Thursday, March 17, 2016


We have gone over Harlem's long Irish history and uptown now has some legit Irish owned establishments that have popped up in the neighborhood over the recent years.  Added to the list is Mess Hall which has one notable owner of Irish descent who has been opening quite a few spots in Harlem.  Below are the grownup recommendations to be merry uptown during the festive holiday: 

Mess Hall, 2194  Frederick Douglass Boulevard by 118th Street.  Those looking for a classic tavern circa 1900 should really check out this boutique bar on FDB known for crafted drinks and even a back yard: LINK

Harlem Public  3612 Broadway just west of 149th Street.  The one that started everything up on Broadway is still a great local tavern to catch sports and some of the best pub grub in town.  Full on comfort food with a hip edge perfect for a night out drinking: LINK

At The Wallace, 3612 Broadway, just west of 149th Street. Harlem Public became popular quite quickly and just was always at full capacity.  The solution was obviously to open a companion bar next door which has more games like giant Jenga and a huge space for thirsty uptowners: LINK

The Grange, 1635 Amsterdam Avenue at the corner of 141st Street.  Great brunch, lunch or dinner spot with live jazz on Sundays and always a great crowd.  Somehow this New American spin on an Irish pub gets it right with a proper mix of casual and formal: LINK

Hogshead Tavern, 126 Hamilton Place south of 143rd Street.  Our top bar pick for 2014 has the coolest interior uptown but still gives a nod to a bit of history.  With 20 different craft beers along with prosecco on tap and small dishes such as Korean tacos or pork belly grilled cheese on hand, this new gem offers up something different to the neighborhood: LINK

Grill on the Hill 1624 Amsterdam on the corner of 140th Street.  This spacious new spot is the City College neighborhood's answer to a good old sports bar with lots of television screens to keep the drinking crowd entertained on any given night of the week: LINK

1 comment:

  1. I happened to be at the Grange last night on St. Patrick's Day. Even though the owner is Irish, there was not a single shamrock on display. It was quite refreshing actually.