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30th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Used to be The Parlour, and whatever they’ve done they’ve finally figured out how to draw a crowd to this place. Still a big spot, but it definitely feels warmer than its predecessor, and not as stuck up. That’s not to say that the crowd isn’t, it being a mix of business kids, B&T’s, and anyone else in their late 20’s. Service handles the crowd well and is friendly, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 31st and 32nd St.
Used to be Whiskey River, and while they’ve stripped the place and changed the decor to something not resembling a lodge and more an actual bar, the same crowd still comes here. Staff is friendly, average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Allen St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.
Pretty large space that has a long bar up front, and a small seating area in the back, like most other places. The rooms are split oddly so try hunting for a spot or else you’re standing. It’s pretty hipster (based on staff, music, and movie selection), but the crowd is more of a young mix of varying kinds. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
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.
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.
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.
Stuvesant St. btw 9th St. and 3rd Ave.
Hidden bar within a sushi restaurant. Walk up the stairs, hook a U-turn, hope that it’s not packed (which it usually becomes after 7 PM), and step into a small yet roomy space that could probably hold only about 30-35 people. Many different types of cocktails, service is good, average price for cocktails (~12), taste alright.
36th St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.)
Used to be Under the Volcano, and they’ve made it a little bit more inviting (removing the blinking neon sign, getting rid of the weird smell by the front door, etc.) it still has the same business kid crowd as before. It’s basically a decent sized square room with some seats up front, a little more crowded in back, and it’s definitely more subdued than its neighbors on the block. Average beers at average prices, taste alright.
Doyers St. btw Pell St. and Bowery
Tucked on one of the few bended streets in the city, way down in Chinatown, there lies a cocktail joint. When you walk in, you have a few couches and some back tables that seat maybe 15 people total. The rest of the room is for standing around, but who wants to stand around at a cocktail bar? Get there early, grab a table if you can, drink…that’s about all there is to the place. Cocktails, above average prices for cocktails (~14), taste alright.
Ave. C btw 6th and 7th St.
The whole growler/drinking amongst numerous refrigerators showcasing beer thing is an increasing trend in the City, but this place is more conducive to drinking with friends than the others. Big bar space, long tables to share with friends and strangers, even and outdoor porch for a few people to sit or stand. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Ave. C and 7th St.
Live music place that looks like what someone performing in a basement would play in. It’s basically one open square room, tiny stage, a bar…that’s it. The bartenders need a little help, crowd is young and friends of whatever band happens to be on. Nights turn into a dance party with good music, but would kill the DJ to keep a song on for more than one verse? Average beers at average prices, all bottles, taste fine.
18th St. btw Irving Pl. and Park Ave.
It’s not as big as its Flatiron counterpart, but the crowd is the same. Decent sized space filled with your B&T’s, business kids and D-bags, all here for after work drinks or to stare at the very attractive bartenders. If you catch it on an off night, it’s actually a quiet spot to watch sports and not be bothered. Average drinks at average prices, taste fine.
Little West 12th St. btw Washington and 9th Ave.
I thought it was called Buddha Bar. Oh well, it’s not. But it is a restaurant (pricey, but not by MPD standards) by day, event space/club by night. Now, the booze is also pricey, you’re going to either make a reservation and buy bottle service, or get lucky enough to get in and buy pricey drinks. It’s a pretty cool looking place filled with good looking people, just come ready to spend. Drinks are expensive (have I mentioned that?), taste fine.
53rd St. and 9th Ave.
Nice space in Hell’s Kitchen, blends in nicely with the other sports bars in the area. The difference is that its craft beers on tap and slightly more subdued. Plenty of sports on TV’s and plenty of room to sit. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
70th St. btw 1st and York Ave.
This place used to be For Pete’s Sake, and while I was glad to see that the previous tenants no longer exist, the place hasn’t upgraded by much. It’s better lit now, but the clientele is a mix of nurses and douche, and the bartenders are hit and miss, meaning some will chat with you when there’s no one else around, and some could care less. So maybe it’s okay to compare it to its predecessor, so check out the link above! Average beers, average prices, taste alright.
105th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.
