Day 69—Friday, March 19th
West 3rd Common (Originally scheduled for Pegu Club)
Last night at the great New Zealand themed bar Nelson Blue, Pauli, the owner and mixologist not only paid for a couple rounds for me and my new found friends at the bar, he gave me a giganzo list of bars to check out on my crawl. It seems Pauli knows every bartender in the city! One of the recommendations high on his list was a place called, Pegu Club in Soho. I read about them online and they are a bar that specializes in quality cocktails. I’ve mainly swilled beer on this bar crawl so far, so it’s time to broaden my palletes and head to Pegu Club. Thanks for the suggestion, Pauli! And away we go!
Here we are at the Pegu Club. This is Kimani the friendly door man. Unfortunately this is all I can show you about the club. i got upstairs and was told by management that I would have to send in an email to take photos in here. They were very nice, so I'm not going to throw one of my patented rage fits. I had a nice drink here and will send them an email soon asking permision to take photos and give them free publicity. Well, probably not as I've got better things to do, like watching water boil and paint dry and rubbing my earlobes. Goodbye Pegu Club, I hardly knew ye but you serve a good drink. Now time to find another bar. It's improv time!
And so I begin my lonely walk towards Broadway.
And here we are on Broadway in search of a bar. Feets don't fail me now!
Here's 611 Broadway, the building where I got my first full time job in New York City at Sarabande Press. Hi Joe!
the House of Futons always makes me think of a movie Count Floyd would feature. Owoooooo!
Look, a bar! Huzzah! The West 3rd Common, let's check it out!
Marion the door man told me pictures can be taken here, so I started with a portrait of him. Thanks Marion, Pegu, Club take notes, this is called free publicity.
There's a nice crowd at the bar, but I spy one empty seat and grab it.
Super cute and friendly bartender Erica serves up an ice cold Yuengling. Erica's a photographer and you can check out her work here: Erica's Photography.
Here's the friendly owner Dan on the left with Onur and Dan's wife and designated stress reliever, Amy. Dan bought several rounds and I thank him for the hospitatlity! And he let me take photos!
Jonathan was seated next to me at the bar and told me he was a regular at the bar.
Owner Dan sprung for a shot for the lot! Cheers and thanks, Dan!
Some of the many drafts available at West 3rd Common.
It was Roman's first time in the bar and Jonathan sneaks into the photo.
Partying in one of the banquettes opposite the bar are (from left:) Emrah, Catherine, Cabiri and Onur. Check out Onur's website here: Gourmet Marketing.
Kaitlin and Brian were enjoying drinks and the fun atmosphere at the bar.
Seconds later Kaitlin is greeted by the bar's Executive Chef David Scott Walker.
There's a fun selection of board games available at the bar to play in the lounge area.
Which is exactly what this group is doing.
Enjoying a brisk game of Taboo are (from left:) Garth, Topanga, Salvador and Kristi.
Here's Ashley and Justin who were enjoying themselves at the bar.
Fire! (This never gets old for me, sorry!)
West 3rd Common owner Dan buys me a shot. Thanks for the shot, hospitality and letting me take pictures here, Dan!
West 3rd Common is a perfect combination of a friendly neighborhood bar and a nice comfortable lounge all rolled into one friendly gastropub located near Washington Square Park and NYU. As you enter you’ll find a large comfortable bar, friendly bartenders and patrons, with red velvet banquettes opposite the bar. The back room is a sprawling brick walled lounge area with comfortable couches, chandelier lighting and tables and chairs. You’ll find customers enjoying the food and drink and playing some of the board games that are available at the bar. It’s an easy-going atmosphere here and fun is encouraged and appreciated.
West 3rd Common Ground has a Happy Hour which takes place Monday to Sunday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm where you can choose from three dollar drafts, four buck well drinks and wine, and five dollar Cosmos and Apple Martinis. There’s a large selection of draft and bottled beers available at the fully stocked bar. There’s food available here too and the menu includes: Fried Chicken, Chili Crusted Rib Eye, Chipotle Buffalo Wings and Crawfish Monica, an imported New Orleans favorite. The menu was designed by esteemed Executive Chef David Scott Walker.
West 3rd Common is a new bar, they just opened last December, but it feels like it’s been on the block for decades. A friendly staff and owner make first timers feel like instant regulars, and you can take pictures in here! Perfect!
West 3rd Common
1 W. 3rd St. (Between Broadway and Mercer)