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39th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.
Small, proper pub on the ground floor of a townhouse. It can be crowded right after work hours, and the space is a little dark and has some different levels, but I never really felt cramped. Crowd is young and old business types mixed in with people waiting for their reservations upstairs. Plenty of TV”s, friendly staff, average British beers at slightly above average American prices, taste fine.
38th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Another crpwded rooftop bar but I definitely feel more relaxed at this one. Yes, it has your business crowd, overdressed and trying to entertain clients, but the bar area keeps things moving. Good views looking south, clientele is people who like rooftop bars, mixed with midtown tourists staying in the hotel. Above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
25th btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Used to be a couple of blocks north of here, this space just feels bigger and more suited for sports watching. That and general crowd movement is better than at it’s last location. Crowd is a mix of young and old, lots of TV’s, friendly staff, average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Lafayette St. btw Grand and Hester St.
Nice after work spot that is good for that crowd, because if you don’t get here right after work, you’re not going to be comfortable in here. There is a lot of seating, but little to no standing room, and the bar area is too tight to linger. Crowd is young, there can be lines outside due to aforementioned overcrowding, cocktails are the specialty here, cocktail prices, taste pretty good.
40th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
WHAT? COULD YOU REPEAT THAT? YOU WANT ME TO GO WHERE? That just summed up the three things you’re most likely to hear at this place. Lot’s of TV’s, music cranked up way past 11, and filled with B&T’s, after work happy hours, and I’m guessing people who don’t come to bars to talk. Bartenders are fine, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
37th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
One of the few rooftop bars where there isn’t a lot of standing room…actually, there’s really just not much space. This rooftop is basically a bunch of tables and bench seating, filled with workers from the Fashion District and hotel guests. Service can be a little slow, but they’re friendly. Drinks are cocktails and wine, above average prices for each, taste fine.
Broadway btw Bleeker and 3rd St.
Cocktail bar mixed with activities = here. Someone created a bar near NYU where business kids can go and play foosball, play shuffleboard, watch sports, crammed them into a tight bar area (there are seats but they’re usually taken), and slowly pass the time before they stumble back upstairs (it’s in the basement of the building) into the sunlight. Now that’s a sentence! Service has a hard time with the crowd, but still friendly. Cocktails and a few above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
11th St. btw 3rd and 4th Ave.
I have been going to shows at Webster Hall for years, and how have I never known this was here? Big bar, decent amount of space, lots of TV’s, and lots of crap on the walls. Crowd is in their 20’s, service is friendly, average taps at average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Trying to get to this rooftop bar is like reenacting the Goodfellas Copacabana entrance scene. When you finally get to the elevator, you’re brought up stairs to a decent sized space where the drinks are, surprisingly, not outrageously priced. I mean, still above average, but not to a point of complaint. Views are pretty good, decent space even though they have VIP tables, and the crowd is 20’s-30’s mixed with tourists. they even have a TV for sports. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.
Used to be Door, more recently Albert Hall, and now it’s gone the gastropub route. Still a pretty sizable space, though this is definitely the most crowded I’ve seen it. Filled with people of all ages, ranging from neighborhood workers to locals to tourists, the only place to get a wide range of crafts brews in this area. Above average drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.
Used to be Tin Lizzy’s, and while the crowd might be the same age, it’s definitely “more adult” in here now. Gone is the back area for dancing; now it’s full of tables, packed with people who want to enjoy a craft beer. It gets pretty crowded in here, and with the over abundance of tables, it’s a little tough to move around, but this “more adult” crowd handles it well, as well as the bartenders. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
1st Ave. and St. Mark’s Pl.
This could go either way, as a restaurant or a bar/lounge/gimmick, but the booze is flowing more than the food (food’s good though), so bar it is. Bar bedecked in curtains and amidst a sea of red and gold everything, draws a crowd of young and old, mostly the former, but while it’s a nice, quiet spot early on, gets packed at night. Drinks are cocktails and booze, average price for them (~$12), taste fine.
Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.
