Archive for November, 2013

27th November
2013
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92nd St. and 3rd Ave.

Used to be Brother Jimmy’s, and man, it couldn’t be any more different.  Gone are the days of day drinking in a dark bar, here is a brunch/dinner spot that caters to families as well as the tame sports watcher.  The space is more crowded with numerous tables, and the booze selection has gone up a notch from fishbowls and bud lights.  Above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.beermenus.com/places/7744-third-avenue-ale-house/

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25th November
2013
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10th Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.

Whiskey bar in Hell’s Kitchen.  They do have other alcohol as well, but their specialty is whiskey, and they have lots.  The space is pretty small, can maybe hold 30 tops, so try for a space in the back.  Crowd is late 20’s and up, quiet spot, not much more to it.  Whiskey and other spirits, about ~11 and up for a drink, tastes as whiskey should.

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19th November
2013
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Broadway and 20th St.

Below the store is a cocktail bar that is usually always crowded.  Make your way past the awkward coat check, head downstairs, and if you’re there early enough you can grab a table; if not you’re headed to the small bar.  Cocktails and wine are the pours here, crowd is B&T’s, business kids, and any local workers.  Cocktails, average prices for cocktails (~11), taste fine.

www.beechershandmadecheese.com

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14th November
2013
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Stone St. btw Coentis Slip and William St.

To say any bar on Stone Street is subdued is a stretch, but this is definitely one of the quieter venues on that stretch.  Has your sports on TV, good amount of bar space, crowd is the same as pretty much every bar on Stone Street, meaning business kids and tourists mixed in with some people who want to actually watch the game.  Above average drinks at above average prices, tastes fine.

www.thegrowlernyc.com

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13th November
2013
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Stone St. btw Coentis Slip and Broad Street

Mexican bar/restaurant, in basically the same way that most places labeled as such are there to provide some food if needed, but most people are here for margaritas, tequila, or to pack it to the gills on May 5th.  Good amount of bar space, crowd is business kids, tourists, and those craving guacamole, etc. (it’s actually pretty good).  Average taps, average prices, taste fine.

www.maddogandbeans.com

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12th November
2013
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3rd Ave. btw 26th and 27th St.

Use to be McCormack’s, same long bar with a backroom, but now it’s been shined from a pub to a gastropub.  The crowd has also changed, from older local sports fans to the late 20’s-30’s crowd that like to search for new hot spots.  Drinks are now above average beers with a cocktail menu, slightly above average prices for the beers, taste fine.

www.gracebarnyc.com

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8th November
2013
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2nd Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.

A gastropub has made its way to the Upper East Side.  Polished addition to the Upper East Side, this place draws in your UES 20’s to young 30’s crowd.  There’s a decent amount of room here, though most of the tables wind up being reserved.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.penrosebar.com

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7th November
2013
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Ludlow St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

This bar basically defines the term “down to the bare bones”…wait, I swear there’s no double entendre in there.  You walk into a big empty basement room and pretty much just stand around, either waiting for other people to stand with, or for the other bar behind the wall to open after 11 PM.  Not much hidden back there either, though a little more polished in this room.  Hipster bar, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.darkroomles.com

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6th November
2013
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Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.

Best way to sum this place up is the bar that everyone references when they think Lower East Side bar.  That’s really all it has going for it.  It also attracts every type of crowd, from Hipsters to B&T’s to your average drinker of any age.  Live music in the back, bar gets pretty cramped up front.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.pianosnyc.com

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5th November
2013
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Ludlow St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

Sort of misnamed bar in the Lower East Side.  While the space might be void of seats or, well, anything really, there is a lot of space to stand around, a back room that’s a little darker, and the makings of an impromptu dance party.  Average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.

www.nofun-nyc.com

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4th November
2013
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St. Marks Pl. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

To say it’s just a bar that is frequented at intermission from the guests attending a show at the attached playhouse and only really frequented by passerby’s who wait until they see a sign of life in here before entering might be the best way to sum this place up.  The crowd is basically theater goers and the occasional stragglers, and they serve mostly cocktails and are pretty in the know about absinthe.  A few above average beers on tap, above average prices, taste fine.

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1st November
2013
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St. Marks Pl. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

This might be the quirkiest bar I’ve ever been to.  2 floors of tacky (albeit fun) decorations, completely a mixed crowd of people of all kinds, having the balcony makes me feel as if some weird show is going on below and I’m just a spectator to all if it.  Service is pretty good, average beers at average price, taste fine.

www.saintstavern.com

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