4pm-8pm; $4 beers and select wine, $5 cocktails
1 at 50th St.; N, Q, R at 49th St.; B, D, F, M at 47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Center
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Taking a nod from its Times Square location, this three-level party complex boasts ten billboard-size TVs, a series of smaller plasma screens, colored conical lamps that hang above the long white marble bar, and a set of large, flat circular lights that send a constantly changing glow of purple, deep blue, and red throughout the long narrow ground floor space. Tourists and a handful of post-paper-pushing locals, some of whom appear overwhelmed by the Technicolor pomp and flash, plant themselves on the luxurious leather barstools or in the plush booths, while the friendly staff desperately tries to keep pace, pouring pints from among the 20 tap beers or mixing up one of Tonic’s apple martinis. The second floor plays host to a Saturday night dance party. A playbook-length menu of above average pub grub is available when the stomach rumbles at halftime or if another one of the senses needs to be overloaded.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.