Used to be Mason Dixon, and its thankfully very different. While they may be the worst hidden bar (can’t tell if they’re going for the speakeasy thing with the tiny store up front), its by no means the worst. This place is usually always packed, whether you’re here for brunch or to grab a bite while packing in to this large space. Tables in back, bar area up front, all filled to the gills. Food good, service good as well, above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Sunita Bar (Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.)
I’ve walked by multiple times and it’s been open, so I can’t confirm that the business hours are whenever the owner would like to open. That aside, there’s really not much to the place. Basically a small open room, a few seats away from the bar, basically just feels like a place to wait before heading elsewhere. A quiet bar compared to its neighbors, average drinks at average prices, taste fine.
40th St. and 6th Ave.
I always thought this was a sandwich place, but come here after work and you just find a bunch of people drinking. And during the winter, they drag out a fire pit in the middle of a bunch of chairs. Not much else to it, all outdoors, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
23rd St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
This place used to be Limerick’s, and I guess someone decided this could finally not be a dump anymore. After a good washing, the new place is a lot brighter, more than two people are in here, staff is still friendly, crowd is basically anyone who works in the area and is in for a few drinks before going home. Average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 41st and 42nd St.
Another branch of this chain of bars, it’s basically the same in size and offerings. Small bar that attracts traffic on their way to the Port Authority, has a good amount of sports on TV, it can also tend to be a quiet spot with an almost non-existent crowd. Average beers and above average beers at average prices and above average prices, taste fine.
St. Marks Pl. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
This might be the quirkiest bar I’ve ever been to. 2 floors of tacky (albeit fun) decorations, completely a mixed crowd of people of all kinds, having the balcony makes me feel as if some weird show is going on below and I’m just a spectator to all if it. Service is pretty good, average beers at average price, taste fine.
Bleeker St. btw Lafayette St. and Bowery
I’m hesitant to write this up because it’s not really a bar, but I went and I’m writing, so there. This is basically a live music venue downstairs and performance space on the main floor. As far as the bar goes, there’s a decent amount of space broken up by lots of stairs, so good luck during a crowded show. Service is good, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Madison Ave. btw 27th and 28th St.
Another location in this chain of bars has situated itself in an area that’s barren of watering holes (no bar for a 2 block radius is barren in my book). It’s your typical sports bar, though it’s a lot quieter than most, and the crowd is a mix of people waiting for their express buses and anyone who works in the direct area. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Used to be Katwalk, and from the looks of everyone in here, they either still think it still is or just were too tired to go elsewhere. The pub looking exterior gives way to a decent sized space with a bunch of tables and booths scattered around. Still not entirely sure who can go up to the second floor. The taps could use a good cleaning seeing as it’s a new place, but the service is friendly, and the Owner does all he can to make sure you’re having a good time…multiple times. B&T and business kid crowd mixed with tourists. Average beers at average prices, taps need a cleaning.
Hudson St. btw Charles and 10th St.
Used to be RF Lounge, but now it’s gone to pork… Anywho, head upstairs to a decent sized bar that does a pretty good job of not cramming everyone in. If you’re not here for the food, this polished bar packs in a young crowd that can get a little douche at times. I can only attest that the food smelled great, having not tried it, but it’s a good little stop over bar for a couple of quick drinks. Above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Pearl St. btw Broad St. and Coentis Slip
I’ll give this bar credit for cramming in the most amounts of seats into a tiny bar room and somehow making it still easy to walk through. This place is a sports bar, filled with business kids, more business kids, and a random old crowd. It’s usually pretty packed with a few outdoor seats out front, service is pretty quick, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Ave. C btw 8th and 9th St.
Adding to the trend of fancier bars on Avenue C, welcome to the business kids hang out. Very polished bar full of the aforementioned group, it’s a good amount of space though it gets tight at the bar section, there’s some room in the back. Service is pretty quick with the drinks and pretty friendly, average and above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
28th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.
I’m not shocked in any way that the owners of this own Whiskey Rebel. Same layout of a long bar, though with higher ceilings, eastern European bartenders, loud house music at any hour, and popcorn. Crowd is people who like all of that. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
45th St. and 9th Ave.
