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Could This Be NYC's Best Irish Pub, Part VI

Where: 34 Van Dyke St. [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States
June 2, 2008 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last summer, we stumbled across New York, searching for the best Irish pubs in the city. And though there are certainly plenty to choose from, only a handful made our Best Irish Pubs in NYC Map.

We just heard from one of the spots, though, and we owe them an update. Seems Rocky Sullivan's has reopened out in Red Hook, Brooklyn; we've made the corresponding change on our map.

What's staying the same, though, is all the stuff that we loved about the original: book readings, pub quiz night on Thursday and live bands a few nights a week. Even better: The new location is next door to Brooklyn's Six Point brewery--and has a killer roof deck.

Know an Irish pub in New York City that we should check out? Let us know.

Related Stories:
· Rocky Sullivan's [Official Site]
· Could This Be New York's Best Irish Pub? [Jaunted]
· Best Irish Pubs in New York City coverage [Jaunted]

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Could This Be NYC's Best Irish Pub, Part V

Where: 485 Amsterdam Ave. [map], New York, ny, United States, 10024
March 13, 2008 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Truth be told, we haven't had much chance to plan out our St. Patrick's Day debauchery. But we did have a chance to have a pint last night at George Keeley's on New York's Upper West Side.

This joint isn't gonna win any awards for originality, but it'll certainly be a great spot for St. Pat's. They're opening at 11 am and will have green beer and other specials throughout the day. With 22 brews on tap, you shouldn't get bored with the booze options.

We also hear that a bagpipe crew will swing by at some point on the 17th. Add in house-made corned beef and cabbage, and you're looking at one of NYC's best Irish pubs.

Related Stories:
· George Keeley's [Official Site]
· Which Is the Fairest, for a Pint and Shepherd’s Pie? [NYT]
· Could This Be NYC's Best Irish Pub, Part IV [Jaunted]
· Best Irish Pubs in New York City coverage [Jaunted]

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Could This Be NYC's Best Irish Pub, Part IV

Where: 15 E. 7th St. [map], New York, ny, United States, 10003
August 8, 2007 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have a winner. Asking if McSorley's Old Ale House is the best Irish pub in New York is like asking if Michael was the most talented Jackson brother. I mean, Tito's cool and all, but come on.

There's no competition. Since it opened in 1854, McSorley's has defined pub life in Manhattan. Abe Lincoln hung his top hat there and unwound after a long day of emancipating, and a few years later, John Lennon got away from the old ball-and-chain to throw back a few beers at the island's oldest continually operating saloon.

We'll forgive the fact that the bar forbade women from entering until 1970. The bar--dark, wooden, rough--is unapologetic about the 150 years it has spent filling the bellies of the hardworking, blue-collar men who dug our train tunnels and built our skyscrapers. Bottoms up, fellas.

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Related Stories:
· McSorley's [Official Site]
· Best Irish Pubs Part III [Jaunted]
· Best Irish Pubs Part II [Jaunted]
· Best Irish Pubs Part I [Jaunted]

[Photo: Dead Programmer]

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Could This Be NYC's Best Irish Pub, Part III

July 25, 2007 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

The owners of Ryan's Irish Pub in NYC seem to have cornered the market on Celtic suds sales in the East Village. The folks who own Ryan's also manage The Thirsty Scholar on the same block of Second Avenue and Bull McCabe's around the corner on St. Mark's Place.

Each bar has its distinguishing characteristics. In summer, Ryan's outdoor seating draws New Yorkers still hooked on booze AND nicotine. It also maintains its authenticity by only offering authentic Irish beers.

A few steps away, The Thirsty Scholar has a fancier cocktails selection, great happy hour specials, and free food. Caveat: it's also authentic Irish (read: flavorless), and usually involves a cold platter of mashed potatoes and some wilted cabbage.

Finally, Bull McCabe's is the hidden winner. Patrons can gawk at the wacky St. Mark's Place folk strolling down the street, or duck behind the bar in the outdoor beer garden. A pool table and a jukebox are added bonuses.

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Related Stories:
· Best Irish Pubs Part II [Jaunted]
· Best Irish Pubs Part I [Jaunted]

[Photo: Ryan's]

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Could This Be NYC's Best Irish Pub, Part II

Where: 312 W 58th St. [map], New York, ny, United States, 10019
May 25, 2007 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (2)

Truth be told, Coliseum looks to have nothing going for it. The lighting's weird and the food isn't that great. Aside from this astoundingly positive review, you won't find much about the place anywhere on the interwebs. But this pub--across the street from the Time Warner Center--is a shy one, and given enough time, she might win you over.

First things first: you'll find a good pint and if a football soccer game is on, you'll be watching it. You won't find Big Buck Hunter or beat-the-clock pitcher specials, so you know the crowd is serious about drinking--a major plus for a best pub contender. And you'll likely need to bring your drinking A-game: Coliseum is the after-work watering hole for the booze hounds who work across the street at Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery.

But what's with the scaffolding in the photo? That's a sign of perhaps Coliseum's best attribute. It's next door to Jason Pomeranc's perennially delayed Six Columbus hotel. Might want to order another round while you wait.

Know an Irish pub in New York City that we should check out, let us know in the comments section below.

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Related Stories:
· Six Columbus coverage [HotelChatter]

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Could This Be New York's Best Irish Pub?

Where: 129 Lexington Ave. [map], New York, ny, United States, 10016
May 22, 2007 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

We were out in Manhattan this past weekend, and a terrible sequence of events lead us to the horrific nightlife cemetery of the East 30s. It's not there's a lack of bars in the neighborhood--far from it, in fact. But there aren't many pubs that don't feature drunk 22-year-olds auditioning for the remake of Animal House.

Fortunately, we've been clued into Rocky Sullivan's, a gem of an Irish pub. You're not gonna find any $12 lychee martinis at this place. It's almost like a bad joke: an Irish writer and an Irish rocker open a bar. The punch line though is nice cold beer, friendly folks and bands on stage. Thursday night is the award-winning quiz night, for all you know-it-alls.

All of which is to say that Rocky's is slowly becoming the unofficial Jaunted hang out--but only when your editors are in NYC, of course.

Know an Irish pub in New York City that we should check out, let us know in the comments section below.

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Update: Sadly, Rocky's has closed down since we wrote this post. Fortunately, NYC has plenty of other options for getting boozed up Irish style.

[Photo: vermilionink]

Related Stories:
· Rocky Sullivan's [Official Site]
· Jaunted's bars coverage [Jaunted]