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Prince St. btw Elizabeth and Mott St.
More of a cafe with a bar, but since the bar is the focal point for the crowd in here, aside from brunch hours, bar it is! Quiet spot with pretty good bar apps, about a half dozen bar stools with seating along the wall that can feel a little small when all of the tables are rolled out and packed, friendly service. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.
This place used to be Telephone. They cleaned out the long tables and made this more of a pub…a pub taken over by B&T’s. Pluses: TV’s everywhere, food is decent. Minuses: stairs, meatheads and B&T’s…lots of ‘em. The beer tastes fine, average prices, it reminds me of a cleaner, more spacious Off the Wagon…oh wait, same owner…so there you go.
Bleeker St. btw Sullivan and MacDougal St.
First time I tried to go in here was right after work and I had my backpack with me…denied. I tried again (under protest!) on a Tuesday afternoon and I was admitted, bag and all…I wish I had been denied again. Two floors, with way too many tables, mostly all covered in velvet. Don’t even try to join tables, they’ll chop your head right off. They had average tasting beers at average prices, but man was that service slow. The crowd was very mixed, from all ages to all everybody. One bonus point, probably the best bar nachos I’ve ever had.
East Broadway btw Rutgers and Jefferson St.
There aren’t a lot of bars in this area…actually, this is it. It’s a good dive bar right off of the F train stop. There’s a good amount of space here that gets filled quickly, usually from the teachers in the neighborhood. The beers and shots are average prices, they taste fine, the atmosphere laid back, and they are fully accepting of my need to bring in a double cheeseburger meal from McDonalds around the corner.
31st St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.
A very tight space in what I could’ve sworn was a hotel bar. This place is always packed but I’m always confused as to where these people work in the neighborhood because there’s nothing around here. Anywho, though the place looks overly trendy, it’s actually a nice place to meet for an hour or so for some pre-gaming. I say for an hour because that’s how long you can take people staring at you as you sit at one of the few tables there while they stand behind you. They will seriously pounce the second you get up. The drink specials are good and the drinks taste fine too.
10th Ave. btw 50th and 51st St.
Hell’s Kitchen’s newest frat house. I like the idea, $1 burgers (very tiny but tasty…sounds like the fantasy end to my dates…), $2 shots, and $3 draft beers. However, don’t expect to walk in and be able to sit and enjoy these specials. Toss in every shitty rich kid who thinks they’re really venturing out into Hell’s Kitchen by hitting up 10th Ave. There are plenty of TV’s, the beers taste fine but no so much the mixed drinks, and quite possibly the daftest bartender with absolutely nothing going on upstairs…we spent a solid 20 minutes debating if it was an act or not…we voted on not.
2nd Ave. and 12th St.
Being close to the L train normally means a hipster bar, and this one is very borderline. It used to be a gay bar called Dicks, but attracts a completely different clientele now. While it’s very clean, has plenty of TV’s, the beers are good (though they can run out of Bud/Bud Light if there is a pub crawl in the area) and cheap, and they have party mix in bowls on the bar, it definitely gives off the vibe of a hipster sports bar.
15th St. btw Park Ave. and Irving Pl.
I hadn’t been in here since after the Low Dough shows in high school, so I gave it a fresh start. Definitely a dive, but clearly by choice, probably to try and attract the crowds from the shows next door. There’s plenty of room in here, including couches surrounding the Photo Hunt (bonus points). The beers were average prices, tasted fine, although I feel I should’ve been wearing more flannel to be in here.
11th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
Putting aside the awesomeness of the fact that this is a fully fledged Liverpool bar, this place isn’t that bad. There’s a decent amount of space with a small room in the back. Depending on when you’re here, you either sit among a sea of red jerseys, or get a group that wanders off the beaten path of Avenue A. The drinks taste good, average prices, and they serve meat pies…yes, actual meat pies.
10th Ave and 50thSt.
If you want a big, open, one room square bar with a room that feels like it’s out of The Shining’s ballroom, look no further. This bar is really for the people staying in the hotel above. There’s not much in the way of a crowd here…scratch that, we were the crowd. The beers were average prices and tasted fine, but we quickly found the only appeal of the place to be the mac and cheese.