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1st December
2014
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2nd Ave. and 85th St.

Used to be a restaurant, and now it’s a bar…so there.  Decent sized space with a horseshoe bar, lots of columns to knock and space to be knocked into, so try and grab a tall table by the window.  Or head upstairs where there is more seating, but they really pack ‘em in!  Average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.fivemilestone.com

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20th November
2014
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Houston St. btw Eldridge and Forsythe St.

Probably one of the larger bars on the Lower East Side, with a very long bar to boot.  Crowd is young locals (which these days means new condo owners) mixed with moviegoers from next door and neighborhood workers.  As I said, plenty of space, dim lighting, sports on TV, lots of taps, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.foolsgoldnyc.com

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18th November
2014
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Houston St. btw Allen and Eldridge St.

Used to be National Underground, and now it’s more of a pub.  The only screen was playing the Godfather when I was in there, so for sports, you might have to go elsewhere.  This Irish bar (assumption based solely on the Owner and bartender’s brogue’s) is a small spot that’s pretty basic, which can be nice if you just want a quiet drink.  Average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

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17th November
2014
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Battery Park

Ok, the beer garden bar area is the part not facing the water (the water part is, of course and inconveniently, part of the restaurant).  This hedge enclosed bar basically has about a dozen or so garden tables with umbrellas, and a quasi-tiki bar at one end.  Not many people here except for people coming off the Ferries, so basically tourists.  Average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.batterygardens.com

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13th November
2014
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Fulton St. and Front St.

I’m pretty sure that this bar takes up three separate corners (and part of a street) on Fulton and Front Streets, so I’m going to review the one on the southwest corner because, after having walked through all three, this one looked the most bar like and the warmest (and I could sit).  So, this place has a good amount of standing space, indoor picnic tables for meeting new friends, and a lot of different beer taps.  Service is good, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.ambrosehall.theluregroup.com

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11th November
2014
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37th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

One of the few rooftop bars where there isn’t a lot of standing room…actually, there’s really just not much space.  This rooftop is basically a bunch of tables and bench seating, filled with workers from the Fashion District and hotel guests.  Service can be a little slow, but they’re friendly.  Drinks are cocktails and wine, above average prices for each, taste fine.

www.topofthestrand.com

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10th November
2014
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19th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Russian bar/eatery…fine, it could be considered a place to go eat, but the drink selection brings it back into bar territory.  They have Vodka specials where you can sample a whole bunch for a decent price, and they have plenty of beers as well, also decently priced.  Crowd tends to be parties, people 30 and up, or actual Russians.  Booze and food taste fine, above average prices on individual drinks but good deals on tastings, taste fine.

www.nasharashanyc.com

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6th November
2014
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Broadway btw Bleecker and 3rd St.

Cocktail bar mixed with activities = here.  Someone created a bar near NYU where business kids can go and play foosball, play shuffleboard, watch sports, crammed them into a tight bar area (there are seats but they’re usually taken), and slowly pass the time before they stumble back upstairs (it’s in the basement of the building) into the sunlight.  Now that’s a sentence!  Service has a hard time with the crowd, but still friendly.  Cocktails and a few above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.sweetwatersocial-hub.com

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5th November
2014
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11th St. btw 3rd and 4th Ave.

I have been going to shows at Webster Hall for years, and how have I never known this was here?  Big bar, decent amount of space, lots of TV’s, and lots of crap on the walls.  Crowd is in their 20’s, service is friendly, average taps at average prices, taste fine.

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28th October
2014
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Bleecker St. btw Thompson and Sullivan St.

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this place.  Is it a Hookah Bar?  Why does it require a bouncer?  What exactly are the hours it’s open?  Came in here with some friends, found a long, thin bar that gets a bit tight with everyone else inside.  Not much to it really,, tight space in the front, a few tables in the back, service is pretty good at keeping up with the orders, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.faluckany.com

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27th October
2014
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3rd Ave. and 13th St.

