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3rd Ave. btw 25th and 26th St.
It’s a sports bar explosion! Let’s do the bar first. Lot’s of space, lot’s of tables, and a big bar that you can almost go completely around until you get stuck in this tiny corner just when ou think your journey comes full circle…why they didn’t plan this better is beyond me. I think that every inch of wall space above 7 feet has a TV on it, so I’m sure anything you want to watch is on, or can be. Clientele is 20’s and 30’s, intermixed with douche bags, B&T’s, and sports-watchers. Service is fine with average beers at average prices, taste fine.
29th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
If you’re bar is going to reek of popcorn, make sure it’s constantly being refilled at the bar! Otherwise it’s just torture! That aside, this place feels like they just tossed a couple of arcade games into a big space with no idea what to do with the rest of it. It has a lot of room, clientele is young to early 30’s, TV’s showing sports and one with a movie on, average beers at average prices, taste alright.
Stone Rose (Time Warner Center)
Used to be called the Stone Rose, and out of the two bars up here (“up here” meaning vertically within the building), this one is probably my least favorite of the two. Crowd is a mixed bag, mostly an older mixed bag, seating is usually reserved, but there’s a decent amount of space at the bar with some standing table room behind it. Cocktails are on the menu at above cocktail prices, taste alright.
39th btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Used to be EVR, and they have thankfully revamped this spot. While both floors are still pretty spacious, it’s no longer giving off a club vibe, loud music aside, but still a little snooty. TV’s are present, it’s a crowd mixed of business people old and young with groups going out for happy hours. Service is alright, average and above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st Ave. and Ave. A
Nice spot on St. Mark’s that’s definitely quieter than it’s neighbors. Long bar that usually has an open spot, crowd is late 20’s to early 30’s and slightly hipster, and the service is friendly. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
A packed “gastropub” that’s trying to bring a little bit of adult to the neighborhood. Basically two room, island bar up front, tables in the back. There’s a good amount of standing space but, as mentioned, can fill up quick around happy hour time. Clientele is older mixed with business types, service is pretty good at handling the orders, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
University Pl. btw 11th and 12th St.
I have to imagine that this place is trying to be The Max for NYU, with Max serving beer of course. It’s a noisy bar that draws in students, an older crowd, an…you know, basically anybody looking for beer and a burger. Decent size space, service is friendly, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.
A gastropub has made its way to the Upper East Side. Polished addition to the Upper East Side, this place draws in your UES 20’s to young 30’s crowd. There’s a decent amount of room here, though most of the tables wind up being reserved. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.
Best way to sum this place up is the bar that everyone references when they think Lower East Side bar. That’s really all it has going for it. It also attracts every type of crowd, from Hipsters to B&T’s to your average drinker of any age. Live music in the back, bar gets pretty cramped up front. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.
Definitely one of the best looking roof tops I’ve been on, this place attracts your business kids, B&T’s, people on a date and hotel guests. There’s a good amount of space up here, and a handful of beers on tap. The only downside is that the service can be slow, even non-existent at times. Above average beers at above slightly average prices, taste fine.
8th Ave. and 18th St.
While it has the feel of a restaurant, anyone eating was crammed into the few tables into the back. The long island table (you can sit all around it and it’s in the middle of the bar, not though it might actually be made in Long Island) was filled with drinkers, as was the bar. Very bright space with a crowd in their late 20’s-early 30’s, nice place to hang out for pre-dinner drinks, or after dinner for that matter. Bottled beers, cocktails and wine, average prices, taste fine.
Park Avenue btw 48th and 49th St.
One of two bars located in the Waldorf Astoria, this one is the “classier” of the two (I mean, a paid piano player = classy, right?). It’s food during the day, watering hole by night. No one really stands around the bar, so grab a seat and enjoy a tasty, and of course pricey, drink. Crowd is older, mixed with hotel guests and people stumbling out of an event. Beers and cocktails, above average prices, taste fine.
36th St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.
