Posts Tagged ‘B’

18th July
2016
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1st Ave. and 1st. St.

Used to be Golden Cadillac (that place came and went fast), and the new place is more inviting and not so kitschy as the previous tenant.  Simple cocktail bar that draws the late 20’s and up crowd, and male to female ration is oddly 3:1 in here, at least the nights I was there.  A decent amount of seating, service is good, cocktail at cocktail prices, taste fine.

www.boilermakernyc.com

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27th June
2016
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Amsterdam Ave. and 80th St.

This might be where I cross the line into reviewing a spot that really is close to being a restaurant.  But the bar takes up most of the space, so forget that original thought.  Quiet spot on the Upper West Side where you can enjoy a quiet drink and some decent appetizers With a friend or two.  Anymore than that and you’re sitting at a table.  a few TV’s, friendly staff, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.barleyandgrain.com

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26th April
2016
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5th Ave. and 26th St.

The least gastropub feeling gastropub I’ve been in.  Maybe it’s the abundance of sunlight coming in.  Otherwise, still has the same feeling as other new spots: attired bartenders, above average beers and drinks each poured in its own special way with special tools, but the crowd was more lively than most other spots in the neighborhood.  There was a good amount seating at the bar and behind it, with plenty of tables beyond that.  Service is good, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.bbcnomad.com

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7th March
2016
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Macdougal St. btw 3rd and 4th St.

The East Village spot has moved West, and forgot to air the place out prior to moving in.  Aroma aside, this is a tight space that can, maybe, seat 35 people.  Handful of seats at the bar and tables scattered about serve this young to early 30’s crowd.  Service is fine for drinks, pretty slow on food, above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.

www.bourgeoispigny.com

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27th October
2015
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St. Marks Pl. btw 2nd and 3rd St.

Might be my least favorite of the bar arcade franchise, mainly because the games aren’t the best.  Otherwise it’s, a long, narrow bar, dark, filled to the brim with college (of age, of course) kids, average beers at average prices in plastic cups, taste fine.

Editor’s Note:  They got TMNT, so the bar has been raised…

www.barcade.com

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26th August
2015
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58th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Just your average, run of the mill, nice pub that, while sometimes crowded, remains off the beaten path (unless your heading to Queens).  Service is friendly, older crowd, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.bloomsnyc.com

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18th August
2015
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55th St. btw Broadway and 7th Ave.

So the night I was here, there was a Scandal viewing party going on, so I couldn’t get a sense of the normal crowd.  This crowd was young, non-hotel guests (btw, I later found that the opposite is the normal crowd on regular nights), but when the bartender forgot to switch to ABC for the reason people were here, talk about a Scandal!  Anywho, decent sized space, average beers and mixed drinks here, average prices for both, taste fine.

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17th August
2015
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9th Ave. btw 54th and 55th St.

If you’re going to have a name like this, I don’t think it’s too much to have everything be bacon flavored, right?  The food is bacon and/or has bacon in it, but I know someone, somewhere sells bacon infused beers and alcohol, so let’s find them and start replacing those taps!  You can get a flight of bacon that’s pretty good, as well as cheap.  Service is alright, crowd is a mix, plenty of TV’s, beers are above average at above average prices, taste fine.

www.barbacon.com

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4th August
2015
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79th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.

Used to be the Sunburnt Calf, and they have really filled the space in.  What used to be a long open bar area now has more personality, but a much smaller drinking space.  Probably fits around 25 at the bar, but what it lacks in space it makes up for in charm.  There’s a “speakeasy” upstairs, but that’s for another time.  Bartenders are friendly, crowd is late 20’s to 30’s, drinks taste good, cocktails at cocktail prices.

www.burkeandwillsny.com

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5th January
2015
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24th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

What better way to liven up a boring block than with an arcade.  Lot’s of your favorite games (The Simpsons being up there for me) mixed with a young crowd, slightly Bro-y crowd.  There’s bar seating and regular seating for those not willing to drop two bits, and plenty of TV’s to keep you occupied.  Food smelled good, staff was friendly, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.barcadenewyork.com

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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28th August
2013
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Houston St, btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Pretty decent bar that is usually packed at all hours.  If you come for happy hour, every business kid/B&T that works nearby should be here, filling this decent sized bar to the gills.  Good amount of bar space with an area in the back, service is usually pretty quick, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.brooklyneer.com

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16th August
2013
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Barrow St. and Hudson St.

