Friday, November 04, 2011

Hell's Kitchen Pub Crawl

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Hell's Kitchen Pub Crawl
Long-time MurphGuide reader Steve Grau invites you to his 11th annual Hell's Kitchen Pub Crawl, which raises funds in honor of his friend Thomas J. Collins, who died on 9-11-01.

100% of the proceeds raised this year will be donated in his honor to the Thomas R. Elsasser Fund. The Elsasser Fund, founded in 1992, raises funds for the families of NYC firefighters who died outside the line of duty while active members of the FDNY.
This year’s crawl will make 9 stops throughout Hell’s Kitchen, covering pubs in the west side neighborhood from 43rd to 55th St. and from 8th to 11th Ave.

The pub crawl will once again kick off at Lansdowne Road (for the six year in a row)
Crawlers will start meeting at noon.
$20 donation gets you an official Pub Crawl ID lanyard which entitles the crawler to happy hour drink prices at each stop all day, all night; full appetizer buffet at Lansdowne Road (1st stop); dinner buffet at McQuaids (last stop); detailed map highlighting the crawl route, some swag, as well as your donation to the aforementioned fund.

Steve sent us a write-up of the crawl, so take it away Steve...

11th Annual Hell's Kitchen Pub Crawl.
All of the times listed below are approximate, so don’t hold me to these.
Feel free to go at your own pace.
I say 30-45 minutes per bar, but who are we kidding, it’s usually longer than that. The deal at the last bar goes until closing. My preliminary plan is to do the 50/50 drawing right around 9:00 or 9:30, just don’t hold me to that.

(1) Lansdowne Road:
Back for its 6th consecutive start, once again we will be kicking off at Lansdowne Road. If you have never been, you couldn’t ask for a better stop. It’s usually quite a challenge to get the crowd to leave. There are HD plasma TV’s everywhere, and the draft beer is some of the best in the city. Great beer selection, huge selection of Irish whisky and scotch (should you feel the need to jump start your day), great food (did I mention the sliders), and the owner Dan knows how to run a bar. Check out the ice sculpture on the bar.
Drink Specials: $3 domestic, $3 micro beers, $4 imports, draft or bottle.
The drafts are of
the 20 oz imperial pint variety (as they should be). Admission also includes a complimentary app’s buffet, featuring NYC’s famous Scruffy Duffy’s wings, chicken fingers, mozz sticks, mac-n cheese bites (really, who says no to that) and the best sliders (mini cheddar cheese burgers) in NYC. Some folks show up just for the sliders. The buffet will be stocked from 12:30-2, so bring an appetite.

Lansdowne Road
599 Tenth Ave.
(between 43rd & 44th St.)
Hell's Kitchen
(212) 239-8020
New York, NY

Approximate crawling time to next bar: 4 – 5 minutes

(2) Landmark Tavern: 2:00 – 2:45pm
Back in its usual #2 slot, this place is a step back to old New York. I love this place. Philly needs more places like this. This is one of the oldest bars in all of Manhattan. Try to imagine walking out the front door of the bar and being right on the Hudson River. Because that’s the way it was back in the 1800s, when this place first opened it doors for all the dock workers and longshoreman. The original bar is still intact as is a majority of the original floor. This is a bit more upscale then we’re used to (its more of a place for a nice glass of scotch) hence it being stop #2 before things get real sloppy. All of the drafts are served in 20oz glasses and the Guinness pour here is second to none. On a side note, the doors will not open til 1pm here, so don’t plan on getting here too early.
Drink specials:
$1 off all beers; draft or bottle

Landmark Tavern

626 11th Avenue (46th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 247-2562

Approximate crawling time to next bar: 5.5 – 7 minutes

(3) Hibernia Bar: 2:45 – 3:30pm
Back for its fourth year (or for long as they have been open), you may recognize some of the owners from their days behind the bar at Scruffy Duffy's (a moment of silence please). Already quite popular amongst the Hell's Kitchen residents, this place is sure to be one of your favorites after the crawl this year. I make it a regular stop when I head up to the city. Plenty of quality draft to choose from here, but the Guinness is top notch. I guess Aidan’s days of keeping me off the wagon at Scruffy's have taught him a thing or two. And they have tater tots!! And Aidan, sorry about the timing, it’s possible to run the marathon hungover you know.
Drink specials:
All draft beers are $3, domestic or import beers (it’s tough to leave here)

Hibernia Bar
401 W. 50th St.
(bet. 9th & 10th Ave.)
New York, NY

Approximate crawling time to next bar: 5.5 – 7 minutes

(4) Rumors: 3:30 – 4:15pm
It’s the 8th year in a row for this Irish pub in upper Hells Kitchen. Real nice bar, great owners. Lots of dark wood, exposed brick. The bartenders know how to pour a pint here. The 20 oz imperial pints are the way to go. The owner Garry is always extremely accommodating and he’s happy to have us back.
Drink specials: $3 domestic and $4 imports (drafts or bottles)

933 8th Ave.
(between 55th & 56th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 757-2373

