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Our NYC Bar of the Day: Bourbon Street Bar & Grill, located at 346 W. 46th Street in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen.

February 6 marks the 228th anniversary of Massachusetts statehood

Our NYC Bar of the Day: Professor Thom’s, located at 219 Second Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village.

Queens bars we look forward to visiting

Since our last NYC pub crawl through Ridgewood in late 2014, we’ve learned of several new spots in that section of town. Specifically, we have our eye on Ridgewood Ale House, located at 57-38 Myrtle Avenue; The Bad Old Days, located at 1684 Woodbine Avenue and Julia’s, located at 818 Woodward. Over in Astoria, we hope to visit Front Toward Enemy, located at 40-11 30th Avenue and Fishtales, located at 38-14 30th Avenue. As always, after we’ve had a chance to visit these spots, we’ll share brief reviews of them in this space.

Manhattan bars we look forward to visiting

It’s been a while since we pub crawled through NYC’s Upper East Side.  Several bars have opened in that part of town.  On our next bar crawl there, we hope to visit, among others, Bayard’s Ale House East, located at 1549 First Avenue, and Uptown Local, located at 1606 First Avenue.  After we’ve had a chance to visit these and other spots, we will share brief reviews of them in this space.

A review of Rattle N Hum West in Mahattan’s Hell’s Kitchen

Located at 306 West 39th Street in Manhttan’s Hell’s Kitchen, Rattle N Hum, one of NYC’s top beer bars, recently opened its second location. This second location of Rattle N Hum is sure to challenge nearby Beer Authority. Like its original location, this Hell’s Kitchen version of Rattle N Hum also offers 40 frequently-rotating craft beers and is significantly more spacious than the original. If you like NYC beer bars, then you need to visit Rattle N Hum West.

Rattle n Hum West

A review of Fawkner in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens

Located at 191 Smith Street in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens, Fawkner is a new neighborhood bar for this Brooklyn nabe (in the old Ceol space). From the same owners as the Bell House about a mile to the southeast in Gowanus, Fawkner offers frequently-rotating local craft beer and classic cocktails. A limited food menu is also available. Fawkner is spacious with three main sections: a bar area, a small booth seating area next to the kitchen and a third seating area beyond the kitchen. Friendly staff and good drinks make Fawkner, a must –visit on your next NYC pub crawl through the area.


A review of Mr. Purple on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

Located at 180 Orchard Street on the 15th floor of the Hotel Indigo on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Mr. Purple is a rooftop bar. The main liquid draw here is the cocktails. One other remarkable fact of Mr. Purple is its operating hours: open most days as early as noon. We know of few NYC rooftop bars that are open prior to 4pm! It’s also worth noting that the main view is of downtown Manhattan, though there is a view of midtown from the outdoor deck on the west side of the space. M. Purple is a great spot and worth a visit next time you’re bar crawling through the LES!

Mr. Purple 1

Mr. Purple 2

A review of Paddy’s of Park Slope in Brooklyn

Located at 273 13th Street in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, Paddy’s is a recently-opened neighborhood bar in the southern edge of this residential part of Brooklyn. Space is fairly small (this is the old Lucky’s spot) with several high top tables as the only seating option aside from the bar. There was still some work going on in the space during our mid December visit. We think this will be a good spot. Definitely check it out if you live/work nearby.

Paddys of Park Slope

A review of Whiskey Burger in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Located at 1025 Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Whiskey Burger is a new beer/ whiskey bar in the former Mark Bar space. Twelve quality draft beers and dozens of whiskeys are the main liquid draw here. As its name suggests, Whiskey Burger’s food menu focuses on burgers. The spot has three TVs above the bar tuned to sports. Solid spot to visit next time you’re bar hopping / crawling through North Greenpoint.

Whiskey Burger

A review of Bierocracy in Long Island City, Queens

Located at 12-23 Jackson Ave in Long Island City, Queens, Bierocracy is a recently opened beer bar / beer hall for LIC. Twelve beer taps are mainly focused on Central European imports, along with a few American craft selections available. A square bar surrounded by communal high top and standard tables. Friendly and helpful staff. A great spot and the winner of our favorite Queens bar opening of 2015.


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