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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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11th May
2010
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St. Marks Place btw Avenue A and 1st Ave.

This place can be night and day.  Sometimes, it’s a quiet space where you can grab a seat and enjoy a beer.  Most nights, it’s a little tight in here from the crowd, which ranges from hipster to the “stepping the toe right over First Avenue” crowd.  The service blows at the bar, but the table service makes up for it.  Average tasting beers, average prices.

www.buabar.com

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11th May
2010
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42nd St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Not quite sure about how I felt at this bar.  While it was great to have a fully outdoor bar with a good looking crowd, it was way too crowded for the limited amount of space.  The clientele also comes off as a little snooty, packed with suits from the business firms up 6th Avenue.  A little too noisy for an open air bar, if that’s even acoustically possible. Otherwise, the beers were average prices, tasted fine and they had a decent selection.

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11th May
2010
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8th Ave. and 31st St.

The only two floor member of the chain, this place attracts the LIRR riders who have been longing for a Brother Jimmy’s in their neck of the woods.  There’s not much that’s different about this Brother Jimmy’s from the others, as far as average beers, average prices, TV’s, and clientele.  But hands down, possibly the worst bartenders out of the chain.

www.brotherjimmys.com

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11th May
2010
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3rd Ave. and 92nd St.

Definitely the tamest of the franchise, but by no means the least fun.  There’s a good amount of room to have a lot of friends meet you for drinks, which are cheap to average priced and taste fine, and the bartenders are definitely the nicest of the chain too.  There’s a big seating room in the back, but I never see it full, and they’re always showing any of the games that are on.

www.brotherjimmys.com

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11th May
2010
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Amsterdam Ave. btw 80th and 81st St.

Where does one begin with this bar?  This place is home to college kids and adults alike.  Plenty of TV’s for sports fans, the food is reasonably priced with really good wing specials.  The exceptionally cute waitresses may have a slight attitude but I’m sure it comes from being constantly hit on.  The bouncers here are annoyingly trigger happy which is its only downfall, meaning a frown will have them swarming and throwing you out.

www.brotherjimmys.com

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11th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 77th and 78th St.

Smaller than its west side location, which means it constantly crowded, this location is just as popular with anyone under the age of 35.  Not as many TV’s but I do find the food service a little faster than it’s Amsterdam Ave. brother.  Average priced PBR’s and other beers, they all taste fine, cool bartenders.

www.brotherjimmys.com

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11th May
2010
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Lexington Ave. and 31st St.

Good lord this place is huge, and after 5:30, it is almost completely packed.  If you want to sit down, a reservation is almost definitely needed.  This is one of the few bars on Lexington Ave., so that gets bonus points, because I really don’t want to walk to 3rd Ave. all the time.  The service was actually pretty fast for the crowd that was here, and you have your normal domestic beer specials with the standard Brother Jimmy special prices, especially pitchers (god I love those cheap pitchers), all beer tasting fine.

www.brotherjimmys.com

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11th May
2010
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W. Broadway and Broome St.

I could probably say this is the worst Guinness I have ever had.  The other taps tasted alright but man was that Guinness bad.  I hope it was an off day because the place was nice.  Most of the people in the front room are for drinks and some light pub grub, while the back is for meals.  The bartenders are really cool too, which is another factor that might get me to go back.  Pints were average prices, and re-read this paragraph for my views on the tastes of the pints.

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11th May
2010
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Houston St. btw Mulberry and Mott St.

With the look of a bar which has seen the neighborhood transform around it, I can respect that they stuck to their guns and haven’t upgraded.  Not yet a dive bar but definitely had the dark “I want to sit alone with my group and not be bothered” feeling.  Lots of room to sit and drink your average priced beers, though the mixed drinks didn’t taste so great, bartenders are nice for a chat, and not a TV in sight.

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8th May
2010
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54th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Huge hotel bar that you can actually access from the street, doth mine eye deceive me?  I was here with an ex during her model UN event (hers, not mine!) and we came down here for a drink.  It’s very quiet in here, though there were people in here, just so much space so everyone was spread out.  The drinks were a tiny bit above average prices, tasted fine.

