You've heard the claims: Pokémon Go alleviates depression, Pokémon Go makes people exercise, Pokémon Go brings a long-forgotten company back into cultural relevancy. And now, Pokémon Go is going to make you want to drink in Midtown.
As a spreadsheet that sourced more than 200 Poké encounters shows, the majority of NYC Pokémon sightings have been in Midtown, Chinatown, and the UES. Of course, since the data was crowdsourced, there’s no real way to verify what’s been submitted. Still, there are at least 24 NYC neighborhoods that several dedicated players claim to have caught the most in -- and it's worth a trek through them all for a chance to catch a Hitmonlee.
Since booze is probably the only thing that can make living out your childhood dreams even better, we’ve put together a list of the best bars in NYC’s most Poké-filled ‘hoods. See you at Dive 75 after you catch that Charmander.
Battery Park City
Sightings: 2007 86th St, Seth Low Park
Where to drink: Homestretch Pub
Sightings: 45th Ave & Colden St, Kissena Park, Parsons Blvd & Bayside Ave
Where to drink: Leaf Bar & Lounge
Lower East Side
Long Island City
Sightings: Bryant Park, Sherman Monument, 14 East 33rd St, Helmsley Building, Grand Central Station, 30 Rockefeller Center, Lexington Ave & 54th St, Ave of the Americas & W 55th St, Central Park SE
Where to drink: The Ginger Man, Valhalla, The Campbell Apartment, Rattle N Hum
Upper East Side
Sightings: 5th Ave & E 90th St, Central Park East & 60th St, the lake on the east side of Central Park just north of 72nd St, York Ave & E 88th St, John Jay Park, Hunter College, 1st Ave & E 68th St
Where to drink: Seamstress, The Penrose, Jones Wood Foundry, Dorrian’s Red Hand
Upper West Side
Sightings: 73rd St between Amsterdam & Columbus Aves, west side of Central Park from 60th through 73rd Sts, Amsterdam Ave & W 79th St at the Nobel Monument, next to water across the street from Museum of Natural History, Manhattan Ave & W 107th St, Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Where to drink: The Dead Poet, Dive 75, Blondies
Sightings: J. Hood Wright Park, Fort Tryon Park
Where to drink: Buddha Beer Bar
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