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20th January
2017
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Ave. B btw 3rd and 4th St.

Science!  What I can only assume is a bar which operates on the sly as Frankenstein’s lab, this quirky spot has a lot of fruit infused vodka  Actually, it’s mainly what they have.  Lots of vodka slowly mixing with fruit is their specialty, or craft/labor of love…oh, I get it!  Anyway, crowd is mixed with young and old, decent sized space, they do have above average beers at only slightly above average prices, along with their vodka concoctions, taste fine.

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21st October
2015
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Chrystie St. btw Delancey and Broome St.

I mean, the title says it all, a sports bar on the Lower East Side, which is not something you see a lot of.  Head up a flight of steps to a pretty spacious bar with plenty of TV’s showing just about everything.  Crowd is young, service is fine, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

Aaand apparently it closed before I could post!  I guess it pays to not be lazy…I guess.

www.lessportsbar.com

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2nd February
2015
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Ludlow St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.

One of the less pretentious/fly by night/hipster spots on the LES, this place runs old school while still drawings a good all around crowd of 20 and 30 year olds.  No frills bar that’s just a solid place to hang with a small group, friendly staff, and a decent amount of space.  Above average taps at average prices, taste fine.

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18th November
2014
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Houston St. btw Allen and Eldridge St.

Used to be National Underground, and now it’s more of a pub.  The only screen was playing the Godfather when I was in there, so for sports, you might have to go elsewhere.  This Irish bar (assumption based solely on the Owner and bartender’s brogue’s) is a small spot that’s pretty basic, which can be nice if you just want a quiet drink.  Average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

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14th July
2014
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Lexington Ave. btw 72nd and 73rd St.

This location in this chain of bars is probably the quietest (whilst still drawing a crowd) and most adult, neither of which is a bad thing.  Want to smoke a cigar in after-work silence or with a buddy or two, this might be the best out of a chain for a relaxing night.  Only downside was that I was confused by where the door was once you come off the street, but now I’m just looking for something wrong with this place!  Above average drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.barandbooks.cz/lexington

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29th April
2014
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3rd Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.

A decent sized bar that is a bit more subdued that it’s neighbors, which helps to draw a different crowd (slightly older, quieter, and more room to maneuver).  It’s just a basic bar, some tables in front and back, friendly service.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.linenhallnyc.com

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24th February
2014
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La Biblioteca (3rd Ave. and 41st St.)

Basement lounge below Zengo that is trying to be a lot more upscale then it actually is.  Also, not entirely sure where the name comes from as there is really nothing here that’s Spanish aside from the tequila, which every bar has.  Anywho, most people congregate around the bar (duh), but there’s this whole empty room on the way to the bathroom that needs to be utilized more than looking like a fancy doctor’s waiting room.  Crowd is all business kids.  Bottled beers and mixed drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.richardsandoval.com

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8th January
2014
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Ludlow St. btw Broome St. and Delancey St.

Deceptively small bar that opens up to a dance/live music room in the back.  If you want a quitter space to hang with your friends with some pretty good music that is a lot quieter than the rest of the new night scene close by, this might be your spot.  Crowd is young, with Hipsters and concertgoers mingling with people who got lost going too far past Delancey.  Bar space is tiny, but there is good room in the back.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.leftfieldbar.com

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27th August
2013
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7th Ave. and Leroy St.

Speakeasy in the West Village, though the jig is up when there’s a guy sitting on a stool in front of a mysterious door.  Head downstairs and either hope to grab one of the tables or stand at the bar.  20’s and 30’s crowd, everyone seems to come and go at a good pace, so the turnover keeps things moving.  As for the cocktails, they were alright, nothing to get all worked up about but passable.  Cocktails, about average prices for cocktails (~12), taste alright.

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8th August
2013
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23rd St. and 5th Ave.

Located on top of Eately, this roof top bar really doesn’t offer much in the view department for someplace that’s got great surroundings.  Crowd is a mix of everyone really; older, business, 30’s, tourists, that all cram into the bar space or decide to grab a table for a meal.  Service is pretty good, above average beers on tap, above average prices, taste fine.

