Archive for December, 2013
3rd Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.
Out of the darkness comes the light. And that comment really only has to do with comparing the cave-like settings of the original location as compared to the shiny lights of its new spot, located one block north. There’s also multiple floors now instead of a usually closed bar in the basement. Still the same crowd (all ages that usually keep to themselves, mixed with soccer fans), and space is decent but packed with tables now. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Some positives for this place include a lot of space, lots of taps, and lots of TV’s. The service is alright, slowly managing the business kids and late 20’s that make up the crowd. The downside is that there’s not much too it, sort of lacking a personality. Or maybe I’m getting fussier. It just feels like a big space that does its best to keep everyone in their separate corners. Average and above average taps, average prices, taste fine.
Houston St. and Sullivan St.
Used to be XR Bar, and it’s basically the same layout (good amount of space for sitting and at the bar) with a little bit of cleaning done. Service is pretty good, it’s a mixed crowd of right out of college kids and an older crowd that actually lives in Greenwich Village. Sports on TV, movies when it’s not, above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
W. 4th btw Jones and Barrow St.
I’ve been to a bunch of bars with karaoke, but this is the first that not only feels like a bar, but it’s a party going on in here. No pressure to sing, but if you come here you’ll be inundated with the good, the pro’s, and a bunch of people who just want to wail into the night. Decent amount of space, service is pretty good, the crowd is a mix of college kids and everyone in their 20’s, and remember that it’s a karaoke bar, so deal with it. Average beers for average prices, taste fine.
Broome St. and Allen St.
Used to be Lolita, and while I never got a chance to visit, if it was anything like its replacement, I definitely missed out on something. Nice, cozy bar in the Lower East Side that does a good job of attracting groups of all kinds. Good amount of space up front, more room in the back, and plenty of sitting room in both. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Essex St. btw Grand and Hester St.
This bar may be in for the running of smallest bar in Manhattan. To top it off, they crammed a performance space into one corner. Probably fits about 15 people in here, you come for the aspiring artists (very loose term), mingle with the hipsters, enjoy the friendly service, and then move along. Honestly, it’s a quiet spot, but avoid the acts.. They only have above average beer and wine, average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Speakeasy’s aside, this might be the most well hidden bar in the city. I honestly thought I was walking by a deli when I passed. Tucked away in the middle of a non-descript block, this Scottish bar is a nice quiet place for either a stopover on the way home or just to quietly watch a game on TV. Good amount of bar space up front, tables in the back, service is friendly, crowd is mixed. Average beers and Scottish beers, average prices, taste fine.
10th St. btw Waverly Pl. and Greenwich Ave.
Packed bar on a quiet street in the West Village. Room is basically a cube, some tables up front and on the side, mostly just room for standing around. Crowd is B&T’s and a few locals, and I’ve never seen it less than halfway full. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.