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24th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Thankfully this bar is better than “one star”, although it would make writing this much easier! It’s a dimly lit bar that basically has about a dozen or so spots at the bar, and everyone else hangs out behind you against the wall or in a back room…so a regular bar basically. Has access to the hotel, so you’ll get a mix of guests and locals. Couple of TV’s, friendly staff, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Essex St. btw Grand and Hester St.
This bar may be in for the running of smallest bar in Manhattan. To top it off, they crammed a performance space into one corner. Probably fits about 15 people in here, you come for the aspiring artists (very loose term), mingle with the hipsters, enjoy the friendly service, and then move along. Honestly, it’s a quiet spot, but avoid the acts.. They only have above average beer and wine, average prices, taste fine.
10th Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.
Whiskey bar in Hell’s Kitchen. They do have other alcohol as well, but their specialty is whiskey, and they have lots. The space is pretty small, can maybe hold 30 tops, so try for a space in the back. Crowd is late 20’s and up, quiet spot, not much more to it. Whiskey and other spirits, about ~11 and up for a drink, tastes as whiskey should.
Delancey St. btw Chrystie St. and Bowery
While I’m glad that someone finally put something in this abandoned space located right next to the Bowery Ballroom, is this the best they could do? Horseshoe bar that has a wall running right down the middle, separating the bar into two rooms, grim and grimmer. The crowd is subdued for a concert audience, and when and if they show up, it’s pretty quiet, and the service doesn’t make with the chit chat. Average and above average beers, average prices, taste alright.
Grand St. and Baxter St.
The best bet to get in here is to come on an off night, like a Wednesday. Come on any Friday night or weekend end night and you will be swamped. I’ve seen it get really crazy in here, to the point where there’s a velvety roped line to get in (minus points), but on other nights you can actually grab a bar seat. Once inside, it’s just ok, I don’t get all the fuss. Kind of nothing to it, a decent amount of space, music on, sort of ordinary actually. Average and above average beers, average prices, taste alright.
44th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
For being a stone’s throw away from Times Square, this bar is kind of bland. It’s just…I don’t know…nothing really remarkable but not a bad place either. Was kind of quiet on a weeknight, plenty of sports on TV, a good amount of space for people to sit. The crowd in there was a mix of work groups getting tanked, people wandering by that decided 6th Avenue was too far, and some people sitting by themselves at the bar watching sports. Beers tasted fine, average prices for average pints.
Broadway and 108th St.
Back in my college days, this place was called Cannon’s. Though the name has changed, the place is still the exact same. Columbia crowd that rolls in on the dot around 10PM on a Friday night, and I couldn’t have gotten out of there fast enough. However, prior to that fateful hour, the place is kind of like a big empty room with seats lining the walls. Plenty of TV’s, staff is friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 91st and 92nd St.
Yep, behind this never ending construction is a newer bar to the neighborhood, and a good one at that. Big bar that can get a little tight in the middle, good sports bar, and the crowd is a good mix of people while keeping the shenanigans to a low. Average beers, average prices, taste fine.
54th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Good job boys, excellent example of what a pub should be. Inviting, chatty, sports, good beers, good food, good amount of space. And they make a pretty darn good margarita, which my songstress agrees with. Average prices for average taps, an older midtown crowd mixed with business kids (the latter being the only downside).
45th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
It’s rare I like a Times Square bar, but this place has changed my mind. Lots of open space, very friendly staff, and I was given a free pen on the way out…sold! The bar is the place I picture Two Face hanging out for a drink, one side of it is shiny, quiet, subdued; the other side is brick, louder, equally as good. The food was also pretty good too. Average prices for pints that tasted pretty good.
14th St. btw Avenue A and Avenue B
I was told I would love this place. That person is no longer allowed outside. Huge place, hipster haven, with a DJ playing 50’s music up front and a live band drumming over it in the back. I normally don’t comment on things like smell of a bar… I overheard there was a fire here (which may not have been true), but I’ve never smelt smoke damage that resembled flatulence or a balloon, though my friend said it smelled like a condom. Anywho, beers were average prices, tasted average to slightly above average, frozen drinks kind of pricey, really nice bartender.
44th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Pretty big bar for the area, space wise that is. I’ve passed it when it was packed but I must have caught an off night. Lots of sitting space in the back, lots of average priced beers that taste fine, and not a completely business oriented crowd.
2nd Ave. and 52nd St.
