Midtown West / Hell’s Kitchen

Midtown West / Hell’s Kitchen

(38th-59th, West of 6th)   

Tir Na Nog: Irish Pub. 315 W 39th @ 8th-9th Av;  Great bar food; Iffy Service; Tons of beer to choose from; Specials; Classic upscale Irish pub; Large age range.  Good spot for a sit-down pub meal; Packed for happy hour.  www.tirnanognyc.com/;

Skylark: Rooftop Lounge. 200 W 39th St @ 7th-8th Av; Cocktail lounge on 30th floor;  Rooftop bliss; Well reviewed and excellent views.  Great bar snacks and tasty drinks – not crazy expensive.  Beer $9, cocktails $16.   http://theskylarknyc.com/

Holland/ Dave’s Bar: Dive Bar. 532 9th Av @ 39th-40th; Small, skinny bar decorated with everything you’d find on a Dive Bar scavenger hunt list; $4 drinks – made strong; Usually full of locals; Colorful set of characters; Enjoy an hour of real life. NJ Devils on here. Opens at 8am. http://www.yelp.ca/biz/holland-bar-new-york;

Blue Ruin: Dive Bar. 538 9th Av @ 39th-40th; Dive bar, not terribly seedy.  Amazing jukebox and dirt cheap specials. Friendly bartenders. Great place for a few cheap drinks near Port Authority. www.yelp.com/biz/blue-ruin-new-york

Beer Authority: Pub / Sports Bar. 300 W 40th @ 9th Av;  90 Beers on tap – amazing; 100 bottles; Located next to Port Authority;  Has outdoor rooftop (3rd floor) and downstairs cash bar; HH M-Sun 11am-7pm;  Large menu – can dine here. Really great place for a bus terminal area bar.  www.beerauthoritynyc.com

Lansdowne Road: Irish Pub/ Sports Bar. 599 10th Av @ 43rd;  Off the chart good Sports Bar; Every day, all day – one 20 ounce draft & 1 bottle $4. Has 13 huge TVs; Great food; All day specials each day; Happy Hour endless; Ice bar/ rail to keep drinks cold.  Great website. Yankees fans. www.lansdowneroadnyc.com/;

BXL Belgian Café: Pub. 125 W 43rd @ 6th Av- BWay; Known for excellent Belgian beer; Moules & Frites; (Mussels and fries to the uneducated); Perfect Times Square lunch or after work spot. Great service and very fair prices. www.bxlrestaurants.com/location/cafe/

Jimmy’s Corner: Dive Bar. 140 W. 44th @ B-Way- 6th: Great sports bar with a boxing focus;  Almost tourist free; Time Square locals.  Fun & friendly staff.  Everything inexpensive.  Cool memorabilia on walls; Real New York feel. Dirt cheap.  www.yelp.com/biz/jimmys-corner-new-york

Long Room: Irish Pub. 120 W 44th @ BWay-6th Av; 35 draft beers; 10 TVs; Working fireplace; Modeled after Dublin’s Trinity College; Gastropub with a truly excellent food menu;  Great after work hot-spot; One of the best bars in midtown; Large space with very long bar; From owners of Stout.  http://www.thelongroomnyc.com/;

Birdland: Jazz Bar. 315 W 44th @ 8th-9th Av; Spacious Jazz dinner club featuring excellent Cajun food; Try for a seat at the bar for better service and faster drinks;  Very well reviewed. Music is top notch. Can pay extra for a better table up front. See website for upcoming shows. www.birdlandjazz.com;

Reunion Surf Bar: Dive Lounge. 357 44th @ 9th Av; Downstairs; Surf décor; Fun mixed drinks; Best pre-theatre or happy hour; Island themed cocktails; EUROs accepted; Taco Tuesdays; Its casual, fun, and has good food.  Reasonably priced;  Laid back surfer vibe. Cocktails $12+;  Beer $6-$8.  www.reunionbar.com;

Rudy’s Bar: Dive Bar. 927 9th Av @ 44th-45th; Dive bar w/ character! Cheap pitchers- as cheap as $7; Fantastic juke. Free Hot Dogs. Crazy place; Mix of curious new comers & Drunken locals; A must see; Giant pig outside door.  Rock bottom prices. Been around forever; Bathrooms filthy. Remains popular.  www.rudysbarnyc.com/;

Mercury Bar: Sports Bar. 659 9th Av @ 45th; Excellent number of flat screens; Large and tasty menu; Brunch menu; Singles scene;  Overall a good, solid bar; Young-ish;  Happy Hour 10:00am-8pm; $5 shots, $6 wine & martinis; $5 drafts;  Football Sundays. Actually a solid choice for a pure American sports bar. Better for day drinking. www.mercurybarnyc.com/;

