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9th St. btw Ave. B and C
Another cocktail bar on this cocktail bar corner, but this one doesn’t try as hard as the others to be gastropub-y or ultra fancy, and that’s a good thing. Small bar area with a few tables in front and in the back, friendly service, and the crowd is late 20′s and up. Cocktails at cocktail prices, taste pretty good.
2nd Ave. btw 91st and 92nd St.
Used to be Off The Rails, and now it joins the ranks of bars on the Upper East Side that are trying to distance themselves from the frat spots below 89th. Nothing much to it, decent amount of bar space up front, seating in the back, with a crowd of mostly late 20’3 and early 30’s mingling with the, um… more older group? Service is friendly, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
34th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.
How have I never been in here before? Small bar that’s easy to miss (oh, that’s how) and in a location that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic unless your heading to or from work. So, small bar that maybe fits about 40, has some TV’s, and friendly/chatty bartenders, crowd is a mixed bag of young and old. Average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.
Used to be Blarney Stone, one of several in the city, but now it’s been spruced up a bit to resemble a more welcoming spot. This place draws an above 30’s crowd after work, as it;s definitely one of the quieter spots in the neighborhood (I’m including everything near Penn Station and 10th Avenue as “the neighborhood”). Space can be a little tight, but ther’es usualyl a seat open at the bar, food is good, service is friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
51st St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
Another member of the cookie cutter “Irish Pub” that seems to abound in Manhattan. It’s basically your after work crowd of business types (old and young) mixed with theater goers. Decent sized space, service is good, sports on TV, just a regular bar really. Average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Mulberry Street btw Grand and Hester St.
If you can find this place on the first try, you’re my hero. On the second or fifth pass, you walk down a few steps, passed the bright red door, and you have a small bar with a decent sized backyard. This nicely polished spot is a cocktail joint that has jumped on the “we don’t have a set cocktail list, but tell me what you’re in the mood for” band wagon. There’s room for about 20 inside, much more out back, service is fine, crowd is 20’s and 30’s, along with those who like the “next hot thing”. Cocktails, above average prices (~$15), taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.
My 1000th Manhattan bar!!! Came here on a suggestion and could not have been a better fit for number 1000. Swings in front of the bar, Bulgarian polka band, basically a dive bar, vodka Ice room downstairs…the perfect kind of nuts that I wanted for this achievement. Downsides, don’t bother showing up prior to 10 PM because no one is here. Upsides, it gets really packed with a dancing crowd, you get to wear costumes when you go for the Vodka. Average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Stone St. btw Coentis Slip and Broad Street
Mexican bar/restaurant, in basically the same way that most places labeled as such are there to provide some food if needed, but most people are here for margaritas, tequila, or to pack it to the gills on May 5th. Good amount of bar space, crowd is business kids, tourists, and those craving guacamole, etc. (it’s actually pretty good). Average taps, average prices, taste fine.
35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
While there is an empty bar downstairs, make your way through the labyrinth of the top guest floor to a staircase (good luck finding it) into basically one big soft bench lined roof top that’s covered. Pluses, it’s big, not a lot of people, mixed crowd of all sorts, and a really good close-up view of the Empire State Building (as if you can’t see it from anywhere else in the city…). Negatives, it just feels a little run down. So if you want a quiet rooftop to relax, this might be for you. Average beers, average prices, taste fine.
23rd St. btw Madison and Park Ave.
Admittedly I had never been to the original location that has since closed. I really hope it was better than this. Through the boarded up windows is a “speakeasy” that puts on the same shtick whether it’s full or not. If you’re with a group, there are tables in the back, on a date or alone, space up front. However, don’t for one moment think you can wander around, everyone is forced to keep to their section. The hostess and manager are pretty awful as well. However, the wait staff is very friendly, and the cocktails are pretty darn good, so there are some pluses to this place. Cocktails at cocktail prices (~12), taste good.
5th Ave. and 36th St.
