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92nd St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Another spot that falls into the “is it a restaurant?” category, but once again, up until happy hour was over, everyone here was just drinking, so it counts! Indian place, they make some darn good cocktails, and the bartender is nice. A handful of seats at the bar, everything else is tables. Cocktails at slightly below cocktail prices, taste pretty good.
12th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
Quiet bar during the week, draws a crowd on the weeke…wait, that’s every bar. Anywho, this spot is two rooms of space, lots of places to sit, and draws a younger crowd. The service depends on what day you come: weekdays when it’s empty, service is non-existent, weekends it picks up, probably to make sure people keep coming back on the weekends. Above average beers, average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. and 13th St.
Used to be Nightingales, but now you can actually see the inside from the outside! Gone are the always curtained atmosphere and the weird lounge vibe. Hers now stands a spacious pub, though for a new spot it could use a good airing out. It’s basically just your run of the mill bar, sports on TV, friendly service, and the crowd is college kids mixed with a dash of Hipster and business kid. Average taps at average prices, taste fine.
3rd Ave. and 94th St.
One big bright TV/window filled room. A simple bar filled with tables and bar stools that is usually packed any day of the week. Crowd is your typical young Upper East Side resident, this place is really trying to present a more upscale watering hole. Service is fine, slightly above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Houston and Stanton St.
This bar basically defines the term “down to the bare bones”…wait, I swear there’s no double entendre in there. You walk into a big empty basement room and pretty much just stand around, either waiting for other people to stand with, or for the other bar behind the wall to open after 11 PM. Not much hidden back there either, though a little more polished in this room. Hipster bar, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Bedford St. and Downing St.
A bar west of 6th that offers a respite from cocktails and “places to be seen”. Decent sized, dimly lit bar that usually draws a crowd of 20 and 30 year olds, and serves up some good pub food as well, though the full meals need work. Service is good, though it slows when it gets packed. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Elizabeth St. btw Spring and Prince St.
Cocktail bar in SoHo. It’s wedged to the left of a restaurant, and while it has a decent amount of space and a front patio, it has the vibe of a business meeting place or a stopover spot before heading elsewhere. All cocktails, all written on the back wall because they change daily (get it?), all are average prices for cocktails (`$11-$12) and taste alright.
Water St. btw Broad St. and Coentis Slip
Tiny bar in the Financial District. A bar that fits about 30 tops on the first floor, a bit more space upstairs for eating. The crowd is a little bit older than the business kids that flock after work (though they do get there eventually), the service is friendly and the food ain’t half bad. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
6th St. btw 1st Ave. and Ave. A
Alright, when I’m first on line to get in, no need to go and check on availability. That pretentiousness aside, it’s a pretty quiet spot, dimly lit to try and set the mood for your dating needs. Amidst hushed voices you can order any of their specialty drinks (which is all they serve). I’ve had better cocktails and I reluctantly finished mine and tried a friend’s before deciding to hightail it out of there. Cocktails at minimum $9, didn’t taste too great.
Clinton St. and Stanton St.
I’m not usually a fan of a place that will close itself down on a Saturday night for a private party, but I’ll let it slide. This place gets packed with a good crowd of young and above 30’s, pretty lively and the staff handles it well. Not really any places to sit, so be prepared to get herded into a big floor in the middle of the space. Above average and average taps, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
55th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Used to be Blackstone’s, and well done on giving the place an update. It’s no longer a bar trapped in a time warp, it’s actually more of a pub now. Space at the bar is still tight, but there’s plenty of room to sit, particularly in the back room. Sports all over the place, good service serving average beers at average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 111th and 112th St.
Guarantee you will miss it if you’re not really looking for it. Upon finding the front entrance, you walk into the first of two bars. The first is basically a game room with a small bar, and it was actually empty. The second bar is the one where most people hang out. Bigger bar in the back, a friendly bartender, local late 20’s to 30’s crowd. A pretty solid place to just hang and watch a game. Average beers, average prices with good deals, taste fine.
