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Houston St. btw 6th Ave. and Varick St.
When they finally weren’t closed for a private event, I had a chance to check this really big space out. This large beer hall has a menu to match its square footage, but I feel it needs more tables as there is a lot of standing room. Your beers are what you’d find in any German-themed bierhaus, along with various sizes of glass. Crowd is a big mix of everyone, staff is friendly, above average beers at slightly above average prices for any size, taste fine.
2nd Ave. and 78th St.
This one definitely feels more of a restaurant than it’s across town relative, but I still see the majority of people here drinking and not eating, so write it up! Dimly lit space that has plenty of seating room, including at the bar, the crowd is a mix of everyone. TV’s all around, staff is nice, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Ave. A btw 13th and 14th St.
Of the two bars drawing a sports crowd on this block, this is where the youngins hang out, legally of course. Not much too it, simple square with a bar on one side. Pretty good amount of TV’s, crowd is young (can get a little douchey at times), and the service is pretty good. Average and above average taps, average prices, taste fine.
53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
This bar has changed so many times (Black Finn, Tammany Hall), but maybe they might have gotten it right with this recent iteration. Taken over by the guy’s from PJ Clarke’s, gone are the days of test tube shots and pure frat boys/business kids. Now it has an older feel, drawing in a more mature crowd (actually fun to watch people come in, look around for their old haunt, linger for a drink , and then leave) while still having a good amount of sports on TV. Service is very friendly, average and above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Speakeasy’s aside, this might be the most well hidden bar in the city. I honestly thought I was walking by a deli when I passed. Tucked away in the middle of a non-descript block, this Scottish bar is a nice quiet place for either a stopover on the way home or just to quietly watch a game on TV. Good amount of bar space up front, tables in the back, service is friendly, crowd is mixed. Average beers and Scottish beers, average prices, taste fine.
10th St. btw Waverly Pl. and Greenwich Ave.
Packed bar on a quiet street in the West Village. Room is basically a cube, some tables up front and on the side, mostly just room for standing around. Crowd is B&T’s and a few locals, and I’ve never seen it less than halfway full. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
15th St. btw Irving Place and Park Ave.
This place use to be 119, and this is a complete about face…or headless face…anyone? From dive bar to wine cellar/clean dungeon look, this place attracts a different clientele than its previous tenant. Crowd is B&T’s in their 20’s, pretty packed in the middle space around the bar, a slight less crowded in the back. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
34th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Used to be Bar XII. They pretty much just changed the sign on the outside, although the bar feels a little smaller for some reason. Plenty of TV’s, crowd ranges from “after work business” to the people who spill out of the 2nd Ave. bars around the corner (B&T’s). Average beers at average prices, taste alright.
Orchard St. and Stanton St.
The owners of Gin Mill, Down the Hatch, etc. have brought their talents to the Lower East Side. Big open bar in an area that definitely could use a sports bar, you get the same deals here as at the rest of their bars, tons of TV’s, good food, and friendly bartenders. Average beers at average prices, taste good.
1st Ave. btw 63rd and 64th St.
This place used to be Becky’s, and I never liked Becky’s so this is a welcome change. Now, I have zero idea what makes this place anything even remotely resembling “Honky Tonk”, unless it’s from the posh section of Austin. Playing some light country music in the background makes you a relaxing bar, not a Honky Tonk bar. But it’s not a bad bar by any means…so just mis-named. Food is good, average beers at average prices that taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Broome and Delancey St.
Okay, so get here early to avoid waiting on line outside. Next, pick a spot and hang on to it for dear life. This place gets ridiculously crowded, but they have space on another floor for the dancer in you/if you need more space. The crowd is, well, I guess they can be summed up as “that crowd that while young, they will move on to the next big thing the second it opens”. So I’ll have to come back in a few months and see how it is. Drinks are pricey, average beers available.
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.
8th Ave. btw 40th and 41st St.
