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(Broome St. btw Bowery and Elizabeth St.)
Latest (well, newer) in a line of gastropubs to make it’s way downtown. This bar does not lack for square footage, but it constantly packed. The crowd ranges from right out of college, to Hipster, to people there right after work or meeting for a date…you know, its a big ole mix of people. Beers are above average, above average prices, taste fine.
7th Ave. btw 47th and 48th St.
While most New Yorkers loathe walking through Times Square, staring at it from a few floors up isn’t half bad. The hard part is getting a seat for this view. This hotel bar is on the second floor of the Renaissance Hotel and it’s made up of two rooms: the main room is a decent sized room that is always packed, and so you move to the second room, which has about a dozen seats and is more of a waiting around area until you can get into the first room. Crowd is all tourists, not much to this place at all except the view, cocktails that are roughly ~$13, taste alright.
Houston St. and Sullivan St.
Used to be XR Bar, and it’s basically the same layout (good amount of space for sitting and at the bar) with a little bit of cleaning done. Service is pretty good, it’s a mixed crowd of right out of college kids and an older crowd that actually lives in Greenwich Village. Sports on TV, movies when it’s not, above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Broome St. and Allen St.
Used to be Lolita, and while I never got a chance to visit, if it was anything like its replacement, I definitely missed out on something. Nice, cozy bar in the Lower East Side that does a good job of attracting groups of all kinds. Good amount of space up front, more room in the back, and plenty of sitting room in both. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
38th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
As far as rooftop bars go, this one is a good mix of lounge and bar, meaning you get the cozy mixed with people who go to lounges. Business kids, B&T’s and a 20-30’s crowd hang up here on the decent sized outdoor space that doesn’t provide a view of much besides the Empire State Building. A plus is a downstairs bar to wait in just in case it’s too crowded up top, which it usually is. Service is pretty good, average/above average/wine/cocktails for their respective average prices, taste fine.
37th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
It’s basically two places in one: part beer hall with plenty of tables for you and friends and to meet newcomers, part bar, meaning everyone crowds around the bar and just orders as per anywhere else. This midtown beer hall draws a pretty good crowd that the staff can handle, it can be a little tough grabbing a seat. You have your mix of B&T’s and business kids here and the staff wearing the lederhosen uniform (though I doubt anyone is actually from anywhere near the Alps). German beers at above average prices, taste fine.
4th Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.
Use to be Forum, now with even more restrictions as to where you can sit. Every table has a “Reserved” sign on it, thereby tossing everyone towards the bar. Now, while there is a good amount of space up front, can we at least get a few tables opened up? It’s happy hour and no one is clamoring to get in here. Lots of sports on TV, nice staff, bathroom takes forever to get to, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
17th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Now this is what I call a speakeasy. There might be a wait, but they accommodate with a small standing bar/waiting room in the back. The place circulates the tables pretty well, and once you’re seated, it’s a chill atmosphere with good service as you sip a cocktail that actually makes me change my stance on cocktails. The drinks are a little pricey (~15 to start) but completely worth it, taste great.
17th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Great example of what I like to call a “borderline bar”; packed bar up front and a tiny restaurant in the back. However, because you can sit in the back and drink (until 7 when they enforce reservations and start chucking you up front), I’m going for bar status. For the bar space, it’s packed with a young B&T crowd, and getting a seat takes a lot of patience, but the bartenders do a good job of keeping up with the crowd. Above average taps, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Ave. C btw 9th and 10th St.
I’m starting to realize that smaller can sometimes be the better…yes, a line I use often. Small bar that draws a decent sized crowd, with some of the best bartenders to talk to. Just a solid bar really, worth the walk to the far reaches of Manhattan. Above average beers at average prices, taste fine.
1st Ave. btw 75th and 76th St.
Used to be Citibar, and they really didn’t do a thing to change the place, with the happy exception of giving the tap lines a quick rinse so the beers taste better. Since they changed nothing else, read that review (my laziness knows no bounds). Average beers at average prices, taste average.
Warren St. btw Church St. and W. Broadway
If someone’s man cave was also a dive bar at the same time…actually, that explains it perfectly. Either grab one of the dozen seats at the bar or the table in the back, or your standing around wondering which arcade game to play or being asked to move away so gaming can commence. The crowd ranges from young business kids to older locals. Nice bartender, average drinks with good happy hour prices (average prices at other times), taste fine.
