(38th-59th, West of 6th) **UNDER CONSTRUCTION** Bars without descriptions have reviews coming. They are still in geographic order.
Tir Na Nog: Irish Pub; MOVED – 39th & 8-9th: 18/20/M; www.tirnanognyc.com/homepage.php; Great bar food; Iffy Service; Tons of beer to choose from; Specials; MSG Give-aways & sponsors often there; Classic upscale Irish pub; Large age range. Good spot for a sit-down pub meal; Packed for happy hour and pre-MSG games.
Skylark: 30th floor cocktail lounge
Holland/ Dave’s Bar: Dive Bar. 532 9th Av @ 39th-40th; 20/10/I; http://www.yelp.ca/biz/holland-bar-new-york; 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.
Terrace at Yotel: Social Food & Drink
Lansdowne Road: Irish Pub/ Sports Bar. 599 10th Av @ 43rd; 22/19/M; www.lansdowneroadnyc.com/; Off the chart good Sports Bar; Every day, all day – one 20 ounce draft & 1 bottle $4. Has 13 huge TVs; Great food; Have private parties here; Happy Hour. Ice bar/ rail to keep drinks cold. Great website. Yankees fans. NOTE ALL
BXL Belgian Café: Pub. 125 W 43rd @ 6th Av- BWay; 18/16/M; www.bxlcafe.pregraphic.com/; Known for excellent Belgian beer; Moulle & Frites; (Mussels and fries to the uneducated); Perfect Times Square lunch or after work spot. Great service and very fair prices.
Jimmy’s Corner: Pub / Dive Bar. 140 W. 44th @ B-Way- 6th: 23/16/M; Awesome Juke. More laid back for the area. Great sports bar as well with a boxing focus; Almost tourist free; Time Square locals. Fun & friendly staff. Everything inexpensive. Cool memorabilia on walls; Real New York feel.
Long Room: Irish Pub. 120 W 44th @ BWay-6th Av; 23/21/M; http://www.thelongroomnyc.com/; 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; Dublin feel makes it complete.
Birdland: Jazz Bar. 315 W 44th @ 8th-9th Av; 24/18/E; www.birdlandjazz.com; 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.
Reunion Surf Bar: Dive Lounge. 357 44th @ 9th Av; Downstairs; 22/23/M; www.reunionbar.com; Surf décor; Fun mixed drinks; Best pre-theater or happy hour; Island themed cocktails; EUROs accepted; Taco Tuesdays; Its casual, fun, and has good food. Reasonably priced; Laid back surfer vibe. Replaced Kemia – a Moroccan lounge.
Rudy’s Bar: Dive Bar. 927 9th Av @ 44th-45th; 24/12/I; www.rudysbarnyc.com/; 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.
Mercury Bar: Sports Bar. 659 9th Av @ 45th; 20/19/M; www.mercurybarnyc.com/; Excellent number of flat screens; Large and tasty menu; Brunch menu; Singles scene; Overall a good, solid bar; Young-ish; Happy Hour 4-8pm; Football Sundays. Great bar food; Actually a solid choice for a pure American sports bar. Better for day drinking.
O’Lunney’s: Irish Pub. 151 W 45th @ B-Way-6th. 18/17/M; www.olunneys.com/; 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.
Pony Bar: Brew Pub. 637 10th Av @ 45th; 26/18/I; www.theponybar.com; Draft beer heaven; See website for what’s on tap right now; $5 a beer – great craft selection; Large food menu; Incredibly well reviewed on Yelp; Best craft beer bar in the city; Can’t say enough about the place. If you love beer – you’ll love it here.
Connolly’s: Irish Pub. 121 W 45th @ 6th Av – B-Way; 17/17/M; www.connollyspubandrestaurant.com/dev/; 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.
Perfect Pint: Irish Pub. 123 West 45th St @ 6th Av; 21/19/M; www.theperfectpintnyc.com; 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; Ideal mid-town pit stop.
Playwright Tavern: Irish Pub. 732 8th Av @ 45-6th; 19/19/M; http://playwrightcelticpubnyc.com/; 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. Happy Hour 10am-8pm: $4 Miller, Bud drafts. Best location of the chain.
Deacon Brodie’s: Irish Pub. 370 46th @ 9th Av; 22/15/M; 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.
Bourbon Street B&G: Sports Bar. 346 W 46th @ 8th-9th Av; 22/20/M; www.bourbonny.com; Very cool looking Bourbon St themed bar popular after work and into the night; Fun drinks like Hurricanes and traditional New Orleans fare; Tons of specials such as $5 Hurricanes; Excellent website – check out menus. Singles scene & great to pre-game.
