Located at 98 Avenue C in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, Lois is the first all-tap wine bar that we’ve visited. Patrons can buy the tap wine in the following sizes (in milliliters): 100, 175, 500 and 1,000. There are at least a dozen different wines to order, along with a few beers. The space is fairly small, even by Alphabet City standards. Several seats at the bar and, opposite the bar, patrons can find a few tables to seat parties of two, four or six. It’s a great spot and one worth visiting the next time you are spending an evening in this part of town.
Located at 189 Amsterdam Ave. on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Vanguard Wine Bar is the spacious second location of the Vanguard empire. This uptown location offers 28 wines by glass/bottle (beer and wine only here, no hard alcohol). The menu divides up red and whites by sub sections as described by body/taste (mild-mannered, bold, etc). The space feels as though the bar been around for a while (though it’s not more than 2-3 years old as of this writing). Food offerings can best be described as snacks and small plates plus the requisite cheese/charcuterie. We enjoyed our visit to Vanguard; it’s a great addition to any NYC UWS wine bar crawl!
Located at 579 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill (just across Myrtle Avenue from Brooklyn Tap House), Moot Bar is a new addition to the Myrtle Avenue NYC craftbeer bar crawl. Situated just northeast of the Pratt Institute, Moot Bar offers 12 quality taps plus a few more bottled beers. Full bar available including numerous house cocktails. Trivia night every Wednesday starting at 9pm. Window seating for prime people watching at the corner of Classon and Myrtle Avenues.
For a Scottish NYC bar crawl, we recommend the following Manhattan pubs: Caledonia, at 1609 Second Avenue; St. Andrew’s, at 140 W. 46th Street; Shoolbred’s, at 197 Second Avenue. In Brooklyn, visit Isle of Skye at 488 Driggs Ave and Duke of Montrose at 47 5th Ave.
Located at 931 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, No. 7 North is a cocktail bar close to the northern end of Greenpoint. No. 7 North offers house cocktails, wine and beer, along with a cool vibe. No. 7 North is open on weekday afternoons, which we find rare for this type of spot. We look forward to a return visit here on our next Greenpoint NYC bar crawl.
Located at 474 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Eats, despite the name, is a bar. The main bar area is in front followed by seating area and then a room all the way in the back with a ping pong table. Brooklyn Eats offers two tap beers and 18 bottled beers. Full bar also available. Food is mostly standard bar food, at affordable prices (particularly the lunch specials). Be sure to include Brooklyn Eats on your next NYC pub crawl along Myrtle Avenue!
Located at 413 East 12th Street in Manhattan’s East Village, Fifty Paces is wine bar offering 18 wines by bottle/glass, along with a small selection of beer (no hard alcohol). Same layout as Terroir (the wine bar that held this space previously). For food, Fifty Paces offers small plates and large plates; Cheese, charcuterie and several artisan chocolates also available. This is a great spot and we look forward to a return visit.
On this first day of Spring, our NYC Bar of the Day: Spring Lounge, located at 48 Spring Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy.
Located at 970 Flushing Avenue on the Williamsburg/Bushwick border, Forrest Point represents another sign of gentrification in this section of Brooklyn. Forrest Point is a bar/restaurant (though we think more bar than restaurant), located in what feels like a former garage space. Forrest Point offers 7 tap beers and several house cocktails. Food menu is intriguing, with brunch offered during weekends. Outdoor seating is available in good weather for prime people watching along Flushing Avenue.