Hotel bar that is quieter and slightly upscale than its surrounding neighbors. Now, if that’s your kind of place, come here for a quiet couple of drinks with other hotel guests mixed with an older crowd while listening to whatever “jazz” group has been hired to play up front. Cocktails and your average few taps, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Thompson St. btw Bleeker St. and 3rd Ave.
Newer addition to the Greenwich Village bar scene, and as packed as every other place. Space gets a little tight because it packed with business kids and grad students, though oddly the outdoor space is usually free. Young clientele, very friendly service, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Spring St. btw Mott and Elizabeth St.
Used to be Room 18, and has undergone a pleasant makeover. Big, bright bar that can get a little crowded, but the servers are pretty good about keeping the drinks moving. The foods good, some tables up front next to the open windows, tables also in the back, gets a little bottlenecked at the bar area. Above average beers at average prices, taste fine.
26th St. and 3rd Ave.
Used to be Vertigo, and I like the changes that have been made. It feels like one big room now instead of a roped off space. The bar draws a crowd on most nights, plenty of room to drink and mingle, lots of sports on TV, friendly staff. The one downfall is that the drinks aren’t exactly “brewhouse” caliber, meaning it’s just your average beers mixed with above average beers, nothing you would ever see at a homemade brewers show. Average/some above average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Bleeker St. btw Elizabeth St. and Bowery
Of all the gin joints in…I should probably stop before I infringe on some copyright. This is a gin bar, pure and simple, no beers here. Now I happen to be a gin lover, but the mixes here are 50/50, with, honestly, the best being a straight up gin and tonic. It’s a decent sized space that draws a crowd at night, with a few bar stools up front, some tables behind. Above average prices, drinks are average.
33rd St. btw Lexington and 3rd Ave.
The same owners of Little Branch have opened up a midtown location, though this place is a little more hidden behind a staircase, as compared to a giant wall on 7th Avenue. If you’re not early, the second/main floor (seating) is usually always packed, but feel free to find a spot on the first floor (standing only). It’s mostly all cocktails with a beer or two available if you’re feeling like Gin won’t cut it. The crowd is young, with most people waiting for their party to arrive and keeping to themselves. Cocktails at average prices for cocktails (~$9), taste fine, good service.
2nd Ave btw 53rd and 54th St.
Used to be just Sutton Place…same place, now with more words in front of it that no one will ever use! So go read that review!
49th St. and 9th Ave.
I’m not entirely sure what to think of this place. Maybe it’s trying to cash in on the party scene in Hell’s Kitchen, but there is zero room in here if you’re not sitting at the bar of at one of the high tables. Dance music with sports on the TV’s…that’s about it really. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Chambers St. btw Church St. and W. Broadway
If you like Brother Jimmy’s but wish the crowd was more subdued, had a location downtown, and was pretty quiet, than come here! More or less the same food (Bar BBQ…did I just make that term up?) as Brother Jimmy’s and other bar’s, nothing really stands out about this place. It feels more like a diner actually. Decent food specials, beers are average taps at average prices and taste average.
Mercer St. btw Prince and Houston St
A “snow lodge” in the middle of Soho that takes itself a little too seriously. It has some couches up front, bar in the back with a couple of tables, no need for a hostess and no need for “reservation” signs on every table, especially with an after work crowd in there on a weekday night. Above average drinks, slightly above average prices, taps were a little off.
7th Ave. btw 16th and 17th St.
For the record, I didn’t see anyone eating in here, only the bar was packed, so I’m going to review it. Went in on a weeknight, every chair at the bar was taken, and was definitely a mid-40’s crowd, quiet, kept to themselves…this actually made it a decent place to grab a drink. The service is good, if you can’t sit at the bar there isn’t much more room to congregate, there’s another room downstairs for bigger groups who like their drinks delivered. Above average taps (Blue Moon, etc.) for slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Merchant’s River House (Hudson River btw Albany and Liberty St.)
This is borderline restaurant, but I’m tossing it out there anyway. This place is more like a bar with two outdoor patios, two patios with cramped tables that you have to walk through to get into the bar area. The bar is a long, narrow space and the only place to stand is away from the bar next to the kitchen and bathrooms. They do have decent service, a mixed crowd of young and families (families sticking to the outside areas), an above average beer selection with a little above average prices.
