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Thursday, October 28th, 2010—Bar 291

Day 291—Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
Jack Demsey's

Okay, tonight I’m turning to my co-pilot on this bar crawl, Al Rizo from Miami Beach. Tonight was crazy at work and I was thinking it was going to be rough to look for a bar to go to. I quickly checked my email and like an answer to a prayer was an email from Al and he found a bar that’s only a few blocks from where I work, which is great because I’m beat. The name of the bar is Jack Demsey’s and no, that’s not a typo, there’s no “P” in the name. It looks like a good, no frills midtown Irish bar to have a few beers and forget your troubles, which is just what I need to do tonight, so it’s off we go.

It's just three blocks from where I work and baboom, here's 33rd street.

And quicker than you can shake off bellybutton lint, here we are.

Enter, stage right. Boo!

Nice, dark and wooden, looks like Al found another winner!

And it's friendly in here as well. Here's Bobby the bartender and Justin the lovely waitress who joined forces to serve up an ice-cold Corona.

A shot of the long well-stocked bar.

A shot from my point of view at the bar.

There's wooden banquettes opposite the bar.

And that's where I found Maxwell, Ashley and Jason chilling out and enjoying some beers.

And here I am joining the party.

Sports pictures and memorabilia hang on the walls.

Here's the world champion belt from boxer Jack Dempsey.

There's a dining room in the back with more tables and banquettes.

Wooden shelves line the walls back here and they filled with knick-knacks and bric-a-brac.

Here's a boxing glove signed by Floyd Patterson.

Upstairs is the Patrick G. Sweeney Lounge, named after a regular who has since passed away.

There's a dining area up here and on weekends they host all the soccer games.

Here's the downstairs bar which is available for private parties.

It's a nice space for a party.

And there's a pool table, hey Bobby, get back upstairs, people are thirsty!

Back upstairs I met Greg, Richard and Denise who were in town from England. They work for Virgin airlines and said they'd see about getting me a ticket over there to see a pub or two.

I didn't get a parting shot, so I leave you with the immortal words of Ernie Anastos, "Keep fucking that chicken!" Goodnight, everybody!

Jack Demsey’s has been on the block for close to a decade, but to walk in to the dark bar, you’d think it’s a neighborhood fixture from the old days. A super long mahogany wooden bar sits up front with wooden banquettes opposite for dining and drinking. There’s a dining room in the back and the upstairs bar opens when it gets crowded and for weekend soccer matches. The bar is the home base for the University of Kentucky alumni and there’s a basement bar room with a pool table available for private parties.

The bar has a generous selection of draft and bottled beers. There’s also single malt scotches, small batch bourbon and a sizable wine list. Happy hour is from 4pm to 7pm with daily drink specials.

There’s an extensive food menu available with all the usual suspects such as, wings, potato skins, pasta and a half a dozen varieties of burgers. Of course there’s traditional Irish fare to be had here as well, including: Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Style Chicken, Bangers and Mash and Cider Marinated Pork Chops. Irish Breakfast is served every day of the week and brunch can be had Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

Jack Demsey's
36 W. 33rd St. (Near Broadway)


Another great suggestion, Al! (Al Rizo Illustration by "Boris.")

Jaws sent in this illustration as a response to the "keep fucking that chicken" video. Nice work, Jaws!

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Reader Comments (22)

Way to go Capt. Marty,,,,glad I could help. This place is three bars in one and looks great,,, and not really irish so much. I see Ashley sitting there with you holding her 365 card,,,nice picture. Great dark wood bar,,,,my kind of place. Thanks for posting that Co pilot AL,,,,thanks Boris, and the clip,,,keep fucking that chicken,,,,,lol.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Al: Another great suggestion, keep 'em coming! And I'm fucking that chicken right now!

October 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Nice, no-firlls or gimmicks bar! Good pick Al! And that video was worth the price of admission! What the f*ck was that all about?

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

You would have to be a pretty special regular to get your own lounge, very cool. Can I meet Greg, Richard and Denise, I want a ticket to England!!!! And thats about what I would expect from Fox.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@kari: Hopefully they'll read this and we'll be England-bound soon! Tally ho!

October 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Nice no-nonsense bar. A bar's bar, if you will. Love all the wood (heh heh), the Sweeney soccer lounge, and all those banquettes too. Comfy! Way to go, Al, on another excellent suggestion! And bravo to B for the coolio artwork. Now, Marty, warm up your fingers because soon you're going to have to type "aguywalksinto365barswithapriestandthreeaussiesandiggyandaaronalawyertwolesbiansandbiff." Amen.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Hey Marty, fix my post, won't you?

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Biff: What, am I Jesus over here? Bless you!

October 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@365: Subtle obligatory bar room mirror shot in the downstairs bar, marty. Very Slick.
Gotta agree with Biff on this one . Nothing spectacular, looks like a serious drinkers pub...with the odd soccer game. I'd be led to the drink if I had to watch that mind numbing kick ball game with the hooligans and the shouting and the feigning of injuries (insert Jerry lewis voice)...
You could be compared to Jesus in some ways....you turn beer into urine....I'd be more inclined to label you a chameleon....you have the ability to walk down the street and turn into a bar! Badaboooom!!
tap...tap...tap...hello?! is this thing on!?!?
Thanks folks, I'll be here all day!

@Jaws: Nice work yet again.

TO Fucking that Chicken!!!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Clack in Holiday Mode.

@Tim Clack: "you turn beer into urine....I'd be more inclined to label you a chameleon....you have the ability to walk down the street and turn into a bar! "

Ha ha ha! Will you be here all week?


October 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Jaws, you just never cease to amaze!!! TO THAT FUKIN' CHOOK!!!!!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

@365: All fortnight!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Clack in Holiday Mode.

Simply Australian has verified today that my Vegemite is on it's way! I'll probably get it next week sometime! Yum (I hope).

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@Jaws: Cue up Men At Work!

October 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

oh fuck here we go...hey jaws you got admin rights to cue up anything?...al nice suggestion...kudos to you....365 nice to follow through...vegemite all that does is bring up images of a bald dude and a hammer... off topic again...i could hang here but i might have to go somewhere down/up the street to eat (price wise not other wise)...KOC


October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@raginrr: Jaws emails me the files and I post them up. You can see more of his work at this website:


October 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

thanks for the site...the comment was meant to be one of my sick jokes...KOC


October 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrainrr

What a wonderful Irish bar! The friendly folks and the sports memorobilia are very cool indeed. I love the flags on the wall. That would be a great place to watch soccer.

Great job Marty and thank you Al for the excellent suggestion.

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie


September 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoe

Joe, you ignorant slut. You know what's funny about your comment? What's funny is that someone who uses all capital letters, two exclamation marks, doesn't know to use an apostrophe in "that's" and doesn't use a period at the end of his one word sentence of "RETARD," is calling me a "retard." Oh and the name Jack Dempsey should be possesive, as in, "Jack Dempsey's belt." So anyway Joe, wow, you really showed me! Your last name isn't Einstein by any chance is it? Oh and there should be a comma after the word, "dumbass." Congratulations, Joe, I've never seen so many grammatical errors in a seven word comment. But you do know all about Jack Dempsey's belt, so good for you! Okay, you can go back to staring at a shiny object now.

September 3, 2011 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Joe, did you ever hear your doctor use the words hydrocephalic or crack baby when discussing your condition with your mother?

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Hunt

@Mike Hunt: Ha ha ha!

September 3, 2011 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

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