Archive for February, 2012

24th February
2012
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Lexington Ave. and 37th St.

This place is never not crowded.  To the point that it’s almost spilling into the hotel next door.  Crammed full of business kids, you make your way through the scent of cheese and try to get a beer.  It’s all bottles (no taps) and then you either hold fast where you’re standing or attempt to grab a table.  During the nicer season, there is a roof, if a rooftop with young, drunk business kids is your cup of tea.  There’s not much to it really, average size space, bottled beers are hard to mess up and taste average, average prices.

www.rarebarandgrill.com

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23rd February
2012
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Greenwich St. btw Franklin and Harrison St.

Used to be Pig & Whistle, and definitely has more of an open-space feeling.  Your crowd of B&T’s and business kids is the norm here, with your smattering of older locals.  Lots of room, sparsely crowded, plenty of TV’s to watch a game.  Though I did notice that though they have many taps, they’re 80% your average taps (Bud Light, etc.).  Taste fine, average prices.

www.tribecataphouse.com

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22nd February
2012
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33rd St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.

The bars that try to capture the crowds that commute to Penn Station are slowly fanning out, and this would probably be the furthest, almost the same distance between Penn And Grand Central.  As to the bar itself, lots of space, older crowd, lots of TV’s, and what seems to be the Pandora version of CBS-FM playing over the speakers.  Beers are the higher end of average (~$6) and taste alright.

www.nellyspillanes.com

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21st February
2012
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4th St. btw 6th Ave. and MacDougal St.

Could be the smallest “gastropub” (I hate that name) in the city, but far from the worst.  So you will most certainly walk right by the entrance on 4th, but when you find it, walk through an…atrium?…plaza?…open space (yes, that works) and come into a small bar that holds a good amount of people.  There are some tables in the back, tons of bartenders, and the crowd ranges from hipsters to yuppies to small groups who try to make the most of their little area within the bar.  Beers are your above average beers (Delirium Tremens, etc.) and cost a little above average, all taste good.

www.voldenuitbar.com

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Ava

16th February
2012
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9th Ave. btw 13th and 14th St.

Your typical Meatpacking District bar, though much smaller.  Crammed in between another bar and a restaurant, this place is quiet, and a decent place to go to escape the big crowds that you’ll get basically anywhere else in this area.  Really not much to it, but average beers at average prices.

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15th February
2012
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Ludlow St. btw Broome and Delancey St.

Big space, a few separate rooms, each having its own purpose: bar, performance space, emptiness.  I used the middle for late night dancing.  The bar is kind of quiet, with a decent amount of space.  Clientele is hipsters, Goth kids one night of the week (you still exist?), and people who wandered south of Delancey and don’t want a club or a posh hole in the wall bar…just a place for a quiet drink really.  Average prices for average tasting drinks.

www.ucloungenyc.com

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14th February
2012
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8th St. btw MacDougal St. and 6th Ave.

Good looking bar, pretentious patrons.  I get it, that in this area you may want something different than frat, gay or wine bars, and something new had to come along, but I would like this place if it wasn’t for the clientele.  There’s a decent amount of space, though not around the bar as it can be a tight squeeze.  And the back room is always filled with some sort of party.  The bartenders were alright, the beer tasted alright, above average prices for above average beers.

www.pourgeorge.com

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13th February
2012
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Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.

It’s almost set up as a Broadway Theatre, meaning there’s a gathering place in the front with a decent amount of room (though it can definitely get crowded), but then you get ushered into the concert space once the shows begin.  I would say don’t forget your one drink minimum, but they happily remind you so you couldn’t possible forget.  It’s a mixed crowd of hipsters, mid-twenties and band supporters, mostly hipsters.  More than one bar on the premise (though the front bar gives you the quickest service), average drinks at average prices, and cash only.

www.livingroomny.com

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Gym

10th February
2012
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8th Ave. btw 18th and 19th St.

This place was not too bad.  Sure I wouldn’t meet anyone that I could date in here, but it was a lot of fun to hang out.  There’s a lot of space upstairs, but this floor gets crowded, so thankfully there is more space downstairs at the quieter bar.  And it’s one of two places with sports on TV in the neighborhood.  Good music, average drinks at average prices.

www.gymsportsbar.com

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9th February
2012
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Hudson St. btw Perry and 11th St.

There’s really not much to this place looks wise, but it’s actually a pretty decent spot for a drink.  I mean, it’s sort of a blank room with a bar, very unpretentious, but there’s a decent amount of space, draws a good crowd that’s young and old, and the bartenders were very nice to talk to.   It’s more of your neighborhood bar than a destination.  Above average pints that taste good, average prices.

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8th February
2012
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Hudson St. and Charles St.
Something was amiss with this place.  It has a very odd set up, making the place feel divided with the people up front sitting down and the people sitting at the bar.  It was sparsely populated on a Friday, but the bartender was upbeat.  Average tasting beers at average prices.

www.bayardsalehouse.com

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7th February
2012
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11th Ave. and 46th St.

Old school pub in a quickly developing neighborhood.  This is also evident by the people in here, old crowd from days gone by mixed with the new annoying crowd/hipsters that work in the area/are slowly moving into the area.  Once the latter group left, it was a really nice, quiet place, good tasting pints, average prices (though please having the price include change or I’m going to start giving change tips!), nice place to watch a game, friendly staff.  If it wasn’t such a schlep I would come more often.

www.thelandmarktavern.org

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6th February
2012
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Bleeker St. and Jones St.

Williamsburg-esque bar in the West Village, meaning it has all your specialty brews without the inundation of Hipsters…well, a slight inundation.  If you can actually get one of the few tables, or a nook to stand in, it’s actually cozy in here.  Otherwise you’re just getting brushed by the entire time.  As for the beers, they taste pretty darn good and they cost you’re above average prices ($6.50 being the cheapest, unless my sight is going).

www.blindtigeralehouse.com

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3rd February
2012
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30th btw Madison and Park Ave.

This is pretty barren area in regards to the bar scene, but this is a decent addition.  Smells like BBQ, lots of space, TV’s, mixed crowd of business people and the rest is a mish mash.  A couple of good happy hour specials, good amount of average taps and above average taps, they taste fine, average prices.

www.masonjarny.com

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2nd February
2012
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10th St. and Waverly Pl.

If you’re not older than 45, or a gay male, or the token old lady near the front (think John Waters or Mr. Blackwell), this place is not very welcoming.  I went in with a friend, and it has all the makings of a nice neighborhood bar, with some TV, places to sit, big bar, and a really friendly bartender.  But if you’re not one of the previously mentioned crowds, you’re stared at until you quietly leave.  Beers taste average, above average pints at average prices.

 

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1st February
2012
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Christopher St. btw 7th Ave. and Bleeker St.

I feel like this place would belong more down Route 109 in backwoods Pennsylvania.  This place is small, some dancing entertainment (I finally get the term banana hammock), the crowd is old and young men,  and the place could use an airing out.  Beers were cheap and tasted average, good music.

www.bootsnsaddle.com

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