Same owner’s as its namesake on 40th and Lex, but this one is just one giant, more aerated room. Definitely goes for the authentic feel (like the other location), there’s basically a big room, some tables scattered around the perimeter, and one big standing bar space with a big column right in the middle of it. Sports on TV, below average to average beer prices for average beers, taste fine.
Houston St. and Attorney St.
It’s official, the B&T’s have found the Lower East Side. What could be a pretty cool dive bar with some small band live music has become a meeting place for the aforementioned group before they head to the latest basement club in the surrounding area. That group aside, a good dive bar. Lots of space, friendly service, good tunes, average beers at average prices, taste alright.
13th St. and Ave. A
Old man bars making a comeback in Alphabet City! This pub has a lot of space, a lot of sports on TV, and a mixed crowd of youth and an older crowd from Stuy Town. Average beers at average prices, taste alright.
1st Ave. and 75th St.
The East Side version of this bar that first came to Hell’s Kitchen. And even though I’m not always up for craft beers, this actually adds, dare I say, a level of maturity to the Upper East Side. It is a good sized bar, lots of table space and bar space, TV’s on all over, late 20’s into 30’s crowd. Beers are above average and at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Park Avenue and 39th St.
This place used to be Bogart’s. It’s still the same crowd (Business kids and adults), good looking women, same slow service, same packed crowd from 4 PM on, but it’s brighter than before…and…you can see better…no wait, I used that already. It actually is a little more welcoming than its predecessor and I can actually make a full lap of the bar in under 15 minutes. Drinks are average prices to above average prices, average taps, taste fine.
World Financial Center
Like any bar downtown, this place is packed with business types on a work night, decent sized crowd of locals on the weekend. There’s a big inside space, though most people cram into the small outside space during the summer. Good view, staff gets a little phased by the crowds, average pints that taste fine and at average prices.
8th St. btw MacDougal St. and 6th Ave.
Good looking bar, pretentious patrons. I get it, that in this area you may want something different than frat, gay or wine bars, and something new had to come along, but I would like this place if it wasn’t for the clientele. There’s a decent amount of space, though not around the bar as it can be a tight squeeze. And the back room is always filled with some sort of party. The bartenders were alright, the beer tasted alright, above average prices for above average beers.
41st St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
Wait a sec, isn’t this a pizza place? Yes and no: yes because half of it is a pizza place and the other half is a bar, no because the pizza sucks. So let’s focus on the bar half. Good amount of TV’s, not a lot of sitting room at the bar, good service, and you can have garlic knots (which are pretty good) continuously delivered to you. Beers were average prices, tasted fine.
45th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
As my curly-haired friend said “This place attracts and certain clientele, and that clientele sucks”. Yes, B&T’s and business kids are among the frequenters here, including some of the more socially awkward people I’ve ever seen in a bar. Do they come for the “dive” feel, the huge wheel behind the bar that doles out free drinks to the winner (which I rarely see used), the off-tasting taps? Who knows, but at least the prices are good. Average prices, so-so tasting taps.
48th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
This place used to be called Channel 4, and though it’s now part of the Pig & Whistle franchise, they didn’t bother to change any of the stuff on the walls, so don’t worry, you can still sit under that creepy picture of Jay Leno and Bono while having a pint. And I thought there would be more tourists in here due to its location, but I guess because it looks inconspicuous and is usually hidden by trucks, they don’t notice it. So instead you have a younger crowd, most of them toasted by 9 PM. Average pints, average prices.
48th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.
I don’t want to say a small bar, but it’s definitely claustrophobic upfront, especially after work hours. That being said, it’s also a pretty good bar too. I thought I was walking into a business worker/B&T trap, but it was more of a melting pot of business, older crowd and tourists because it’s right by Rockefeller. Really good music, good bartenders who are attentive, average beers at average prices.
