627 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10036
at 44th St.
By timtalbot on 7/25/2010
And Rudy's was my office. It had 40 cent glasses of Schaeffer and shots were a buck and a half. I could go in with 10 bucks in my pocket and stay all night. The juke box was amazing- Little Richard, The Drifters, Van Halen, The Mills brothers. They had a shuffleboard table that was free to play, and the red booths had duct tape on 'em even then. Charlie Doherty and Mary Alice (a fallen show girl from S.C. who drank Bourbon and Milk in frosted glasses on the rocks w/ a straw all throughout her shift) were bartenders, and during the day, Rudy himself would man the plank.He was always mumbling w/ a thick german accent-we never bothered him though. And at night we'd lock the doors at 4 when it closed, and pull down the blinds and just keep going. It WAS the 80's ya know. That backyard stuff? Nah. That was where old pieces of equipment got chucked, and the Westies were around too, so you didn't really wanna be poking around too hard in the back and the basement, ya know what I mean? It's nice that although Hells Kitchen is a sanitized version of what it was (it was already headed that way in the Mid 80's anyways), Rudy's survives, and Rudy's abides. That backyard patio thingy looks nice-it woulda been nice to sit out there in the summer, but we just sat on the stoop and drank- the cops had bigger fish to fry than kids drinking beer and puffin away on the stoop, I'll tell you THAT! Wow. What a blast we had. Nice to see that an entirely new generation is having fun at Rudy's too.
By lester_fallsapart on 6/6/2010
If you like beer, go here. If you like cheap beer, stay here. If you think Moe's Tavern is cool, come here. If you like free hotdog with nothing but mustard, get it here. This is a down-to-earth place where you just enjoy a drink and play a song or two on the jukebox. If there was a pool table, I'd move in. If you think you're special, or "entitled", or think along the lines of "I'm here- look at me, pay attention to me, I'm cool, I'm hip", then please go somewhere else. I visited Rudy's three times during a 7-day vacation in NYC. For me, the best time to come is between 11 am to 1pm on a weekday when there's only a handful of what looked like regulars/locals hanging out. It seems that during the late afternoon and onwards, the place gets packed. Yolanda is a great bartender. Thank you, Yolanda for making Rudy's that more enjoyable for me.
By rsoroka2 on 7/8/2007
9 dollar pitchers ,good crowds and great music. Not the prettiest site but thats what makes it intriguing. Staff was awesome. We went back everynight . what more can you ask for ..
By master on 1/31/2005
It was a cold January night when a friend and I from Liverpool UK , tired of the plastic bars and plastic people in the times Square area, stumbled upon Rudy's. As soon as we walked thru the door we could tell it was different. People were dancing in the back and the juke box was playing one great tune after another. Your first impression may be to run away, but dont ! Stick around and find friendly people,cheap beer and a good time. Great staff and full of real characters. Go for it!
By JustJules on 11/8/2004
On entering Rudy's in the daytime you have to adjust yourself to the lack of lighting. the alcoved seats are more sticky tape than leather..and the black on the floor is probably the gunge of a thousand spilled drinks. BUT what a friendly, wonderful eclectic mix of people. I felt so at home there i returned every night of my stay. Beer is cheap.....Steve one of the bar men...is a darling. Staff are hardworking and friendly....Love IT
By mburduck on 9/27/2004
Rudy's has both heart and soul. The great traditional atmosphere brings you back to the time when bars were important parts of a neighborhood. Terrific staff (especially Bill and Yolanda), great drink prices, and the free hot dogs make this spot a must. The new juke box is great (crank up the Sinatra), and the friendly, eclectic clientele is a real treat. There's also a cool "back-yard" if you want to smoke. If I didn't live in Tennessee now, I'd be there every day. Rudy's is always a highlight of my many return trips to NYC! The Professor says sign up for this class!
By macsgold on 5/23/2004
You can come here on your own and still have a great time meeting random people and having random conversations. All the while drinking beer at low prices. Yes, pitchers too. Be patient and relax when waiting to order at the bar, beer will come! Much easier on the lungs since the smoking ban, still sometimes it's no bed of roses, but that's not why you're there right? Outdoor area for those who want to see the walls, star, and tree and maybe smoke. Cozy half-circle booth seats (if you can get them) for you and your friends. Mixture of of mostly locals with the occasional lucky tourist. Earlier in the evening it'll include younger groups who tend to stick together, later on you get locals (and ex-locals making the trip) coming in for a taste of Rudy's. Easy to find - look for the big pink pig. Leave any attitudes at the door, you won't be needing them here! Maybe that's what the pig is for.
By adsong on 6/24/2003
Not apretty sight.But a sight nevertheless.You will fall in love with the place!...Great Bartenders,Vinyl barstools,a wonderful old jukebox, Strange,but friendly crowd, businessmen,models,drunks,not so drunks,good times,and most importantly:CHEAP DRINKS! (One can even get a beer and a hot dog for under five bucks. There is a backyard,with open seating,and I mean Open (check your fly)
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.