noon-7pm; $4 drafts, $5 well drinks, $3.50 PBRs
C, E at 50th St.
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Hibernia, a one-room space just off Ninth Avenue’s midtown west restaurant row, hasn’t quite grown into the vibe it’s going for: For now, the perfectly placed knickknackery (dart board, soccer flags, Guinness mirrors) suggests something akin to a “neighborhood bar” IKEA display. But that’s not really a knock, considering that all the important things that make a neighborhood bar are here. The bartenders are smiley and chatty, often pausing between pours to holler at regulars; the food, including buffalo chicken sandwiches and bread pudding, is solid and simple; and, most importantly, the booze options are plentiful: twelve beers on tap (including Chimay and Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA) and a dozen more bottled. Five big-screen TVs, a pull-down projection screen, and no obstructed views make it a solid game spot—especially for the legions of Steelers fans who make themselves comfortable during football season.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.