St. Andrew’s: Scottish bar. 140 W 46th @ 6th– 7th Av; 22/20/E; www.standrewsnyc.com/; Bar & Grill; Live music at times; Upscale pub with excellent grub; Great pre-theatre drink spot or after work/ show. More upscale than most; Bartenders in kilts. Classy establishment. Endless Scotch selection; Amazing food with huge menu. *NEW LOCAL
O’Brien’s: Irish Pub. 134 W 46th @ 6th-7th Av; 17/18/M; http://www.obriensnyc.com/; Huge midtown lunch spot and after work location; Daily happy hour 5-8pm with $5 well and $7 martinis; Mixed service and food quality; Probably a better bet when not crowded during the day or on weekends.
House of Brews: Brew Pub. 363 W 46th @ 8-9th; 19/15/M; www.houseofbrewsny.com; 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.
Mean Fiddler: Irish Pub. 266 W 47th St @ 8th Av; 18/17/M; www.themeanfiddlernyc.com/; Large pub with live music at night; Huge bar area with endless flat screen TVs; Bar staff can be forgetful; Happy hour noon-8pm, $3,50 bottles; Good jukebox; Touristy bar near theatres. Very hit or miss.
Rum House: Lounge. 228 W 47th @ B-Way – 8th; 23/18/E; www.edisonrumhouse.com; 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.
Langan’s: Irish Pub. 150 W 47th @ 6th-7th Av; 20/20/M; www.langans.com; Irish pub known for a great lunch and after work crowd; Recently renovated; Excellent Irish food and world cuisine; Lots of tables; Upscale Irish pub setting comfortable for work friends or a casual dinner.
Latitude Bar: Bar/ Lounge; 783 8th Av @ 47-8th; 19/18/M; www.latitudebarnyc.com/ Singles scene; Popular 8th Av hotspot; DJs 4x a week; 3 levels inside including roof 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.
48 Lounge: Lounge. 1221 6th Av @ 48th; Enter on 48th 6-7th Av; 25/25/E; www.48nyc.com; 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; Decent food.
Hurley’s: Irish Pub. 248 West 48th @ 7th-8th; 17/15/M; www.hurleysnyc.com/; Large, 3 levels and a terrace. Clean, good Irish Pub scene mixed with tourists. Cheap beer. Gets packed on weekends. Good food and a great selection near the theatres. Sit Down dining available- large menu; Excellent beer selection.
Social Bar Grill & Lounge: Bar/ Lounge. 795 8th Av @ 48-49th; 19/16/M; www.socialbarnyc.com/; 3 levels; Upscale Sports bar; Cheap drinks but lots of people; Outdoor deck & great singles scene. Major scene to meet & one of the coolest spots in the area. Sexy staff. Must try on an evening out in Hell’s Kitchen. Same ownership as Latitude. Happy hour: all day Sunday & Monday; noon-8pm rest of week (drinks $4-$5)
Tonic: Upscale Sports Bar; 727 7th Ave @ 48th-49th; 20/20/E; www.tonicbarnyc.com/; 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 4-7pm;
Perdition: Irish Pub; 692 10th Ave @ 48-9th; 23/20/M; www.perditionnyc.com/; Super Happy Hour- 1pm-8pm; Live Jazz; Big spot; World Cup- Soccer friendly; Hospitable staff. Nice, clean bar. Food til 3am- excellent food; Great beer/ liquor selections. Pub feel. 15 person open bar packages – great for groups/ birthday. 20 oz pints; Lots of fun cocktails, martinis and margaritas.
On the Rocks:
Lillies: Lounge. 249 W 49th @ Broadway-8th Av; 23/22/M; http://timessquare.lilliesnyc.com/; Gorgeous interior and they have terrific food and seriously good drink specials for happy hour; Appetizer special lets you pick 3 items; Victorian décor will give you plenty to look at; Gets crowded late on weekends – best for happy hour or to relax during weekend days.
Playwright: Irish Pub. 202 W 49th @ B-Way-7th Av; 19/19/E; www.playwrighttavern.com/; 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. Nice after work crowd.
Gossip: Irish Pub. 733 9th Av @ 49th-50th; 21/21/M; www.gossipbarnyc.com; 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.
123 Burger Shot Beer: Sports Bar/ Pub. 738 10th Ave @ 50th; 15/12/I; www.123burgershotbeer.com; Dollar mini burgers, $2 shots; $3 beers; The $5 wings are super good; Fries amazing- overall, good food, cheap drinks to watch a game. Meat market-ish. Dirt cheap and fun. Problems: 15% tip automatic on anything, shots small, service sucks.
Hibernia: Irish Pub. 401 W 50th @ 9th-10th Av; 23/20/M; http://hiberniabar.com/; 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.
