340 9TH Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000140.752980 -73.996397
Neighborhoods: Chelsea, Midtown
A REAL Dive bar, no pretentions, just 100% fun – (This review is for the Blarney Stone on 9th Ave. and 29th Street. There are several other bars in Manhattan with the same name.) I'm really reluctant to write about this place. If I thought more people would read this, I wouldn't. It's like a fragile glass sculpture. It could so easily be destroyed. As it is, this could be the last place of it's kind south of 125th Street? Wow! A DIVE BAR in the best sense of the word. Nothing faux, pretentious, or studenty. I'll bet our 3 Japanese members were the first people from that country ever to lighten the threshold of the place... and THE BAR LOVED US!
Except for one annoying white guy, everybody at the bar was our instant friend. The thickly brougued bartendress bought us two pitchers of beer. The night cost $11 a piece plus the pizza. We were the life of the party, and guardians of the unlockable mens room door. When we walked in, I said, "this place would be perfect if it weren't for the music being too loud." In ten minutes, Linda, the bartendress came to ask us if there was anything she could get us. "Yeah," I said. "Lower volume." POW! She was at the controls. "Just raise your hand when it's at a good volume," she said. "Excuse me," I didn't, but should have, said. "Are we dead and is this heaven?" The neighborhood is foreboding with NOTHING, but 1 pizza place and lots of people sleeping on the sidewalk. I hope that's enough to scare off tourists. Once inside, the funkiness, friendliness, and everyone's-a-pal spirit, makes this our best new discovery of the year. Wee---uuuuu. --Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NYC drinkers
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