34 E. 4th St., New York, NY, 10003
By audreytwo on 1/9/2012
Just went here with 12 friends last Friday night. We had such a great time...the waitresses were very friendly and accommodating when we needed a little extra seating, and the food was delicious. Drinks and beer were very good, as was the service.
By ltnyc on 2/21/2009
...and I've been to quite a few. In this case the owners behind Swift (as well as Puck Fair and Ulysses) are very hands on and nice people as well. Add a friendly staff, a huge selection of beers on tap and more-than-decent pub food (available all night long) and you've got yourself one comfortable place to hang out. The decor is all wood and brick with murals depicting Mr. Swift and the bathrooms (downstairs tho they may be) are large and clean. Incredibly talented DJs play Thursday thru Saturday...boy are those fellas good. They really know their stuff. Fair warning to those who are crowd-a-phobic: It gets a bit packed on the weekends.
By flutedude on 6/12/2008
It's clear that the guys behind Swift, Puck Faire, and Ulysses, are interested in giving locals and visitors some alternatives to the run-down "boites" that pass as "Irish Pubs" in NYC. Swift, the oldest of the three "New Irish" Pubs, (Those established by folks actually from Ireland as opposed to Irish Americans.) is pretty straightforward: fresh food, fresh Guinness, and a rockin' Irish "Sesuin" on Tuesday nights. The crowd is mixed: youthful NYU student bodies, fit and fabulous yuppies on holiday from the Upper West, and out-of-towners who presumably read about Swift at New York Magazine Online! I recommend the Irish "groaning board": Shepard's Pie, Bangers and Mash, or "Curry Chips": French Fries served with a tangy curry dipping sauce. The staff has its ups and downs, but the bartenders are chatty and the place is so small, it would be almost impossible not to flag down your server in a fit of thirst or perceived neglect. Having read some rather thin-skinned reviews on this page, I suggest that readers take those other comments with a grain of salt: Swift is worth a second or third look in my book!
By porterfan on 6/2/2008
i went here twice, but never again. the last time was just tonight - the service was so poor and the staff so rude, that we couldn't even stay for a second beer. the music was way too loud, the bartender was rude to my girlfriend and he just laughed at me when i objected. i have no use for treatment like that, maybe some people think it is cool, but not me. avoid this place.
By fiddlerchick on 3/21/2008
Having been told about the 'session' on a Tuesday night by a New York Friend, I went to the Swift with my fiddle to join in. That's what I think a session is. I was wrong. The general vibe was of a gig. One where outsiders were not welcome. The fiddle player would not even speak to me! This is fine - I have no problem at all with people doing a gig if that's what it is advertised as. I respect other musicians enough not to tread on toes. But it's supposed to be a session. It's not - so please stop advertising it as one. All in all - I finished my pint and went round the corner to Dempsey's where I was welcomed with open arms by a group of 15 or so real musicians. Now that's a REAL SESSION. I left at 2, had pints bought for me, bought pints back for new friends, and with several phone numbers for people who wanted me to come back again. So thanks to Dempsey's for a GREAT night. Boo to Swift's.
By leoh on 8/3/2007
They have a great selection of beer, and it is a rustic, good-looking bar, BUT (and there are many) the staff is surly & DEMAND a credit card before you get any food or beer even if you are sitting in the back eating a meal. Now the punchline: We told the waitress we were going to pay cash, and she said we had to give a cc anyway: at the end of the night we asked for the check because there was a really drunk, loud table splitting our eardrums (yelling and throwing food)- she brings the bill but no card- In my zeal to save our hearing we paid cash and left. I realized she did not return my card- So I called, and got a surly "yeah, yer card is here". When I picked it up I politely asked for it mid day (no customers there)- the grouchy woman behind the bar sat there rattling bottles for a good minute before she could be bothered to turn around and pick up my card. I got a smug "Here you go" and no apology. Never again! Too bad, I like the beer, but I have limits.
By DelBlue on 9/7/2004
Swift's is a wonderfully cozy Irish Pub, with friendly waitstaff, and a nice selection of ales and lagers for those among us who enjoy such things. The live music sessions are something you have to witness to truly appreciate. Words don't do justice to the friendly feel of Swift's on Tuesday nights. As a woman, I do have to interject the last, as well. While most bars/pubs/restaurants in New York aren't particularly known for their restrooms, Swift's were clean and a bit nicer than I had expected. They're down a flight of stairs, so if you've indulged in a few too many of the aforementioned ales, beware, but otherwise, they're a wonderful alternative to the normal dank and dirty little closets in other bars. I'd recommend Swift's to anyone looking for a genuinely nice evening out, with a friendly, pleasant crowd.
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