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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Day 324—Monday, November 29th, 2010
Bailey’s Corner Pub

In the last couple days we’ve been to a bar in a bakery, a bar with a lot of art and a bar that blinded us all with Christmas lights and ornaments and creepy dolls, I think it’s time to get back to the basics tonight. And when I’m looking for a nice, dependable basic bar I always turn to my co-pilot on this mission, Al Rizo, a 365 commentator from Miami. Al has suggested numerous bars as this journey has moved on and they’ve all been winners. He recently emailed me a link to Bailey’s Corner Pub on the Upper East Side and it looks perfect for tonight. So let’s go check it out and see if Al has picked another winner.

Here we are at Bailey's Corner Pub.

I like their attitude already! Let's go inside and check it out.

Very nice! Al, you've done it again!

Mike the friendly bartender is quick with a bottle of Corona. The perfect antidote for a Monday evening.

This gentlemen was seated next to me at the bar and we had a nice conversation about New York and bars. We also discovered we have something in common, his name's Marty too.

Which of course leads to the inevitable Marty Squared photo. Cheers from two guys named Marty!

The back of the bar is long and well-stocked.

The fellow next to me didn't want his picture taken. There's reasons, but I'll never tell, I want to live through the day, but he did let me take a photo of his cap and beer. Needless to say, he was happy with Monday Night's Football score.

Up above I spy the mark of a classic bar, a tin ceiling.

Pinball! I hope Spiderman is doing better here than on Broadway.

Phil and Lindsay were watching the game and enjoying a drink at the bar. They were very supportive of the 365 bar crawl and wished me well on the last leg of this journey.

Antique lights illuminate the bar.

Any bar that has a framed photo of Joe Strummer is A-OK in my book.

Here's Adam who was drinking a pint of Guinness at the bar. Cheers to you, Adam!

A shot from the back of the bar.

There's a state of the art dart board back here that gets a lot of use.

And here's Ignacio putting the board to use.

Just as I was putting on my coat and getting ready to leave, who shows up but the owner Sean. Sean has owned the place over a year and was a bartender here for over 12 years.

One look out the window and I'm on my way home. Goodnight, everybody!

Bailey’s Corner Pub has been on this Upper East Side corner for close to 60 years now. It’s got a long wooden bar with tables and chairs opposite it. The back room houses a well-used dart board and there’s TV’s lining the side walls that are tuned to the latest sports games. The atmosphere is friendly with neighborhood locals that have been frequenting the bar for years. Newbies are treated like long time regulars and the bartenders are welcoming and attitude-free. A nice respite from some of the frat bars that dot the Upper East Side.

There’s a full bar and a nice selection of bottled and draft beers with selections including: Heineken, Corona, Bass and Guinness. And the skillful and friendly bartenders are happy to whip up any drink you’d like to order. Happy hour runs from 3pm to 7pm with Budweisers and Coors going for $2.50 a pop and three dollar drafts of Miller Lite are offered up as well.

There’s no food, but patrons are encouraged to either bring their own in or order in and have it delivered to the bar. Everybody may not know your name in here, but there’s definitely a Cheers-like vibe going on in Baily’s Corner Pub.

Bailey’s Corner Pub
1607 York Ave. (@85th St.)


Great suggestion, Al! (Al art by "Boris.")

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Reader Comments (17)

Always nice to see another Marty on the bar crawl! Nice neighborhood bar here, good choice, Al! And good luck to Spiderman on Broadway, LOL! Oh and the Joe Strummer photo was the cherry on top!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Couldn't they squeeze a few tv's somewhere in the middle of the bar ?

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

Thanks Marty, I would add that Bailey's is a dog friendly bar and in the afternoons its not unusual to see several neighborhood pooches laying around. Any bar that likes dogs is my kind of bar.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Another neighborhood corner-pub classic, Marty!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@GENE: Plenty of TV's off to the sides, I think they've got twelve of them. You need to check this place out when you're back in December!

@Al: Thanks for another great suggestion!

November 30, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Oh I just spotted a dog in the picture with Ignacio throwing darts,,,I missed it the first time.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Piiiiiiiinballl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm going to drink few beers and eat a Tartiflette !!!! Yuuuuuuuuuuum! Marty, you should try to find a place in NYC where you can eat that, you will love this dish! And I care what the weather does because It's cold outside and I would never try to eat that dish in summertime! ;)
Cheers from Toulouse!

@Zioum Zioum: That dish sounds delicious! I will try and find it here in NYC! Cheers!

November 30, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Bailey's looks like my kind of place! Love the old-school bar with the lit-up cabinets, love the brick walls, love the tin ceiling and very cool old lamps, love the tv's (sorry, Marty, but it's football season - GO BROWNS!), and LOVE the pinball machine!!!! I also love the dartboard, but when I go in there to play, I'm going to have to ask the dogs to move. I'm just not that good of a shot. Once, I banked a dart right off of the board's metal divider and stabbed some chick in the leg. True story.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

the picture of joe strummer is worth the visit alone. he's one of my faves, loved loved loved the clash! nice neighborhood place and a great marty squared photo! yay!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.


@rita r. I hear you about Joe Strummer and the Clash!

November 30, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Bailey's is the best bar on the UES! A true blue neighborhood bar that welcomes all!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKJ

@Biff at the pub I worked at my friends made new rules for me and the darts.. I scored points for the people i hit who dared walk by toward the bathroom.. It was inevitable...
I think I may have hit the board once or twice in my whole life. I was a bouncy type...

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Well done Al. Nice brick, wood and tin. Perfect trio.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@ the game of Darts: I love you. It's been too long. I used to have a dart board like you and now I don't know where you are.
@Clacky: You're sad. You should get a new dartboard...pssst christmas is coming....you could get yourself a dartboard!

@365: I'm really glad you got things back to normal. Bailey's is perfect and good to see that elbow poking out of your sleeve again!
That Spider-man article was more than I could have hoped for. Score by Bono and the Edge...eeerrkkk!!!! Yukkkk!!! spew vomit pus crap and whores with rectum breath!
I'd hide my face if I were a 49ers fan too...even if they won a game...so Go Browns in stead!!!

Thanks for the Strummer song. I've never been a massive fan of the Clash, but in the last couple of years I've slowly gained an appreciation for them. Thats the first time I've watched Letterman since we saw the man in person all those weeks ago....ahh New York....we shall meet again.
Shall we?
Yes....we shall.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky

@Clacky: "whores with rectum breath!" Ha ha ha! My kind of women!

December 1, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Wow I really like Bailey's Corner Pub, it is a very cool looking place with a lot of nice friendly people enjoying.

Cherrs Marty Squared!

Cheers everyone!

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

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