Iron Bar: Pub. 713 8th Av @ 45th; Reliable watering hole; Large menu of food choices;  Happy Hour M-F noon to 8pm;  Extremely spacious; Perfect off-Times Square bar option. Doesn’t try to be too much.  www.ironbarnyc.com/

O’Lunney’s: Irish Pub. 151 W 45th @ B-Way-6th. Spacious place. After work/ show.  Good for Times Square where you expect tourists; Good drink specials; Great décor and friendly staff. Perfect for a meal. Clean/ cool décor. Large menu. Gets packed before theatre, after a show and for happy hour. www.olunneys.com/;

Connolly’s: Irish Pub. 121 W 45th @ 6th Av – B-Way; One of the best, most reliable and popular after work spots for Professional crowd; Two levels;  Private Parties; Good place to grab 2-3; late 20s to 30s crowd; Excellent food – can go for dinner.  Live music on weekends.  Strong drinks.  http://connollyspubandrestaurant.com/

Perfect Pint: Irish Pub. 123 West 45th St @ 6th Av; Multi-level pub known for excellent pub grub and a large assortment of TVs showcasing your favorite sporting events; Huge selection of draft beer along with bottled beer & about every liquor under the sun; Friendly, witty bartenders; Best bar of the many on West 45th. Has rooftop.  www.theperfectpintnyc.com;

Playwright Celtic Pub: Irish Pub. 732 8th Av @ 45-6th; Not overly touristy for a Times Square bar; Two levels- tons of seating upstairs; Large pub menu of food- decent to good; Rooftop; Good pre-theatre spot. Happy Hour daily 11am-8pm: $6 Drafts, Wine, & some cocktails.  Best location of the chain. https://playwrightcelticpubnyc.com/

Landmark Tavern: Pub. 626 11th Av @ 46th; American pub with excellent food; Easily can have dinner here; Daily specials; Brunch served;  Been around decades and going strong. Only good 11th Av choice.  https://thelandmarktavern.com/

Deacon Brodie’s: Irish Pub. 370 46th @ 9th Av; Long, narrow Irish Pub; Super Friendly Bartenders – offering frequent buy-backs; Great Happy Hour spot and actually a good singles scene.  Traditional pub feel in this tourist popular area.  Completely reliable. Locals only.   https://www.yelp.com/biz/deacon-brodies-tavern-new-york-3

House of Brews: Brew Pub. 363 W 46th @ 8-9th; Top beer selection- 80 Beers from 30 countries; Beer-lovers dream and decent pub fare as well; Friendly staff; Beer samplers; Great for groups. Have a 96 oz beer funnel. Not as popular as it should be. Second location on 51st @ 8th-9th Av. Beers $8.  www.houseofbrewsny.com/46th-street/

Mean Fiddler: Irish Pub. 266 W 47th St @ 8th Av; Large pub with live music / DJ at night; Huge bar area with endless flat screen TVs; Bar staff can be forgetful; Happy hour noon-8pm; Good jukebox; Touristy bar near theatres. Very hit or miss. Very young crowd at night. www.themeanfiddlernyc.com/;

Haven Rooftop: Rooftop Bar. 132 W 47th @ 6th-7th Av; Happy Hour 4-6pm so leave work early! Cocktails are normally $16 and wine $13. Beer is $8.  HH they are 6/8/10. Overall, prices okay for a rooftop. More of a restaurant scene than bar.  www.themeanfiddlernyc.com/;

Rum House: Lounge. 228 W 47th @ B-Way – 8th; Old school feel with mixologist bartenders; Cocktails amazing but pricey; Live music and open mic even; Great food; Piano every night; Try the Tortuga Rum cocktail. Attached to Edison Hotel; Older scene;  1930-40s feel.  HH daily 12-6pm. http://therumhousenyc.com/

Latitude Bar: Bar/ Lounge; 783 8th Av @ 47-8th; Singles scene; Popular 8th Av hotspot;  DJs 4x a week; 4 levels inside including rooftop deck; 20 flat screens so great for sports; Very extensive, upscale bar menu. Website is excellent. Clean and more upscale though a bit pretentious. Private parties welcomed. www.latitudebarnyc.com/

48 Lounge: Lounge. 1221 6th Av @ 48th; Enter on 48th 6-7th Av; High quality, stylish after work lounge; Full of Wall Street types enjoying Happy Hour after work; Sexy, friendly, professional staff; Excellent cocktails; Swanky feel; Networking going on all over; Gorgeous inside. Cocktails $18. https://48nyc.com/

The Gaf: Irish Pub. 401 W 48th @ 9th-10th Av; Bar for locals; Dart boards; Bartenders are very friendly; Low key scene; They cater to their regulars; Comedy some nights. Affordable prices.   https://www.gafwest.com/

