Posts Tagged ‘W’
25th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
The only reason the outdoor signs are so large is because there is no other way to know a bar is actually in here. Step into the hotel lobby, realize there are no signs inside directing you to the bar, and then head to the back to find a small bar that, from the looks of it, only brings in hotel guests. Plenty of space to sit, good amount of TV’s, and friendly service. Average and above average beer at slightly above average prices, taste alright.
Turns out it’s closed, color me shocked. And this is why you don’t wait forever and a day to post things!
Duane St. btw Church St. and W. Broadway
Cocktail bar in this neck of the woods that manages to keep a crowd after the happy hour crowd disperses. Decent amount of space, but it’s better to grab a table so you don’t have to chance spilling your drinks when it’s packed (leave the spilling to the pros!). Crowd is young to early 30’s, service handles the crowd well, cocktails at cocktails prices, taste fine.
3rd Ave. btw 26th and 27th St.
The latest to the cocktail craze in this neck of the woods, but by no means the smallest. Plenty of space here, about a dozen or so seats at the bar, and then it basically is like every other cocktail bar/gastropub you’ve been to. Service is friendly (dressed in the usual suspendered attire), crowd is mixed, clever names for cocktails that are at cocktail prices, taste fine.
14th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
A “gastropub” that is joining the ranks of other “gastropubs” in this neck of the woods, though this might be the most crowded with younger people out of them all. The crowd ranges from fresh out of college to business kids, standing around for either your generic cocktail or one of many taps. Staff is friendly, big space with seats in the back and a front bar area that has good turnover on stools but maintains the number of patrons. Above average taps, taste alright, above average prices.
St. Marks Pl. btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
To say it’s just a bar that is frequented at intermission from the guests attending a show at the attached playhouse and only really frequented by passerby’s who wait until they see a sign of life in here before entering might be the best way to sum this place up. The crowd is basically theater goers and the occasional stragglers, and they serve mostly cocktails and are pretty in the know about absinthe. A few above average beers on tap, above average prices, taste fine.
Bowery and Great Jones St.
Not much table room in the back, but a good amount of bar space up front. Crowd is mid 20’s to 30’s, service is friendly, kind of a place to come and grab a quiet drink before moving on. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Bowery btw 3rd and 4th St.
If you don’t see a door or window, look for the people painted on the walls outside. Once inside, it’s a decent sized place that is empty around happy hour but fills up as the night goes on. Bartenders are friendly, mixing cocktails with a few beers on tap. Crowd is a little older than its neighbors (late 20’s to 30’s). Above average beers and cocktails, slightly above average prices on the beers, average prices on cocktails (~11), taste fine.
Duane St. btw Hudson St. and W. Broadway
When your place of business doesn’t have a sign with the name on it, and you’re right next to another place with the same “thinking”, you’re off to a bad start. So you find the place, and step into a decent sized bar. Great spot for a date, lots of people here for after work drinks, mid-20’s and up crowd. All cocktails, probably could taste a little better though some are alright, but the service is good, and you can usually get a seat at the bar if you hang around for at least a second drink. Cocktails, cocktail prices (~12), gin cocktails need work, the rest taste alright.
South St. btw Maiden Lane and John St.
Picnic benches with a good beer selection on a pier with good burgers (though pricey) = bar, so say I! Basically, I just summed it all up in that one sentence, but I’ll expand to show effort. New spot next to the Seaport where there’s a good amount of space to sit with some friends or make new ones, service is a little slow, and it’s outdoors. A negative is the looong walk back down the pier to the bathrooms. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Ave. C and 9th St.
Used to be Banjo Jim’s, and this is a basically a 180 from its predecessor. Gone is the red lighted music venue and has now been replaced with a well-lit craft beer bar. Decent amount of bar space spanning two rooms, tables up front and some leftover standing room. Crowd is mid-twenties, hipsters, and a little bit upper crust. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Warren St. btw Greenwich St. and W. Broadway
While any bar showing sports is ok in my book…er, blog, this new breed of “posh” sports bars, such as this one, has me perplexed. How am I supposed to act in here!?! I want to root root for my home team, but everyone is standing around and paying zero attention to the game, so I wouldn’t want to be a disturbance, but it is a bar after all. That aside, crowd is all young business kids, a few booths up front with some seats in back, nowhere else to stand really so be prepared to be cramped. Above average beers with Bud Light sneaking in there, average prices, taste fine.