46th St. btw Vanderbilt and Madison Ave.
Sometimes, not every roof top needs to have a bar. Some positives about this space is that the crowd is extremely diverse, from tourists/hotel guests to business people old and young, and the beers are priced around average. The negatives are there’s really not much to look at, the narrow space is extremely cluttered with furniture, and I wasn’t sure if I was going into the Fort Knox or a bar because that is a ridiculous amount of security/ear piece talking/dark hallways to get to this place. Beers are the high end of average while drinks are above average process, beers taste better than the drinks, service is good.
Houston St. btw Ludlow and Essex St.
Live music venue on the Lower East Side. Half of the space (walled off from the stage area) is a bar, tight quarters but thankfully it’s a long bar. The area in back is just a box and a stage, no frills, but not that there should be. Service is good, beers are average prices, taste alright.
Allen St. and Rivington St.
Ha, it’s called Marshall Stack and there are mini-Marshall Stacks behind the bar…cough. Anywho, this place is always packed, and there is a decent amount of room even when all of the seats are spoken for, as they usually are. Crowd is hipsters/yuppies/any breeding of the two just mentioned All specialty taps at specialty tap prices ($6-$8 for the most part), they taste average, lots of bottled brews and wines, nice staff, very attentive. So back to the first sentence, why is this place called Marshall Stack, there’s no live music…guess that’s really my only quas-issue/curiosity about the place.
30th btw Madison and Park Ave.
This is pretty barren area in regards to the bar scene, but this is a decent addition. Smells like BBQ, lots of space, TV’s, mixed crowd of business people and the rest is a mish mash. A couple of good happy hour specials, good amount of average taps and above average taps, they taste fine, average prices.
Walker St. btw Church St. and Broadway
So I don’t know what to make of this place. On an off night, this place is empty, but you still get people coming in who think it’s about to kick off into club land. On the weekends, this place gets crazy. There’s an island bar, TV’s, live music, and I have no idea why there’s booths because they’re really cramped and definitely not VIP worthy. Good amount of space, average prices for so-so tasting taps.
Rivington St. btw Essex and Norfolk St.
I can only imagine that they took an old diner and turned it into a bar. This gives the place lots of space, a decent sized bar, and lots of places to sit. Service can be slow, it’s usually crowded, I’ve never seen an actual Magician in here, and it’s chock full of hipsters. Beers are average prices, taste fine, average and above average taps.
10th Ave. and 19th St.
If I’m classifying Rose O’Grady’s a bar, I have to count this too. It’s quiet, outdoor seating up front, and a bit more emphasis on eating…I’m talking myself out of this even as I write it! A good sized bar, TV’s, nice bartender, lot’s of staff moving around behind you. I would classify this place as more for the locals who want a quiet drink and do not want to go a few blocks south and dive into the meatpacking insanity. Regular pints, taste fine and at average prices.
2nd Ave. and 1st St.
My friend was always intrigued to try this place but figured the inside looked as welcoming as the outside. So I took the plunge for him and went in. Now, I’m sure at some point this place was a good dive bar and tetanus was rampant. However, my friend would be displeased to know that it has become what I refer to as a hipster-dive bar. Basically, hipster bartender and the décor is from people who tried too hard to keep it looking like it’s been here since the 60’s/70’s. Or who knows, it may have always been like this and has just swept more often now. Judging from the hipsters drinking here, I’ll go for the former. Beers tasted average, average prices, and you have your old guys who hit on anything that moves.
44th St. and 11th Ave.
Probably the bar I was most intrigued to try, mainly because it’s so out of the way. Figured shenanigans had to be going on inside. Though the groups kept to themselves, the place was crowded, mostly tables to sit at, taps varied from tasting alright to a tiny bit off, though I blame that on the fact that I’m probably the only person to actually order Rolling Rock on draft in the last 5 years. Prices average, crowd was older.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
So they moved across the street. On the plus side, it’s definitely a lot cleaner in here…that’s about it. Same beers, same specials, same type of wait staff, same clientele, and this place is always packed.
