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Good Pubs in Morningside Heights?

Hello!

Just started a masters program at Columbia University and I have a couple study groups who want to go out and grab a beer afterwords. Any great pub recommendations that won't run us too much of a bill afterwords? Really looking for a place that serves good beer, nachos and has a friendly vibe.

Any other neat places would be welcomed as well to switch things up!

Thanks!

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  1. Harlem Tavern and Bier International. Worth the short walk through Morningside Park.

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    Bier International
    2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

    Harlem Tavern
    2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

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      1. re: jacksojp

        Harlem Tavern has slow and sloppy service, and the food is nothing special. It's a fun neighborhood place to hang out though.

        Bier International serves lousy food.

        Both of them are fine for the OP's purpose.

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        Bier International
        2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

        Harlem Tavern
        2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

      2. The Abbey Pub
        237 W 105th St (between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway)

        (I guess that's not MSH though, is it?)

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        Abbey Pub
        237 W 105th St, New York, NY 10025

        1. Amsterdam Tavern on 106th and Amsterdam has 1/2 off beer happy hours and a really good selection of taps. Another would be Lions Head Tavern 108th and Broadway. Both good options.

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          Amsterdam Tavern
          938 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

          Lion's Head Tavern
          995 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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          1. re: TEACHnEAT

            I've heard from numerous CU students that Lion's Head Tavern has good wings, but I've never had a chance to try it.

            1. re: uwsister

              Ah finally an excuse to put my graduate education to work. For beer and wings Red Lion is a solid choice - neither are great but both are cheap and there is a pool table. The 'go to' CU bar was always the one across the street - 1020 bar - but no food there. Amsterdam Tavern is probably the best dive in walking distance - you won't find a lot of MBA's and law students there.

              If you're looking to eat an actual meal you could do Radio Perfecto or Amsterdam Cafe directly across from the campus - neither's food is good but there is table service.

              By all means avoid any drinking establishment on B'way between 116th and around 110th. Also while I recently went to Bier International and kinda liked it (it's a straight rip off of the successful Wurstkuche in LA) you should be certain that you aren't setting yourself up for an inebriated late night trot through Morningside Park - the neighborhood is improving but that's still a dicey proposition.

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              Amsterdam Tavern
              938 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

              Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge
              1207 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

              1020 Bar
              1020 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

              Bier International
              2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

              1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                Radio Perfecto closed in '08. That space is now Haakon's Hall.

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                Haakon's Hall
                1187 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

          2. 1020 or the West End, though West End has a different name now I think. I really liked going to 1020 and back in the day they had beers for like $3-4.

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            1. re: citykid426

              The West End is now Havana Central, a Cuban restaurant.

              1. re: uwsister

                What?! The West End is gone? Next thing you're going to tell me that V&T and the Marlin Bar aren't there anymore too. I'm probably dating myself.

                1. re: Bkeats

                  Yes, you are, but it's OK ;)

                  Yeah, the West End closed a few years ago. V&T is still around. I first became familiar with the area in '04 when I started at CU and I have to say I've never heard of the Marlin Bar - probably gone.

                  1. re: uwsister

                    Marlin was on the east side of B'way between 111th and 112th I think. Great dive bar. They used to put out a bowl of hard boiled eggs on the bar with a sign that said boneless chicken dinners 25 cents. Class of 2008? You're sooo young. I wish I was too. Are Tom's and the College Inn around? It suprising I live in NYC and I rarely get up to the campus area. Heck if it wasn't for work I'd probably never get above 23rd St.

                    1. re: Bkeats

                      These days I've been feeling real old lately (yeah, I know it's funny to hear - my middle-aged husband thinks so too) so I'm happy to read your comment. Thank you ;)

                      Tom's is still around serving mediocre food and photo-ops for tourists. I'm not familiar with the College Inn, so most likely been gone for years.

                      1. re: Bkeats

                        The Marlin was on Broadway near the northeast corner with 110th. It was the staging zone for Columbia-affiliated band members and friends before concerts downtown, and the meeting place after gigs on campus:

                        http://www.columbiabands.com/

                        The establishment is long gone, but the physical bar -- the construction of wood on which I and many friends set our drinks -- was preserved. It's now in use at 1020, the drinking hole at 1020 Amsterdam Ave.

                        1. re: DaveCook

                          Hey old timers--wondering why no one has mentioned The Gold Rail, Cannon's or Fell's...

                          1. re: penthouse pup

                            Ugh, Cannon's. Very distinctive smell in that place. I haven't encountered it since, and I'm glad about that.

                            1. re: small h

                              Must have been all the Spectator staff members...

                              1. re: penthouse pup

                                I knew well (too well) the smell of the Spectator staff members, but the Cannon's stench was something else again. Curried urine? Beer mold + tobacco mold + bad breath + despair? I remember only the impact, not the specifics. It was an innocent, Febreze-less time.

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