Archive for August, 2011

31st August
2011
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4th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B

Thank the lord for a pub down in this neighborhood.  A little bit more space would be nice, but I still liked this place.  Good place for a nice sit down with friends, pints taste good, average prices, late 20’s to 40’s crowd.

www.doriangraynyc.com

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30th August
2011
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5th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B

I almost thought this was a new hipster bar in what used to be an old dive bar.  Lucky for me, I don’t judge a book by its cover (would kind of fly in the face of this blog if I did!).  A good amount of space, an actual TV showing sports, friendly bartender, beers taste alright and at average prices, crowd goes from tolerable hipster to normal young people.

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26th August
2011
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14th St. btw Avenue A and Avenue B

If Cheers was in a smaller bar, 30 years later, and more of a dive, you might have this place.  No one under the age of 45 in here, but everyone is very friendly and will chew your ear off, whether you like it or not!  Nice bartender, beers tasted average, average prices, maybe sits about 20.

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25th August
2011
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2nd Ave. and 1st St.

My friend was always intrigued to try this place but figured the inside looked as welcoming as the outside.  So I took the plunge for him and went in.  Now, I’m sure at some point this place was a good dive bar and tetanus was rampant.  However, my friend would be displeased to know that it has become what I refer to as a hipster-dive bar.  Basically, hipster bartender and the décor is from people who tried too hard to keep it looking like it’s been here since the 60’s/70’s.  Or who knows, it may have always been like this and has just swept more often now.  Judging from the hipsters drinking here, I’ll go for the former.  Beers tasted average, average prices, and you have your old guys who hit on anything that moves.

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24th August
2011
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Allen St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

So there are two bars in this live music venue, a small bar in a small room, and a small bar in the large room.  Both have bartenders that are on your orders pretty quickly though, beer tastes average and charge average prices.  Fun to watch the bans cram onto the tiny stage.  That’s it.

www.rockwoodmusichall.com

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23rd August
2011
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57th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

I always see a line for this place, but once going inside, there really isn’t a lot of room…oh, that would be why there’s a line…just thought it was popular…Anywho, yes, the place is small but I kind of liked it, though it can get really tight in here.  They had beer (bottled) so it tasted fine, average prices, a second floor overlooking the first, good music, crowd is kind of young though.

www.providencenyc.com

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22nd August
2011
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Eldridge St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

What can you say, you come here to dance, you watch white kids recite 90’s hip-hop, the crowds get bigger and louder later in the night as they try to cram into a small space, can get a little thug but hey, if you want to dance, you want to dance.  Yep, that one long sentence said it all.  Beers tasted average, average prices.

www.sapphirenyc.com

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19th August
2011
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9th Ave. btw 49th and 50th St.

Newer bar in Hell’s Kitchen, and you can tell by the amount of servers waiting to help you.  I mean, they’re all busy but they still have that spark in their eye that will slowly diminish as time goes by.  The front room of the bar is a little tight, but can still hold a decent sized crowd.  The back room has bar games, pool, etc. that helps in the dispersal.  Beers taste alright, average prices, good sports bar.

www.molloyspub.com

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18th August
2011
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47th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.

Nice bar where the crowd isn’t necessarily there to pick up people, but to just hang out with your friends.  It also happens to be all male so, besides…no, including hags, there are no pickins for us muggles.  A decent amount of space, pretty good tasting taps, average prices, and bathrooms that, though they have outdated pictures, can still make you feel less than average.

 

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17th August
2011
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9th Ave. and 35th St.

Don’t know if there was a market for a huge sports bar in this neck of the woods, probably trying to tempt the steak crowd from next door.  And it was packed for after work too…who knew this many B&T’s worked over here?  There is seating, but most people hang by the bar, service is pretty quick, taps should taste a little fresher for being new but still decent, average prices.

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16th August
2011
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10th Ave. and 35th St.