44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
What the…I have no idea what to make of this. Quirky bar in the basement of an office building, located down a ton of stairs and the entrance looks like the door most building would normally take garbage out of. The stairs and the entrance are my only complaints really. Downstairs there’s one main room with the bar, and a couple of offshoot rooms that are usually filled. It literally feels that a couple of guys tapped some coolers on the beach and are serving beer out of them, which is the look that they achieve well. It’s basically a dark version of a bar you would find in a beach hut. They have your average and “themed” drinks, average prices, taste fine.
Sullivan St. btw Prince and Houston St.
Very easy to walk by this bar and not even realize it’s here…speaking from experience here. Once I went in, it’s a nice space with two rooms, friendly, not too crowded but not dead. Bartenders are nice, chatty, and the crowd is mostly a mix of young area workers, sprinkled in with hipsters. Above average taps with a good wine list, average prices, all taste fine.
Sullivan St. btw Prince and Spring St.
Tiny bar/lounge tucked away in the quite of SoHo. A few seats at the bar, some seating/couches in the back, maybe fits about 30-40 people tops. If you’re here right after work, the crowd is light, but after dinner time, this place is always packed. On a side note, I have no issue with mood-lighting, but the whole red light décor that makes me feel like a pretzel doesn’t do it for me. No taps, bottles taste alright, average prices.
Lexington Ave. and 37th St.
This place is never not crowded. To the point that it’s almost spilling into the hotel next door. Crammed full of business kids, you make your way through the scent of cheese and try to get a beer. It’s all bottles (no taps) and then you either hold fast where you’re standing or attempt to grab a table. During the nicer season, there is a roof, if a rooftop with young, drunk business kids is your cup of tea. There’s not much to it really, average size space, bottled beers are hard to mess up and taste average, average prices.
46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Even though it didn’t “rain glitter”, as a friend promised, the place was still packed and dancing. Don’t be fooled by the huge crowd/line outside, there’s plenty of room inside. Several floors of booze and boys, it can sometimes feel like one big apartment party. Beers are average prices, taste fine, the crowd is mostly LGBT, all crowds are welcome.
44th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
I know it wouldn’t be realistic, but I always thought there was a bank vault behind this huge, metal door. Sadly there isn’t, but there is a bar that reminds me of an amphitheatre. Trying-a-little-too-hard-to-be upscale at the Royalton Hotel, it’s a very long bar, lots of space, but there is this “seating” area where you climb down steps to sit, and face this little area that’s used either for karaoke (though this place is too fancy for that) or impromptu speeches. Drinks are a little above average prices, taste alright.
Allen St. btw Houston and Stanton St.
So there are two bars in this live music venue, a small bar in a small room, and a small bar in the large room. Both have bartenders that are on your orders pretty quickly though, beer tastes average and charge average prices. Fun to watch the bans cram onto the tiny stage. That’s it.
2nd Ave. and 53rd St.
If you’re drinking in this area, you know the crowds; business people, B&T’s and meat heads. Thankfully this place had few of the latter. Very attractive bartenders, but though there were a lot of them, it took forever to get their attention. There’s not a lot of room, even with most people gravitating towards the front, but I managed to wedge myself into a bar stool. Plenty of TV’s, yet no Mets game on. Granted this was September, but I would still like to watch my misery instead of reading about it the next day. Average prices for pints, taste average too.
Spring St. btw Elizabeth and Mott St.
Stopped in here when I was in the neighborhood…empty. The only people in there were the bartender, I’m guessing two friends, and perhaps his nephew. No draft beer, just bottles, average prices, tastes as bottled beer should. The place is set up like a lounge/small place to eat, but since I didn’t see silverware, I’ll go for lounge. Also, get your orders in before the bartender steps outside because it takes it little waving to get them back in.
8th Ave. and 44th St.
I was in here years ago and it resembled a normal bar then. Now it looks like more of a restaurant, except I only saw people drinking here, hence the write up. While the bar is guilty of giving change because the price is not rounded to the nearest dollar (a negative), this place was nice and subdued for the Times Square area. Bit more quiet than it’s neighbors, beers taste alright, average prices.
2nd Ave btw 9th and 10th St.
Out of the three bars on this side of the street on this block, this is by far my favorite. Now there’s not a lot of table room here, but the turnover is pretty good so things keep moving. They have good taps, your average priced beers and good service.