Safe to say this is probably the only straight dive bar in the West Village.  Decent sized space filled with a mix of recent grads, older locals…actually, any group will be here, good assortment.  Not much to it really, service is good, sports on TV, though the one drawback are the taps and those lines could use a good cleaning.  Average beers at average prices, taste a little off.

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29th July
2013
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Allen St. btw Houston and Stanton St.

While technically it’s on a roof (of a one story building), this outdoor patio (much better) draws a good crowd of business kids, B&T’s and over 30’s.  On the rare chance you can score a seat (show up early), there’s a bunch of long tables, some short ones against the railing, with everyone else standing around in any possible space they can find.  If you find your way here through the hotel and restaurant, you’re treated to above average/craft beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.blueribbonrestaurants.com

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24th July
2013
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5th Ave. btw 41st and 42nd St.

If you actually go through all the effort and find the bar in the basement, you’ll find an enormous space that’s usually half full.  It’s a cocktail bar that, well, the cocktails are just ok, nothing outstanding in that department, but the food is pretty good.  It really kind of feels like a waste of space, though the small crowd was pretty lively.  Plenty of seating at the bar or along shared tables.  Service is pretty quick, cocktails at cocktail prices (~12), taste ok.

www.newyork.5thavenue.andaz.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

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5th June
2013
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Broome St. and Centre St.

Big space in a good location for foot traffic.  The only downfall is that it’s usually packed and hard to get a bar seat.  It’s also packed by all of the tables as well.  So if you feel like standing around, packed in with others, want a late 20’s/early 30’s crowd of local workers and B&T’s, and some pretty good drinks, here’s your place.  Above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.

www.brinkleysbroomestreet.com

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28th May
2013
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54th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

Used to be a piano bar under the same name that had a quiet crowd.  Now they’ve kept the piano but thrown open the windows and the crowd is much livelier.  Draws in your business people and B&T’s, place gets packed after work.  Average and above average beers, above average prices, taste fine.

www.bills54.com

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9th May
2013
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60th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.

This border between Midtown and the Upper East Side is sorely lacking in a bar scene.  So wedged into one of the busiest streets, vehicularly speaking, is a new “Gastropub” that, in spite of the heavy traffic, draws a pretty good crowd.  It’s basically all business kids and young Upper East Sider’s filling in the decent sized bar space and the tables in the back.  Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.

www.brinkleysstation.com

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2nd May
2013
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15th St. btw Irving Place and Park Ave.

From the decorations, I’m assuming horse racing was actually watched in here at one point.  Those days are gone, and now its half sports bar and half weird alcove-back table land.  Quieter than the other bars around Irving Plaza, it’s an older crowd mixed in with the youth, decent place to sit and watch a game.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.belmontloungenyc.com

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1st May
2013
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14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Used to be King’s Head Tavern, and now it’s a gastropub.  It’s the same long bar with a good amount of space, but a little more surprisingly bearable pretentiousness sprinkled in with some fascination with pickleback shots (not that I’m complaining about the latter).  There’s also live music which plays here.  Crowd is a mix of B&T’s with hipster, but then again, it’s what the neighborhood is becoming.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

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25th April
2013
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5th St. btw Ave. A and B

Granted, you come for the burgers, which are pretty darn good.  But you linger around because the beer is good and it’s a decent place to hang out.  The only downside is the lack of space, mainly due to the high tables up front and a lack of a back room.  Service is friendly, above average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.blackironburger.com

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9th April
2013
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40th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Don’t be fooled by the tiny bar when you walk in with the older crowd on the bar stools.  Head upstairs to two more wide open floors full of a young crowd, meatheads and business kids, and anyone grabbing a quick drink before getting on their bus.  Tons of space, lots of TV’s, service is pretty good.  Average beers mixed with above average beers, all at average prices, taste fine.

www.beerauthoritynyc.com

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26th March
2013
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Ave. A and Houston St.

