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Jan 15, 2010 03:13 PM

Bar/pub/drink only recommendations

Hi again everyone,

Now i've had lots of restaurant recommendations, the wife and I are going to need a few drinks on an evening. The last time we came to the big apple the only bars we found were in hotels. We stayed at the Radisson Lexington last year, and really didn't find anything at all, we were reduced to drinking in the overpriced hotel bar. This time round we're hoping for somewhere to grab a reasonably priced cocktail, a few beers and nothing too noisy, although we might be considering a club one night as well (we're there sunday to thursday, are clubs open then?)

Thanks for any help. I know its a bit off topic :o)


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  1. #! Suggest you try Keen's Steakhouse on W.36 right off 5th ave. Great bar and bartenders.
    #2 If you really want upscale, try Bemelmans in the Hotel Carlisle. Fantastic.
    #3: Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Station is unbelievable; no running shoes or jeans. Great drinks, atmosphere and service.

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    1. re: pablomartin

      Bemelman's is about as far from "reasonably priced cocktails and a few beers" as you can get.

    2. How old are you and what do you consider reasonably priced?

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      1. re: KTinNYC

        And what types of beer do you like to drink? Do you want to dress up?

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          I'm 33 and the wife is 31, reasonable prices for cocktails i would say is about $15-17 and I like any type of "lager" as we British call it (Budweiser, Coors etc) although I do prefer foreign beers that I wouldn't find elsewhere.

          As for dressing up, we will be in smart casual attire most evenings so we'd be ok for anywhere really.

          1. re: russbeer

            All I can do is beg you with all my heart and soul not to drink Budweiser and Coors - the worst beer ever produced on this earth.

            Go to The Gingerman and try many American beers (and others) and see what you like.


            1. re: gutsofsteel

              "All I can do is beg you with all my heart and soul not to drink Budweiser and Coors - the worst beer ever produced on this earth."

              There are much, *much* worse beers, at least there were in the past.

              Knickerbocker had a particularly thin and nasty taste. If you want to recapture that horror drink a Schmidt's. It's just as awful. And there was something called Canadian Ace that was beyond awful. It came in giant 2 liter clear plastic containers that were the exact shape and size of Coke bottles.

              Remember Tequiza? Now *that* was a bad beer. Schlitz, which used to quite good in the 60s and 70s, is crap now.

              Have I mentioned PBR, the Swill of the Hipster? What about Corona Light? Every one of these is miles worse than Budweiser.

            2. re: russbeer

              Outside of the most expensive hotel bars you won't spend more then $17 on a cocktail and you can get lager anywhere. You're age won't preclude any bar I can think of so at this point you just have to tell us what neighborhoods you will be in and what kind of "scene" you prefer, neighborhood bar, haute cocktails, bar to see and be seen, etc. Also the night of the week you will be out makes a difference as well.

              1. re: KTinNYC

                We're staying two blocks south of Central Park in midtown, some not too far away would be best as we don't want to be walking too far after a few beverages!! cocktail bars, pubs, dance bars, anything is fine by us, and we'll be in town from the sunday to the thursday and will be oout at least 2-3 of the nights.

                A posh bar that the celebs drink in would be nice :o)

        2. Lower East Side - Stanton Public, 17 Stanton St, Phone: (212) 677-5555
          17 Drafts, 25+ Bottles & Cask Ale Imbibes You Into This True L.E.S. Bar
          Best Vanguard LES DJs & Music
          Beer Garden (Tented & Heated)

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          1. re: Rmis32

            Which bars are closest to 57th street in midtown please? For a few relaxed beers, maybe a bit of a music bar, and a cocktail bar please. We don't want to have to travel too far at night.

            1. re: russbeer

              There is a very nice bar in the MOMA - The Modern Bar Room (with a street entrance) depending on night and time it my be too busy for you but it's very nice with great drinks, a very nice, polished vibe. There is the Oak Bar in the Plaza (don't think hotel bar, it;s far beyond that), classy and old school, Bar 48, failrly new, chic vibe. If you like Scotch there is always St Andrews with a huge selection (maybe the biggest in NYC).

              1. re: Spiritchaser

                I'll ditto the Modern Bar Room - some fantastic mixed drinks and very friendly bartenders. The cocktails are in the right price range for you.

              2. re: russbeer

                Thalia on 50th & 8th Ave. is fairly lively with good cocktails, several brews and snacks.

                828 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10019

            2. here is a list of some of my fave cocktail bars:

              for beer i recommend david copperfields on the upper east side

              1. Whiskey park is right there at CPS, theres a place Tao right there, Bills Gay 90s isnt far, over on like 54/park. not a bad resto bar at Nobu. There is faces and names right around there also, normal bar. Pazza notte usually has martini deals. Cool bars at the Hudson hotel. There is like Johnny Utah's a few blocks down, Im not suggesting it, but its there. There was a cool wine joint in Roc center, Edwards? I think the name changed, dont know much about the new joint, on the south side of Roc Ctr. Ill stop now, beginning to scrape, I work around there, there are some better options than the Raddison hotel bar, or whatever.

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