Saturday, May 22nd, 2010—Bar 132
Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 11:04AM
365 Beers in Merlin Room, NYC Hotel Bars

Day 132—Friday, May 21st, 2010
The Merlin Room (in the Vincci Avalon Hotel)

Okay, every once in a while I hit a wall on this bar crawl and tonight I’ve hit it hard. I’ve had a busy week at work, I hung out with the Baltimore Bar Crawlers at the beginning of the week, hit a rooftop bar and then stayed later than I usually would last night at the Mug Lounge. And I just found out I have to work this weekend. If you recall from my whining in last Friday’s post I worked last weekend as well. That means coming up this Friday I will have worked 19 days in a row without a day off. And at night I do my bar crawl thing and tonight I am burned right the fuck out. So, I need to find some quiet little place, have my required three beers and stay my allotted hour and get the fuck out and go home and get to sleep. I am beat. I searched the internet and found a place just a few blocks from work called the Merlin Room in the Vincci Avalon Hotel. There’s only one review I found and this is it: Merlin Room Review on New York On Tap.  It says there’s not much to recommend about this place unless you’re looking for a discreet rendezvous. Well, that sounds like a nice little quiet place, so let’s go rendezvous and then I’m going to get some sleep.

Here we are, the Vincci Avalon Hotel, let's go find the Merlin Room, have three beers and go home.

This looks like the place!

It looks perfect for this burned out bar-crawler. Small, intimate and just one person at the bar on a Friday night.

Bartender Sergio pours me the first beer in this laid back joint.

Ravi was the only other person in the bar and he was a friendly fellow.

We clink our glasses and toast each other in this quiet bar. Cheers!

It's small in here, but as you can see they have a full bar with lots of booze.

There's cocktail tables opposite the bar.

The windows have a nice view of 32nd Street in all its glory.

I always say this sign should have one next to it saying: "Warning: Drinking Alcoholic Beverages Can Lead To Acts That Will Cause Pregnancy."

Off to the side is a nice little lounge area.

And a glass of matches can only lead to one thing...

...Fire! (I never get sick of doing this!)

I told you I was burned out. Goodnight everybody!

The Merlin Room is a quiet little cozy bar adjacent to the restaurant in the Vincci Avalon Hotel. The bar is small and can seat about a half a dozen and there’s cocktail tables opposite with windows giving you a view of 32nd Street in Korea Town. The patrons are mainly tourists having a quick drink before retiring to their rooms or heading on to other destinations.

There’s a full bar available and on Friday Happy Hour lasts all day and night with three dollar bottled beers.
While New York is a city that never sleeps, this place does and it closes at the early hour of 11:00 pm.

I got there at ten and just made my one hour and three beer allotment. Now it’s time to recharge for a more exciting crawl tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Merlin Room (in the Vincci Avalon Hotel)
16 E. 32nd St. (Between Madison & 5th Ave)
(212) 299-7000

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