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8th May
2010
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29th St. btw 5th Ave. and Broadway

This is an experience, and if you don’t get here early, good luck getting in.  Now, there are a few tables for food (the pork belly is amazing) that half of the place is waiting to get too but there is room for drinking, so I’m torn on whether to call this a bar or not…decision reached after going into the lobby and seeing everyone sloshed…bar!  If you’re not spilling out into the hotel lobby next door, there’s a nice bar up front.  They pretty much only serve your standard microbrews, which cost normal microbrew prices, but the crowd is lively, a little overdressed, and represents every age range possible.

www.thebreslin.com

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8th May
2010
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35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

When walking by, you would think its some fancy, hoity-toity bar/restaurant.  But it’s extremely down to earth and the bar staff is very friendly.  You do have people stumbling in from down the block when the club, or the line for it, becomes too much, but otherwise the clientele are just your ordinary drinkers.  The beers are average priced and taste just fine, and there’s a lot of space to spread out in.

www.brendansbar.com

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8th May
2010
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2nd Ave. and 38th St.

There aren’t a lot of bar options in this neck of the woods (near the Midtown Tunnel) so this place was a very nice surprise.  Good amount of space, good food, average priced beers that taste good, and a very friendly staff.  Also an extremely mixed crowd, from young to old.

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8th May
2010
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Little W. 12th St. btw Washington St. and 10th Ave.

Where do you begin with this bar?  I always find there to be plenty of girls to meet (guys for the ladies to meet as well) but it is so crowded in here.  Perhaps because it’s a step above the dive bars and one below the annoying clubs in the neighborhood.  The beers can be just above average prices, but taste fine, and the service can be slow at times, but I still find myself coming back again and again, regardless of the crowd.

www.brassmonkeybar.com

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8th May
2010
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84th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

It’s always fun to come in to places like this when you want some quiet time and a drink.  That being said, guys, don’t expect to pick up girls here unless you go for the sad middle age lady with the stick up her ass who thinks she’s an amazing singer.  It’s exactly what you think, a mostly gay piano bar on the Upper East Side.  The drinks are good, about your average price, and the pianist is accommodating with almost any you song you suggest…he entertained my request of “Freebird” and “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”.

www.brandysnyc.com

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8th May
2010
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2nd Ave. and 82nd St.

The quiet bar on the 2nd Ave strip, and thank god.  It’s by no means a bad bar, in fact, it’s actually nice to be able to go to a good place that has darts and not be inundated with the young crowd, though they do straggle in.  They have TV’s, average priced drinks that taste fine and you can almost always grab a seat.

www.bradysbar.com

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8th May
2010
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

I would never have guessed that a bar in this location would have this much space.  The only modern bar in on Restaurant Row no less, so you get the theater crowd in here with the after work crowds.  It’s a little too big actually.  There is an outdoor patio, but apparently not if you don’t reserve it.  The beers tastes fine and it’s your average price, but the crowd is pretty spread out over the whole place.

www.bourbonny.com

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8th May
2010
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Amsterdam Ave. btw 79th and 80th St.

Your typical college student bar.  Nothing but college kids and 1 or 2 creepy old men who are there for the women that will usually get up on the bar and dance.  The Christmas tree of bras that hangs over the bar is hardly ever added on to any more but the beers are average prices that taste fine, and there’s a little back area for dancing.

www.bourbonstreetnyc.com

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8th May
2010
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2nd Ave and 73rd St.

Ding ding ding, we have a winner for hands down the hottest bartenders in the city.  So much so that my friends actually thanked me for showing up late while they whittled away the hour waiting for me.  This bar has everything, from cheap beers that taste good, to pretty decent food, to a TV that was showing every football game on at the moment.  One down side is that it gets really packed and there is not a lot of space.  Also, if you don’t get there early, the odds of you getting a table are slim to none.

www.bounceny.com/default.htm

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8th May
2010
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Essex St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

Amidst the impending doom or encroaching Hipster bars, this place is holding the tide back.  I like that it’s a good sized place with plenty of cheap to average priced beers that taste fine, and a good amount of room.  The bartenders are pretty friendly and if you can put up with the occasional Williamsburg-er who has strayed in, you’ll like this place.

www.bosstweeds.com

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8th May
2010
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60th St. and 2nd Ave.

Putting an Atomic Wings inside of the bar…genius!!!  The only downside was that there weren’t a lot of places to sit and eat them.  This place kind of stands alone with few watering holes nearby so you do get some locals mixed with your normal after work groups.  A few TV’s, cheap happy hour specials, average prices during normal hours, beer tasted fine, and a good amount of open space.

