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8th Ave. btw 18th and 19th St.
The craft beer industry has made it’s way to Chelsea. This new bar has a lot going for it: spacious, friendly staff, and a good mix of all different crowds. All the beers are above craft, and seem a little pricier than normal, even during happy hour. Above average beers, above average prices, taste fine.
54th St. and 3rd Ave.
There’s no hotel above, but I feel like I’m in a lobby bar, or on display for all of 3rd Avenue to watch me drink. There’s plenty of space at the bar, lots of tables and seating areas for you and your midtown coworkers to drink. Closes at 1, staff is friendly, average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
59th St. and Broadway
One of two bars in the Time Warner Center, this one has a pretty sweet view, though definitely lacks in space. If you can’t get one of the few tables here, there about 8 bar stools to try and grab, otherwise you’re out of luck. All wine and cocktails, crowd is older with an occasional tourist tossed in. Service is friendly, drinks a little pricey (~$13 for a cocktail), taste fine.
Clinton St. btw Houston and Stanton St.
This is a pretty interesting idea. It’s an art gallery/performance space with a small bar up front. They thankfully allow you to wander the galleries with your drink, and even have some space to sit down amongst the displays. Staff is nice, above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
40th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Normally a coat check will have me turn right around, but this blog ain’t gonna write itself! Head to the basement of Bryant Park Hotel, and you have a somewhat spacious bar room packed with business kids, after work parties, and tourists. Pretty tough to get a seat, so you cram next to the bar and grab a cocktail…not much more to it. Service is pretty good, no taps, cocktails at cocktail prices (~12), taste fine.
Broadway and 20th St.
Below the store is a cocktail bar that is usually always crowded. Make your way past the awkward coat check, head downstairs, and if you’re there early enough you can grab a table; if not you’re headed to the small bar. Cocktails and wine are the pours here, crowd is B&T’s, business kids, and any local workers. Cocktails, average prices for cocktails (~11), taste fine.
Commerce St. btw Bedford and Barrow St.
I had walked by this place a million times thinking it was purely a restaurant. I walked in on a Thursday and every table and bar stool was filled with drinkers, barely a bite of food in sight, so a bar it is! The place was packed, 30’s crowd, locals, older crowd, everyone having a pretty good time. Until I had the beer… The taps need a good cleaning out, and I could barely finish my dates’ when she couldn’t finish her own. Above average beers, above average prices, taste needs work.
Chelsea Piers – 18th St. and West Side Highway
If you’re done with your bucket of balls or finished taping Law and Order, this spot on the Hudson River is one of the further west bars in the city that is a decent place to hang out. After playing the game of “which pier do I walk down (58), dodge cyclists and cars trying to park, this hidden bar has a decent amount of space, usually quiet, sports on TV, and you can even get a tour of the brewery. Honestly, it’s really for the first two groups mentioned, but if you really want a trek, its an alright spot that has a little outdoor seating. Above average beers (home grown), slightly above average prices, taste alright.
53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Used to be Metro 53, and the change of name ain’t foolin’ me! While it’s a little quieter around Happy Hour, it’s the same old place that is always has been, meaning velvet rope (really?), B&T’s, meatheads, meatheads who looked perplexed at the name chane, fights, and, while I really never mention this topic for other places, could use a good rinse out. Average beers, average prices, taste fine.
29th St. btw Lexington and Park Ave.
Alright, you can come here to eat too, but for the most part it happens in the back. I usually just see a lot of people drinking from their ridiculously long beer menu. You can even check out the bottles in the refrigerators that line the place. It’s a 20-30’s crowd that usually keeps the place full. Beers are all above average, at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
23rd St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Could be the most non-pub looking/sounding pub I’ve ever been in. So, taking away the name, it’s pretty much half bar and half eatery. While you can sit anywhere and just drink, the back and middle row is where the great smelling (and tasting!) food is going. Almost comes off as an eatery with a bar…I’m talking myself out of this being labeled as a bar as I write this…too late, too much has been typed. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
32nd St. btw Park and Madison
Brand new venue in Murray Hill that is so close to looking like a TGI Friday’s, but thankfully no blinking street signs on the wall. The venue in back does a good job of cramming you into two floors with pretty good service. The bar area up front is also two floors with possibly the deepest bar I’ve ever seen (doing stretches to grab a pint is never in my plans). A decent amount of room to move around, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
28th St. btw Madison and Park Ave.
