average prices.  There’s also not a ton of space.

www.waterstonegrill.com

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23rd July
2010
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19th St. btw Park and Irving

Ever want to go to a bar with college kids and the older crowd that still hits on them.  Then step right up and come on in.  The service was alright with plenty of average priced drinks and they did have a karaoke night.  Bit of a small space with more room towards the back.

www.wateringholenyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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30th and 2nd Ave.

I popped in here before a movie for a drink and a bite to eat.  Skip the food from now on.  There’s a decent amount of space here with a younger crowd as the clientele.  Plenty of TV’s for watching a game, service is alright, the pints taste fine and they are average prices.  Most of the bar has seats, but aim for the back if you want to get one.

www.waterfrontalehouse.com

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23rd July
2010
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8th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.

A smaller bar near Penn Station and definitely the most quiet.  It’s a tiny bit of a dive but it’s a good get away from the college crowd of the neighboring bars.  The service is fine and they have your normal beers with average prices, mainly older locals.

www.waltersbar.com

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23rd July
2010
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Varick St. and N. Moore St.

I really like this bar, but it is not a place to stand around with a big group.  There isn’t a lot of bar space and you kind of feel guilty sitting down and taking tables away from people who want to eat (the food is good by the way).  But the bartenders are very nice, the beer tastes good and are average prices.  Good after-work place.

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14th July
2010
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Bleeker St. btw Elizabeth St. and Bowery

A small bar in the East Village, it’s a nice place to meet up while waiting for dinner in the area.  The bar attracts its share of hipster clientele, but there is plenty of sitting space in the back room.  The Red Stripe is only $6, other beers average prices and taste fine, the music is low and the atmosphere comfortable.

www.vonbar.com

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14th July
2010
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51st St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

I guess Hell’s kitchen is becoming a new Chelsea, but in a more blend-in kind of way, this bar being an example.  Among the restaurants on this street is this two story gay bar/lounge that is always crowded, at least both times I’ve been there.  The drinks are actually average prices and taste good too.  The crowd is, well, for the boys, and I don’t feel as if I’m going to be pounced on in the second I walk in the door…maybe I’m losing my sex appeal.

www.vladabar.com

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14th July
2010
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Bedford St. and Leroy St.

I guess this is the sports bar of the West Village.  Not entirely sure I like it.  Now, it gets good crowds, good beer at average prices, but it can get a little too crowded sometimes.  That and it’s a sausage fest when it does get crowded.  Did I mention the word “crowd”?

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14th July
2010
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Amsterdam Ave. btw 108th and 109th St.

While downtown takes care of the NYU kids, the uptown branch sees to the Columbia crowd.  The owner must really love booths in a bar because it seems like they’re waiting for VIP’s to show up to this sports bar and sit in them.  All you find here is the college to post-graduate types watching every available sports game the American television world has to offer.  They have your yard-long beers, lots of taps at average prices, but the service is hit or miss with some waitresses having to serve the entire 3 rooms.

www.villagepourhouse.com

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14th July
2010
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2nd Ave. and 11th St.

A bar that tries to give you everything and they don’t miss the mark.  There were tons of TV’s (each labeled to show you what game would be coming on next), plenty of space and a good crowd.  A few hipsters were attempting brunch but they were thankfully kept quiet by football fans.  The food is alright, the drinks are average prices, and there seemed to be different events going on during the week, in case TV doesn’t entertain you enough.

www.villagepourhouse.com

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14th July
2010
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Bleeker St. btw Sullivan and Thompson St.

An actual adult bar in the Greenwich Village area, more so than its neighbors.  A good sized space, cheap beers (at least during happy hours) and a friendly atmosphere.  Plenty of TV’s for game watching.  Makes me wonder why this place isn’t more crowded while other bars in the neighborhood cram them in.

www.villagelantern.com

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14th July
2010
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Spring St. and Elizabeth St.

I’ve been in here when it’s packed, I’ve been in here when it’s dead, and this place is better empty.  It gets really crowded with B&T’s and leftovers from the Bowery bars on the weekends, and the small service does what it can and serve quickly.  Come in on a weekday night, it’s me and the bartender, maybe one other loner.  This leads to some awkwardly put forth conversation, but it’s quiet, average prices for beers (that apparently come in 16oz glass bottles now) and they taste fine.  No taps or TV, so be prepared to talk.

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14th July
2010
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3rd Ave. and 25th St.

Well, I liked this place.  I didn’t think I would because every time I pass the bar it seems like a bunch of yuppies.  Lots of space and even a big screen in the back with a Wii hooked up, though this could’ve been a one time occurance.  There were tons of TV’s spread around for everyone’s viewing pleasure, the beers were good, average prices, and the staff was also friendly.

www.vertigobarnewyork.com

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14th July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 27th and 28th St.

These Aussie bars are popping up all over the place, and this one is as great as the other ones.  There’s a good amount of space here, plenty of good taps that are average prices and lots of bottles Aussie beers that are your average prices with good service behind it all.  The space could’ve been used differently on the second floor, but, oh well.  Definitely one of the nicest bar owners, very accommodating, he must live there because I’ve seen him every single time I’ve been in there.

www.vandiemensnyc.com

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14th July
2010
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9th Ave. and 54th St.

This bar could get pretty crowded.  They have lots of different beers that usually taste pretty good at average prices.  The bartenders are pretty hot and there is a decent singles crowd here, though you will also normally find a lot of after work groups here as well, including your B&T’s.

www.myspace.com/valhallabeer

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

As of now, the only gay bar I’ve been to in this area.  This place is actually pretty laid back.  I mean, they show reruns of Buffy and not sports, the drinks are average prices and the beer tastes good.  The real draw here was Monday Night Drag Queen Bingo.  I won $50 twice and got to use my “I’m from Queens…but not that kind” joke.

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