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35th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Used to be Blaggard’s Pub, and now, thankfully, it’s actually a nice spot to go into. Decent pub that has a good amount of space, crowd is quiet B&T’s (who knew they existed!?!), and the service is friendly. Lots of taps of average and above average beers, average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.
Head down a flight of stairs to this quiet horseshoe bar that I feel most people miss as they walk down 2nd Ave. Just a nice spot for a drink and to feel relaxed. Not much else to say except the service is very friendly, average and above average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.
Well, they serve pickles of various types, and I think nothing more needs to be said…What?…This is a beer blog? Fine. Place is usually always crowded, with a decent amount of tables up front, with dining in the back. Service is nice, crowd is a mix of everyone, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine, and pickles.
Grand St. and Thompson St.
Rooftop bar that pretty much has what most others do: great view (even though they’re all different of course), pool you can’t go in unless you’re a hotel guest, and pricey drinks that aren’t any different from ground floor bars or different enough to justify the high price. It’s smaller than most roof bars, and the crowd is a mix of hotel guests and people who like taking elevators to be seen. Staff is friendly, cocktails at cocktail prices (~13), taste alright.
60th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
A new craft beer place to hit this lower part of the Upper East Side. Actually, it might be the only one around here. Anywho, it’s a decent sized space, long, tight bar area up front with a few tables in the back. All craft beer, all the time, and lots of it. Service is chatty, crowd is late 20’s-early 30’s, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
76th St. btw 1st and York Ave.
I’ve been told by several people to check this place out. Meh. A dark space that has a lot of stools at its lengthy bar, but not much space behind it, so it gets a little tight. There are some tables in the back, but it’s for having a meal. It’s just your basic, average bar, with good service, mixed crowd of young and old. They serve all British beers/ales/lagers, so that’s a plus. British beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
35th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.)
Looking to capitalize on the “walking to Penn Station” crowd, this new space is the latest in bars that provides the B&T crowd with a big room with tables on the fringe, lots of TV’s for pre-game drinks/going home libations, and good service that keeps you on time for your train. Average drinks at average prices, taste fine.
10th St. and Waverly Pl.
If you’re not older than 45, or a gay male, or the token old lady near the front (think John Waters or Mr. Blackwell), this place is not very welcoming. I went in with a friend, and it has all the makings of a nice neighborhood bar, with some TV, places to sit, big bar, and a really friendly bartender. But if you’re not one of the previously mentioned crowds, you’re stared at until you quietly leave. Beers taste average, above average pints at average prices.
Lexington Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.
So this place used to be Chill Lounge. They changed the name, brightened it up, and sweet fancy Moses, it’s like night and day. Always packed after work with the B&T’s, so that of course comes with the obnoxious factor. A decent sized space that get insanely crowded, beers taste alright and average prices, average service.
Greenwich Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.
What’s to say about this place, it’s a dump, really friendly, good people (mostly an older crowd) and I liked it a lot. The bartender will chew your ear off, if you are willing to carry on a conversation, and everyone else in the bar will give you their opinion. Cheap to average prices, small space, beers taste average.
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.
7th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Stairs…why must it always be stairs. So, navigating my way down, you pop into a small bar/catacomb that is almost always packed. There are mostly tables taking up the space and very little space and seating by the bar. The beers are all microbrews that cost a bit above average prices, but that’s what you normally pay for a microbrew, and they taste fine, service is pretty friendly too.
56th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Very small bar, compared to the others in the neighborhood. But you really don’t mind it, oddly enough. The food tasted good and was average prices, the beer the same. Pretty friendly crowd that doesn’t get too large, good for lunch.
Washington St. btw Green and Mercer St.
Normally, if I see a staircase that leads to the bar, I head for zee hills. I just want the minimal amount of effort for me to get to the bar as quickly as possible. Anywho, I go downstairs and I actually find a decent bar down there. The headroom is a little suspect but there’s a good amount of bar space to go around. They get bonus points for showing soccer on the weekends. The prices are average, beers taste fine, but the crowd was your usual “I went to NYU and still want to hang out at the bars I went to back then so I can feel as if I never left college” crowd.
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.
3rd Ave btw 34th and 35th St.
The other half of this bar/lounge duo on the east side of midtown. It gets very crowded here but I’ve still never had a problem getting my drink quickly and having a fun time dancing with my friends in the back, which is really the only reason you should come here. The main negative is the dopey crowd made up of frat boys/B&T’s and guys who will hit on anything, all the time The beers are average prices, taste fine, can get easily spilled.