Pretty good example of what a pub should feel like, with the exception of the low ceiling. All British beers, like Fuller’s and Carlsberg, on tap, and plenty of space to hangout. The crowd is mixed of B&T’s with a smattering of older people. The food’s pretty good too, though it’s fancier than your average pub grub. Only gripe is with the low volume audio of Churchill being piped into the bathroom…that’s a recommendation to lose the audio, not make it louder, in case anyone reads this. British beers at average prices, taste pretty good.
45th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Walk in the doors and leave the most annoying bell sound ever behind on the sidewalk, and you have a big space that doesn’t really have too much personality (shiny and tall does not equal personality). The beers appear to be the only thing actually British in here. If they just liked the bar name for the sound of it, I apologize for assuming they were going for a pub. Crowd is your B&T’s, a few tourists thrown in (probably attracted by the bell), and definitely not a quiet place to just sit down and enjoy a pint. British beers with some regulars, average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 83rd and 84th St.
This place used to be something hard to pronounce (Jack Tamson’s Bairns) and can now be pronounced clearly by the people stumbling down 2nd Avenue. There really is zero difference, so please click on the link above to check out that review! Bartenders are still very nice, quiet crowd, average to above average beers, average prices, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 16th and 17th St.
After finally finding the right staircase to bring me upstairs, I found what is basically a big hall, with trees, and a really tiny bar crammed into one corner. No taps, so it’s all bottles or cocktails in this joint. Lots of seating and lots of standing room at least for the event I was here for. Cocktails and beer are a little above average prices, taste fine.
13th St. btw University Pl. and 5th Ave.
Though I’m going to say that this could be one of the more mis-named places I’ve been to, it’s by no means a bad place. It just feels the furthest thing from a “tavern”. I mean, when I think tavern I think booths, dimmer lights, some form of oak paneling…or am I thinking of the Mount Airy Lodge? Actually,. the upstairs is more like it, but its a little empty up here. It’s a quiet spot, feels like a diner…once again, let me say that I would go back to this place. Anywho, it’s a small bar, nice staff and a really nice bartender, mixed crowd of all ages. Average tasting taps at average prices, pretty good happy hour.
7th St, btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Ok, so about half of the space is tables, the rest is a bar area. Bucket specials are available in 100% of the space, and 25% is having food. That’s a lot of math, I know, but this Filipino bar has some decent deals for happy hour. It’s a young crowd, Filipino and others, average prices for average tasting beers.
1st Ave. btw 6th and 7th St.
This place used to be Lilly’s Coogans. If memory serves me, the bar was on the other side. Thankfully I write this blog so my memory doesn’t have to serve me 24/7. Good happy hours, younger crowd, and a decent amount of space. Beers taste alright, average prices.
10th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Quiet bar that’s tucked away off the main avenue. Small place, seems that most of the people in here knew someone who worked here and were there for support more than actually frequenting the place. Good for a quiet drink, good for a stopover on your way out, beer tastes fine and at average prices, decent happy hour.
3rd Ave. btw St. Mark’s Pl. and 9th St.
I’ve most likely walked by this bar thousands of times, and always thought it was some club and that I would hate it. This is why I do this, to dispel these notions, right everyone’s wrong thinking! Ok, the bars is average, very cheap happy hour, tons of space, nice staff. The clientele is a weird mix of college grads, people who just can’t get over college, and people who are using it as a meeting place before heading elsewhere. Beers taste fine, average beers at average prices.
