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    RIight between the two:

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    The Bronx Ale House, which opened last summer, aims to introduce the borough to a world of beer beyond Budweiser. Brian Duffy, a bartender, promises it will never serve Coors Light.
    Photo: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

    Beer lovers can find perhaps the most eclectic beer selection in the borough at the ale house. A rotating list that focuses on American microbrews means you can try a different beer on every visit.
    Photo: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

    The ale house hosts serious darts games on Tuesday nights. The brewery also offers free popcorn with every round and free tastes of any beer that piques your curiosity.
    Photo: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

    Bronx Ale House bartenders could give a master's class on the finer points of beer. They also sell growlers, 64-ounce glass jugs you can fill up with your favorite new brew to take home, legally. Just return and refill.
    Photo: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

    Copyright 2010 The New York Times Company

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    A lot like Blind Tiger!

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    Blind Tiger Ale House

    281 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014 40.731779 -74.003271
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    After its beloved Hudson Street location was usurped by Starbucks, this premiere microbrewery built itself a new home using handsome woods salvaged from a 19th-century farmhouse. Predictably one-time "Tigerites" on the prowl are now cool cats sitting with their wives at cracked-wood tables near the stone hearth and under the copper fans. NYU newcomers, too, circle around beer-belly-level tables or settle for standing and calling out their favorites from an idiosyncratic list of 31 draft beers. You'll have no luck ordering a Bud: Even a Guinness seems boring in the face of a Sly Fox Irish Stout, a sweet Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, rotating cask ales, or one of the small-batch, vintage beers (like Bigfoot barley wine) touted on the chalkboard; a second board advertises small plates like deviled eggs, caviar-and-potato spread, and sliders such as the Bloody Beast made of roast beef, sheep cheddar, and red onion topped by Bloody Mary sauce. — Daniel Maurer

  6. #276

    Default Open Karaoke bars Times Square area?

    Hi, coming to NYC in march and staying in Times Square, can anybody tell me of any Karaoke bars in this are that you don't have to book, I was looking for somewhere casual that you can walk in, have a beer and a good old sing a long.

    Thanks in advance for any help and advice.


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    In Only Bar of Its Kind in City, Haven (or a Hideout) for Smokers

    Michael Appleton for The New York Times
    Suzanne Roche, vacationing from Dublin, took advantage Saturday night of the no-smoking exemption at the Karma Lounge. It opened as a hookah bar in 1999 in the East Village and occupies a singular niche.


    Published: February 25, 2010

    The first sign that the place is different is out front: Arriving customers do not walk the gantlet of exiled smokers that greets them at the doors of other bars. Here, those people are all inside.

    Michael Appleton for The New York Times
    The Karma Lounge sells shisha, flavored tobacco smoked with a water pipe, as well as cigarettes.

    This bar, the Karma Lounge, offers a whiff of New York night life, circa 2002, right down to the brimming ashtrays and burning cigarettes. All low seating, red velvet and dim lights, it is the only place of its kind left in the city: a casual neighborhood spot in the East Village where smokers can light up indoors — legally.

    Despite the city’s ban on smoking in bars, which went into effect in 2003 and helped spark a global explosion of similar ordinances, there are many places to inhale with varying degrees of furtiveness and legitimacy. At the upscale end are the seven clubby tobacco bars, mostly emphasizing cigars, that were exempted from the ban, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as the velvet-roped celebrity hangouts that have been illegally allowing patrons to smoke. Then there are the smoke-easies, dark little places where bartenders simply bring out the ashtrays at a particular hour.

    But the Karma Lounge occupies a singular niche. Opened in 1999 as a hookah bar, it was able to get the cigar-bar exemption because it served alcohol and derived at least 10 percent of its income from tobacco products by the cutoff date in 2001.

    Today the bar, on First Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets, is a telling index of how much New York has changed in the seven years since the start of the ban, when smokers fumed that they would defy the prohibition as an attack on their civil liberties. Though a big sign on the front door shouts, “Cigarette Smoking Permitted,” that was not the main lure for those who sipped cocktails and tossed back beers last week.

    “I know everybody — it’s like my Cheers,” said Andre Evans, 50, a chef who lives around the corner and was lighting a few dozen red votives on Thursday afternoon, just to help out. “I come in, I sit down, all the bartenders know what I drink,” he continued. “Most of the regulars here, we’re just like a regular group and we all get along great.”

