Archive for October, 2018

30th October
2018
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Broadway and 164th St.

Sports bar in a part of town severely lacking in sports bars.  Well, let me clarify; a sports bar that is showing just the Yankees game.  Lots of space, including some secluded spaces for parties. Crowd is very mixed (which is why I like this area) and from young, old, and after-work people who just wanna see sports.  Average and above average beers, average prices, taste fine.

Aaaaaaand it’s closed

www.heightstavernnyc.com

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30th October
2018
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3rd St. btw 6th Ave. and MacDougal St.

Ok, live music is a given here.  That said, know that you’re going to hear music and not have a big chance to socialize, unless you shout over the band, in which case you’re a dick.  A few seats at the bar give way to lots of tables for groups that include families of the band, tourists, or genuine fans of jazz. Food is alright, average beers and cocktails at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.bluenotejazz.com

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30th October
2018
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39th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

The outpost of it’s Chelsea location, this place is not as secluded or tucked away as it’s older brother.  One side of a hotel lobby (that’ll make sense when you go), it’s about three booths and a bar area that maybe fits about 25-30.  Crowd is tourists and people looking for a pretty good cocktail, and the service is decent. Cocktails at cocktail prices, taste pretty good.

www.raineslawroom.com

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30th October
2018
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30th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

No longer content with the shackles of Flatiron in their name (as well as not really being the Flatiron District anymore), Dewey’s Flatiron has moved to a new location that works much better than the two storied cavern that it once was.  Crowd is your typical B&T’s, mixed with people going to the Garden, lots of sports on TV, service very friendly. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.deweyspub.com

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30th October
2018
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West Side Highway and Vesey St.

Is it a tourist trap, yes, but it’s a relatively subdued crowd at this sky high bar.  If you don’t grab a table, there are a dozen or so bar stools up for grabs in this decently sized bar.  Service is good, views are great, not much more to it. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.oneworldobservatory.com

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30th October
2018
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10th St. btw 6th and Greenwich Ave.

Used to be Kingswood.  Not much has changed though the bar area no longer spills into the seating.  Crowd is still young to late 20’s, B&T’s, and the service is pretty good about keeping up with the crowds and makes a solid drink.  Beers and cocktails at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.happiesthournyc.com

 

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30th October
2018
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Broome St. btw Orchard and Ludlow St.

If I had to classify a bar for a date spot, this would probably be it.  This decent sized space with room (more room in the back) is a great place for drinks, for a chat with a friend, or to show a date a spot below Delancey (and that’s not a euphemism).  Crowd is 20’s and 30’s, service friendly, bottled beer, wine, and cocktails are the fare, at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.tenbellsnyc.com

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30th October
2018
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Orchard St. btw Broome and Delancey St.

Out of the many bars/bottle sellers, this is noted for being a spot that actually feels like a bar.  Not a lot of seats but plenty of standing room, the crowd is subdued locals in their late 20’s and 30’s.  Bartender is nice, and the place serves above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.tophops.com

30th October
2018
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Orchard St. btw Grand and Broome St.

Head downstairs to this live music cocktail bar that draws a mixed/young crowd.  Service is friendly, and while they are meticulous making your drink, it’s pretty darn tasty.  A handful of seats at the bar, seating closer to the stage, the rest is standing room. cocktails at average cocktail prices, and taste, as stated above, pretty darn good.

Aaaaaan it’s closed

www.botaniclab.nyc

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30th October
2018
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Bowery and 3rd St.

This place is huge!  But just because something is huge doesn’t mean it’s great…I’ll stop right there.  This bar located in the Bowery Hotel is a series of different sized rooms filled with all sorts of plants and stairs and doorways, so your best bet on moving around is to either stay put or work on the buddy system.  Service is good, sometimes it’s an event going on in here, other times it’s good for a couple of pre-dinner or pre-bed drinks. Above average drinks, average prices for these drinks, taste fine.

www.theboweryhotel.com

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29th October
2018
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Orchard St. btw Grand and Broome St.