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12th June
2013
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7th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B

Speakeasy crammed down an alley way and into a basement.  Two different rooms, the back usually closed for a private function, the other room crammed full of people.  If you luck out and get a table, hold on for dear life.  You, unfortunately, can’t stand in the fresh air and drink, so if you like drinking a cocktail in a sauna, come here!  All cocktails, average cocktail prices of around ~$12, I’ve had better.

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8th April
2013
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Ave. A btw Houston and 2nd St.

This long bar is basically like every other 1980’s bar in this neighborhood that has survived the purge of Alphabet City.  Mixed crowd of young and old, tagged up, projector screen in back, friendly bartenders, good spot for a drink and music.  Average taps at average prices, taste fine.

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14th February
2013
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46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.

This space has changed names so many times (Joshua Tree, Village Pour House) and absolutely nothing has changed between each tenant, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing another review for it next year.  Same young crowd, tight space, plenty of TV’s.  Actually, I will say they have changed the feel of the place from a big club rectangle to a more oaky/comfy rectangle, guess they really hope to stick around!  Average beers, average prices, taste fine.

www.restaurantrow.littletown.com

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5th February
2013
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15th St. btw Irving Pl. and Park Ave.

Even though it’s attached to Side Bar by way of the bathrooms, it blatantly is its own separate bar.  This place is a lot more subdued than it’s conjoined twin, but still packs a crowd in.  There’s a dozen or so bar seats, most of the area is loaded with tables.  It can almost be explained as a brunch place that just keeps going after the 4 PM deadline has come and gone.  Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.littletown.com

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4th February
2013
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35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

New bar that needs a better sign/frontage, because it’s easy to miss it.  Step inside to a polished “sports bar” that has a lot of room with not a lot of people in it.  The lack of service may be the culprit, or the fact that you just don’t feel cozy in the place.  Must have had the manager for the early shift because he was great, but the rest of the staff could really just care less.  Above average prices for average/above average beers, taste good.

www.thelibertynyc.com

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8th January
2013
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2nd Ave. btw 5th and 6th St.

This is a live music venue but there is plenty of bar space in here and also plenty of room to get lost! Usually draws a good crowd on the weekends, full of college age kids and hipsters here to enjoy a show.  Not a bad music venue by any means, with lots of space to dance, though don’t you dare make any noise when you leave the place!!!  Average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.litloungenyc.com

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10th August
2012
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Murray St. btw Greenwich St. and W. Broadway

This is a place you come for a well-rounded cast of characters.  Enter the most brightly lit bar I’ve ever been to, and you get old locals, business kids, dates, youth, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!  There’s a good amount of space, never overly crowded, lots of TV’s on, and everyone, staff and patrons alike, is pretty friendly.  Average beers at average prices, taste fine, pretty decent bar.

www.lillyobriensbar.com

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19th June
2012
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44th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway

This place uses to be St. Andrew’s, a nice and quiet bar that felt very homey.  While its layout of tables is still the same, it’s been spruced up to look like a place trying to hold onto a quaint feeling but jumping into the future with flash.  Still has the long bar (that oddly vibrates non-stop), staff is good, mixed crowd of tourists and midtown workers, and plenty of space.  Drinks are average prices, taste alright, and your average taps.

www.thelongroomnyc.com

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6th March
2012
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Houston St. and Suffolk St.

It looks like a bar, smells like a bar…If this place didn’t have a stage (even though its small), I would say that the 5 bar stools would be filled with people and that would be it as far as occupancy goes.  It has plenty of room to stand around, but that’s about it, nothing else really to it, you’re really just here to chat with the bartender or see live music.  Good for seeing your friend’s band, nice bartender, average prices for average beers.

www.thelocal269.com

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13th February
2012
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Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.

It’s almost set up as a Broadway Theatre, meaning there’s a gathering place in the front with a decent amount of room (though it can definitely get crowded), but then you get ushered into the concert space once the shows begin.  I would say don’t forget your one drink minimum, but they happily remind you so you couldn’t possible forget.  It’s a mixed crowd of hipsters, mid-twenties and band supporters, mostly hipsters.  More than one bar on the premise (though the front bar gives you the quickest service), average drinks at average prices, and cash only.

www.livingroomny.com

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7th February
2012
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11th Ave. and 46th St.