MacDougal St. and Minetta Ln.
This place is a sports bar on MacDougal…wait wait, let me finish…that somehow manages to keep the frat boy level to a minimum. Now, it will still be lightly crowded with the aforementioned crowd, but there is a lot of room and seating here to stick to yourself and your group. TV’s, check. Average prices for average drinks, check. Stairs, unfortunately, check.
2nd Ave. btw 92nd and 93rd St.
Considering this place is making it through the construction out front, it’s impressive. That being said, I get the feeling a lot of people come in here because they didn’t know The Big Easy was closed, though it’s definitely a nice place on the inside. The place was packed with TV’s, younger crowd, nice staff. Pints were average prices with a good happy hour, and they tasted fine.
46th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, good amount of space on the inside. Mixed crowd, from young to old, business to construction. There were some guys hassling the bartender about their drinks, and I felt bad as first. But then she charged me $6 for a pint when it clearly said $3 outside, so my sympathy diminished slightly. Prices were on the high end of average, tasted fine.
44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Maybe I hit this place on an off night, but I get the feeling that most people pass by this quiet bar and head to other bars in the neighborhood. We tried to make the best of the pool table and the juke box, but we got the feeling as if we were being judged by the 5 other people in the bar. Nice place with your average priced beers that tasted average.
47th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.
Tried to come in here on a weekend, it was closed. Guess they’re going for the Financial District theory of “no one is around here except during the work week, so why stay opened”? Went back on a work night, the place was packed. Most people are coming from the Park Avenue business offices, most on their way home to Westchester. There are two floors, and while the bar downstairs is a little narrow, the crowd is friendly enough to give way. Service is friendly, average prices for pints that taste fine, worth actually coming back for after work.
8th Ave. and 30th St.
Probably my favorite bar on this side of Penn Station. It’s quiet, even with the decent sized crowd. Service is great, pints taste good and at average prices. You do have your couple of locals sitting at the bar, and yes, your B&T’s from Long Island might take one too many steps down 8th to wander in here, the vibe is good and under control.
7th Ave. btw 28th and 29th St.
The smaller, almost mirrored version of Mustang Harry’s…oh, I get it. Anywho, this is a nice little place that doesn’t get overly crowded, compared to its neighbors. As for the beer, the Yuengling tasted a little lighter than normal, but the rest of the taps seems fine, and they were average prices.
7th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.
Definitely a great place to meet before a game (though it can get crowded) or at the very end of your night (great quiet place to end your night). There’s not an incredible amount of space here, because of all of the booths. It’s really hard to get the bartenders attention when it’s crowded, but that has everything to do with the suits not moving away from the bar and letting you get a drink. The taps taste better than most and are your average prices.
2nd Ave. and 85th St.
Hands down, possibly the fastest I’ve ever been in and out of a bar. Aside from having one of the worst taps I’ve ever tasted (though it was cheap, so I guess I get what I pay for), this place just skeeved me out from the moment I walked in. The patrons were moderately annoying, but it felt like the bar was trying to be 3 different bars in one.
70th btw 1st and York Ave.
Now this is a relaxing pub. The food was great, a decent amount of space, extremely friendly staff, good music and decently priced beers that taste fine. I almost wanted to end the bar crawl at this place and just hang out for the rest of the night.
2nd Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.
A part of the group of bars that are the antithesis to the frat/sausage fest bars in Turtle Bay. However, it’s probably my least favorite of the group. The taps taste a little funky, though they are your average prices. The crowd is a little subdued, though your average pub crowd as far as age is concerned. Good amount of TV’s though with plenty of English Soccer recaps on TV.
Washington St. and Green St.
I was kind of hesitant to go in here for fear that it would be some shticky pub that had sombreros. Thankfully it wasn’t. A big open bar, with a nice central island bar surrounded by tons of TV’s. The bartenders will chew your ear off and the pints are average prices and taste fine. We were in here on a Wednesday night and there was next to no one in the bar.
