Union Square / Gramercy

Union Square / Gramercy

(14th-34th; East of 6th)   **UNDER CONSTRUCTION** Bars without descriptions have reviews coming. They are still in geographic order. 

Corkbuzz: Wine Bar. 13 E 13th @ University-5th Av; 24/21/E;  http://www.corkbuzz.com/;  Wildly popular with rave reviews; Very nice selection of rare and top notch wines; Food is outstanding – especially the Pork belly;  Gets mobbed on Saturday nights;  Ideal starter place and perfect for a lite dinner and great wine. Have wine classes.


Park Bar: Lounge. 15 E 15th @ 5th; 23/20/M; Upscale atmosphere; late 20s-30s; Date place/ pre-dinner drinks; Comfortable places to sit, though small overall and gets crowded; Mature crowd; Well made cocktails.  Pre or post dinner date spot. Large windows, welcoming feel. Late afternoon cocktails.


SideBAR: 118 E 15th @ Irving;

Little Town: 118 E 15th @ Irving;


Revival: Dive Bar. 129 E 15th St @ Irving-3rd Av; 19/17/M; www.revivalbarnyc.com/;  Garden in back;  Private parties; Happy Hour 4-8pm weekdays;  Punk Rock Tuesdays;  Couch surfer Thursdays – Int’l folks who look for a place to crash! Great beers on tap. Upstairs area to chill. Cheap drinks for area.


Raines Law Room: Speakeasy. 48 W 17th (downstairs) @ 5th-6th Av; 27/26/E; www.raineslawroom.com; Mixologist heaven; Classy scene; Orient Express décor; Chains on wall to summon staff; Great way to impress a date; Just cool as hell; Open 5pm-3am, opens 7pm Sunday. If in the area, start here with a cocktail. Rave reviews from all sources.


Rye House: Liquor Bar. 11 W 17th @ 5th-6th; 24/24/E; http://ryehousenyc.com/; Large, clean space; Attentive, professional bartenders with knowledge of their craft; Special cocktails for about $12; Just a massive list of bourbons, ryes, rums, scotches and more; More of a pub feel than a lounge.


Lillie’s: Irish Pub. 13 E 17th @ B-Way-5th Av; 23/23/M; www.lilliesnyc.com; Gorgeous Victorian inspired décor; Lots of fun as well; Super friendly bartenders; Lots of effort here; Huge space – best times at the bar; Has a huge menu and brunch, desserts, bar food served. One word – impressive.


Cibar: Martini bar. 56 Irving @ 17-18th; 22/21/E; www.cibarlounge.com/; Trendy and cool. Date place / sophisticated spot; Sexy crowd; Professionals with cash; DJ sometimes; Fireplace, and outdoor area in summer; Romantic – formula works here. Plush couches. Order a martini here.


Dear Irving: 55 Irving @ 17th-18th;


Triona’s on Third: Sports Bar. 192 3rd Av @ 17th-18th;  20/16/M;  http://trionasnyc.com/home/third-ave/welcome/;  Great Irish bartenders; Multiple TVs (13); Great specials, dart boards, decent food;  Huge burgers & top Shepherd’s Pie; $10 pitchers Bud light daily from noon-7pm;  Have all sports packages.  Beer pong; Darts; Fun spot.


Old Town: Pub. 45 E 18th @ Park S-BWay;  20/21/M; www.oldtownbar.com/;  NY Institution; Great Food; After Work/ Happy Hour spot; Cool old-NY feel- opened in 1892; Upstairs area as well; Great starter bar. A fancy McSorleys of sorts.  Like a London pub. Delicious burgers; Homey feel;  Not a good sports bar… more for atmosphere.


Pete’s Tavern: 129 E 18th @ Irving;

Gramercy Park Bar: 322 2nd Av @ 18th-19th;


Flatiron Lounge: Lounge.  37 W 19th @ 5-6th;  22/21/E;  www.flatironlounge.com/; Awesome bar/ lounge. Great starter place. Known for inventive cocktails made with the freshest ingredients; Professional service. Pre-dinner- Ideal for a date; Amazing food too.  Classy, sophisticated. Art deco design.  Jazz age inspired setting.


The Watering Hole: Irish Pub. 106 E 19th @ Park-Irving;  17/15/M;  http://www.wateringholenyc.com/; Karaoke Wed-Sat;  Happy hour 3-7pm M-Th, noon-7pm Fri-Sun with $4 draft beer, wine and well. Good jukebox; Full of locals; Nice bar menu;  Not an overly crowded or noisy place.