Used to be Nice Guy Eddie’s, and this couldn’t be further on the other side of the spectrum.  Following in the “gastropub” craze (ugh), this place actually is a little bit easier to take in, and actually eased my tensions on gastropubs…for now.  Plenty of seats all around, good food, and TV’s for the bar patrons, most of whom fall into the late 20’s to 30’s category.  Service can be a little slow, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.boultonandwattnyc.com

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21st March
2013
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Clinton St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

Small Australian bar on the Lower East Side that is a good place to go with friends, mainly because it’s really only booths and a few stools at the bar.  And it can easily get packed, because it is a nice place for a drink, but also because there happens to be a speakeasy upstairs, so people will just hang around waiting to get up there.  Really good bartenders, young to mid-thirties crowd, Aussie beers mixed with some above average beers, average prices, taste pretty good.

www.barramundiny.com

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31st January
2013
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Ave. A btw 10th and 11th St.

It looks like a restaurant and opens at 6 PM each night, except for brunch, but I’m assured it’s mainly a cocktail lounge.  A few bottled beers and mixed drinks are the fare, gets crowded later in the evening, really just a dark space where you come with your friends and just keep to yourselves.  Friendly staff, drinks taste alright, slightly above average prices.

www.thebeaglenyc.com

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25th January
2013
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Ave. B btw 2nd and 3rd St.

To compare it to a wings/bbq joint like Brother Jimmy’s would be unfair.  First off, the crowd is more adult, meaning well behaved, except when the Saints are on TV.  It’s a big open space that is going for the “eclectic/Cajun/sports” bar vibe and somehow manages to pull it off pretty well.  Except for the swing in the back in the unlit corner of the bar, that’s just silly.  The food is really good, good crowd, service a little slow.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.billyhurricanes.com

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6th August
2012
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9th Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd St.

It would be detrimental to call it a fancier place, but it definitely attracts a more nicely dressed individual than some of the other bars on 9th Ave.  It’s really just a big bar, split into two room, business kids mixed with dinner dates, tossing in the random older local.  Not a lot of space for standing, the service is quick and friendly, lots of TV’s, above average taps at a little above average prices, taste fine.

www.brickyardnyc.com

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30th April
2012
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Broadway btw 101st and 102nd St.
I like it.  A simple, well-lit dive that doesn’t have a lot of room, but you never feel crowded.  Full of seats, TV’s spread around, and you are going to get an older local crowd that are all pretty friendly.  Your normal pints, average prices, good happy hour, taste fine.

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20th April
2012
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Trinity St. btw Morris and Exchange St.

Probably the most crowded in the chain, this location serves the young business kids in the area, as well as a few wondering people in construction.  Big space with not aor of room to move, needs a good airing out, but service is pretty quick and handles the youth well.  Average pints at average prices, taste fine.

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12th April
2012
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51st St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Oh midtown, you have given me a reason to believe again…well, this slice of midtown.  A nice bar, good food, lots of space, and while they have your specialty Belgian beers, it’s not too expensive (average $6-$8).  A much more subdued crowd than its neighbors, and it still has your business kids but a mix of young and old business.  As said, above average pints at above average prices, all taste good, very nice (and attractive) bar staff.

www.bxlcafe.com

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8th February
2012
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Hudson St. and Charles St.
Something was amiss with this place.  It has a very odd set up, making the place feel divided with the people up front sitting down and the people sitting at the bar.  It was sparsely populated on a Friday, but the bartender was upbeat.  Average tasting beers at average prices.

www.bayardsalehouse.com

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6th February
2012
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Bleecker St. and Jones St.

Williamsburg-esque bar in the West Village, meaning it has all your specialty brews without the inundation of Hipsters…well, a slight inundation.  If you can actually get one of the few tables, or a nook to stand in, it’s actually cozy in here.  Otherwise you’re just getting brushed by the entire time.  As for the beers, they taste pretty darn good and they cost you’re above average prices ($6.50 being the cheapest, unless my sight is going).

www.blindtigeralehouse.com

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1st February
2012
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Christopher St. btw 7th Ave. and Bleecker St.

