360 W 53rd St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764930 -73.987122
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
Fun spot to take out of town friends – If you're looking for a great spot to take friends, they'll love the secrecy of this tiny bar. It tends to get packed late-night though which can be uncomfortable. Great selection of beer.
Secrecy is its only appeal – This place gets by through the secrecy appeal. The actual wine offerings show little thought and are just average. Inside was dead quiet on a Friday night and very dark. If it weren't so hidden away, I wouldn't bother with a repeat visit.
Cozy when Quiet All Together Secluded – This little bar is tight and dungeonous. A converted apartment , it's a little narrow but the drinks are good and so is the company. It's got a neighborhood bar feel and each time I've gone the bartenders have been sociable. They do keep their IPOD a bit loud at times.
It can get chilly in there so bring a jacket.
A modern take on speakeasy charm. – The Scene
The gate is open, the green sconce is lit: Ring the buzzer and stay put. A peephole in the door intimidates slightly, but the greeting is warm and the vibe inside this narrow, underground bar is a few degrees cooler than cool. Tiles of frosted light built into the ceiling and floor create a dim path through the railroad-style room of exposed pipes, brick and candlelight. Everyone's pretty, the air carries a mysterious breeze, and the music is powerfully loud--anything from new-school jazz to deep house, depending on who's working.
Quality over quantity is the rule for this full-size party in a pint-sized midtown space. Details like lush fresh flowers and an upscale beer-and-wine only selection served in flashy fluted glassware make you feel more like a guest than a patron. Potent Monster is on tap and the Shiraz hints of pepper and violets.
Sweet Spot – The epitome of incidental, this bar would be your perfect neighborhood watering hole. I went in with some friends on a Tuesday night and it wasn't crowded, a good thing because it's tiny. They had an awesome selection of beers, mainly belgium and german. The decor was very modern and artsy but it was such a great place to chat with friends and feel like you're a guest, not in a bar. The music was nice and chill too. Definitely go here if you're looking to impress friends from out of town.
My new favorite place – A great lounge with a location that is truly on the D/L and makes you feel cooler than you really are. The bartender was more than accomodating with our music requests. The music was great, the vibe was perfect. They only serve beer and wine and I wasn't all that impressed with the wine I tried but the beer my friend had was really great. My husband likes bars and I like clubs and this is one of the few places that we have both EVER agreed upon. It's relaxed enough to sit and talk but the music is good enough to get up and dance if you want to. We will definitley be going back!
Buzz Kill – This is a great little place that not many people know of. Tiny railroad style bar. However, the night i went there, the sound system was running off an ipod. It was a good idea, but the novelty quickly wore off after the 4 second pause between each song. Literally every 3 minutes, it was dead slient for a few seconds. I would go back, but not if they are still using the ipod. Beers are good. Pricey, at around $8-9 per pop. They've got all the good belgian stuff though
Find me if you can – A bar's mystique is priceless, this bar's mystique carries more than "priceless" can express. The beer selection is top notch, the wine list is better, and the music is "off-the-beaten-path" terrific. If you're looking for Pirates of the Carribean, go to Times Square. If you're looking for chic, SRO is the dope spot. It's dark, it's gloomy, it's private...it's perfect. Don't tell people about SRO who won't appreciate the novelty and eccentricity it exudes.
For Whom the Bell Tolls... – DING DONG! With its mysterious peephole and quirky doorbell, Single Room Occupancy might be the first bar especially designed for Jehovahs Witnesses. Below street level and way off the radar, Single Room Occupancy certainly has a mystique. But aura alone doesnt cut it. Although the beer is excellentall too easy to get bombed on their $7 Brooklyn Monster 11.8% alcoholic alethis faintly lit speakeasy is nothing more than an overpriced cramp-shack. It tries to use its weakness, an inexcusable bowling-lane sized floor space, as a gimmick but who wants to party in an outhouse? As my Japanese blind date pertly put it, SRO is very shadyprobably because the majority of its lights are on the floor covered up by standing patrons who couldnt find stools.
Don't Go Empty Stomache – Checked the place out without dinner. Had the 'Monster' on tap while chatting with the bartendress and listening to Depeche Mode. I can drink all day and maintain a nice buzz all the way but the 'Monster' went straight to my head. Chill place... imagine Decibel meets Double Happiness )or pocket-sized Lansky Lounge) without the crowd.
Overall decent if you want to chill with friends or with a date after a few hours of prior drinking.
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