Old school pub in a quickly developing neighborhood.  This is also evident by the people in here, old crowd from days gone by mixed with the new annoying crowd/hipsters that work in the area/are slowly moving into the area.  Once the latter group left, it was a really nice, quiet place, good tasting pints, average prices (though please having the price include change or I’m going to start giving change tips!), nice place to watch a game, friendly staff.  If it wasn’t such a schlep I would come more often.

www.thelandmarktavern.org

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30th January
2012
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Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.

While this is a perfect example of a new bar trying to get a yuppie crowd down to the Lower East Side, I didn’t mind it.  People say I’m nuts for thinking that, but maybe I caught it on an off night.  There wasn’t really a crowd, they had every game on one of their many TV’s, and most people kept to themselves.  I can tell by the fancy décor/tables/velvet rope that it could attract D-bags, but I need to see it to believe it.  Average prices for average tasting beers.

www.libationnyc.com

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26th January
2012
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49th btw Broadway and 8th Ave.

It’s almost the exact same layout as its predecessor near Union Square, except more space.  Interesting crowd of tourists, theater goers, and business kids.  Service was okay at getting your drinks, kind of want to see them in action with a packed house.  Not much mingling going on, average tasting taps at the high point of average prices ($6.50 for a Bud Light!).

www.lilliesnyc.com

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7th December
2011
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1st Ave. btw 1st and 2nd St.

I like this bar, very mixed crowd, not too posh, not too hipster, just a nice place to hang out.  Well, hang out in the back, the bar area is a really tight space.  It’s a small place, good music that gets turned “up to 11” once the occupancy gets above 20, really nice bartender.  Average tasting beer, average taps, average prices.

www.lalinealounge.com

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22nd November
2011
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34th St. and 8th Ave.

While it’s a mirrored layout of Local on 33rd, it’s a completely different set up.  They’re going for beachside cabana/Mexican cantina…riiiiight.  So let’s start with what is Mexican about it, the margarita’s…basically a non alcoholic sno-cone in a glass.  As for beer, average tasting taps at average prices, attractive staff, pretty easy to get a seat.

www.lucyscantinaroyale.com

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9th November
2011
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Amsterdam Ave. and 109th St.

I like it!  It’s a really laid back, average sized bar that draws a crowd ranging from locals to Columbia people, all in that good 23-35 range.  Lots of TV’s for watching every game available, good pitchers specials and average priced pints for average beers, good food, can get a tiny bit warm (something my Polish friend swears was the reason for her falling asleep…), but definitely a nice hang out, for lack of better words.

www.lionsheadnyc.com

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29th September
2011
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Washington St. btw Carlisle and Albany St.

I used to consider this the quiet side of the Financial District, the home of pubs and really old bars.  But with new buildings, comes the new crowd…oh boy.  B&T’s have crossed Trinity and gathered here.  Decent amount of room, mixed age crowd, and good times staring at the hotel guests walking by as they head to their rooms.  Beers are above average prices, taste average, service average.

www.wnewyorkdowntown.com/livingroom-bar-terrace

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23rd September
2011
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Avenue B btw 10th and 11th St.

I’m never a fan of bars where I feel judged by the people already sitting there when I walk in.  This normally happens in hipster bars, and this was no different.  Two big rooms, the front bar room is sparse with a big standing area; the back has an area for live bands and sitting.  Not a bad place, just not my idea of a place to hang.  Beers were average prices and tasted average.

www.lakesidelounge.com

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19th September
2011
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Avenue A btw 8th and 9th St.

One of the furthest extensions of Poland in this area of the city, and this place feels the oldest.  Old bar, very nice, older Polish bartender, lots of chatter between my friends and her that had to be translated to me.  Polish beers at regular beer’s average prices, tastes good, a little dive-y yet homey, if your home is a dive.

