4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
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The locomotive history of Ireland isn’t so much a theme at The Wheeltapper Pub as it is an experience. Indeed, the bar has the feel of a museum. Rail antiques hang throughout the bar's three handsome brick and dark-wood rooms while note cards detail each piece's function and significance: signaling equipment, pressure gauges, a honeycomb of wooden cubby holes used to sort mail. Other relics are incorporated more directly into the pub's design: Bolted bar stools are crafted from heavy metal piping; table tops sit on large wooden barrels. The narrow middle room is laid out like a dining car, with a rounded roof, booth seating, and dark mirrored panels (half shaded as if they were windows). In the back, an outline of the Emerald Isle is traced across the ceiling in steel while old brown suitcases pack the luggage racks lining the walls. It’s a great place to pick up a free history lesson in mass transit—if you’re OK with maybe not remembering it in the morning.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.