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8th May
2010
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West Side Highway btw Christopher and 10th St.

I’m noticing more and more bars along the highway, but this is honestly the first gay bar in the stretch, or at least that I’ve noticed.  It’s very shiny, pretty spacious, and the crowd is pretty laid back.  The service blows, but the drinks taste good and were your average prices too.

www.bongonyc.com

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8th May
2010
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Park Ave. and 39th St.

I really don’t know what to make of this place.  On one hand, it’s a decent space and the drinks are only slightly over average price, clearly taking advantage of the clientele’s hedge fund wallets.  But the patrons themselves, geesh.  I’ll sum it up with late 20’s to older sausage fest.  Though there are lots of TV’s, the club vibe that’s here does not mix well, especially with the geriatric crowd that tends to find there way in.  The beers tasted fine, service was good too.

www.bogartsonpark.com

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8th May
2010
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The Blue Seats (Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.)

This place was completely night and day.  It felt like a club for the first half of the bar or you can continue to the back where there is a small sports bar.  The booths here have your own personal TV’s (5 by my count) but the people sitting in them aren’t even watching them, just hanging out.  I get that they want to accommodate all crowds in this area to try and bring people in, but I’m not sure if the mix was a good one.  I mean, they had a DJ playing over the Final Four games.  Very nice wait-staff, the drinks weren’t expensive and tasted fine, and we got to take pictures with Stifler (Seann William Scott, to avoid any copyright infringement).

www.theblueseatsnyc.com

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8th May
2010
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Amsterdam Ave. btw 83rd and 84th St.

Bar?  Diner?  Who cares, they have Rolling Rock on tap, and only that from the looks of it.  While the tap tastes fine, if you’re not like me and don’t enjoy the beer from “the glass lined vats of old Latrobe”, there’s your PBR and regular bottled beers.  The beers are your average prices.  It’s right on the upper fringe of the Upper West Side college bars and it doesn’t get much of a crowd to fill its decently sized space.

www.thebluedonkeybar.com

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8th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw. 89th and 90th St.

I’m not shortening it BB & R, just tossing that out there.  I definitely got the sense that everyone who didn’t get into Big Easy came here, because it’s the same crowd but a lot more shiny.  So, if you don’t mind some of the meatheads that hang out here, or the really long men’s room line, this isn’t really a bad place.  The beers are your average price, taste fine, and they have your standard American taps and more than enough cheap liquor drinks.  They also have a lot of TV’s.

www.bbrnyc.com

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8th May
2010
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79th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.

Upper West Side usually means a sports bar, and this place is no different.  There’s a good amount of space in here and basically has the same packed crowd as the rest of the bars in the neighborhood.  One benefit is that it’s close to the subway, but other than that, it’s just your average bar.  Pints taste good, average prices, lots of TV’s.

www.blondiessports.com

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8th May
2010
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14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

If you’ve ever had a desire to watch sports with hipsters, then this is your place.  There are plenty of TV’s covering every game and there’s lots of space.  The beer is priced alright, tastes fine, and the finger food isn’t bad at all.  The one downfall is the crowd.  When they are out in numbers, it is no fun watching football with hipsters…and I really tried.

www.blindpigbar.com

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8th May
2010
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Bleecker St. and Crosby St.

Now this is a bar I can get used to.  This place had lots of space and plenty of entertainment (pool, darts, TV, etc.).  It’s a little tucked away but if you’re looking for a good place away from the hipster bars in this area, look no further.  Average and above average beers at average prices and in big cups!, taste fine.

www.bleeckerstreetbarnyc.com

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8th May
2010
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Fulton St. btw William and Nassau St.

Yeah, not my least favorite of the chain, but by no means my favorite.  The bartender was making the best of the sparse, slightly creepy crowd.  There was decently priced beer that tasted fine and a couple of small TV’s, but there was a ton of space in here with nothing going on.

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8th May
2010
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47th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Definitely the worst bar in this chain.  I don’t know many “Irish” bars with bouncers but after entering you see why they’re needed.  The cheap beers that taste alright don’t make up for the jerk-offs that call this bar home.

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8th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.

A decent sized crowd comes here, but it feels more like a cafeteria than a bar.  Don’t get me wrong, the bar is fully functional, but the food station is the focal point in here.  Expect to find people looking for a bite to eat in between binge drinking.  The pints taste fine, cost average prices, but this is definitely just a place for lunch.