30th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
The uptown bar of the same name is possibly my favorite bar in the city, so I had high hopes of a similar bar…as disappointed as my parents on report card day. So there’s a good amount of space, it’s definitely a B&T bar, but $8 for a pint, come on! I was one of the few people in here around 11PM on a Thursday, plenty of TV’s, still looks brand new in here. It just didn’t entice me to ever come back in here unless the bars on 8th are overcrowded. Above average prices for average tasting pints.
3rd Ave. and 13th St.
Fancy shmancy in the East Village. This place is always packed, including the seating areas which there are plenty of, albeit full. Your typical crowd for this part of the neighborhood (college, B&T, young), more of a group place then a place to meet people. Average beers at average prices, service speed depends on whether you’re sitting or at the bar.
Avenue A btw 13th and 14th St.
So, you basically come here for karaoke. There is a separate bar space, but the animal print couches by the mic, surrounding the “singing”, is the main attraction. Few karaoke standards (sorry Journey) in the catalog, but pretty much anything else you can think of. Thankfully there is no long queue on a Friday night, so I was sold on it and hoarse by the morning. Beers tasted average and were average prices.
Park Avenue btw 30th and 31st St.
Am I old? I thought 30 was still a pretty good age. Well, this place has rightly put me in my place. A young, pretty large crowd with pretty good music. Even though there are lots of people here, and a few rooms to roam around in, it’s still pretty tight in here. Surprisingly there were few shenanigans, any problems were quickly diffused by one of the 43 bouncers. Drinks were average prices, decent house brew, average tastes, good service.
West Side Highway and 42nd Street
I guess this is becoming a chain…they should’ve kept it to just 72nd St. This can only be for tourists or bikers or those Tibetan protesters who need a break from running across the highway. Now, that’s not to say I’m not glad there isn’t a bar on the water in midtown, but this place is a far cry from its namesakes uptown. $8 for a beer!?! Enough said. Service is pretty good, lots of tables, but really, you’re not serving liquid gold, it’s your regular, average beer that tastes like regular, average beer.
10th Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.
Quiet bar on an avenue that is getting more and more people wandering over to it these days. A lot of standing space, almost unnaturally so, and a small crowd. Locals mostly, most with brogues, and the bartender was mainly aloof but always was ready to give me another beer after I flagged him down. Average prices, taps tastes alright.
Columbus Ave. and 78th St.
Much better upgrade from its Amsterdam, now closed, location. One negative, stairs to get to the bar, which is practically hidden from street level. I was shocked at how much room is in this place. The place stays pretty lively, it’s one of the few bars on Columbus Ave.. The staff is very friendly, average beers at average prices, definitely would come back in again.
72nd St. btw Broadway and West End Ave.
Odd that they would open up a branch right down the block, but this may be why I didn’t go to school for marketing. There are basically zero bars west of Broadway so they must be looking to capitalize on the crowd who don’t feel like walking too far. However, there is next to no space in this bar, so I’m still mystified. This place is tiny, but still has the charm of the original. Prices are average, beers taste fine, crowd a tiny bit older.
Avenue C btw 7th and 8th St.
One of the better bars in this neighborhood. It doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb and it doesn’t pretend to be a relic of days past. Run by some fun Turkish people, there’s two floors of space and a pretty cool atmosphere, actual TV’s with actual sports on, and good tasting beers at average prices.
Hudson St. and Harrison St.
I liked this place for its size, and that would be small. There was a good young crowd here and most were watching the games on TV. The taps were good and at your average prices. I can simply say that it was a nice place to go after work for a pint with friends to watch the game or just shoot the shit.
Lafayette St. between Jersey and Houston St.
Okay, so you have to reserve a table ahead of time or take your chances upon arrival. Otherwise, one of my favorite bars in the city. They have plenty of taps, from average American to obscure hipster brews to foreign brews. And they are by no means expensive. There is an upstairs and downstairs, so there’s plenty of room even though the bar looks narrow when you walk in. The bouncers can be a bit annoying, but that’s sort of expected from them isn’t it? As said before, average prices, tall glasses, taste good.
41st St. btw Lexington and 3rd Ave.