Murray St. btw Broadway and Church St.
Lively bar on a quiet street, this place provides a spot for the business crowd who wants to stay close to trains they know, wants to watch sports, and wants to go out drinking after work…so basically everyone who works south of Chambers. After 10 on a weeknight it empties out, so if you want a seat and to watch a west coast game, come on in! You do get some stragglers mixing in with the locals, and the staff is pretty friendly. Big place once you squeeze past the bar area, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Columbus Ave. btw 105th and 106th St.
I guess it was a matter of time before a Hipster bar came this far uptown. It’s a dark yet huge space, small bar in the back, a couple of tables in the other corners, and a pool table right in the middle. Crowd is college kids mixed with Hipsters, remains a small crowd for most of the evening. Above average taps at average to above average prices, taste fine.
19th btw 7th and 8th Ave.
I don’t award for style points, and though I won’t start here, I guess it’s trying something? Perhaps bar of the future? European? I liked this small bar, tucked off of 8th Avenue and wedged in between some restaurants. Decent amount of space, tables in the back, and a good happy hour. Never a large crowd, but there’s always someone else in here, average prices for your average taps, taste fine.
16th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Okay, after endless twists and turns, I made it to the elevator and upstairs (bring breadcrumbs to find your way back). Big space, great view, excellent 80’s DJ. That being said, the crowd is the crowd who likes to visit the new hot spot of the day and the beers are expensive bottled beers ($10 for a Bud Light!?!). Bottle service, table service etc, if that’s your thing.
4th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
Thank the lord for a pub down in this neighborhood. A little bit more space would be nice, but I still liked this place. Good place for a nice sit down with friends, pints taste good, average prices, late 20’s to 40’s crowd.
8th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
I have no idea what to make of this place. While the décor would lead me to believe it could be a gay bar, complete with moon-roof bar top lighting, it would be unfair of me to label it as such…I’m not kidding about the bar top. It leans more to being a lounge…could swing either way is what I’m getting at…zing! No taps, just bottles and your mixed drinks, prices were average.
Delancey St. btw Clinton and Attorney St.
I guess it depends on what you come for, and that will determine your experience. IF you’re here for a band, there’s a good bar with average drinks at average prices. If you’re here for the bar, average drinks at above average prices (trust me, they took us behind the woodshed with our check). There’s also a rooftop where you can watch cars coming off the Williamsburg Bridge, if that’s your thing.
57th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
A quiet pub, definitely for the locals but with a good infusion of older 20’s. There isn’t really a lot of space in here unless you’re at a booth. The TV’s are tucked away in random corners and usually every TV has a different game on, so you have to squeeze into areas just to see your team. The bartender is nice, food’s good, average prices for average pints, definitely not as crazy as the 9th Avenue bars but that’s a good thing sometimes.
Avenue C btw 8th and 9th St.
A lot of people call this a dive bar, and I think a lot of people need to check their definition. Sure, it looks like hell on the outside, but inside is actually a really awesome bar. TV’s, some of the friendliest bartenders, a good 20-30’s crowd, there’s a backyard and even semi-clean bathrooms…so no, it’s not a dive. Beers were average prices, taste fine, worth the schlep to the east side.
3rd Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.
First time I ever had to do manual labor at a bar, though I was grateful to do it. I got to change a keg, and like any good pub, there were thankfully more Guinness kegs than lite beer kegs. The bartender was very friendly, the beers tasted good and at your normal prices, though there was not a lot of space in here.
24th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
I must’ve walked by here a billion times thinking it was a sushi restaurant. It isn’t, and it does have a pool table. It actually is a really decent space for a good night out, though I don’t know if it ever gets crowded. They don’t have any taps, but the bottles are average prices and tasted fine. No TV’s either, but man do they love sparkly things and zebra print.
7th Ave. and Christopher St.