Madison Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.
I think this is the only bar on the entire stretch of Madison Avenue, wine bars do not count. It’s sort of a sports bar where every guy over 40 and every kid who filled out a bracket that works in the area likes to go. The pints are good, the prices are average and there’s a decent amount of space to watch a game.
3rd Ave. btw 43rd and 44th St.
The old man’s bar in midtown, albeit a lively one. You have your locals (yes, there is a group of these in Midtown) and the business crowd that are looking for a more down to earth bar, and just the good people who want to drink and watch TV. It get’s a little crowded in the front because the bar is kind of small, but there are tables in the back. Beers taste good, average prices, and a friendly old bartender.
Mulberry St. btw Broome and Grand St.
So, I swung by Mulberry and tried this small bar and got to sit outside. The staff was very friendly and the beers were your average prices and tasted fine. They were very good about getting rid of people who were being dummies (definite bonus points for that), but it totally lived up to every stereotype I would have for a Little Italy bar, including people in headlocks and gold chains…but hey, it’s the fashion, so let boys be boys…whew, that should save my skin…
Carmine St. btw 7th Ave. and Bedford St.
Now this is a pub. Very friendly place, you have your sports on TV, and a good crowd comes here. The beers are good, average prices, and the service is good as well. The food is also pretty good.
10th Ave. and 43rd St.
Workers of the world unite…right here. I went to this bar on a Thursday afternoon and the bar was filled with the local construction workers from the area…and it was a great crowd. Plenty of sports on TV and having everything half off (except top shelf) for happy hour will definitely get me to trek all the way over to 10th Avenue again. The beers were served fast, tasted fine, average prices.
Ludlow St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.
Okay, they’re going for a theme here. This bar was attempting to be geared towards the Michiganders who now live in NYC. What it looks like is a T.G.I. Friday’s from Detroit that took over a really old lounge. Also, I was in there during the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals and there was no TV to watch the Red Wings play!?! Aside from this, I highly doubt anyone from Detroit actually was in there, but the beers were slightly cheaper than the places near by, tasted fine, and the crowd was meh.
Grove St. and Washington Pl.
One of the more crowded bars on Christopher Street but with good reason. If you’re looking for someone of the same gender and would like to keep the drink tab relatively low, this place is worth the line to get into. The beers were average prices, tasted average, I was not part of the average.
54th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.
Yeah, this was more of a glorified waiting area than a bar. There’s a decent amount of space by the bar and there’s a bit more space to sit or stand. But the ambiance was weird and I was getting texts from friends, who were also in the bar, to leave because I couldn’t hear them. The drinks were a little pricey too, tasted fine, and the few patrons who were in there were a little sketchy for the type of place it was trying to be.
Avenue B. btw 13th and 14th St.
Thankfully a bar exists this far west where the bartenders have brogues and is not yet inundated by the L train patrons. That being said, it’s just an okay spot. There’s a decent amount of room by the bar, a pool table in the back, haven’t seen Buck Hunter in these parts in a while, and a young crowd. The beers are average prices with a decent happy hour, they taste fine, and if you’re going to show a muted Tarantino movie on the only TV turned on, especially during the dialogue and not the violence, put on the closed captioning!
2nd Ave. and 85th St.
If you still want the young, large crowd but with less obnoxiousness than its neighbors, this place is a good bar. There’s also a lot more places to sit and to also get food. This place does get crowded on the weekend but never to an annoying level. There are plenty of TV’s, beers taste fine, average prices.
3rd Ave. btw 22nd and 23rd St.
I guess every area needs the tiny bar that is frequented by the locals. This is Grammercy’s. It’s by no means a bad bar, but you get the feeling that you’re disturbing the natural order of things by going inside. The beers are good and average prices, but the place is very tiny.
1st Ave and 19th St.
Nice place to hang out on the East Side. A lot of space to move around, grab some 50 cent wings and have a decent pint at average prices. One downside was the staff. Either the good looking wait staff feels they’re too good for this family/down home crowd or they really just like having pusses on their faces all the time. To be fair, only two of them could care less about our group. Another one was just too hot for me to care.
