Monthly Archives: August 2016

At long last, the West Village's Chumley's to reopen for business

According to at least two sources (New York Times and DNAinfo), Chumley’s, located at 86 Bedford Street in Manhattan’s West Village, will finally reopen on September 6 after nearly a decade of closure following a wall collapse inside the space.  Chumley’s started business back in the 1920s as a true speakeasy during the Prohibition in the U.S.  We’ve visited Chumley’s on numerous NYC pub crawls over the years and are very happy to learn that it will re-open in just a few weeks.

Bars we hope to visit soon in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn

It’s been a while since our last bar crawl through the northwestern corner of Brooklyn.  In that time, Fresh Kills, a cocktail spot named after the old Staten Island landfill, opened at 161 Grand Street.  A bit further north, Falcon Laundry, a cocktail bar with a rooftop, opened at 65 North 7th Street.  Finally, Brooklyn Barge Bar, located at 3 Milton Street in Greenpoint, is an outdoor spot open for its first full summer.  We hope to make it to Brooklyn Barge Bar before the summer of 2016 is over.  We look forward to describing each spot briefly in this space.

Bars we hope to visit soon in Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

We haven’t pub crawled through Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens recently.  Since our last visit, a handful of cocktail-focused spots have opened.  Le Boudoir, at 135 Atlantic Avenue, is a French cocktail and wine bar.  Approximately a mile east, just south of Atlantic Avenue at 104 Bond Street, is Robert (connected to the restaurant Building on Bond, aka Bob).  Further south and west from Robert, at 387 Court Street, is August Laura, in Italian cocktail bar.  Once we’ve visited these spots, we look forward to providing brief reviews in this space.

A review of Bowery Beer Garden in Manhattan's Chinatown

Located at 93 Bowery in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Bowery Beer Garden is a ground-floor outdoor beer bar in the Wyndham Hotel (which also houses the rooftop bar Rooftop 93). The space fits nicely into the entry area surrounding the lobby. Thirty two draft beers are the main liquid draw here, along with a limited full bar. Given the quantity of draft beers available, some beer geeks may find the overall quality of beers slightly disappointing. While there are a handful of good craft beers, too many of the 32 are rather easy to find, either macro brews or widely available craftbeers.  Aside from the main bar, the space is taken up by primarily hightop tables.  Bowery Beer Garden is a good spot to visit before summer is over and catch the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Bowery Beer Garden