Nothing like its namesake in Los Angeles, this is a quiet bar that comes across as an old school pub mixed with the feeling of a great bar someone built in their basement…feels like there should be carpeting in here. So the bar space is small but there’s plenty of room behind the wall separating the place. TV’s for sports watching, a quiet crowd that doesn’t get too big. Average beers at average prices, taste fine, food’s good.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 106th and 107th St.
In an effort to keep updating the Upper West Side and by updating I mean make noisy/more lively), we have another sports bar that is usually crowded and is not that big of a space. If you don’t get seats, you’re cramped up front near the bar, and there’s always a crowd shuffling by. All that being said, it’s a good sports bar, lots of TV’s, and the food is pretty good. Wait staff is great, and hot, and the beers are average prices for average beers, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 13th and 14th St.
Your typical Meatpacking District bar, though much smaller. Crammed in between another bar and a restaurant, this place is quiet, and a decent place to go to escape the big crowds that you’ll get basically anywhere else in this area. Really not much to it, but average beers at average prices.
9th Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.
Now I know how many hipsters it takes to fill the Albert Hall…Anyway, I guess all the tenants of the new buildings in this neighborhood didn’t want a new place to match the dive bars that abound in this area. So voila, we have a, as they call it, gastropub…that term needs to go. All microbrews, which I can stomach if I have to, but $9 for a pint of Speckled Hen!?! It’s not as if the crowd doesn’t reek of pretentiousness (though that sentence I just wrote might), or the bartenders could come off as somewhat personable. It’s just a really crowded bar, decent amount of space, with expensive average microbrews that taste the same as anywhere else.
Avenue A btw 5th and 6th St.
So hard to classify this place. First, stairs, so that sucks. The sparsely furnished bar is actually nice to sit in on random weekday nights with few people, gets crowded on the weekends. Hipsters all the time, yet when there are only two at the bar when I’m sitting with people in the back, they were surprisingly tolerable. Am I becoming immune to the hipster plague, god I hope not…maybe I just need them in incredibly small doses? Anywho, average beer prices, beer tastes alright.
14th St. btw Avenue A and Avenue B
If Cheers was in a smaller bar, 30 years later, and more of a dive, you might have this place. No one under the age of 45 in here, but everyone is very friendly and will chew your ear off, whether you like it or not! Nice bartender, beers tasted average, average prices, maybe sits about 20.
8th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
New…newer bar on a block I’m not accustomed to seeing bars on. The place was empty on a Monday afternoon when NYU wasn’t back yet, can’t hold that against them. A good amount of space, staff was friendly, good happy hour, and your normal taps. The tap tasted a tiny bit off, average prices, quiet, nice.
Amsterdam Ave. and 76th St.
I guess it was inevitable that a bar with microbrews would show up on the Upper West. The main attraction is that it wasn’t like the other bars a few block north on Amsterdam, more of a 30 year old bar full of people who have actually grown up. It definitely keeps a good low-key profile while still drawing a nice sized crowd. Taps were average prices, taste fine, lots of microbrews.
55th St. btw Broadway and 7th Ave.
It’s a rooftop bar on top of the Dream Hotel. There are two floors, the downstairs being the much faster place to get drinks. If you’re up on the rooftop, while it’s an interesting view into Times Square, the other patrons are where you want to focus attention, mainly to avoid the projectile vomit being aimed towards you or one of the plants. The drinks are only slightly overpriced, taste alright, and the crowd only slightly annoying, vomit aside. Hard to get a seat but what did you expect on a rooftop bar?
Washington St. and Bank St.
Small bar in the West Village, but not without its charm. My only complaint is the stairs to the bathroom (watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy!) and, well, the lack of space. The staff is really friendly, beers are average prices, and the beers taste fine.
38th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
This bar always looks spic and span when I’m here. Plenty of space in the back, thankfully, because the bar is a little tight in the front but not uncomfortable. The staff was great, plenty of TV’s, and extremely well lit. One slight drawback was a bit of a yuppie crowd but they thankfully faded away after 10 PM and the fun people stuck around.
39th St. btw Lexington and Park Ave.
