Archive for April, 2012
Broadway btw 101st and 102nd St.
I like it. A simple, well-lit dive that doesn’t have a lot of room, but you never feel crowded. Full of seats, TV’s spread around, and you are going to get an older local crowd that are all pretty friendly. Your normal pints, average prices, good happy hour, taste fine.
Trinity St. btw Morris and Exchange St.
Probably the most crowded in the chain, this location serves the young business kids in the area, as well as a few wondering people in construction. Big space with not aor of room to move, needs a good airing out, but service is pretty quick and handles the youth well. Average pints at average prices, taste fine.
Bayard St. btw Baxter and Mulberry St.
Okay, it’s a dive. But if I could try and describe it a little better, it’s like a bar in another country where all the ex-Pats hang out, that happens to look like someone’s basement…talk about a description! If you strike up the nerve to walk past the exterior, it’s low lighting, plenty of room, and a friendly bartender. Also a big screen toward the back for karaoke. The crowd is older, from locals to guys who probably came here in the 50’s and never moved on. There are no taps, all bottles, on the high end of average prices (oddly enough) and they taste fine.
Warren St. btw Broadway and Church St.
It’s a…bar? I mean, the bar is the focal point, no one was eating here…yeah, a bar…I guess, and by no means a club. Maybe the switch happens after 8 PM?. The exterior of the bar is the flashiest part, small space inside, not really crowded, and mostly an older crowd with a few young B&T’s who accidentally stumble in but feel guilty about doing an immediate turnaround. Good happy hour, no taps, bottles taste fine.
Copper Barrel (Murray St. btw Broadway and Church St.)
Is it a bar? Is it a bodega? Is it something resembling the eating area in a pizzeria!?! Who cares, it’s quiet and a nice place to hang out. The staff is nice, willing to put any game on that you want to watch. It’s a quiet business crowd mixed with a smattering of other workers in the area. Good happy hour specials, average prices at other times, they serve average pints that taste average.
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. btw 133rd and 134th St.
Really cool bar with an excellent live music space. Lots of room around the bar area, not as much by the stage, and quite possibly the best chicken wings I’ve ever had. Service is good and there’s a great mix of people. Your average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.
51st St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Oh midtown, you have given me a reason to believe again…well, this slice of midtown. A nice bar, good food, lots of space, and while they have your specialty Belgian beers, it’s not too expensive (average $6-$8). A much more subdued crowd than its neighbors, and it still has your business kids but a mix of young and old business. As said, above average pints at above average prices, all taste good, very nice (and attractive) bar staff.
2nd Ave. btw 91st and 92nd St.
Yep, behind this never ending construction is a newer bar to the neighborhood, and a good one at that. Big bar that can get a little tight in the middle, good sports bar, and the crowd is a good mix of people while keeping the shenanigans to a low. Average beers, average prices, taste fine.
53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Used to be Black Finn, and I’m sure it will be something else soon enough. A tavern it is not, just more of the usual for this area, meaning business kids, B&T’s, meat heads, your usual sloppy drunks. Layout is a long bar that is always crowded, plenty of TV’s, average prices for average beers that taste alright.
Upstairs at the Kimberley (50th btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.)
This just smacks of a place that likes to pump itself up into something more than a rooftop greenhouse. With the exception of summer nights, the roof is enclosed in foggy glass, though that’s really the only bad thing I have to say about it. No wait, the lobby is ridiculous. Anywho, above average beer selection with slightly above average prices, can be a little hard to grab a table on some nights, service is good, clientele is any business kid/B&T that works within a ten block radius.
8th St. btw MacDougal St. and 5th Ave.
Definitely more of a lounge then a bar, reasons being its mostly tables, the booths have plush seating, and they have zero idea what sports to have on the TV. Who wants to watch non-championship college baseball at 7 PM when there’s other good stuff on? Anywho, bottled beers, on the above average side of prices, taste fine, good amount of space but nowhere to stand.