Murray St. btw W. Broadway and Church St.
Say good bye to what was the college themed, frat boy bar of Biddy Early’s and say hello to its clean and proper replacement. Well, at least it’s trying to be straight laced. A much more subdued crowd sits in silence here as the older bartender fumfers around behind the bar, you come in, stare at the TV, wonder if it’s any crazier downstairs (it’s not, just sort of a Whiskey lounge down there) and wonder if they are just trying to save on the electric bill with the dim lights or creating a mood. Too much thinking for a bar, so I had an average tasting drink from the average tasting taps, at average price of course, and scurried next door.
39th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Joining the fray of big bars in this neck of the woods, this one has probably the least to offer in terms of character, but it has no problem attracting characters. It’s basically just a big, open room with tables pushed against the wall in the back. The people are your business people that work in the area, from old and creepy to young and douchy, the former here to ogle the bartenders and crowd, the latter to be loud. Plenty of TV’s, service is very friendly, average drinks at average prices that taste fine.
W. 4th St. btw 7th Ave. and 10th St.
This place used to be Absolutely 4th, and they’ve done a much better job of not making you feel completely cramped. I say “completely” because it is still a small space, and the bar area seems to have gotten more crowded. It also went from sort of a posh feeling bar to a more generic “pub” atmosphere, which have led to the crowds changing from subdued to young B&T’s mixing in with the young neighborhood crowd. Service is pretty good, above average taps at slightly above average prices.
Bayard St. btw Baxter and Mulberry St.
Okay, it’s a dive. But if I could try and describe it a little better, it’s like a bar in another country where all the ex-Pats hang out, that happens to look like someone’s basement…talk about a description! If you strike up the nerve to walk past the exterior, it’s low lighting, plenty of room, and a friendly bartender. Also a big screen toward the back for karaoke. The crowd is older, from locals to guys who probably came here in the 50’s and never moved on. There are no taps, all bottles, on the high end of average prices (oddly enough) and they taste fine.
1st Ave. and 48th St.
Noticed the sign for this place as I walked by the Trump building. Small, bar/lounge that caters to the residents and workers at the UN. Small space with a column going right through the seating area, the bar is dressed up in a fancy manner, my work jeans drew a few curious looks. No taps, bottles are average prices, taste fine, mostly a cocktail menu.
Hudson St. btw Perry and 11th St.
There’s really not much to this place looks wise, but it’s actually a pretty decent spot for a drink. I mean, it’s sort of a blank room with a bar, very unpretentious, but there’s a decent amount of space, draws a good crowd that’s young and old, and the bartenders were very nice to talk to. It’s more of your neighborhood bar than a destination. Above average pints that taste good, average prices.
Baxter St. and White St.
A correction’s officer, a lawyer, and locals from Chinatown walk into a bar…I’m working on the rest. A really good tucked away bar, small but welcoming, mixed crowd (if you couldn’t get that from the opening line). It can get crowded in here, and can turn into a club on Saturday nights, but most nights its just a small group on their way home after work. Drinks taste fine, average prices, good happy hour, nice bartender.
6th Ave. and 59th St.
I get the impression that this wants to give the feel of an “old boys club” from the outside, but when you’re right next to Central Park, it just becomes upscale tourist bar on the inside. There’s a good amount of space, decent bar area, games on TV, not as crowded on the weekends. It’s a little above average prices for your slightly above average beers (Sam Adams, etc.).
Essex St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.
Alright, hipsters take note, this is how your bar should look, even if you and your kind frequent it. The plus side are some older locals, and that it ranges from slightly crowded to crowded, so it eventually turns into a good mix. As stated in their name, they have a lot of whiskey, as well as half off happy hours, otherwise average prices for above average pints, taste decent, though if you have Guinness, bartender (this is for you) it’s okay to take time for a decent pour.
