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Day 101—Tuesday, April 20th
The Parlour Midtown

I have to be to work early tomorrow, so I’m going to a bar that’s just opened up and is just down the street. Seeing as how I’m in a hurry, I think I’ll forgo my usual “meet and greet” photos and concentrate on the shots of the bar itself, I’ve heard there’s some cool artwork hanging on the walls there. The place is an Irish bar called The Parlour. I think it’s only officially been open a week or two, but we’ll find out more when we get there. So let’s go!

I was in such a hurry last night I forgot to take a photo of the outside of the bar. Luckily there was a nice one on their website, so I'm using that one.

Wow, it's huge in here. A nice bar for sure.

And even nicer is super-cute and friendly bartender Nicola who serves up a expertly poured Guinness. And we all know what that will lead up to...

The traditional wearin' of the Guinness on the head. Cheers and too rah loo rah loo!

There's tables and chairs in front of the bar.

And more in the back along with leather banquettes for comfortable seating.

One cool thing here is the paintings of famous Irish men that hang on the wall.

They're very impressive and really add a nice touch to the bar.

Here's Shane McGowan of the Pogues. Very cool.

I found out from the bartender that these are reproductions printed on an ink jet printer using canvas stock. Which is a coincidence because that's what I do at my night job. I don't know who output these prints, but he's an inkjet genious who certainly deserves a raise and should be able to leave early since last night since he had to work late due to a last minute rush job that had to stick around for. Not that I know who this hard-working fellow is.

The artwork definitely gives the place a personality all of its own.

Here's the upstairs.

There's another full bar upstairs.

And more tables and chairs.

I know I said I wasn't going to do the meet and greet thing, but how could I resist this shot? Anne and Dita getting chummy in the bar. Cheers, ladies!

Review
The Parlour just opened up and it stands out in an area of town that’s littered with what I like to call “cookie cutter” bars. They bill themselves as “The Next Generation of the Irish Bar” and so far it appears they’re living up to that claim. The bar is probably one of the largest in the area with a long dark, granite bar that easily seats 20 people. Opposite the bar are tables and chairs and there’s more tables in the back room along with comfortable leather banquettes. Plus there’s a second floor with another full bar and tables. There’s lots of HD TV’s and the artwork of famous Irish men is worth the trip alone. It’s a stone’s throw from Madison Square Garden, so it’s perfect for before and after drinks and dinner if you’re going to a show or sporting event.

The Parlour has a full bar with a good selection of bottled and draft beer including: Red Stripe, Budweiser, Duvel and Blue Moon. And of course there’s Guinness on draft. They’re open for lunch and dinner and the menu follow’s the next generation of the Irish bar idea. They offer up traditional I Irish fare such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and Irish rabbit stew. But other items offered are not so traditional, but equally as tempting such as: crispy duck gizzards, grilled octopus salad and deviled eggs. Rounding out the menu is a nice selection of steaks, chicken and chops.

Check out The Parlour in Midtown, it definitely ain’t your father’s Irish Bar. But he might just be in there boozing it up anyway.

The Parlour Midtown
247 W. 30th St. (Between 7th and 8th St.)
212-967-1070

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Reader Comments (12)

Anne & Dita. Nuff said. Wonder if they know how to use an ATM?

So many things to say today! First off, Nicola is stunning. Second off, the first of those famous Irish men prints featured looks like Peter Griffin's dad! Third off, I've had smoked octopus before (delicious!) but never grilled, love to try that sometime. Fourth off, I'm lucky to be alive today, but at times over the past four days, I found myself wishing I was dead. I've mentioned in previous posts that I've been having problems with my teeth, well last Friday while I was working with the V.A to pay for my dental work, one of my teeth went hot...and I mean HOT!!! Pain filled my universe, and the infection left my throat so swollen I couldn't open my mouth or swallow. I think if I hadn't started taking the antibiotics exactly when I did, had I waited a couple of hours, I'd be posting from the other side and using Jesus's e-mail address. Good to be here...and good work on those prints, Marty!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Great place!
Makes me want to break out in song...

Oh my "AnneDita"
We could make it together
The further from here girl the better
Where the air is fresh and clean
Oh my "AnneDita"
Just take my hand and I'll lead ya
I promise that life will be sweeter.

I rest my case Your Honor.
"Boris"

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Oh I just LOVE those paintings!! [but NOT as much as I love you!]

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

Great parody, Boris! I wonder how many others get the reference. Those paintings are really cool! 101!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Hey Bar Crawl Man I was wondering why you don't let us know a day or two before hand what bar you are going to visit, that way some of us can join the fun.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwoods

@Twoods: The reason I don't do that is I don't want the bar to know I'm coming by. If you or anyone would want to join in, just send me an email and you can join the crawl!

April 21, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

those pictures are fantastic---cool beans martin

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertehennessey

The bono pic scares me... almost as bad as clowns.. sorry marty:(
bar is nice other wise...

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Hay Marty , didn't your dept printed those prints ? & did you do them ?
Anyway soon I will be doing them , FUCK !

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJHwang

You had me at crispy duck gizzards.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Those charicatures are fascinating, they really add to the mystique of the tavern.

That looks like a very comfortable and fun establishement to visit. Nicola looks so sweet and friendly and the Guinness looked perfectly prepared. Guinness can be trucky to pour as you know.

What a wonderful place, thank you so very much for taking us along!!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

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