Classic Bar

Marshall Stack

Marshall Stack

I read the name of this place and thought it was gonna be rock 'n' roll heaven. Like Vazac's but with music that I might actually want to listen to. It turns ou...
Zablozki's

Zablozki’s

I think this is what Brooklyn had in mind when it decided to become the new Brooklyn. And Williamsburg decided to transition from the neighborhood from which my...
Corner Bistro

Corner Bistro

I came here on a bright sunny day in the summer, waiting to meet a group of guys for lunch and hundreds of drinks elsewhere. If I didn't already have those plan...
Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin

I keep reading sites that refer to this bar as a "dive." Clearly these people have never been in an actual dive, as they generally don't have beautiful exposed ...
The Half Pint

The Half Pint

I have a somewhat foggy recollection of my time at The Half Pint. In fact, I didn’t even remember going there until some blurry cell phone photos I snapped turn...
The Whiskey Ward

The Whiskey Ward

A pool table, a jukebox and good beer on tap. It's like the best opening line ever written (if I do say so myself). This despite not really playing pool, and un...
The Magician

The Magician

Poof! You're a sucky bar. We're honestly not really sure what's going on here. This place feels so oddly cold and empty that you'd figure the sibilant void was ...
Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey

Winding my way through the Meatpacking District and practically out onto the West Side Highway, I thought maybe Mapquest had once again led me into a dangerous ...
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P&G Cafe

The first thing I though was, "Shouldn't the beers be cheaper in this dump?" Seriously, if you're going to charge five bucks for a stinkin' beer, at least g...
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McHale’s

Don't let the cover fool you, this isn't the OTB junkie hang out it appears to be. Nope, it's an old school bar with a new school flavor. The crowd is young...
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Toad Hall

It's like SoHo's version of a sports bar. There are TVs and munchies on the bar. There are a bunch of people smoking and milling about. There's chatter about th...
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The Collins Bar

Finally, a bar with no pretense. Collins Bar doesn't try to pretend to be anything but a neighborhood watering hole that attracts after work, messenger bag fo...
The Thirsty Scholar

The Thirsty Scholar

Maybe it's not the most popular joint. Maybe it's not the hippest joint. Maybe its name inspires more yawns than anything else, but this pub is a surprising res...
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Revival

There are no gimmicks at this Astor Place area bar--and that's actually pretty refreshing. No little couches, no pinpoint halogens, no horrendous drum 'n ba...
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Fanelli’s

Sometimes progress takes a backseat to tradition. Most of the time progress means bulldozing the past and paving it over with some shiny new metal toy... Thank ...
d.b.a.

d.b.a.

In high school a lot of our friends listened to N.W.A. We all know what that stands for. Aside from the fact that this bar's name is in all lower case letters, ...
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Blind Tiger Ale House

Reopened: Blind Tiger Ale House II Welcome to your classic pub, complete with wood paneling, tons of unpronounceable beer on tap and a crowd that is one par...
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Old Town Bar

A name so apropos it hurts. Surrounded by some of the snobbiest establishments in the city, this bar has managed to survive since the 1880's on a steady diet of...