Archive for August, 2012
Warren St. btw Greenwich St. and W. Broadway
While any bar showing sports is ok in my book…er, blog, this new breed of “posh” sports bars, such as this one, has me perplexed. How am I supposed to act in here!?! I want to root root for my home team, but everyone is standing around and paying zero attention to the game, so I wouldn’t want to be a disturbance, but it is a bar after all. That aside, crowd is all young business kids, a few booths up front with some seats in back, nowhere else to stand really so be prepared to be cramped. Above average beers with Bud Light sneaking in there, average prices, taste fine.
Warren St. btw Church St. and W. Broadway
If someone’s man cave was also a dive bar at the same time…actually, that explains it perfectly. Either grab one of the dozen seats at the bar or the table in the back, or your standing around wondering which arcade game to play or being asked to move away so gaming can commence. The crowd ranges from young business kids to older locals. Nice bartender, average drinks with good happy hour prices (average prices at other times), taste fine.
Mercer St. btw Prince and Houston St
A “snow lodge” in the middle of Soho that takes itself a little too seriously. It has some couches up front, bar in the back with a couple of tables, no need for a hostess and no need for “reservation” signs on every table, especially with an after work crowd in there on a weekday night. Above average drinks, slightly above average prices, taps were a little off.
Murray St. btw W. Broadway and Church St.
And here is where the college crowd has moved to…graduates of course. Also a lot of young business kids tend to mingle here, sprinkled with some of the elder crowd too. Deceptively large bar, as I thought it was just another quiet space from the outside. And most of that space is filled after work until the later hours, so plan on bringing a friend so you blend in. Average pints, average prices, taste average.
Murray St. btw W. Broadway and Church St.
Say good bye to what was the college themed, frat boy bar of Biddy Early’s and say hello to its clean and proper replacement. Well, at least it’s trying to be straight laced. A much more subdued crowd sits in silence here as the older bartender fumfers around behind the bar, you come in, stare at the TV, wonder if it’s any crazier downstairs (it’s not, just sort of a Whiskey lounge down there) and wonder if they are just trying to save on the electric bill with the dim lights or creating a mood. Too much thinking for a bar, so I had an average tasting drink from the average tasting taps, at average price of course, and scurried next door.
Mulberry St. and Kenmare St.
I went in around happy hour, as I’m wont to do, and all I saw was a lot of business types swarming around and filling the small bar area, with a few branching out to the tables. After getting my pint, I noticed that the empty table area is actually kind of a restaurant and there is brick oven pizza on the menu. Now, I would say this is a good example of getting fooled by the name of a place, but no one was eating (though the pizza did look and smell pretty good), everyone was drinking/carousing/watching sports on tv, so I’m going to go with the “bar” label unless I see people eating in there. Above average pints at above average prices, taste fine, good service.
Murray St. btw Greenwich St. and W. Broadway
This is a place you come for a well-rounded cast of characters. Enter the most brightly lit bar I’ve ever been to, and you get old locals, business kids, dates, youth, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! There’s a good amount of space, never overly crowded, lots of TV’s on, and everyone, staff and patrons alike, is pretty friendly. Average beers at average prices, taste fine, pretty decent bar.
7th Ave. btw 16th and 17th St.
For the record, I didn’t see anyone eating in here, only the bar was packed, so I’m going to review it. Went in on a weeknight, every chair at the bar was taken, and was definitely a mid-40’s crowd, quiet, kept to themselves…this actually made it a decent place to grab a drink. The service is good, if you can’t sit at the bar there isn’t much more room to congregate, there’s another room downstairs for bigger groups who like their drinks delivered. Above average taps (Blue Moon, etc.) for slightly above average prices, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd St.
It would be detrimental to call it a fancier place, but it definitely attracts a more nicely dressed individual than some of the other bars on 9th Ave. It’s really just a big bar, split into two room, business kids mixed with dinner dates, tossing in the random older local. Not a lot of space for standing, the service is quick and friendly, lots of TV’s, above average taps at a little above average prices, taste fine.
48th St. and 9th Ave.
I’m not exactly sure who was hoping for a meat head bar in Hell’s Kitchen, but here you go. Basically one room split by the bar down the middle, definitely doesn’t feel as polished as it’s Midtown location even though it’s new-ish to the area. The crowd is as mentioned in the first sentence, sprinkled in with Business kids. Service was pretty good though, average prices for average drinks that taste average.
54th btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
Decent sized bar with two floors in midtown that usually has a pretty good sized crowd, from tourists to area workers to business types. The top floor is usually some group, the downstairs for the casual drinker. Nothing really stood out to bring me back, but it’s by no means a bad place. Average drinks at average prices, taste fine, nice staff.