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8th Ave. btw 30th and 31st St.
A step up from the old Walter’s, a step down from really any other bar nearby, this place is a little low rent, but at least it’s quiet. Small space, crowd is a mix of everyone young and old, and the service is decent. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Bleeker St. and MacDougal St.
I never would’ve known this was here if it wasn’t for randomly searching for any new places on a certain other website. Cut through a restaurant (you will be leered at), and head downstairs to this decent cocktail bar. It’s got about a handful of seats at the bar, a small seating area next to it, and that’s about it. Service is friendly, crowd is young, cocktails at cocktail prices, taste fine.
31st St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Used to be the Irish Times, and now it’s not, but by name alone. Still the same sports bar with plenty of TV’s for your viewing pleasure, still is multi-leveled, still alot of space to move around. Beers are even the same, though the service got a little slower. Average beer at average prices, taste alright.
Essex St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.
It’s an arcade with beer, and that’s about it. Games ranging from old to older, usually crowded and gets a little tight but I never had to wait long at all to play. Crowd ranges from 20’s to 30’s to gamers. There’s booze in the back, average taps at average prices, taste fine.
3rd Ave. btw 17th and 18th St.)
Used to be Still, but now it draws more of a crowd, though that crowd may still be business kids, thankfully with more adults mixed in. Still plenty of sports on TV, service is better, still a pretty big space. Average taps at average prices, taps could use a cleaning out.
Lafayette St. btw Houston and Bleeker St.
Quiet cocktail bar that does a good job of having many people walk by without even knowing it’s in there or drawing attention to itself, but I would not classify it as a speakeasy either. Glad I cleared that up. You walk into a decent sized bar room with a bigger sitting room around the corner. It’s usually empty by the bar with groups heading towards the back, so it’s a decent spot for a quiet drink alone or a date. Service is fine, cocktails at average cocktail prices (~12), taste fine.
92nd St. and 3rd Ave.
Used to be Brother Jimmy’s, and man, it couldn’t be any more different. Gone are the days of day drinking in a dark bar, here is a brunch/dinner spot that caters to families as well as the tame sports watcher. The space is more crowded with numerous tables, and the booze selection has gone up a notch from fishbowls and bud lights. Above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
1st Ave, and 7th St.
Laid out like a mix between a soda shoppe and diner, complete with old school jukebox, this hipster bar is usually crowded and yet can range from noisy to quiet all the same. If you don’t get one of the tables or a stool at the bar, you’re just going to get shoved around in here. Bartenders are nice, the crowd is locals and hipsters, though the two are quickly becoming one and the same. Above average beers, at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Turks & Frogs (11th St. btw Greenwich and Washington St.)
Wine bar in the West Village. It’s a small spot that basically draws locals and people waiting to get into a brunch spot nearby. A few seats at the bar, some more room in the back, lots of good wine. Bartender was friendly, your average price for a glass of wine (~9), taste fine.
Highline and 15th St.
The only bar on the High Line (not that there’s really room for others), and while it’s a small space, I actually found it enjoyable. A handful of long tables for sharing space, but they are usually always filled up. And since you can’t take the beer beyond the roped off area, just hope for the best…I think I just liked it for the people watching Crowd is a mix of tourists and local 20’s and 30’s that work nearby, beer is above average and slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Ave. C btw 7th and 8th St.
This place is very borderline, kind of an upscale eatery that’s main focus is the big bar upfront. Granted, I saw no one eating which is how I’m making this judgment call, but it was raining outside, so everyone turned to the bottle. Staff was very friendly, a decent amount of places at the bar with a small standing room. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.
Deceptively large bar, when looking through the small window outside that is. Big bar space leads to a decent sized backyard that has a good amount of room. Crowd is a mix of old and young, lots of people who live in the area. The food’s pretty good, big beer selection, good service. Average and above average beers, average prices, taste fine.
15th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.
Underground bar located beneath Chelsea Market. While it’s actually well decorated (reminds me of the City Hall subway tunnel…with booze) and pretty easy to get into, the clientele is full of business kids and B&T’s, packing this place to the gills. Pretty good spot otherwise. Bartenders do their best to keep up, as do the table staff, but be prepared for a hot (temperature wise) night out. Above average beers on tap, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Absolutely bingo. Spot on. A billion synonyms I can use for the bar I’ve been waiting for here in NYC can be used to describe this place. This bar used to be located on 8th and 33rd but has since closed and relocated here. Plenty of space with everyone grabbing drinks at the bar and heading back to their own booth/table/area with their own group. Plenty of space to mingle, loads of sports on TV, good chatty service, and good food. Well done. Average drinks at average prices, taste fine.
29th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.
