Friday, August 1, 2008

Upper West Side Drinks

New York is a drinker’s paradise, and a bar can be found to suit nearly any temperament and need. My favorite spots are in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn, but here are a few near(ish) to campus that will get the job done.

1020 Bar
1020 Amsterdam Ave at 111th St.
½ price well drinks and numerous beers from 4-7 pm. Dark and divey. Mainly grad students.

Havana Central

2911 Broadway Ave between 113th & 114th Sts.
The place to go if you need some food to slow the power of the alcohol. Nachos and empanadas will keep you sober enough, depending how many happy hour mojitos you consume. I do not recommend eating a real meal here in the dining room—too expensive and too bland.


503 Columbus Ave at 84th St.
Live music--often a cover band playing everything from Dusty Springfield to Sublime. Fun, laid-back spot for group outings.


2731 Broadway Ave at 104th St.
While not as cheap as the bars in my home state of Wisconsin, this low-key spot has a decidedly Midwestern, unpretentious vibe. Plenty of tables, great jukebox, dogs allowed. A host of older regulars mingle with young ‘uns from the neighborhood.

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