Come on a slow night, and you’ll still find a decent crowd here.You’ll also find a little jar with hair ties on top of the single toilet, despite the fact that people really only puke on weekends.If you live in Gowanus, there’s a decent chance that Halyards is your Cheers.
This bar does have the distinct feature of letting you text drink orders from your table, but hang out for a few minutes, and you’ll probably end up taking a shot of whiskey with a stranger. Trying to get a table at Commodore will inevitably result in one of two outcomes: you will make enemies or you will make friends.The only way to get any privacy is to tuck yourself way back into a booth, so chances are you’ll talk to a stranger.That’s twice as true on weekends, when the crowd is thick and actively seeking company.The ceilings are high, it’s objectively attractive, and it feels like one big hangout.Bearded Lady is a friendly neighborhood bar in Prospect Heights with a 1960′s feel.So maybe just go the bathroom before you come here. Other than that detail, it’s really just a nice neighborhood bar - the sort of place where you’d go for a beer or a cocktail with a friend or two on a Thursday night.It kind of looks like a cross between a cabin and a big wooden boat, and there’s also a big backyard where you can usually infiltrate a birthday party. If you’re on the Upper West Side, and you need a place to eat a burger and play Jenga, go to E’s Bar.So the next time it’s decent outside, head out there and try to make friends. It’s a big, long space with a bunch of tables, a jukebox, and a stack of board games. And, if you get hungry, there’s a menu of things like burgers, nachos, and tacos.The bar itself is a little divey - but not in a smells-like-feet kind of way - and you’ll always find a good crowd here. Just know that if you arrive late on a weekend, there will probably be a line. Mark’s where mostly tourist and college students hang out - so it’s surprising that this place isn’t actually the worst. Upstairs, there’s a lounge area and a bar, and downstairs there’s a room with pink couches and a disco ball where you should be able to make some new friends who don’t try to go to 1 Oak.