Posts Tagged ‘Closed’

15th May
2017
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1st Ave. btw 10th and 11th St.

Spacious bar in an area consisting of dive bars, so it’s a nice change of pace if you like cleanliness and such.  Crowd is 20’s and 30’s, service is friendly, and there are plenty of seats.  Above average beers and cocktails at prices average for both, taste fine.

Well, this place as closed, must have been as exciting to the masses as my review.

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25th April
2017
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Eldridge St. btw Delancey and Broome St.

Nice spot with limited seating, this open air bar (during nice weather of course) is relaxed spot to pop in for a chat or, as was the case, there was no more room at Attaboy.  Not much too it, simple cocktail bar that has a few interesting drinks of their own, crowd is 20’s and 30’s with locals.  Friendly service, cocktails at cocktail prices, taste fine.

Update, place is closed, sad news

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12th September
2016
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25th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

The only reason the outdoor signs are so large is because there is no other way to know a bar is actually in here.  Step into the hotel lobby, realize there are no signs inside directing you to the bar, and then head to the back to find a small bar that, from the looks of it, only brings in hotel guests.  Plenty of space to sit, good amount of TV’s, and friendly service.  Average and above average beer at slightly above average prices, taste alright.

Turns out it’s closed, color me shocked.  And this is why you don’t wait forever and a day to post things!

 

 

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21st October
2015
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Chrystie St. btw Delancey and Broome St.

I mean, the title says it all, a sports bar on the Lower East Side, which is not something you see a lot of.  Head up a flight of steps to a pretty spacious bar with plenty of TV’s showing just about everything.  Crowd is young, service is fine, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

Aaand apparently it closed before I could post!  I guess it pays to not be lazy…I guess.

www.lessportsbar.com

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EVR

23rd September
2014
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39th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

I think the best way to sum this place up is that it wanted to be a club over near 10th Ave. in Chelsea, but decided to try it’s luck in the middle of the island.  The patrons and owners haven’t gotten the memo and still treat it as if it’s a raging club 24/7, filled with smoke machines, VIP tables, coat check, etc. with just a really sparse crowd.  There’s a decent amount of space by the bar, service is friendly…that’s about it.  Average drinks (bottles), slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.evrnyc.com

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13th March
2014
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1st Ave. and 1st. St.

So after seeing this place on countless “top new bars” lists, I gave it a once over.  With the exception that the bar area reminds me of the neon lights on an old jukebox, there is really nothing out of the ordinary about this place.  The menu had your generic cocktails, there was a decent sized space for sitting, service was friendly, just your run of the mill bar.  Mixed drinks, average prices for them (~$8-$10), taste fine.

www.goldencadillacnyc.com

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5th March
2013
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28th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

A Hammer’s bar (UK, not MC) in Chelsea that is every bit as crowded as its 7th Avenue neighbors.  While it does have the advantage of two floors, this placed was packed on a work night.  Crowd ranges from young to B&T to old, and each group winds up staying for a while, so good luck finding a seat.  Plenty of TV’s that are tuned to every sport on earth (sometimes this needs to be cut back when a main event is on).  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.smithfieldnyc.com

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29th January
2013
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Amsterdam Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.

Well, to sum it up in one sentence, it looks like a place where you can grab drinks in the front and then sleep in the back?  Big bar up front with plenty of high tables to sit at.  The back is all laced tables, so unless you like eating under mosquito nets, stay up front.  Very attentive staff, goof food to nibble at, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.slightlyolivernyc.com

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10th April
2012
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2nd Ave. btw 91st and 92nd St.

Yep, behind this never ending construction is a newer bar to the neighborhood, and a good one at that.  Big bar that can get a little tight in the middle, good sports bar, and the crowd is a good mix of people while keeping the shenanigans to a low.  Average beers, average prices, taste fine.

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4th April
2012
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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Used to be Black Finn, and I’m sure it will be something else soon enough.  A tavern it is not, just more of the usual for this area, meaning business kids, B&T’s, meat heads, your usual sloppy drunks.  Layout is a long bar that is always crowded, plenty of TV’s, average prices for average beers that taste alright.

www.tamanyhalltavern.com

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13th December
2011
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St. Mark’s btw 1st and 2nd Ave.

