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12th July
2010
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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.

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12th July
2010
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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.

www.socialbarnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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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.

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12th July
2010
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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.

www.snafunyc.com

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12th July
2010
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Slipper Room (Stanton St. and Orchard St.)

I’ve always heard about the burlesque shows that go on here, but have only ever come for drinks.  Definitely gives you the feel that it’s been here forever, the bar is a small area up front with a decent amount of space to sit or stand.  Service was pretty quick for the size of the crowd, cost average prices and the beer tasted fine.

www.slipperroom.com

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12th July
2010
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36th St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.

If you’re not up for the crowds across the street, come in here…and get everyone else who had the same idea.  A decent amount of space in here…well, upfront at least.  The bartenders are the reason to come here, very friendly, good for a chat, average priced beer that tastes as good as you can expect a Bud Light to be.

www.slatterysmidtownpub.com

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12th July
2010
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W. 4th St. and Jones St.

This slightly themed bar in Greenwich Village is, honestly, just in need of a cleaning and it might be a great place to go.  I know, I appreciate a dive as much as the next person, but there’s something stale about this place.  The taps taste a little rusty and the area that separates the bar from the people eating smells like the back of Key Food on hot day.  The beer is average prices and still taste fine, which was one saving grace, that is unless you want shots from plastic syringes, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?

www.slaughteredlambpub.com

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12th July
2010
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Bowery btw Houston and Bleecker St.

Nice bar with plenty of TV’s and cheap beer.  I’ve seen the place get packed but it can also have small crowds and can still hear others in your party.  The bar is nicely situated in the East Village when all of the hipster bars become a little to crowded/pretentious and you just want to watch the Mets game.  Two for one special for happy hour, prices are average after, taste fine.

www.slaintenyc.com

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12th July
2010
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MacDougal St. btw Minetta Lane and Bleecker St.

This bar had so much promise when we first walked in.  The staff was friendly, they had great music with videos playing in the background and a nice place to sit and have a conversation.  That all changed on a dime.  The music got turned up to vibrating levels, apart from being turned to bad music, and the wait service was non existent.  I have no idea how the place calls itself “A place to be Irish”…maybe there is a sucky place in Ireland I’ve never visited.  The beers, when they showed up, tasted fine and were average prices, a fact confirmed when the bill also finally showed up.

www.slanenyc.com

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12th July
2010
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The Sixth Ward (Orchard St. btw Stanton and Houston St.)

I guess this is the direction the Lower East Side is going, sadly.  It’s not a bad bar, but it reminds of me of some trashy Italian discothèque (redundant?) in someone’s basement.  Negative for stairs to get in and the above mentioned atmosphere.  The crowd is small and can be described as typical for these new LES bars, the taps at least taste fine and are average prices.

www.sixthwardnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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1st Ave. btw 58th and 59th St.

I was wondering when a good bar would open up in this area.  There was just one tiny flaw, and that goes to the bartender.  There’s a lot of space and plenty of TV’s in this bar, but charging me $10 for a pint of Bud Lite?  I’d prefer not.  It tasted fine but at what cost people, at what cost? (See 3rd sentence for cost)

www.sinbinbar.com

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12th July
2010
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38th St. and Park Ave.

Yes, I’m calling this a bar.  It’s a little uppity for my taste but a friend insisted I go in and try it.  A very quiet place to grab a drink, though in fairness there aren’t too many other places to drink on Park.  The drinks were actually good and not too above average prices.  The bartender was friendly and there was a decent amount of space to move around, though you will feel like you’re intruding on tables if you venture to far from the bar.

www.silverleaftavern.com

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12th July
2010
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15th St. and Irving Place

Would go back purely for the staff.  Though it feels like a tight space, they do pretty well making sure everyone can see one of the gajillion TV’s in here.  There is a back room that is actually not a back room and just a darker/loungier/more worn in couchier space to watch a game on the big screen.  The beers tasted pretty good at average prices and it’s a decent place to bring a group.

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12th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 82nd and 83rd St.

There’s tons of room in this bar, that is, if you have a map to navigate your way around.  The service is a little slow and the taps are alright, but the prices are still average.  Like every neighboring bar, there are tons of TV’s to watch sports and the clientele is your typical Upper East Side crowd.

www.shipoffoolsnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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15th btw 3rd Ave. and Irving Pl.

A nice quiet bar with plenty of space and a nice atmosphere.  It’s not exactly tucked away but it is a little off the beaten path.  The food is good, the beers are average prices, taste fine  and there are TV’s where you can not only watch a game but hear it too, what a concept!

www.shadesofgreenpub.com

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12th July
2010
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3rd St. and Sullivan St.

Tiny bar in Greenwich Village with even less space to stand around.  In fact, if they were trying to feel more like a café, mission accomplished.  The crowd is chock full of NYU students that seem content to sit there all night and feign hipness.  The beers were average prices, taste fine, and if you’re looking to sit and watch a game, no dice here.

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12th July
2010
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1st Avenue and 73rd St.

I went here on Marathon Day so I’m not sure exactly how crowded this bar normally gets.  Went back randomly on a weekend, frickin’ packed.  They do have plenty of space to accommodate a huge crowd, though nowhere near enough bathrooms.  And because it was Marathon Day, the lite beer was jacked up to $8 bucks for a can, so unfortunately that is a huge point against the bar.  I mean, seriously, would you normally be doing any business of that magnitude on a Sunday morning!?!  That and there was only one TV working in the front bar and all the bartenders were all dudes, always a no no.  On normal days, average beers, average prices.

www.session73.com

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12th July
2010
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Clinton St. btw Stanton and Houston St.

I’ve always heard about this place from friends so I finally checked it out.  I get the feeling that it was big a couple of years ago, but has since lost the crowds to the neighboring bars.  That’s not to say that the bar was bad at all.  The drinks were your average prices and tasted fine, the tables taken up by some party of yentas so there was no room to sit, and the bartender was very attentive.

www.saltnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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York Ave. btw 84th and 85th St.

Well, this is probably the only bar in the city where you can dance and drink anymore.  This doesn’t really make for the best thing ever, but pickings are slim.  So, you put up with the 5 layers of bouncers and the annoying meatheads because you and your friends want to dance to 80’s music and whatever Z100 is playing these days.  The beer tastes good and decently priced, but you’re here for dancing or to support your friend who is guest bartending.

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