645 N James Lovell St, Milwaukee, WI | Directions 5323343.038534 -87.920506
Neighborhoods: Kilbourn Town
If you have visited The New Yorker in the past, and had a great experience, I suggest visiting again, accept, it is no longer The New Yorker, It is now called The Mason Jar and I am the new owner. New owners, new look, new everything!!!!! We still have karaoke and have expanded into live music and DJ's. We have a new stage so everyone is a star when singing karaoke. Great drink specials daily along with an excellent happy hour!!!!! Stop in and visit with us you won't be disappointed!!!!!
Great place!!! Had an AMAZING time!!!! Thank you Sal for a great night!!!!
Great place to sing!!! – I've been going to this bar for over 4 years now and love the place! They have karaoke 5 nights a week starting at 9 and some decent drink specials, I am always welcomed with a hug and a friendly face. There are times when the owner can get a bit crabby, but all and all i come back to this lil dive time and time again.
Bad customer service – I've had good experiences with this bar in the past, but lately they've been very picky and rude about IDs. I went with a 28-year-old friend who had a valid out-of-state driver license and multiple forms of ID. They insisted she was underage and confiscated her license. We then waited an hour and a half outside to get it back. The bartender also raised her voice to her. Apparently they've had multiple run-ins with underage customers, but they need to figure out how to be service oriented toward all patrons despite this issue.
Avoid like the plague. – My group's ages ranged from 23 to 29. The bartender checked our IDs, which were from IL, MN, TX, and CT, so she asked for a second form, which for most of us was a Marquette University ID. To the MN girl: "What's your sign? Okay, just 'cuz you go to Marquette doesn't mean anything. Get a Wisconsin ID." To IL: "Same to you. You're here 30 days, you need a Wisconsin ID." To TX girl, who hasn't witnessed either of the previous two interactions: "This is the last time I take this sh** (non-WI identification)." To 28-year-old girl with a valid CT license: "I'm taking this. It's a fake. You can leave."
An extensive argument ensued, mostly centered around the CT girl needing her driver's license back. The bartender, who harped on with an air of entitlement about having been trained in fake IDs and so on, was incredibly catty and rude from the second we walked in the door. The owner half-heartedly backed up his employee. They both said that they knew the ID was a fake because it didn't have "hair color" listed on it. Neither did IL. Neither did MN. Does yours? We called the police and waited outside for an hour. The police then presumably called Sal, the owner, and he came outside and returned the valid CT license to my friend, who has been legally drinking for seven years.
Anyway, I had previously appreciated the "dive" nature of this place, but I can't overlook inept service and harassment. And yeah, the beer costs more than it should. And the bathrooms are dirty. And there isn't much seating. And it's smokey. And it's highly likely that you'll get mugged as you leave.
And this is all from a guy who had his first kiss with the girl he loves at this very place. Seriously, f*** the New Yorker.
Most fun for Karaoke 5 nights a week – I am sorry but I am seeing a lot of reviews about the New Yorker that all look like they were written by the same ticked off customer who didn't get to sing fast enough. The staff gets to know their customers, and I am greeted with a hug and a bartender who knows my name and what I like to drink, even if I have not been there in months. It is low key, usually without large annoying crowds of underage college students that you get often with karaoke. If you think you got skipped in your turn to sing, just simply say so politely, and you'll be up soon. Be respectful and mature and you'll be treated the same way.
Horrible Bar, Avoid at all costs – This bar is great if you lack basic motor skills and you want to be mistreated by the geriatric man who is in charge of the place.
I went there with a group of friends, and put our names in for karaoke, and after sitting in the bar for 2 hours and listening to the 'regulars' sing twice (one girl went 3 times). when confronted as to why he wasnt letting us sing he started rambling about computers being far too complex for his brain to understand and then rambling about the Roosevelt administration and then something about the "New Deal" and then wanted to know when Murder She Wrote would be on next.
This is not a bar that should even be open, The bathrooms were disgusting, and I am pretty sure I witnessed a guy sticking a needle in his arm in the bathroom.
good time – relaxing atmosphere and a great bunch of people. Thursday and friday are great for karaoke.
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