Posts Tagged ‘K’
St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
I’m sure by the time this is posted it will be under another name, as it was Holiday Cocktail, etc. within the past couple of years. Nothing has really changed about it, still two floors,very eclectic scenery and patrons, average and above average beers at average prices, taste alright.
10th St. btw Greenwich and 6th Ave.
Two floors of bar here. The top floor is an island bar with some decent standing space, though you are surrounded by people eating. Downstairs is a better bar space, more room to mill about. The scene is mid-20’s to low-30’s crowd mixed with older locals, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
W. 4th btw Jones and Barrow St.
I’ve been to a bunch of bars with karaoke, but this is the first that not only feels like a bar, but it’s a party going on in here. No pressure to sing, but if you come here you’ll be inundated with the good, the pro’s, and a bunch of people who just want to wail into the night. Decent amount of space, service is pretty good, the crowd is a mix of college kids and everyone in their 20’s, and remember that it’s a karaoke bar, so deal with it. Average beers for average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.
While they have Jamaican beers on tap, and some decorations that might remind some people of Jamaica (it reminded me more of New Orleans), that’s really the only Jamaican part of the bar. Decent sized bar that’s elevated (literally) above the other Second Avenue bars on this street. Crowd is still the same as every other neighboring bar (mid-20’s, business kids, and NYU kids) but it’s definitely more subdued. Caribbean taps, average prices, taste fine.
36th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
I…I just…I can’t. College kids (seniors of course…), douchebags, and meatheads assemble! This is one big bar that is completely packed to the seams with the aforementioned crowd, packed with TV’s, packed with a sprinkling of tourists, packed packed packed. The staff does a decent job of keeping up with the orders (there must be a billion bartenders back there), the tricky part is getting to the bar. Average taps, average prices, taste alright.
Bowery btw Great Jones and 4th St.
Totally stumbled upon this bar on my way to a haircut. Head downstairs an you enter into a floor to ceiling painted black bar and you have a place that is just as cheery as the color scheme. Thankfully the bartender and the two other people people (young crowd) in here balanced it out by being very friendly. Not much too it, bar up front, open room in the back, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
55th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.
I only heard about this place because it’s one of a few places that lay claim to creating the Bloody Mary (originally called the Red Snapper here). It was mighty darn tasty. They don’t have taps here, but what you really come for are the drinks. Be warned, a the Red Snapper, a gin and Tonic, and other drinks went for about $20 each, but you’re really getting a double helping at once, so the math comes out to a bit over average price for your drink. What you do get with that cost is a nice place, friendly service, and great tasting drinks. And fear not, beer is served here as well.
Upstairs at the Kimberley (50th btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.)
This just smacks of a place that likes to pump itself up into something more than a rooftop greenhouse. With the exception of summer nights, the roof is enclosed in foggy glass, though that’s really the only bad thing I have to say about it. No wait, the lobby is ridiculous. Anywho, above average beer selection with slightly above average prices, can be a little hard to grab a table on some nights, service is good, clientele is any business kid/B&T that works within a ten block radius.
8th Ave. btw 46th and 47th St.
I guess this could be called the slightly quieter version of its neighbor, Scruffy Duffy’s. there’s not much too it, big crowd, average price beers, average tasting, and much like the other bar mentioned here, it’s gone, wiped off the earth by a bulldozer. If my bad description whetted your appetite, read other posts for similar Shakespearean writing.
57th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
It’s almost as if this bar was designed to be the transition from midtown to the Upper West Side. It draws a good crowd, but it’s a little more subdued than its southern neighbors. Tables for food with a good amount of bar space, the pints were average prices but tasted off.
7th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Very nice Polish bar in the East Village. On top of that, very good bar staff that actually knows their stuff. I couldn’t understand what my friends were saying but that Polish beer tastes pretty good…the only important factor. I couldn’t even begin to write or say the one Polish beer they didn’t have, but the wide selection they did have was average prices and tasted very nice.
