Archive for December, 2011
Ludlow St. btw Broome and Delancey St.
Okay, so get here early to avoid waiting on line outside. Next, pick a spot and hang on to it for dear life. This place gets ridiculously crowded, but they have space on another floor for the dancer in you/if you need more space. The crowd is, well, I guess they can be summed up as “that crowd that while young, they will move on to the next big thing the second it opens”. So I’ll have to come back in a few months and see how it is. Drinks are pricey, average beers available.
Rivington St. btw Ludlow and Essex St.
Ok ok, this place makes an argument for a restaurant…but come in at happy hour and it is anything but. Ooh, and there’s a DJ, so not a place to dine, bar it is! Good happy hour specials ($5 Litchi Martini’s) and zero space. Well, if you get a table or can plant yourself at the bar, do so, because you will be squeezed into a tight area. Service handles the crowd excellently, beers are a little above average prices after happy hour, all bottles.
Rivington St. btw Essex and Norfolk St.
I can only imagine that they took an old diner and turned it into a bar. This gives the place lots of space, a decent sized bar, and lots of places to sit. Service can be slow, it’s usually crowded, I’ve never seen an actual Magician in here, and it’s chock full of hipsters. Beers are average prices, taste fine, average and above average taps.
Essex St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.
Alright, hipsters take note, this is how your bar should look, even if you and your kind frequent it. The plus side are some older locals, and that it ranges from slightly crowded to crowded, so it eventually turns into a good mix. As stated in their name, they have a lot of whiskey, as well as half off happy hours, otherwise average prices for above average pints, taste decent, though if you have Guinness, bartender (this is for you) it’s okay to take time for a decent pour.
7th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Another bar on the list of places that remind me of a neighbor’s basement, this time with wet dog smell! There’s a good amount of room here, small bar, lots of booths, and yes, hipsters. Average tasting beers at average prices.
7th St, btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Ok, so about half of the space is tables, the rest is a bar area. Bucket specials are available in 100% of the space, and 25% is having food. That’s a lot of math, I know, but this Filipino bar has some decent deals for happy hour. It’s a young crowd, Filipino and others, average prices for average tasting beers.
1st Ave. btw 6th and 7th St.
This place used to be Lilly’s Coogans. If memory serves me, the bar was on the other side. Thankfully I write this blog so my memory doesn’t have to serve me 24/7. Good happy hours, younger crowd, and a decent amount of space. Beers taste alright, average prices.
7th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
So this is what a pretzel feels like…that’s the best I can do to explain the lighting in here. Not much to talk about for the rest of the bar either beside small bar, hipsters…yep, that’s about it. Not a lot of space to stand around as the bar takes up a big portion of the space. Beers taste fine, average prices for average taps.
1st Ave. btw 7th and 8th St.
I liked it. It may be really tiny, but it was a really good place to go for a drink. As said 14 words ago, tiny, but everyone is friendly, very cozy feeling, and really good happy hour specials. Nice bartender, mix of locals and youth. Beer tastes good, average prices after happy hour.
St. Mark’s btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Came here on a Monday night, we were the only people in here. Tried to come on a Friday night, saw the owner locking up. So, when it feels like being open, there’s a good amount of space in here, lots of room around the bar. Not really divey, but definitely older. Beer tastes ok, average prices.
1st Ave. btw St. Mark’s Pl. and 9th St.
Used to be Cheap Shots, and not much has changed, though I will say it is cleaner and a tad more friendlier. Good jukebox, great happy hour deals, friendly bartender. Beers tastes fine, average prices after happy hour.
10th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Quiet bar that’s tucked away off the main avenue. Small place, seems that most of the people in here knew someone who worked here and were there for support more than actually frequenting the place. Good for a quiet drink, good for a stopover on your way out, beer tastes fine and at average prices, decent happy hour.
2nd Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.
This place used to be Telephone. They cleaned out the long tables and made this more of a pub…a pub taken over by B&T’s. Pluses: TV’s everywhere, food is decent. Minuses: stairs, meatheads and B&T’s…lots of ‘em. The beer tastes fine, average prices, it reminds me of a cleaner, more spacious Off the Wagon…oh wait, same owner…so there you go.
1st Ave. btw 1st and 2nd St.
I like this bar, very mixed crowd, not too posh, not too hipster, just a nice place to hang out. Well, hang out in the back, the bar area is a really tight space. It’s a small place, good music that gets turned “up to 11” once the occupancy gets above 20, really nice bartender. Average tasting beer, average taps, average prices.
3rd Ave. btw St. Mark’s Pl. and 9th St.
I’ve most likely walked by this bar thousands of times, and always thought it was some club and that I would hate it. This is why I do this, to dispel these notions, right everyone’s wrong thinking! Ok, the bars is average, very cheap happy hour, tons of space, nice staff. The clientele is a weird mix of college grads, people who just can’t get over college, and people who are using it as a meeting place before heading elsewhere. Beers taste fine, average beers at average prices.
1st Ave and 50th St.
The emptiest of the chain, and I was here at 7 PM on a work night, so that’s saying something. There’s a plenty of room to sit, the staff is attentive (I mean, if I’m the only one in here how could they not), and even though I wouldn’t expect sports on the TV’s at a place like this, they at least had Goldeneye on, so I was satisfied. Pricey drinks, taste fine.
Houston St. btw LaGuardia and Thompson St.
Was here around 7 on a weekday night, with NYU definitely back in session, yet I was the only one in here. I will have to revisit at some point. Revisited a month later, no one there, even during Monday Night Football!?! Maybe no one knows it’s here? Lots of space, stairs all over, good amount of TV’s, nice staff. Average tasting pints at average prices.
41st St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
Wait a sec, isn’t this a pizza place? Yes and no: yes because half of it is a pizza place and the other half is a bar, no because the pizza sucks. So let’s focus on the bar half. Good amount of TV’s, not a lot of sitting room at the bar, good service, and you can have garlic knots (which are pretty good) continuously delivered to you. Beers were average prices, tasted fine.