Monthly Archives: February 2014

Two pub crawl options for this weekend

Two pub crawl choices for Saturday, March 1:

Lindy Promotions is sponsoring its 19th annual Second Avenue Mardi Gras stroll, starting at 1pm in Midtown East.  More details here: is sponsoring its annual Hoboken, NJ St. Patrick’s pub crawl.  More details here:

And across the pond in England…

A recent NY Times article that we came to our attention:  This article describes the closing of pubs in and around the city of London.  For a number of reasons (among others, higher rents, decreasing popularity of beer in England), pubs are closing for business.

Our thoughts:

We hope this trend reverses.  We’ve had the pleasure of visiting London twice and there’s really nothing quite like the English pub here in NYC.  We suppose Pound & Pence in Manhattan’s Financial District comes the closest.  Either way, if/when you visit London, be sure to do a pub crawl while there!

A review of Black Crescent on Manhattan's Lower East Side

We had the pleasure of visiting Black Crescent on a recent NYC pub crawl along Clinton Street.  Located at 79 Clinton Street, Black Crescent is a solid cocktail bar for this part of the Lower East Side.  The cocktails are relatively inexpensive at 11-12 bucks a piece (well, inexpensive for Manhattan).  Happy Hour brings some of those prices below $10!  Oysters available nightly.  Add in the friendly staff and we look forward to returning.

Black Crescent

NYC bars to visit

Some bars on our NYC pub crawling radar: In Manhattan’s Financial District, another bar for the Stone Street NYC bar crawl: Bavaria Bierhaus, a German beer and food spot.  Over in the Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Botanic Lab, a cocktail bar,­ at 86 Orchard Street.   And just across the East River and a little bit north, on the Greenpoint/Williamsburg border at 7 N. 15th Street, is Dirck the Norseman.  We gather that this spot is another German beer and food establishment.  We hope it’s a good addition to the Greenpoint NYC beer bar crawl.  Reviews forthcoming on these three spots.

A review of The Shakespeare in Midtown Manhattan

Located at 24 East 39th Street on the Midtown/Murray Hill border, The Shakespeare is an English pub (basement level, low ceilings) that feels as though it’s been around forever.  The Shakespeare attracts an after-work crowd, though it is open most days for lunch as well.  Beer selection includes 18 taps, including three cask ales.  We look forward to returning on our next NYC bar crawl through this part of town.

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The Shakespeare

A review of Bottomz Up in Manhattan's Gramercy

A new sports bar for the Downtown Third Avenue NYC sports bar crawl, Bottomz Up, located at 344 Third Avenue, has one of those “oversaturation” sports bar feels to it.  Numerous TVs and dozens of photos (and not just of local NY sporting moments).  Two items we found interesting in the place included a sushi bar (see photo below) and a cellphone charging station.  While we wouldn’t expect to see a sushi bar within a sports bar, Bottomz Up is definitely ahead of its time in offering a cellphone charging station.

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A review of Rose Hill Tavern in Manhattan's Rose Hill!

Rose Hill Tavern, located at 337 Third Avenue, picks up where Hairy Monk left off – minus all of the Boston sports memorabilia.  The layout/space are nearly identical, it’s just that the Boston friendly NYC bar crawl has been reduced by one stop.  According to the staff, Rose Hill Tavern actually gets its name from that immediate section of Manhattan.  Apparently, Third Avenue in the mid-20s is neither Gramercy nor Murray Hill, but Rose Hill!  Who knows what you’re gonna learn on a random NYC pub crawl!

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