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Where can a couple of 40-yo married guys go for drinks?

jimnorton Jan 28, 2010 05:25 PM

Haven't been "out" in a while, but we've both got the night off. Somewhere after work where we won't stick out in our casual friday attire but won't feel like we're two guys away from the kids for the night. WV, SoHo, Union Square. No Murray Hill, no UES. Food important (of course), but not a priority.

  1. thew Feb 23, 2010 04:48 AM

    i know it's too late for this, but:

    go to a good cocktail joint like pegu club or death & co or PDT. (death & co and PDT open at 6 and are never crowded early)

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      andros13 Feb 23, 2010 03:42 AM

      Burp Castle, on 7th between 2nd and 3rd ave. Quiet, excellent beer, kind of quirky, nothing to get in the way of drinking and having a conversation with your friends.

      If you and your guys get loud, though, it might not be the place. You will be shushed. There's a "quiet conversation" rule.

      Also, no food, but several times during the week they order from Pommes Frites down the block, and the frites are on the house.

      1. iFat Jan 29, 2010 06:39 PM

        Go to Highlands in the West Village on W. 10th & Waverly. Drinks>Food, but it's a really nice drinking establishment with a nice mix of people. If you eat, focus on apps over mains.


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        1. re: iFat
          foodyum Feb 15, 2010 05:01 AM

          Googled around for where to take my 40 something, single malt scotch lovin guy for brunch this Sunday.
          Great choice in Highlands. I'm liking this gastro-pub concept in general for low key but something a little different . I had Arbroath Smokie Kedgeree which translated into poached eggs on top of curried rice with smoked whitefish and a lot of pepper. It was great and really different tasting.
          Can't wait to go back for dinner.

        2. Edwin E. Jan 29, 2010 03:23 PM

          I'll bring another take on this evening. You ARE away from the kids for the night. Take advantage of it. Go to Keens and get great steaks, then go to Ricks Cabaret. Or go to DBGB for sausages and beer, then go play pool at Ace Bar. Get out of control. Make bad decisions. Those are great stories. You go around once.

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          1. re: Edwin E.
            gutsofsteel Jan 29, 2010 03:42 PM

            Oh Keens is a great idea. Great bar and great steaks.

          2. steve h. Jan 29, 2010 02:56 PM

            late to the party.

            the bar at Scarpetta is pretty good.

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              taboo Jan 29, 2010 10:40 AM

              Olana has a nice crowd where you won't "stick out" and I also agree with Grammercy Taavern.

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                RussianGirl Jan 29, 2010 09:57 AM

                Blue Smoke - at the bar.

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                1. re: RussianGirl
                  gutsofsteel Jan 29, 2010 10:00 AM

                  That's a perfect recommendation for this purpose. Blue Smoke.

                  1. re: gutsofsteel
                    small h Jan 29, 2010 12:50 PM

                    It is, except for the "no Murray Hill" stipulation.

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                      mch Jan 29, 2010 01:05 PM

                      actually i think it is gramercy. i think the poster means no joshua tree or mercury bar type places.

                      i live nearby. we like to call it gramery or gramercy hill. not quite gramercy but definitely not murray hill.

                      1. re: mch
                        small h Jan 29, 2010 01:22 PM

                        I suppose a case could be made for that, and I agree that "Murray Hill" may refer to a type of bar, rather than the bar's location. But the only people I've heard call 27th St. "Gramercy" are realtors.

                2. Spiritchaser Jan 29, 2010 05:48 AM

                  If you are looking for a true bar to "hang out" in this probably isn't want you want but if you are looking for a place to get a great drink and some food in a nice casual (albeit upscale) atmosphere then Gramercy Tavern - Tavern Room will be a great choice. You could also try CraftBar which makes great drinks.

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