Apparently a lot of business people come here. Thankfully, I go later at night and on the weekends to avoid it. Went in for football and this place is packed with TV’s and fans. Now, there are a lot of tables, but restaurants don’t have a bar this big. The drinks were surprisingly average prices, tasted fine, and the service was great.
28th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Velvet rope, minus 1. And the fact that I can barely see inside, minus ½ point, but it’s not completely unbearable. It’s basically a famous person sighting away from being a club, so it’s still a lounge, even though there’s bottle service lurking. The drinks are roughly your average prices, the drinks taste fine, but it can get a little crowded in here.
Columbus Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.
I was sold on this place because I was told there was a Journey cover band here on most Saturday nights. I came on another night. Oh man. So, in the light of day, it’s more of a lounge, where the main bar is, with a small bar in the back. I can’t even picture this place being able to contain the sounds of Steve Perry. There’s not a lot of bar space up front, a good amount of seats in the back but there’s nothing going on back there so it’s kind of lame without the alleged entertainment. The service was great though, the beer tasted fine and was your average prices. Oh wait, we tried to come in one night to see said cover band and they asked my friend to take his hat off, so we left. Another minus point.
2nd Ave. btw 13th and 14th St.
Your downtown friendly neighborhood Boston bar. And there are lots of patrons here on game day. The beers are good here, decently priced, and plenty of TV’s, including a screen in the back. The weird thing about the bar is the upstairs. I feel like I walked into Dracula’s castle. The little balcony that it leads to is nice to hang out on (if there are less than 10 people) but I am confused as to why there is a second floor.
2nd Ave. btw 49th and 50th St.
It’s almost as if they took a cookie cutter and made a bunch of the same bars within 5 blocks of each other. Not to say it’s a bad bar by any means. Bit of an older crowd, plenty of TV’s, good beer at good prices with a good amount of bar space.
Lafayette St. btw Prince and Jersey St.
This had potential to be a disaster but it turned out to be pretty cool. Starting with a velvet rope and bouncer, there is hardly any hassle to get in. However, that could be a detriment because it can get crowded inside. There are lots of tables with people who never leave but still plenty of standing room. For such a swanky looking bar, the drinks were pretty reasonably priced and still tasted good. Hot eastern European girls roaming around doesn’t hurt either.
10th Ave. and 45th St.
The hipsters have officially invaded Hell’s Kitchen, yet I didn’t mind it so much. Probably because I had one of the few places to sit and didn’t have to mingle. Expecting your regular American favorites on tap? Ain’t gonna happen, just your regular microbrews mostly found in Brooklyn bars. Also, when you think you’ve found a drink that looks interesting, be sure to check the size of the pint glass they give you, because you’ll pay the same price for a half pint of one drink that you’ll pay for a regular pint of another drink. The beer tasted fine, average microbrew prices, hipster crowd.
3rd Ave. btw 20th and 21st St.
I love this place. It’s a bit tiny but always accommodating. Sometimes you get some old guys hitting on the bartender non-stop and the over zealous suits that think they rock at shuffleboard. For the record, my coworker and I haven’t lost at shuffleboard in 23 tries. Anywho, all of the bartenders are nice, the taps taste pretty good and are average priced and they have plenty of TV’s…though they do show a lot more Yankees games on the TV’s then Mets games, but no bar is perfect.
49th St. btw 7th Ave. and Broadway
Decided to grab a bite and a pint before a Roseland show. Out of all the pubs in this chain, this feels the most like a fast food place, not to downgrade the food or anything. It just didn’t feel as if there were any people that would linger for a long time in here, maybe because it’s in Times Square, who knows. But the pints still tasted great, cost your average prices and the burger was pretty darn good as well.
8th Ave. btw 45th and 46th St.
I like this bar and I can never figure out what makes me trend to this location. I mean, the crowd is alright, there are usually seats, and they always have tons of sports on TV. But it’s not really a “fun” bar or gimmicky, just a quiet place for a drink. The service is nice, good tasting taps at average prices. This place should see more business now that the surrounding bars have all gone away.