10th St. and 4th St.
I would be doing a disservice by calling it an “upscale” sports bar, so how about a clean sports bar, one that happens to be located in the West Village. Now, if you don’t get a booth or spot at the small bar, you’ll be standing in a small space…make that a small, very crowded space. A bonus is the good looking fellow drinkers, though 99.99% are taken, so enjoy staring! Other than that, good service, your above average taps that taste fine at average prices, and the foods pretty good too.
8th Ave. btw 37th and 38th St.
The name of the bar is probably the sound you would make when you walked in. You feel as if you are in what once a strip club, but has since felt the cleansing hand of ex-Mayor Giuliani and had to change to just a bar. And while it is on a very crowded route towards either Penn or Port Authority, most people definitely walk past it save for the few stragglers whose curiosity has been piqued. Beers tasted alright, average prices, locals (yes, they exist in this area) and creepy guys make up the crowd.
3rd St. btw Mercer St. and Broadway
Well, it’s a step up from the place that used to be here (Leela Lounge) but that’s mainly because there’s more natural light…if that’s important to you. The bar still has the lounge feel to it, filled with boutique store shoppers on the couches who need to rest their feet, while the actual drinkers sit at the bar. Another addition is the TV’s. Average beers at average prices, crowd is a little hipster-ish.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
What this bar lacks in space it makes up for in…wings? It’s really small in here and usually is taken over by one after work group or a student union or something. But as referenced, the wings and food are pretty frickin good. The taps all taste fine and the prices are average too.
Wicker Park (3rd Ave. and 83rd St.)
If the crowd from the Kentucky Derby were to be magically transported to an Upper East Side bar, they would, within all probability, land here. Oddly enough, I was in here for the Belmont Stakes. Anywho, for a bar, it’s a classy but not obnoxiously so. I just felt awkward in here with jeans and a t-shirt, even after 1 in the morning, when it turns into a club of just one big open space and a total shitshow. The beers are average prices, taste alright, the service is decent and they have lots of TV’s.
Bleeker St. btw Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.
What used to be Asylum has now become this bar/club and, well, it tries to be a bit too much. While the pirate theme tries to capitalize on the latest craze of the moment, the idea of making it into some sort of loungy club just makes it a bit silly. While discussing the décor over the incredibly bad music, the beer was average prices, tasted fine, and the Jell-O shots being offered by our waitress didn’t seem too expensive, and don’t forget the neon beer pong…yeah, this is a draw for the kids.
9th Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.
You got me! There are few bars in this lower Hell’s Kitchen area and this bar is up there on my favorites list. A nice big space, very friendly and talkative staff, and the beers are cheap to average prices. Sorry, no TV’s here, but it is a good place to go with a few friends and have some quiet drinks, chatty as heck bartender too.
Bridge St. btw Whitehall and Broad St.
Okay, right off the bat, not your young Wall Street trader bar or college bar, which is good, I liked it here purely for that fact. That and an awesome jukebox (best in the city dare I say?). The bartenders are nice, the people here are really down to earth (mainly because you probably have to be a regular to figure out that, even though it doesn’t look it from the outside, it is actually open), and the taps are pretty good at your average prices.
Hudson St. and 11th St.
A lot of people go here for the historic nature of the bar, but the prices are completely up to date. No real drink specials, just average prices for average beers and the food is alright. There is plenty of space and definitely better than some of the other bars on Hudson.
55th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
A hidden treat in the upper reaches of midtown…can’t believe I just wrote that. Drink specials all night include $2 drafts and $3 martinis for the non beer drinkers. It’s also a pretty big space and popcorn is on every table. Definitely good for after work drinks with a few people or a big crowd. The rest of the crowd is surprisingly tolerable too.
3rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
One of the newer, and therefore more crowded, bars in the East Village. Definitely more of a younger crowd (thanks NYU) so you can expect the usual amount of drunkenness and falling down on their behalf. The beers were served in cans with coozies (ingenious!), taste fine and at average prices.