It’s kind of the same idea as Track’s (being right in the middle of a major transportation hub), but cleaner and smaller. The smallest of the chain, you still get all of your homegrown taps and the good food. Pretty much a B&T crowd, Heartland prices ($7 or $8) for a pint, tastes fine.
South St. and Fulton St.
Don’t know why it’s taken me so long to visit this part of the chain, but it’s up there with the Union Square location as my favorite of the bunch. Mostly filled with tourists, usually easy enough to get a table, service is attentive, drinks are you regular Heartland brews at average prices.
57th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
I always see a line for this place, but once going inside, there really isn’t a lot of room…oh, that would be why there’s a line…just thought it was popular…Anywho, yes, the place is small but I kind of liked it, though it can get really tight in here. They had beer (bottled) so it tasted fine, average prices, a second floor overlooking the first, good music, crowd is kind of young though.
9th Ave. btw 49th and 50th St.
Newer bar in Hell’s Kitchen, and you can tell by the amount of servers waiting to help you. I mean, they’re all busy but they still have that spark in their eye that will slowly diminish as time goes by. The front room of the bar is a little tight, but can still hold a decent sized crowd. The back room has bar games, pool, etc. that helps in the dispersal. Beers taste alright, average prices, good sports bar.
9th Ave. and 35th St.
Don’t know if there was a market for a huge sports bar in this neck of the woods, probably trying to tempt the steak crowd from next door. And it was packed for after work too…who knew this many B&T’s worked over here? There is seating, but most people hang by the bar, service is pretty quick, taps should taste a little fresher for being new but still decent, average prices.
10th Ave. and 35th St.
Nice place. I mean, this far west and not en-route to Penn Station nor Port Authority, you never know what you could get. But there was a good mixed crowd in here, TV on, bartender who was ornery and nice at the same time, taps tasted good, prices average…worth the trip actually.
St. Mark’s Pl. btw Avenue A and 1st Ave.
It’s big, at least bigger than most bars in this neighborhood. Empty during the day, good sized crowd at night. Definitely sports oriented, but not exactly giving me the warm and fuzzies, feels kind of cold actually…that’s a horrible last description…crowded yet empty feeling? The taps were a little off, average prices, nice bartenders.
46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Could be the quietest bar I’ve ever been to in Hell’s Kitchen, and to be located on one of the busier streets that says something. Tons of space in here with a few different rooms, most rooms resembling what a bar in your friend’s dad’s basement would look like. The only downside to all the space is that the bartender doesn’t make a lot of laps through all of them, so order two at once. Foods decent, beers taste pretty good actually, average prices.
23rd St. btw 10th and 11th Ave.
So there aren’t many bars this far over in this area, which usually means everyone goes there. Everyone and their mother. This place is always crowded and they just don’t have the fast service to handle it all, even if you’re sitting right at the bar. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good space (with lots of it), and the beers taste good and cost average prices. There’s just too many people that never leave so good luck finding a seat.
48th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
Lively bar west of Times Square that draws a mature/older crowd? The heck you say. This is a pretty decent bar that keeps away the riffraff of the nearby 8th Ave. bars and still manages to stay crowded. The beer tasted fine, very friendly crowd/staff, average prices too.
Hudson St. btw Horatio and Jane St.
Smokers rejoice, the West Village part of this bar chain is your heaven. This tight, well lit, slightly well lit space has a good crowd that is pretty easy to get into. On top of that, the drinks aren’t even outrageously priced. Well, is you want to get fancy, drink at your wallet’s risk, but the beer is average prices, perhaps slightly above, but still taste fine and the staff is pretty friendly about accommodating your group of 8, but are looking to shove you out the second they sense non-smokers.
46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Definitely more crowded than its northern namesake, but I prefer the other location in this “chain”. The crowd is diverse, from theater goers to a young crowd, to people waiting to get into The Ritz, it’s hard to find a place to situate yourself in here. IT’s a decent sized space with the service being better at the bar than the tables. Average tasting beers at average prices.
