11am-8pm; $4 domestic drafts, $5.50 imports and craft, $5 well drinks and wine
1 at 50th St.; N, Q, R at 49th St.; C, E at 50th St.
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On the surface there isn't much remarkable about this midtown rock 'n' roll pub. The rectangular bar standing smack in the middle of the spacious room is manned by the requisite Irish-brogued maiden who'll call you "hon" while sixteen taps pour the obligatory Guinness and Smithwick's—advertised on the inevitable tin signs. The silver-colored tin panels on the bar used to be ceiling tiles and the wooden tables are made from recycled wood as is most everything else in the bar minus the leather-backed chairs. As to the space itself, it used to be a Gambino hangout and then the gay hustler/strip club Stella's. When randy goings-on in the low-ceilinged basement got the owner in hot water, she converted it unsuccessfully into a piano bar; now new owners Irish-born siblings Michael, Patrick, and Ann McNamee are using the small riser and stage lights for rock bands. Dropping cash will no longer get you Latin loving here, but it may get you the Emerald Isle equivalent: a buyback.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.