35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
I came here for a Shilelagh Law concert…those shows definitely need to be in a bigger venue from now on. The bar was nice though, with, what I can picture without the throng of people filling it up, a decent amount of space on a normal occasion. The beer was average prices and tasted fine.
10th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
Interesting bar, kind of feels like scenes out of Kubrick movies in here. Dark in some parts, plenty of long space (A Clockwork Orange), oddly lit room in the front that feels like you’re in a space pod (2001). Drinks are average prices, taste fine, and the clientele ranges from kids thinking it’s a lounge to those who are tired of the wannabe dives around the corner on A.
63rd St. and Columbus Ave.
Well, it’s a good place. But I always feel like disturbing people eating when I come in here with my softball team. There are two floors to this place, always stay upstairs even though the space at the bar is small but you can at least be a bit noisy up here. The taps are good, decently priced, but good luck trying to get a Mets game on TV.
3rd Ave. and 55th St.
This bar /restaurant is so crowded, it is officially a bar. Definitely get a burger here. The beers taste good and are average prices for this neighborhood, and the crowd is actually tolerable, if it’s not bursting to the gills.
7th Ave. btw 57th and 58th St.
I would say that this was only a lively hotspot because there were 20 of us and an “over 40 year old” bachelorette party. There’s really not a lot of room to move around here, with or without the large groups present. However, the service was good, good tasting taps at below normal midtown prices, so basically average prices.
56th St. btw Park and Lexington Ave.
Very tiny bar on the cusp of the Upper East Side. Sure, it smells a little like feet when you walk in, but you don’t notice it after a few cheap drinks. Call me a sucker for the Photo Hunt front and center in the bar, beers tasted a bit off, average prices.
35th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
An extremely quixotic bar. I wasn’t sure what to make of it. There is a nice amount of room here but the problem is that it’s divided into too many rooms. It’s almost as if they purchased the front room at first and then bought adjoining rooms and only put a door in the wall instead of opening it up a little. As for the location itself, it’s a little off the beaten path. The wait staff is friendly and the beers and mixed drinks were pretty cheap. Good place for a drink after a Kips Bay movie if you’re not up for the crowded 2nd Avenue scene.
Sullivan btw Bleeker St. and 3rd Ave.
Probably my favorite bar in the neighborhood. Never crowded and I always get the dart board. The beer is at average prices, the taps taste fine and the service is friendly. One negative is that the bartender controls the music, and sometimes forgets to tell you that fact after you put money in the jukebox.
47th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Most of the other bars in Times Square give off a restaurant-y feeling while still being a bar. This place definitely is for drinking, two floors of it, and not as polished as its neighbors. There was a decent amount of space to move around, though getting a seat at the bar takes some serious skill and patience. The beers were average prices and tasted fine.
3rd Ave. btw 55th and 56th St.
The first bar I ever went to. I won’t say when because I don’t want to get anyone in trouble…though I guess I just did. Anywho, I’m sure they keep those younglings out nowadays. It’s can be low key, can get crowded…so like most bars, but there’s a good amount of space. The taps are good, average prices.
2nd Ave. btw 50th and 51st St.
Newer part of the chain located on Second Avenue. Very comparable to the other Irish Pubs on the same side of the Avenue, this bar is good for those who don’t want to be bothered with the obnoxiousness of the crowded college bars in the area. The beers are a tad bit expensive and taste average but the staff is friendly and the kitchen is open pretty late too.
36th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
The newest part of the chain, and I’m realizing that this is one of the better chains in the city. This place is huge, two floors, but I’m almost positive you can’t get to the second (it was a long St. Pat’s so I’ll try properly another time…checked again, you can). There was a young crowd here, mostly B&T, and the like. Beers were average prices, tasted fine, good selection of music too.
Greenwich St. btw Franklin and Harrison St.
Never would’ve expected to see a bar from this chain down here in Tribeca but it was a nice surprise. If you want to get away from the lounge scene, this is a place to go with plenty of room. A pretty big space with a crowd of both young and old. The bartender is a nice guy and the beers are average prices that taste fine.