Used to be Red Sky, but they have thankfully classed the joint up. Still multi-leveled, the place is now a little more…intimate isn’t the right word…it’s definitely darker and not as much as a party atmosphere on the first floor. It actually comes off as more of a restaurant on the first floor. Food’s good, service friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Mulberry St. and Kenmare St.
I went in around happy hour, as I’m wont to do, and all I saw was a lot of business types swarming around and filling the small bar area, with a few branching out to the tables. After getting my pint, I noticed that the empty table area is actually kind of a restaurant and there is brick oven pizza on the menu. Now, I would say this is a good example of getting fooled by the name of a place, but no one was eating (though the pizza did look and smell pretty good), everyone was drinking/carousing/watching sports on tv, so I’m going to go with the “bar” label unless I see people eating in there. Above average pints at above average prices, taste fine, good service.
48th St. and 9th Ave.
I’m not exactly sure who was hoping for a meat head bar in Hell’s Kitchen, but here you go. Basically one room split by the bar down the middle, definitely doesn’t feel as polished as it’s Midtown location even though it’s new-ish to the area. The crowd is as mentioned in the first sentence, sprinkled in with Business kids. Service was pretty good though, average prices for average drinks that taste average.
54th btw Broadway and 8th Ave.
Decent sized bar with two floors in midtown that usually has a pretty good sized crowd, from tourists to area workers to business types. The top floor is usually some group, the downstairs for the casual drinker. Nothing really stood out to bring me back, but it’s by no means a bad place. Average drinks at average prices, taste fine, nice staff.
3rd Ave. btw 23rd and 24th St.
New bar on the scene that specializes in all the above average taps one could ask for. The problem is that there isn’t a lot of room to house the masses who come here. Packed with an inordinate amount of seats, try and make your way to the back where there is a sliver of room. My gripe about space aside, and the selection is pretty good, tastes good, the staff is friendly, and they try to keep the prices in the $6-10 range.
3rd Ave. btw 27th and 28th St.
This place used to be Choice, but now it is one ridiculously long and thi…ahem, wide bar. There is a lot of space in here and it draws a decent crowd. It basically hasn’t changed except for feeling a bit more open. Sports on TV, average pints at average prices, taste fine, friendly staff.
Broadway btw 104th and 105th St.
I’ll start with the positives; big space, TV’s scattered around. The downsides; you get some weirdos sitting in here, and since there aren’t that many people in here, you notice them more. Older crowd from the neighborhood…really not much us to say so I’ll end it with average beers on tap, average prices, taste alright.
Warren St. btw Broadway and Church St.
It’s a…bar? I mean, the bar is the focal point, no one was eating here…yeah, a bar…I guess, and by no means a club. Maybe the switch happens after 8 PM?. The exterior of the bar is the flashiest part, small space inside, not really crowded, and mostly an older crowd with a few young B&T’s who accidentally stumble in but feel guilty about doing an immediate turnaround. Good happy hour, no taps, bottles taste fine.
53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Used to be Black Finn, and I’m sure it will be something else soon enough. A tavern it is not, just more of the usual for this area, meaning business kids, B&T’s, meat heads, your usual sloppy drunks. Layout is a long bar that is always crowded, plenty of TV’s, average prices for average beers that taste alright.
Greenwich St. btw Franklin and Harrison St.
Used to be Pig & Whistle, and definitely has more of an open-space feeling. Your crowd of B&T’s and business kids is the norm here, with your smattering of older locals. Lots of room, sparsely crowded, plenty of TV’s to watch a game. Though I did notice that though they have many taps, they’re 80% your average taps (Bud Light, etc.). Taste fine, average prices.
Tenth Rail (10th Ave. and 33rd St.)
Was sad that I couldn’t make it in here when it was Finnerty’s, so I can’t compare. I can only imagine it was better as a dive, because I was not feeling this place. Shiny, clean, bad DJ, annoying crowd (right out of college kids). Bartenders were aloof, average prices for average tasting pints.
41st St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Used to be Port 41, but looks a tad more welcoming from the front now. If you’re in this area, you’re taking the Lincoln tunnel, using the Port Authority, a construction worker, want a dollar slice of pizza, or homeless. All are welcome at this place and they all show up! This place is a dive, make no mistake, and there’s plenty of room, though I would stick to the front area. If you come in here with an open mind, you’ll be fine. If you think Social is the best bar in Hell’s Kitchen, don’t bother. Nice staff, locals will either chew your ear off or let you sit in silence, average prices for average pints.
2nd Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd St.
Even as I’m writing this review, I have no doubt that this place will change hands again. The layout remains the same though. Two floors, business kids and B&T’s, and probably some of the better looking bar servers in the area. Well, for the second floor at least, didn’t get a great peak at the main floor servers. Average beers at average prices, good amount of space.
Sullivan St. btw Bleeker and 3rd St.
