It can be tough to find an actually-good place to drink with a group on the UWS, so it’s good to know about E’s Bar. You can sit up front and eat a burger at the bar while you watch a game on TV, or you can grab a big booth in the back and play Jenga or Pictionary. This place probably isn’t ideal for a date (unless your date is into Jenga), but it’s great for any sort of casual hang, and it feels like the kind of spot where you could talk to new people. And if you like bar trivia, they do that sometimes.
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The Spaniard is a big West Village gastropub that’s a fun place to get drinks with a group, and a less enjoyable spot to eat elevated bar food.
The Mekelburg’s Williamsburg location is the kind of place you should go in a time of need. Or anytime you want fantastic sandwiches and beers.
The Brew Inn
The Brew Inn might just look like any other neighborhood bar on the outside - but it’s home to one of our favorite burgers in town.
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Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
Maison Pickle is a fancy comfort food place from the people behind Jacob’s Pickles, and it feels sort like an upscale Applebee’s.
Prohibition is a bar on the Upper West Side that has live music every night and works well for a date.
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