Christopher St. btw Greenwich and Gay St.
In this neighborhood, you’re more than likely to get a gay bar, but this one is gay, pure and simple. Tacky atmosphere, disco ball, you name it. I like this bar because I eventually went home with one of the hottest girls I’ve ever been with (trust me, I double checked to make sure I wasn’t getting stiffed…pun intended). The drinks were average prices, they tasted fine, singing was happening with or without the karaoke.
67th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Okay, a part of me was hoping Rosanna Scotto or Nick Gregory would be in here ossified drunk as it’s right across from Fox. Alas, I was let down. Points for Goldfish instead of peanuts on the bar. There are small rooms in the back if the front gets crowded, which it will. The bartender was friendly, drinks were average prices and tasted fine.
1st Ave. and 88th St.
Looking for that local union hall feeling in a bar? Then look no further, this is your place. Though most people would walk right by this practically windowless bar, it actually isn’t so bad on the inside. The staff is friendly, definitely an older crowd, and plenty of quasi-folding tables to sit at. The juke box was pretty good (a definite plus) and the beers were good at your average prices.
Bowery and 4th St.
A good place to go when you want to stay in the area but escape the pretentiousness and college crowds. The only downside is that it’s hard to get a place to sit sometimes. A decent sized pub with good food and average priced beer and a very lively crowd that likes to watch sports on one of the many TV’s throughout the bar.
7th Ave. and 19th St.
Probably the only straight bar within the Chelsea neighborhood, and considering the word ‘anus’ is in the name, that’s saying something. The bar is nice, the pints are average prices and taste good, and there’s a nice crowd too. It definitely gives the feeling of having been around for a while.
40th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.
Perfect…well, nothing’s perfect but this place comes pretty close. This is the closet thing to a pub in Midtown. Good amount of space, booths all over the place, plenty of places to sit, great music. There’s a crowd of the business types but, and I didn’t know they existed, the fun types, old and young. Staff is friendly, knows the regulars, beer tastes good, average prices, TV’s all over.
Columbus Ave. btw 68th and 69th Ave.
Okay, while I liked this place, the next youngest person after me was probably 35. With that out of the way, this was actually a pretty cool bar. There was a good amount of space, sports on TV, good service. The only downsides were that the pints were very slightly above average prices and the Bud Light tap tasted better than the Stella.
Irving Place and 18th St.
Now this is pretty close to what I think a tavern should be. It’s been around forever, but it doesn’t feel outdated. The food is great, the wait staff good, and they have lots of good tasting taps at average prices. The one downside is that it’s always crowded at the bar and you usually feel like you’re an outsider because it’s always some big group who has taken over the place.
45th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
The second in the chain, rooftop bar included! Granted, it’s a small rooftop, but you take what you can get in midtown. The service was good, beers average prices and tasty, and apparently you can rent kegs for a party (or something like this was explained to me in a drunken stupor). The inside is as good as the original Perfect Pint, and the downstairs is a friendlier atmosphere than the yuppies on the roof.
45th St. between 6th Ave. and Broadway
Excellent bar to go to if you want TV’s, a decent crowd that will leave you alone, and plenty of your standard sized beers. It’s definitely a late 20’s and up crowd, like other Times Square pubs, beers taste good, average prices.
Allen St. btw Stanton and Rivington St.
Summing this one up really quickly, because I never wanted to leave a place faster. Two floors, the second being way more crowded, claustrophobe’s beware up here. It’s full of people who think they’re hip by going south of Houston, but would never venture East of Allen unless it was daytime and it was for brunch. The drinks were surprisingly average to a tiny bit above average prices, and tasted fine.
Bleeker St. btw Thompson and LaGuardia St.
Another on my list of favorite bars, there must be something about the letter “P”. This bar has lots of seats where you can sit for hours with good, average priced beer (they have hundreds of different labels) that tastes good and the food is good and cheap.