Houston St. btw Mott and Mulberry St.
Excellent hole in the wall bar. It’s a dive and you never want to leave. The bartender is very chatty, you’ve got the old guy in the back that never leaves, and you usually have a good crowd in there. The space is a little small, I needed to sterilize myself after using the bathroom, and they had Cleopatra on TV with no closed captioning, but otherwise it’s good. The beers are average prices and taste fine.
Thompson St. and Prince St.
Talk about an out of place bar. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a snob, in any way, who thinks that there should only be trendy places in Soho…but maybe this time those snobs have it right. So this “renovated” diner just feels weird. The average priced beers tasted fine, they had two small TV’s which apparently is a huge inconvenience to change (especially if you’re a Mets fan and there is a game on and it’s not being shown even though they have a big Neon Mets light outside) and the people in the bar kind of sucked.
59th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
The bar was big enough to count this as an actual bar. Unfortunately my wallet wasn’t. $7 for a Heineken!?! I guess that’s what I get for wanting to drink on Central Park South. The food menu was also a little pricey for appetizers but they at least tasted good. This place is also good if you always wanted to drink while watching Yankee highlights on YES from the 70’s…which I don’t.
53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Hands down, the meat headiest of meat head bars in the entire city. I mean come on, a fight almost 4 times an hour every single night!?! There’s lots of space and the beers are decently priced and taste fine, but the people who go here drive me nuts. Though, who doesn’t love to watch Mr. Mid-20’s steroid user hit on Ms. I Can’t Handle My Booze College Girl and then have his friends start a fight over it with her actual boyfriend and his friends.
2nd Ave. and 95th St.
They have plenty of TV’s in here to support the crowds that come here to get away from the other Frat boy bars in the area. The bartenders were chatty, when not paying attention solely to their friends, and the beers were good and at average prices. Lots of space too.
9th Ave. btw 45th and 46th St.
Trying to bring a little upscale to the Hell’s Kitchen bars, it’s just a fancy sports bar in the end. There’s usually a young business crowd in here and getting some place to sit is a crap shoot. The service is a little slow, but you’ll pay the same average prices for good tasting beers in here as you would anywhere else.
3rd Ave. btw 33rd and 34th St.
Went here on a Friday night and it is definitely more manageable than the other flashy bars in the area. The beers were average prices, taste fine but the big thing I noticed was the good looking crowd and the non-blaring music. The crowd is on the younger side and can get crowded but not as much as the other bars one block north.
Pearl St. btw Wall and Hanover St.
For the record, I usually don’t dig bars with carpet, but I’ll let it slide. This is a pretty relaxed place with a good amount of bar space…I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it. I felt like I was in Labyrinth will all of the stairs leading places. The taps tasted fine, average prices and a middle aged, subdued crowd.
47th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
Lot’s of space and TV’s in this midtown bar. Though I only ever see the island bar in the middle crowded, this is fine by me when I need to get away from the packed bars on 8th Avenue. If they had more of a happy hour special I would frequent this place more often. Otherwise, the crowd is slightly slow but the beers taste fine and are average prices.
Peck Slip and Water St.
A two story bar that’s like night and day. Downstairs is a small corner bar and upstairs in someone’s 70’s living room with a pool table. I’m never a fan of places that relish in the fact that they only have specialty beers on tap but it’s a lot quieter than the college bars in the neighborhood and the beers taste fine, no matter what kind, and are reasonably priced.
2nd Ave. btw 22nd and 23rd St.
I don’t think they were intentionally going for a dive bar, but that’s what it is. And great!!! It’s quiet, enough off the beaten trail so it doesn’t have a huge crowd, and the bartender was very nice. The beer tastes good and it’s your average prices.
7th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
One of the older bars in the city, mainly by looks, it is by no means un-popular. In fact, there’s almost always a line to get in. No TV’s, just plenty of good conversation. There are only two choices of beer, light or dark, and they’re only two dollars at that. There’s definitely a huge age spectrum that comes here, whether it be the fresh college grads or the 40 year-old’s bachelorette party, I have definitely seen the latter here twice.
