Updated 2/1/15 – Changed some bars to add some in, take some old ones out.
I know a lot of people don’t venture far out of midtown, but to get great beer, and lots of it, (maybe even great bars, with reasonable priced food), then you have to. Here is a pub crawl (another epic one) that takes in some of the great areas of NYC.
You need to be starting at Union Square. The Subway is 14th Street / Union Square and is on the 4/5/6/N/Q/R/L trains.
Walk out of the subway onto Union Square West (or find it), and cross the road, You should find Heartland Brewery. This is your first stop. A microbrewery, they do have seasonal ales, and a bunch of regulars too, along with the standard pub fare food menu. Reasonably priced for food.
Once you’ve had that, walk out of Heartland Brewery, and you have a bit of a walk to head to the next bar. Cross over into Union Square, and head south, walk diagonally, and you’ll end up at the corner of 14th Street and Union Square East. Walk south down Broadway, and then left onto 13th Street, right onto 4th avenue, left onto 12th Street, Right onto 3rd Avenue. Head down to the corner of 11th Street. On that corner, you have the Village Pourhouse. It’s a great pub with a huge selection of beers, and also, again, great food. My mouth is watering at the thought of their wings. Not the best in NYC, but close.
OK, once you’ve finished at Village Pourhouse, Head down 3rd Avenue, and take a left on St Marks Place. Here you have Barcade. Yes, there is a Barcade in Williamsburg, but I’ve not got it on that crawl, so why not put it here. It’s a craft beer bar with some vintage arcade machines. It’s new, so I’ll be checking it out on my next trip, but I fully expect it to be as good as the Barcade in Williamsburg.
Just around the corner from Barcade is Coopers Craft & Kitchen, which is on 2nd Ave, between East 6th & East 5th Streets. Modern and good looking bar, with a decent selection.
Ok, From Coopers go East 4th Street, take a right, and then turn left onto Lafayette Street, and keep heading south until you cross East Houston Street. (If you’re feeling lazy, you can hop on the 6 at Astor Pl 1 stop south!). Once you’re there on the right side of the street, you’ll find Puck Fair.
Head left out of Puck Fair, and turn we’re going to walk towards Greenwich Village. Walk up Lafayette Street, then just turn Left on West 3rd Street. A few blocks down just after LaGuardia Place, is The Half Pint.
Once you’ve finished there, cross over Thompson Street, and you’re right outside Amity Hall. Head either upstairs or downstairs. Both of these 2 bars have FREE WIFI, just ask for the password.
Out of Amity Hall, just a short walk around the area to Bleecker Street – Head over 6th Avenue, and make sure you keep following Bleecker – the road kinda turns a bit. On the corner of Bleecker and Jones you have the Blind Tiger Ale House – Absolutely awesome place, especially if you can get a seat at the bar. If you’re feeling hungry by this point, you could go to Johns of Bleecker Street, and have some great pizza.
So, that’s a bit of a crawl starting at Union Square, and ending up, near enough at the High Line, and you’ve seen a bit of NYC in the process.
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