St. Marks Pl. btw Ave. A and 1st Ave.
Normally, if you told me there was a bar in a hot dog place that was accessible by walking through a telephone booth, I’d have you burned for witchcraft. But yes, Grif Dogs does in fact have such a place. In the age of trying to open up a speakeasy (almost 70 years after Prohibition), you usually get misses instead of quality knockoffs, but this place holds it’s own. Only specialty beers here that taste pretty darn good and cost average prices (though in smaller pint glasses). Getting in here can be easy once in a blue moon; most nights involve you waiting outside eating tater tots.
Chambers St. btw Church St. and West Broadway
I’m always amazed at the dive bars that have lasted through the Tribeca/Financial District expansions, and this place is no exception. Definitely one of the darker bars, it’s one of the few places that can draw older locals when there aren’t many locals to begin with. The place is big, lots of seats, and a surfboarding alligator, what more could you want? The beers are cheap to average prices, taste fine, and you can be loud on a quiet day if that’s your thing.
3rd Ave. btw 33rd and 34th St.
Nice pub, has good pub food, and quiet enough to be able to hold a conversation with the people you’re watching them with. You’ll get the occasional group of people who are pre-gaming before going to Joshua Tree or 515 up the block, but they don’t linger for long. Definitely one of the better bars in the Midtown East area. Beers taste pretty good, average prices, slightly older crowd.
43rd St. btw Vanderbilt and Madison Ave.
I don’t know, but it feels like this place could do a lot more with this space instead of having a maze of walls to fight though to get to the bar. That being said, it’s a nice pub, relatively quiet too, especially for its central Manhattan location. The bartender was nice, pints average prices, tasted fine, TV’s on to break the silence.
2nd Ave. and 88th St.
Red Sox fans of the world unite. You and all your Boston ex-patriots can be found here for every single game. There’s actually a decent amount of space in here though you wouldn’t think it from the outside. As I said, they have plenty of TV’s and your average tasting beers at average prices. Not a bad single scene too, beer pong unfortunately in the back.
1st Ave. and 53rd St.
I have been here for a friend’s party and this place is good. There’s a lot of space here, the food is good and the averagely priced taps taste good. I also like that it’s pretty much alone on 1st Ave. (only one other bar across the street is on 1st in this neighborhood) and not many meatheads (thankfully) wander down 53rd to come here. The only drawback is the wall separating the bar right down the middle.
86th St. btw Broadway and West End Ave.
One of my favorite bars in the city and definitely one of the friendliest. Good food, great music, great tasting beers that are average prices…truly one of the only true pubs in the city. Great place to bring friends and sit chatting about nothing, most of the time with the bartenders, until closing time, sometimes beyond.
15th St. btw 5th Ave. and Union Square West
Like the bar, hate the crowd. It’s great when the windows are open and you can mill about, but it’s so small in here and the hipsters never leave so you’re forced to stand by the door and you want to leave after a beer. The beer tastes good, a nice sized selection, and the prices to the high average side.
10th Ave. btw 17th and 18th St.
This place was an extremely borderline club/bar, but I’ll let it slide as a bar because no one was really dancing. Tons of space, not enough where you’ll feel lost, and a pretty good social scene. There were enough bars to accommodate the big crowd. For those who don’t want to blow a paycheck in the Meatpacking district a few blocks south, this is an okay substitution. The beers were average to slightly above average prices and tasted fine.
South St. and Peck Slip
Interesting place. I went in here thinking it was some ritzy place but it was just an extremely well lit place that had good pub food and a good tasting selection of beer, and at decent prices too. There were also plenty of TV’s and a great staff that made it easier to sit and watch the whole Mets game.
2nd Ave. and 29th St.
After you’ve made a fool of yourself trying to open the front barn door, you’ll be in a quiet pub with good music, tasty pints and average priced beer. You have your locals sitting at the bar but other than it’s your run of the mill pub to go to when the rest of 2nd Ave. is too much for you. Definitely one of the more authentic Irish pubs in NYC.