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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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1st Ave. btw St. Marks Pl. and 7th St.

Lounge or bar, lord knows, but filled with those people who don’t want to go one step further east past 1st avenue but like to think their still hip by living down here.  A decent sized crowd that wasn’t too crazy, beers tasted fine and cost your average prices, decent late night scene.

www.lunasabar.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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12th May
2010
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9th Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.

I thought this would be some awful club that couldn’t make it on to 27th Street and had to relocate further uptown.  Part of the new Hell’s Kitchen, this bar/lounge was actually a nice place to grab a drink.  Friendly service and plenty of places to sit.  They even had a good beer selection that tasted fine and was average prices, which was the real shocker.

www.thedoorny.com

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11th May
2010
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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.

www.conkerhill.com

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11th May
2010
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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!

www.clancysnyc.com

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11th May
2010
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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 27th and 28th St.

I think I found a bar in this neighborhood that I really like.  Though I would normally hate bars that contain neon lights and have this “look” to it, it turned out to be a really nice place.  The bartenders are really friendly, they have a nice small bar downstairs, lots of space upstairs, especially in the back, the beers taste good, average prices, and plenty of TV’s.  The downstairs is a little weird (is it possible to drink and feel like you are in a tanning booth) so I would stick to the top floor.

www.arcticabar.com

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5th May
2010
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Avenue A btw 2nd and 3rd St.

Owned by the same people as the uptown location (at least that’s what the bartender told us), but about 50 times better.  It’s a little cleaner (mostly due to it being new), there’s a separate room in the back for beer pong, lots of booths, and a decent sized bar in the front.  One down side is the 2 for 1, where you can’t just get two drinks for you and a friend and have that count (spending $10 instead of $5), but that’s it.  The bartender is really friendly, drinks were average prices, taste fine, though it needs more TV’s in the front.

www.acesandeightsnyc.com

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5th May
2010
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1st Ave. btw 87th and 88th St.

Definitely in the race for the college kids bar on the Upper East Side.  If you’re looking for recent grads that can’t let go, current students and lots of beer pong, this is a bar for you.  It’s a big place with lots of TV’s and cheap beer that tastes like cheap beer, and the service can be a little slow.  Oh yeah, did I mention the annoying throngs of college kids and meatheads?

www.acesandeightsnyc.com

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28th April
2010
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15th St. btw Park Ave. and Irving Pl.

I hadn’t been in here since after the Low Dough shows in high school, so I gave it a fresh start.  Definitely a dive, but clearly by choice, probably to try and attract the crowds from the shows next door.  There’s plenty of room in here, including couches surrounding the Photo Hunt (bonus points).  The beers were average prices, tasted fine, although I feel I should’ve been wearing more flannel to be in here.

www.119bar.com

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