51st St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Good bar, pure and simple. There were plenty of beers, a decent sized crowd, but not an overbearing one, and very nice bartenders/wait staff. One of two House of Brews in the city, I prefer this one for the slightly smaller venue and as a better place to actually hear yourself think and enjoy a cheap drink…I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.
8th Ave. btw 36th and 37th St.
There aren’t a lot of bars on 8th Avenue between Penn Station and the Port Authority, so thankfully this place opened up. There’s a good amount of space here, though the overload on stools makes getting to the bar a fun adventure. It’s the 21-49 crowd, average prices for beer that taste fine, but TV’s are set up in weird locations so choose your seat wisely.
Avenue B and 7th St.
I always knew it as 7B, now I know it as the yuppie/dive sports bar of Alphabet City. It gets really crowded in here with people who honestly think they’re slumming it. It’s usually from the fact that they’re walking back from Zum Schneider’s and think the place looks “rad”. All of that doesn’t take away from the fact the pints taste fine and are average prices and it has a decent amount of space to keep the crowd tight. They also have a butt load of TV’s and of course Buck Hunter for the aforementioned slummers. Bonus point to the largest Photo Hunt screen I’ve ever seen.
John St. btw Pearl and Water St.
After climbing the Matterhorn of staircases, you come to this delightful slice of thugged out heaven. Suck it in and make your way around the pool table to head to the bar. Drinks are average prices, taste fine, and if you’re looking to shake your thang in a bar that looks like someone’s basement, then hang here.
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.
Chrystie St. btw Broome and Delancey St.
Are you a brooding hipster? Than look no further. While the space is cool, the people are not. I don’t really like the hipster attempt at being a Friday’s by having “artsy” random crap on the walls. But the beer tasted good, it wasn’t expensive, and thankfully my group of friends and I had our guards up so as to not be infected by Emo.
Washington St. and 13th St.
The real inspiration for Coyote Ugly, it’s a small bar that does all it can to pack ‘em in. The bartenders and bouncers aren’t the friendliest, but that probably has to do with the people in the crowd who can become a bit obnoxious at times. The beers are average prices and taste fine, but I think once was enough for me to say I’ve at least gone here.
26th St. btw Broadway and 6th Ave.
I know this is a new place, but they could’ve dirtied it up a little bit to live up to its namesake. It kind of just looks like a T.G.I. Friday’s inside. They had a pretty good happy hour and are doing what they can to draw people in for a neighborhood that doesn’t have a lot of people lingering after work. The taps were okay and an average price.
3rd Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.
After defying my friend by proving this wasn’t a fondue bar, I found a decent place to have a drink. There was a good amount of space here, but it wasn’t that crowded, probably because it’s tucked into a recessed corner next to a large building. I seriously would’ve believed my friend that it wasn’t a bar. The pints are good and averagely priced and the service was very attentive, but that was most likely due to it being me and another group of 4 watching the NCAA tournament being the only patrons.
33rd btw 6th and 7th Ave.
This place had to be a diner before it was a bar. And by diner I mean soup kitchen. If they were allowed on 33rd, I would expect semis outside and truckers to be lined up at the counter waiting for Flo to serve up a bud with their burgers (no food here). Needless to say, there are better place in the area, but it’s not as dive-y as it seems. The beers tastes alright, average prices, and usually empty.
50th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.
So this is a decent sports bar, yet the tiny wall in the middle makes it feel like two different bars when you’re inside. There’s a cramped space near the bar, which is usually full, and then there are high tables and bar stools on the other side, which gives you some more room, but you have everyone walking through on their way to the bathroom. The pints tasted good, cost average prices, younger crowd.
Amsterdam Ave. and 83rd St.
It feels like my Den Mother’s living room in here, minus the booze, but definitely with the fish tank. There’s not a lot of bar space here, most of the room has been given up to seating…must have been a diner beforehand. So, people pushing past you aside, the beers tasted fine, about average prices, and not much going on in the way of a crowd, mostly a young crowd that wants to avoid the nuttiness of the bars two blocks south.