The most awesomest bartender ever…that one’s for you Becks! The bar itself, located in the W Hotel, is not. When you get back from the mile long walk through the hotel to get to the bathroom, you’re in a posh bar/lounge that attracts that awesome young business kid crowd that wants to have their “2 month since graduating” reunion close to their office. That group aside, it’s pretty quiet in here, the beers are actually average prices and taste as good as anywhere else.
89th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
I always had a pre-determined attitude about this place from the thick velvet curtains that block the view from the outside world. I wasn’t too far off when I went in, but by no means totally off. So, a little pretentious, yes. Do they make you reserve one of the seats ahead of time, yes. Could they shoot Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the next Blade movie in here, yes. But the taps tasted really good at average prices and the wait staff was also a pleasant surprise. And they even had a TV showing sports.
3rd Ave. btw 5th and 6th St.
I’m going out on a limb and calling this a bar. Sure, they have a huge indoor area with tables that looks like a restaurant, but I usually see people only drinking here. They have your American and Asian beers and they’re reasonably priced and taste fine. The service is a tad bit slow but they give you edamame on your table!
50th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Two words: $7 drafts…during happy hour. Okay, that was 6 words. Granted, this bar is in midtown and it attracts a slightly older crowd than the other bars in the area, but $7 for a draft beer is a little bit much, whether it tasted good (it did) or not, and especially considering what you can get at some of the other pubs in the area. There were plenty of TV’s in this bar, along with tables for dinner, but the small bar crowd was not altogether unexpected with these prices.
Grove St. btw 7th Ave. and Bleeker St.
This place was definitely on the list of least favorite bars. I could put up with the crowd at most Christopher Street bars, but this one really rubbed me the wrong way…don’t misread that. The service blew too. The beers were a little pricey, the waitresses were clueless as to what to do with the crowd (when there was a crowd), and the live act was just plain annoying.
8th Ave. btw West 4th and Horatio St.
This place is trying to be something dark and mysterious, something that no bar should aspire to do. There are two rooms in the bar, a front room with little space with always crowded booths, but the bar is in this room. The back room is a bunch of couches where people nest for hours on end. So basically, if you don’t have a seat, go somewhere else. The beers taste fine and are average priced, no TV’s and tons of pretentiousness.
Stanton St. btw Ludlow and Orchard St.
Yeah, yeah, this is a live music venue, but because they do karaoke, unlike other music venues, it brings it back to a bar. That would be one of the only plusses of this place. From asshole bartenders to the largest massing of B&T’s who want to be trendy to it being way overcrowded, it would take a really special live act to get me to come back. Beer was average prices and tasted fine right out of the can.
3rd Ave. btw 27th and 28th St.
I think I found a bar in this neighborhood that I really like. Though I would normally hate bars that contain neon lights and have this “look” to it, it turned out to be a really nice place. The bartenders are really friendly, they have a nice small bar downstairs, lots of space upstairs, especially in the back, the beers taste good, average prices, and plenty of TV’s. The downstairs is a little weird (is it possible to drink and feel like you are in a tanning booth) so I would stick to the top floor.
Hudson St. btw Dominick and Spring St.
So I came here on my birthday on the advice of a lady because, randomly, my name was the “name of the day” that exact day…what are the odds? Basically, you show up on your name of the day and you get to drink until midnight. However, they take an insane amount of time to get you your next beer and they can’t wait until the special is over to go back to being a boring bartender. The place is big, they generally have good music on and the beers (though I wasn’t paying) were cheap when my friends ordered and tasted fine.
W. Broadway btw N. Moore and Beach St.
Possibly the oddliest (my word, I’m calling it) decorated of any bar/lounge/whatever it’s trying to be, but I liked this place. The beers were good, average priced, and you can sit outside. Now, the space is very tight inside and it reeks of trying too hard, but it’s great for a few drinks in a relatively quiet neighborhood.
43rd St. btw Vanderbilt and Madison Ave.
Huge bar right next to Grand Central, it draws a big crowd for after work and a big crowd for lunch too. There’s a lot of standing room here and plenty of TV’s to capture your attention, and it’s definitely an older crowd here, mostly people meeting their respective others before heading home on Metro North. The beers are slightly above average prices, but they taste good. Friendly bartender but he seemed to be judging me being there on my own…like 3 o’clock in the afternoon isn’t a time for beer.