I feel like this place would belong more down Route 109 in backwoods Pennsylvania.  This place is small, some dancing entertainment (I finally get the term banana hammock), the crowd is old and young men,  and the place could use an airing out.  Beers were cheap and tasted average, good music.

www.bootsnsaddle.com

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19th January
2012
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Frederick Douglas Blvd. btw 113th and 114th St.

As newer building start springing up north of 110th, the bars thankfully follow suit.  This German beer establishment (not big enough to be designated a “hall” in my opinion) has a bunch of tables, serves your typical German fare with your typical beer steins/glass boots.  The beer tastes good for your typical German beers, price is average for the size of the beer you’re getting, very friendly staff.

www.bierinternational.com

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10th January
2012
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Albany St. and Washington St.

This is kind of like a “passing through” bar.  You’re either going to the bar upstairs, happen to be staying in the hotel, or are visiting the Memorial/your place of work.  It’s a huge bar in an alright amount of space, kind of quiet, most people keep to themselves.  Average to above average prices for average tasting drinks.

www.bltbarandgrill.com

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3rd January
2012
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3rd Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.

Tried it out, and its best written up as a list of positives and negatives.  Positives: the waitresses are pretty attractive, a decent amount of space, and the beers taste good.  Negatives: up a flight of stairs, they cram you into the decent amount of space, and the beers are more expensive than other German bars.  I could get three liters in Alphabet City for the price of two here.  Food is decent, but they at least give you a good sized potion for the price.

www.bierhausnyc.com

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22nd December
2011
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7th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Another bar on the list of places that remind me of a neighbor’s basement, this time with wet dog smell!  There’s a good amount of room here, small bar, lots of booths, and yes, hipsters.  Average tasting beers at average prices.

 

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15th December
2011
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7th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

So this is what a pretzel feels like…that’s the best I can do to explain the lighting in here.  Not much to talk about for the rest of the bar either beside  small bar, hipsters…yep, that’s about it.  Not a lot of space to stand around as the bar takes up a big portion of the space.  Beers taste fine, average prices for average taps.

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5th December
2011
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1st Ave and 50th St.

The emptiest of the chain, and I was here at 7 PM on a work night, so that’s saying something.  There’s a plenty of room to sit, the staff is attentive (I mean, if I’m the only one in here how could they not), and even though I wouldn’t expect sports on the TV’s at a place like this, they at least had Goldeneye on, so I was satisfied.  Pricey drinks, taste fine.

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2nd December
2011
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Houston St. btw LaGuardia and Thompson St.

Was here around 7 on a weekday night, with NYU definitely back in session, yet I was the only one in here.  I will have to revisit at some point.  Revisited a month later, no one there, even during Monday Night Football!?! Maybe no one knows it’s here?  Lots of space, stairs all over, good amount of TV’s, nice staff.  Average tasting pints at average prices.

www.buskersnyc.com

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23rd November
2011
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3rd Ave. btw 28th and 29th St.

This place used to be Maker’s, and now it’s the brighter version of its former self.  The crowd is very young, the music system is loud and changing halfway through songs, and the bartenders are pretty slow.  I guess it changed to keep up with the new population in the neighborhood, but I think it was better the way it was.  After all, it’s good to have a quiet port in a B&T storm once in a while!  The beers were average prices, tasted fine.

www.bar29nyc.com

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21st November
2011
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South Street Seaport

This is the indoor bar inside the Seaport, and worth the walk up 3 floors to get to.  And yes, though I said walk, it’s really an escalator  I’ve seen it overflowing during a pub crawl, and then mildly crowded once the weather turns colder.  Lots of space, friendly bartenders, average tasting beers at average prices.

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15th November
2011
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2nd Ave. btw 8th and 9th St.

