Monthly Archives: July 2015

A review of Gramercy Ale House in Manhattan

Located at 272 Third Avenue in Manhattan’s Gramercy neighborhood, Gramercy Ale House is a reboot of the old Copper Door Tavern. Gramercy Ale House is part sports bar / part Irish pub. For drinks, Gramercy Ale House offers 24 quality and standard tap beers, along with a full bar. For food, the spot offers its own unique take on bar fare. This is a great spot for your next NYC pub crawl along Third Avenue.

Gramercy Ale House

A review of Cloud Social in Manhattan's Midtown South

Located at 6 West 32nd Street atop the NYMA hotel, Cloud Social is another rooftop bar for the Empire State Building view NYC bar crawl. Seventeen floors above 32nd Street, Cloud Social is a smallish space.  The main seating area, just beyond the bar area, is on the southern half of the roof deck.  Looking up to the north provides patrons a larger than life view of the Empire State Building (see photo below).  Ten classic cocktails are available at $12-14 a piece.  Happy hour specials include select beer, wine and shots.  Cloud Social opens daily at 3pm.

Cloud Social

A review of Shorty in Manhattan's Soho

Located at 20 Prince Street, Shorty is a ­subterranean cocktail bar below the restaurant Jacques 1534. This space was formerly the cocktail bar, 1534 (and Gibraltar before it was 1534). We think Shorty alludes to Napoleon Bonaparte.  Shorty offers ten house c­­ocktails at (only) $13 a piece, plus a few wines/beers.  A small food menu is available from the kitchen upstairs.  A few round booths and banquette seating take up most of the space, plus a few seats at the small bar.  Shorty’s opens at 8pm daily, Monday through Saturday.

Shorty Soho

A review of The Black Rose in Manhattan's Alphabet City

Located at 117 Avenue A in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, the Black Rose is a new cocktail bar in what used to be Odessa’s Bar. Layout is somewhat similar to the previous space (bar on right side upon entering, seating on the left). Five tap beers available, but the main liquid draw here are the house cocktails. The Black Rose is a good, chill spot next time you’re bar hopping along Avenue A.

The Black Rose


A review of The Long Hall in Manhattan's Midtown South

Located at 58 East 34th Street (in the old Murray Bar space), The Long Hall is a spacious and well-lit bi-level Irish pub located just east of the Empire State Building. Ten different draft import and domestic beers (repeated once for a total of 20 taps) are available. Part of the wall behind the bar is adorned with canned goods and boxes of Barry’s Tea. Seating areas consist of a mix of hi-top tables and booths for parties of 2-6. The Long Hall is worth a visit if you live/work nearby.

The Long Hall 2