Archive for July, 2014
31st St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Used to be the Irish Times, and now it’s not, but by name alone. Still the same sports bar with plenty of TV’s for your viewing pleasure, still is multi-leveled, still alot of space to move around. Beers are even the same, though the service got a little slower. Average beer at average prices, taste alright.
2nd Ave btw 88th and 89th St.
Used to be Elaine’s, and while I have no frame of reference, having never visited the former tenant, this place draws a good crowd, particularly a big older crowd mixed with a younger crowd, and it gets pretty packed. Two separate rooms, the larger more of a sitting/dining area, the smaller the bar area. Service is pretty good, above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.
Used to be Tin Lizzy’s, and while the crowd might be the same age, it’s definitely “more adult” in here now. Gone is the back area for dancing; now it’s full of tables, packed with people who want to enjoy a craft beer. It gets pretty crowded in here, and with the over abundance of tables, it’s a little tough to move around, but this “more adult” crowd handles it well, as well as the bartenders. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Lexington Ave. btw 72nd and 73rd St.
This location in this chain of bars is probably the quietest (whilst still drawing a crowd) and most adult, neither of which is a bad thing. Want to smoke a cigar in after-work silence or with a buddy or two, this might be the best out of a chain for a relaxing night. Only downside was that I was confused by where the door was once you come off the street, but now I’m just looking for something wrong with this place! Above average drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
12th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
Quiet bar during the week, draws a crowd on the weeke…wait, that’s every bar. Anywho, this spot is two rooms of space, lots of places to sit, and draws a younger crowd. The service depends on what day you come: weekdays when it’s empty, service is non-existent, weekends it picks up, probably to make sure people keep coming back on the weekends. Above average beers, average prices, taste fine.
Ave. A btw 13th and 14th St.
Of the two bars drawing a sports crowd on this block, this is where the youngins hang out, legally of course. Not much too it, simple square with a bar on one side. Pretty good amount of TV’s, crowd is young (can get a little douchey at times), and the service is pretty good. Average and above average taps, average prices, taste fine.
(Broome St. btw Bowery and Elizabeth St.)
Latest (well, newer) in a line of gastropubs to make it’s way downtown. This bar does not lack for square footage, but it constantly packed. The crowd ranges from right out of college, to Hipster, to people there right after work or meeting for a date…you know, its a big ole mix of people. Beers are above average, above average prices, taste fine.