Two level bar in an area churning out a decent number of good spots.  Big space for mingling, windows for hanging out of (OSHA compliant of course), sports on TV, and they even have a rack for newspapers (bonus point!).  Crowd is 20’s and 30’s, service is friendly, above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.brazenfoxnyc.com

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23rd September
2014
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39th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

I think the best way to sum this place up is that it wanted to be a club over near 10th Ave. in Chelsea, but decided to try it’s luck in the middle of the island.  The patrons and owners haven’t gotten the memo and still treat it as if it’s a raging club 24/7, filled with smoke machines, VIP tables, coat check, etc. with just a really sparse crowd.  There’s a decent amount of space by the bar, service is friendly…that’s about it.  Average drinks (bottles), slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.evrnyc.com

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18th September
2014
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39th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

Trying to get to this rooftop bar is like reenacting the Goodfellas Copacabana entrance scene.  When you finally get to the elevator, you’re brought up stairs to a decent sized space where the drinks are, surprisingly, not outrageously priced.  I mean, still above average, but not to a point of complaint.  Views are pretty good, decent space even though they have VIP tables, and the crowd is 20’s-30’s mixed with tourists.  they even have a TV for sports.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.theskylarknyc.com

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15th September
2014
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9th Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.

Used to be Door, more recently Albert Hall, and now it’s gone the gastropub route.  Still a pretty sizable space, though this is definitely the most crowded I’ve seen it.  Filled with people of all ages, ranging from neighborhood workers to locals to tourists, the only place to get a wide range of crafts brews in this area.  Above average drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.scallywagsnyc.com

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2nd September
2014
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9th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.

Used to be Blarney Stone, one of several in the city, but now it’s been spruced up a bit to resemble a more welcoming spot.  This place draws an above 30’s crowd after work, as it;s definitely one of the quieter spots in the neighborhood (I’m including everything near Penn Station and 10th Avenue as “the neighborhood”).  Space can be a little tight, but ther’es usualyl a seat open at the bar, food is good, service is friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

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2nd September
2014
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Sorry for the lack of posts, decided to take the summer and spruce up my writing skil…ha, who am I kidding, posts will be the same as always!

For the dozens of readers (probably overestimating), I’ll be sprucing up the website come the new year, hopefully take it to another level.

So, away we go…

23rd July
2014
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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.

www.thethirstyfan.com

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22nd July
2014
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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.

www.thewritingroomnyc.com

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16th July
2014
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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.

www.thesupplyhousenyc.com

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14th July
2014
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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.

www.barandbooks.cz/lexington

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10th July
2014
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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.

www.doublewidebar.com

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9th July
2014
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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.

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8th July
2014
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(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.

www.randolphnyc.com

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2nd June
2014
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Grand St. and Thompson St.

Rooftop bar that pretty much has what most others do: great view (even though they’re all different of course), pool you can’t go in unless you’re a hotel guest, and pricey drinks that aren’t any different from ground floor bars or different enough to justify the high price.  It’s smaller than most roof bars, and the crowd is a mix of hotel guests and people who like taking elevators to be seen.  Staff is friendly, cocktails at cocktail prices (~13), taste alright.

www.jimmysoho.com

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21st May
2014
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1st Ave. and St. Mark’s Pl.

This could go either way, as a restaurant or a bar/lounge/gimmick, but the booze is flowing more than the food (food’s good though), so bar it is.  Bar bedecked in curtains and amidst a sea of red and gold everything, draws a crowd of young and old, mostly the former, but while it’s a nice, quiet spot early on, gets packed at night.  Drinks are cocktails and booze, average price for them (~$12), taste fine.

www.simonemartinibar.com

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19th May
2014
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N. Moore St. btw Varick and Hudson St.

Upscale spot in TriBeCa, this place is a decent spot for a drink before dinner or to hang after work with your business friends.  Decent sized space that has a lot of reserved table and enjoys playing the whole “let me check if we have anything” game when it’s empty anyway, and you’re standing there watching them look at an empty bar.  Anywho, service is pretty slow if you’re sitting at the bar, all cocktails and booze, average cocktail prices (~12), taste fine.

www.brandylibrary.com

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8th May
2014
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Church St. btw Franklin and White St.