Smaller and a much lower decibel level than its Upper East Side brother. There’s also a quiet bar downstairs if the small space upstairs is too crowded. The food’s good, crowd is mixed and subdued. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
28th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
A Hammer’s bar (UK, not MC) in Chelsea that is every bit as crowded as its 7th Avenue neighbors. While it does have the advantage of two floors, this placed was packed on a work night. Crowd ranges from young to B&T to old, and each group winds up staying for a while, so good luck finding a seat. Plenty of TV’s that are tuned to every sport on earth (sometimes this needs to be cut back when a main event is on). Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Amsterdam Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.
Well, to sum it up in one sentence, it looks like a place where you can grab drinks in the front and then sleep in the back? Big bar up front with plenty of high tables to sit at. The back is all laced tables, so unless you like eating under mosquito nets, stay up front. Very attentive staff, goof food to nibble at, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Lafayette St. btw Walker and White St.
So I got to go here for a corporate party, but since it was for a Vodka release, I got the club aspect of it. And by the looks of this place, that is the only aspect of it. Went back a few weeks later…yep, same aspect, though with a line. Bar up front, lots of room for dancing and room for people to sit above and stare at people who dance. It’s a club, no way around it, with an alright DJ. Beer was average tasting (bottles) and actually around average prices, taste fine.
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. btw 133rd and 134th St.
Really cool bar with an excellent live music space. Lots of room around the bar area, not as much by the stage, and quite possibly the best chicken wings I’ve ever had. Service is good and there’s a great mix of people. Your average beers on tap, average prices, taste fine.
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave and Waverly Pl.
Stonewall Inn, where it all began…oh if they could see it now. It’s mostly a tourist destination, filled with the LGBT community, college students, and the aforementioned tourists who just want to see a slice of history. The bartender was probably around back in the 70’s, and he moves as is in his 70’s. There’s a decent amount of space, two floors, good two for one special for happy hours, drinks taste average (all bottles) and are average prices at normal times.
1st Ave. btw St. Mark’s Pl. and 9th St.
Used to be Cheap Shots, and not much has changed, though I will say it is cleaner and a tad more friendlier. Good jukebox, great happy hour deals, friendly bartender. Beers tastes fine, average prices after happy hour.
Pearl St. btw Coentis and William St.
On a street where every bar is usually packed inside and outside, I was surprised at how empty this place was. I mean, it has the same amount of TV’s, maybe slightly smaller than the others, attractive wait staff, friendly bartender. Maybe it needs a better sign out front? Who knows, I’m not a marketer. Bud light and above average types of beers (Chimay, etc.) on tap at average prices, taste fine.
Orchard St. btw Stanton and Houston St.
While I came on a weeknight, it still drew a good sized crowd that wasn’t overly hipster. Bouncer up front, along with a few couches, while the rest of the people cram along the bar space. It’s a long bar, decent amount of space, with a huge staircase to the second floor small space, and I’ve seen a few people stumble their way up and down. The music is pretty good, the beers average prices and taste fine.
5th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Wedged in between the crowded Bowery and the 2nd Avenue college strip is this quiet, pretty good pub. Lots of room, good music, average people fill up this pretty decent sized space. The bartenders are moody, average beers at average prices.
4th St. btw 2nd Ave and Bowery
Pretty good sized bar in the east village that is basically two rooms, one all standing, the other half standing, and a bunch of bar video games. The crowd was young college kids to early 30’s. The only thing that stood out was that I didn’t hear any music playing, even though there was a fancy jukebox…maybe this is why the bar is named “Stillwater”? Nice bartender, average drinks at average prices.
2nd Ave btw 12th and 13th St.
I was completely fooled by this place and thought it was a German place. While it may resemble one on the inside, it’s about as German as a pineapple (had a tough time with that analogy). It’s really just a regular bar with outdoor seating, booths in the back, young crowd, supplied with above average taps at average prices.
79th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.
Definitely more space than its downtown brother, and definitely less people. There’s a pretty big bar space, lots of room to stand around, and if you come for brunch, heads up that most of the drink specials have milk in them. Is that a selling point? Who knows, but my calcium intake was superb that day. Very nice staff, average prices for drinks that taste average, and, of course they have your specialty Aussie beers.
