Yes, I've been a very bad blogger....but I have good reason to reawaken the blog! March 22nd is the Yarn Harlot's Represent event at FIT. A great list of yarn crawls has been posted. I am on a yarn diet, but not a beer diet so here's my list of Manhattan beer bars that I have knit in! I am planning to go to Hop Devil Grill after the event and hopefully some of you will join me. Depending on your group and plans you might want to go somewhere else so here's the list!
- Hop Devil Grill: at 129 St. Marks Place at Ave A. Closest subway stops are 6 train Astor Place, or L at 1st Avenue. Hop Devil has great beer but also has a full bar and great food (burgers, salads, sandwiches, Mexican entrees, and Mussels and Frittes from the Belgian Room next door, plenty of choices for vegetarians). They have lots of tables.
- Burp Castle and Standings: 41 E 7th St and 43 E 7th St between 2nd Avenue and Coopers Sq (aka 3rd ave): Closest subway stop is 6 at Astor Place. Not a long walk from Union Square either. Both are small beer bars, very friendly. Burp Castle is my regular knitting hang out and they specialize in Belgian beers. Standings is a sports bar that specializes in American microbrews. Both of these bars are pretty small so don't show up with 50 knitters! Neither has food or anything other than beer, but they have a large stack of take out menus and you are welcome to bring in food.
- Collins Bar: 735 8th Avenue at 46th St. Full bar specializing in beer and Single Malt Scotch. Narrow so it gets crowded at happy hour but it would be great between the Sock Shoot and the FIT event. They have a few tables that are usually available before 6pm. The lights are up until 4-4:30 so it's easy to knit. Closest Subway is any westside train to Times Square (A,C,E,1,2,3,Q,R,N).
- Luca Lounge: 220 Avenue B (between 13th and 14th Streets). A fun Italian restaurant and lounge, great pizza. Not really a beer bar, they have a few beers on tap and a full regular bar. My regular Wednesday knitting group Booze and Yarn hangs out here. Lots of comfy chairs and sofas. It's kind of dark so knitting lace with black Kid Silk Haze might not be wise but it's been done! Closest subway is L at 1st avenue but it's an easy walk from Union Square if you don't want to transfer.
If you're from out of town (or not!) and need help with directions just ask. I'm hoping to get out of work for the afternoon and will post here on any plan updates. See you on Thursday!
Update 3/20: Click Here for a link to HopSpot directions from FIT to Hop Devil. It is not a horrible walk either and it's supposed to be a beautiful day.
News Flash! Tomorrow (3/21) is The Point's Anniversary and they are celebrating by having a BIG SALE! If you're in NY tomorrow, go check em out.