The Pinch closed and this place opened up in its stead. Same exact place, down to the costs, beer types and tastes, so I’m taking the easy way out and referring you to my Pinch review. Time management!
Elizabeth St. btw Broome and Grand St.
I did not expect this. I thought I was in a theme park bar and half expected a log flume to be out back. No log flume, but lots of pool tables. A good amount of space, average to below average price beers, good service, young crowd.
St. Mark’s Pl. btw 1st Ave. and Avenue A
Let me say that the bartender is really nice, the music selection is good, and it’s a cool place to relax. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t normally come in here. They have your microbrews on tap, they’re a buck or two above average prices (though I found out they do this to keep out the college kids), average tasting, and, to be honest, it’s practically a wine bar. Space is small up front, slightly bigger space in the back.
9th Ave. btw 33rd and 34th Sts.
There aren’t many bars in this section of Manhattan, but I still wouldn’t go back here. Possibly the un-friendliest bartender I’ve ever had, and he thought he was being nice. The taps were good, average prices, the muted TBS movies on TV were not enjoyable, and the crowd was just a bunch of freshly over the hill guys.
2nd Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd Sts.
What to say about this double-decker bar. It truly is night and day between floors. Upstairs is a dance floor atmosphere while downstairs is your typical pub with TV’s and pretty decent food being served. Downstairs, the crowd is more subdued and can be tolerable…sometimes. Upstairs, it’s just crazy, always packed, and is it necessary to give the frat boys and meat heads beer pong?
7th Ave. btw 28th and 29th St.
Your standard pub, though a tiny bit fancier than most, it’s probably the one I go to the least in this Penn Station stretch, but it’s by no means a bad place. They have your typical beers which taste good at your average prices, but the service is kind of slow, especially if you grab a table and need a refill.
84th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Everybody raves about this bar. The bartender is very friendly and the beers are good and at average prices. But can this place even fit 30 people? And yes, it’s the middle of the day but you can’t see anything inside because of the dopey low lighting. That and they would rather watch the Yankee game and whatever is on the OTB channel than put a Mets game on.
6th Ave. btw White and Walker St.
I’ve been here a few times. The first time was on Valentines Day with 6 male friends and we were just drinking. A group of girls come in and we’re thinking “sweet”. Nope, lesbians. However, this must have been a rarity. This place has a lot of space but does attract the locals that don’t like the other clubs/lounges in the area. The beers are your normal taps, taste good, average prices, and a nice sized room in the back with a pool table.
23rd St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
This place can fill up fast, though mostly because of a lack of space. If you can’t get a seat in the front or at the bar, you just find yourself being shoved around. On the other hand, they have cheap to average priced beers that taste fine and Tater Tots, so all is forgiven.
Penn Station btw McDonald’s and the LIRR ticket booth
Excellent place for one last drink before heading home on the LIRR, like me who takes the fast ride to Woodside and hope they don’t take your ticket. There is a lot of space in this bar, though the back always feels a little shady, and some of the people who are in here are definitely suspect. At 27, I definitely felt young in here, and you would think there would be a bigger TV in here to show what’s going on upstairs. The bartenders are pretty speedy, the beers are average prices and taste fine.
3rd St. btw MacDougal and 6th Aves.
After going here on multiple occasions, I’ve decided that I’m not a huge fan of this bar. This bar has one too many annoying people who frequent it, and the second floor is to be avoided unless you have it rented out. While the beers are average prices and the service nice, the clientele is just way too young and dopey, to put it mildly.
3rd Ave. and 29th St.
You’re either going to get one of two scenarios here: hoity toity right-out-of-college kids who think they’re in a club or people from an alumni association watching their team on one of the many TV’s. The drinks are good with average prices, the service does what it can to serve everyone quickly, and there are multiple levels to accommodate everyone, including a rooftop.
7th Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.
If ESPN Zone is too much of an annoyance to get into, and you really don’t want to leave the right in Times Square area for your sports, come here! Squashed in between a strip club and the Tropic Zone, you have its spillovers here, with lots of big TV’s and decent food and a lot of people. The drinks taste good, cost average prices, and your fun loving meatheads to boot!
Elizabeth St. btw Bleeker and Houston St.
If you ever wanted a bar that feels like Williamsburg without the huge annoying crowd in lower Manhattan, look no further. The bar has a big projector screen and smaller TV’s, but they were showing Big Brother and, after looking at the back wall, had plenty of movies ready to show, if that’s your thing. Call me crazy, but sports won’t kill you. The hipsters in the bar were few (it was a Sunday night) but this place does get crowded. The tap is a little off but the specialty beers taste fine and were still average prices.
Grand St. btw W. Broadway and Wooster St.
Definitely one of the older feeling bars in the neighborhood. It’s still a pretty good place to go and watch a game, lots of good space and draws a young to slightly older crowd that keeps out the rich kids. Pints taste good, average prices, and friendly bartender.