It’s a thrift store in a bar…I can get behind this…though apparently customers could not, because it’s closed.  You can either come into buy, or sit and have some drinks and then make a choice you might regret later…sounds like lots of other bar nights.  Anywho, down to the bar, which is the other half of this establishment. Seats about 8 at the bar, a few tables in the back, and maybe 15-20 can stand without spilling on the merchandise.  Service woke up on the wrong side the night we were there, crowd is mixed, beer is bottled and at average prices, taste alright.

www.thedressingroomnyc.com

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29th October
2018
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Orchard St. btw Grand and Broome St.

While I will quickly skim over the food review here (plate lickin’ delicious), above the tables on the first floor there is an upstairs bar that draws a crowd as the night goes on.  It’s a small space, with the second floor half the size of the first, and just gets to be way too crowded so just hang at the bar downstairs instead and enjoy the good music from there.  Cocktails and bottled beer at slightly above average prices, cocktails taste pretty good.

Aaaaaand it’s closed

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29th October
2018
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Orchard St. btw Hester and Canal St.

Alright, excellent case of not really a restaurant.  Lots of booze and different types of oysters, with less than a handful of other small pickins.  You come here to drink, have a few good/cheap oysters, and start your night out. 30’s and up crowd, bottled beers with cocktails, slightly above average prices for both, cocktails taste nice.

And now it’s closed, revamped as Bar Belly.

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29th October
2018
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John St. btw William and Gold St.

Putting aside the fact they use that awful acronym in their name, it’s the same as it’s midtown location, except way more business kids, and a big emphasis on kids.  Everyone in here is fresh out of college and surrounded by their peers, with a smattering of older folks there to pick up the tab or leer at said younger folks. It’s one big room, with everyone packed amongst reserved tables.  Lot’s of TV’s, average and above average beers at above average prices for all, taste fine.

www.stoutnyc.com

 

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29th October
2018
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John St. btw Cliff and Pearl St.

You drink down in this neighborhood, and you’re going to be with the business crowd or the tourist crowd.  While the former drink here into the night, it’s an older and more subdued after-work crowd you’ll find here, patiently enjoying happy hour before missing their train home.  Lots of TV’s, nice long space with tables in the back, and friendly service. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.opendoornyc.com

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29th October
2018
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181st St. and Cabrini Blvd.

Might be one of the more claustrophobic bars I’ve ever been to, from the bathroom to ducking under the stairs to get around.  It’s half brunch spot, have people crammed into a small bar area to wait for said brunch. Nice enough spot for the neighborhood locals, service is alright, beers are a mixed bag, average prices, taste fine.

www.lecheilenyc.com

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29th October
2018
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Broadway btw Fairview Ave. and 192nd St.

Sports bar that draws a decent crowd during the day, and pretty much stays that way into the night.  Lots of TV’s, friendly service, lots of craft beers on tap at above average prices, taste fine.

 

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29th October
2018
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Broadway and Arden St.

I’m pretty sure by the time I post this, the bar will be gone, but I’m glad I got to go once.  It’s a dark bar where people who just want a drink in their own silence come, but good luck with one of the nicest/chattiest bartenders on hand.  I feel as if the TV in the bar until recently had to be smacked on the side in order to get good reception. Decent spot but can get a little depressing, average beers, all bottled, taste like bottled beer.

I was right, closed!

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29th October
2018
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Broadway btw Thayer and Dyckman St.

Shiny Irish bar in an area that is experiencing some new life.  TV overload with an island bar in the middle, you get some locals, families, and bros all mixed together during a game.  Service is nice, lots of beers, average and above average on tap, average to slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.tryonpublichouse.com

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29th October
2018
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Division St, btw Ludlow and Orchard St.

100%  more like a brunch spot on the weekends, but thankfully attracts the non-eaters after work during the week.  A little more business type-y than its neighbors, and definitely more subdued. Service is nice, most people keep to themselves, mainly because there is zero room to stand around in here from all of the seats.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.forgtmenotnyc.com

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