Archive for August, 2010
8th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
New…newer bar on a block I’m not accustomed to seeing bars on. The place was empty on a Monday afternoon when NYU wasn’t back yet, can’t hold that against them. A good amount of space, staff was friendly, good happy hour, and your normal taps. The tap tasted a tiny bit off, average prices, quiet, nice.
Spring St. btw Elizabeth and Mott St.
Stopped in here when I was in the neighborhood…empty. The only people in there were the bartender, I’m guessing two friends, and perhaps his nephew. No draft beer, just bottles, average prices, tastes as bottled beer should. The place is set up like a lounge/small place to eat, but since I didn’t see silverware, I’ll go for lounge. Also, get your orders in before the bartender steps outside because it takes it little waving to get them back in.
Bleeker St. btw Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.
Some may argue this is a live venue. If you’ve ever been in here, the live space is possibly the tiniest I’ve ever seen and the bar area is much bigger…so bar. Aside from the lack of space, it’s an older crowd at the bar, the young crowd cramming in behind them, staff is nice, but can be pushy when necessary. Beers taste fine, average prices.
Houston St. and Thompson St.
Either the owner is trying to spice up Greenwich Village or the realtor sold him a space on the wrong side of Houston. That aside, this is a big space, trendy, kind of empty on a Friday night. Food was decent, drinks tasted fine and average prices, still empty.
16th St. btw Irving Pl. and Park Ave.
The most recent addition to the franchise, the bar was the only part being used as the tables were completely empty. Definitely your fresh out of college crowd, there’s a good amount of bar space and standing space, kind of feels like a hall that is used for cocktail hours. Good happy hour, beers taste fine and average prices the rest of the time.
1st Ave and 18th St.
For people who authentically live in Stuy Town/Peter Cooper (you know who, you are older crowd you) this is your local bar. It’s a small bar space, but you never feel claustrophobic in this friendly/Cheers-ish place. Walked in on a Friday afternoon with a friend, sat at the bar, quietly watched TV as the early bird crowd strolled in, had some good pints at average prices…pretty nice spot on the whole.