This two storied bar on Christopher Street may seem intimidating to the timid on the outside but it’s actually quite nice on the inside. The downstairs features the bartenders singing as well as the chance for you to join in, especially after a few cheap drinks to boost your courage. The upstairs is has a bar with the longest unisex bathroom line I’ve ever been on. The beers were tasted fine and were average prices, decent amount of space.
Stone St. and Coentis Slip
I love how the happy hour special was a $5 pint of Coors Lite. That being said, this place has way too many tables and not a lot of bar space. The wait staff was friendly, though they did seem genuinely shocked when I questioned the specials and their prices. The taps tasted fine and the crowd was the same as all of the other Stone Street bars…young.
79th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.
Some bars like to stand firm whilst the neighbors get with the times. This is one of those bars. This railroad style bar feels like a diner. They have a few TV’s behind the bar, with your average priced drinks that taste fine, and plenty of room to stand, but mostly just the locals who want to avoid the crowds on Amsterdam.
Hudson St. btw 11th and Bank St.
When you tire of cheap beers and a normal bar atmosphere in Greenwich Village, come to Dublin 6. This bar/lounge is a little cramped and you’ll pay a little more for drinks…that’s about it really. It could do with a little more light and a lot less loud music, but I’ve been to more awkward places than this. The beers tasted as fine as anywhere else.
10th Ave. btw 50th and 51st St.
Sort of by itself in this part of Hell’s Kitchen, but not lacking in costumers. The waitress was very attentive, the drinks were average prices, and tasted fine. Plenty of space to sit and has yet to be inundated by the new yuppies to the area.
Avenue A btw 13th and 14th St.
A surprisingly large bar with a lot of open space. Another plus is that the happy hour goes until 8. Some negatives are the hipsters, the microbrew only taps, and the one lone projector screen that will show TV programs without sound or close captioning. The bottled beer is average prices and the Guinness tasted alright, as average tasting as Guinness can here in the States.
W. 4th St. and Jones St.
Every neighborhood needs the crazy college bar and ding ding ding, we have a winner. I didn’t make it here during college so I came a few years after. Good lord, were we really like that back then? Anyway, after falling downstairs (I hate stairs to get into a bar) there’s a well lit cave of a bar that has your typical college crowd drinking the normal watered down beer for the average prices.
Thompson St. btw 3rd St. and Bleeker St.
I have no idea of what the crowd or décor this place is going for. I wasn’t sure if it was some southern style waiting room or a gay southern style waiting room. The pints were a little rusty tasting, though they were average to below average prices. I mean, if you’re getting Magic Hat on tap for below normal price, I guess that’s what you expect. It felt as if everyone was waiting around for something to happen and then it turned into a bunch of social circles keeping to themselves.
Avenue A btw 1st and 2nd St.
Good bar that stands out in a neighborhood filled with tons of bars, especially this particular block. A good amount of space for the masses, the beer tasted good, had plenty of selections, and were average prices. Lots of average people in the bar, which was the real stand out, especially for this neighborhood.
2nd Ave. and 84th St.
I’ve had two different experiences at this bar. The first involved my friends and I drinking amongst every I-Zod wearing, sweater-over-the-button-down-shirt wearing kid from Connecticut. This made the bar very awful…clearly. The second time was on a holiday Saturday night and I happened to have an awesome time with a nice lady, though we were secluded from the same crowd. As for the bar itself, I hate when bars have lines outside and this one had a particularly bad line. There’s a bar in front and a second bar/odd club in the back that both get crowded but the service is pretty quick for the amount of people they serve. The drinks are your average prices, taste fine, and they surprisingly had all TV’s showing sports.
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.
46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
This place is really close to not being counted, mainly due to the fact that I feel like I’m performing for the patrons in the back room. The bar space here is pretty big and the beers taste fine at average prices. But the main draw is the back room where you can eat and watch performances and then watch as the drunken barflies do a horrible job of imitating the dancers.
