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Sociable bars (or places in general) in Westchester

I've been looking for bars, restaurants, places in general, in the Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, White Plains, and Rye area, to hang out. So far I've been to bars in White Plains, such as Brazen Fox, but they aren't really for me. The bars in that area are very similar and I'm looking for more variety. I'm looking for places that are more laid back, fun, and attract people in their mid 20's.

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  1. This is hard to come by in Westchester purely because of demographics. As a fellow CH in her (late) 20s, I also dislike the bars in White Plains, but they seem to be where most of the 20somethings in Westchester are. Meetup.com has some Meetups geared towards people in their 20s.

    1. Both the Peekskill Brewery and Birdsall House in Peekskill have what looks to me to be a good bar scene for people in your age range. The Brewery is right across the street from the train station, so it's a nice option if you don't want to drive all the way.

      Peekskill Brewery
      55 Hudson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566

      Birdsall House
      970 Main St, Peekskill, NY 10566

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      1. re: Elisa515

        Love both these places, I'm 27 and live about 30 minutes from Peekskill. Birdsall has an awesome "Beer Garden" style outdoor seating with tables for eating and picnic tables for drinking, always crowded on a hot summer day.

      2. Rye Bar is a no-brainer. The place is always packed and there are comfortable nooks to sit in all over, including a fireplace and a more intimate upstairs bar.

        1. How about Bar Taco in Portchester? Staff and owners are so welcoming and it appears to have an eclectic clientele. There are two bands on Sundays one during the day and one in the evening. The staff mentioned that the place is already jumping. Many folks take their cocktails outside to sit under the heat lamps or by the fire pit. It has a very unique ambiance for Westchester

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          1. re: chowdom

            Thanks so much for all the suggestions! I'll check them out.

          2. If you're a craft beer person, check out the Lazy Boy Saloon on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. It can get a little boisterous, but doesn't have the suburban meat-market vibe of a lot of the Mamaroneck Avenue bars; personally, I think because it's a beer bar. Pretty good pub food, good mix of folks, 20-somethings and up.

            1. Tap House in Tuckahoe!!

              The Tap House
              16 Depot Square, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

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              1. re: MRS

                just stay away from the cocktails at Tap House. They "ordered" their cocktail menu from Southern Wine and Spirits supposedly, although a friend who is the the Corporate Director of Mixology for Southern never heard of the place, and the bartenders are not allowed to make anything but exact renditions of this menu. And the recipes are terrible. I made a few suggestions, and the bartender told me that he wasn't allowed to make any changes at all. I even offered to design a cocktail menu for them and train bar staff for free. They never took me up on it which is a bummer, because it would be great to have a great place for cocktails just a 1/2 mile from my place.

                The beer selection is good, sometimes great. The food has been hit or miss, nothing terrible, but boring at times. Other times I enjoyed it. I haven't been back for a few months so I may have to drop in one evening soon.

                The Tap House
                16 Depot Square, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

                1. re: JMF

                  That's really interesting. I don't know anything about "ordering" cocktail menus, but I have always had the very opposite experience at The Tap House. The bartenders have been so agreeable to do whatever my husband or I have asked- even if it meant "tweaking" a drink to make it the way we like it. And, I have found that the food has continued to get better, more innovative and complex ( in a good way) with each visit I make. I feel like they have really tried to make steady and solid changes/improvements/additions to keep the restaurant feeling fresh and interesting. We really enjoy it there. Hmm...when was your last visit?

                  The Tap House
                  16 Depot Square, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

                  1. re: MRS

                    My last visit was either last summer or early fall.

                    1. re: JMF

                      Ok, was just wondering. I feel like sometimes restaurants hit peaks and valleys with staff turnover, kitchen changes, menu changes, etc...Give them another chance. I think you will be happy. We were there not too long ago and really felt like they have grown into themselves as an establishment.

                      1. re: MRS

                        I'll check them out again. Also I will see if I can get in touch with the owner. I'd really like to design their cocktail menu and train their staff. It would be a chance to let my staff experiment with some new trainings we have been designing for an international cocktail training and expo we are doing over the course of the next year in Asia.

              2. Bridge View Tavern in Sleepy Hollow.

                1. Hi, I know this is an old blog post, but I have been on the same quest since 2012, and I am around the same age range. The bars in White Plains aren't really my type of thing, and the only good experience I had was one time at Brazen Fox when a bunch of students from the Med School were there celebrating end of midterms.

                  If you want bars with people in their mid-20's you would well looking at the bars in Peekskill, Yonkers, or Mount Vernon. The rent is cheaper in these areas, so it tends to attract a younger crowd. I haven't really looked there myself, but you could give it a shot.

                  If I have to pick: the TGI Friday's off of Central Ave. It's got a laid-back atmosphere, and I don't feel out of place there.

                  I'm really curious, did you end up finding any bar that matches your criteria? This county really needs to get the word out about bars that attract a young crowd.

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                  1. re: GreenHillZone112

                    I would suggest the Bayou in Mount Vernon as a fun type of place where you can actually meet people. You have to pay a cover later on if there is a band, but it's probably the only place in Westchester I would consider "fun." (BTW, I am a lot older than mid-20s but I hate yuppified/adult type places. I like down to earth and more grungy with great music...or if not "great," then at least not horrible).

                    Across the street from that is Molly Spillane's which is more your typical sports-oriented pub. They have a lot of outdoor seating when the weather is nice. The only bad thing is there are too many TVs which I believe ruins a place. The food is just okay at both places.

                    I realize neither of these are that easy to get to from Dobbs Ferry area (but the drive is not that long either). At least there is ample, super cheap, parking across the street.

                  2. never did find much in westchester-even when i was younger, you might want to try garcia's next to the capitol theatre in westchester-probably your best bet, or if willing to travel a bit the bars/restaurants in south norwalk might work for you.Or (even though i don't fit the demographic) perhaps you could open a place of your own *L* -there is definitely a need,and i would come. ~sighs~ just noticed how old the original request was

                    1. Back in the day, it was the Sportspage and the Arrowwood.
                      The CT scene might be better nowadays. (Boppers was fun).

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                      1. re: Cheese Boy

                        back in the day ,my mom and some of her co-workers went to the sportspage and some guy tried to pick her up- maybe that is why i never cared for the place (still creeps me out *L*)

                      2. Just noticed how old this thread is but for anyone interested in their 20's I HATE the white plains scene as well.

                        I will agree with the commenters that mentioned peekskill I love both the brewery and birdsall and both are usually packed on weekend nights.

                        Tarrytown I love Bridgeview Tavern and the owner is such a nice guy too.

                        Bartaco in Portchester, especially in the summer....awesome!