5th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
I almost thought this was a new hipster bar in what used to be an old dive bar. Lucky for me, I don’t judge a book by its cover (would kind of fly in the face of this blog if I did!). A good amount of space, an actual TV showing sports, friendly bartender, beers taste alright and at average prices, crowd goes from tolerable hipster to normal young people.
Eldridge St. btw Houston and Stanton St.
What can you say, you come here to dance, you watch white kids recite 90’s hip-hop, the crowds get bigger and louder later in the night as they try to cram into a small space, can get a little thug but hey, if you want to dance, you want to dance. Yep, that one long sentence said it all. Beers tasted average, average prices.
9th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
I’m always hesitant when a friend recommends a bar that has dancing. But this place was actually pretty good. Lots of bar space, and they did a good job of keeping the dancing separated in another room. Lots of TV with sports on, good music, can get pretty crowded, especially the dance floor, but the service is pretty quick, average prices, beers taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 8th and 9th St.
First time I went here was on a date and when I asked the bartender what he wanted to do for a living, he said “I just wanna dance”…totally serious face, gleam in his eye. Hopefully he’s found his way. Back to the bar…some days there’s no one in here, some days a decent sized crowd. Make your way down the ramp into the small space, the beers taste alright, average prices, definitely a place to go if you want some quiet time. As a side note, it’s actual name in “Karpaty” but no one calls it that
7th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.
Alright, this place is borderline, but the lounge was the main draw for everyone when I went in here. I think people were only eating because they wanted an upscale place with the potential for fancy food instead of the pub grub surrounding. That being said, this place is tiny, and there are obstacles all over the place. Drafts were to the high end of average prices, tasted fine, service ok.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Upscale sports bar? Not sure what to say about this place. I’ve never seen it crowded and I think it wants to be a club/dance spot sometimes. Maybe over time it will get some grime under its nails. All that being said, it’s not a bad place. Plenty of room, fast service, but it’s weird watching a game because it seems that no one wants to loudly cheer for their team, just sort of have the noise of a game on in the background.
8th Ave. btw 46th and 47th St.
Home to possibly my favorite bar special: If a Matsui hits a homerun, free round for everyone. Needless to say, during the Subway Series at that turn of the century, great place to be and save money. This place was always packed, with every kind of crowd. Tons of TV’s, food wasn’t bad, beers average prices and tasted average. I used the past tense throughout this post as the bar is no longer there…come to think of it, the building is no longer there either.
Avenue A and 6th St.
This is a prime example of “is this a bar?” Arguments against: they have a big dining area. Arguments for: no one was eating there. Decent sized bar with a big music space in the back. That’s three red checkers to one black…bar. As for criticisms of this “newly declared” bar, if you don’t get a seat to watch the acts, come back later. If you do get a table, keep sneaking beers from the bar as service is slow due to the amount of people in a tight space. But be clever about it as the bartender is a hard ass who won’t serve you if you say you’re sitting in the back. Beers tasted average, average prices, skip the comedy acts.
8th Ave. and 44th St.
The outside of this place blends in perfectly with 8th Ave. and pre-90’s Times Square, meaning I wasn’t sure if it was a bar or a porn store…it’s the former, for the record. Went inside, and this is place is deceivingly bigger than it looks from the outside. Lots of space, good music, a pretty good mixed crowd of all ages. A downside was a bouncer at 5 PM, never sure why such a thing exists. Another downside were average price drinks that are $4.50…seriously, either round up or round down, no need for quarters to be floating around on the bar. Beers tasted fine, good service.
4th St. btw Lafayette and Bowery
I guess this could be considered the adult bar in the neighborhood of college watering holes. My friends like it for the firefighters. I thought the place was a little tight, but there is a big room in the back. The beers were good, average prices, owned by the same people who own Puck Fair, very friendly service.
2nd Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.
