|There’s so much to explore on the NYC bar scene. –credit|
Have the mounds of icy snow and frigid weather left you feeling stir-crazy and blue? Gather your closest drinking buddies, and break out of your funk with a winter bar crawl. In order to maximize your pub crawl experience, we’ve created a list of four NYC neighborhoods with some favorite bars to help you get your drink on.
Gramercy Park has plenty of places to participate in a pub crawl and all within a short walking distance, which is essential as your buzz kicks into high gear.
Start off at Molly’s (287 3rd Ave), considered NYC’s most authentic Irish pub, and down a pint of Guinness followed by a shot of Jameson. Then, head over to Bull’s Head Tavern (295 3rd Ave) for a German draft. If you’re still standing, stumble to Bar Fly (244 3rd Ave), and order another beer and a shot of tequila to keep your inebriation going. From there, stagger to the Copper Door Tavern (272 3rd Ave) for $3 Land Shark Pints or a $10 bucket of Rolling Rock for the gang.
It would only be fitting to end your Gramercy crawl at Pete’s Tavern (129 E 18th St), the oldest continuously operating restaurant and bar in New York City, with its famous 1864 House Ale.
|Bar crawls are a great way to hang out with old friends or make new ones!|
The West Village has many cool establishments that will heighten your boozing escapades.
For starters, hit the Highlands Tavern (150–152 W 10th St) where you must try the Blood and Sand, a specialty cocktail concocted with 12-year-old Highland Park, Cherry Heering, orange juice and bitters. Up next, travel back to the ‘20s and ‘30s for a Manhattan at Employees Only (510 Hudson St), which boasts a classic, speakeasy atmosphere. Then, walk over to Down the Hatch (179 W 4th St), a popular sports bar for over 20 years, where you can play a game of beer pong, just like you did back in college.
Are you still on your feet? See your way over to The Blind Tiger (281 Bleecker St ) and enjoy one of the 28 beers on draft or over 80 bottle selections on hand.
Known as the Greek epicenter of NYC, Astoria is home to several awesome drinking spots for your imbibing expedition.
Known for its strong drinks and relaxed vibe, the Rapture Lounge (427 28th Ave) is the perfect way to kick off your crawl. For your next stop, go green at the Irish Rover (3718 28th Ave), a well-patronized local bar that offers generous buy-backs, darts and a cool jukebox.
If you still have a hankering for great beer, then the pit stop at Blackbird’s Bar (41-19 30th Ave) is for you. A beer enthusiast’s paradise, Blackbird’s offers drafts and imported bottles, mixed in with a few domestics. If you aren’t tipsy after the first three bars, the Mad Donkey Beer Bar & Grill (3207 36th Ave) serves a $30 drink in a fishbowl, good for a number of people, which will surely end your crawl with a devastating knockout punch.
|Crawl with a group of gal pals.|
Williamsburg has become a hipster haven and a hotbed for trendy restaurants and bars over the years. So, it makes perfect sense to hold your crawl in this ultra-hip hood.
If you want to tip off the night at a classy establishment, there’s the Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave). Keeping with the elegant vibe, try an old-school Gibson or Campari. Still feeling sophisticated? Hit the Pinkerton Wine Bar (N. 6th St and Havemeyer), voted as one of the top three NYC wine bars in June 2012, by Daily News Readers.
With your cocktail and wine palate satisfied, you may want to opt for suds to take the night to a new foamy level. Proceed to Berry Park (4 Berry St) — a two-level mammoth beer hall with 15 flowing taps to fill your brew needs. Finally, after pounding down drinks for a few hours, it’s time to challenge your video game skills while under the influence at Barcade, also a craft beer haven. Battle aliens and dodge traffic as a frog, while sipping on your choice of 25 tap beers.
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