37th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Small bar tucked away on the west side. Well, there is a lounge on the second floor, so not so small. The downstairs, let’s focus on that. This is definitely a “Lets hop in for one or two drinks” place before heading home, and most of the patrons tend to work in the buildings directly surrounding here. Pretty quiet place, nice bartender, average drinks at average prices.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
In the growing amount of bars in building basements on this street, this one is the most polished, probably because it’s the newest…let me start that again. Brand new bar and the only one with outdoor space in the back. The crowd was more subdued than its neighbors and the only viewings will be of other people, not sports. Beer tasted alright, average prices.
54th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
Bingo, good pub, well done. Even on a slow NYC Sunday they managed to draw a nice crowd. Front windows open, lots of TV’s, 30’s crowd, lots of space around a multi sided bar. Beers tasted average to slightly above average, average prices, normal taps.
33rd St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.
New bar in this neck of the woods, tucked off the 3rd Avenue beaten trail. It’s a lot of space, mostly seating in the back, very thin up front…not unlike an ex-girlfriend of mine, zing! The beer is your next level above your standards (non-Bud Light’s, etc.) so the average price is $7 for your Six Points, Goose Necks, et al. The service almost took a hit when I got charged normal price for happy hour, but on my next trip to the bar, he realized, without a hint from me, that he goofed, free round for me…well played. Crowd is the business type, 30 year olds and coworkers looking to have a more adult experience than 3rd Ave.
9th Ave. btw 43rd and 44th St.
Probably the only real dive bar in midtown. You gotta love the peanuts on the tables (and the shells that created a sort of carpet on the floor) but the people and atmosphere doesn’t make you feel completely comfortable. The beers are average priced, taste alright, but definitely go in to this bar in numbers.
Lexington Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.
Small bar competing for the clientele that is not really in this area, unless they’re heading towards 3rd Ave. The bartender was nice enough and they had an alright special for happy hour. We hung around and the beers stayed around average prices, tasted fine. It was basically us and a couple of people on dates here.
51st St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
The hipsters have invaded Midtown! This small bar is the latest move by America’s least favorite group to try and establish themselves. They have lots of beers that you’ve never heard of (heaven forbid they serve Bud Light) that are at least decently priced, and a polite staff. I’m not saying it’s a bad place, but I hate being stared at because I don’t have elbow patches on my coat, or a goatee.
Avenue B btw 2nd and 3rd St.
If you come here for the wings, you’re waiting in line. It’s best to come after the dinner rush to make sure you actually get a seat. Tons of TV’s, decent drink specials, the aforementioned 10 cent wings on certain days, and a friendly bartender might make me go back, at a time when I wont have to wait of course. As a note, the “hot” level of spice is not that hot. The Croxley Blonde Ale is extremely light, so stick with the normal beers, which are average prices and taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 93rd and 94th St.
I liked this place for a couple of reasons. First, they had the most random assortment of taps I’ve seen on the Upper East Side, including Rolling Rock on tap, many bonus points for that. Secondly, the other college bars on the southern blocks below the bar keep most of the loud crowds away. Now while some would see this as a flaw, I love a quiet, friendly place like this to actually have a conversation with my friends.
40th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
There wasn’t really much to stand out about this place besides it being your normal, run of the mill, midtown bar. There was a decent amount of space, plenty of tables to sit at and eat, and good tasting taps at average prices. I would’ve missed it due to the scaffolding outside but I’m glad I got to stop in.
30th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.
Do I call this a hidden treat and try not to sound cliché? Yeah, my cube mate just slapped me for that one. This is a fun bar that usually draws a good mixed crowd; impressive for being on a street that sells everything else on the face of the planet. There’s a good amount of space, friendly staff, the pints taste better than normal, and they’re at average prices too, lots of space.
14th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
With every pint you buy, there is a free pizza. I’ll say it again. With every pint you buy, there is a free pizza. If that doesn’t sell you then nothing will, and that’s the only thing that really sells this place. Though the bar can get a bit crowded due to its small space, this is a great idea that keeps people fed while they continue to drink. And the pizza ain’t bad either. The beers tastes fine, average prices, mixed crowd of hipsters and college kids.
