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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010—Bar 114

Day 114—Monday, May 3rd, 2010
PS 450

Okay, tonight was my first night back at work and I’m really tired. The Midwest bar crawl really caught up with me today but the crawl must go on! I found a bar within walking distance from where I work, so that’s tonight’s destination. The bar is called PS 450 and while it sounds like a public school, the name is actually a play on the bar’s address—450 Park Avenue South. So shouldn’t it be called, PAS 450? Well, let’s go and find out, I’m not afraid to ask the tough questions!

Here we are at PS 450.

Some of the specials and Happy Hour announcement outside on the sign card.

It's not packed, but a decent crowd for a Monday night and the bar looks nice.

Bartender Shelli was taking a little break when I got there but quickly rose to the occasion with a cold beer.

Cheers to you all!

Seated next to me was Tony (on the left) who called Scott over to join in the picture. Tony told me he's a regular here and said that Scott lives in the joint!

Here's Scott with the pretty Kaitlyn who was seated on the other side of me at the bar.

Some of the beers available on draft at PS 450.

Seated at a table up in the front of the bar was this group who were more than encouraging with the Bar Crawl idea. From left: Phillip, John, Joe and Summer. We may see some of them later at Off The Wagon bar, a Sunday stop they encouraged me to try.

The back of the bar is a candle-lit lounge area with comfortable seating.

There's also a DJ booth that comes alive on weekends.

Shelli and Tony share a laugh at the bar. There's lots of laughter and camaraderie in here and that's a good thing.

Here's another view of the bar.

Corey showed up just as I was getting ready to hit the road.

I met Todd and Dani on my way out and it turns out Todd is from Chicago and has been to Club Foot. We traded some Chicago tales and then it was time for me to hit the road, my mission here is done. Goodnight everybody!

Take equal parts of a comfortable lounge bar and a friendly neighborhood joint and throw in lots of orange and you’ve got PS 450. The atmosphere is chill-lounge, but the bartenders and patrons are anything but chilly. First timers are greeted warmly by the regulars that populate the bar area and the friendly and talkative bartenders. The music on weeknights isn’t ear-shattering and ranges from classic rock to ‘70’s punk to hip-hop, but the volume gets turned up on weekends as DJ’s man the booths and the scene gets a little noisier. There’s ample seating at the bar with tables in the front and opposite the bar along with a lounge area in the back with a DJ booth.

There’s a full bar with six bottled beers available and five drafts including their own PS 450 ale.
Specialty cocktails include Blueberry Lemonade, Rasp-Coco Ricky, Sparkling Sangria, and a Mexicano Mojito. Lunch and dinner are available here and some of the offerings on the menu include: BBQ Chicken Pizza, Braised Short Rib Nachos, Blackened Salmon and five varieties of sliders. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm with four buck drafts, six dollar specialty cocktails and twelve bucks gets you a burger and a beer.

The bar has a friendly vibe and if yo’re lucky like me, you’ll get to share in some of the local gossip. You’ve got to stop by to know what I’m talking about, it was all off the record. This isn’t Page 6, and I know how to keep a secret! Shit, I forgot to ask about their name, oh well, maybe Mike Wallace will stop by and get it on the record.

PS 450
450 Park Ave. South (Near 30th St.)

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Where do all these New York bars get their beers made? Seems like just about every one has a house brew. Anyway, PS 450 looks nice. The bar stools look comfy and I like all the orange. I'll have to stop in sometime for one of those burger and beer specials. And maybe a Mexicano Mojito! ARRIBA!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

A bar with a name like a public school makes me chuckle a little, when I drove my hack, our company had an account with the local school district to drive some of the 'special needs Kids' around to some of their appointments (rehab classes, drug counseling, that kind of thing). Some of those kids had their own stories about passing the old bottle around during homeroom so they could be good and buzzed by the time they made it to their period one classes!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

that shot of shelli on the glasses is too cute! looks like a friendly and fun spot! nice people.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

Looks like a great place.
Reminds me of one of my old favorite lines when I was drinking.
Half in the bag I'd often say...
"OK, I'll just have one more, I have to drive a School Bus in an hour!"

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

I've always wanted to drive a school bus... the short one...

And agreeing with Rita that pic of Shelli on the glasses is hot! make a copy for her...frame it and bring it to her!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Good job for being all bent out of shape! Cheers and i hope you get some rest!

Whatever you do, don't EVER go to Off the Wagon. It's down on Macdougal and it's the textbook overpacked, idiot filled frat bar.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNYTeacher26

This bar looks like a cool hang. And I want Marty to go to Off The Wagon, more so now that he's heard two different opinions of the place from people. Should be fun to get his take on it.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

And I agree with the others, classic bartender shot of Shelli at the bar!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

@NYTeacher26- PS 450 is the same thing, just not that busy on a Monday. Try a Thursday or Friday, fugheddaboutit

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

"First timers are greeted warmly by the regulars "

Well, now THAT is awesome because MOST places are NOT cool like that!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

where is the "fire" one? I was waiting this shot right after the candle-lit lounge one !!!!!!! lol
fire fire fire ! May I'm the only one who never got sick of this joke!
nice place!
we went to the currywurst german bar with jason tonight! still as cool! Love that place you found.
I want to go to winnie's soon too ! I made a big list of bars I want to check thanks to 365 bars site!!

Ha ha ha! I was going to do a fire one but decided not too, I'll do one soon in your honor, Zioum Zioum. I hope to include you and Jason on the bar crawl this weekend!

May 5, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

A very nice looking place with friendly smiling patrons enjoying all kinds of cocktails. What a wonderful spot you picked for day 114~

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

I like the look of the place...especially the framed photo of the statue outside 30 Rock. (I like urban architectural photography, I'm a geek that way!) The shot of Shelli resting against the optics would make a great cover for a book of bartenders' tales. A future Marty project? Hmmm...

They have all the best beers on tap, too!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

Yep Marty ! Can't wait to joint the bar crawl again !!!!!!!
I checked my "social calendar" and I'm free this week end !!!! LOL

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