This place is huge, and I’m not just talking about being compared to its neighbors, there’s a ton of space in here.  That’s one of the few perks of this place.  The crowd is diverse, mostly young, and with two fights between girls over the course of a visit, what more could I ask for!?!  They use the space for movies on the walls, on occasion, you feel a little sketch walking past the “lounge” area to get to the bathroom, but the bartenders are nice, good specials, average beers at average prices.

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8th November
2011
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Rivington St. btw Clinton and Suffolk St.

Now, I’m going to preface this review by saying that though it’s the same people as Sunburnt Cow and Sunburnt Calf, this place does not stand alone as a bar without food, so I’m writing this place up because I like the other two so much.  Came here for brunch, the booze is still good, service a little slow, not overwhelmingly hipster-y, average prices (brunch specials are very good too) for your Fosters, etc. and they taste fine.

www.bondiroad.com

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25th October
2011
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Houston and Thompson St.

Newer pub in the neighborhood that draws a mixed crowd, meaning college kids (who are all of age, of course) and older locals.  There’s a decent amount of space in here, not as rowdy as the bars on Bleecker, plenty of TV’s for sports.  Average pints at average prices.

www.bluehavennyc.com

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21st October
2011
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9th Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.

This place used to be Why Not, and used to be bigger.  Still draws the crowd that’s looking for a quieter, dive bar experience.  Good amount of space, beers still taste average at average prices…not much else really.

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18th October
2011
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21st St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

If this really wants to be a sports bar for the neighborhood, they’re going to have to cut out the table reservations nonsense.  As of right now it’s just a B&T place with a ton of TV’s, a big space but most of it requires a phone call ahead of time to access, so those who just walk in cram in at the bar.  One plus is keeping with Bounce tradition of hiring really good looking servers.  Average prices for average tasting beers.

www.bounceny.com

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12th October
2011
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4th St. btw 1st and 2nd St.

Normally my friend’s will say “let’s hit up a gay bar”, and I envision dance floor and over-the-top everything.  This is one of the few “gay bars” in the city that is actually just a bar that happens to be gay, meaning it looks like every other bar in the city, pool table and all.  Sure there is a jukebox battle between Robyn and Evanescence going on, but I liked it here.  The bartenders are a tiny bit overwhelmed by the big crowd, but are very polite when they get to you.  Average beers at average prices, including Rolling Rock on tap!

www.boilerroomnyc.com

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7th October
2011
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9th Ave. and 13th St.

Used to be the Hog Pit, definitely have scoured the floors since moving in, but that’s about it.  Front room for sitting, back room for standing, it’s basically just the exact same bar, but trying to be a little bit fancier so as not to draw too much attention to itself in this neighborhood.  Average beers at average prices.

www.billsbarandburger.com

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3rd October
2011
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10th St. btw 3rd and 4th Ave.

If it’s possible to be a tucked away bar in this neighborhood, kudos to this place.  I must have passed it dozens of times until finally noticing it.  Empty when I got there but filled up really quickly.  Bartender was friendly and resembled Trent Reznor and Perry Farrell’s love child, if they could have one.  Good tunes, beers were average prices, but a bit below average tasting.

 

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27th September
2011
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South Street Seaport

I’m glad they’re continually finding ways to make the Seaport more attractive to the younger crowd…though now it’s a noisy, younger crowd.  They basically plunked an outdoor club on the pier, threw in some Porto Potties, sprinkled in some average priced craft brews, and voila, you have an outdoor bar that is usually full of people.  Tables to sit at, many places to stand, service is pretty quick, beers taste fine, and a foosball table.

www.watertaxibeach.com

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22nd September
2011
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Avenue B btw 12th and 13th St.

I like it.  Nice place to relax, good run of the mill crowd, and foosball…what more does one need?  Really good happy hour specials, decent amount of space to site/stand/move around, and the bartender was nice too.  Average prices after happy hour, taste average.

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12th September
2011
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9th Ave. btw 18th and 19th St.