I like this place, mainly because it feels like an actual bar compared to the over the top bars in the surrounding area. This is a place you can come in with your friends, sit down for a few hours, and never be bothered. The beer was good, prices average, friendly bartenders, and they have good sports on TV. The table service is a little slow, so stick with the bar.
Spring St. btw Elizabeth St. and Bowery
Big lounge/bar on the fringe of Soho, I’ve never seen an overly large crowd here, but half of the crowd that shows up, dear lord. Nothing like having drunk B&T’s stumble around the bar and not take a hint, though I guess that’s redundant. Thankfully most people cram into the back part of the bar. There’s basically a couple of lounge seats in the front, bar in the back, nothing spectacular, average price beers, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 53rd and 54th Sts.
Definitely the least meat headed of the neighborhood college/B&T bars (though they still can be spotted), but the annoying young business crowd still comes here. It even felt a little classy, comparing it to the others in the neighborhood of course. There’s a great rooftop bar on top of two floors, lots of space. Drinks are on the high end of average prices, taste fine, plenty of plastic cups for the dummies who let them fall off the roof.
Broadway btw Rector and Thames St.
It’s tough to sell me on a bar with a gimmick, but I’ll let this one slide. Basically, you can draw on your place mat and they hang it up on the wall…cough…which basically makes the place look like your coworkers desk. Anywho, you practically walk into a basement to get in, the taps tasted fine and at an average prices, nothing but financial updates on the television though. The crowd was all business types, but a fun middle aged crowd.
Ave. C btw 8th and 9th St.
One of my favorite places in the city. While most people come to this area for Zum Schneider’s, this bar/restaurant is great for good, average priced Australian beer and great food. The bar gets its fair share of business and there is live music on some nights. The bar can be kind of cramped up front, the crowd is mixed.
60th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.
Welcome to the thugged out bar of the Upper East Side. This place was just an open studio room that had a bar in it, definitely a dive. I could not wait to get out of here the entire time I was here. The beers tasted average, average prices.
76th St. and 2nd Ave.
Kind of like a less clean Dorrian’s. The exact same clientele (B&T’s, frat boys, girls who think they’re hot shit) as other UES bars. And there are bouncers, annoyingly, all over the place. The beer tastes alright and they have your usual pitcher fare, the prices are average, and the service does what it can with the large crowd. Lot’s of TV’s to distract you from the crowd.
33rd St. btw 6thand 7th Ave.
The newest bar in the area, it’s great if you want a proper meal and average priced drinks before either heading to Penn Station or to the Garden. It’s a big open bar and the crowd is a little more business casual than the next door neighbors. Sometimes it can get a little too packed inside, but there are three huge rooms to spread out the LIRR riders before they head home.
Washington Pl. btw 6th Ave. and Washington Square West
Definitely in the running for the least polished Greenwich Village bar, it is by no means the worst. In fact, the only negatives about this place are the stairs in that lead to a door that is impossible to open after a night out. Plenty of TV’s, good mixed crowd that is very chatty, average priced beers that taste good, and plenty of TV’s to enjoy.
27th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.
Alright, I admit it, I came in here with a friend who wanted to meet other Buffy fans for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer “meet up”, purely as moral support though. Needless to say, the place was kind of empty, not even having many normal customers either. A little small, but the beers tasted fine and were your average prices. I was hoping for maybe at least Eliza Dushku.
37th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Bars that try to be clubs usually don’t sit well with me, but I was actually feeling alright here. The crowd was of the twenties/thirties variety, beers were average prices, tasted fine, and there was a good mix of music. It was a pretty good social scene too, mainly because you could at least hear the other person’s conversation as they shout over the loud music.
1st Ave. btw 73rd and 74th St.
Once you get past the “lounge look” up front, you’ll find that it looks like any other bar. There’s a lot of open space in this very long bar. The beers are your normal taps that taste fine, normal prices and the bartender was super nice. The one downside was trying to get some cheese fries. Took 30 frickin minutes to melt some cheese on some chips!!!
3rd Ave. btw 17th and 18th St.
