Archive for January, 2012
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave and Waverly Pl.
Stonewall Inn, where it all began…oh if they could see it now. It’s mostly a tourist destination, filled with the LGBT community, college students, and the aforementioned tourists who just want to see a slice of history. The bartender was probably around back in the 70’s, and he moves as is in his 70’s. There’s a decent amount of space, two floors, good two for one special for happy hours, drinks taste average (all bottles) and are average prices at normal times.
Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.
While this is a perfect example of a new bar trying to get a yuppie crowd down to the Lower East Side, I didn’t mind it. People say I’m nuts for thinking that, but maybe I caught it on an off night. There wasn’t really a crowd, they had every game on one of their many TV’s, and most people kept to themselves. I can tell by the fancy décor/tables/velvet rope that it could attract D-bags, but I need to see it to believe it. Average prices for average tasting beers.
49th btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
It’s almost the exact same layout as its predecessor near Union Square, except more space. Interesting crowd of tourists, theater goers, and business kids. Service was okay at getting your drinks, kind of want to see them in action with a packed house. Not much mingling going on, average tasting taps at the high point of average prices ($6.50 for a Bud Light!).
19th btw 7th and 8th Ave.
I don’t award for style points, and though I won’t start here, I guess it’s trying something? Perhaps bar of the future? European? I liked this small bar, tucked off of 8th Avenue and wedged in between some restaurants. Decent amount of space, tables in the back, and a good happy hour. Never a large crowd, but there’s always someone else in here, average prices for your average taps, taste fine.
13th St. btw University Pl. and 5th Ave.
Though I’m going to say that this could be one of the more mis-named places I’ve been to, it’s by no means a bad place. It just feels the furthest thing from a “tavern”. I mean, when I think tavern I think booths, dimmer lights, some form of oak paneling…or am I thinking of the Mount Airy Lodge? Actually,. the upstairs is more like it, but its a little empty up here. It’s a quiet spot, feels like a diner…once again, let me say that I would go back to this place. Anywho, it’s a small bar, nice staff and a really nice bartender, mixed crowd of all ages. Average tasting taps at average prices, pretty good happy hour.
Frederick Douglas Blvd. btw 113th and 114th St.
As newer building start springing up north of 110th, the bars thankfully follow suit. This German beer establishment (not big enough to be designated a “hall” in my opinion) has a bunch of tables, serves your typical German fare with your typical beer steins/glass boots. The beer tastes good for your typical German beers, price is average for the size of the beer you’re getting, very friendly staff.
2nd Ave. btw 53rd and 54th St.
I better post this blog before it closes, seeing that every place that’s been located here has closed after maybe 3 weeks. On to the review! If you’re a bar at this intersection, you have a huge chance of falling into the meathead/B&T trap. Thankfully, they seem to do a good job of repelling. It’s most likely due to it being an actual pub atmosphere where you can hear one another, relax and watch a game, and not be inundated with a huge crowd. There’s an upstairs for more room, average prices for average tasting taps…if you guys pull it off, hope for this area may truly exist!!!
Walker St. btw Church St. and Broadway
So I don’t know what to make of this place. On an off night, this place is empty, but you still get people coming in who think it’s about to kick off into club land. On the weekends, this place gets crazy. There’s an island bar, TV’s, live music, and I have no idea why there’s booths because they’re really cramped and definitely not VIP worthy. Good amount of space, average prices for so-so tasting taps.
Baxter St. and White St.
A correction’s officer, a lawyer, and locals from Chinatown walk into a bar…I’m working on the rest. A really good tucked away bar, small but welcoming, mixed crowd (if you couldn’t get that from the opening line). It can get crowded in here, and can turn into a club on Saturday nights, but most nights its just a small group on their way home after work. Drinks taste fine, average prices, good happy hour, nice bartender.
47th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
Upscale bar in Times Square, with some of the softest bar stools I’ve ever sat in…if you’re into that kind of thing…cough. Anywho, yes, upscale looking, business/tourist/Broadway crowd, decent amount of room with more room upstairs. They have sports on TV, average tasting drinks at slightly above average prices.
46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Even though it didn’t “rain glitter”, as a friend promised, the place was still packed and dancing. Don’t be fooled by the huge crowd/line outside, there’s plenty of room inside. Several floors of booze and boys, it can sometimes feel like one big apartment party. Beers are average prices, taste fine, the crowd is mostly LGBT, all crowds are welcome.
Albany St. and Washington St.
What is going on in here!?! Is it a bar with a buffet, why are there so many obstacles, exactly which door do I use to go in!?!?! So make your way in, go to the tiny bar in the corner. I you can’t squeeze in to one of the tables, you’ll be standing, but not in one group but on top of the sitters. Crowd is “passing through” never gets really crowded, quiet. Average tasting beers at average prices.
Albany St. and Washington St.
This is kind of like a “passing through” bar. You’re either going to the bar upstairs, happen to be staying in the hotel, or are visiting the Memorial/your place of work. It’s a huge bar in an alright amount of space, kind of quiet, most people keep to themselves. Average to above average prices for average tasting drinks.
Tenth Rail (10th Ave. and 33rd St.)
Was sad that I couldn’t make it in here when it was Finnerty’s, so I can’t compare. I can only imagine it was better as a dive, because I was not feeling this place. Shiny, clean, bad DJ, annoying crowd (right out of college kids). Bartenders were aloof, average prices for average tasting pints.
16th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Okay, after endless twists and turns, I made it to the elevator and upstairs (bring breadcrumbs to find your way back). Big space, great view, excellent 80’s DJ. That being said, the crowd is the crowd who likes to visit the new hot spot of the day and the beers are expensive bottled beers ($10 for a Bud Light!?!). Bottle service, table service etc, if that’s your thing.
54th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Good job boys, excellent example of what a pub should be. Inviting, chatty, sports, good beers, good food, good amount of space. And they make a pretty darn good margarita, which my songstress agrees with. Average prices for average taps, an older midtown crowd mixed with business kids (the latter being the only downside).
6th Ave. and 59th St.
I get the impression that this wants to give the feel of an “old boys club” from the outside, but when you’re right next to Central Park, it just becomes upscale tourist bar on the inside. There’s a good amount of space, decent bar area, games on TV, not as crowded on the weekends. It’s a little above average prices for your slightly above average beers (Sam Adams, etc.).
3rd Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.
Tried it out, and its best written up as a list of positives and negatives. Positives: the waitresses are pretty attractive, a decent amount of space, and the beers taste good. Negatives: up a flight of stairs, they cram you into the decent amount of space, and the beers are more expensive than other German bars. I could get three liters in Alphabet City for the price of two here. Food is decent, but they at least give you a good sized potion for the price.