2nd Ave. btw 31st and 32nd St.
I’m guessing the guy who owns Black Bear Lodge owns this place too, because it’s almost the exact same setup, except way too many walls and doors and a frat party right in the middle. The beers are good and average prices, but you are almost always guaranteed to sit in the front where you can’t even see the rest of the bar nor have anyone acknowledge your existence. It’s really just good for a quick drink before a movie across the street.
Lexington Ave. btw 28th and 29th St.
Years ago there was another bar in this location, so I’m glad someone put another bar on this stretch of Lex. That being said, you would walk right past it if you weren’t looking for it. This place was empty after work on a Tuesday except for friends of the bartenders. They had a cheap happy hour special, the tap tasted clean (I mean, the bar IS brand new), you toss in a couple of old Italian guys at the front of the bar, some popcorn on the bar and there’s not much that stands out (not a bad thing), besides the cheap happy hour or if I’m randomly eating Indian food and want a beer.
Lexington Ave. btw 49th and 50th St.
I get it, the W Hotel is fancy and thus requires a fancy bar. It also happens to be the only place on Lexington in this area. But does it really mean that every business guy and gold-digger has to cram into this place? Seats…don’t bother. Service, pretty good. And surprisingly the beers weren’t priced too far above average. The mixed drinks on the other hand…
44th St. btw Lexington and 3rd Ave.
A nice pub in midtown that is mostly seat service, though I’m confused as to if this is part of the hotel or not because it feels like I could’ve peed and booked a room at the same time…after making it through the maze and finding the bathroom. The front bar is quieter than the back and feels very claustrophobic, the back bar is more open and lively, both are okay for a pub. Drinks taste fine, average prices.
3rd Ave. btw 38th and 39th St
This place is almost always packed, and there’s a lot of room. I finally stumbled upstairs the last time I was here and there was tons of space up here. I recommend upstairs just to stay away from those fun loving, just out of college business kids. The beer tastes fine, average prices and there’s plenty of space to watch football.
23rd St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
There aren’t a lot of bars in this neck of the woods, thanks to the nearby clubs, so this is a nice place to step away from the chic. The service is good and there’s plenty of space to sit with friends. The beer tastes good and are average prices. You really only get locals here because most offices stay on their side of 8th.
Rivington St. btw Essex and Norfolk St.
Stairs into a bar, the bane of my existence! Possibly the only negative of this bar though. Made to look like a 1970’s living room (or my parents house), there’s a lot of seating but good luck trying to get some seats. The beers are average prices, cheap PBR’s, taste about as good as you would expect, no TV’s for game watching.
Pearl St. btw Coentis Slip and William St.
We walked in through the Stone Street entrance and thought we were in an Asian fusion place. After cutting through the eatery, we came to the bar in the front. The pitcher specials were good, but the taps tasted a little harsh, and the individual drinks were average prices. There’s also not a ton of space.
19th St. btw Park and Irving
Ever want to go to a bar with college kids and the older crowd that still hits on them. Then step right up and come on in. The service was alright with plenty of average priced drinks and they did have a karaoke night. Bit of a small space with more room towards the back.
30th and 2nd Ave.
I popped in here before a movie for a drink and a bite to eat. Skip the food from now on. There’s a decent amount of space here with a younger crowd as the clientele. Plenty of TV’s for watching a game, service is alright, the pints taste fine and they are average prices. Most of the bar has seats, but aim for the back if you want to get one.
8th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.
A smaller bar near Penn Station and definitely the most quiet. It’s a tiny bit of a dive but it’s a good get away from the college crowd of the neighboring bars. The service is fine and they have your normal beers with average prices, mainly older locals.
Varick St. and N. Moore St.
I really like this bar, but it is not a place to stand around with a big group. There isn’t a lot of bar space and you kind of feel guilty sitting down and taking tables away from people who want to eat (the food is good by the way). But the bartenders are very nice, the beer tastes good and are average prices. Good after-work place.