Food & Drink

These are New York's 10 Bad Decision Bars

Published On 11/04/2013 Published On 11/04/2013

The Bad Decision Bar. It's a special kind of place, one where your night usually goes: Jager bomb, Jager bomb, beer pong, gross hookup, Jager bomb, shirtless!, double-Jager bomb, karaoke!, is that sweat or pee?, Jager bomb, annnnnnnnnd my credit cards are gone. Here in NYC, we've heard (yeah… heard…) there are 10 of these so-called "Bad Decision Bars" that you should stay away from (/go to all the time).

Sing Sing

Sing Sing
East Village
At 3a, it seems like a good idea to rent a private room, house a ton of sake, and straight-up kill some Hilary Duff songs... but it isn't, even if you are Hilary Duff.

B Bar & Grill
East Village
The line here is at least twice as long as the one at Phebe's, which means it's at least twice as good, right? RIGHT!!?!

The 13th Step
East Village
Was it really worth getting into a fist fight over the bounce rule, bro?

Midtown West
You told yourself you were only going to get one drink and maaaayyyybe a lap dance. You woke up broke, covered in glitter, and with a weird inner-thigh rash ("Why won't it stop itching???").

Literally any bar you go to with coworkers and stay past 11p
Probably Midtown
The only way this ends well is if someone else does something worse than challenging everyone to a Jager bomb contest.

Upper East Side
Ok, so you popped your collar, put on your lobster belt, and waited in line for 20 minutes at 2a... now bring on the ill-advised Frenching with the daughter of some banker from Greenwich!

The Levee
You're not sure why it was frowned upon to stock their drink board with a week's supply of Dreamsicles and Gatoritas, fist cheeseballs, and then dive head-first through the window of the only cab in sight on your way out, but it was.

Union Pool
Showing up at 330a and hitting on literally whoever is there is not a viable life strategy. Or is it?!? (It's not.)

Brother Jimmy's

Brother Jimmy's
Murray Hill, Puerto Rico, and other locations
Best case scenario: you get some over-the-pants stuff with a chick from the ACC outside the bar, and go home with a doggy bag full of hushpuppies. Worst case scenario: you spill a fishbowl down your pants during a fishbowl race and go home with a doggy bag full of portobello skewers.

A Bar in Hoboken
How did you even get here?

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1. Sing Sing Karaoke 9 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Sing Sing is the place on St. Marks to get your karaoke fix taken care of. Head there late, with a reserved room, and dance & sing (... sing) the night away.

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2. B Bar & Grill 40 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003 (Lower East Side)

B Bar is a haven for just-turned-21yrs-old NYU students, and recent college grads looking for a crazy night in the LES. Get a margarita, their cheese fries, and plop yourself outside under their terrace.

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3. The 13th Step 149 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

If you’re in the East Village and in need of a straightforward sports bar, go to The 13th Step. The sprawling space features more than 30 flat screen TVs, and it’s always packed to capacity, even if there’s nothing to watch. The beer menu is simple (think Budweiser, Coors, and Rolling Rock), and there’s a hefty selection of over-the-top bar food like chili nachos, a pizza burger, and buffalo chicken sliders.

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4. Flashdancers 1674 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown West)

A versatile standby, Flashdancers is a strip club in NYC that fits the bill no matter what you're looking for.

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5. Dorrian's Red Hand 1616 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

Open since 1960, Dorrian’s is kind of like the Upper East Side’s very own Cheers. Its draft beers and well-priced cocktails are what neighborhood bars are made of, and the kitchen serves classic American comfort food like bacon cheeseburgers, club sandwiches, and mozzarella sticks until midnight.

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6. The Levee 212 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Levee's a dive bar that's got you covered, from highly addictive cheeseballs, to cheap beer & shots, to awesome throwback tunes.

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7. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This spacious Williamsburg spot is almost always packed with a friendly, hip crowd. The name of the game here: tacos and tequila. A taco truck on the back patio serves delicious, cheap tacos, and gives the outdoor space a California vibe. The bartenders are quick and knowledgeable, and take care to create refreshing cocktails.

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8. Brother Jimmy's BBQ 181 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

What can we say that you don't already know? Well, if you've been but haven't attempted their actual food, the BBQ is something to write home about. At least load up on pulled pork while you make questionable decisions.



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