Located at 19 West 31st Street, Gibson & Luce is a speakeasy-style bar in the basement level of the Life Hotel. According to some, this space was a true speakeasy back in the Prohibition era. Now, it’s an early 21st century era NYC “speakeasy”. Patrons can enter directly from the street by climbing down a few stairs to the somewhat unmarked door (see photo below) or through the hotel lobby and take the elevator down one level. The bar seats around 10 patrons and other table seating is good for parties of 2 to 6. We figure this space can get crowded fairly quickly, so it’s probably a good idea to arrive early.
Located at 300 West 40th Street in the shadow of Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, Beer Authority is a solid spot for any NYC beer bar crawl through the neighborhood. We’ve been here numerous times since it opened in 2012. We hadn’t been here in a while and figured a visit was in order. The spot is doing as great as ever.
Located at 515 Ninth Avenue at the southern edge of Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, Bar Gonzo is a bi-level spot connected to Cassa Times Square Hotel (a smidge too far west and south to be a “Times Square” hotel, we think). The ground level has a small bar and seating area. The second floor bar area looks west and is significantly larger. It’s an enclosed spot that (we expect) will have open windows once the weather warms up. There’s a Hunter S. Thompson theme going on here. Stop in here on your next Ninth Avenue NYC bar crawl.
Located at 67 West St in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Waterfront area, West Wine Bar is located in an old brick factory building. We don’t often use the word “charming” to describe the many establishments we visit, but West Wine Bar is just that — charming. Offering nearly 30 wines by glass/bottle and 17 bottled/canned beers/ciders, West Wine Bar is a must-visit for your next Greenpoint bar crawl. The space is not too big or too small with what looks like original floorboards. In addition to the sizable L-shaped bar, there are several two-person tables and one communal table for seating.
Located at 860 Manhattan Ave, Pinball Beer Hall is a craft beer bar and pinball paradise in the back of swirling laundromat. After walking past a bunch of laundry machines, patron enter the bar through a door that looks like a clothes drier. The bar in the back is lined with over 20 pinball machines. The bar offers eight frequently rotating quality craft beers from around the U.S. there are also numerous board games to play. We think it’s a great place for a group of friends to visit. The bar opens at 4pm daily.
Located at 127 Avenue C in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, Loverboy takes over the space formerly knowns as Lume (an Epicurean Drinkery). Loverboy’s alcohol focus is mainly on craft cocktails, though a few tap beers are also available. Food offerings are mainly Italian snacks and several types of square-sliced pizza; a perfect pairing with a few beers or cocktails. Loveryboy is a worth a visit on your next bar hopping excursion along Avenue C.
Located at 14 Avenue C in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, Sanatorium is a hospital-themed cocktail-focused bar/lounge. The layout includes a standing room only bar on the left side of the space, with the majority of the space taken up by low-level lounge-style seating. Cocktails are all the rage right now and, at $15/drink, Sanatorium’s cocktail price is somewhat mid-range for Manhattan. In addition, staff was friendly, but we wonder how long a place like this will last in its current location on Avenue C.Â Stop in here on your next Avenue C NYC bar crawl. Note that Sanatorium has a rather late opening hour. On the day of our visit, the spot opened for business at 8pm.
Located at 28 Avenue B in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, The Hairy Lemon picks up where Croxley Ales left off. The Hairy Lemon is more neighborhood sports bar then neighborhood craft beer bar. The Hairy Lemon serves 20 tap beers, but most were not of the particularly hard-to-find variety. The space feels materially different from Croxley Ales, though the new owners did keep one church pew for seating that the former occupant used in abundance. Stop in here on your next Avenue B NYC bar crawl.
Located at 141 Lawrence Street in rapidly re-developing Downtown Brooklyn, Circa Brewing is a spacious restaurant-brewpub whose food specialty includes pizza. The beer offerings listed on the menu were numerous, though the bar tender informed us that a few kegs had been kicked. We believe this is the first brewpub to open in Brooklyn and it’s one of those spots that doesn’t feel as though it’s Brooklyn or any part of NYC, really. Circa Brewing is open for lunch and dinner everyday. If you’re a fan of craft beer, then you need to visit Circa Brewing.
Located at 37 West 24th Street atop the Hotel Henri in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, the Sir Henri rooftop bar offers eye level view of the other 20-something story buildings in the immediate area (photo below shows the Flatiron building at sunset). Despite being a rooftop bar, the space has much more of a winter-spot feel to it. Not much window seating is available here (at least compared to other recently-opened rooftop spots around the city) and views are to the south only. Still, Sir Henri rooftop bar is worth a look next time your bar hopping in the neighborhood.