Upper West Side

Upper West Side

**”Alcohol Alley” is Amsterdam 75th-85th. Mainly 80-83.

Center Bar: Lounge. 10 Columbus Circle @ 59th;  Gorgeous lounge with piano music; Date central and a great place to impress someone;  Cocktails are $15-$20, wine slightly less.  Fancier place; Drink pre-dinner.  Great food options. http://centerbarnyc.com/;

PJ Clarke’s: Upscale Pub. 44 W 63rd St @ Columbus;  Absolutely outstanding burgers, large seafood raw bar menu; Newly renovated;  Classy pub with great after work crowd; Comfortable and cool vibe. Old New York feel; NYC Institution- been around 100 years. Mixed crowd.  www.pjclarkes.com/;

Vanguard Wine Bar:  Wine Bar. 189 Amsterdam @ 68th-69th;  Lincoln Center lounge option; Perfect for a date and to relax early evening; Lots of small bites;  Opens at 5pm;  Food is cheap – $8-$12. Wine $12, beer $8.  Not a fancy place. Fairly small inside.   www.vanguard-nyc.com/

Shalel Lounge: Lounge. 65 W 70th @ CPW-Columbus;  Sexy, exotic lounge;  Comfortable seating; Romantic- date friendly; Cavernous- lots of nooks & crannies; Moroccan/ Mediterranean feel.  Known for having excellent food as well; Opens 5pm daily;  Can eat dinner here.   www.yelp.com/biz/shalel-lounge-new-york

Bin 71: Wine Bar. 237 Columbus @ 71st;  Expansive wine list, great cheeses from Artisanal;  Wine $12-13, Beer $8. Rare beers; Singles scene;  30s crowd; Mostly standing room only as it’s not huge.  Kind of a 30s-40s pick up scene. Has a huge food menu.  Open at noon. www.bin71.com/;

Emerald Inn: Irish Pub. 250 W 72nd @ Broadway- West End;  Neighborhood spot. 30s crowd; Long bar, decent food; Shepherd’s pie/ fish and chips outstanding; Good place to catch a game.  Cozy and warm. Open 11am daily;  Opened 1943;  Weekend brunch. Casual/laid back.  www.emeraldinnnyc.com/

Riposo 72: Wine Bar. 50 W 72nd @ Columbus; Nice selection and space; Try a cheese plate; Brunch with $5 Bloodies; Friendly ambiance; Decent liquor selection as well. Food really is excellent…getting hungry writing this; Check out website. Wine is $10-$12 by glass. Cozy neighborhood spot.  www.riposonyc.com;

Dive 75: Dive Bar. 101 W. 75th @ Columbus;  Beat up couches. Julliard students hang here. Laid back scene – great neighborhood hangout. Back room has dozens of ‘80s and ‘90s board games.  Large selection of beer and whiskey. Open at noon weekends. Beers $6-$9.  www.divebarnyc.com;

Amsterdam Ale House: Pub. 340 Amsterdam Av @ 76th; Great selection of draft (30+) and bottled beer (65+); Fairly nice décor – House of Brews feel; Inexpensive; Certainly a solid place for lunch or a pub-level dinner.  Not as fratty as others in area. Opens 11:30am.  Beers $7-$8.  www.amsterdamalehouse.com;

Blondies: Sports Bar. 212 W. 79th @ Amsterdam- B-Way;  Sports bar w/ tons of TVs; Dining area; Friendly bartenders & cute waitresses. Great wings;  Endless TVs; Great for beer parties. Any possible game is on.  Opens 11:30am; Happy hour 4-7 pm: 2 for 1 drinks.  www.yelp.com/biz/blondies-sports-new-york

Dublin House:  Irish Pub. 225 W 79th @ BWay; Old school pub from the 1920s;  Great classic rock jukebox;  Open at 9am Mon-Sat, noon Sunday;  Burgers, beer and whiskey – keep it simple here.  Older crown on average. www.yelp.com/biz/dublin-house-new-york

79th Street Boat Basin: 79th @ Riverside Dr;  Huge Outdoor Bar;  Outdoor bar/ restaurant overlooking the Hudson. Very popular Summer hangout. Massively Big – 1,500 can fit.  Multiple food options and music; Singles scene; Happy Hour; Day drinking hotspot;  Happy Hour 4-7pm M-F;  Beer/ Well $8, Wine $9. www.boatbasincafe.com/;

Jake’s Dilemma: College Bar. 430 Amsterdam @ 80-81;  College-aged crowd. Frat feel, but pretty cool.  Packed on the weekends with a meat market type crowd. Early 20s in general. Older crowd during day; Great Juke; Tons of beer.  See website for insane daily specials.  www.nycbestbar.com/jakes/;