85th St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
This two story bar down a side street on the Upper East Side is always filled but surprisingly not uncomfortably. The average priced, average tasting drinks are served quickly for the amount of people in here and there is lots of room to move around. They also have indoor basketball solid bonus points.
Cliff St. btw Fulton and John St.
This bar is huge and it’s full of college kids, topped off with people who just can’t let go of college. The staff is friendly, lots of TV’s, lots of average priced, average tasting beer but the crowd is something you have to just put up with in order to go here. Some of the surrounding bars offer a quieter and a more low key atmosphere,college wasn’t low key now was it?
11th St. and West Side Highway
If a bar is this far west and out of the way, it better be good. Well done, guys (or ladies), well done. Now, there’s not much room to sit and there’s a little too much pointless crap (a la T.G.I. Fridays) on the walls but bonus points for no barstools (the way it should be) and a free jukebox with great music. There is a line on weekend nights, so be forewarned. As for drinks, they have average priced drinks but they tasted great thanks to certain additives. For example, the Tecate has salt poured into it by the bartender, tasted great. And who knew pickle juice chasers diluted awkward tasting shots? You did? Well I’m a little behind on the times, glad I caught up. Nice bartender too.
52nd St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
At first I thought this would have a restaurant attached but no, this is a straight up Vodka bar. There are appetizers and things to eat, but this is a place for drinking alcohol from the Motherland and listening to the piano player. The staff is very accommodating, large group or small, very quick to deliver your drinks too, and the crowd is actually mellow and tolerable. You are paying for vodka but it’s actually decent prices and the tall beers are also average prices and it all tastes great…well, the garlic vodka might be used as a fuel alternative, but great tasting vodka for the most part.
8th Ave. btw 55th and 56th St.
This bar is filled with every girl who enjoys staring but won’t meet you halfway. Coming back off of that tangent, service is good, food is good, beer tastes good with average prices. Plenty of TV’s that show nothing…I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch the Brewers play the Reds while the Mets and Yankees are on the other channels and not being shown?
47th St. btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
Even though this bar is 100 feet west of Times Square, you would walk right past this place if you weren’t looking for it. The bar is usually empty but the drinks are still average prices, taste fine, and you will definitely be left alone by anyone else in here.
9th Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.
What sets this place apart from the other bars in the neighborhood? Free hotdogs. While it’s hard to get a seat here, just order a pint and you get a free hotdog. I don’t know who thought of this but there has to be a Nobel Prize in this field. Sure the place is a shithole, but the staff is friendly and there’s an area outback when it gets too crowded. Beers are average to just below average prices, taste average and did I mention the free hotdogs!?!
46th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
A nice two story bar in the Times Square area. I prefer the top floor over the bottom floor because there’s more space and not some odd wall that cuts the room in half, like on the bottom floor. They have good happy hour specials (and food happy hour specials), average prices for beer at normal times, and the taps taste good. There aren’t a lot of TV’s here, just as a heads up.
7th Ave. and 52nd St.
What’s not to like about this place. A good after work crowd, though older, with a decent amount of space. The taps are good and average prices for midtown, and TV’s all around. It comes off as fancy on the outside, but they save that for the restaurant portion.
6th Ave. btw 25th and 26th St.
You would think it’s your typical upscale watering hole, with pricey drinks and snotty people. Far from it. Excellent place to watch any sporting event, particularly the World Cup, due to a good amount of TV’s for everyone’s viewing pleasure. The food is your average prices and the beers are tasty. The happy hour specials change daily and you’re better off skipping the buckets and getting pints.
3rd Ave. and 27th St.
Where this blog idea began. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like when I have a seat in this place because the service is good, the drinks cheap to average prices, and the food is always good to munch on. But if you have to stand at the bar, good night and good luck. I’m always dumbfounded as to how many people actually come for the live country shows that play in the adjacent room, but thankfully the sound never impedes on the atmosphere within the bar.
10th St. and 7th Ave.
If you walk past the restaurant, there is a basement bar here that is a pretty good sports bar. I’m torn on the setup, because the one room in the bar is divided into about 4 different places. There are TV’s covering almost every square inch of wall that isn’t covered by Red Sox apparel. The beers are tasty and average prices and the service is good.
10th Ave. btw 42nd and 43rd St.
