Archive for June, 2011
2nd Ave. and 53rd St.
If you’re drinking in this area, you know the crowds; business people, B&T’s and meat heads. Thankfully this place had few of the latter. Very attractive bartenders, but though there were a lot of them, it took forever to get their attention. There’s not a lot of room, even with most people gravitating towards the front, but I managed to wedge myself into a bar stool. Plenty of TV’s, yet no Mets game on. Granted this was September, but I would still like to watch my misery instead of reading about it the next day. Average prices for pints, taste average too.
7th Ave and Bleeker St.
Okay, this breaks my rule of abbreviating the bar to what people will actually call it because you all actually know it as the bar above Five Guys Burger. And I’m not entirely sure if it’s trying to be a speakeasy as its pretty obvious there’s a bar up here, you just have to walk through the burger place to get to the stairs. Oh yeah, there’s stairs to get into here…when will people learn? So, average pints, average prices, college crowd, small space.
3rd St. btw MacDougal and 6th Ave.
This place used to be Town Tavern, so anything was an upgrade. One noticeable plus was that I could actually go upstairs and drink now without being part of an event or a party of some sort. You’re still going to get the same crowd as Town Tavern (college/B&T’s/Frat) but at least everyone isn’t squeezed into one level now. Same average prices, same average tap lines.
MacDougal St. and Minetta Ln.
This place is a sports bar on MacDougal…wait wait, let me finish…that somehow manages to keep the frat boy level to a minimum. Now, it will still be lightly crowded with the aforementioned crowd, but there is a lot of room and seating here to stick to yourself and your group. TV’s, check. Average prices for average drinks, check. Stairs, unfortunately, check.
3rd St. btw MacDougal St. and 6th Ave.
Admittedly, I had always walked by here with zero intention of going in. I bit the bullet…I’m clearly horrible at judging a book by its cover. I really liked this place, from the good space up front by the bar to the tables in the back. The only negative was the hassle of sitting down and being forced to order from the waitress. Listen up bar owners: if your bar is packed and the only where to go is to the tables, you may want to relax that rule. The beer prices were average with good happy hour specials, and tasted fine too.
8th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
I have no idea what to make of this place. While the décor would lead me to believe it could be a gay bar, complete with moon-roof bar top lighting, it would be unfair of me to label it as such…I’m not kidding about the bar top. It leans more to being a lounge…could swing either way is what I’m getting at…zing! No taps, just bottles and your mixed drinks, prices were average.
57th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
It’s almost as if this bar was designed to be the transition from midtown to the Upper West Side. It draws a good crowd, but it’s a little more subdued than its southern neighbors. Tables for food with a good amount of bar space, the pints were average prices but tasted off.