Came here on a Monday night, we were the only people in here.  Tried to come on a Friday night, saw the owner locking up.  So, when it feels like being open, there’s a good amount of space in here, lots of room around the bar.  Not really divey, but definitely older.  Beer tastes ok, average prices.

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9th December
2011
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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.

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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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10th November
2011
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Orchard St. btw Stanton and Houston St.

While I came on a weeknight, it still drew a good sized crowd that wasn’t overly hipster.  Bouncer up front, along with a few couches, while the rest of the people cram along the bar space.  It’s a long bar, decent amount of space, with a huge staircase to the second floor small space, and I’ve seen a few people stumble their way up and down.  The music is pretty good, the beers average prices and taste fine.

www.theskinnybarlounge.com

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20th October
2011
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9th Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.

Now I know how many hipsters it takes to fill the Albert Hall…Anyway, I guess all the tenants of the new buildings in this neighborhood didn’t want a new place to match the dive bars that abound in this area.  So voila, we have a, as they call it, gastropub…that term needs to go.  All microbrews, which I can stomach if I have to, but $9 for a pint of Speckled Hen!?!  It’s not as if the crowd doesn’t reek of pretentiousness (though that sentence I just wrote might), or the bartenders could come off as somewhat personable.  It’s just a really crowded bar, decent amount of space, with expensive average microbrews that taste the same as anywhere else.

www.alberthalltavern.com

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17th October
2011
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30th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

The uptown bar of the same name is possibly my favorite bar in the city, so I had high hopes of a similar bar…as disappointed as my parents on report card day.  So there’s a good amount of space, it’s definitely a B&T bar, but $8 for a pint, come on!  I was one of the few people in here around 11PM on a Thursday, plenty of TV’s, still looks brand new in here.  It just didn’t entice me to ever come back in here unless the bars on 8th are overcrowded.  Above average prices for average tasting pints.

www.theparlournyc.com

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26th September
2011
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79th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.

Definitely more space than its downtown brother, and definitely less people.  There’s a pretty big bar space, lots of room to stand around, and if you come for brunch, heads up that most of the drink specials have milk in them.  Is that a selling point?  Who knows, but my calcium intake was superb that day.  Very nice staff, average prices for drinks that taste average, and, of course they have your specialty Aussie beers.

www.thesunburntcow.com

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23rd September
2011
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Avenue B btw 10th and 11th St.

I’m never a fan of bars where I feel judged by the people already sitting there when I walk in.  This normally happens in hipster bars, and this was no different.  Two big rooms, the front bar room is sparse with a big standing area; the back has an area for live bands and sitting.  Not a bad place, just not my idea of a place to hang.  Beers were average prices and tasted average.

www.lakesidelounge.com

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25th August
2011
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2nd Ave. and 1st St.

My friend was always intrigued to try this place but figured the inside looked as welcoming as the outside.  So I took the plunge for him and went in.  Now, I’m sure at some point this place was a good dive bar and tetanus was rampant.  However, my friend would be displeased to know that it has become what I refer to as a hipster-dive bar.  Basically, hipster bartender and the décor is from people who tried too hard to keep it looking like it’s been here since the 60’s/70’s.  Or who knows, it may have always been like this and has just swept more often now.  Judging from the hipsters drinking here, I’ll go for the former.  Beers tasted average, average prices, and you have your old guys who hit on anything that moves.

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21st July
2011
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

This place used to be Joshua Tree, and though the space is the same, there are actually people in here now.  Place was packed when I went, mainly crammed into the small space in front of the long bar.  TV’s all over the place, young crowd, average price beers, and good service.  Probably the frenziest (word?) of the chain.

www.ph46.villagepourhouse.com

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14th July
2011
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8th Ave. btw 46th and 47th St.

I guess this could be called the slightly quieter version of its neighbor, Scruffy Duffy’s.  there’s not much too it, big crowd, average price beers, average tasting, and much like the other bar mentioned here, it’s gone, wiped off the earth by a bulldozer.  If my bad description whetted your appetite, read other posts for similar Shakespearean writing.