Nice place.  I mean, this far west and not en-route to Penn Station nor Port Authority, you never know what you could get.  But there was a good mixed crowd in here, TV on, bartender who was ornery and nice at the same time, taps tasted good, prices average…worth the trip actually.

www.hudsonyardscafe.com

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15th August
2011
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Sullivan St. btw Bleecker and 3rd St.

The Pinch closed and this place opened up in its stead.  Same exact place, down to the costs, beer types and tastes, so I’m taking the easy way out and referring you to my Pinch review.  Time management!

www.trionasnyc.com

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12th August
2011
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9th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

I’m always hesitant when a friend recommends a bar that has dancing.  But this place was actually pretty good.  Lots of bar space, and they did a good job of keeping the dancing separated in another room.  Lots of TV with sports on, good music, can get pretty crowded, especially the dance floor, but the service is pretty quick, average prices, beers taste fine.

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11th August
2011
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2nd Ave. btw 8th and 9th St.

First time I went here was on a date and when I asked the bartender what he wanted to do for a living, he said “I just wanna dance”…totally serious face, gleam in his eye.  Hopefully he’s found his way.  Back to the bar…some days there’s no one in here, some days a decent sized crowd.  Make your way down the ramp into the small space, the beers taste alright, average prices, definitely a place to go if you want some quiet time.  As a side note, it’s actual name in “Karpaty” but no one calls it that

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10th August
2011
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14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

In the growing amount of bars in building basements on this street, this one is the most polished, probably because it’s the newest…let me start that again.  Brand new bar and the only one with outdoor space in the back.  The crowd was more subdued than its neighbors and the only viewings will be of other people, not sports.  Beer tasted alright, average prices.

www.ck14.com

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9th August
2011
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54th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Bingo, good pub, well done.  Even on a slow NYC Sunday they managed to draw a nice crowd.  Front windows open, lots of TV’s, 30’s crowd, lots of space around a multi sided bar.  Beers tasted average to slightly above average, average prices, normal taps.

www.charactersnyc.com

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8th August
2011
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St. Mark’s Pl. btw Avenue A and 1st Ave.

It’s big, at least bigger than most bars in this neighborhood.  Empty during the day, good sized crowd at night.  Definitely sports oriented, but not exactly giving me the warm and fuzzies, feels kind of cold actually…that’s a horrible last description…crowded yet empty feeling?  The taps were a little off, average prices, nice bartenders.

www.hopdevil.com

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5th August
2011
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Greenwich Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.

What’s to say about this place, it’s a dump, really friendly, good people (mostly an older crowd) and I liked it a lot.  The bartender will chew your ear off, if you are willing to carry on a conversation, and everyone else in the bar will give you their opinion.  Cheap to average prices, small space, beers taste average.

www.johnnysbarnyc.com

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4th August
2011
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Elizabeth St. btw Broome and Grand St.

I did not expect this.  I thought I was in a theme park bar and half expected a log flume to be out back.  No log flume, but lots of pool tables.  A good amount of space, average to below average price beers, good service, young crowd.

www.tropical128.com

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3rd August
2011
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7th Ave btw 30th and 31st St.

Another bar to cash in on the MSG/Penn Station crowd.  The problem with this place is that it’s not really welcoming.  It’s just a big square room with high booths.  I mean, that doesn’t make it a bad place at all, just a little sterile when compared to its neighbor’s on 7th.  And it’s also a lot darker…toss some lights in there and you got something!  But now, to its perks: Lot’s of TV’s, beers average prices, quick service, mixed crowd.

www.theflyingpuck.com

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2nd August
2011
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Could be the quietest bar I’ve ever been to in Hell’s Kitchen, and to be located on one of the busier streets that says something.  Tons of space in here with a few different rooms, most rooms resembling what a bar in your friend’s dad’s basement would look like.  The only downside to all the space is that the bartender doesn’t make a lot of laps through all of them, so order two at once.  Foods decent, beers taste pretty good actually, average prices.

www.oflahertysny.com

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