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Amsterdam Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.
Used to be Slightly Oliver’s but now it doesn’t feel so much like a fancy bar with beds in the back, because that should’ve ever been a thing? Definitely feels more like the bars below 82nd and Amsterdam, but there’s a lot more space for the crowd to spread out. Crowd ranges from young to early 30’s, staff is friendly, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
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.
2nd Ave btw 88th and 89th St.
Used to be Elaine’s, and while I have no frame of reference, having never visited the former tenant, this place draws a good crowd, particularly a big older crowd mixed with a younger crowd, and it gets pretty packed. Two separate rooms, the larger more of a sitting/dining area, the smaller the bar area. Service is pretty good, above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.
St. Marks Pl. btw 1st Ave. and Ave. A
Decent sized bar with seats on the edges and a good sized place to stand in the middle. It doesn’t really stand out from its neighbors with the exception of it being more subdued. Service is good, 20’s and 30’s crowd. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Hudson St. btw 10th and Christopher St.
Walk past the fortune teller (I’m serious) and enter a pretty big bar area that’s serving up cocktails. The crowd is definitely B&T’s, mixed with locals, and people on their way to or from the Meatpacking area. Service is pretty good and friendly, usually crowded, cocktails at good prices (~10), taste fine.
Ave. C btw 10th and 11th St.
Head right up the ramp and step right into a dimly lit bar that has a decent sized bar area but feels a little empty…I get it, the lights are there to disguise the emptiness, my mistake…Anywho, if you want a quiet night in a good looking bar, late 20’s crowd, this is up your alley. More room around the back, beers and cocktails, above average prices for both, beers taste fine, cocktails alright.
6th St. btw Ave. A and B
Gay bar that’s off the beaten path, but by no means less crowded than any other, and also by no means less of a hook up place than any other bar. Definitely more of a dive feel, but a clean dive. Besides Pac Man in the corner, it’s basically a small open room with some bar stools that let me know I was a “butch bitch” and my friend a “cum pig”…can I write that? Anywho, average and above average beers at average prices.
Murray St. btw W. Broadway and Church St.
And here is where the college crowd has moved to…graduates of course. Also a lot of young business kids tend to mingle here, sprinkled with some of the elder crowd too. Deceptively large bar, as I thought it was just another quiet space from the outside. And most of that space is filled after work until the later hours, so plan on bringing a friend so you blend in. Average pints, average prices, taste average.
45th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.
This bar is a mix of Upper East Side sports bar with a Business clientele feel, and even though that’s redundant, you know what I mean. The crowd draws your usual after work Business crowd, and then as the night moves on, the B&T’s come in to mix with whoever is still avoiding going home. Lots of TV’s with sports, decent amount of space, karaoke on certain nights where the person running it feels the need to sing every other song (lame), average tasting beers at average prices.
Avenue C and 10th St.
It was only a matter of time before the newer bars started creeping up Avenue C, but by no means is it pretentious…microbrews aside. This place is a decent sized space, usually draws a crowd (mostly younger) on most nights, has a good happy hour special, average prices other times, and the beers taste fine.
3rd Ave. btw 19th and 20th St.
Brand spankin’ new bar amidst a strip of some of my favorites, this place relocated from Fulton St. to here, either that or the name is a coincidence. There’s a decent amount of space, plenty of TV’s and a crowd that probably picked it because it’s the brightest bar in the bunch. The bartender was very friendly, beer average prices and tasted fine. I’m not a fan of the ticker tape running across the bar, but thankfully there are no stocks being shown on it. What is shown is something I’ve never seen before. So, it will act like a stock ticker, but will track what beers are being bought in the bar. If one type is being primarily imbibed, the price goes up and the other go down, hopefully drawing you to those lower priced beers…too much concentration required for a bar.
Allen St. and Stanton St.
So, I guess this could be one of the “sports” bars in the Lower East Side from all the TV’s in here. It’s also trying to be a little trendy to bring in the spillover from its Allen St. neighbors. It is almost always crowded with hipsters/yuppies/everything else that has invaded the LES lately. The beers are average prices, taste fine, and are one of the few places with regular taps in the neighborhood.
50th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
Huge bar at the northern part of the theater district, you will always see groups here, whether its cast after show parties or musical goers. Both awkward lively groups, but they sure can drink. There are plenty of TV’s to watch anything in here, lots of space to move around, and a very friendly staff. The beers are average prices, taste good, and you will definitely linger here all night.
Spring St. and Renwick St.
Nice bar with your average priced beers that’s taste average. Multiple TV’s and lots of space make this a good after work place for drinks. The bartenders (Holly or Molly…I think) are some of the nicest in the city which definitely made it easier to stick around for a few drinks.
Columbus Ave. btw 69th and 70th St.
The first time I came here, I thought it was an alcoholic diner. They have since redone it and are now clearly moving away from Alice’s and into a proper pub, though they still have the checkered table cloths on the few tables. The bartender is very friendly, the beers taste good and are average prices, and it doesn’t get overly crowded.
Avenue A btw 1st and 2nd St.
This place used to be just another dive on Avenue A, and for some reason they decided to clean it up. And now it’s some kind of wannabe speakeasy, very posh, and very empty. We were told it gets packed on Wednesdays through Saturday nights. We were there on Wednesday and we were the only people in there, aside from the girl going to see the live music downstairs…because it was her brother playing. No beer here, very quiet, the cocktails were around average prices and tasted fine, friendly bartender.
3rd Ave. btw 37th and 38th St.
From the nuttiness of Cinco de Mayo, I declare this a bar. This place gets packed on that quintessential spring day and can hold its own for the remainder of the year as well. Their margaritas are $10, though they do have beers that go for the usual prices. There’s not a great amount of space inside but the “outdoor patio” always calls me, though I think most inanimate objects talk to me after a while. The drawback, tons of yuppies and B&T’s.
3rd St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
A surprisingly big bar in the East Village, though the mood changes from crowded to just myself and the un-talkative hot bartender…I’m sure that last part surprises no one…well, not me. Though her good looks took a hit when she informed me that Happy Hour just ended (it was only 6:39…who ends happy hour before 7!?!) and I had to pay $5 for a Miller Lite draft that tasted pretty bad.
1st Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.
I always see a lot of lights flashing in here and think it’s crowded during the week. It’s not and there are just a lot of TV’s. Now, it’s not a bad bar, in fact far from it. There’s a good amount of space and the taps taste fine, with the beers at average prices. Big bonus points for having Goldfish crackers on the bar that aren’t stale.
1st Ave. btw 86th and 87th St.
When I think authentic pub, lookswise, this comes pretty darn close. It’s a brand new pub (well, revamped at least) but the crowd is definitely meatheads and college kids. Other than that, the bar has plenty of space, average priced drinks that taste fine, and friendly older bartender, and lots of TV’s to watch. Another down side is that the dumbest American “soccer” fan has to be listened to if you come here on a Saturday morning.
Spring St. btw Greenwich and Washington St.
One of the oldest pubs in the city yet the clientele is pretty lively. While waiting for a table at the restaurants next door, I stopped in here for a cheap beer. The only flaw of the place is that it had two TV’s that were both showing the Yankee game when there was also a perfectly good Mets game on, though I digress. As I said the beer is average prices to cheap, but tastes fine, with a decent amount of room.