977 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.756052 -73.968015
10 am-4 am
Neighborhoods: Midtown East, Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown
Don't spend a dime here. The bartenders here are some of the worst I've ever seen, and that's saying something. I'd suggest going to any of the plethora of bars in the area.
Among numerous other faults, they'll hook up their iPods to the sound system and play really horrific music. If you decide to put money in the extremely overpriced jukebox, they'll either override it (which means you wasted your money), or worse: take money out of your pile, put it in the jukebox, and pay the extra charge to bump your selection to play theirs. Don't object if they do this, they'll just kick you out.
I kept coming because I mistakenly believed this bad behavior was limited to a few, but quickly realized the problem is systemic. They consistently treat customers like dirt. The barmaids, with a glaring exception, are better than the guys, but that's not saying much.
Guy Bartenders are D-bags – Been here after work a few times but it only took one time for a d.o.u.c.h.e bartender to ruin it. The place should be burned down. if this place considers itself Irish then they should go to Dublin to see how real Irish pubs are run. Again....another unhappy,loser,worthless,will never amount to s.h.i.t.t. bartenders. Basically a dive bar. There are so many like it almost right next to the place that don't have D-bags as bartenders. Avoid it unless your very hungry and want to pay $17 for a large platter. Only good thing about the place.
The most aggressive and off-putting bartender – Never set foot in this pub, you've been warned!!!!
I have had the chance to frequent Murphy's Pub three or four times, each time enjoying the beer and french fries. However, the last time I was there the bartender's behavior was aggressive, cruel, unacceptable and inexcusable. He simply decided to kick my friend and I out because we did not rush to order a second round of drinks. After using every profanity one could come up with, we were shocked to see him call his cop friends, who all come there during their off-hours. They seemed disinterested and biased against us and told us that he can yell at us, curse at us, even physically hurt us if he wants to, which later on I found out is illegal to do. My friend and I did nothing to deserve this kind of discrimination and still got a warning from the police, all members of the 17th precinct. In short, just like the other blogger wrote, try to never set foot in that place, especially if you're background is anything other than Irish.
makes midtown east less atrocious. even tolerable. – been coming with team cupcakes for a few years now. never gave the staff a good reason to befriend us, but they did. best group of people and personalities working, ever. good pints, burgers, wings, pickles and soup. great for watching live sporting events and the bridge and tunnel crowd on saturdays.
Bartenders who scream at you? No thanks. – Don't go here unless you want to get screamed at, and then not be served any beer.
I went to this bar on April 12th, and our night started off great -- we really enjoyed the music and the first bartender was nice. Unfortunately, he went off and another bartender started. When my friend went to buy a beer, the bartender asked for her ID. Apparently he didn't like her attitude because when she showed the ID to him, he began yelling at her and refused to serve her. I went to speak with the manager, and the bartender came out from behind the bar and began screaming at me. The manager didn't bother intervening -- he just let his employee yell at a customer while he stood idly by. Whatever issues they have had with IDs or underage drinking (which was our guess), there's no cause to yell at customers, even if you don't particularly like them. The manager didn't even bother apologizing. We left and spent our money elsewhere and I recommend you do the same.
There are much better bars in the area with much better staff.
Great Place; Joe rules – Classic Irish Pub of yester-year. Joe the bartender a great conversationalist and the best listener. The nostolgic pictures, fresh beer; The chairs and glasses are always new; Tony the owner will always stop and say hello making you feel like a King. Thumbs up for Murphy's. I'm going back and they're better than ever. Character prevails. Oh yea; without question best burger in town!!!!! Guiness too!! Long live Murphy's!!
Great Bartender & Pretty Women – I wandered in on a Wednesday night after leaving a couple of other pubs on the same strip which were too loud. Joe the bartender was great, the yankees were on and every hour or so a group of actually pretty women who worked in the area came in and included me in their group. Had a great time. They also serve a good corned beef sandwich
Average over-crowded Irish bar – It was a special promotion: tiny glasses filled with Pilsner Urquell, plus a contest to win empty etched glasses. Most of us took home some glassware. BUT, the place was so crowded, and the backroom filled with a huge group that we had to leave It was just too tough to stand in the narrow section by the bar. From the looks of things, the place was a pretty ordinary bar, with somewhat of a pick up scene. Otherwise, it was completely ordinary, if too crowded. So we moved next door to Jamesons. --Drink Club is a roving group of NYC Drinkers
Best staff and service ;-) – I live in UK and have visited family in New York twice in the last couple of years, Murphy's was their local. We visited several times on each trip. What can I say? The staff are great, really friendly therefore the atmosphere was too. My last visit was June 2006 and unfortunately I don't know when I will be able to visit again, but would reccommend Murphy's as the best pub I went in, definately, in fact one of the best pubs I've ever been in anywhere! :-)
Dinner is served at midtown's sweetest Irish pub. – The Scene
This sit-back-and-take-a-load-off pub has received a face-lift--starting with the shiny red exterior, distinguishing it from other Irish haunts along the row. And it deserves the distinction. Good-natured staff have a bit of blustery Irish wit, pressed tablecloths are protected by classic map-of-Ireland placemats, and the two-handed burgers are better than most. Soak in the old-fashioned charm.
Every now and then someone puts in a quarter and the jukebox coughs up some tender Hank Williams. But mostly there's a familiar mix of classic rock with a steady stream of Van Morrison. From the guys discussing sports at the bar to the melted cheese on a plate of potato skins, Murphy's is simple, respectable and comforting. Families bring their kids for fish-and-chips and old friends reunite over creamy-headed Guinness, but, as staff will tell you full-brogue, no one needs a reason to find their way back.
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