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar:
American Retro Bar:
Rosie O’Grady’s: Irish Pub. 800 7th Ave @ 52nd; 19/19/E; www.rosieogradys.com; 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.
Russian Vodka Room: Restaurant/Bar. 256 W 52nd @ B-Way-8th Av; 23/18/E; http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/; 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.
Casellula: Wine Bar. 401 W 52nd @ 9th-10th; Never ending cheese and wine list. VERY highly rated by Zagats.
Bamboo 52: Lounge/ Restaurant; 344 52nd @ 8-9th Av; 21/19/M; www.bamboo52nyc.com/; Incredible happy hour place; Sushi bar with high end food; Sexy cliental and staff; Great music and friendly place; Singles scene; Exotic drinks; Clean, fun and energetic. Perfect for after work groups.
Ardesia: Wine Bar. 510 W 52nd @ 10th-11th Av; 23/21/M; www.ardesia-ny.com; 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.
The Irish Pub: Irish Pub. 837 7th Av @ 53rd; 17/19/M; www.theirishpubnyc.com; 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.
Bar Nine: Dive Lounge. 807 9th Av @ 53-54th; 15/15/M; www.barnine.com/; 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; Happy hour 3-7pm- $10 pitchers.
Disiac Lounge: Lounge. 402 W 54th @ 9th & 10th; 23/21/M; www.disiacloungenyc.com/; Small, cute, not bad background music, little outside patio at the back. Kind of chill. Latin feel – but not a big place. Multicolored tables, cozy places to sit; Impress a date here; Friendly, caring staff. Sangria is amazing. Morocco themed.
Valhalla: Pub. 815 9th Av @ 54th; 22/16/M; http://valhallabarnyc.com/; 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 (see Pony Bar)
Three Monkeys: Sports Bar. 236 W 54th @ B-Way-8th Av; 22/20/M; www.thethreemonkeysbar.com; Double decker sports bar in old Divine Bar space; 36 beers on tap; Lots of flat screens; Great escape from the local tourist bars; Craft beers available; Happy hour features $5 beer of the week; Slightly pricy otherwise. Upscale after work scene.
Flute: Wine Bar. 205 W 54th @ B-Way-7th; 21/21/VE; www.flutebar.com; 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.
Old Castle Pub: Irish Pub. 160 W 54th @ 6th-7th; 19/18/M; www.oldcastlepub.com; 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.
Faces & Names: Bar & Grill. 159 W 54th @ 6-7th Av; 18/17/M; www.facesandnames.com; 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.
White Oak Oyster Bar & Lounge:
Barcelona Bar: Shot Bar. 923 8th Av @ 54th-55th; 21/13/M; www.barcelonabarnyc.com; 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.
Rumours Bar & Grill: Irish Pub. 933 8th Av @ 55th; 19/18/M; www.rumoursbar.com/; Great sports bar with – Baseball & Soccer focus; Friendly bartenders; Excellent beer and happy hour specials. Nothing special, but a solid bar. Can be hit or miss and tourists abound.
McGee’s Pub: Irish Pub. 240 W 55th @ B-Way-8th; 22/20/M; www.mcgeespub.com; Upscale pub. 3 levels of fun; 16 HDTVs; Internet jukebox; All major sporting events of TV; Lunch and dinner served; Spacious as hell; Happy hour specials including beer of the month- $4. Three rooms- very long bar. Brunch 11-4pm. Happy Hour 1-9pm daily.
Ava Lounge: Lounge. 210 W 55th, 14th Fl @ B-Way-7th Av; 23/24/VE; www.avaloungenyc.com; Located on Penthouse of Dream Hotel; Part Rome, part South Beach décor; Amazing panoramic rooftop views; Excellent pricy cocktails; They do have a happy hour – inquire – as that will save you a fortune.
Lincoln Park B&G: Sports Bar/ Dive. 867 9th Av @ 56-7th; 18/17/I; www.lpgnyc.com; Quirky waitresses- say hi to Jacki; Cheap drinks; Sizable menu; Lots of TVs; and a cool cave-like setting make a great chill bar. Monday = $3 drafts; Wed = $1 mugs Bud Lite; Thurs= Ladies nite. Inexpensive any night. Always have $3 PBR tall boys.
DJ Reynolds: Irish Pub. 351 W 57th @ 8-9th Av; 16/17/M; www.djreynolds.com; 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.
P.J. Carney’s Pub:
Above 6: Hotel Bar. 308 W 58th @ 8th-9th Av; Rooftop; 23/21/VE; Hotel that’s home to Blue Ribbon Sushi B&G; Sibling of Above Allen in Lower East Side; http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/nyc/6-columbus/drink/above-6; Very date friendly and ideal for a pre-theatre or pre dinner drink.