    Mr. Evans said he would stop in even if he couldn’t smoke and, like several other patrons sitting in the flickering glow of two large televisions above the bar, said he would not visit a cigar bar to indulge his habit.

    Josie Rodriguez, 34, an administrative assistant who lives across First Avenue and was perched on a neighboring stool, summed up why, referring to a tiny cigar place she went to once with her brother-in-law:

    “It smells really bad.”

    “Yeah, as opposed to this place, which smells of cigarettes,” Mr. Evans broke in, laughing.

    Some of the regulars do not even smoke, like John Garbarini, 57, a contractor who hopes his first film role, as a homicidal rat mutant in the 2006 horror film “Mulberry Street,” will lead to others. He just likes the place, he said, and comes in for a nice glass of wine, casual conversation, free WiFi and the chance to work a crossword puzzle with one of the mostly young and female bartenders.

    Not that there wasn’t a whole lot of smoking going on. There was, whether among those at the bar with their Newports and Camel Lights and American Spirits, or the clusters of newcomers trying out the hookahs, or a couple smoking cigars up front where paintings of half-naked women in stilettos smoking in bed hung from the brick walls.

    Indeed, William Watkins, the general manager, is considering installing a more elaborate ventilation system to kill the smell.

    “You do have a lot of people coming in and immediately turn around and walk back out,” Mr. Watkins said. “Even if it’s faint, it still tends to turn a lot of people off.”

    The bar does a brisk business in tobacco, he said, selling cigarettes and about 20 varieties of shisha, the flavored tobacco that is smoked through a water pipe. Smoking tobacco at other hookah cafes is illegal, said Elliott S. Marcus, an associate health commissioner, but officials have had trouble enforcing the law because owners often say their products are made from herbs and it takes time and effort to prove that they are tobacco.

    Over all, the Karma Lounge is surprisingly low-key about its rare smoking prerogative, preferring to use its Facebook page to post the special events it holds in its basement performance space. They are an eclectic mix, including a weekly gay night, hip-hop dance parties, comedy sets and regular sessions for the B.D.S.M. crowd. (A recent invitation to those who play with bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, or sadism and masochism read, “We now have coat-check as well.”)

    It is all part of what distinguishes the place from the city’s other smoking dens.

    “Cigar smokers tend to be very particular about their cigars,” Mr. Watkins said, “all the way to the point that you don’t light your cigar with a match, you use a piece of wood because you don’t want any sulfur tainting your cigar.

    “Cigar bars tend to be a little more high-end with the humidors and things, and your single malts and expensive Scotches and whatnot, and I guess we just chose to go a different route: a place where anyone can come and enjoy themselves no matter where you’re from.”

    Copyright 2010 The New York Times Company

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    Default The Rum House Rises

    January 4, 2011, 12:06 pm
    The Rum House Rises

    By SAM SIFTON The Rum House was a shabby little piano bar off the lobby of the Edison Hotel on 47th Street west of Seventh Avenue, marvelous in its way as a place to stop in before a show for a whiskey sour. Irene Gandy, the legendary Broadway press agent, often held court in one corner. Tyros with musical-comedy in their blood sketched out bits in another. Always, tourists mooned. The bar was a tie to the Rialto of old – an adult-beverage version of the Polish Tea Room next door, where producers gathered to dream and scheme over tuna fish on rye, a scene out of Runyon, a simple place for a drink. And then, in the summer of 2010, after 37 years, it closed.

    Now it rises again. Next week, the Rum House will re-open under the ownership and management of Michael Neff, Kenneth McCoy and Abdul Tabini, the owners of the bespoke cocktail bar Ward III in TriBeCa.

    The piano remains, said Kate Telfeyan, a spokeswoman for the owners, as do some vestiges of the original nautical theme – including the immense circular lighting fixture over the bar itself. There are still 60 seats. There will be performances, the owners say, at least five nights a week.

    But rail vodka poured over watery ice will not be available. The walls and floors and bar itself have been scraped down and polished, and three decades of nicotine stains and the burnish of flop-sweat sent out the door. Some metalwork has been added to replace wood panels on the walls, and red leather accents the space as well as covers the banquettes along the walls.