 

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11th July
2011
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8th Ave. btw 46th and 47th St.

Home to possibly my favorite bar special: If a Matsui hits a homerun, free round for everyone.  Needless to say, during the Subway Series at that turn of the century, great place to be and save money.  This place was always packed, with every kind of crowd.  Tons of TV’s, food wasn’t bad, beers average prices and tasted average.  I used the past tense throughout this post as the bar is no longer there…come to think of it, the building is no longer there either.

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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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28th July
2010
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Amsterdam Ave btw 76th and 77th St.

I first went to this bar because the other Amsterdam Ave bars were crowded.  I now go because I can always get a seat, watch a game, drink very cheap beer that tastes fine, and play beer pong, if the mood takes me.  If beer pong isn’t your thing, they have Air Hockey…yes, Air Hockey!!!  The bar gets a good sized crowd that can become a sausage fest at times but it’s still tolerable.

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28th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.

I’m not sure how to feel about this bar.  Everyone constantly says to meet here because it’s a pretty decent sized space.  The bartenders were okay, the beers your normal beers at normal prices, but I really really hate stairs in bars and they have set the bar up like aisles almost so you’re standing in rows instead of just milling about.

www.telebar.com

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28th July
2010
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44th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

A nice Scottish pub in midtown, that has, hands down, the best Shepherd’s Pie I’ve ever had in the States (well, second to my mom’s).  Very cozy place with a small restaurant in the back, I always aim to meet here with people for some after work adult sodas.  Beers were average prices, taste good, friendly service.

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28th July
2010
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10th Ave. and 17th St.

So perhaps I’m partial to this bar because my RA from college was a bartender here.  If you come here with a bunch of guy friends, which is the crowd you’ll normally see, it’s a pretty good time, especially if you want to get away from the posh-ness of the surrounding Meat Packing district.  The beers are decently priced (and usually poured down your throat by the staff), taste fine and the staff is entertaining enough for me to put up with the crowd.

www.redrockwestsaloon.com

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28th July
2010
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45th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Apart from a couple of obnoxious, fresh out of college business kids, the wait staff did what they could to make sure everyone else was having a good time.  The beers are average priced, taste fine, and there’s a decent amount of space, but they did cut off songs a billion times, just when I was getting into it.

www.nationnyc.com

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28th July
2010
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Amsterdam Ave. and 73rd St.

Could’ve sworn this was a diner every time I walked by and after entering, it looked like I was right.  This bar is a little run down but the beers are taste great, average prices with good deals, and the extremely cute female bartender definitely has me bringing people back.  One problem, there’s no café.  A couple of runs across the street to Gray’s Papaya should suffice. 

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28th July
2010
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Maybe I hit this place on an off night, but I get the feeling that most people pass by this quiet bar and head to other bars in the neighborhood.  We tried to make the best of the pool table and the juke box, but we got the feeling as if we were being judged by the 5 other people in the bar.  Nice place with your average priced beers that tasted average.

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28th July
2010
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1st Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd St.

Friendly bar on a strip where there aren’t many bars.    The pints tasted decent, average prices and there’s a good amount of room here.  Plenty of locals come in here and the crowd ranges up towards the older crowd.

www.mcannsnyc.com

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28th July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 28th and 29th St.

This is a pub, no matter how upscale it tries to be and look.  Hard to find a more talkative bartender, plenty of good taps and they all are average prices.  It’s gets a little claustrophobic here on Friday night’s, due to the mix of a big crowd and the low ceilings.

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28th July
2010
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2nd Ave. and 53rd St.

A tiny bit out of place in this neighborhood but still a nice reprieve from the nuttiness of its neighbors.  A smaller bar with and outdoor seating area, this bar is quiet and has a more subdued youth crowd.  Occasionally you’ll have the morons who got kicked out of the next door bars stumble in but for the most part, it’s a good place to sit for average tasting taps at average prices.

www.localcafenyc.com

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28th July
2010
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3rd St. btw Mercer St. and Broadway

Some could argue that the food would make this closer to a restaurant.  But if you had the food, you would only call this a bar.  The service is a little low, the drinks a tad above average price but they taste good…come to think of it, this place doesn’t really belong in this neighborhood.  The people that frequent it are probably the same ones think that there’s an actual place in the city called “Noho”…there isn’t, it’s Greenwich Village or the East Village.

www.leelalounge.com

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28th July
2010
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Avenue A btw Houston and 2nd St.