First time I went in here, it was filled with shitty 30 year old yuppies and was super obnoxious. Thankfully I went back in again and found a better crowd to deal with. I’ll dismiss the fact that two bouncers swarmed my friends and me even though no one else was in here. The bartender was nice, the beers were good and average prices, and there’s a bunch of TV’s in the decent amount of space here.
Stanton St. btw Bowery and Chrystie St.
Well, I like the place, but it’s so close to being a hipster haven that I’m on the fence. The place was empty inside, it was busy out back. The backyard isn’t ginormous, but all seats painfully had a hipster occupying it. Plus column, sports on TV, good music, backyard. Minus column, the other people, bumped into all of the furniture because I couldn’t see it. The beers tasted good, good variety, average prices, and the service was good.
7th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Could it be? A low scale sports bar in the East Village? And free pizza…well, some nights. There’s isn’t a whole lotta space, but whatever wall space existed is filled up with TV’s and all kinds of random sports crap. There weren’t a lot of people in here at 7 on a Saturday night, but if you can find the entrance, you’ll have a place to watch sports if you don’t want lots of fans screaming in your ears…if that’s your thing of course. The beers were average prices, tasted fine, and watching a young guy sleep while waiting for his friend was mildly amusing.
Washington St. and Little W. 12th St.
An attempt at a beer garden in Manhattan? This can’t be good…I was pretty much right. Okay, they have three German beers, this is the usual even at the Queens beer gardens, but you have to buy drink tickets for them at the front desk/kiosk/booth. But there’s a ton of liquor here, so I’m hesitant to call it a beer garden. You have the crowd of people who think drinking and beer gardens are a “cool new fad” and so they wander over from Pastis and think they’re really down to earth. Toss in the fact that there’s two ping pong tables taking up a huge chunk of room, usually occupied by really intense people/people who couldn’t play to save their souls but giggle the whole time…both groups causing the balls to go flying all over the place and having the loser chase under your table for it. The whole place is covered by the High Line, so it’s open almost all year with space heaters. That being said, $8 for a large beer isn’t unexpected, they taste pretty good, and I will give points for a very attractive wait staff.
51st St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
This place used to be CB Six Bar (see review for more info), and seems to have kept the clientele around. Still has hipsters, still has every beer you’ve never heard of, but the prices are average, beers still taste fine, the staff still friendly, and they serve Goldfish at the bar. I did find it weird to have the bartender escort us to two empty seats at the bar as if it was a table, but that’s overlookable.
St. Marks Place btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
If you can’t get a table here, I would probably avoid the place. It just doesn’t have a lot of room to stand around and if you are standing, you’re blocking some of the TV’s I’m watching!!! The beers are good, average prices, and the wait staff does the best they can with the large crowd.
Amsterdam Ave. and 81st St.
Newer bar to the already packed Upper West Side college scene. It was a little empty on a nice, sunny Saturday but that’s because they don’t have the outdoor seating (also the fan base) that its neighbors have. However, I’m glad that there’s something different up here. The service is nice, good taps, average priced beers, and a quieter crowd that doesn’t need beer pong to have a good time.
St. Marks Pl. btw 1st Ave. and Ave. A
Definitely one of the better lit bars on the block, but by no means the most crowded. There’s not much to this place, decent amount of space, a quiet crowd for the neighborhood, the taps taste fine and are average prices. This is one of those places where I don’t necessarily like or dislike the place, just not much to write home about.
46th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
I liked the original (see other “R.I.P”…blurb…what should I call these…opinions?…) for its ambiance. The new location is bigger but is a 40 year old sausage fest, nary a gal in sight. The beers still taste good and at an average prices, very crowded with wannabe sugar daddies, so gold diggers, here you go. Still has one of the best Shephard’s pies (after mom’s) I’ve ever had.
Spring St. and Mulberry St.
This bar is very night and day. You can walk in here and grab a seat and actually have a conversation while you drown out the people at the one large table. Or you can be here as you’re all packed in like sardines, most of those sardines being newly graduated business B&T’s thinking they’re hep by coming to this neighborhood…is hep still a hep word? Whether it’s empty or packed, the place still houses a fun crowd and its beers are average prices, taste fine, with plenty of TV’s.
