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Day 130—Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
230 Fifth

Ding, ding, ding, by now we all know what that sound means, good sweet bar-crawling cash via the old PayPal button! My friend, Aaron Smith generously donated 30 dollars to the 365 Bar Crawl fundage. Aaron drums in the super cool band, The Joans. Check out their video to their signature song which he wrote, “Mad At The Dirt.”



Check out the Joans  here at their website: The Joans. Thanks again, Aaron and it was great hanging out with you both nights on the Chicago Bar Crawl. For those of you who missed the Chi-Town two day crawl, check it out here: Simon’s and Club Foot.

Secondly, check out the cool top spinner my friend and designer Joe Freedman made and sent to me. It’s a cool spinning top, it creates a relaxing, hypnotic vibe while watching it twirl and here’s a video of it in action  (the video doesn’t do it justice, you need to watch it in real time):



Check out the rest of Joe’s cool toys, pop-up cards, miniatures and gifts here: Leaf Display.
Thanks, Joe!

Okay, on with the crawl! Sadly, my Baltimore Bar-Crawling buddies, Gene, Debbie and Terry have gone back to Baltimore, so it’s back to solo bar-crawling for me. Now that it’s close to summer, the rooftop bars are starting to open up, so I thought I’d start checking them out. The last one I went to was in the winter time, so I wisely have waited for the weather to be a little more inviting. More than one people have recommended a rooftop bar and lounge called 230 Fifth and it’s within walking distance of where I work, so it’s time to crawl!

230 Fifth Avenue, this is the place.

Okay, onwards and upwards to the 20th Floor.

Stay right? Is this place sponsored by Fox News?

Alright, here's the elevator to take us up. All aboard!

And we're greeted in the lounge area by the lovely Hostess Joanna and her friendly neighborhood tiger.

Wow, the bar is packed, let's chek out the other side.

Holy shitballs, it's going to be rough to get a beer in here!

But I manage to wiggle in and not only get a beer, but a shot of the pretty bartender Kelly who's graciously serving it up.

Bright lights, big rooftop and beer. Cheers!

The view from one section of 230 Fifth.

As you can see, 230 Fifth is one of the few bars left in New York you can smoke in. From left, Ian and Ian. I think I've been on this bar crawl too long, now I'm not only seeing double, I'm hearing double!

Another choice view from this huge rooftop bar.

My beer and the Manhattan skyline, who could ask for anything more?

Here's Nate, Adam, Lauren and Duford. Lauren's not really a midget, she's just kneeling for the camera.

A shot of the Empire State Building from the roof.

Val, Una and Stephanie were enjoying drinks and the view from the bar.

The whole place is like one giant outdoor porch.

The bar has emptied out somewhat, time for another drink and...

...a photo of both of the bartenders on duty. Alex and Kelly, two friendly and attractive bartenders.

Lissa, Jimmy and Melissa were enjoying themselves at a table with drinks and cigars.

Lissa's dad, Haj taught her how to smoke cigars and she said this photo would make his day. This shot's for you, Haj, you've got a cool daughter!

Okay, on the way out and the obligatory elevator mirror shot. Goodnight, everybody!

Review
NBC’s website voted 230 Fifth the number one rooftop bar in New York City and Japan’s fashion magazine, Spur, ranked 230 Fifth as the number one “thing to do” in New York for good reason, it’s a great rooftop bar. The area in the bar is huge with lots of wooden chairs and tables available for lounging in and taking in the breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. There’s palm trees, views of the Empire State Building and the Met Life Building in addition to the rest of the sparkling Manhattan nighttime backdrop and if it’s chilly, there’s heated lamps and they offer robes to wear to keep warm in the off season. The rooftop bar is the only skyline bar in New York open for 365 days a year.

There’s a full bar, but be forewarned, it’s not cheap. But consider the steep prices a bit of a cover charge for the expansive view of the New York skyline to enjoy at 230 Fifth. In addition to the full bar, they offer a bar menu which serves from 4pm to 4am. Some of the items on the menu include: Crispy Shrimp, Veal and Pork Meatballs, Short Rib Beef Rendang and Sea Bass.

The rooftop bar also offers a Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11:00am to  5:00pm. Stop by and check out this bar in the sky.