Press Lounge: Rooftop Lounge. 653 11th Av @ 48th; Truly beautiful 360 degree views; Spacious and comfortable; Service spot on; Drinks well made; Fancier late at night;  Dress code. Cocktails $21, wine $15, Beer $11.  www.thepresslounge.com

Hurley’s: Irish Pub. 248 West 48th @ 7th-8th; Large, 3 levels and a beer garden. Clean, good Irish Pub scene mixed with tourists. Good food and a great selection near the theatres.  Sit Down dining available- large menu; Excellent beer selection.  www.hurleysnyc.com/;

Tonic: Sports Bar. 727 7th Ave @ 48th-49th; 3 levels, Excellent Food; Has large/ multiple TVs on each level; Lounge feel; Nice Irish bartenders; Little pricy for genre.  Very clean, cool looking and sharp; One of the best sports bars in the city; Very good food.  Happy hour M-F 4-8pm;  Weekend Brunch.  http://tonicwest.com/home

Perdition: Irish Pub.  692 10th Ave @ 48-9th; Super Happy Hour- 1pm-8pm; Live Jazz; Big spot; World Cup- Soccer friendly; Hospitable staff. Food til 3am- excellent food; Great beer/ liquor selections. Pub feel. 20 oz pints; Lots of fun cocktails, martinis and margaritas. Personal favorite.  https://perditionnyc.com/

On the Rocks: Whiskey Bar. 696 10th Av @ 48th-49th; Very casual lounge owned by a former marine;  This is a pure whiskey/ scotch bar. Have a massive collection of rare brands.  Guys chilling with a high end drink.   www.yelp.com/biz/on-the-rocks-new-york-2

West End: American Bar. 813 8th Av @ 49th; More of a restaurant than bar – but great for a drink as well. HH is M-F 4-7pm with $7 select cocktails; Huge food menu;  Brunch (but $12 cocktails). www.westendnyc.com/

Lillies: Lounge. 249 W 49th @ Broadway-8th Av;  Gorgeous interior and they have terrific food and seriously good drink specials for happy hour;  Otherwise expensive. Victorian décor will give you plenty to look at; Gets crowded late on weekends – best for happy hour or to relax during weekend days. www.lilliesnyc.com

Playwright: Irish Pub. 202 W 49th @ B-Way-7th Av; Not overly touristy for a Times Square bar; Two levels- tons of seating upstairs; Large pub menu of food- decent to good; $5 beer specials; Good pre-theatre spot. More expensive than other locations. Happy hour 4-9pm – awesome.  https://playwrighttavern.com/

Gossip: Irish Pub. 733 9th Av @ 49th-50th; Clean, traditional Irish Pub featuring tasty burgers and solid pub grub; Happy hour 4-7pm; 13 flat screen TVs; Turkey Burger or Bangers & Mash – can’t go wrong. Nothing extraordinary, but always reliable. www.gossipbarnyc.com

Hibernia: Irish Pub. 401 W 50th @ 9th-10th Av; Incredible popular, small local Hell’s Kitchen watering hole;  Great beer garden;  Steelers bar; TVs; Bar food solid – try French Onion Soup, wings and cheese fries; Owners/bartenders friendly to all. Outdoor patio at back.  http://hiberniabar.com/

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar: Wine Bar. 151 W 51st @ 6th-7th Av;  French wines featured; Small place; Great food; Have a tasting room; Many wines by the glass; One of the only wine bars in midtown. Classy place.  www.aldosohmwinebar.com/about

American Retro Bar: American Bar. 714 11th Av @ 51st; Try their burger and endless ‘Tots’ menu; Pinot Grigio $7; Super casual- dive feel; HH is M-Sat, 11am-7pm with $5 drafts & well. Neighborhood spot. http://americanretrony.com/

McCoy’s Bar: Dive Bar. 768 9th Av @ 51st-52nd;  Open daily 10am-4am;  HH daily 10am-7pm with $5 shots, pints & well;  Tons of whiskeys; Despite 9th Av location – mostly locals here. Comfortable. www.yelp.com/biz/mccoys-bar-new-york

Rosie O’Grady’s: Irish Pub. 800 7th Ave @ 52nd; 2 levels sit down restaurant & bar. Great after work or theatre place. Upscale lounge-bar downstairs, with very attractive furniture; Excellent Irish pub food; Meals/ happy hour/ pre or post theatre spot. Service is mixed as are the more ‘fancy’ food selections. http://rosieogradys.com/

Russian Vodka Room: Restaurant/Bar. 256 W 52nd @ B-Way-8th Av; The draw here is the flavored Vodkas; You can not taste the Vodka but they are full strength. Also, Great Russian food.  Suggest coming for Vodka & appetizers.  Martini heaven. Massive vodka menu. Personal favorite. https://www.yelp.com/biz/russian-vodka-room-new-york