Bowery and 1st St.
This place always looked packed so I went in on a night when it was semi-crowded. One of the few places in the area that is a quasi club, we got in before the cover took effect. The crowd was hit or miss, your typical sausage fest waiting for the two or three groups of girls who show up. Not really my scene but I’m sure there are people who get tired of the hipster places in the area. The beers were average prices and tasted fine.
Bowery btw Rivington and Delancey St.
A live venue place that has a decent sized bar and hosts the most awesomest quiz night in the city. The beers taste fine are your average price (including, much to my surprise, the cans of PBR stocked at the bar) though the taps don’t always work, and the staff is hit or miss as to how fast you’ll get served or ignored, but this usually due to the crowd size.
Broadway btw 19th and 20th St.
This was so borderline that I had to go in. More of a polished/upscale wine bar than an actual bar, this place charges you up the wazoo for a Gin and Tonic (yes, I drink what my grandparents drink). That and the bar staff is very excited to give you your first drink, though not that excited to follow up with the next drink or the check. Serves me right for thinking something that shiny was good.
1st Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.
I have to imagine that this place stays in business purely from the name of the bar and tourists wanting to check it out. To put it mildly, this place is a shit hole. Now, the people who work here, awesome, including the bouncers. The beer tastes fine and it’s average prices. But it completely feels like the floor could give out any minute and while I normally don’t mind the smell of stale beer mixed with piss and the smell of old creepy guys…not for me.
2nd Ave. and 51st St.
How is it possible to be a new bar yet feel old? Come here! Though it’s very polished, I felt like I was in a dive. The beer tasted good (when it eventually got served) and at average prices, plenty of TV’s, and there was a decent amount of space. I just got the feeling like this bar has been around forever.
W. 4th St. and Jane St.
I actually went in here and didn’t have the food. If this would’ve meant I had a seat so I wasn’t in the tiny bar space, then I should’ve asked for a menu. There isn’t a lot of bar space, but I would definitely give it bar status (that authority bestowed on me after beating Thorner in darts somewhere else one night). The beers were very McSorley’s-esque, ala light or dark, and they were very quick at serving them up. Tasted fine, average prices, very close quarters.
9th Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd St.
Lot’s o’ TV’s. That and some good wings make this a good place to watch a game. The beer is your average prices, taste fine, and the wait staff is quick and friendly. There was plenty of room for my friend and I to just plunk down in the middle of a game.
3rd Ave. btw 21st and 22nd St.
Seems to be the hangout for the local teachers, this place can either be good for a quiet drink or to feel left out of the group that has congregated here. The bartender is nice, and they have TV’s for sports watching, but the average priced taps tasted a little off.
35th St. and 8th Ave.
I took a shot on this hotel bar, though I should’ve turned away after reading the sign outside that read “happy hour, $5 beers”. I mean, your happy hour has prices that are normal anywhere else and you advertise that? Anywho, they should stop selling food with cheese because that old cheese smell lingers long after the food is gone. It’s basically guests stopping in for a pint before venturing out, and you can’t access the bar from the street (though there is a door?), though it’s decently laid out in terms of space, and the beer tastes fine.
Broadway btw 168th and 169th St.
If you had to pick a bar to represent every person in NYC, this would be pretty darn close. You get the locals, the Columbia doctors, firefighters, and random people coming in because the 1 train broke down that need a drink before getting on the shuttle (AKA me), etc. I walked in and saw everyone singing karaoke, everyone getting along and having a great time. The beers were average prices, tasted fine.
47th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.
Two floors: the downstairs has a good bar with a huge dining area that is kept separate from the bar and is definitely for the older crowd. The upstairs has a big space that is great for hearing live bands and can get way overcrowded. The beers were average prices and tasted fine.
45th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
If I’m at this bar, it’s to see Shilelagh Law, and that would also put me on the top floor. 3 floors of room at this bar, and each one is different: 1st for a bar, 2nd for food, third for mayhem. One down note is that they jack up the prices for a cup of beer whenever a live act happens to be on. The beer tastes fine but the prices are slightly above average for the aforementioned rocking on the fiddle and St. Patrick’s Day.