230 Fifth
230 Fifth Ave., 20th fl @23rd St.
212-725-4300

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Reader Comments (23)

LIssa is not only smokin' hot, she's smoking as well! I love it! Great bar and the videos at the beginning were cool.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

That is just sooo awesome Marty...But I might be too afriad to be up that high...maybe it's a short people thing...
HOT bartenders though! oh baby!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Does anybody tell Joanna that she looks just like Jennifer Love Hewitt? (I tried to 'freind her once on facebook and was rejected out of hand) Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Marty, 365's stream of beautiful bartender babes just never seems to end. Tell Joe I have a real affinity for cool, inexpensive toys like the ones he sells, I think it was from him that I bought a couple of cool spinners a number of months ago that I saw on The Marty Wombacher Show. All fellow gadget freaks need to check out www.sciplus.com...Ive been buying cool weird gadgets and surplus from them for decades. Keep the stream of beutiful bartender babes comming Marty, you have an uncanny talent for finding them!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

What a wonderful and interesing establishment that is. I love it!! The people look to be having a blast and Lisa and her cigar are uber-cool. I used to smoked cigars too a few years ago.

You look very cute in those photos Marty and 230 Fifth is a WINNER!!

Thank you for letting us tag along.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

P.S. I LOVE THE JOANS!

Aaron can you please tell me where I might be able to purchase your music?

Great song, truly!!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

P.P.S>

I found The Jones on iTunes. Get ready to get paid by Apple Joans!!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

you know sushi samba on 7th ave also has a roof top/patio bar. not that i'm plugging the place.....

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternick beal

love the photo of lissa puffing on the stogie! and now i'm curious about this sushi place nick keeps mentioning, are you going to go there?

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

@rita: I fear the wrath of Joey D., but in addition to Nick recommending the place, my co-worker Liz speaks highly of it too and since they have a rooftop bar, I may stop by this Sunday, stay tuned and be ready for a rant from Joey D!

May 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Thanks for an exciting add to our night! I bought you back a drink on Paypal =)
Good Luck with the rest of the crawl!

Thank you so much, Kelly, it was a pleasure to meet you and Alex last night! And thanks a lot for the PayPal donation, I'll give you credit in tomorrow's post.

May 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Great place Marty!
We'll have to check it out when I'm in town.
That is the strangest looking "tiger" I've ever seen.
Finally noticed it once I got past Joanna.
Beautiful night for a rooftop bar.
Great shot of Lissa.
Haj will be proud!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Looks like a cool place! That view is worth the extra cost of the drinks. Plus, I dig their beer glasses. Tall and skinny, just like Brigitte Nielsen. Hey, if you ordered a cocktail in one of those glasses, you could ask for it "on the Rockys!" HA HA HA! I still gots it!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Ha ha ha! you still gots it, Bifferoonie!

May 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

now Marty, correct me if i'm wrong, i'm most definitely not Sth African....but i think that might be a leopard in the lounge area....however you would be correct in saying there is a tigress patting the leopard....& Boris now i know why you are so good at your job, great eye for detail mate!!!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

Ha ha ha! Right you are, fitzy mate, great to see you back here!

May 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Hey Marty, could you get the cute girl out of the way when taking your pictures? Apparently your fans are into taxidermy.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiefighter25

marty
what can i say? knockout 'tenders...might be used like Drew in the tire...can not top amy previous comments....Keep on Crawlin'"
@Boris...waitin' on the stuff...
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May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@raginrr: You remembered the Drew Barrymore story! Ha ha ha! I forgot about that one! You have a better memory than me!

May 21, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I looove that bar! What a great view and I love outside places to eat, drink, smoke and hang out. Summer is the best!

The Joans were great too. People never cease to amaze me with their creativity.

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Thanks for the comment, Susie! I'm glad you enjoy it...You can also find our CD on CDBaby.com, but iTunes is easier...

That view is amazing. Especially at night...the shot of the Empire State Building is magnificent. Nice big spacious looking bar, too! That would be a great place to visit during the summer.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

And thanks Gina, too! :-)

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

Very cool toy !!!!
I want to go to this bar, I like, I never seen NYC from a rooftop yet!! Then I can SMOKE ALLOT OF CIGARETTES there and get Jason pissed off! hahahahahahahahhaha lol
Lissa is a girl for Grompf !! since he's the cigars specialist at AB bar !

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