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Rivington St. btw Essex and Norfolk St.
Head downstairs to this basement bar to find a few tables, a few bar stools, and, well, that’s about it. Service is friendly and the crowd is 20’s and 30’s.Cocktails and above average beers are the drinks available, and I had one of each, because I can. Both were slightly above average prices, beer tasted fine and cocktails were actually pretty good.
19th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Russian bar/eatery…fine, it could be considered a place to go eat, but the drink selection brings it back into bar territory. They have Vodka specials where you can sample a whole bunch for a decent price, and they have plenty of beers as well, also decently priced. Crowd tends to be parties, people 30 and up, or actual Russians. Booze and food taste fine, above average prices on individual drinks but good deals on tastings, taste fine.
Nurse Bettie (Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.)
A decent bar/lounge that caters to those looking to avoid the louder Essex Street scene, or to those just passing through on their way to another bar. Decent sized space with seating all around, friendly staff, crowd is 20’s and 30’s. I can’t vouch for the Burlesque shows that go on here, just throwing it out that they do have them (guess we were too early on a Saturday), but when I passed by during one, the place was packed. Above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
3rd Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.
Out of the darkness comes the light. And that comment really only has to do with comparing the cave-like settings of the original location as compared to the shiny lights of its new spot, located one block north. There’s also multiple floors now instead of a usually closed bar in the basement. Still the same crowd (all ages that usually keep to themselves, mixed with soccer fans), and space is decent but packed with tables now. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Some positives for this place include a lot of space, lots of taps, and lots of TV’s. The service is alright, slowly managing the business kids and late 20’s that make up the crowd. The downside is that there’s not much too it, sort of lacking a personality. Or maybe I’m getting fussier. It just feels like a big space that does its best to keep everyone in their separate corners. Average and above average taps, average prices, taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Houston and Stanton St.
Sort of misnamed bar in the Lower East Side. While the space might be void of seats or, well, anything really, there is a lot of space to stand around, a back room that’s a little darker, and the makings of an impromptu dance party. Average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.
7th Ave. btw 30th and 31st St.
I can only think of two reasons two come here: you’re staying in the hotel or going to Penn Station. There really isn’t any other reason. Horseshoe bar that is home to either guests or random work groups. Not much too it, small space, restaurant space in the back (though I cant vouch for the food)…I really don’t have anything else. Average drinks at average prices, tap lines need a cleaning.
33rd St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.
The bars that try to capture the crowds that commute to Penn Station are slowly fanning out, and this would probably be the furthest, almost the same distance between Penn And Grand Central. As to the bar itself, lots of space, older crowd, lots of TV’s, and what seems to be the Pandora version of CBS-FM playing over the speakers. Beers are the higher end of average (~$6) and taste alright.
2nd Ave. btw 11th and 12th St.
I’m not sure what the theme is here. I’m guessing something related to New Orleans, based on the name and the reference to voodoo in one spot behind the bar. It actually feels more like you’re walking downstairs into the galley of a ship. Anywho, young college crowd, bartender that is dressed for an East Village bar, outside space that closes before the rest of the bar, decent sized space with booths in the back, average taps at average prices.
20th St. btw Park Ave. and Broadway
Not much that’s wrong with this bar. Lots of space, the crowd is decent, the beers are good and at an average prices. Show up on a day when it’s your “name of the day” and you drink for free.
2nd Ave. btw 13th and 14th St.
A lounge in the middle of college bars in the east village. There’s plenty of space in here, but the beer prices are a tad bit high, though they taste fine, and there’s not a lot of people in here to fill the room.
Avenue A and 1st St.
Holy crap, an actual sports bar in the Lower East Side. Sure, other bars may show sports but they have other purposes. This bar is always crowded and has a great crowd that wants to get away from hipster bars in the area. They have lots of beer at your average prices and a pretty good piece of cheesecake.
52nd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Like Nyles?…Neal’s?…who knows how to pronounce it. Well, I was all set for a new pub in midtown…cough… Built like a nice pub, it felt like Club Ireland in here. The club music that was blasting in here was so frickin out of place that it wasn’t even funny…well, slightly funny. The bar space isn’t that spacious but it is long. The taps tasted pretty good though and were at average prices.
7th Ave. and Avenue A
A different room for everyone here, all of them overcrowded. Upstairs you have your usual small bar, followed by the photo booth waiting room. Downstairs are two more bars, one tucked away, and the other right in your face with a quasi dance floor. For the most part, the place is fun, the staff is pretty quick with the beers, and not overpriced.
Just went back a week ago, this place has been completely renovated and has fallen victim to people trying to clean up Alphabet City…I will be avoiding from here on in.
3rd Ave. btw 11th and 12th St.
I dislike the bar purely because it’s a Manchester United supporter’s bar. Otherwise, it’s not so bad. There’s a lot of space but it usually is a sausage fest in here. The taps are alright, the beer is average prices, and they have plenty of TV’s, though you feel like you’re in a cave when watching matches because they black out the windows and there are zero lights.
Peck Slip btw Front and South St.
I felt unsure when I walked in as to what kind of bar this was going to be, a wine bar or your regular bar. I don’t think I saw one bottle of wine taken off the wall so a bar it is. This place had a lot of space, good service, and the beers were average prices. One of the better places in the area.
Houston St. btw Eldridge and Allen St.
Though they have a tiny stage, this is a really a bar that has a small act performing at night, on random nights. If you show up before 7, it’s just you and the 4 or 5 employees who are constantly moving around doing…well, I’m not exactly sure. They had The Godfather on TV with closed captioning, but considering the crap selection on the I-pod, they should’ve turned up the volume on the TV. The pints were average prices, tasted fine, and the place was a little.
Nassau St. btw Beekman and Anne St.
I always wondered why this place was crowded when I walked by. After walking in, I still wonder. Definitely the dive bar of the Financial District, but with bikinis! Don’t get your hopes up, it’s not the greatest site to see. So it’s dark, filled with older guys and frat boys, and a little more dark in the back. But I’m not one to say no to a dive bar, but spent most of my time feeling sad for the two ladies behind the bar. My friend asked if they were twins and I said “No, but it looks like they’re both expecting twins”…zing! Beer tastes fine, average prices, you’re pretty much going to stand the whole time in here.
W. Broadway and Lispenard St.
I like this bar, but it’s not a “great” bar. It’s a thin space, but gets a pretty lively crowd. They had good tasting beers on tap for average prices, TV’s to watch and good service. The bartender enjoyed chastising the girls in the group who wanted to go to a club instead of staying…my kind of place.