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8th May
2010
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8th Ave. btw 30th and 31st St.

Definitely the cleanest of the Blarney Stones.  It’s also one of the bigger ones too.  There’s really a bunch of locals in here and not much, if any, of the B&T or F.I.T. crowd that frequent the neighboring bars.  The crowd is older, the music selection blows (a little too techno/clubby for a pub) but the service is really friendly.  Beers taste good, average prices, plenty of TV’s.

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8th May
2010
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9th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.

This is the quietest Blarney Stone in the city, mainly because it’s pretty empty in here.  The few people in there were locals but it was a nice quiet place to have a drink when the clubs an avenue over just become too much.  The beers are average prices, taste fine, not much chatter, even from the bartender.

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8th May
2010
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33rd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

Nope, not the Blarney Stone, this place is different than the chain.  If I want a drink before an event at the Garden, this is where I’ll always be found.  Good finger food and average priced tasty beers make this a good place to pre-game with real sports fans.  The crowd is friendly and there’s usually room to move around despite the low ceilinged claustrophobic impression you get.

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8th May
2010
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38th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

In complete contrast to its Westside counterpart, this bar is spacious, friendly, and there’s good pub food, definitely some of the better nachos I’ve ever had.  The wait staff is friendly and there’s plenty of seating for your after work group.  Beer tastes fine, average prices, good folks and fun…don’t sue me McDonald’s.

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8th May
2010
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35th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

The Westside location of this bar might actually be the most depressing bar I’ve ever been in.  It’s not exactly a dive but it’s definitely a bar where you can go and drink by yourself and stew in your misery.  Cheap beer, yes.  Tastes good…yes.  Friendly atmosphere…about as chipper as a graveyard.

www.blaggardsnyc.com

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7th May
2010
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55th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

I kind of liked this bar.  There was more space than it looks like from the outside and the clientele was of all ages.  The bartenders were nice and they were serving up average priced drinks that taste fine, though they can’t pour a pint of Guinness to save their soul.  If you push passed the work groups right at the entrance, there’s space in the back portion.

www.blackstonesbar.com

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7th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.

I love this bar.  Nice and quiet and extremely cozy.  Very friendly staff and good tasting, average priced beers.  Funny how I say more about the bars I hate.  Definitely in my top 5 in the city.

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7th May
2010
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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

This place completely fits in with the other neighborhood bars.  It’s not as bad at Metro 53, it’s just a tad meat headier than Turtle Bay and Sutton Place.  They have a ton of specials here (especially from the e-mails they constantly send) and two floors to accommodate people, which it can barely do.  The clientele is, you guessed it, young business kids and meatheads with pretty much the same group on the weekend.  They have a ton of TV’s and a decent amount of space (though not late at night), the beers are average prices and taste average.

www.blackfinnnyc.com

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7th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 21st and 22nd St.

This place is very hit or miss.  If you come on the weekend, you can bring a bunch of friends and just hang out.  Come on a week night and it’s packed with people who are annoying and are way too into Buck Hunter.  They do have cheap buckets of beer along with other good weekday specials, the beer tastes fine, but you’re almost guaranteed to be standing the whole night among annoying B&T’s.

www.bblnyc.com

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6th May
2010
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9th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.

With the exception of the Blarney Stone next door, this bar is all alone on the West Side.  One of the few bars that still allow smoking (the owners being the only employees from what I’m told), this small bar is a nice place to hang out with good music in the background.  The bar usually has a decent sized crowd, the beer is average prices, tastes fine, and the place friendly enough to make the trip to 9th Avenue worth it.

www.billymarkswest.com

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6th May
2010
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54th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.

A nice quiet bar in Midtown.  We were hungry for something more than pub food so we went to this small bar, complete with piano player.  Not exactly a place to be loud or rowdy, but it’s definitely a great stopping point for average priced beer that tastes good and for food on your way to the East Side bars.

www.billsnyc.com

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6th May
2010
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91st St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Probably one of the smallest bars in the city, but by no means a bad one.  The bartenders are very friendly and chatty, the taps taste pretty good with your average prices, and the crowd is always low key and friendly.  Also a good place to watch a game with a few friends amid some relative peace and quiet.