I always thought this was a two story dive bar, so I was very surprised when I actually went in. It’s a small place and borderline immaculate, including bottles of wine in the high ceilinged room that I’m pretty sure will never be opened. The bartender was very friendly, and I guess he had to be because it was me, a group of engineers huddled in the corner (who probably came from working on the nearby construction), and what looked like a middle age couples book club. The beers were average prices, tasted fine, bit out of the way to get to.
15th St. btw 3rd Ave. and Irving Place
Some days this bar is on, others days it’s kind of lame. The first time I went in, we had a very attentive bartender, the drinks were good and your regular prices, and the TV’s were on for us to watch the Open (it was early on a weekday). There’s even a nice yard out back. Almost every other time I’ve gone in here, the bartender sucks because her college friends need her constant attention and some group of annoying suits take up all the space in the back.
Little West 12th St. btw 9th Ave and Washington St.
A nice bar in the meatpacking district that is surprisingly neither pretentious nor a dive…a nice place if you will. There are two big rooms for plenty of seating and the service is pretty good. The drinks are surprisingly average prices (twice using “surprisingly” in a bar description…I need a thesaurus) and the beers taste good too.
University Pl. btw 10th and 11th St.
Pretty much the only bar on this block, and they do a good job of keeping the NYU kids out…though this could also be their flaw. A bit of 30’s and up crowd. This is a long bar with good room to move around. The beers taste average and the prices are average as well.
92nd St. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
Besides the fact that they show hockey over the Mets game, there really isn’t much more to write negatively about this place. I mean, it looks like a dump, but it’s actually quite friendly. The bartenders are talkative, the beer is good, and average prices. They also have a decent size space in the back, which you also wouldn’t think from looking at it from the outside.
29th St. btw Madison and Park Ave.
Sort of the anti-lounge lounge, well, the downstairs anyway. I though it was some annoying after work poshy lounge every time I walked by, but after going in, it’s actually a nice place. The beers are your average prices, taste fine, enough TV’s on the first two floors, and a decent roof deck. The crowd is your B&T’s, young all around. Extra notice to the DJ for one of the better music selections being played.
Bleeker St. and Thompson St.
On my list of top bars in the city, this place has everything for you. Excellent place to watch soccer early on weekend mornings, good food, good service, and one of the nicest bar owners in the city, who, it seems, is there 24/7. There’s usually a live band that can be fun or pretentious, beers are average prices and taste average.
Reade St. btw Hudson and Greenwich St.
I wasn’t completely sold on this place. Definitely an older business crowd here, which didn’t bother me, but they, including the waitress, all wondered why these 26 year olds stumbled into their place. It felt more like a diner than a bar, but they had decent priced drinks and food, and both tasted average.
33rd St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.
There is one bar on the entire stretch of Madison Ave., so thankfully this is pretty close to Madison. This place has changed hands a lot, so in its current incarnation, we have a sports bar. There’s a lot of space here, TV’s for everyone to see (particularly Washington University alumni on the day I went), some tight table space in the back. Young crowd, beers tasted fine and were average prices.
2nd Ave. btw 88th and 89th St.
Okay, so I went on a rainy night and they didn’t have a huge crowd, but the bar still didn’t disappoint. The food wasn’t bad, a good amount of space, and the beers were your average prices. I have been assured that there normally is a huge, young crowd with a lot of women.
I went back on St. Patrick’s Day, and this place was nuts, but in a good way. I showed up with some friends, found a place to claim as our own in the back, and the cans of beer never stopped rolling in, nor did the great music, then again, pipe bands all have the same repertoire.
MacDougal St. and Minetta St.
I guess they found a basement, slapped some plywood together for the bar, kept the décor from the Saw movie franchise, and voila, we have a bar. Almost forgot, there is no liquor here, at least not the night I was there. That aside, the place was alright, a younger crowd, and a small crowd, mainly because you would walk right past the place if it wasn’t for the letter decals naming the place over the doorway. The beer was average prices and tasted fine.
Bowery btw Stanton and Rivington St.
Talk about a crap shoot. Most times you come here, it only mildly annoying; the other times, very annoying. Skipping the annoying bouncers, there is a lot of space in here, but it’s always packed. The beers are decently priced and taste average, but good luck trying to get to the bar. The crowd is almost strictly B&T looking to “slum it” by hanging out on the Bowery.