I’ve said it for one other bar and I’ll say it again…Air Hockey!  The one drawback is that the rest of the bar thought we were un-cool for playing it.  The beers were priced a little below average (there was even a giveaway the night we were there), beers tasted fine.  The crowd had the pretentious air, but we tuned them out with the juke box and the joyous sound of puck gliding on air.

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28th July
2010
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181st St. and Pinehurst Ave.

Now this is more like it.  Great place to come and just hang out.  I’ve also been up here for brunch and it’s been one of the better brunch experiences too.  The booze is good, average priced, and the staff is awesome.  Very laid back vibe here, great place to hang with friends for a few hours.

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28th July
2010
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9th Ave. and 13th St.

Lot’s of room at this bar that’s right in the center of the Meat Packing district.  There’s a seating area in the front and a smaller room in the back, the smaller room the one you actually want to be in.  The pitchers are cheap here, beers taste fine, and there’s a pretty decent crowd that comes here to avoid the high costs of the “scene” that surround.

www.hogpit.com

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28th July
2010
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23rd St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.

This place is one of my favorite bars, even down to the complete shithole of a bathroom.  We always come here during the week after a game, the Cajun burger is great, the crowd is very mixed but always good, and the jukebox is great.  The service is good, average pints at average prices, good place to watch a game.  Shame it closed.

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28th July
2010
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50th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

Huge bar in midtown that is a lot more low-key than I thought it would be when I first passed by.  Add to that one of the better burgers I’ve had in a bar (even after having a few drinks) this was a pretty good place to go for the Broadway crowd or for your run of the mill drinkers, such as myself.  The beer was average priced, tasted fine, and the wait staff was extremely attentive.

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28th July
2010
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Pearl St. and Broad St.

So, apparently this is place is really old.  The original G. Dubya visited here, amongst other notables in the 1700’s, or so I was told.  I’m curious if the bar portion felt like a Knights of Columbus hall back then too.  Don’t get me wrong, years of staring at my parents fake wood paneling has numbed me to its effects, but seriously?  In a bar?  Well, the crowd was mixed (all 15 people) and the taps were averagely priced and tasted a little off, but the staff was pretty friendly.

www.frauncestavern.com

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28th July
2010
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Fulton St. btw William and Gold St.

So, I guess this place is different then its neighbors because it tries to be a bit more upscale than surrounding pubs.  I would rather visit the neighbors.  My friend swears by the bartender but there wasn’t enough to get me to go here over another bar.  Though the college crowd seemed older, it’s still a college crowd.  Beers tasted fine, average prices, but it’s really for the Pace kids who don’t want to travel too far but think that proper pubs are beneath them.

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28th July
2010
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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.

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28th July
2010
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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.

www.chillloungenyc.com

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28th July
2010
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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.

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28th July
2010
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32nd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

There were definitely locals in here but the majority of people are just passing through on their way to Penn Station.  They have food and a few TV’s behind the bar, but you get the feeling that you don’t belong in this place, as if all the laborers in the neighborhood are here for a quick bite to eat.  The beers tasted fine and were average prices.

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28th July
2010
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32nd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

There were definitely locals in here but the majority of people are just passing through on their way to Penn Station.  They have food and a few TV’s behind the bar, but you get the feeling that you don’t belong in this place, as if all the laborers in the neighborhood are here for a quick bite to eat.  The beers tasted fine and were average prices.

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28th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 92nd and 93rd St.

And here’s the other candidate for best college bar on the Upper East Side.  The difference here is that you do get people who are in their upper 20’s and lower 30’s who just can’t let go of that lifestyle.  You know, Jell-o shots and syringe shots and more shots poured every which way into your mouth.  The difference with this bar, as compared to Aces and Eights, is the atmosphere.  It is constantly a party in here.  Good service, cheap drinks and plenty of space.

www.bigeasynyc.com

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28th July
2010
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Cliff St. btw Fulton and John St.