Boxers: 37 W 20th @ 5th-6th Av;

The Players: 16 Gramercy Park S (20th) @ Irving;

Petite Abeille: 401 E 20th @ 1st Av;

Studio XXI: 59 W 21st @ 5th-6th Av;


Slate: Pool Hall. 54 W 21st @ 5-6th Av; 20/18/E; www.slate-ny.com/; Upscale pool hall;  Very nice, spacious bar area; Sexy bartenders; Perfect for a Private party or group; After work hot spot; Has a Ping Pong Lounge!! 25 Pool Tables/ 200 seats. Even a dining room.  Also a dance floor- mistake! Yuppy/ corporate crowd- 20s-30s. Avoid on weekends.


Ampersand: 294 3rd Av @ 22nd-23rd;


Molly’s: Irish Pub. 287 3rd @ 22nd-23rd; 23/18/M;  www.mollysshebeen.com/; Truly a traditional place. Small but very friendly staff.  Working fireplace and very homey feel; Huge portions of excellent Irish food.  This one you have to check out. Best Guinness, Corned Beef, and Irish Breakfast! Sawdust on floor; Great atmosphere.


McSwiggan’s: Irish Dive Pub. 393 Second @ 22-23rd; 20/16/M; www.mcswiggansbar.com; Neighborhood Bar; 20s-40s crowd;  Pool, Darts, Jukebox; Amazing drink specials daily; Nothing stands out but it is reliable and everything an Irish pub should be- including the pub grub.  $12 pitchers! LINK


Spin: Sports Bar. 48 E 23rd @ Park Av S; 21/20/E; www.spinyc.com; As one reviewer put it – it is ‘table tennis with a bar, not a bar with table tennis; If you are a ping pong junkie, this is your place. Fairly priced drinks; Great for groups; Best on a weekday when there is little or no wait for a table. Every Monday – open tournament!


Taproom No. 307: Beer Pub. 307 3rd Av @ 23-24th; 20/19/E;  www.taproom307.com;  Craft beer specialist; Over 40 beers on tap;  Great place to watch a game as well; Service can be spotty; Truly excellent food – especially the burger;  Five assorted craft beers for $25;  Rotating selection of suds.


Fitzgerald’s: Irish Pub. 336 3rd Av @ 24-5th; 18/16/M;  This is your classic neighborhood Irish pub featuring $4 all day pints of domestic; Great pub food with partitioned seating; Clean bar area and bathrooms; Friendly conversations. Full of locals; Around since 1901.


Grey Bar: 43 W 26th @ BWay-6th Av;


Hog Pit: Dive Bar. 37 W 26th @ 5-6th Av; 17/17/I;  www.hogpit.com/; Country roadhouse serving amazing bar food – Mac n Cheese; Grilled cheese; Pool table, country tunes, and cheap beer. The Duke brothers would have come here; Absolute dive. Great place for a cheap beer as well. $8 pitchers during football! Fun times.


Flatiron Hall: 38 W 26th;

Belgian Beer Café: 220 5th Av @ 26th;

Abbey Tavern: 354 3rd Av @ 26th;


Mad Hatter: Irish Pub. 360 3rd Av @ 26-7th; 19/18/M; 50 seat beer garden; Old and new; Great beer and food. Has darts and pool; $4 happy hour pints;  Fun vibe – TVs for sports.  Typical bar – but that beer garden! Try the Mad Hatter Red Ale; Manchester City fans


HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails: 367 3rd Av @ 26th-27th;


Hillstone: Bar/ Restaurant. 378 Park @ 27th; 22/20/M;  www.hillstone.com/hillstoneNYC/; Unreal food- best pub level food in the city; Semi-formal actually, perfect for a date; On bar list because it has one of the best after-work scenes in NYC; Singles, meeting for a drink, and a spacious bar area. Happy Hour best time to go.


Roof at Park South: 125 E 27th @ Lex-Park;


Jazz Standard: Jazz Bar. 116 E 27th @ Lex-Park; 25/19/E; www.jazzstandard.net; Outstanding Jazz but the bonus is the food. BBQ supplied by Blue Smoke upstairs;  Located underground; Roomy setting;  Well known acts show up; Excellent acoustics; See website for schedule; Two sets an evening.


230 Fifth: Upscale lounge. 230 5th Av @ 27th; 23/23/VE; www.230-fifth.com/; Roof deck with 14,000 sq ft terrace with 360-degree views. Expensive.  Pre-dinner scene. Stylish bar open 4pm-4am every day; Sexy, good-looking crowd; Large parties; Truly an epic spot to take a date for dinner/drinks or for a Holiday party. Gets a bit of a tough door into the evening on weekends; Extremely popular and has an occasional celebrity. 10am-4pm brunch buffet weekends.


