Right in the middle of winter, another 9th Ave spot has closed. The Snug, between 50th&51st has closed for good, spotted by HK regular George Stoll and confirmed by the bar.
No longer will you walk past their “signature” barrels on the sidewalk:
The spot usually seemed to do pretty well:
The Snug has been around for over 7 years, albeit with mixed reviews. Despite their closure, it looks like they have some connection to incoming Jasper’s Taphouse on the next corner up though, so their spirit might still live on.
Putting a dent in many people’s Super Bowl plans, the “controversial” Traffic Bar has been possessed by the Marshals.
The bar was supposed to be the registration point for one of the Super Bowl pub crawls. Mickey Spillane’s has had to step in and take over:
Traffic Bar has had an interesting history with the surrounding area. Neighbors frequently complain to 311 and the community board about the place, and the bar doesn’t seem to have shown any interest in responding or making changes. And now, we can only assume, they didn’t manage to pay the rent. We’ll have to wait and see if they can patch things up with their landlord. At least for now, local residents on that corner will sleep easy.
The bar also has another location on 2nd Ave though, and even recently opened a spinoff bar Washout…in Montauk, so for now Traffic will live on, even if they lose this location.
It’s been a long time coming, but new spot Marston Station is now open on W 53rd St. Seemingly named after a train station in England, the new place is a night spot – only open from 5pm to midnight – which should line up well with the crowds from the neighboring comedy club.
Unfortunately, that strip of the sidewalk got covered with a sidewalk shed just in time for their opening, and they haven’t put a main sign up above the doors (yet?), so it’s a very unassuming entrance:
…but inside is a different story:
A “unique” alternative to the traditional sandwich board out the front:
It’s still all very new, so there’s nothing on their site yet, but being just off 8th Ave with the comedy club next door they shouldn’t have much trouble bringing people in. At least once the scaffolding clears up.
Bud Light are taking over the Norwegian Getaway cruise ship at the end of this month, and turning it into the Bud Light Hotel, which will be docked at our very own Pier 88 for a few days into February during the Super Bowl. If that alone isn’t enough to get you pumped, they’ll be holding performances across the few nights it’ll be here for with artists including the Foo Fighters and The Roots a few streets down.
Here’s the ship…impressive. Just imagine this with BUDLIGHT:
Surprisingly, the plans took the community board by surprise, even though we first heard of this back at the start of November from the International Business Times. Unsurprisingly, though, they’re not impressed, and want more information about the plan. This also isn’t the first time Bud Light has run this type of thing – they’ve been doing it since the Super Bowl four years ago – but it’s ten times bigger than ever before. Be warned.
We’ve been watching the now-former home of Go Sushi for over half a year now, when we first heard whispers next-door neighbor Vynl was planning to take the space over. Initially, we’d thought they’d just be moving into the bigger, better corner location, but applications filed for this month’s community board meetings reveal they’re actually opening a whole new place.
B-Side will be a “coffee bar/pizza bar” according to plans filed, and is being opened by John Dempsey, the same man behind Vynl (obviously), and El Centro a few streets up 9th Ave, along with a number of other spots across the city.
Here’s the place at the moment. Plywood everywhere.
It’s been a very long process for this new place. The first signs came back in June, then after months of silence Go Sushi abruptly closed in October. The construction paper went up on the windows almost immediately, then a month later the plywood came up. Now, with the dazzling green paint job on the plywood, we’ve got the next chapter. We’ll look forward to the big reveal in the coming months.
One of our local favorites Bar 9 regularly has live music and open mic nights, and tonight local band MaryMac will be taking the stage, along with regulars the Mike Machaby Trio.
Here’s a nice, catchy song by the duo:
The openers kick off at 8pm, with the main act starting at 9. Should be a fun night. Here’s a clip of them at Bar 9 last month. The bar is also going to have live music on New Years Eve if you haven’t made plans yet.
It’s been a few months coming, but BarBacon is now open, just in time for Christmas. The “bacon themed” bar is bringing mountains of bacon and “bacon-inspired” items to 9th Ave, including bacon-infused whiskey.
When we stopped by today it was “closed for a private event” (probably preparing the staff for the big opening the later in the day ), but here’s some shots of the interior from their Facebook page:
This Saturday, head to Mickey Spillane’s dressed in your best worst sweater for their Ugly Sweaters Party. You’ll get a free Candy Cane Shot to help you forget what you’re wearing, and I’m hoping there’ll be a prize for the worst sweater there.
Countless knitted Christmas presents can find their way out from the back of closets. At least they’re not Santa costumes.
We’re just as puzzled as you, but apparently there’s “Drunken Shakespeare” happening tomorrow night at Bar 9. The event’s being run by The Night Shift, and it’s the third one they’ve held this year. Best of all, it’s completely free.
It’s free, bawdy, brash, bold, and back! On December 9 at Bar 9, The Night Shift is proud to present the return of the Time Out New York Critic’s Pick, Drunken Shakespeare! Back by popular demand, this Bardian-karaōke lovechild invites you to strut your Shakespearean swagger, grab a beer, try your luck in a raffle with great prizes, and hang with fellow fools & misfits. Have a speech or sonnet you’ve been dying to share? Don’t have a piece memorized? You can read from one of the Complete Works provided! Get there early, grab a free seat, and be ready to give all your fame for a pot of ale with The Night Shift!
Sounds like an interesting night. The poetry starts around 8pm, so you’ll probably want to get there a bit before that. We’ll spare you from a Shakespeare quote pun, too.
This one slipped by us, but Bea – a new restaurant/cocktail bar at 43rd&9th– opened last month, as noticed by Gothamist. The place seems very high end, and looks pretty nice (if it’s in your price range).
You can check out the menu to get an idea of prices, but to give you a taste, cocktails are $12-$14.
The place was formerly the French restaurant La Madeleine, which was in that location for 29 years until its closure in 2008. Bea have retained several parts from the old setup, including most notably the back all-weather garden room complete with a tree planted there in 1976.
Bea seems to be pretty popular, and is getting good reviews on Yelp. Looks like it’ll be a nice addition to 43rd St.