So, though it kind of feels like someone’s college apartment in here (which isn’t the worst thing) I liked coming in here to get away from the packed bars nearby.  Negative points for physically having taps but no actual beer in them.  I do enjoy the free foosball (though two of the players had no legs) but they had a limited beer selection that tasted alright…you know, maybe I didn’t think this place was that great after all.

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28th July
2010
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W. 4th St. btw W. 10th St. and 7th Ave.

Though the bars in the Christopher Street/Sheridan Square area are usually geared towards a certain crowd, some are neutral and this one is a pleasant surprise.  Great place for after work drinks with surprisingly good happy hour specials.  The mixed drinks even tasted good.  A little small but the clientele is attractive enough to make standing worth it.

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23rd July
2010
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Houston St. and Sullivan St.

When someone says “let’s go to a bar around NYU”, I either cringe or prepare for a live act.  I go to this place for a nice moment of serenity.  Older crowd, yes.  Lots of space, yes.  One of the few places that oddly enough feels like an actual pub in the city, has a friendly and chatty staff, average price pints that taste good, and possibly be a new favorite…yes.

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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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23rd July
2010
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9th Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.

You got me!  There are few bars in this lower Hell’s Kitchen area and this bar is up there on my favorites list.  A nice big space, very friendly and talkative staff, and the beers are cheap to average prices.  Sorry, no TV’s here, but it is a good place to go with a few friends and have some quiet drinks, chatty as heck bartender too.

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23rd July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 31st and 32nd St.

I’m guessing the guy who owns Black Bear Lodge owns this place too, because it’s almost the exact same setup, except way too many walls and doors and a frat party right in the middle.  The beers are good and average prices, but you are almost always guaranteed to sit in the front where you can’t even see the rest of the bar nor have anyone acknowledge your existence.  It’s really just good for a quick drink before a movie across the street.

www.whiskeyrivernyc.com

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14th July
2010
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3rd Ave. and 25th St.

Well, I liked this place.  I didn’t think I would because every time I pass the bar it seems like a bunch of yuppies.  Lots of space and even a big screen in the back with a Wii hooked up, though this could’ve been a one time occurance.  There were tons of TV’s spread around for everyone’s viewing pleasure, the beers were good, average prices, and the staff was also friendly.

www.vertigobarnewyork.com

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14th July
2010
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36th St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.

The first time I walked into this bar, it smelled like a dank pit even though it looked a little more upscale.  So I returned a month later and at least the place smelled better.  The beer’s reasonably priced, tastes fine, and there was plenty of B&T’s, if that’s your thing.

www.gingerman-ny.com/Volcano/Volcano_1.html

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14th July
2010
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3rd St. btw MacDougal and 6th Aves.

After going here on multiple occasions, I’ve decided that I’m not a huge fan of this bar.  This bar has one too many annoying people who frequent it, and the second floor is to be avoided unless you have it rented out.  While the beers are average prices and the service nice, the clientele is just way too young and dopey, to put it mildly.

www.towntavernnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 53rd and 54th Sts.

Definitely the least meat headed of the neighborhood college/B&T bars (though they still can be spotted), but the annoying young business crowd still comes here.  It even felt a little classy, comparing it to the others in the neighborhood of course.  There’s a great rooftop bar on top of two floors, lots of space.  Drinks are on the high end of average prices, taste fine, plenty of plastic cups for the dummies who let them fall off the roof.

www.suttonplacenyc.com

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12th July
2010
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Washington Pl. btw 6th Ave. and Washington Square West

Definitely in the running for the least polished Greenwich Village bar, it is by no means the worst.  In fact, the only negatives about this place are the stairs in that lead to a door that is impossible to open after a night out.  Plenty of TV’s, good mixed crowd that is very chatty, average priced beers that taste good, and plenty of TV’s to enjoy.

www.thestonedcrownyc.com

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12th July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 17th and 18th St.

First time I went in here, it was filled with shitty 30 year old yuppies and was super obnoxious.  Thankfully I went back in again and found a better crowd to deal with.  I’ll dismiss the fact that two bouncers swarmed my friends and me even though no one else was in here.  The bartender was nice, the beers were good and average prices, and there’s a bunch of TV’s in the decent amount of space here.

www.stillnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 76th and 77th St.

