Monthly Archives: October 2012

A visit to Bodega Wine Bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn

During our pub crawl around Bushwick, we hit several spots.  Our favorite of the day was the Bodega Wine Bar, located at 24 St. Nicholas Avenue.  Bodega Wine Bar offers a solid selection of wine and beer, in addition to light fare, such as chacuterie, cheese and sandwiches nightly, as well as lunch/brunch starting at 11:30am.  The beer selection includes 12 taps and another two dozen bottled beers.  The selection rotates frequently.  The wine offerings numbered around two dozen (including two wines on tap!).  What we found extraordinary about the wine offerings was that anything available by the glass was also available by the bottle and vice versa.  We can’t remember any other wine bar where that occurred.

For those who don’t live in the immediate area or in nearby Williamsburg, the location is a bit out-of-the-way, but it is well worth the trip to this spot.  We plan to return soon.  Bodega Wine Bar will be the anchor spot for any Bushwick beer bar crawl or wine bar crawl.  Two photos below.

A view from the entrance
Out the window, looking west on St. Nicholas Avenue, off in the distance, you can see a portion of the Midtown Manhattan skyline.

Bar crawling in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Over the past few years, we’ve read about a few new bar openings in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, mostly centered around the Jefferson St. L-stop.  On a recent weekend afternoon, it was time for a pub crawl in Bushwick.  Here are some brief comments and a few photos from that day.

Our first stop was Heavy Woods, located at 50 Wyckoff Avenue. Chill spot with 14 tap beers
Our second spots was Pearl's Social and Billy Club, located at 40 St. Nicholas Avenue. Total hipster hangout. We didn't quite fit in.
Another photo from Pearl's

Right after Pearl’s, we walked to the other end of the block and hit Bodega Wine Bar.  We thoroughly enjoyed this spot and want to return.  More details on Bodega in a forthcoming post.

We ended our Bushwick bar crawl at the Cobra Club. Part coffee house, part Yoga studio, part bar; located at 6 Wyckoff Avenue

A visit to the future (unfinished) portion of the High Line

Pub Crawl NYC took a break from bar hopping to visit the future portion of the High Line on Manhattan’s West Side.  Here are some photos from that visit:

The entrance, located on W. 34th Street close to the West Side Highway, at the northern end of the future phase was actually at street level.
After the entrance, the High Line slopes gently upward and turns south toward 30th St., paralleling the West Side Highway


A view of the LIRR Yards in the foreground; Empire State Building in the background.
The abandoned, overgrown railroad tracks, looking south
The High Line takes another bend to become parallel once again with the east-west Manhattan streets
Now paralleling 30th street, we passed by a switch track
Crossing the railroad trestle above 11th avenue. This photo faces north.
This marks the southern end of the unfinished portion. The gate ahead marks the northern end of the finished portion of the High Line

What are your thoughts on our visit to the unfinished portion of the High Line?  Back to pub crawling and bars in our next post!

A visit to Alfie's in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen

Walking north along 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, we were happily surprised to learn of Alfie’s, a new craft-beer focused gastropub, located on the northeast corner of 53rd Street and 9th Avenue.  We had not learned of Alfie’s prior to walking past it (we were, of course, on our way to a different bar when we passed Alfie’s).  The spot offers 20 tap beers, whose rotation varies from three to six weeks and includes a focus on seasonal beers.  A good number of brews hailed from New York State or other Northeastern locales.  The place was fairly spacious: bar on left and tables for dining on right, along with some high-top tables near the entrance.  We did not sample the food menu, so we look forward to doing that on a return trip.  Alfie’s is definitely a nice addition to the HK craft-beer focused NYC bar crawl.

A visit to Brinkley's Station on Manhattan's Upper East Side

Taking over from the old Desmond’s location, the Martignetti brothers open up their second location of their classic Brinkley’s.  Located at 131 East 60th (across the street from Bloomingdale’s), Brinkley’s Station offers a similar local food and drink menu as their original Soho location.  On our visit, all the beer and nearly all of the wine was from New York State.  The place is spacious (a three-story tall room with skylights), the staff is friendly and we look forward to returning to try more of the food.  Brinkley’s Station is definitely a spot for the UES craft-beer NYC bar crawl.

Where to pub crawl to this weekend?

We’ve been feeling a bit under the weather all week, so it’s unlikely there will be any significant amount of bar crawling this weekend, but maybe we’ll visit a few spots.  Nearly a dozen or so recently-opened spots in Manhattan remain unvisited by us.  For those who like amber-colored hard alcohol, there’s Flatiron Room at 37 West 26th Street.  Another spot on our radar is a cocktail spot in the Time Warner Center called Center Bar.  Then there’s Cocktail Bodega on the Lower East Side.  Frankly, we don’t know what to expect with that place.  What are your suggestions for new places to visit in the Five Boroughs?

A tribute to Mugs Ale House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Brew York recently published an article ( celebrating the 20th anniversary of Mugs Ale House (125 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY).  We at Pub Crawl NYC were not aware that Mugs had been around that long!  We have been including Mugs on various NYC beer bar crawls since early 2000.  We remember going there when it did not open on Saturdays until 2pm (kitchen wasn’t open until 5pm).  Now, with Williamsburg having become such a popular place to live and hang out, Mugs is open by noon on Saturdays with the kitchen opening around the same time.  With approximately 30 frequently-rotating taps, the beer selection is superb.  A nice mix of local brews (the Brooklyn Brewery is just around the corner), other U.S. craft-beers and some imports is offered.  If you’ve never been or haven’t visited in a while, do yourself a favor and get to Mugs Ale House!