Monthly Archives: October 2013

Suggestions for bars for a Halloween NYC bar crawl

With Halloween approaching, it’s time to share a few Halloween-appropriate bars for a pub crawl in NYC.  Our recommendations include the following:

Jeckyll & Hyde, 91 7th Avenue South in the West Village

Slaughtered Lamb, 182 West 4th Street, also in the West Village

White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson Street, also in the West Village

Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen

Ear Inn, 326 Spring Street in (West) Soho.

All of these bars are Halloween-themed or have a famous ghost story of sorts attached to them.  The last three are also part of our favorite Old NYC pub crawl.

The Paris Cafe has re-opened!

We are happy to report that the Paris Cafe, located at 119 South Street in Manhattan and our favorite stop along the Old NYC pub crawl, has re-opened for business after nearly a year of renovations following Hurricane Sandy.  We visited the Paris Cafe on a recent afternoon.  While the dining area is basically the same, the main bar area was altered such that the bar is now against the southern edge of the space, instead of the western edge.

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A review of Olympia Wine Bar in Brooklyn's DUMBO

Located at 54 Jay Street in Brooklyn’s DUMBO, Olympia Wine Bar is just what this neighborhood needs: A chill, nabe wine bar.  Olympia offers a dozen bottled/glass wines.  A few small tables fill out the space, but it’s mostly bar-style seating.  Olympia offers innovative wine bar food and a killer cheese plate (we hope some Manhattan wine bars take notice).  Next time you’re in DUMBO, you need to check out Olympia.

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Some recent NYC bar visits

Some drinking establishment visits that we’ve included on our various recent NYC pub crawls include Midtown Manhattan’s Monarch Rooftop Bar (just off of Herald Square), The Winslow on East 14th Street and Store Front NYC on West 23rd Street.  Over in Brooklyn, we had the pleasure of visiting Park Slope’s Duke of Montrose, Kensington’s Bar Chord and Williamsburg’s Grand Ferry, among others.  We found all of these spots appealing.  As always, we’ll share some detailed thoughts on these spots in forthcoming posts.

Try to visit this rooftop bar in Midtown before the weather gets too cold

Located at 63 West 38th Street atop the Refinery Hotel, the Refinery Rooftop Bar offers beautiful south and west views of Midtown South, including a front row view of the Empire State Building.  The place is spacious with three areas: one indoor, one hybrid indoor-outdoor with a retractable roof and an outdoor space.  Reservations are recommended.  While we found the guest list at the door rather unnecessary, this is a good place to visit for after-work or a date.

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