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8th July
2011
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Lexington Ave. and 39th Street

First time I walked in here, I took one look around and walked out.  Wasn’t a bad looking place at all, just that I wanted one drink and was wearing a t-shirt.  Came back with a smart lookin’ shirt and some friends and felt better.  Upscale-ish place that can get pretty crowded with the B&T/club crowd, the beers were slightly above average prices (bottled), though I was impressed with the quick service for the huge crowd.

www.gerberbars.com/#/new-york/lexbar/

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29th July
2010
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10th Ave. btw 43rd and 44th St.

I’m shocked at how many B&T’s/business types trek all the way over to this side of Manhattan.  Despite them, it’s actually a pretty decent place to go.  There is a lot of space in here, and you have a 75% chance of actually getting a seat.  Food is pretty good, tons of TV’s, beers taste fine and at average prices, and there’s even a strip of ice imbedded into the bar to rest your drinks on and keep them cool…nice.

www.lansdowneroadnyc.com

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4th June
2010
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1st Ave. btw St. Marks Pl. and 7th St.

Lounge or bar, lord knows, but filled with those people who don’t want to go one step further east past 1st avenue but like to think their still hip by living down here.  A decent sized crowd that wasn’t too crazy, beers tasted fine and cost your average prices, decent late night scene.

www.lunasabar.com

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4th June
2010
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Luke’s (3rd Ave. btw 79th and 80th St.)

This place reminds me of a bar in Queens that my dad went to when he was younger, without the smoke and the elevated train overhead.  A good pub, good food, good pints, average prices, good atmosphere too.  Fits in perfectly with the few other pubs in the area on 3rd, there was really nothing wrong with this place.

www.lukesbarandgrill.com

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4th June
2010
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Orchard St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.

So I thought I was going to get a proper pub in a sea of hipsterized (my word, copyright it) watering holes.  It came so close.  The only negative effect of this place was the fact that all of the people who can’t get into the other posh places in the neighborhood come in here.  So, once you push aside the crowd, the bar is actually not bad.  Either I was imaging things or it stretched all the way through to Allen St…just checked, it does.  The beer was your average price for a pint, tasted fine, and the staff was nice enough.

www.luckyjacksnyc.com

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4th June
2010
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Ave. B btw 13th and 14th St.

Dear hipsters, please stop, thank you, love Me.  I walk in, cute bartender turns around, she looks down from her ironic glasses, and gives me my $6 Amstel Light, which thankfully didn’t taste bad.  There are back rooms but my ex-girlfriend new my head might actually explode if I sat amongst the emo induced scene occurring.  There is a lot of space in the back, lounge couches in the front, a few bar stools, people staring at my non-flannel buttoned down shirt, and thankfully some decent music playing.  Also, one bonus point for some interesting bread nibbler snack on the front bar…but just one point.

www.lucaloungenyc.com

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4th June
2010
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Rivington St. btw Bowery and Christie St.

At first I wondered (and I didn’t mind at all) why all the taps had German beer.  I then found out that its owner owns Zum Schneider.  Very different atmosphere though.  You can bring a big group here and there’s plenty of space.  The beers were well priced for the size of the steins (a tad bit above average), tasted fine, and I didn’t have to push through the Zum crowds to get in here.

www.loreleynyc.com

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4th June
2010
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Local (33rd St. and 8th Ave.)

Definitely the “hippest” of the Penn Station bars, this place gets very crowded.  There is an upstairs outdoor deck that offers no relief from the crowds.  The drinks are your average prices, taste fine, but good luck finding a waiter or getting one of the Eastern European models behind the bar to serve you quickly.  The faster bar is definitely upstairs. 

Local (33rd St. and 8th Ave.)

Definitely the “hippest” of the Penn Station bars, this place gets very crowded.  There is an upstairs outdoor deck that offers no relief from the crowds.  The drinks are your average prices, taste fine, but good luck finding a waiter or getting one of the Eastern European models behind the bar to serve you quickly.  The faster bar is definitely upstairs.

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4th June
2010
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23rd St. btw Madison Ave. and Broadway

The food is bad enough so I’ll consider this a bar.  It can get a little tight in here, mainly because of the enormous indoor clam shack that takes up space.  The bartenders are a little slow to get you a drink, but for $10 pitchers of Stella, I’ll wait.  The other pints taste fine too.  Some of the clientele…most can be annoying, but if you can squeeze your group in, it’s a nice after work spot.

