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Thursday, July 15th, 2010—Bar 186

Day 186—Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
Coppersmith's (Originally headed for J. Macs.)

Alright, tonight’s bar is another one that I owe a hat tip to Fat Al over at the fine blog, The Half Empty Glass. On Monday he wrote a nice post about my visit to Fedora’s bar last Sunday. In his post he wrote about a bar in Hell’s Kitchen called J.Mac's that has the last cigarette machine in town. Okay, that’s a must-stop for this 365 crawl, smoke 'em if you got ‘em and if you don’t got ‘em you can get ‘em soon.

Okay, sometimes things get weird on the old bar crawl and tonight is one of them. I walked into J. Mac’s and it was a little crazy in there. There were only about five people in there, but they were all screaming and making lots of noise and appeared to be pretty fucked up. I approached the bar and the bartender looked a little weary as I started to tell her about my website. She looked at my camera, threw her hands up in the air and said, “No, you can’t do this in here tonight and that’s all I’m going to say. Don’t ask me anything else.” I told her I understood and  jokingly said that I didn’t want to get my legs broken to which she replied, “That’s good.” And there was no humor in her voice. People, as a seasoned bar crawler you learn when someone tells you it’s a smart move not to want to get your legs broken and there’s no humor attached to it, you thank the person and move on. She did tell me I could try again on another night and I’m just senseless enough to try, so stay tuned. Now it’s off to another bar while I can still walk.

And so a another lonely walk begins on the crawl.

Motherfucker, it's really no-man's land out here and I'm hotter than shit.

Help me Jesus! I haven't been that bad...okay, I have, but for fuck's sake, cut me a break here, I'm sweating my ass off.

This is the best you got, Jesus? Fuck this, I'm not drinking in a Holiday Inn!

Self-portrait of a sweaty and angry bar crawler.

Okay, we're at 54th and 9th, I've passed some bars but they've all been too crowded and noisy to do my bar crawl thing in.

And a block later I find this oasis in Hell's Kitchen.

The air is cool inside and the bar is long with lots of seats, welcome to tonight's bar everyone!

And it's a fun joint with friendly patrons and pretty bartenders. From left: Maire, Heather, the 365 goofball and Paula.

A longshot of the bar, upfront are large open French doors which really give the place a nice open feeling.

2 fer Tuesday specials.

The lovely Paula serves up another Corona with a fresh lime.

There's a large selection of drafts available here.

The bare bulbs hanging from the tin ceiling are a nice touch and add to the friendly mood of the bar.

Adrian, Tara and Halley were having fun at the end of the bar.

Paula hard at work...

And hard at partying with Heather at the other end of the bar. Cheers, ladies!

Maire and Louise were enjoying wine from the extensive wine list at Coppersmiths.

Seated next to me were, Paris, Joseph and Julie.

And a little ATM action for Joey D. downstairs next to the bathroom. This can only mean one thing...

Obligatory bathroom shot! Goodnight, everybody!

Coppersmiths is a nice neighborhood hangout. Upfront, French doors open up and give the front area a nice porch feeling with an excellent view of Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen in all its glory. There’s tall mahogany tables up front leading to the long polished bar in the middle. The bar has eleven TV’s with sports on them, jerseys and sports memorabilia hang on the exposed brick walls. Bare light bulbs dangle from the tin ceilings and the bartenders are friendly, fun and pretty.

The bar has a large draft and bottled beer selection including, Hoegaarden, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Lager and Labatts Blue on tap. Bottled beers include: Amstel Light, Heineken, Corona, Sam Adams Light and Magners. They have a large menu including varied appetizers, five syles of burgers, pasta and such entrees as: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Rosemary Chicken, Grilled Pork Chops and Chicken Pot Pie. There’s nightly drink specials and on Sunday for 25 bucks it’s all you can drink (Budweiser, Bud Light or Coors drafts) with an order of wings thrown in for good measure.

Copersmith’s is a bar that is friendly and fun, but doesn’t merge into crazyville. It’s a good hang.

793 Ninth Ave. (Near 53rd St.)

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Reader Comments (23)

Really sexy Heather and Paula with with their tongue's out. I love their attitude,,,cheerful and ready for you to party. Great wooden bar, " its the wood that makes it good". J Macs would be great to return to and please keep in mind that sometimes a few assholes can screw up a great bar and ruin the mood for the bartender as well. Maybe she was fed up with the assholes as you walked in, but you rebounded great, thanks to a little stroll with Ricky Nelson.

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Interesting episode at J. Mac's. Makes you wonder if there's a little of the old Hell's Kitchen surviving there, if you know what I mean.