Approximate crawling time to next bar: 3.5 – 4.5 minutes
(OK, we are almost half way there, time to suck it up for the second half…)

(5) House of Brews: 4:15 – 5:00pm
Based on the feedback I get, this has proven to be one of the more popular stops on the crawl each year. You may remember this as BB Doyles from years past. Back for its 11th consecutive year, and slightly off the beaten track, this cozy 2 level Irish pub is located just north of the theater district. If you’re looking for a beer that’s out of the ordinary, then you’ve come to the right spot. The 100oz beer bongs are always fun, but the selection of beers (both imports and domestics) here is as good as it gets. Why not try something different.
Drink specials: $3 domestic (Bud, Bud light, Yeungling), $4 Hop Angel IPA, Blue Moon, Brooklyn lager, Harpoon Winter Warmer (drafts or bottles)

The House of Brews
302 W. 51st. St. (Eighth Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 541-7080

Approximate crawling time to next bar: 2.5 – 3.5 minutes

(6) Molloy’s: 5:00 – 5:45pm
Fresh of its rookie status from a year ago, she’s a nice little Irish pub in the heart of the Kitchen. This place has a great neighborhood feel. You can tell by the accents of the bartenders that you’re going to get a great pour here. There’s an extra room in the back for more space if needed.
Drink Specials:
$3 domestic, $4 imports, (draft or bottle) $5 Guinness


737 Ninth Ave. (50th St.)
New York, NY

Approximate crawling time to next bar: 7 - 8 minutes

(7) The Irish Rogue: 5:45 – 6:30pm
Back for its 8th stint of the Crawl, this Irish pub (are you picking up on the Irish trend yet) has a large selection of beers to choose from. Whether you want to grab a bar stool, or kick back on a couch, this is a nice after-work type bar that’s always welcoming. The food is quite good as well. It’s a popular place for soccer and college football, so if you’re feeling a bit claustrophobic, there are two floors. Be warned that this place is a huge Nebraska hangout, and they have a game at 3:30. Expect a crowd.
Drink Specials:
$3 domestic, $4 imports, draft or bottle (but it excludes Guinness, Smithwicks, Blue Moon, Bass, Hoegarden, Paulaner)

The Irish Rogue
356 W. 44th St.
(between Eighth & Ninth Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 445-0131

Approximate crawling time to next bar: 4 – 5 minutes

(8) The Pony Bar: 6:30 – 7:15pm
So you are 8 stops in at this point (maybe more should you have snuck of the beaten path). You’re in the home stretch. And you’re thinking about some food, I get it. Consider this place optional. It’s an all American craft beer bar. I just wish this place was open when I lived three blocks away. By the time we get there, it’s probably going to be crowded with regulars (for good reason). This comes to you from the same owners as Lansdowne Road and the old Scruffy’s. Pat and Dan know their business. If you like quality beer, then stop in. Otherwise, see you at the finale.
Drink Specials: none to speak of

The Pony Bar

637 10th Ave. (W. 45 St.)

Approximate crawling time to next bar: 4 – 5 minutes (one block and one ave away)

(9) McQuaid's Pub: 7:30ish – ???
It may be a little out of the way, but the owner’s hospitality makes it well worth the trip. Absolutely no tourists here, this “off the beaten track” Irish pub caters to the real locals of Hell’s Kitchen. The owner, Tommy, couldn’t be happier to have us back this year. And this is only one of two spots to have made the cut all 11 years. That’s impressive. Silly cheap drinks here. Think of it as an incentive to make it to the end. This stop includes a full buffet, so there should be plenty of food out for everyone to soak up some of the booze. We will also be drawing the 50/50 raffle here, so remember not to lose those tickets that I know you’re going to buy.
Drink Specials:
$2 domestic drafts, $3 imports drafts, Real simple and real cheap. If you can beat that price, I’d say go for it.

McQuaid's Pub

589 11th Ave (W. 44th St)
New York, NY
(212) 582-635

(photo via Thousand Bar Man)

Be kind to your bartenders on Saturday because they’re going to be kind to you
And, as always, let me give a special thanks to the following people for their assistance in making this all possible: The Collins family, Dave Blask (swag), Dan McLaughin (Lansdowne Road), Tommy (owner of McQuaids), and all of the other bar owners/managers along the route who are choosing to play along (and discount their beer prices).
And a special thanks to Pete Cooper, who without his help, I could never pull this crawl off. He has designed the official logo, badges, maps, etc each and every year. Thanks Pete.

Some final words It’s been over ten long years since 9/11/01. In some small way, this crawl helps keep Tommy Collins memory and spirit alive. For those of you lucky enough to have known him, you are better off for it. So, on behalf of the Collins family, I want to thank everyone in advance for keeping his memory and spirit alive and well.
When it’s all said and done, I hope everyone has a great time. That seems to be the case every year. - Steven Grau.

Previous Pub Crawls:
2010 Hell's Kitchen Pub Crawl
2009 Hell's Kitchen Pub Crawl
2008 Hell's Kitchen Pub Crawl
2007 Hell's Kitchen Pub Crawl

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