Greenwich St. and 11th St.
Big bar in the West Village. 2 floors filled with lots of rooms that I got lost in finding the bathroom. Upstairs is a little bit quieter, but good times can be had on the ground floor too. The only drawback is that it’s packed all of the time. And the bartenders downstairs have some sort of stick up their ass about serving people who look younger than 40. Beers taste fine, average prices, no knuckleheads.
17th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
If you’re asked to go out with your gay friends for the night, expect to possibly be dragged here, have a relatively fun night, and then never see them again in the bar for the rest of the night. The bartender was very good at realizing that I was straight but was nice enough to comp me most of the night. If you stay upstairs, it’s a dance floor with some fun live performances. Downstairs, well…if you’re going to bathroom, make a left at every guy making out and then zip back upstairs as fast as possible. The drinks aren’t too overpriced but do taste good.
Rivington St. and Ludlow St.
If you ever wanted a miniature version of a beer hall that’s indoors, look no further. They have some of your standard beers on tap (Sierra Nevada, etc.) but the specialty beers are what you’re here for. I had a few of the “Bear” drinks and the “Delirium Tremens” and I was actually impressed. They also got me loaded very quickly, which is always the point, and it didn’t even cost a lot, the most surprising part. The crowd is your typical Lower East side crowd but surprisingly friendly (at least when you were sitting, not the ones by the bar), the beers were about $7 but for bigger pints and imports, and they all taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 76th and 77th St.
When this place is a straight up bar, it’s not that bad. The drinks are good, average prices, and the rest of the patrons are an okay crowd, slightly teetering towards a sausage fest, plenty of sports on plenty of TV’s. However, when you come here and it’s in “club” mode, holy shit, just walk right back out. I’m 27, but it is so fucking loud in here, it goes beyond the border of ridiculous. Keep the bar, ditch Justin’s club.
Church St. btw White and Franklin St.
Look’s like some fancy restaurant from the outside, very down to earth bar on the inside. Lot’s of space and a good young crowd here. There was a more midtown bar feeling in this place than Tribeca or Financial District, beers were still average prices, tasted fine, and they had good music.
Amsterdam Ave. and 83rd St.
I’ll give the bar credit, everyone in here looked like a veteran. Though they all definitely looked as if they fought in the first Gulf War and before. It was a definitely an older crowd in here who, and I can’t blame them, was there to stare at the hot bartender. The pints, while average priced and tasting good, were definitely one of the only pints I’ve had that stayed cold the entire way down. Good amount of TV’s for sports watching too.
Spring St. and Sullivan St.
Holy expensive Bud Light Batman! This part bar, part dark lounge served up a nice slice of $26 for three Bud Lights. Now, when you first walk in, you see a small bar. In the back room, the much larger back room I might add, couches line the walls that seem to serve the sole purpose of having “trendy” people stare at you as you head to the bathroom. If you stick to the front room and don’t mind almost $8 for a Bud Light bottle, go here.
8th Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.
I was here on a birthday a few years ago, arrived after 3 AM, went straight to the back and was able to sit with about 13 of my friends and had a good time…I was suspicious though. So, I went back during normal Friday night hours and wouldn’t you know, my suspicions confirmed. I’m not sure what led to tons of B&T’s picking this place, maybe there was a khaki pants sale or something. The trick here is to go with a few friends, pick a spot, don’t mingle, and you’ll have a good time. It’s usually packed, beers taste fine and are average prices.
9th Ave. btw 50th and 51st St.
Interesting bar in Hell’s Kitchen. I went on a Tuesday night and there was a good sized crowd but the lights were off in half of the bar. Because it was cold the outdoor area was closed but there was plenty of room and service inside. The staff was very friendly and the beers average prices and average tasting. Bonus points for being definitely one of the cleaner bars in the area, if that matters to you.
47th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.
Not exactly sure how to classify this bar. The front part of the bar is nice but the back turns into a bit of a lounge area. The bartenders have an annoying habit of cutting off your songs on the juke box and putting on awfulness, the beers are average prices and average tasting and a very attractive young crowd.