A subterranean cocktail bar in Tribeca.  A small bar that has most tables reserved…actually, pretty much all tables reserved, so grab one of the handful of bar stools and try a drink.  They have a few beers on tap in addition to their cocktail list, service is friendly, crowd is a mixed bag and also ranges from crowded to empty.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, cocktails are cocktail prices, taste fine.

www.bflat.info

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6th May
2014
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14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

A “gastropub” that is joining the ranks of other “gastropubs” in this neck of the woods, though this might be the most crowded with younger people out of them all.  The crowd ranges from fresh out of college to business kids, standing around for either your generic cocktail or one of many taps.  Staff is friendly, big space with seats in the back and a front bar area that has good turnover on stools but maintains the number of patrons.  Above average taps, taste alright, above average prices.

www.thewinslownyc.com

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29th April
2014
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3rd Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.

A decent sized bar that is a bit more subdued that it’s neighbors, which helps to draw a different crowd (slightly older, quieter, and more room to maneuver).  It’s just a basic bar, some tables in front and back, friendly service.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.linenhallnyc.com

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28th April
2014
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St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st Ave. and Ave. A

This place changed from the Village Joker before I even had a chance to go in there, so lets hope it fares better.  Went in around happy hour and I was the only costumer.  Went by again on a weekend, still empty.  It’s one open space, not as lively as its neighbors, friendly bartender.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

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25th April
2014
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59th St. and Broadway

One of two bars in the Time Warner Center, this one has a pretty sweet view, though definitely lacks in space.  If you can’t get one of the few tables here, there about 8 bar stools to try and grab, otherwise you’re out of luck.  All wine and cocktails, crowd is older with an occasional tourist tossed in.  Service is friendly, drinks a little pricey (~$13 for a cocktail), taste fine.

www.centerbarnyc.com

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24th April
2014
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Used to be the Irish Rogue, but they’ve opened the space a little (and construction still looks ongoing) so it’s a little more room to breathe in here.  Still the same good amount of sports available, good amount of space to sit, service is friendly.  Average and above average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.

www.quinnsnyc.com

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22nd April
2014
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Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

It’s an arcade with beer, and that’s about it.  Games ranging from old to older, usually crowded and gets a little tight but I never had to wait long at all to play.  Crowd ranges from 20’s to 30’s to gamers.  There’s booze in the back, average taps at average prices, taste fine.

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21st April
2014
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Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

Used to be Mason Dixon, and its thankfully very different.  While they may be the worst hidden bar (can’t tell if they’re going for the speakeasy thing with the tiny store up front), its by no means the worst.  This place is usually always packed, whether you’re here for brunch or to grab a bite while packing in to this large space.  Tables in back, bar area up front, all filled to the gills.  Food good, service good as well, above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.sonsofessexnyc.com

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8th April
2014
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Nurse Bettie (Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.)

A decent bar/lounge that caters to those looking to avoid the louder Essex Street scene, or to those just passing through on their way to another bar.  Decent sized space with seating all around, friendly staff, crowd is 20’s and 30’s.  I can’t vouch for the Burlesque shows that go on here, just throwing it out that they do have them (guess we were too early on a Saturday), but when I passed by during one, the place was packed.  Above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.nursebettie.com

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4th April
2014
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Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

Speakeasy’s, take note.  This is how it should be.  If I’m not walking through a back alley or don’t have an opportunity to move a bookshelf, you’re just a basement bar.  Anywho, make your way past said alley into a pretty big space holding a mixed crowd of young and old.  Good place to hang with a group of friends, cocktails at average prices (~$11), taste fine.

 

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2nd April
2014
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Sunita Bar (Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.)

I’ve walked by multiple times and it’s been open, so I can’t confirm that the business hours are whenever the owner would like to open.  That aside, there’s really not much to the place.  Basically a small open room, a few seats away from the bar, basically just feels like a place to wait before heading elsewhere.  A quiet bar compared to its neighbors, average drinks at average prices, taste fine.

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1st April
2014
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Clinton St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

This is a pretty interesting idea.  It’s an art gallery/performance space with a small bar up front.  They thankfully allow you to wander the galleries with your drink, and even have some space to sit down amongst the displays.  Staff is nice, above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.culturefixny.com

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27th March
2014
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48th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

This bar must purely exist for events or for people who work in the neighborhood to pretend to be big shots.  You enter into a decent sized space lined with booths for bottle service, and lots of people in suits dropping $14 for cocktails.  The scene is business kids, staff is very attentive, cocktails at above cocktail prices (~$13), taste alright.

www.48nyc.com

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26th March
2014
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45th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

The latest in the line of Beer Refrigerator’s comes to Hell’s Kitchen.  Thankfully, this one is a little livelier than others.  You go in, you can buy six packs, you can buy beers on tap, and they have sports on TV.  It’s not the biggest of spaces, it can get crowded, which it usually is, and the crowd is late 20’s and up.  Above average beers and craft beers, above average prices, taste fine.

www.beerculturenyc.com

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25th March
2014
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8th Ave and 45th St.