3rd Ave. btw 93rd and 94th St.
My friend’s Irish dad came here every week, and I can see why. A very different bar than most of the ones you’ll find on the Upper East Side, this NYC Rugby bar is a cool place to come in, relax, watch the match. A crowd of people of all ages keep the usual UES shenanigans and drunkenness to a minimum. The beers taste pretty good, average prices, very friendly staff.
14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
It’s a little out of the way, but it’s still a decent place to go. A long bar with lots of space, there’s usually a pretty good crowd here, but it’s hard to find a space to camp out. Taps are your average prices, taste fine, the crowd is made up of aspiring wannabes and people who actually live in the area.
Pearl St. btw Wall and Hanover St.
Probably my favorite bar downtown. Very friendly place, a huge bar, totally cool wait staff. The pints tasted fine and were at average prices. Lively crowd too. I really need to talk up the great bars with longer paragraphs.
4th St. btw 2nd Ave. and Bowery
I was a little torn on this bar. While they over themed it, the beers were cheap enough and tasted good enough for me to stick around. If you can forgo a little pretentiousness by the other bar goers, and by that I mean hipsters, then enjoy!
13th St. btw 1st Ave. and Avenue A
Nice, my apartment is actually bigger than something in NYC! Though mine smells more of booze. This small bar has a ton of good specials (the buy one get one free deal carries over until your next visit), a friendly staff, there’s a tiny crowd of quiet hipsters staring at you while you drink. The prices are average, the beers taste fine, and my friend assures me that this place gets packed to the brim on weekends, contrary to a Monday night.
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave. and Waverly Pl.
Though this bar was a little crowded, it made up for it with the friendly crowd. The bartender handled the masses pretty quickly and kept the average priced, good tasting beer flowing. It’s a younger crowd than most bars in the area and there is a back room if the front bar is too much for you.
Bleeker St. btw Thompson and Sullivan St.
When I mentioned to my dad that I was going here for my Saturday night, he was amazed it still existed from his times. Thinking I was going to be getting a dive, I was shocked to see a pretty nice, huge space. The live act that was on up front on the small stage was barely audible so we were able to enjoy the bar. Pretty young crowd (though I guess it depends on the act), average prices for beer, tastes good, plenty of space to stand around.
Avenue A btw 1st and 2nd St.
Perhaps because the other bars are too crowded would be the reason for people going in here. It’s usually empty and gives you that warm, run down feeling you’ve always been searching for. The beers tasted alright and average prices, the vibe was a little slow in here, which can be a nice reprieve from its neighbors.
2nd Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.
Is it a bar, is it a lounge that slowly turned into a bar? Who knows. There’s isn’t much of a draw here besides space to sit and karaoke…what am I saying, that’s what makes this place bearable! The other clientele, meh, newly graduated business kids. The beers tasted good and were average prices, it just had a crowd that thought they were auditioning for Fame when they got up to sing.
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.
1st Ave. btw 3rd and 4th St.
This place has hookahs and it has a bar, yet it is thankfully not like other places called Hookah bars that only have hookahs…could I squeeze “hookah” into the sentence anymore? There’s a good amount of space up front for the drinkers and they stick all of the hookah smokers in the back. A little light wouldn’t kill anyone, would it? Beers are average prices, taste average, hookahs are average too.
Ave B. and 4th St.
A nice place in Alphabet city that does a good job of turning away the club crowd from Le Souk across the street. Though it could also be due to the fact that it’s usually considered a Vegan restaurant. There’s a good amount of space and it was pleasantly one of the quieter bars I’ve been to. The beers tasted fine, average prices, and the typical no TV policy in Alphabet City.
2nd Ave. btw 5th and 6th St.
There is really nothing out of the ordinary to say about this bar. Sometimes the taps are on, other times they suck, but always at average prices. They always have sports on TV, a decent amount of space and the crowd is very mixed, from college kids to the locals.