Located at 14 Avenue C in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, Sanatorium is a hospital-themed cocktail-focused bar/lounge. The layout includes a standing room only bar on the left side of the space, with the majority of the space taken up by low-level lounge-style seating. Cocktails are all the rage right now and, at $15/drink, Sanatorium’s cocktail price is somewhat mid-range for Manhattan. In addition, staff was friendly, but we wonder how long a place like this will last in its current location on Avenue C.Â Stop in here on your next Avenue C NYC bar crawl. Note that Sanatorium has a rather late opening hour. On the day of our visit, the spot opened for business at 8pm.
Located at 28 Avenue B in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, The Hairy Lemon picks up where Croxley Ales left off. The Hairy Lemon is more neighborhood sports bar then neighborhood craft beer bar. The Hairy Lemon serves 20 tap beers, but most were not of the particularly hard-to-find variety. The space feels materially different from Croxley Ales, though the new owners did keep one church pew for seating that the former occupant used in abundance. Stop in here on your next Avenue B NYC bar crawl.
Our NYC Italian Wine Bar of the Day: Virgola, located at 28 Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan’s West Village.
Our NYC Bar of the Day: Standings Bar, located at 43 East 7th Street in Manhattan’s East Village.
Located at 315 10th Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea (and just a few blocks south of the Hudson Yards development), Death Ave is a Greek restaurant that also brews its own beer. We had been waiting over two years for the home brews to start flowing! Finally, on a recent afternoon NYC pub crawl along 10th Avenue we stopped into the main restaurant (the recently-opened tap room is now also open for lunch on most days) for a few beers. Our samplings included the Kolsch and Pale Ale. Death Ave also offered a few Belgian-style ales. The braised lamb sandwich is outstanding!
Located at 141 Lawrence Street in rapidly re-developing Downtown Brooklyn, Circa Brewing is a spacious restaurant-brewpub whose food specialty includes pizza. The beer offerings listed on the menu were numerous, though the bar tender informed us that a few kegs had been kicked. We believe this is the first brewpub to open in Brooklyn and it’s one of those spots that doesn’t feel as though it’s Brooklyn or any part of NYC, really. Circa Brewing is open for lunch and dinner everyday. If you’re a fan of craft beer, then you need to visit Circa Brewing.
It had been a while since we bar hopped along Avenue C in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, so we decided to spend a few hours doing a short bar crawl. We visited Sanatorium, Loverboy and The Hairy Lemon, among others. We’ll share some brief thoughts on these establishments in forthcoming posts. Stay tuned.
Just six months to go until one of the best NYC bar crawl days of the year! Our NYC Bar of the Day: Slainte Bar, located at 304 Bowery in Manhattan’s East Village.
Our NYC Bar of the Day: Heidelberg, located at 1648 Second Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Our NYC Bar of the Day: Pacific Standard, located at 82 Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.