Whitman & Bloom: 384 3rd Av @ 27th-28th;

Nomad Bar: 10 W 28th @ BWay;

Snafu 28: 37 E 28th @ Park-Mad;

Churchill Tavern: 45 E 28th @ Park;

John Dory Oyster Bar: 1196 BWay @ 29th;

Tavern29: 47 E 29th @ Park;


Tonic East: Upscale Sports Bar; 411 3rd Ave @ 29th; 20/20/E; www.toniceast.com;   Excellent Food; Large flat screen TVs; Lounge feel; Nice Irish bartenders; Little pricy for genre. Very clean, cool looking and sharp; One of the better sports bars in the city; Happy hour 4-7pm- $2 vodka red bulls/ drafts. Spin wheel for drink. LINK


Paddy Reilly’s: Irish Pub. 519 2nd Av @ 29th: 23/17/M; www.paddyreillysmusicbar.us/; Lots of live music. Great for a few. Awesome food.  Even have open Mic night; Guinness & Bud on tap only; Reeks with tradition & been around forever. Classic Irish gem. One of the most authentic Irish pubs in the city. Nightly bands.


Little River Beer Garden:  Lobster Rolls, Beer Garden – great views.


Failte: Irish Pub. 531 2nd Ave @ 29th– 30th;  22/20/M;  www.failtenyc.com/;  Standard Irish fare with pool in the back;  Extremely friendly staff and patrons;  Fireplace; Beer Pong & Trivia Thursday; Weekend drink deals just as good. One of the better spots in the area. Website recently down; Guinness poured well here. Whiskey specialists.


Wine:30: 41 E 30th @ Mad-Park;

Banc Café: 431 3rd Av @ 30th;


Waterfront Ale House: American Pub. 540 2nd Av @ 30th; 20/15/M; www.waterfrontalehouse.com; Really great American bar food (ribs, nachos, elk or bison burgers etc); Menu is large as well; Excellent selection of beers; Cool, ‘normal’ bar scene;  Attracts regulars; Large whiskey list;


Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar: 11 W 31st @ 5th – BWay;

The Heights at Arlo NoMad:  Three Kings Restaurant Group.  Rooftop Bar.


PS 450: Lounge. 450 Park Av @ 31st; 20/19/E; www.ps450.com/; Has a stylish 32 foot bar; DJ at night; Great after workspot with banker types that changes into a more progressive crown later; M-F 4-7pm $4 drafts; Decent wine selection; Great food; Private party space. The space is huge. Unpretentious; Rear lounge. Happy Hour deals 4-8pm.


Brother Jimmy’s: Dive / Sports Bar. 181 Lex @ 31st; 20/14/M; www.brotherjimmys.com/;  Carolina Bar; Incredible Bar-B-Q food; Dirt Cheap beer specials- Happy Hour 5-8pm; Great for games – especially Tarheels or Yankees; Singles scene at night; Beer lover’s haven; Fish Bowls with Alligators in them; Just a fun place.


Jack Dempsey’s: 36 W 33rd @ 5th-BWay;

Foley’s: 18 W 33rd @ 5th-BWay;


Legends: Sports Bar. 6 W 33rd @ 5th-BWay; 23/20/M; www.legends33.com; Huge place featuring football ‘factory’- soccer. 3 levels – can dine on amazing pub grub on 1 level full of sports memorabilia; Every soccer game imaginable plays here; Stunning gorgeous interior; Gets mobbed after work and during big games but it’s huge. Private parties.


Rattle and Hum: Pub. 14 E 33rd St @ Mad-5th Av; 21/19/M; Massive beer selection; Perfect alternative to Ginger Man near by; Lots of TVs as well; Knowledgeable staff; Happy Hour specials 11am – 7pm weekdays. Cask quality pints; Great drink menu explaining the beers and providing alcohol content. Cool, pub décor and great food. Laid back vibe; Private Parties welcome. http://www.rattlenhumbarnyc.com/newsite/


Mercury Bar: Sports Bar/ College Bar. 493 Third Av @ 33-34th; 18/17/M;  http://mercurybareast.com/; Excellent number of flat screens; Large and tasty menu; Brunch menu; Singles scene;  Overall a good, solid bar; Young-ish;  Happy Hour 5-            8pm;  Football Sundays. Michigan State and Detroit Lions fans. Tasty bar food worth trying


Wine:34: 127 E 34th @ Lex;