    Ms. Telfeyan said the new Rum House will serve an extensive collection of whiskeys and rums, classic cocktails and some of the more esoteric concoctions available at Ward III.
    Until then, here’s Karen Brown, the bar’s longtime pianist, backing up Nika for a 2008 performance of “Fever.”


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    Default Glasses Are Hoisted Once Again at Fraunces Tavern

    January 6, 2011, 9:59 am

    Glasses Are Hoisted Once Again at Fraunces Tavern


    Josh Haner/The New York Times

    The beer flowed anew, under new management, at the Fraunces Tavern on Wednesday night.

    It may be almost a year later than originally expected, but Fraunces Tavern, where Gen. George Washington bade farewell to his officers at the end of the Revolutionary War and where patrons have been eating and drinking on and off since 1762, has finally taken a big leap forward in its reincarnation.

    The bar, operated by an Irish outfit called the Porterhouse Group, opened last night for the first time since closing in February, attracting a mellow crowd of industry insiders, people who worked on the project and longtime patrons drawn to the place’s sense of history and extensive collection of craft beers.

    “To be the first customers at Fraunces Tavern, we couldn’t give up that opportunity,” said Mike Carroll, a lawyer who, along with his friends Kevin McAdams and Eddie Brady, was the first to come in for a drink. “It means we’re here before George Washington.”

    Well, sort of. First opened in 1762 as the Queen’s Head Tavern, the building once housed the administrative offices for the fledgling nation, when New York was its capital. But by 1904, after centuries of operating as a tavern, rooming house and hotel and falling victim to fire, it was rundown and significantly altered.

    The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York acquired the building, at 54 Pearl Street, and turned it into a museum, restoring the Long Room on the second floor, where General Washington bade his famous adieu, with a restaurant on the ground floor. The Porterhouse Group plans to reopen that restaurant in about two weeks, but the pub is in another connected building, at 58 Pearl Street, which was acquired later by the Sons of the Revolution and is now part of the complex that houses the museum as well as administrative offices, storage and the Anglers’ Club.

    After the place closed in February, it took a few months for the Sons of the Revolution to connect with the Porterhouse Group, who were looking to expand into the United States to help build an export market for their beers. They had planned to open in the fall, but delayed the opening several times.

    There was not any single reason why, said Oliver Hughes, a co-owner of the Porterhouse Group, which brews its own beers and operates bars in Dublin, Bray, London and Shanghai. But when you are opening a “proper Irish bar” rather than a clichéd version, things can take on a life of their own, especially when you’re dealing with a different culture and its bureaucracy with a landmark building, he said.

    “We do bars, we happen to be Irish, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we do shillelaghs and bicycles on the ceiling, which is the world perception of Irish bars,” Mr. Hughes said.

    Instead, there was a painstaking renovation that included installing an elaborate beer cooling system in the basement and importing a number of furnishings that were delayed in customs. The bar area — designed to suggest age with a modern vibe — has been expanded and features handmade tables, distressed mirrors and dangling exposed filament bulbs.

    “I don’t think I’ve ever had a bar open on time,” Mr. Hughes said, laughing. “Over budget, never on time.”

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    Default A Reprieve for Max Fish

    January 11, 2011, 4:34 pm

    A Reprieve for Max Fish


    Nancy Siesel/The New York Times
    Back in the day: Max Fish, 1997.

    Several weeks before its doors were scheduled for shuttering, Max Fish has been granted a reprieve. Monday afternoon, a lease extension was finalized giving the venerable Lower East Side bar another year at its Ludlow Street location. The extension, which maintains the terms of the current lease, is the result of an agreement between Arwen Properties and the bar’s owner, Ullie Rimkus. The lease now ends Jan. 31, 2012.

    The extension gives Max Fish time to find a new location, a task it has thus far been unable to accomplish. “It’s a positive thing,” said Ms. Rimkus, a native of Germany who opened Max Fish in 1989. “We will not be unemployed.”

    She plans on remaining in the neighborhood, an area that has increasingly become a raucous entertainment district. “We can find a place, build it out, and move on in,” she said. “Hopefully it’s that easy.” The extension also applies to the Pink Pony, a restaurant on the same piece of property.