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4th June
2010
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9th Ave. btw 56th and 57th St.

A definite college bar, but whether you get the mellow college crowd or the meatheads is a complete coin flip.  There’s not a ton of room in here, but if you can get a seat, hold on to it for dear life as the other people do.  They have pretty good pitcher specials, but the beer tastes a little watered down and regular pints run at your average prices.

Just went back last week and they knocked down a wall and there’s a huge additional room now, dispersing the crowd.  More TV’s now, beer tastes better, same average prices.

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4th June
2010
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23rd St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

From the outside it looks like your typical dive bar, but it’s actually kind of nice inside, just stick to sitting at the bar.  The bar food is good and the drinks are cheap, taste fine too.  It could use a slightly bigger TV and the crowd is definitely made up of locals and groups coming from work.

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4th June
2010
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1st Ave. btw 6th and 7th St.

Feels like a box that has a bar on one side with a charmingly cold cement backyard.  And for some reason, there’s a business crowd in here…not exactly sure how that happened.  The beer tastes alright, the bartender is nice and charges average prices, pretty empty.

www.myspace.com/lillycoogans

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4th June
2010
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17th St. btw 5th Ave. and Broadway

Huge bar and extremely crowded.  There aren’t many bars around the north part of Union Square so everyone basically filters here before a movie.  I fought my way to the back and found the place to be pretty cozy, definitely brand new, and a young and lively crowd that was under control, until roughly around 7 when this place gets packed and then you want to avoid the young crowd that packs in here.  Beers tasted fine, average prices too.

Lillies (17th St. btw 5th Ave. and Broadway)

Huge bar and extremely crowded. There aren’t many bars around the north part of Union Square so everyone basically filters here before a movie. I fought my way to the back and found the place to be pretty cozy, definitely brand new, and a young and lively crowd that was under control, until roughly around 7 when this place gets packed and then you want to avoid the young crowd that packs in here. Beers tasted fine, average prices too.

www.lilliesnyc.com

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4th June
2010
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Fulton St. btw William and Gold St.

This place used to be Exchange, and I’m glad to see that it’s not and that it’s much more welcoming and not so lounge-y anymore.  That being said, the place is still tiny.  There’s an okay amount of room, mainly having a small standing area in the back, but there’s not much to the place.  Had TV’s, beer tasted fine and was average prices, mixed crowd.

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4th June
2010
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33rd St. btw Broadway and 5th Ave.

If it wasn’t for the Irish brogues, I would’ve felt I was in a tactfully designed Howard Beach home.  This huge place is always packed, mainly with a lot of right off the boat’s and their families.  Something of a dance floor opens up, bringing all the cougars out.  I actually really enjoyed the place, despite the past three sentences.  The service is fast, beers taste fine and cost average prices, and plenty of seats to watch the multitude of TV’s.

www.legends33.com

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4th June
2010
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Grove St. btw Bleeker and Bedford St.

The unknown beer hall.  I have easily walked by here a billion times and finally went in.  There’s a small bar up front where a nice bartender serves the authentic German brews that are actually average prices and taste good.  There’s a larger room in the back, with a bunch of tables amidst the Sound of Music mural.  A small crowd but you’ll probably always be guaranteed a seat.

www.lederhosennyc.com

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4th June
2010
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8th Ave. btw 47th and 48th St.

One of two serious Yuppie bars in Hell’s Kitchen.  I guess they’re trying to attract the business people who work/live in the area.  There’s a lot of space but it almost always packed up front, so aim towards the back of the bar for some breathing room.  The beers tasted fine, average prices, and the food is a little overpriced, though they give good portions.

www.latitudebarnyc.com

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4th June
2010
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47th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.

One of the quieter Times Square bars.  There’s not a big crowd here, but the bar stools are usually always occupied, which means you get to lean on one of the tables near the dining area in the back.  The beers tasted pretty good, average prices, and most people just keep to themselves here so it’s a good place to actually have a conversation with your friends.

www.langans.com

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