New bar to the 8th Avenue scene (is there an 8th Avenue scene?) that is just like any other sports bar.  The difference is that while it offers nothing different (not a bad thing), it has crammed this place full of tables and there’s actually a VIP section.  I get it, rent is too darn high (copyright avoidance!) but, when you’re in here, you’re cramped into a small standing space next to many empty tables.  The crowd is older with some spill in from people on their way home to the Port Authority and theatre goers, service is pretty good, average beers at average prices, taps could use a cleaning.

www.ironbarnyc.com

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21st March
2014
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10th St. btw Greenwich and 6th Ave.

Two floors of bar here.  The top floor is an island bar with some decent standing space, though you are surrounded by people eating.  Downstairs is a better bar space, more room to mill about.  The scene is mid-20’s to low-30’s crowd mixed with older locals, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.kingswoodnyc.com

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20th March
2014
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8th St. btw Macdougal St. and 5th Ave.

A cocktail bar that is joining the influx of cocktail bars into the area…every area really.  It’s basically an escape from the sports bars/frat fests below 3rd Street, just a nice spot that has a good amount of room, and it doesn’t feel as stuffy as other cocktail bars.  Now don’t get fooled, still a mid-20’s to low-30’s crowd,  but it’s some of the better cocktails I’ve had, friendly service, cocktails at cocktail prices (~$11), taste fine.

www.analoguenyc.com

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19th March
2014
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Ave. B btw 10th and 11th St.

The term “lounge” is used a little loosely here (I’d avoid the couch in the back) but it definitely is a quiet, decently sized spot that’s good if you want to avoid big crowds.  Nice spot, friendly bartender, above average drinks at average prices, taste fine.

www.boxcarlounge.com

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17th March
2014
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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

This bar has changed so many times (Black Finn, Tammany Hall), but maybe they might have gotten it right with this recent iteration.  Taken over by the guy’s from PJ Clarke’s, gone are the days of test tube shots and pure frat boys/business kids.  Now it has an older feel, drawing in a more mature crowd (actually fun to watch people come in, look around for their old haunt, linger for a drink , and then leave) while still having a good amount of sports on TV.  Service is very friendly, average and above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.hudsonmalone.com

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13th March
2014
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1st Ave. and 1st. St.

So after seeing this place on countless “top new bars” lists, I gave it a once over.  With the exception that the bar area reminds me of the neon lights on an old jukebox, there is really nothing out of the ordinary about this place.  The menu had your generic cocktails, there was a decent sized space for sitting, service was friendly, just your run of the mill bar.  Mixed drinks, average prices for them (~$8-$10), taste fine.

www.goldencadillacnyc.com

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12th March
2014
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3rd Ave. btw 17th and 18th St.)

Used to be Still, but now it draws more of a crowd, though that crowd may still be business kids, thankfully with more adults mixed in.  Still plenty of sports on TV, service is better, still a pretty big space.  Average taps at average prices, taps could use a cleaning out.

www.trionasnyc.com

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10th March
2014
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40th St. and 6th Ave.

I always thought this was a sandwich place, but come here after work and you just find a bunch of people drinking.  And during the winter, they drag out a fire pit in the middle of a bunch of chairs.  Not much else to it, all outdoors, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.bryantpark.org

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4th March
2014
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40th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Normally a coat check will have me turn right around, but this blog ain’t gonna write itself!  Head to the basement of Bryant Park Hotel, and you have a somewhat spacious bar room packed with business kids, after work parties, and tourists.  Pretty tough to get a seat, so you cram next to the bar and grab a cocktail…not much more to it.  Service is pretty good, no taps, cocktails at cocktail prices (~12), taste fine.

www.cellarbarbryantparkhotel.com

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3rd March
2014
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39th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

A packed “gastropub” that’s trying to bring a little bit of adult to the neighborhood.  Basically two room, island bar up front, tables in the back.  There’s a good amount of standing space but, as mentioned, can fill up quick around happy hour time.  Clientele is older mixed with business types, service is pretty good at handling the orders, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.parkerandquinnnyc.com

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28th February
2014
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2nd Ave. and 13th St.

