July 26 marks New York State’s Birthday

It was 226 years ago on this date that New York State ratified the United States Constitution, becoming the 11th state to do so.  Therefore, July 26th is a great day to drink some New York State beer and eat some New York State food.  A great beer bar for the occasion is Little Town NYC in Union Square, which focuses on NY beer and food.  Today is also a great day for a NYC pub crawl!

Williamsburg bars we look forward to visiting

It’s been a little while since we last pub crawled through Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  On our radar for our next bar crawl through the area are two beer bars, JackBar and Randolph Brooklyn, both of which are located on the South Side.  We’ve been to the original Randolph location in Manhattan’s NoLita.  We hope Randolph Brooklyn is similar to the original spot.  Further east, a Brooklyn location of the East Village’s Blind Barber has opened recently. Blind Barber is a speakeasy, located behind a barbershop.  We will have reviews of these and other spots shortly after our visits.

A review of Sky 31 in Manhattan’s Chelsea

Located atop the Holiday Inn at 30 West 31st Street, Sky 31 is another stop for the Empire State Building view rooftop NYC bar crawl.  The space is outdoor only, so we imagine that Sky 31 has to be a seasonal operation of sorts.  Still, the space has spectacular views both north to Midtown and south to Lower Manhattan.  Sky 31 is worth a visit this summer.

Sky 31

Bushwick bars we look forward to visiting

It’s been a long while since our last bar crawl through Bushwick, Brooklyn.  During that time, numerous spots have opened up that we look forward to visiting.  Among others we hope to visit sooner rather than later are Left Hand Path, Three Diamond Door and The Rookery.  We’ve heard good things about each of the three places.  We will provide our take on these spots in forthcoming posts.

A review of The Ship in Manhattan’s Soho

Located at 158 Lafayette Street, The Ship is a new artisanal cocktail spot, opened by a one of the folks from Little Branch (in Manhattan’s West Village).  The Ship is a bit hard to find because, unless you know the exact address, you may walk right by the front entrance (the name of the bar is on the front door, but the entrance is somewhat obscured).  After entering, visitors walk down a hallway, past the restrooms and then descend a flight of stairs, into the main bar section.  There’s bar seating at the back wall and then tables available for parties of 2-6 in the rest of the area.  Friendly staff and delicious cocktails make this place worth another visit!

The Ship

Happy Bastille Day!

If you’re looking for good French wine bar in NYC today, our pick is Jadis, located at 42 Rivington Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

NYC Bars we’ve visited recently

We’ve had the pleasure of crawling to numerous bars and pubs of late.  Among others, we visited Owl Farm, a solid craft-beer spot in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  We also sampled libations at The Ship and Dear Irving, two downtown Manhattan cocktail spots.  We’ll have reviews of these spots and others in the coming days and weeks.

A visit to Rockaway Brewing Company in Queens, part 2

Two more photos from our recent visit to Rockaway Brewing Company.  We look forward to a return visit on our next pub crawl through the area.

Rockaway BC 2

Rockaway BC 3

A visit to Rockaway Brewing Company in Queens, part 1

Located at 46-01 5th Street in Long Island City, Queens, Rockaway Brewing Company is, by definition, a nano-brewery (meaning it brews just under 400 kegs per year) that recently opened operations in LIC.  Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only (for now, anyway), the tasting room is very small and is standing room only.  The brewery is in the process of an expansion and it expects to have a slightly larger tasting room (with seats!) toward the end of the summer.  Visitors can purchase a four-beer sampler for on-site consumption or beers-to-go in sizes of 16-, 32- or 64-ounces.  During our visit, the brewery had six beers available for tasting.  If you appreciate beer brewed in small batches, then you must visit Rockaway Brewing Company!

Rockaway BC 4

Rockaway BC 1

Happy Independence Day!

Pub Crawl NYC wishes you a safe and Happy Independence Day!  Our NYC bar of the day: Fraunces Tavern, located at 54 Pearl Street in Manhattan’s Financial District.

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