While I enjoy the attempts at new speakeasies, I always feel bad for the store that you skip past, as I completely ignore their wares for beer inside.  Anywho, through the door, a decent sized space, good amount of space to sit, but they have to have the servers lose the flappers outfits.  It’s not actually the 1920’s, nor is the guest list exclusive, nor the patron’s dress indicative of anything pre-1998, so the gimmick in unnecessary.  Nitpicking aside,  prices were surprisingly average prices, service was very good, and there’s a giant tub in the middle of the back area which I’m sure will be filled with drunken bodies or vomit in no time.

www.bathtubginnyc.com

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8th September
2011
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2nd Ave. and 33rd St.

Best way to describe this would be “neighborhood bar”…and yes, because no one was eating and people were only drinking, it’s a bar.  It’s a quiet bar, kind of small, the crowd consisting of older people/people who just came from the movies/people who know the staff.  Beer tastes average, average prices.

www.benjaminny.com

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7th September
2011
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1st Ave. btw 53rd and 54th St.

This place used to be McAnn’s on 1st.  It’s different in absolutely no way, so see this review of McAnn’s on 1st.

www.butlersnyc.com

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18th August
2011
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47th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.

Nice bar where the crowd isn’t necessarily there to pick up people, but to just hang out with your friends.  It also happens to be all male so, besides…no, including hags, there are no pickins for us muggles.  A decent amount of space, pretty good tasting taps, average prices, and bathrooms that, though they have outdated pictures, can still make you feel less than average.

 

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7th July
2011
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St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st Ave. and Avenue A

Belgian beer, lots of it, and that’s about it.  Plus all of the mail away Belgian ads and paintings adorning the walls that can possibly authenticate the place.  There’s a good amount of space in here, it doesn’t get too crowded and it’s comfortably silent, a definite bonus when compared to its neighbors.  Beers are slightly above average prices, but it’s as advertised and all about the specialty Belgian beer.

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29th June
2011
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7th Ave and Bleecker St.

Okay, this breaks my rule of abbreviating the bar to what people will actually call it because you all actually know it as the bar above Five Guys Burger.  And I’m not entirely sure if it’s trying to be a speakeasy as its pretty obvious there’s a bar up here, you just have to walk through the burger place to get to the stairs.  Oh yeah, there’s stairs to get into here…when will people learn?   So, average pints, average prices, college crowd, small space.

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25th August
2010
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Bleecker St. btw Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.

Some may argue this is a live venue.  If you’ve ever been in here, the live space is possibly the tiniest I’ve ever seen and the bar area is much bigger…so bar.  Aside from the lack of space, it’s an older crowd at the bar, the young crowd cramming in behind them, staff is nice, but can be pushy when necessary.  Beers taste fine, average prices.

www.bitterend.com

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25th August
2010
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Houston St. and Thompson St.

Either the owner is trying to spice up Greenwich Village or the realtor sold him a space on the wrong side of Houston.  That aside, this is a big space, trendy, kind of empty on a Friday night.  Food was decent, drinks tasted fine and average prices, still empty.

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25th August
2010
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16th St. btw Irving Pl. and Park Ave.

The most recent addition to the franchise, the bar was the only part being used as the tables were completely empty.  Definitely your fresh out of college crowd, there’s a good amount of bar space and standing space, kind of feels like a hall that is used for cocktail hours.  Good happy hour, beers taste fine and average prices the rest of the time.

www.brotherjimmys.com

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27th July
2010
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Better than the place it used to be (Mr. Generosity) but still the same crowd.  There’s a bigger sign outside pointing you down the stairs to a door you’re not quite sure if it’s the entrance.  The place is filled with an older lively crowd mixed with loners or awkward “right after work” groups that stick themselves yet take up space, and some genuinely nice bartenders.  Average prices for average pints.