    Since Max Fish’s imminent closure was announced in early December, crowds have swarmed in to pay their last respects. On one night in mid-December, Yelawolf, a rapper from Alabama, gave an impromptu performance from a tabletop.

    “People sort of treated the situation like a relative with terminal cancer,” said Shannon Moore, who works at Max Fish as a bouncer. “There was a mass reaction to be in there as much as possible before it was over. But the space is just the space. 178 Ludlow didn’t make Max Fish; Max Fish made 178 Ludlow.”

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    Last Call

    Party Promoters Come to Praise Mars Bar, and to Bury It

    Legendary East Village dive Mars Bar and its neighbors will be replaced with a 12-story, 60-unit apartment building, which means that the next time you step into the bar, it might be your last—at least when talking about Mars in its current scruffy form. Perhaps hoping to tug on these heart strings, recent promos for upcoming events in the watering hole play up the bar's doomed fate. One flyer is pictured above, and later this month there's an event billed as Mars Bar's first and last literary event. Word on the street is that the gentrification holdout might close this spring, though that could just be the whiskey talking.

    · Mars Bar coverage [Curbed]

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    McSorley's Bar Celebrates 157 Years in East Village Updated 6 hrs ago

    February 17, 2011 4:18pm Updated February 18, 2011 6:31am

    The landmark bar McSorley's on East 7th Street celebrated its 157th anniversary Thursday


    By Patrick Hedlund
    DNAinfo News Editor

    EAST VILLAGE — Landmark bar McSorley's Old Ale House celebrated its 157th anniversary Civil War-style on Thursday with a historical reenactment outside the longtime 7th Street saloon.

    Actors dressed in 19th-century garb fired off muskets in the street to ring in another year for the famous pub, considered one of the oldest continuously operating taverns in the city.

    "We're lucky enough to still be here," said McSorley's owner Matthew Maher, 71, who's been working at the bar since 1964 and took it over in '77.

    "Those are the people that keep us here," he said, gesturing to his packed house on Thursday afternoon. "We don't keep them here — they keep us here."

    An actor playing Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address before the crowd, as patrons sipped on endless mugs of the bar's trademark "light" or "dark" ales.

    "Everyone comes back to re-associate with the virtues and values we all grew up with," said Rich Kiernan, 57, a bartender at McSorley's for the past 16 years, speaking of the historical-themed celebration. "Family, freedom and the pursuit of happiness."

    Ed McKinney, 50, has been a regular at McSorley's since the early '80s, when he used to work around the corner and would stop in for lunch or an after-work drink.

    "It's like a living museum," said the Long Island City resident, adding that he used to plan his vacation around the bar's anniversary celebration. "I've known the bartenders here for 25 years, so it's like coming home. The history is so fantastic."

    Kiernan said the event always brings out an old-time crowd — "everyone's over 50" — to celebrate the no-frills "ideology" McSorley's has maintained through the decades.

    "It's melting pot of many generations who have come here before me — and probably [will] after me."

    Maher added that the event ultimately marks just another year in the saloon's storied history.

    "We'll be here for many more," he said.

    Last edited by brianac; February 18th, 2011 at 12:13 PM.

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    Friday, December 23rd, 2011 - Kiss and Fly Nightclub

    "Since December 2007, Kiss & Fly has been catering to the jet set crowd, bringing a unique lifestyle destination to Manhattan. Kiss & Fly is an unprecedented nightclub that combines extraordinary decor with an unbeatable sound system and world renowned DJs. The decor mixes Roman accents with modern lighting and decor to create a beautiful elegant atmosphere. Each night at Kiss & Fly starts of as a Lounge with soft jazz music and slowly transitioning into a nightclub complete with 250 strobe lights and high energy Euro house music."


    Contact me for birthday parties, group rates, RSVP, Bottle service, or anything else! Say Alan at the door for reduced price (ladies are free).

    Facebook event:!/events/289200081132413/
    Last edited by Shaps; December 21st, 2011 at 04:22 PM.

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    Ignoring the spider above... (If it is till there...)

    Went over to Blind Tiger for lunch. Expensive, but a nice (little) Kimchee and pulled pork and a good IPA to wash it down.

    I miss that place.

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