Louisiana joined the Union on April 30, 1812. For a Louisiana-focused NYC bar crawl today, we suggest including Ninth Ward at 180 Second Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village and Delta Grill at 700 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen.
A bi-level spot, located at the northeast corner of 85th and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Five Mile Stone is a solid addition to the NYC UES craft-beer bar crawl. Opened in early March, 2014, Five Mile Stone offers 24 quality tap beers from across the U.S. (along with a few from overseas) as well as a dozen wines by the glass and another dozen or so by the bottle. Happy hour specials include $5 draught beers. With bars on both levels, Five Mile Stone offers high-top seating for parties of two and four. The downstairs bar is semi-circle shaped (as is the 24-tap beer system). We look forward to returning here the next time we are pub crawling in this section of NYC.
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.