3rd Ave. btw 74th and 75th St.
“Very chill bar”, to quote my friend. I couldn’t agree more. Mostly late 20’s and up crowd, this smaller pub is a good place to come and watch a game and grab a bite. The staff is excellent (and very attractive) and the beers taste good and are average priced.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Looks like a dive bar on the outside but don’t be fooled; it’s a dive bar on the inside as well. The bar room is next to non-existent, the music is way too loud and crappy, and it is impossible to find a place to sit. They do have a 2 for 1 happy hour drink special and incredibly hot bartenders, but it’s not worth the chance that you’ll be mugged or have plaster fall on your head.
55th St. btw 8th Ave and Broadway
A quiet pub that stands by itself in upper Hell’s Kitchen. The service is a tiny bit slow but the beers taste good and aren’t expensive, the food is pretty good, and there’s TV’s to watch most sports. The crowd is differs from “normal crowd” to “weird events being run in here to draw a crowd”…avoid these events.
36th St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.
I’ve been here a few times and I’m never sure what I’m going to get. While the staff is always friendly and the beers are average prices and taste fine, the crowd is either one way or the other: quiet and slightly depressing or nicely crowded. Since I don’t mind the slightly depressing, it works fine for me.
42nd St. and 2nd Ave.
Talk about a bar too small for its popularity. Don’t get me wrong, I like the service and the prices, as well as the crowd at this place during a Bills game. But they need to get rid of the dining crowd a little earlier in the night, especially on game nights. Other night’s they’re inundated with the runoff from Calico Jack’s, not a good thing. There’s just not enough space whenever the bar gets crowded, which is pretty much everyday.
9th Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.
A tight space but there is seating in the back. The beers are relatively priced, taste good, and the burger is pretty good too. The one bartender was talkative. I wish there was more to say about this place but there isn’t much more to it.
3rd Ave. btw 26th and 27th St.
Run of the mill pub amidst a sea of kitschy bars going for flair. The taps taste fine and they are decently priced. The atmosphere is a little relaxed to borderline silent and the bartender is friendly enough to accommodate your TV watching preference, though they charge an arm and a leg for soccer viewing when it’s free two bars down.
9th Ave. btw 33rd and 34th St.
A small bar a little west of Penn Station. I never see the bar packed but there is always a nice sized crowd there. I always feel as if I’m in an Irish bar where everyone knows each other and I’m intruding on a family party, but I like that feeling in a bar. The service is great and the beers average priced, taste good too.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 80th and 81st St.
Definitely not as jammed packed as the other Amsterdam Ave. bars across the street, it has its fair share of older costumers so that’s one explanation. A little divey, the beers are average prices and taste fine. Wait, as an addendum, they recently cleaned it up a bit in order to lure some of the crowd from its neighbors. Meh, still not my first choice but by no means a bad place to drink.
Ludlow St. btw Houston and Stanton St.
Ground Zero for hipsters. I hated almost everything about this place. The people are the above mentioned plague on humanity, and I got to hear a kid actually comment to two girls on the fact that I wasn’t wearing Converse so “Why would I come to Max Fish?”…seriously. There’s a decent amount of space and it’s usually packed. They have PBR (of course) and other beers which taste fine and are average prices.
8th Ave. btw 55th and 56th St.
This place was borderline a restaurant, but I’m throwing it in here anyway. Very friendly bartender who didn’t mind a sweaty softball team in his place. The beer, served in oversized flutes, was great and average priced and they had both NY teams showing on their TV’s, as opposed to other bars in the neighborhood.
Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.
The original mechanical bull spot in Manhattan…not the best thing to brag about. Again, no men belong on this thing, why is this hard to understand? As for the rest of the bar, there is some sort of VIP place (always a negative) and while there is a decent enough amount of space to stand towards the front of the bar, it’s away from the main attraction. A plus is that the wait staff is pretty good about getting around while you’re standing and getting you your drinks. Average prices, taste fine, crowd is definitely young 20’s to mid thirties.