Archive for May, 2012
54th St. btw Park and Lexington Ave.
Make your way down the dark, metal staircase (I say that not to make it sound mysterious but more to make it sound like death once you fall) and you come upon a fancy bar with a decent amount of space. Definitely a business/yuppie crowd, there’s usually a group of coworkers taking up most of the space, but thankfully there is room at the bar where you can watch the TV’s that never have the sound on. No taps, average prices for average tasting bottles.
105th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.
Nothing like its namesake in Los Angeles, this is a quiet bar that comes across as an old school pub mixed with the feeling of a great bar someone built in their basement…feels like there should be carpeting in here. So the bar space is small but there’s plenty of room behind the wall separating the place. TV’s for sports watching, a quiet crowd that doesn’t get too big. Average beers at average prices, taste fine, food’s good.
Broadway btw 104th and 105th St.
I’ll start with the positives; big space, TV’s scattered around. The downsides; you get some weirdos sitting in here, and since there aren’t that many people in here, you notice them more. Older crowd from the neighborhood…really not much us to say so I’ll end it with average beers on tap, average prices, taste alright.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 106th and 107th St.
In an effort to keep updating the Upper West Side and by updating I mean make noisy/more lively), we have another sports bar that is usually crowded and is not that big of a space. If you don’t get seats, you’re cramped up front near the bar, and there’s always a crowd shuffling by. All that being said, it’s a good sports bar, lots of TV’s, and the food is pretty good. Wait staff is great, and hot, and the beers are average prices for average beers, taste fine.
Columbus Ave. btw 105th and 106th St.
I guess it was a matter of time before a Hipster bar came this far uptown. It’s a dark yet huge space, small bar in the back, a couple of tables in the other corners, and a pool table right in the middle. Crowd is college kids mixed with Hipsters, remains a small crowd for most of the evening. Above average taps at average to above average prices, taste fine.
Broadway and 108th St.
Back in my college days, this place was called Cannon’s. Though the name has changed, the place is still the exact same. Columbia crowd that rolls in on the dot around 10PM on a Friday night, and I couldn’t have gotten out of there fast enough. However, prior to that fateful hour, the place is kind of like a big empty room with seats lining the walls. Plenty of TV’s, staff is friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.