25 June 2008

Welcome to Third Avenue. Now Drink!


I like Third Avenue in the 20s. For whatever reason, the area has not been much built up in the real estate boom of the last decade. It's still low scale and feels very New York, a jumble of humble and homely businesses. And bars. Every neighborhood in New York has its contingent of Irish pubs. But on this stretch of Third Avenue, you won't be troubled with walking more than a block to find one. And that's on both sides of the streets, too! East side, West side, Guinness is on tap. That way, if you have an argument with the bartender, you can always take your business across the street!

Here are a few of said bars. Paddy McGuire's seems to be in a year-round Yuletide mood. Plug Uglies, named after a vicious 19th-century gang, is a "drinking establishment." Ironically, it's a hangout for cops. The Copper Door Tavern has, yes, a copper door, and has some competition directly next door in the form of the Black Bear Lodge. Molly's is going form the croft house look; there's a fireplace inside. I'm guessing this strip is jumping on St. Patrick's Day.



5 comments:

Tim said...

Is that the Molly's with the sawdust on the floor? If so, they pour one of the best pints around.

mingusal said...

Molly's is one of the nicest bars in the city with a pleasing, dark, Irish country feel. They also serve a very good burger. The rest of the bars on that stretch pretty much fill up with drunken college students and just-post-college partyers most nights.

Brooks of Sheffield said...

Yes, that is the Molly's with the sawdust. I'm going to have to pay a visit now, based on these recommendations.

BaHa said...

I second the burger.
And while the area might be jumping on St. Patrick's Day, as an old Irish bar hand, I can tell you that the bars' regulars will be home, waiting for amateur night to pass.

Carol Gardens said...

Yep, Molly's is quite a welcoming neighborhood bar. There were a few other similar bars that got demolished to build that new highrise on the NW corner of 23rd.