Casellula: Wine Bar. 401 W 52nd @ 9th-10th;  Never ending cheese and wine list. VERY highly rated by Zagats. 40 cheeses to pick from;  Perfect for a date;  Wine by glass $12-$15. Very cute interior.  www.casellulahk.com/

Ardesia: Wine Bar. 510 W 52nd @ 10th-11th Av; LA Style wine bar; Incredibly good food for a wine bar; Truly a hidden gem for wine lovers; Pre-dinner/ pre-theatre; Outdoor patio; Very solid service; Most glasses are $9-$12 – good for the genre; AND, a huge selection. HH is M-F 4-7pm. www.ardesia-ny.com

Bar Nine: Dive Lounge. 807 9th Av @ 53-54th; Multiple rooms going far back inside; Cool, alternative type of scene; Velvet sofas; Post-college scene, regulars and sports fans;  Basic comfort food; Chill scene; East Village type of bar on West side.  Live music daily; Happy hour 3-7pm- $10 pitchers.  https://bar9ny.com/

The Irish Pub: Irish Pub. 837 7th Av @ 54th; Beautiful from the outside; Inside – gets mobbed during happy hour;  Great pub food; Lots of TVs and it can be a pretty good sports bar; Friendly service; My issue with the place – no real happy hour. http://www.theirishpubnyc.com/

Valhalla: Beer Pub. 815 9th Av @ 54th; Incredible craft beer selection in bottles and on tap;  40+ beers on tap; Beer connoisseurs;  Random specials including great lunch specials – any food item and a beer for $10; Adding to 9th Av’s already excellent craft beer pub lineup;  http://valhallabarnyc.com/;

Flute: Champagne Bar. 205 W 54th @ B-Way-7th; More of a champagne lounge as the name suggests; Trendy… lots of women frequent this place. Sexy feel and classy; Not cheap; Fancy, large selection of wine and champagne; Date spot; Sofas and comfort. HH is Tuesday only, 4-8pm. www.flutebar.com/

Old Castle Pub: Irish Pub. 160 W 54th @ 6th-7th; Great friendly pub to watch Irish sporting events including Hurling; Long bar, happy hour 12-2 and 5-7pm; 18 flat screen TVs; Brunch served Sat/ Sun 8am-4pm.  Food, sports, and Guinness. http://www.oldcastlepub.com/

Faces & Names: Bar & Grill. 159 W 54th @ 6-7th Av; After work spot; Large space with tons of couches and cool places to hang; Sizable bar as well; Extensive food menu- perfect to start out the night or lunch; Private Parties; Ideal to meet people – especially a group. https://facesandnames.com/

Barcelona Bar: Shot Bar. 923 8th Av @ 54th-55th; Renowned for extremely friendly service; Huge selection of shots are there thing; Great for night of drunken sillyness; Monday night trivia night; Happy Hour: week days 4-7pm $3 beer, $4 well. 100+ shot menu. www.barcelonabarnyc.com/

Bar Bacon: Pub. 836 9th Av @ 55th.  First up, great food here including Lobster Grilled Cheese;  Can get Bloody Mary or Beer samplers with Bacon samplers; Food is crazy tasty for a pub.  Drinks are $6 for beer, $9 for wine. https://www.barbacon.com/

Rumours Bar & Grill: Irish Pub. 933 8th Av @ 55th – 56th;  Great sports bar with – Baseball & Soccer focus; Friendly bartenders; Excellent beer and happy hour specials M-F 4-7pm. Nothing special, but a solid bar. Can be hit or miss and tourists abound. https://rumoursbar.com/

McGee’s Pub: Irish Pub. 240 W 55th @ B-Way-8th; Upscale pub. Inspired show How I Met Your Mother; 3 levels of fun; 16 HDTVs; Internet jukebox; All major sporting events of TV; Lunch and dinner served; Spacious as hell; Three rooms- very long bar.  Happy Hour specials all day. https://mcgeespubny.com/

DJ Reynolds: Irish Pub. 351 W 57th @ 8-9th Av;  Upscale scene with gourmet bar food; Solid after work option; 20 ounce pints; Standard set-up and ideal for lunch, daytime drinking or a casual dinner; Good place to meet up after Central Park. Brunch comes with 1 drink. http://djreynolds.com/

P.J. Carney’s Pub: Irish Pub. 906 7th Av @ 57th-58th. Standard Irish Pub; Tables around the perimeter of a central bar. Huge drink and food menu. HH is 3-6pm with $5 wine, $4 beer & cheap wings. Otherwise beer around $8.  http://pjcarneys.com/