51st St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
There really is only one reason to come here, and that’s the mechanical bull. And for the record, men should never be allowed to ride the bull! I mean, come on, why on earth should anyone but a girl be riding the bull!?! Anywho, along with the bull comes skeevy guys leering at you. Otherwise, the space is big, plenty of TV’s and the beers are average prices and taste average.
2nd Ave. btw 80th and 81st St.
Sort of your cookie cutter Upper East Side bar. Nothing really stands out at this place but you can expect good service of good beers at average prices. I’m really struggling to write something interesting, but it’s just your run-of-the-mill bar.
John St. btw Broadway and Nassau St.
Big bar downtown, though once again, stairs to get into a bar suck. It’s kind of a weird scene. Some people left over from work, people who think it’s a club or lounge (if it is, they could find better elsewhere), Pace kids, and then those people who, like my friend, didn’t feel like walking further into the winding streets of the Financial District. The drinks are average price, taste average, and there’s not much to look at as far as entertainment.
6th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
I don’t want to call it a dive bar, because it’s spacious, not crowded, and they were playing a movie on TV with the volume actually up! That being said, you walk in through that creaky door and the bartender and the one hipster in the bar stare at you the whole time, wondering when you’ll leave. The taps tasted alright, average prices, sense of foreboding comes free of charge.
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.
44th St. between 6th Ave. and Broadway
The best part about this dive bar is that it’s not a dive bar. The drinks are pretty cheap to average prices, especially for a Times Square bar, and taste fine. It’s a little tight in this space but there are tables in the back. Not a lot of business types here, which is fine by me.
Maiden Lane btw Gold and William St.
Cavernous bar; not in the dark way, just has oddly huge ceilings for a bar in the Financial District. It was kind of empty for a Friday night, but it seems like it attracts a bigger lunchtime crowd. The bartender was great, taps tasted fine and at average prices, and the food was pretty good too.
Front St. btw Beekman St and Peck Slip
Nothing like a frat bar in the middle of NYC’s history. Every time I’m in here the place is packed. One difference between this and other college crowd bars is that women actually venture in here on their own. Granted, I’m not big on the beer they have on tap, but it came in a plastic cup so I wasn’t expecting perfection. Tons of TV’s and someone with taste seems to be controlling the music. Beers were average prices and tastes like light beer in a plastic cup.
2nd Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.
The odd bar out in the neighborhood but no where near the worst. It’s not as dolled up as its neighbors, but there are still plenty of TV’s and plenty of space. The beer is averagely priced, tastes average and the crowd tends to be in the 30’s/40’s but it’s a good spot when the college crowd gets to be too much in the surrounding bars.
10th Ave. and 57th St.
Probably my least favorite of this chain of bars, but it’s not a bad place. I liked the bartender, the beers were good and priced normally, and they had TV’s showing sports which you could watch in relative peace. The staff is friendly but the crowd can be weird. Either they thought that it was their personal bar (even if there were only 10 of them) or we were interrupting a CBS intern/frat boy or mob meeting as they stared at us from their long table.
23rd St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
I like this bar, but for some reason the bottled beer is a little off. The taps on the other hand are much better. The prices are average to just barely slightly above average and the taps taste fine. The staff is friendly and more than willing to accommodate your sports watching needs. The crowd is late 20’s and up and can get pretty lively after work.
9th Ave. btw 22nd and 23rd St.
I was wondering when a bar on 9th Avenue in Chelsea would turn up. It’s basically the same as it’s namesake on 23rd and 7th, but a quieter crowd. I still don’t know how you can charge $7 for a pint of Miller Lite, but it tasted fine and the service was great and friendly…not enough to get me to walk back all the way over here though.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 80th and 81st St.
One of the trio of bars in this neighborhood that cater to college kids and young adults, this is probably my least favorite, but still an alright bar. Alright place to watch a game and enjoy average priced beers, there’s a separate room in the back for those who want a bit more quiet but not lose the attractive clientele that frequent this bar. Two downsides are the amount of stairs all over the bar and it gets really crowded really fast.
2nd Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.
You almost really want to not like this bar, from the college jocks to the waitresses who could give a fuck, but it’s so hard to walk away without having a good time. The food is good, the beers taste good with average prices, and they have TV’s everywhere, including in your booth that allows you to put on whatever game you want to watch.
33rd St. btw Broadway and 5th Ave.
Out of the bars on this street, this is my least frequented, though by no means a bad bar. And there’s good girl to guy ratio, though none are up for chatting…my friends tried. The crowd was a little sparse, the room is a little tight, but the beers tasted good and were average prices.