Archive for July, 2011

21st July
2011
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

This place used to be Joshua Tree, and though the space is the same, there are actually people in here now.  Place was packed when I went, mainly crammed into the small space in front of the long bar.  TV’s all over the place, young crowd, average price beers, and good service.  Probably the frenziest (word?) of the chain.

www.ph46.villagepourhouse.com

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20th July
2011
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44th St. and 11th Ave.

Probably the bar I was most intrigued to try, mainly because it’s so out of the way.  Figured shenanigans had to be going on inside.  Though the groups kept to themselves, the place was crowded, mostly tables to sit at, taps varied from tasting alright to a tiny bit off, though I blame that on the fact that I’m probably the only person to actually order Rolling Rock on draft in the last 5 years.  Prices average, crowd was older.

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19th July
2011
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33rd St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.

New bar in this neck of the woods, tucked off the 3rd Avenue beaten trail.  It’s a lot of space, mostly seating in the back, very thin up front…not unlike an ex-girlfriend of mine, zing!  The beer is your next level above your standards (non-Bud Light’s, etc.) so the average price is $7 for your Six Points, Goose Necks, et al.  The service almost took a hit when I got charged normal price for happy hour, but on my next trip to the bar, he realized, without a hint from me, that he goofed, free round for me…well played.  Crowd is the business type, 30 year olds and coworkers looking to have a more adult experience than 3rd Ave.

www.casknyc.com

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18th July
2011
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Mercer Ave. and Prince St.

I’m glad that places like this still exist while everything around it changes monthly.  One bartender, bar space, some tables, and even a TV in the back corner.  Feels like it’s been here forever (sort of smells like it too but I blame the summer humidity), but the taps taste good, average prices, nice mix of locals (who clearly are rent controlled and have been here since the 50’s), some tourists, and few shoppers.

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15th July
2011
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7th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.

Alright, this place is borderline, but the lounge was the main draw for everyone when I went in here.  I think people were only eating because they wanted an upscale place with the potential for fancy food instead of the pub grub surrounding.  That being said, this place is tiny, and there are obstacles all over the place.  Drafts were to the high end of average prices, tasted fine, service ok.

 

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14th July
2011
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8th Ave. btw 46th and 47th St.

I guess this could be called the slightly quieter version of its neighbor, Scruffy Duffy’s.  there’s not much too it, big crowd, average price beers, average tasting, and much like the other bar mentioned here, it’s gone, wiped off the earth by a bulldozer.  If my bad description whetted your appetite, read other posts for similar Shakespearean writing.

 

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13th July
2011
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14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

So they moved across the street.  On the plus side, it’s definitely a lot cleaner in here…that’s about it.  Same beers, same specials, same type of wait staff, same clientele, and this place is always packed.

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12th July
2011
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14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

Upscale sports bar?  Not sure what to say about this place.  I’ve never seen it crowded and I think it wants to be a club/dance spot sometimes.  Maybe over time it will get some grime under its nails.  All that being said, it’s not a bad place.  Plenty of room, fast service, but it’s weird watching a game because it seems that no one wants to loudly cheer for their team, just sort of have the noise of a game on in the background.

www.snapsportsbar.com

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11th July
2011
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8th Ave. btw 46th and 47th St.

Home to possibly my favorite bar special: If a Matsui hits a homerun, free round for everyone.  Needless to say, during the Subway Series at that turn of the century, great place to be and save money.  This place was always packed, with every kind of crowd.  Tons of TV’s, food wasn’t bad, beers average prices and tasted average.  I used the past tense throughout this post as the bar is no longer there…come to think of it, the building is no longer there either.

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8th July
2011
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Lexington Ave. and 39th Street

First time I walked in here, I took one look around and walked out.  Wasn’t a bad looking place at all, just that I wanted one drink and was wearing a t-shirt.  Came back with a smart lookin’ shirt and some friends and felt better.  Upscale-ish place that can get pretty crowded with the B&T/club crowd, the beers were slightly above average prices (bottled), though I was impressed with the quick service for the huge crowd.

www.gerberbars.com/#/new-york/lexbar/

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7th July
2011
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St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st Ave. and Avenue A

Belgian beer, lots of it, and that’s about it.  Plus all of the mail away Belgian ads and paintings adorning the walls that can possibly authenticate the place.  There’s a good amount of space in here, it doesn’t get too crowded and it’s comfortably silent, a definite bonus when compared to its neighbors.  Beers are slightly above average prices, but it’s as advertised and all about the specialty Belgian beer.

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6th July
2011
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St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st Ave. and Avenue A

Let me say that the bartender is really nice, the music selection is good, and it’s a cool place to relax.  Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t normally come in here.  They have your microbrews on tap, they’re a buck or two above average prices (though I found out they do this to keep out the college kids), average tasting, and, to be honest, it’s practically a wine bar.  Space is small up front, slightly bigger space in the back.

www.10degreesbar.com

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5th July
2011
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Avenue A and 6th St.

This is a prime example of “is this a bar?”  Arguments against: they have a big dining area.  Arguments for: no one was eating there.  Decent sized bar with a big music space in the back.  That’s three red checkers to one black…bar.  As for criticisms of this “newly declared” bar, if you don’t get a seat to watch the acts, come back later.  If you do get a table, keep sneaking beers from the bar as service is slow due to the amount of people in a tight space.  But be clever about it as the bartender is a hard ass who won’t serve you if you say you’re sitting in the back.  Beers tasted average, average prices, skip the comedy acts.

www.sidewalkmusic.net

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