When this place is a straight up bar, it’s not that bad.  The drinks are good, average prices, and the rest of the patrons are an okay crowd, slightly teetering towards a sausage fest, plenty of sports on plenty of TV’s.  However, when you come here and it’s in “club” mode, holy shit, just walk right back out.  I’m 27, but it is so fucking loud in here, it goes beyond the border of ridiculous.  Keep the bar, ditch Justin’s club.

www.southernhospitalitybbq.com

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9th July
2010
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Sullivan btw Bleecker St. and 3rd Ave.

Probably my favorite bar in the neighborhood.  Never crowded and I always get the dart board.  The beer is at average prices, the taps taste fine and the service is friendly.  One negative is that the bartender controls the music, and sometimes forgets to tell you that fact after you put money in the jukebox.

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9th July
2010
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Greenwich St. btw Franklin and Harrison St.

Never would’ve expected to see a bar from this chain down here in Tribeca but it was a nice surprise.  If you want to get away from the lounge scene, this is a place to go with plenty of room.  A pretty big space with a crowd of both young and old.  The bartender is a nice guy and the beers are average prices that taste fine.

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9th June
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 13th and 14th St.

A lounge in the middle of college bars in the east village.  There’s plenty of space in here, but the beer prices are a tad bit high, though they taste fine, and there’s not a lot of people in here to fill the room.

www.nightingalelounge.com

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9th June
2010
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Avenue A and 1st St.

Holy crap, an actual sports bar in the Lower East Side.  Sure, other bars may show sports but they have other purposes.  This bar is always crowded and has a great crowd that wants to get away from hipster bars in the area.  They have lots of beer at your average prices and a pretty good piece of cheesecake.

www.niceguyeddies.com

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9th June
2010
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Houston St. btw Eldridge and Allen St.

Though they have a tiny stage, this is a really a bar that has a small act performing at night, on random nights.  If you show up before 7, it’s just you and the 4 or 5 employees who are constantly moving around doing…well, I’m not exactly sure.  They had The Godfather on TV with closed captioning, but considering the crap selection on the I-pod, they should’ve turned up the volume on the TV.  The pints were average prices, tasted fine, and the place was a little.

www.myspace.com/thenationalunderground

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4th June
2010
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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Hands down, the meat headiest of meat head bars in the entire city.  I mean come on, a fight almost 4 times an hour every single night!?!  There’s lots of space and the beers are decently priced and taste fine, but the people who go here drive me nuts.  Though, who doesn’t love to watch Mr.  Mid-20’s steroid user hit on Ms. I Can’t Handle My Booze College Girl and then have his friends start a fight over it with her actual boyfriend and his friends.

www.metro53.com

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4th June
2010
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14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.

Looks like a dive bar on the outside but don’t be fooled; it’s a dive bar on the inside as well.  The bar room is next to non-existent, the music is way too loud and crappy, and it is impossible to find a place to sit.  They do have a 2 for 1 happy hour drink special and incredibly hot bartenders, but it’s not worth the chance that you’ll be mugged or have plaster fall on your head.

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4th June
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 26th and 27th St.

Run of the mill pub amidst a sea of kitschy bars going for flair.  The taps taste fine and they are decently priced.  The atmosphere is a little relaxed to borderline silent and the bartender is friendly enough to accommodate your TV watching preference, though they charge an arm and a leg for soccer viewing when it’s free two bars down.

www.mccormacks.net

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4th June
2010
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Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

The original mechanical bull spot in Manhattan…not the best thing to brag about.  Again, no men belong on this thing, why is this hard to understand?  As for the rest of the bar, there is some sort of VIP place (always a negative) and while there is a decent enough amount of space to stand towards the front of the bar, it’s away from the main attraction.  A plus is that the wait staff is pretty good about getting around while you’re standing and getting you your drinks.  Average prices, taste fine, crowd is definitely young 20’s to mid thirties.

www.masondixonnyc.com

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4th June
2010
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23rd St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

From the outside it looks like your typical dive bar, but it’s actually kind of nice inside, just stick to sitting at the bar.  The bar food is good and the drinks are cheap, taste fine too.  It could use a slightly bigger TV and the crowd is definitely made up of locals and groups coming from work.