Ave. A btw 10th and 11th St.
A big bar that thankfully is only crowded up front. Standing in the back is usually the main option, as the booths are consistently packed. The service is also kind of slow, but with all the people packed around the bar, it’s expected. The crowd is mostly those people who like to dip a toe into Alphabet City and think they’re really slumming it by heading east of First Avenue. Typical beers that taste alright and cost average prices.
2nd Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.
OK, if I put Zum Schneider and other German places on this list, I have to include this place. One of the last bastions of German Yorkville, this bar is not for the raucous crowds but more for the adults looking for good beer and a peek at some lederhosen…I mean, who isn’t? You can even have your favorite German brew served in a glass boot, if that’s your thing. The beer tastes great at a surprisingly average price and the atmosphere was relaxing.
Fulton St. and South St.
The smallest of the chain, it’s still got a great location right across from the Seaport. This one is a little more of a bar than a restaurant but the space is still small. Drinks still taste good albeit a tiny bit above average price.
51st St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
This is the second most restaurant-y of the chain, and is always packed for lunch. It also probably takes the longest to get food here, but if you’re here for the drinks, you’ll do fine sitting at the bar. Same slightly above average prices, same tastes as the rest of the chain.
43rd St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
The most restaurant-y of the chain, and probably my least favorite. They don’t seem to have the same brews as the others in the chain. I do love the Raspberry Cider other Heartlands have, but it was not to be had here that night. This place is huge and is really more about having you eat then drink. The beers are the normal dollar or two above average, just like the rest of the chain, but still taste pretty good.
Union Square West btw 16th and 17th St.
I don’t consider this breaking the “no restaurant” rule (self imposed rule of course) because they do brew their own beer. Thumbs up to the Raspberry Cider, the only part of the chain that serves it. Some of the beers here are maybe a dollar or two more than average, but most of them are worth it. I say go for the beer sampler for quantity and low cost. The bartender can be a little slow, but it’s good for a meet up place before heading to another bar. The beers taste fine, a tad bit more than average prices, small bar space.
34th St. and 5th Ave.
The most touristy of the chain due to that building on top. For the bar, head downstairs and there’s a decent amount of bar space that the diners skip over en route to their tables. There’s a younger crowd in here that doesn’t hang around all night, but you have the same house brews you would get at the rest of the chain that taste fine, at a bit above average prices, and the service is decent.
7th Ave. btw 30th and 31st St.
Not exactly sure what to say about this bar except that it’s pretty much like the rest of the Seventh Avenue Penn Station bars. Big inside with lots of TV’s and a good selection of beers. A little more crowded later in the night but that’s probably because it’s only one block away from the trains instead of two blocks away. The beers were average prices, tasted average, lots of tables.
10th Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.
This German Restaurant/bar is located in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s really there for those who don’t want to trek to Queens or to Alphabet City for a German beer hall. The beers taste great and were decently priced, though the food wasn’t as great as Zum Schnieder or any other German eatery. Nice backyard for drinking during the nice weather.
3rd St. and Thompson St.
This place isn’t huge, and a seat in the front is hard to come by, so head to the slightly larger back room. Random fact, I enjoy seeing other bar owners from the neighborhood getting sloshed in here. There was, as you would expect around NYU, a younger crowd, but also a bit more behaved than in other Village places. Beers were good, prices average, and the service was pretty good too.
3rd Ave. and 25th St.
This bar could be looked at in two ways, a sausage fest or a B&T fest. The best bet is to come here on a random weekday night to avoid both. They have a bunch of taps and a decent amount of room. The beers are on the higher side of average prices but at least taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 39th And 40th St.
Tiny…very tiny bar on 9th Avenue. But I will definitely be going back here again. The drinks were super cheap, the one bartender was very friendly and accommodating, and even though it could probably only fit 30 people, there was still room to sit.