Cliff St. btw Fulton and Beekman St.
Thank god I walked around the housing projects or I never would’ve found this place. This college bar is definitely tucked away. Feels like my den mother’s wood paneled living room in here. The place is a decent sized space, a younger crowd, and the beers taste fine and are average prices.
8th Ave. btw 33rd and 34th St.
Definitely one of the more adult bars in the neighborhood. This place is always packed, whether it be with pre-gamers, business people, or families, I have never walked in here without being packed in. Sometimes this is good, sometimes I head right back out the door. The staff is very friendly and tries to keep things moving, the taps are good and the prices are average. Between here and Local across the street, you feel like half of Long Island is at this intersection.
2nd Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.
What does one say about this bar? Everyone knows about it, probably because they have a dance floor. There’s always a lot of people here, mostly a young crowd interspersed with a few idiots. There are decent drink specials, and lots of TV’s. However, I went there recently and they no longer have the dancing and the bar was kind of lame so the luster may be lost for this place. I mean, they would let 12 guys in and not let an extremely attractive girl in, take what you will from that. When it was quiet, nice bartender, good beers, average prices.
Bleeker St. and Sullivan St.
I assumed there was someone important inside from the three bouncers at the front door…nope, just us chickens. There’s a good amount of space in here and usually a table or ledge to lean on. The odd part is the tall waitress who just dances behind you and doesn’t talk to you unless you start the conversation, I’m assuming to get me to buy a shot. I was not fooled! Somehow the frat boys in the rest of the bar. The pints are average prices, taste fine, service is good actually.
Rivington St. btw Ludlow and Essex St.
This could be the downfall of the Lower East Side. Don’t get me wrong, the place wasn’t so bad, but I’m a fan of posterity and “one of these bars is not like the others”. There are a lot of people here, more on the sausage side. It’s a little hard to get to the bar, it’s a little hard to get a table, it’s a little hard to get a phone number because groups stick together here like glue…who am I kidding, I have no game. A plus for the bar is that the drinks are pretty reasonable priced and taste good.
2nd Ave. btw 9th and 10th St.
When this bar finally wasn’t shut down for a private party, I gave it a shot. This long bar is trying to draw in a little bit classier of clientele to the pub scene. The beers were your average prices, taste fine and there was sports on the TV, but the tight space, with an either non-existent crowd or packed to the gills night out, gave off an unwelcoming vibe.
3rd Ave. and 35th St.
Though it’s still a young college crowd in here, most of the people who go here think they’re better than their classmates that go to Joshua Tree and 515 next door. This could be looked at either way…I think they’re still a bit pretentious and just want to watch sports. That and the setup is kind of weird, probably because I’m never a fan of pleather couches, especially not in bars. The beers are good, average prices, excellent dollar special at night.
52nd St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
My friend insists it gets crazy in here but I definitely caught in on a quieter night. Rated by my friend as one of the better gay bars in the city, it definitely has a more upbeat/cozier feeling than most other places, gay or straight. A bonus was that they had Rolling Rock on tap, and it actually tasted good, two for one happy hour specials, average prices the other times.
53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Lots of space in this business-y sausage fest bar in midtown. There was a good 2 for 1 special here and the wait staff was a little rough around the edges, but it was a decent place to hang out for the younger crowd that wants to avoid the overcrowded bars around the corner. Average prices for average beers, good amount of space.
3rd Ave. btw 93rd and 94th St.
Well, the bartender was really nice here. Otherwise, it’s a little rundown and the crowd was a little sedated. Though that creepy guy at the bar, he was fun to watch. They had a good selection of taps at your average prices, a pretty decent happy hour special (though the margarita machine was down that day) and karaoke. It was one of those places you walked into and wanted to say “aww”, but not in the “aww, that’s cute” way, more of in that “aww, that dog only has three legs” way.
8th Ave. btw 30th and 31st St.
I don’t know how to write up this bar without getting people in trouble, so I’ll tip toe around it. A very college crowd and the few old people who like to hang out with them. Prepare to be ambushed by drunken college girls batting their eyes for a free drink and then moving on (I used my words to make her cry for attempting that). There’s a decent amount of space here, the drinks are average prices to keep the FIT kids coming in, and luckily the bouncers keep an eye on people getting too drunk because I guarantee, you will all get too drunk here and make an ass of yourself…I’m looking at you LIRR riders.
8th Ave. and Jane St.
This is definitely a tavern. However, if you’re not sitting and decide to stand at the bar, you will be shoved by people until the cows come home. This is a very West Village crowd, meaning young and old, families and friends…could be the most Hallmark-y sentence I’ve ever written. The beers taste good, costs average prices, and is one of the cozier bars in the city.