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Insider's Guide to NYC's Best Pub Crawls

The city's best pub crawls don't need to be the frat-ish, cheap-beer soaked odysseys of old. To appreciate the flavor of each neighborhood, enjoy these mini-crawls, and leave White Horse Tavern for the tourists.

Greenwich Village

Kettle of Fish

59 Christopher St.

In the Village for over 60 years, the Kettle was, in its original location, a favorite of beat poets and artists like Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol. Start your night off with a cold draft and a little pinball.

Barrow Street

15 Barrow St.

This landmark bar serves 15 draft beers, offers daily drink specials, pool, darts, and is home to a much beloved jukebox.

Bayard's Ale House

533 Hudson St.

Another landmark bar, this Irish-style pub serves over 20 drafts and is famous for its Irish comfort food and laid back atmosphere.

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Spike Hill

184 & 186 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

There's live music seven nights a week with multiple bands and singer/songwriters on the roster. It's a rock venue that also hosts Monday night jazz and "Sinner Sundays" featuring folk, blue grass and country.

Soft Spot

128 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

A coveted outdoor garden patio has seating and a BBQ grill. There's also trivia, board games and 2-for-1 draft beers during happy hour.

The Gibson

The Gibson
(Photo by Konstantin Sergeyev)

108 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

Sit by the front windows and enjoy hipster watching or play foosball. This semi-sports bar with a great bourbon list is known to play movies and hand out free popcorn on slow nights.

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Upper East Side

Brandy's Piano Bar

235 East 84th St.
212-744 4949

Hang at the bar and avoid the two-drink minimum at tables in front of the small stage. Listen to talented singers and piano players belt out pop and R&B standards and watch for surprise performances by Broadway greats.


1503 Second Ave. & 78th St.

Great bar food, surprisingly stellar sushi, and a fun mix of music make this bar a no-fail standard. The curved leather booths and retro décor give it a Vegas feel. Top-notch bartenders take obvious pride in their cocktails (and appearance). All that and no attitude.


1452 Second Ave.

End your crawl brimming with liquid courage at this dive-y karaoke spot that boasts the longest bar in the city. Get on stage and warble through your favorite ditty in between the showy, talented regulars. Anything goes in this nonjudgmental, good time joint.

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