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4th June
2010
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1st Ave. btw 6th and 7th St.

Feels like a box that has a bar on one side with a charmingly cold cement backyard.  And for some reason, there’s a business crowd in here…not exactly sure how that happened.  The beer tastes alright, the bartender is nice and charges average prices, pretty empty.

www.myspace.com/lillycoogans

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27th May
2010
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35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Really?  This area needs a club?  Or something desperately trying to be one?  Well, if you have to come in here, don’t say you weren’t warned.  Two floors…well, one floor and you can stare at the dancers on the second.  Not a lot of space to maneuver in here, though those crazy kids try their darndest.  The drinks are only slightly over average prices and they taste fine once the bartender realizes you’re alive/thirsty.

www.katwalknyc.com

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26th May
2010
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

It’s the complete opposite of its east side brother.  A skinny bar that has another floor, but there is hardly anybody here.  You feel cramped but it’s mainly because there is no room.  Maybe there’s a noise ordinance in place in the area, but I don’t think a crowd has ever been here.  Beer tasted fine, average prices, maybe two groups of 6 each can fit in here.

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26th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 83rd and 84th St.

One of the newer additions to the Upper East Side, this Scottish bar kind of sticks out like a sore thumb.  Very friendly service, the beers are average prices and taste fine, but it’s a little sterile.  That and the back third of the bar is this weird lounge that I don’t recall ever seeing in an actual Scottish bar.

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17th May
2010
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44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Sometimes it’s crowded in here, other times I have no problem getting a seat.  They have plenty of TV’s showing most matches from most sports.  The beer tastes good, average prices, and the crowd is usually the late 20’s to thirties crowd.

www.theirishrogue.com

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17th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 33rd and 34th St.

As I’ve heard many times in my life, I thought it would be bigger.  This is probably one of the smallest bars I’ve been in.  The taps were a little off but priced averagely.  The bartender was pretty nice.  Randomly, the bar was pretty sparkly, like a bedazzler gone wild on the tables.

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14th May
2010
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26th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

This flatiron lounge is on the outskirts from the other trendy bars in the area.  This overly trendy bar is a good place for the workers in the neighborhood who want more than a pub, and thankfully there aren’t many of these workers.  The beer is reasonably priced and tastes fine though you get your normal yuppie beers (Stella, etc.) on tap.

www.gstaadnyc.com

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13th May
2010
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4th Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.

I guess this is the bar that symbolizes the new direction of the neighborhood…it’s not bad, but for the love of God, hold out tiny pubs!  This large bar is very popular with the suits in the neighborhood and the B&T’s that work on Park Avenue.  The strange part is that I oddly like it when I go in with a big group and can take up the back.  Otherwise, you blatantly get the weird looks, but you know what, sometimes I want a drink by myself on my way to a normal pub!  Anywho, the drinks actually taste good and are average prices.

www.orderforumnyc.com

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13th May
2010
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Ave. A btw 13th and 14th St.

I’m going out on a limb, and I could be wrong, but this has got to be an Asian fusion/gay bar.  There’s a big island bar that takes up a lot of the space, but you can still freely move around.  If you show up on a weeknight, there’s some kind of weird dance party that occurs.  There are a few tables but nobody is eating from the menu.  And yet, the place was laid back, the service was great, beers about average prices and tasted fine, but I felt left out of whatever groove I clearly don’t have.

www.forbiddennyc.com

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13th May
2010
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70th St. btw 1st and York Ave.

Holy crap did I hate this place.  It used to be T.J. Pub, and while I never went there under it’s previous owner, anything had to be better.  The tap was definitely off, an extremely obnoxious crowd…I’m getting miffed just writing about it.  Go two doors down to Murphy’s.

So I went back on a random night.  Empty.  The tap still tasted a little funny.  It would be easy to say that because it was an off night that it wouldn’t be packed.  But it was a Friday…empty.  Maybe I hate it less but still wouldn’t go back.

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