St. James Gate: Irish Pub.  441 Amsterdam @ 81st; Solid traditional Irish fare; Offer outdoor seating; Wide Screen TVs; Friendly bartenders;  Also has brunch; Food is notably good.  Casual, small bar overall. Opens noon daily. http://www.stjamesgatenyc.com/;

Gin Mill: Dive / College Bar. 442 Amsterdam @ 81st; Young crowd. Next to Jake’s Dilemma; Beer Pong; Beer specials listed daily on excellent website; Singles getting loaded and flirting; B&T-ish but overall a good time; Very popular. ½ priced drinks noon-8pm.  17 TVs for games. http://www.nycbestbar.com/ginmill/;

Dead Poet: Irish Pub. 450 Amsterdam @ 82nd; Irish Pub that has mixed 20-30s crowd; Stylish place; Small, w/ awesome atmosphere, pool and good bartenders; College and Professional types;  Happy Hour all day on weekends; Great Bloody Mary weekend specials. Giant special cocktail list.  www.thedeadpoet.com

Hi-Life: Bar / Restaurant. 477 Amsterdam @ 83rd;  Vintage lounge. 1930s décor;  Fun place!  Low-priced swank. Fun tropical drinks. Cheap brunch. Great Food- Japanese mostly including sushi; Nice ambiance;  Almost a West Village feel. Happy Hour 4-7pm daily.  Retro all the way. www.hi-life.com/

George Keeley’s: Irish Pub. 485 Amsterdam @ 83rd;  Massive beer selection and the best bartenders;  Live bands some nights. Darts, with room to play;  Have a Beer Club (need to drink 100 diff TYPES of pints to join!); Great jukebox; Beer-inspired menu.  This bar works in every way. Excellent pub menu- wings & burgers especially.  Beer about $7. www.georgekeeley.com;

Prohibition: Lounge. 503 Columbus @ 84th; Bar/ Lounge/ Live Music venue. Very trendy lounge that isn’t too hip. Yuppieville- Still, welcoming to all types of people. 20s-40s crowd. Excellent after 10pm. Staff is sexy, friendly and fun. Sunday bottomless brunch. Pricy drinks at night. Cheap Happy Hour weekdays. www.prohibition.net/main.htm;

The Parlour: Irish Pub/ Sports Bar. 250 W 86th @ B-Way- West End; Two Levels; Some live bands. Very casual place; Downstairs bar & lounge, food, 2 bars; Singles Scene; Neighborhood spot; Pool tables; Happy Hour- 12-7pm, $5 drinks weekdays;  Opens 11am; www.theparlour.com;

Dive Bar: Dive Bar. 732 Amsterdam @ 95th; Same ownership as Dive 75 & Broadway Dive;  Pool; Happy Hour specials; Inexpensive; Excellent bar food; Lots of drinks of all types; Great burgers, wings; Cheap beer; Pub atmosphere. Has Poutine like the other spots.  www.divebarnyc.com;

Broadway Dive: Dive Bar. 2662 BWay @ 101-102nd;  Amazing bartenders, fun & relaxed atmosphere, cool décor and cheap drinks. Decor has all sorts of fun things hung on walls;  Large Pub menu including Poutine; Classic spot. Ideal for a dive bar crawl.  http://divebarnyc.com/broadway-dive/

Abbey Pub: Dive Lounge. 237 W 105th @ Amsterdam; NYU local hangout with an unpretentious scene; Friendly bartenders; Locals mingle with professors and students.  Very casual and plain décor but solid. www.yelp.com/biz/abbey-pub-new-york

Smoke: Jazz Club. 2751 B-Way @ 105th;  Fun date spot to listed to great live Jazz; Doubles as a bar/supper club; Unobtrusive service and excellent acoustics; Check out website for a schedule of acts; They have an 8 and a 10pm show on weekends. Great drink menu. Jazz Brunch Sundays;  www.smokejazz.com;

West End Hall: Beer Garden. 2756 BWay @ 106th;  Has a huge beer garden in back; Happy Hour weekdays 4-7pm;  Excellent craft beers on tap $7-$9; Food menu features delicious wings; Opens 11am weekends; Colombia students; www.westendhall.com/

Lion’s Head Tavern: Pub/ Sports Bar. 995 Amsterdam @ 109th; Frequent cheap beer and wing specials; Neighborhood feel with Colombia students; NFL game central; Beer $6, Wine $8 and cocktails $13;  Fun menu; Kitchen open late each night.  www.lionsheadnyc.com;