2nd Ave btw 77th and 78th St.
This place is always a good time even though it is constantly packed to the gills. This bar isn’t the biggest place but there is a big back room and outdoor seating. Usually a mid-20’s crowd comes here, there’s plenty to see, TV’s or people, and the drinks are your average prices and all taste fine. Also home to one of my favorite live acts in the city.
Ave. A and 9th St.
Good for you Doc, being one of the holdouts of the way things were before Giuliani. One of the closest things to a dive bar that you’ll find in the city, complete with old guys, borderline fights at the pool table; both groups wondering what the heck I was doing in there. It was just a bit too well lit for a dive bar. The random group of college kids in here were huddled in the corner, trying to have fun but another more decibel and a scene would’ve been created. Beers taste fine, average prices, decent place.
54th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
This location was a lot more of a bar than its east side cousin. Very big space and a big young crowd. The only drawback is the overpriced glasses of wine. The bartenders were nice and there was always something to look at as far as clientele, but definitely not the cheapest wine bar in the neighborhood. The beers were also slightly above average prices but tasted fine.
51st St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
I was torn as to whether or not to classify this as a bar, but with the small food portions and the TV’s only showing sports, I’ll call it a bar. The bar takes up the bottom floor while there is a table section upstairs. The food is alright but there is a lot of good cheap wine and decent drink specials throughout the week. Add a very nice atmosphere for a date or after work drinks, this is definitely one of the better places in midtown to go for drinks where you can actually hear each other speak. Slightly above to average prices, all drinks tasted good.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 95th and 96th St.
A tiny bit too clean for a dive bar, but still close enough. I liked the food in here and the people, sort of the anti-dive bar crowd. It’s a good place for watching a Texas game or basically any college football game. The beers actually taste good and are average prices. I really have no idea why it’s called “Dive Bar” actually, probably out of irony for it’s location.
75th St. btw Columbus and Amsterdam Ave.
What to say about this place. If you’re there before 7, you can still bring a group of people and not be crowded. Anytime after that, just walk right back outside. Yes, it is a fun bar with lots of different taps that taste good and bottled beers at average prices. Yes, there are a lot of good people to meet there. But they could probably ditch the fish tank to get some more room in here, because people never leave once inside. Bonus points for free candy on the bar.
54th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.
You could easily walk by this small bar in the northern part of Hell’s Kitchen, but you would miss a good time. The bartenders are friendly and the scene is very relaxing but energetic at the same time. They have a decent selection of tasty beers at average prices and they also have a patio out back during the summer in case the small space gets too crowded.
10th St. btw W. 4th St. and Bleeker St.
If you don’t get a seat, don’t bother. It is not physically possible to cram more picnic tables indoors. There is zero room at the bar and the hipsters/yuppies refuse to ever leave. However, they had a very good drink (too many led to me forgetting the name) that is half margarita, half Amstel, served in a pint glass that is pretty frickin good and actually doesn’t cost a lot of money. The other drinks I do remember being average prices and taste fine.
5th Ave. btw 25th and 26th St.
This bar would be great if it wasn’t for the customers. The bartenders are nice, the beers taste good and are average prices, and there’s a lot of room. But the suits that come in here are just kind of douchey and a little too B&T for humanities taste.
Avenue A and 13th St.
Can it be, a normal bar that I actually like in the northern part of Alphabet City!?! Saints alive, my prayers have been answered. Okay, that was over selling it a bit, so here’s the lowdown. Minus point for having microbrew taps, but they have every normal beer in bottles. Lots of space, pretty quiet during the week, but draws a normal behaving crowd. Beers were average prices and tasted fine, and the one TV didn’t have sports, but it did have closed captioning for what was showing, or else that would’ve been another minus 50.
Park Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.