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFat Al

Hanging at Coppersmith's is way better than getting your legs broken! (if you decide to use that on a t-shirt, please give me credit - or a free beer - either one). I think good karma must've led you here, Marty, because you deserve cool a/c, a great selection of beers, and beautiful ladies, and you got it all! Looks like a stellar place, and you can't beat those two fer specials! I look forward to stopping by Coppersmith's next time I'm in town.

On a separate note, I can't believe you can get Jesus AND a Brazilian all at the same place. New York City is the best!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

I'll give you full credit Biff.
Would you like your alias in quotes too?

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

@Biff: I didn't even see the Brazillian, ha ha ha! You still gots it Bifferoonie! I'm anxious to see what "Boris" does with your idea!

July 15, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@ Biff, if that church is the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, run away and stay away, or they take all your money ... rs.
Marty, you increasingly rewards us with a great bar and an awesome text, acid and fun.

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuc Ramone

@Luc Ramone: Glad you're enjoying it, the only church I go to is the Universal Church of the 100 Proof God.

July 15, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@"Boris": "Yes!"

@365 Beers: Wax On! Wax Off!

@Luc: They can have all my money so long as they don't try to give me a Brazilian!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Marty, I consider you a great guy, by yours writings, the friendships that you build, the stories you tell and never wanted to be disrespectful to you. I did a joke of bad taste, because, here we say that with: football (soccer), politics and religion is not discussed, respect it. Sorry, man!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuc Ramone

Last cigarette machine in NY...hmm...Minnesota went smoke free in '07 and I know N.Y. went smoke free just before 9/11...I remember hearing stories about people being pissed about really needing to smoke just after 9/11 and not being able to, especially when they were drinking in the bars. I know you read my book, and I can't help but wonder how they're taking the smoking ban down at The Country Drunk Bar and Grill (fictitious name, real bar), which is kind of like Bob's Country Bunker from the Blues Brothers on crystal Meth and/or coke. They have bullet holes in the walls from when some coked up hillbilly asshole tried to shoot the owner and missed. They're proud of those bullet holes and never repaired them! I'm glad I'm not driving those maniacs around anymore...the level of psychosis at The Country Drunk has probably increased tenfold since the ban! Good bounce back Marty, great looking babes on this stop!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

I really believe that things happen for a reason and things and I am so thrilled that you happened upon Coopersmiths. What a great place full of fun and friendly people. I loved it!!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

@Biff, I agree with you in terms, because I still believe that (some of us) we are good people. But I know too which have many of us has injured our image around the world. Don't put some of us in a same level that some assholes. Cheers to you, Marty and all bar crawlers!!! Peace and love, and tits and beers!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuc Ramone

@Luc Ramone: Don't worry about bad taste here, I welcome it!

July 15, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Seeing Paula the bartender has been the best start to my morning in a long time!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Brooks

Oh! I meant a Brazilian wax! Oops! Sorry for any confusion!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

That's awesom that she had no humor in her voice when she said that. It's a shame you had to do the crawl. I totally would have stayed there to see what kind of craziness was going on. It was probably her ex boyfriends' friends or something.

On another note, you hit the jackpot with Coppersmiths! It looks like there was only two guys in there!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheChief

oh well...what the...can i add...'cept maybe only a mother could .acknowledge and love that 365 pic that is sweaty and angry bar crawler....at least 365 doesn’t have a reported ass rash and some spare thongs...no no...underwear next to his notebook...KOC


great addition...

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

Glad you didn't get your legs broken. The people at CopperSmiths look much friendlier, even let you behind the bar. A nice long wooden one.

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

I could have gone for the Chalkboard Special on the "Nips".

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Wow....Sorry i haven't been on here but i've had my nose buried in a great book..." Rutherford B. Hayes, The Man, The Myth, The Beard" You look angry and a bit sweaty but i bet you were diggin those two chicks swilling beer! Wouldn't it be great to get invited to some lesbian beer swilling party? If only there was a God! Looks like a great place........but for me, any place that has booze, is a great place! Cheers to you and the crawl! Did Jason and Zioum break up? If so tell Zioum i'm feeling my oats these days and my beer belly is gone now, so if she wants a real man dial 258 Dungpie!


July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

@rr: Always love it when you remember the book!

@Professor Dungpie: Jason and Zioum Zioum are still together, so it's back to feeling your oats. Enjoy them and good to see you back here, don't be a stranger!

July 16, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

HAHA Hi Professor Dungpie!!! great to see you back in here!!!!!!!
Yeah! Jason still bear the crazy cynical zioum zioum! poor guy, he's courageous!!! Almost 1 year now!! but as long as I pee in his beer, he can bear me, so!! ;)
We miss your crazy cynical humor in here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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