Archive for March, 2012

20th March
2012
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Sullivan St. btw Prince and Spring St.

Tiny bar/lounge tucked away in the quite of SoHo.  A few seats at the bar, some seating/couches in the back, maybe fits about 30-40 people tops.  If you’re here right after work, the crowd is light, but after dinner time, this place is always packed.  On a side note, I have no issue with mood-lighting, but the whole red light décor that makes me feel like a pretzel doesn’t do it for me.  No taps, bottles taste alright, average prices.

www.redbenchbar.com

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19th March
2012
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1st Ave. and 48th St.

Noticed the sign for this place as I walked by the Trump building.  Small, bar/lounge that caters to the residents and  workers at the UN.  Small space with a column going right through the seating area, the bar is dressed up in a fancy manner, my work jeans drew a few curious looks.  No taps, bottles are average prices, taste fine, mostly a cocktail menu.

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15th March
2012
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48th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.

One of the smaller sports bars in Hell’s Kitchen, but by no means the least popular.  Dartboards and TV’s everywhere, young crowd, decent amount of room to move around, and I use the term “around” literally as there is an island in the middle of the bar…for some reason.  Friendly staff, regular pints, taste average, average prices.

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13th March
2012
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Houston St. btw Ludlow and Essex St.

Live music venue on the Lower East Side.  Half of the space (walled off from the stage area) is a bar, tight quarters but thankfully it’s a long bar.  The area in back is just a box and a stage, no frills, but not that there should be.  Service is good, beers are average prices, taste alright.

www.mercuryloungenyc.com

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9th March
2012
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9th Ave. btw 45th and 46th St.

Compared to the other bars, or really any other establishment on 9th, this would be the “dive” of the lot.  An old school bar with a good amount of space, good music, and, wait for it, it’s a gay bar.  I admit, I was fooled and thought it was just another hole in the wall. And while it is, it’s an all-male bar, hags in tow, and a decent place to grab a drink..actually, I really liked this place.  Everyone was in a good mood, and very friendly to anyone who wandered in.  Friendly bartenders, average prices for average tasting beers.

www.9thavesaloon.com

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8th March
2012
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57th St. btw 11th and 12th Ave.

This place used to be J Macs, but I guess they took the taps when they moved out.  Very small bar, a dive with some paint and flat screens (thereby losing the dive title) that is all alone out in this section of Manhattan.  Crowd is made up of locals, the businesses surrounding, and a couple of regulars.  You can maybe fit 30 people in here, and the pool table takes up most of the standing room.  Everything was in bottles, tasted alright, average prices.

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7th March
2012
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Allen St. and Rivington St.

Ha, it’s called Marshall Stack and there are mini-Marshall Stacks behind the bar…cough.  Anywho, this place is always packed, and there is a decent amount of room even when all of the seats are spoken for, as they usually are.  Crowd is hipsters/yuppies/any breeding of the two just mentioned  All specialty taps at specialty tap prices ($6-$8 for the most part), they taste average, lots of bottled brews and wines, nice staff, very attentive.  So back to the first sentence, why is this place called Marshall Stack, there’s no live music…guess that’s really my only quas-issue/curiosity about the place.

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6th March
2012
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Houston St. and Suffolk St.

It looks like a bar, smells like a bar…If this place didn’t have a stage (even though its small), I would say that the 5 bar stools would be filled with people and that would be it as far as occupancy goes.  It has plenty of room to stand around, but that’s about it, nothing else really to it, you’re really just here to chat with the bartender or see live music.  Good for seeing your friend’s band, nice bartender, average prices for average beers.

www.thelocal269.com

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