11th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
Take one part kids who think they’re being cool and going into Alphabet City, one part awful emo band’s bassist that owns it in an attempt to draw them there, PBR cans and one part giant gong behind the bar…ta dah! It’s one decent sized room that kind of wants to be a club atmosphere with its dark corners, but most people came in, looked around, and left. The best thing about this place is the staff. Beer tastes fine, average prices, borderline annoying clientele.
Spring St. btw Greenwich and Renwick St.
One of the few plusses of this madhouse is the cheap gin and tonics. Other than that, it’s a club, who are we kidding here. The only difference is that there is zero room in here and no one is dancing. The service however was pretty quick for the amount of people they head to serve and they even had beer, which I had after I was tired of having the other patrons spill my drinks. Drinks were average prices, surprisingly, and tasted fine.
3rd St. btw Thompson and Sullivan St.
Continuing the tradition of yuppie beer halls in Manhattan, this new addition to Greenwich Village has two floors of fun. The bottom floor has a good turnover rate, while the upstairs has your typical stagnant drinkers that sip on their microbrew. And this place has a ton of beers; almost gives the Peculiar Pub a run for their money with the amount of beers offered. The beers are average prices, taste good, the food is hit or miss, and the crowd is a mix of young families and young people.
1st Ave. btw 76th and 77th St.
When I walked into the bar, I felt that the owners were originally trying to make it look like a dive bar, but it didn’t come off that way. However, over the years, it actually got grimy and became a dive bar, thus finally completing their objective. I tried to make that sound like a compliment; perhaps I need better English classes. Anywho, lots of space in this bar, it gets a good sized crowd, and they have an old school hockey game, definite bonus points. My female friends felt a little sketched out, but after a few cheap pints, they were rolling with the theme. The beer tasted alright, though cleaning the lines wouldn’t hurt.
MacDougal St. btw Minetta and Bleeker St.
Wow, a club/lounge in the heart of Greenwich Village. Now, take your reaction to that sentence…really focus on it…yep, it’s as awkward as it sounds. So, you head downstairs, fend off the aggressive coat lady, push every NYU kid out of the way, and head to the bar. I will give them a solid for not overcharging for drinks and actually having beer on tap that tasted good. But this is not a place for anybody who wants a laid back night.
Stone St. btw Whitehall and Broad St.
Your every mans bar, and every type does come here. Don’t make the mistake of sitting at the front small table and not order from the waitress. I know, that should be common sense, but the small round tables at the front are for casual standing! Anywho, the bartender was great, taps tasted a little off but they cost a little less than average, so there you go.
26th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Holy TV overload Batman. Brand new place in Chelsea/Flatiron that has a lot of space and an extremely varied crowd, from families to sports nuts to the good people like me who take long lunches. The service is friendly, the place is huge, the beers average priced and taste fine. But it can get a little uppity in here during after hours.
Avenue A btw 2nd and 3rd St.
Owned by the same people as the uptown location (at least that’s what the bartender told us), but about 50 times better. It’s a little cleaner (mostly due to it being new), there’s a separate room in the back for beer pong, lots of booths, and a decent sized bar in the front. One down side is the 2 for 1, where you can’t just get two drinks for you and a friend and have that count (spending $10 instead of $5), but that’s it. The bartender is really friendly, drinks were average prices, taste fine, though it needs more TV’s in the front.
1st Ave. btw 87th and 88th St.
Definitely in the race for the college kids bar on the Upper East Side. If you’re looking for recent grads that can’t let go, current students and lots of beer pong, this is a bar for you. It’s a big place with lots of TV’s and cheap beer that tastes like cheap beer, and the service can be a little slow. Oh yeah, did I mention the annoying throngs of college kids and meatheads?
5th St. btw Avenue A & Avenue B
So most bars down here don’t have activities (or lunchboxes for that matter). If you’re looking for pool, darts, and skee-ball, and people who will never walk away after losing a game and let you play them, then come here! There’s a decent amount of space in this bar full of the young crowd. Good pints that are average prices, good assortment of taps too and they all taste good.