If you want to escape the glitz and glamour of Park Avenue, but stay on Park Avenue, then come here! The bar is a little dingy, but they serve good beers at average prices. There’s a decent amount of space, but it can be filled with a live act in the back.
2nd Ave. btw 3rd and 4th St.
This used to be one of my favorite places in the city to go with my friends. They have cleaned it up in the past few months making it a little too sterile. Odds are you’ll run into an Irish band playing live here, but that doesn’t make up for the angry bartenders that work here. There used to be a nice waitress but I assume she’s been let go. Anywho, they still do draw a big crowd on the weekends, but the jukebox is sorely lacking. The beers are still average prices and taste just fine. They thankfully got rid of the dartboard that was located over one of the tables.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 81st and 82nd St.
When the college crowd gets too much for you, head a few steps north on Amsterdam Ave. and stop in here. A quieter, smaller bar, it caters to people who just want to sit and drink, as evidenced by their unique offer: you order your first Guinness and your name is entered into a computer. After drinking 100 Guinness, over a lifetime of course, you receive a plaque and your name on the wall with other sultans of stout. Don’t now if they still do this promotion. The other taps tasted fine and were average prices.
46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
If you’re looking for proof of the hipster influx into Hell’s Kitchen, look no further. This small bar was chocked full of way too skinny people fresh from shopping at the Salvation Army. The music was kind of lame and the crowd was a bit annoying. One plus was that the shots were pretty cheap. The beers were average prices and tasted fine, but I couldn’t drink more than one here.
1st Ave. btw 2nd and 3rd St.
Between Brick Lane and Houston on First Avenue, there isn’t much to do beside smoke hookah, so when a bar plants itself in the middle, you hope for the best. Close but no cigar. In the vein of hipster bars inundating anything with half a mile of the L train, we’re given this huge bar downtown. No regular taps here, just your standard local Brooklyn basement brewer’s concoctions. There wasn’t much going on in the way of a crowd, even at 1 in the morning. Pints were your average microbrew prices ($7-ish) and tasted generic.
74th St. and York Ave.
Huge place…must search for more adjectives for large. This establishment was part of a brief stopover. Not crowded by any means, though probably because you would never expect a bar to be in this area. There was a very subdued atmosphere in here. Friendly service, average prices for beers that tasted fine, just a little too quiet.
9th Ave. btw 41st and 42nd St.
A bar where everyone knows your name, if you’re a local 40 year old man that is. No Sam Malone behind the bar, but the mother/daughter bartender combo is very friendly, normal priced beers that taste fine for happy hour and after. A quiet, friendly place to watch a game and have a drink before going to the Port Authority.
1st Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.
I was warned about going here, specifically during Saturday “Karaoke” night, so I went on a Friday afternoon. I was the youngest employed person in here by about 10 years. The bartender was extremely friendly, the beer tasted fine to me and was decently priced, and they had a nice “front porch” and back area. I just don’t see much of a young crowd coming in here.
9th Ave. btw 43rd and 44th St.
One of the better bars on 9th Ave., comparatively speaking. Plenty of TV’s for the sports lover and lots of room, this bar is great for watching football and soccer and draws a pretty good crowd for the big matches. The beers taste fine, average prices, service a tiny bit slow.
Park Place btw W. Broadway and Church St.
Probably my favorite bar in this lower Tribeca neighborhood. Lots of space, plenty of games, plenty of TV’s and great service. The beers taste good and are average prices. The crowd is mixed, with a young /construction/”locals” crowd coming in. They also play a great mix on the radio. And they have Connect Four!
Leroy St. and Bedford St.
Your alternative to the Village Tavern. This place is a little bit small and doesn’t have a very welcoming feel to it when it’s crowded, but it’s a whole other story when there’s room to breathe as there are too many tables taking up most of the space when they’re full. It’s not a bad bar (the crowd is young and borderline meathead-ish on packed nights, borderline hipster on the quiet nights) and the drinks are average priced and taste fine. Bonus points for serving tater tots.