Used to be Nightingales, but now you can actually see the inside from the outside!  Gone are the always curtained atmosphere and the weird lounge vibe.  Hers now stands a spacious pub, though for a new spot it could use a good airing out.  It’s basically just your run of the mill bar, sports on TV, friendly service, and the crowd is college kids mixed with a dash of Hipster and business kid.  Average taps at average prices, taste fine.

www.durdenbarnyc.com

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27th February
2014
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University Pl. btw 11th and 12th St.

I have to imagine that this place is trying to be The Max for NYU, with Max serving beer of course.  It’s a noisy bar that draws in students, an older crowd, an…you know, basically anybody looking for beer and a burger.  Decent size space, service is friendly, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.popburger.com

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26th February
2014
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7th Ave. btw 47th and 48th St.

While most New Yorkers loathe walking through Times Square, staring at it from a few floors up isn’t half bad.  The hard part is getting a seat for this view.  This hotel bar is on the second floor of the Renaissance Hotel and it’s made up of two rooms: the main room is a decent sized room that is always packed, and so you move to the second room, which has about a dozen seats and is more of a waiting around area until you can get into the first room.  Crowd is all tourists, not much to this place at all except the view, cocktails that are roughly ~$13, taste alright.

www.rloungetimessquare.com

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25th February
2014
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3rd Ave. and 94th St.

One big bright TV/window filled room.  A simple bar filled with tables and bar stools that is usually packed any day of the week.  Crowd is your typical young Upper East Side resident, this place is really trying to present a more upscale watering hole.  Service is fine, slightly above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.thedistrictbarnyc.com

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24th February
2014
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La Biblioteca (3rd Ave. and 41st St.)

Basement lounge below Zengo that is trying to be a lot more upscale then it actually is.  Also, not entirely sure where the name comes from as there is really nothing here that’s Spanish aside from the tequila, which every bar has.  Anywho, most people congregate around the bar (duh), but there’s this whole empty room on the way to the bathroom that needs to be utilized more than looking like a fancy doctor’s waiting room.  Crowd is all business kids.  Bottled beers and mixed drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.richardsandoval.com

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20th February
2014
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University Pl. btw 12th and 13th St.

Adult Playground brings up so many other images, so I’m going to call this Mid-Twenties’ Putt Putt that charges you for bar games you can pay nothing for elsewhere.  Situated above Bowlmor Lanes, this activity bar has your beers, your nine hole putting course, air hockey, shuffleboard, etc… all the while charging a decent penny to play them.  This place can get crowded, sometimes it’s closed for events, sometimes you are the only people there (my favorite times!).  Average and above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.bowlmor.com/greenwich-village-country-club

 

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19th February
2014
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51st St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Another member of the cookie cutter “Irish Pub” that seems to abound in Manhattan.  It’s basically your after work crowd of business types (old and young) mixed with theater goers.  Decent sized space, service is good, sports on TV, just a regular bar really.  Average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.mchalespub.com

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18th February
2014
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26th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

I think it would be fair to call this half bar, half beer hall…well, better upstairs bar, downstairs beer hall.  All craft beer menu with plenty of cocktails as well, this venue is going for the old-timey feel, which explains the lack of sound on all of the sports TV’s downstairs (yes, I’m fully aware radio came before TV, just roll with the joke, ok).  It really is like two different bars, with a bit of a haughty/pretentious air upstairs and downstairs filled with a more energetic crowd.  Crowd is business kids, area workers, 20’s- and 30’s, and people who mix it up with Flatiron Room across the street.  Service is good, food is ok, above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.

www.flatironhall.com

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10th February
2014
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23rd St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

This place used to be Limerick’s, and I guess someone decided this could finally not be a dump anymore.  After a good washing, the new place is a lot brighter, more than two people are in here, staff is still friendly, crowd is basically anyone who works in the area and is in for a few drinks before going home.  Average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.thestorehousenyc.com

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4th February
2014
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Mulberry Street btw Grand and Hester St.

