With its first day of business on Monday, April 21, 2014, Stout NYC has opened its second location in Manhattan. Located at 90 John Street in Manhattan’s Financial District, Stout NYC is smaller in size than its 133 West 33rd Street location and has a similar solid beer selection as the original location. This spot will be a great addition for two bar crawls: the Financial District NYC craftbeer bar crawl and the Financial District NYC Irish pub crawl. A full review of Stout NYC forthcoming.
Sweetwater Social is an intimate subterranean lounge, located at 643 Broadway. This spot was the former Vault at Pfaff’s (which we visited about two years ago). Layout and space feel similar. It’s a great space and we wonder why this spot has turned over so many times in the last 10-11 years. We hope Sweetwater Social stays for a while.
Five bars in Manhattan that we hope to pub crawl to sooner rather than later: On the Upper East Side: Bondurants and The Gilroy. In Midtown, two new rooftop spots for the Midtown NYC rooftop NYC bar crawl: The Roof and Bar 54. Further South, in the Village: Carroll Place, a gastropub in what used to be Kenny’s Castaways. Yet another example of the sign of the changing times, even for Greenwich Village.
On a recent Cobble Hill NYC bar crawl, we were dismayed to learn that Downtown Bar & Grill at 160 Court Street in Brooklyn had closed for business. We’ve pub crawled to Downtown numerous times and wrote about the spot in early 2012. One source indicated that the bar’s rent had been raised too high to continue operating in that location. No word if Downtown will re-open in another location. If you have any additional information the status of Downtown, please share in the comment space below.
A few spots in Brooklyn have caught our attention recently and we look forward to pub crawling to. In Williamsburg, replacing Satellite Bar at 143 Havermeyer St is JackBar. We gather that this spot has some old-school arcade and craftbeer (so, perhaps another Barcade type place??). About one mile northwest of JackBar, we gather that Dirck the Norseman has finally opened! Supposedly the first brewpub to open in the city since the 1990s, we can’t wait to get to Dirck (we hope this will be an anchor spot of any Greenpoint NYC beer bar crawl). Finally, Mad Dog & Beans (of Stone Street in Manhattan’s Financial District) has opened a second location in Carroll Gardens at 276 Smith Street. As always, we will have reviews of these three spots in this space not long after our visits there.