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6th May
2010
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Murray St. btw Church St. and W. Broadway

Well, here’s the college bar for the financial district.  Seems like every senior at Pace, or any other downtown college, was here.  Very nice bar staff and plenty of cheap drinks that taste good make this a good place to go to recapture your youth and play beer pong…well, the youth you seem to have a hazy memory of.

www.biddyearlyspub.com

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6th May
2010
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Beekman St. btw Nassau and William St.

Even though my friend wanted me to comment that this place smells like a cat, I’m going to give it a better review, and hopefully more complimentary.  This was a good after-work place for a couple of beers and to watch a game.  The crowd was older than the college bars in the area but not with “old creepy men” (thanks again Michele).  The beer selection was good and average priced, tasted fine, and there was seating for food too.

www.thebeekmanpub.com/index.html

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6th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 63rd and 64th St.

For a bar with not a lot of room, they have an inordinate amount of taps offering a great selection of beer.  Unfortunately, that was one of the few bright sides.  The bar is kind of small, the back room with the dartboards was shut down, and the bartender wasn’t completely into actually working.  Add to that the late 40’s to death crowd, there’s not much appeal to this place.  The beers tasted alright but were at least average prices.

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6th May
2010
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Beckett’s (Pearl St. btw Coentis Slip and William St.)

Definitely my favorite bar on this one block strip.  The service was great, nice outdoor seating, very friendly and hot hostess/waitresses, and the food was actually pretty good.  To be fair, I could barely see inside the bathroom and they kept switching the TV’s to games that no one cared about.  But I would definitely go back here for the beers (which tasted fine and were average prices) and crowd…and did I mention the hostess/waitresses?

www.beckettsnyc.com

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6th May
2010
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14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Next stop, hipster central.  There’s a big, young crowd here and you want to gouge your ears and ears out after a few minutes.  With a lack of TV’s you have to be inundated with awful conversations so go when it’s empty because the beers are at least good and cheap.

www.beautybar.com/ny/home.html

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6th May
2010
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Barrow St. btw 4th and Bleecker St.

This bar is really just an open space, though if everyone else is sitting and you’re not, you definitely feel like the odd man out.  A good selection of your regularly priced beer that tastes fine, and an attractive single scene, plus a decent amount of TV’s might drag me back.

www.barrowstreetalehouse.com

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6th May
2010
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22nd St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

If you’re a gay man, and just want to drink at a gay bar (not a lounge or club), then go here.  I was brought here (my friend says he goes to enough of my “Muggle” bars so I owed him one) and actually found a nice place to drink.  Bonus points for the bride and her bridesmaid in the back, though I found out gay men make the worst wingmen.  The drinks were reasonably priced, tasted fine, and the atmosphere was very relaxed.

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6th May
2010
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3rd Ave. and 20th St.

How do you cram a lot of seats into a small bar and yet still find room for a pool table?  Barfly answers this question with ease.  The bar is nice enough but there really is no room if you’re not sitting.  The taps taste good with your average prices and they have plenty of sports on but it gets very cramped.

www.barflyny.com

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6th May
2010
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8th Ave. btw. 54th and 55th St.

It’s rare when a bar will make it onto my “top bar” list, but this one zoomed right in.  I’ll even forgo all of the Philly paraphernalia.  There’s also a sweet deal here that if you drink all of the roughly 100 special shots, spread out over time of course, you get to make your own creation and add it to the list…do your best to avoid the Dirty Sanchez shot.  The bartenders are great, good crowd, average priced beer that tastes good.

www.barcelonabarnyc.com

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6th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw. 12th and 13th St.

I feel like I’m in the rundown version of The Peach Pit After Dark in here.  While there’s plenty of TV’s, cheap beers at average prices that taste okay, and pretty quick service, the meathead factor is through the roof.  Good luck on the back dance floor, I think I got accidentally groped by roaming hands (though to his credit he used moisturizer) as he was trying to dance with my friends.

www.barnonenyc.com

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6th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 89th and 90th St.