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23rd July
2010
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52nd St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

No way this is a sushi place, this is a lounge/bar.  Came here for a birthday party, the back room was packed, and they had lots of room up front near the bar.  The service kind of sucked, but the girl at the bar was great.  The drinks were average to slightly above average prices, tasted fine, and I was possibly one of the few non-Asian/gay persons in here.

www.bamboo52nyc.com

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23rd July
2010
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34th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Hmm, well, it’s a sports lounge, if I had to call it anything.  This place is packed with tables (uncomfortably so) but there are tons of TV’s, whatever space you’re occupying.  The beers are good and surprisingly average priced.  The service is a little slow and you can skip the food.  There is what looks like a VIP section, which is automatically a negative gajillion points.

www.bar12.com

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11th May
2010
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43rd St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

Definitely a place to go if you want a quiet, friendly drink in the heart of Times Square.  The food is good and you can actually hear your groups’ conversation too.  The beers may be a little pricey, but you won’t get your typical Coors Light beers here, though you can if you like, they all taste fine.

www.bxlcafe.pregraphic.com

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11th May
2010
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38th St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.

If your idea of a fun night out is a Sausage fest, then look no further.  Not too crowded but definitely has the 20-30 year old male yuppie/meathead bar scene.  The prices are average for average tasting beers and there is lots of room to stand.  I may be speaking for a minority, but I don’t need a towel man in my bar bathroom.

www.butterfield8nyc.com

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11th May
2010
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7th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Holy hipster Batman, this bar would take the cake if it wasn’t for the fact that there was an older crowd in here.  You had your taps that you’ve never heard of before, the trendy bartender, even a late 20 year old knitting in the corner.  Yet, the other patrons were older, even a dad with his kid and their dog.  Carpet in a bar, good lord.  As for the basics, the beers were a little above average prices, though they tasted fine (though god knows what the names of these microbrews were), and some points back for having free French Fries for us.

www.burpcastlenyc.wordpress.com

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11th May
2010
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14th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

I’m 28, and I felt like an old man in here.  Whether you intended to go to the Meatpacking district and didn’t want to walk 2 more avenues, you hopped off the PATH and decided that this is it, or you all just turned 21 and wanted to celebrate together, this is your place!  It’s a long bar, good amount of space, lots of TV’s.  Beer tastes fine, average prices…why am I complaining about this place again?  Oh yeah, I’m not in college anymore.

www.bungasden.com

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11th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 22nd and 23rd St.

Generally, whenever we go after work, I like this place.  The dart board is usually free, the taps are pretty good and are averaged priced (with a good happy hour special) and the juke box is pretty good too.  But I’m always weirded out by the “VIP” room in the bar.  I mean, seriously?  That and there is an odd number of suits who come into the bar but always seem to mingle around Buck Hunter in the front.  At night, there is a velvet rope outside, so that’s minus points.  But the ridiculously hot bartender here makes up for this faux pas.

www.bullsheadtavern.com

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11th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 87th and 88th St.

Extremely friendly bar on the Upper East Side.  Couldn’t have met a nicer bartender who was more than willing to chat our ears off.  The beers tasted good, average prices and definitely more quiet than some of the college bars in the area.  One plus is that it’s a very dog friendly bar, much to the happiness of my curly haired friend, my sister and my female coworkers.

www.bullpennyc.com

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11th May
2010
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St. Marks Place btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

I’m always surprised at the large size of some of the bars in the East Village.  They have a back yard for when the bar gets too crowded, which it does get.  Now while the beers were your average prices and tasted fine for the most part, I got a little nauseous after having the Blue Moon here.  I’m sure it’s changed since then, but just throwing out a heads up.  Also, the crowd can be hit or miss, ranging between low key or college crowd.

www.ryansnyc.com

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11th May
2010
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11th Ave. btw 50th and 51st St.

Definitely one of the more remote bars on the island but worth the walk if you want a quiet drink and friendly people.  The bartender was chatty and the atmosphere cozy.  The drinks tasted good and were at your average prices.  Recommended, especially if you just came out of The Daily Show or have returned that rental car.

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11th May
2010
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N. Moore St. btw Varick St. and W. Broadway

Definitely one of the more crowded lounge/bars in Tribeca.  There was plenty of space to sit and walk around but more of a place to bring a group than attempt to pick up someone.  They had a decent selection of beer at average prices that tasted fine.  No TV’s for game watching, but it is an alright place to bring an after work group, especially if you’re after that “I want to drink in someplace with a library/study decor” frame of mind.

www.bubblelounge.com

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