47th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.
Probably my least favorite of the Connelly branches, but the food was still pretty damn good. The bar comes right into the dining area, which was its main drawback. Another drawback was the loud crowd at the bar that made it tough to be heard while sitting. Plenty of TV’s throughout the bar and restaurant, beers tasted fine, average prices.
54th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Probably the smallest of the franchise, though definitely not the worst. Pretty good after-work crowd, your average $4 pint that tastes fine, and a broad range of ages make it a nice scene. It can get a little tight due to the small bar space but never uncomfortable.
10th Ave. btw 45th and 46th St.
Good surprise in Hell’s Kitchen. I was the first one in the bar but it soon became filled and everyone in it was friendly, along with the bartender. I meant to stay for only a couple of drinks but wound up staying for a few hours and having a great time. The beers were your average prices and tasted fine. This has definitely risen in the ranks of my favorite bars in the city.
Avenue A btw 12th and 13th St.
An oddly shaped bar, definitely geared towards having a live act in the front. The strange part is the bar becomes very quiet when someone is on stage and if you’re there for a drink, the glares from the other patrons keep your conversation to a minimum. Thankfully, they have regular beers that taste good and are average prices or else I would’ve written this off as a waste of time.
58th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
A quiet bar near Columbus Circle, I like to come here after softball, mainly because it’s the closest bar within walking distance of the fields that has space for a smelly team. The drinks are good, the beer your average prices, and the staff is accommodating to our winning and/or losing celebrations. The foods not bad either, but, when you come with a big group, you feel like you’re disturbing others patrons; the dining patrons, not the ones drinking the yard of beer.
Hudson St. and Dominick St.
I’m fully convinced that this used to be someone’s kitchen…well, a kitchen with a bar installed. The crowd was basically the few people that want to stick around after working in the neighborhood, meaning, a younger group of “business” kids, and one office group that stuck to themselves. The bartender was nice, TV’s to watch, taps didn’t taste great but they are your average price.
Broadway btw 92nd and 93rd St.
There aren’t that many bars this far up on Broadway, but it’s worth the trip. There is usually a live band at nights and a fair amount of sitting space. The service is good and the beers are average prices and taste fine if you don’t want to go to the usual Amsterdam bars in the area.
2nd Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.
I love how this is one of the few bars in this area where you can actually go for drinks and food without the throngs of college kids and the 20 year olds who wish they were still in college. Lots of space, average priced tasty beers make this a nice place to go to actually hear your group and get a bite to eat. One downside is that they like to skip songs that have already started playing on their I-pod, which always blows. There is nothing wrong with Styx, you have it on your playlist for god’s sakes!
1st Ave. btw 75th and 76th St.
Hmm, this pub had a good feel to it, a slightly older crowd and still fun. The beers were averagely priced, and the pool table was ours for the taking, mainly because it was pouring outside, thus keeping the crowds away. However, and the reason for the “hmm”, was the notably bad taps. They had a good selection of beer but the four of us agreed, and only after one sip mind you, that the taps were the skunkiest we’ve ever had. Now, as any good drinker would, I finished mine and tried some of my friend’s for a double check, and I would fully recommend that the bar clean their lines out.
3rd Ave. btw 27th and 28th St.
A surprisingly big bar on the East Side. Could only have been open barely even a year, this place almost sparkled. I would even go so far as calling this place an acceptable amount of classy without being over the top. Not much to complain about; the staff was great and the taps were your typical selection, tasted fine and average prices. Lots of room to watch sports on the TV’s, but it doesn’t seem like a place that gets many rowdy sports fans.
6th St. btw 1st Ave. and Ave. A
Ugh, this bar sucked on many levels. You have your pouty hipsters who think it’s their place and heaven forbid you walk in wearing something not bought out of a thrift store. One of the few open seats is near the Photo Hunt (which didn’t work properly) and they shun you for even thinking of playing. Toss in the dank (not dive) atmosphere and I was eager to leave. Beer, though, tasted fine, average prices.