The one negative about this place is that you have to walk UP stairs to get into the bar.  That’s just the worst idea ever.  Aside from that, I really liked the place.  The bartender was friendly, they had your average taps at average prices with some borderline hipster taps which my friend enjoyed, and the dartboard and two pool tables were ours for the taking.

www.bareast.com

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6th May
2010
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41st St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

This falls into the category of not necessarily a hotel bar.  It falls into another category of having the older business men being the clientele and having them stare at me for wearing a Mets jersey before hopping on the 7.  I stuck to the beer at this place and though they were bought for me, I overheard the average prices and they tasted as good as anywhere else.

www.reservationpage.com/C00000/H00208/bar41/

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6th May
2010
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13th St. btw University Pl. and Broadway

For the amount of carrying on that goes on for this place, you would think the main floor of this place wouldn’t be so dinghy.  Granted, they have a nice rooftop (with the only view being the street below) but it’s so small that it just becomes uncomfortable.  Not that having people crowd over you while you sit isn’t fantastic.  The beer is your run of the mill selection and so are prices, they taste fine, and the service is usually good and attentive.

www.bar13.com

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6th May
2010
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9th Ave. btw 53rd and 54th St.

You don’t get a lot of bars with space for live acts in this area, so this is place to come to hear small time bands.  The odd thing about this bar is the enormous amount of space they have.  I got lost on the way to the bathroom because there are more and more rooms.  The beers are normal prices, taste fine and the bar food is better than most.

www.barnine.com

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6th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 73rd and 74th St.

Okay, so I was a little drunk by the time I got here, but I get the gist of the place.  It’s a little small but the crowd was friendly enough that you didn’t feel suffocated.  The beer was a little watered down, but the prices are average with some good pitcher specials, and the staff here is very quick to pass out the beer and keep you entertained.  Good music selection too.

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6th May
2010
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3rd Ave. and 30th St.

I thought this was a restaurant at first glance but it turned out to be a decent bar.  Yeah, not a lot of space to move around, but the three bartenders trying to accommodate everyone in the place have to be commended.  Well, a nice pat on the back will do.  The drinks are average priced, tasted fine, and I was surprised that I could watch both the Rangers and Mets at the same time.  Pretty hot clientele too.

www.banccafe.com

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6th May
2010
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63rd St. and 1st Ave.

Very friendly bar on the East Side that isn’t as rowdy as some of its neighbors.  Lot’s of tables might lead some to think it’s a restaurant (I think I heard that this was the original T.G.I. Friday’s), but most people were standing at the bar.  They had plenty of TV’s, a pretty decent selection of beers on tap that tasted fine, good burger and very friendly service.

www.bakerstreetnyc.com

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6th May
2010
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York Ave and 85th St.

I declare this my Upper East Side bar.  True, there are some I haven’t been to yet, but this is the closest to what I consider a pub in the city.  Lots of sitting room, dartboard and pinball machine, great service, good beers that taste fine (though skip the Molson on tap) and average prices.  Great atmosphere too.

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6th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 83rd and 84th St.

I dug this place for the setup.  There’s lots of TV’s in here and they’re all mounted on very high ceiling walls.  The beer is decent, average prices and the crowd runs from families to a sausage fest.  The staff was hit or miss; bartenders yay, waitresses nay.

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6th May
2010
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Bleecker St. and Thompson St.

Some nights it’s so crowded they actually turn people away, which is a good thing that more bars should adopt.  On a snowy Friday night and there was a plenty of space…plenty of sawdust covered, live act watchin’, table sittin’ space.  We were definitely the youngest people in the bar, and at 28, that’s saying something.  The taps were average prices, taps actually tasted good, good service.

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6th May
2010
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26th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

I can only imagine that this place is also owned by the people who own Park Bar on 15th, because it looks exactly the same, down to the hipster/yuppie clientele, the big trendy beer selection and the above average prices that come with that beer selection.  Service is pretty good though and there is a decent amount of space, particularly in the back, but it’s always packed.

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6th May
2010
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4th St. and Bowery

This place can be hit or miss, and unfortunately not depending on the night you’re there.  This bar gets extremely crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, the question is whether you will get the fun crowd or the obnoxious college crowd.  That being said, I love the open air space here, especially during the winter when very few venture outside to sit under the heat lamps.  Beers are average prices and taste fine.

www.bbarandgrill.com

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28th April
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 34th and 35th St.

One of two bar/lounges that are exactly the same, on the same block, on the east side of Manhattan.  If it’s too crowded, hit up Joshua Tree (practically the same) and vice versa.  The difference is that it’s easier to get food here but it becomes a crowded bar after 11.  It’s a fun place where they do the typical mix of 80’s music and hip hop and the beers aren’t too expensive and taste fine.

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