Two different bars under one roof. The front section is trying to capitalize on the fact that the other bars on the street are all trying to be lounges, and this place is following suit. The clientele reflects as such. The back room is more for parties, but they open it up after 12 and the music changes to match the rest of the bar, unfortunately. Thankfully, you are distracted by numerous TV’s, slightly above average priced drinks that still taste average, and a crowd that has little promise.
1st Ave. and 1st St.
Nice pub on the edge of the East Village. There are plenty of average priced beers on tap here and it’s a welcome reprieve from the pretentious bars in the surrounding area. Surprisingly there are TV’s actually showing sports in here, but for some reason I felt as if the crowd coming in were all expecting a club, which apparently is in the basement as I recently found out.
W. 4th St. and Barrow St.
This place used to be Boxer’s, but has since changed names and not one ounce of décor. It’s basically two rooms with a big bar in the middle; bar scene through the front door, and tables around the other side of the bar. The drinks taste good and run about average prices (sometimes a little more). I get a weird vibe from this place though. It’s as if there are lots of people here but you’re so spaced out that it’s quiet and you feel alone…is this what alcoholics feel like?
Park Ave. and 17th St.
Somehow the W Hotel chain makes their hotel bar feel like you’re not in an actual hotel. Now, that doesn’t take away from the pretentiousness, but it’s not an uncomfortable pretentiousness. I usually find there are plenty of places to sit, including making your own seats on the window ledges. The drinks aren’t even that badly priced, right around and slightly above the average prices, but taste fine.
18th St. btw Broadway and Park Ave.
Old bar and it is so close to feeling like one. Thankfully the crowd is lively enough to fill the small space. If you’re not here early enough to get a booth, you will have to stand in the small area and have to constantly move aside for the waitresses. They have a pretty good selection of beers that are averagely priced and the staff is definitely seasoned and friendly.
MacDougal St. btw Bleeker St. & Minetta Lane
If it weren’t for the 25-45 year old meatheads or frat boys that are constantly in here, this place would actually be a great bar. The wings are cheap, there are plenty of average tasting beers at your average prices, TV’s and even a small table for beer pong, if that’s your thing, which it is for the latter group mentioned at the beginning. There’s just something wrong about a college bar with a velvet rope outside.
Lafayette St. btw Kenmare and Broome St.
Hmm, I…hmm. So they had Russ Meyer films/B movies on TV, though having two on at once separated our attention spans even further. If I’m starting off with that sentence, it’s not the best sign. The crowd was yuppie…you know what, I didn’t like the place. Be sure to enunciate when you order, the beers were average prices, tasted fine, and don’t get tangled in any of the beads that are hanging over every square inch of the place.
31st St. btw Broadway and 6th Ave.
Excellent pub that gets a good crowd, but not the throngs that inundate the other bars in the Penn Station area. The taps were good, the beers your average prices and the bartenders were also friendly. Food ain’t too shabby either.
3rd Ave. and 45th and 46th St.
While this is a big chain in the UK, this is the only one in the city. This is a very friendly place and the food is your standard UK fare. The bar staff is very chatty and it’s a great place for after work drinks. The prices were average and the beers tasted good. They allowed Marie and I in near closing, I guess my freckles were the password.
Greenwich St. and Cedar St.
Lots of space in here. There are tons of TV’s to watch almost anything you want. They have a good selection of beers that are average prices. You don’t really get the college crowd or work crowd in here, more like the older crowd from the locals, mainly because it’s covered by scaffolding.
14th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
I didn’t think it was possible that I would actually be in a bar showing CNN and they actually had the sound on. Now granted, I was the youngest person in here by about a solid 15 years, but everyone was friendly and there’s a lot of space in here. The pints taste fine, average prices, good service.
1st Ave. btw 65th and 66th St.
Man, there is a lot of space in this bar. Sure, the bar smells kind of funny and needs an airing out, but there was a decent sized crowd in there anyway. Cute bartenders and average prices for fine tasting beers. They also had a pretty kick ass band when I was there, will look into future dates.
41st St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.
You’ll find an older midtown crowd in this pub, but no less friendly than its neighbors…which there aren’t many of. I stopped in here before getting on the 7 to Shea (I’m still calling it Shea) and it was a nice stopping point but I don’t know if I would spend hours in here, as some of the patrons at the bar looked like they had. The pints tasted fine and were average prices.
46th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
Small midtown bar that has a friendly atmosphere and nice wait staff. That’s about it really. The beers, though they taste fine, are a little above average prices as well as the food. I had Spinach dip and 5 beers for over $50 on a Friday afternoon. With so many other bars located close by, you would think they would offer some happy hour special to attract customers.