1st Ave. btw St. Mark’s Place and 9th St.
Now, while it looks like a dive, it was actually pretty nice in here. The bartender was great, some of the best locals I’ve ever met at a bar, and the beer tasted good and at your average prices. They even have air hockey and one of the better dart boards. The one downside was the men’s room, which almost required me to stand in the sink to pee, though I heard I should’ve used the roomier women’s room.
9th St. btw 3rd and 4th Ave.
The first time I came here years ago, this place was night and day, pub downstairs, insanely overcrowded euro-trash club upstairs. I now come back here regularly, usually in the morning for soccer matches, don’t see anyone going upstairs, and have a great time downstairs. Many kudos for the waitress in the back section, she’s the best. A downside of the pub is how they’ll switch off matches people are watching for some college football game to appease the tourists, but besides that one slip up, great bartenders, good pints, average prices, food’s good too, and the crowd is very mixed, in the good way.
55th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
A quiet bar that has a good juke box and good selection of beer on tap. Though the bartender said $24 for drinks and I was charged $26, I took coasters to balance it out. The clientele was attractive and laid back, the latter being hard to find in the upper midtown bars. Beers were, normally, average prices, tasted fine, and they dint really mind our softball team coming in after a particularly warm August day.
59th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Normally, if you’re on this block, you’re on your way to the bridge and could easily pass this place. This spacious bar has slightly above average priced drinks, beers that taste fine, and an older business clientele. A negative was the awful music being played by the very friendly bartenders.
Lexington Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.
This place had a very random mix of people here. It’s probably the only bar on Lexington Ave, at least north of midtown, so it’s not too weird to see old locals, young kids and the occasional derelict sitting together after riding the 6 train. Now, the ladies in my group were not the biggest fans of this place, but I liked it because it was quiet, the taps were good as well as the prices being average. True, some sketchy guys were there that needed to be introduced to a shower, but they only slightly hit on the other patrons.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 74th and 75th St.
Stopped in for a drink and realized I was the definitely not like the others…straight. I had a couple of drinks, actually watched baseball on TV, enjoyed the music, and actually was able to relax after a day of work. No annoying college people and a cool bartender who didn’t chew my ear off while I drank decently priced, tasty beers…what’s not to like about this place?
Vanderbilt Ave. btw 42nd and 43rd St.
I completely didn’t expect this. I usually avoid places like this due to the older/more financial clientele and the expensive drinks. But I may have to reconsider my opinion. I came here on a Saturday night, got a seat, and was left alone to talk all night with the group. People came and went, the place never got to capacity (that’s a bonus point, for keeping the crowd controlled) and the finger food was pretty good too. The drinks, as mentioned, are expensive ($12 for a drink) but taste great, service is on top of things and they even walk around with a spray bottle of dry vermouth…you stay classy San Diego.
2nd Ave. btw 42nd and 43rd St
What to say about such an establishment. Drive by during the day, you see what looks like a nice large bar. Come back when it’s drinking time (for people besides me, that is defined as after 5) and it’s a complete shit show in here. Overcrowded, bouncers at the door with hand stamps and bracelets, meatheads, and even worse, B&T’s, waitresses who pose as patrons to try and get you to buy shots (I will not be fooled temptress!!!), the fact that I can’t see anyone more than 5 feet from my face…all of this adds up to the fact that I’m not willing to go back here just for the cheap beers. One plus is that the drinks are pretty cheap, taste fine and they have decent margaritas…alright, I guess that’s a “2.5 plus” instead of just one plus.
31st St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
This is so close to being a restaurant, but the amount of TV’s in here and the amount of standing space made me hang out here before a Knicks game and call it a bar. That and you can skip the food here, it’s not mandatory to eat. An older crowd comes here, mostly other Knick fans (all 5 of them) that need to feed their kids so they don’t drop $6 on a hot dog in the Garden. The beer tastes fine, average prices, and the staff is pretty friendly.