Welcome to Old New York Bars - Where History and Socializing Converge Are you interested in meeting others who like drinking in old bars, pubs, saloons and taverns? Then this meet up group is for you. We combine a little history with a lot of socializing. Meet others who are interested in old drinking bars such as: Landmark Tavern, Fraunces Tavern, Old Town, McSorleys and Pete's Tavern. If you want to just hang out and relax, talk sports or have a good conversation while learning a little about history, this group is for you. Meet Ups will be held at least once a month at various locations throughout New York City.
We're going to chase the winter blues away with a visit to some older establishments in one of modern New York's trendiest neighborhoods as we descend on NoMad for our semi-annual Winter Pub Crawl.
We'll start things off at one of New York's most legendary dive bars, Desmond's Tavern on Park Avenue South. There's been a bar here since at least 1936, in a building that dates to 1910. Some histories say it was always called Desmond's, some say it was once part of the former Blarney Stone local pub franchise chain. In any case, it's part of a dying breed of old New York dives. The late Anthony Bourdain once visited here, Lady Gaga used to hang out here before she became famous, Hollywood starlet Veronica Lake once waited on tables here. Or so the legend goes.
PBR on tap, $3 glasses of Barefoot and good burgers, can't go wrong that combo. It'll be a great old place to get the crawl started. From there we'll move on to The Churchill, one of New York's most popular English pubs that boasts an old bar feel, perhaps because it's in a building that dates to 1925. That's the beauty of this neighborhood, some of the bars may be of a more recent vintage, but they've successfully created an old bar feel in repurposed vintage buildings.
Tavern29 is another example of this. It's located in a converted townhouse built in 1915. Exposed brick walls and carved wood ceilings give the bar an older look and feel that matches the age of the building.
Also on the tour is the Crooked Knife. Hardwood floors, tile ceiling and a rustic Victorian decor are the order of the day here in a building that dates to 1925. Before anyone called this neighborhood NoMad, it was simply the northern limits of Gramercy. The Crooked Knife is a translation of the original Dutch name of this neighborhood.
So at least four bars, all of them old and historic in some way. When you sign up, I'll ask for volunteers to scout the next location to make sure they can handle our crowd.
Leave your cabin fever behind and join us anywhere along the way!