If you can find this place on the first try, you’re my hero.  On the second or fifth pass, you walk down a few steps, passed the bright red door, and you have a small bar with a decent sized backyard.  This nicely polished spot is a cocktail joint that has jumped on the “we don’t have a set cocktail list, but tell me what you’re in the mood for” band wagon.  There’s room for about 20 inside, much more out back, service is fine, crowd is 20’s and 30’s, along with those who like the “next hot thing”.  Cocktails, above average prices (~$15), taste fine.

www.projectgroupnyc.com

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3rd February
2014
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60th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

A new craft beer place to hit this lower part of the Upper East Side.  Actually, it might be the only one around here.  Anywho, it’s a decent sized space, long, tight bar area up front with a few tables in the back.  All craft beer, all the time, and lots of it.  Service is chatty, crowd is late 20’s-early 30’s, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.thejeffreynyc.com

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27th January
2014
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42nd St. btw 10th and 11th Ave.

Newer nightclub to the lower Hell’s Kitchen scene, this draws to types of crowds: people who are here for an event, and the gay scene.  There’s also two parts of this place, a slightly quieter bar room up front, and a double barred club in the back.  Not a bad spot, bathrooms are a little hard to get to, good service, beer and cocktails, above average prices, taste fine.

www.xlnightclub.com

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23rd January
2014
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60th St. btw Lexington and Park Ave.

This street is quickly becoming chock full of pubs, and this one is probably the biggest/most crowded.  Big space full of Upper East Sider’s/business types stopping over for a drink before heading home.  Tables are usually filled by happy hour, but there’s decent room at the bar with plenty on TV, and the service is pretty quick for the crowd size.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.thebarroomnyc.com

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22nd January
2014
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Hudson St. btw Charles and Perry St.

I don’t often use this word with bars, but I just felt comfortable in here.  It’s a quiet spot with people here to mostly drink, though you can eat too, in a quiet space while you have some craft beer or even coffee (they’re not biased against other brews I guess).  Service is friendly, decent amount of space, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.uprightbrewhouse.com

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21st January
2014
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Lafayette St. btw Houston and Bleecker St.

Quiet cocktail bar that does a good job of having many people walk by without even knowing it’s in there or drawing attention to itself, but I would not classify it as a speakeasy either.  Glad I cleared that up.  You walk into a decent sized bar room with a bigger sitting room around the corner.  It’s usually empty by the bar with groups heading towards the back, so it’s a decent spot for a quiet drink alone or a date.  Service is fine, cocktails at average cocktail prices (~12), taste fine.

www.templebarnyc.com

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10th January
2014
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Ludlow St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

My 1000th Manhattan bar!!!  Came here on a suggestion and could not have been a better fit for number 1000.  Swings in front of the bar, Bulgarian polka band, basically a dive bar, vodka Ice room downstairs…the perfect kind of nuts that I wanted for this achievement.  Downsides, don’t bother showing up prior to 10 PM because no one is here.  Upsides, it gets really packed with a dancing crowd, you get to wear costumes when you go for the Vodka.  Average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.mehanata.com

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8th January
2014
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Ludlow St. btw Broome St. and Delancey St.

Deceptively small bar that opens up to a dance/live music room in the back.  If you want a quitter space to hang with your friends with some pretty good music that is a lot quieter than the rest of the new night scene close by, this might be your spot.  Crowd is young, with Hipsters and concertgoers mingling with people who got lost going too far past Delancey.  Bar space is tiny, but there is good room in the back.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.leftfieldbar.com

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6th January
2014
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9th Ave. btw 41st and 42nd St.

Another branch of this chain of bars, it’s basically the same in size and offerings.  Small bar that attracts traffic on their way to the Port Authority, has a good amount of sports on TV, it can also tend to be a quiet spot with an almost non-existent crowd.  Average beers and above average beers at average prices and above average prices, taste fine.

www.shortysnyc.com

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18th December
2013
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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.

www.nevadasmiths.net

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17th December
2013
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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.

www.nybeercompany.com

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13th December
2013
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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.

www.rogueandcanon.com

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12th December
2013
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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.

www.karaokeboho.com

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10th December
2013
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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.

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6th December
2013
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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.

www.oldmanhustle.com

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5th December
2013
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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.

www.highlandernyc.com

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3rd December
2013
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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.

www.highlands-nyc.com

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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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