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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010—Bar 192

Day 192—Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Upstairs Bar (2nd Floor of the Hotel @ Times Square)

First off, I want to thank Sandeep Chouskey who gave me a shout-out in his new blog called, Sleepless In New York. He just started the blog and you can check it out here: Sleepless in New York. Thanks Sandeep and good luck with your blog.

Okay, my camera is all charged up and hopefully won’t fail me tonight.
Last night at the Holiday, David who was sitting next to me told me about a little, somewhat unknown bar in Times Square. He said it’s a tiny bar, but very cool. It’s located on the 2nd floor at the Hotel @ Times Square hotel. I found a review on it and it looks like a cool little place . So that’s tonight’s destination, camera don’t fail me now.

Okay, here's the hotel, let's find the bar.

Signpost: Upstairs Bar is one floor away.

Here we are.

I'm not even in the door and I like it already.

It looks super-friendly in here and there's a seat at the bar waiting to be snagged.

Seconds after the snagging, super-cute and friendly bartender Kira serves up an ice-cold Corona.

Here's my little area at the bar where I'm perched.

Kira's two lovely friends were seated next to me, here they are with Kira. From left: Kira, Emily and Ellice.

Barry and Shawn were seated on the other side of me. This place was like drinking in a fun little dorm room.

And speaking of drinking, cheers!

Here's Kira at work.

A Red Stag machine, I've never seen one of these, a first on the bar crawl.

One of the walls is covered with tiny little pictures of the tiny little bar.

Here's a list of some of the cocktails and specialty shots available at the bar.

James and Wil were visiting from Sydney, Australia. Two nice guys, who continue to bond the 365 Bar Crawl to my mates in Australia.

Here's the cozy back room of the bar, let's see who these guys are.

It's Ken and Bill who are friends from way back in their college days.

Here's Frank, the hospitable owner of the bar posing with Kira.

Frank's a great host and minutes after he arrived he was pouring out shots for the house.

Kira, Frank, Ellice and Emily toast a shot together.

As do this group who's gathered at the tables behind the bar.

They're in town from North Dakota and they are (from left:) Matthew, Michelle, Tara, Mark, Rochel and Leigh. And the jerkoff pointing at them like an idiot is me.

And now it's time for my shot. Thanks to Kira, Frank and everybody at the bar for a great time on the old crawl. Goodnight, everybody!

Sometimes old expressions ring true. In this case that expression would be that good things come in small packages. The Upstairs Bar calls itself “The Biggest Little Bar” and they don’t lie. The Upstairs Bar is certainly are a David, battling some of the city’s Goliath gastropubs, behemoth bars and towering taverns and in my opinion, they beat them all. Climb up the black marble stairs in this boutique hotel and you’ll discover a tiny, little gem of a bar. The bar itself is a small L-shaped bar that can seat five people. There’s tables behind it and a cozy room in the back with a booth and a couple more tables. Kira the bartender is one of the friendliest bartenders in town and if you’re there when Frank the owner is there, the odds are the house will get a free shot. This place is located on the second floor in this hotel in Times Square, but it feels more like you’re drinking in the basement of someone’s house when you were in high school and there parents were away. The crowd changes every half an hour due to the hotel cliental, so there’s an ever-changing mix of people to talk to, and this place seems to magically put everyone in a good mood.

The happy hour here runs from 5pm to 7pm, but you can score three buck drafts and five dollar glasses of wine from the time it opens which is 5pm to closing time which varies, but usually is around one in the morning. There’s no food available, but considering the mood and atmosphere, I’m sure they would have no problem with you bringing in takeout. Just be prepared to share, it’s that kind of place. Stop by Upstairs, it’s got a downstairs attitude and a great bar in an area of town that desperately needs one.

Upstairs Bar
Hotel @ Times Square
59 W 46th St. (Between 5th and 6th St.)
2nd Floor
212-719-2300 (ext. 1419)

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Reader Comments (21)

Marty that is like bar heaven! and you dont have to go up that high to get there.. I fell in love at the doorways.
hot bartender! awesome clientele!
love it!

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

This is a hidden gem of a bar!
What a great place to kick back, socialize and get away from the maddening crowd.
Probably in my Top 10 of the Crawl thus far.
You needed a place like this!
I could "headquarter" myself in a place like this.
Reminds of a place I'd frequent in my "former life".
(in fact I revisited it after my "Partner in Crime" passed away 2 years ago in a few weeks
and had a few Red Bulls in his honor)
I'm ready to launch the new Color Merch.
Give me the Green Light and let's try and outfit the city for the second half of the journey.

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Thanks, "Boris," look for the new merch announcement tomorrow!

July 21, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Thanks for the shoutout Marty!! :)


July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandeep

That really looks like a fun little place to have a couple of tall cool ones. Dorm room huh? I can almost picture John Belushi sitting in the corner wearing a toga and plotting the murder of Niedermayer's horse with Flounder in attendance!

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Laughing Policeman

Maybe this place will make the smallest bar list at 365. I see potential in this place making a "best of" list, but then again, still a long way to go. I would like to see "Darkest Bar" in NY, most "Wood" in a bar, most "old farts", etc,,,,hell, I hope this crawl never ends, categories are endless,,,cheers to Marty.

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Great to see nice little, friendly bar in the Big Apple! A nice slice, great crawling!

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Wow. This looks like one of The Best Bars you've been to since you started 365!

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

shout out to my fellow Dakotan's...North/South doesn't matter all good people! Although I favor the South we are a few degrees warmer in the winter than our Northern friends! (Not that it matters at 40 below!)

Great bar Marty....

i love the little pictures on the wall! this looks like one of the friendliest stops you've had. i love it!!!

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

What a fun little place! I too like those pics on the wall. It's like the family room of a REALLY BIG family! Cheap beers too. Yep, this is my kinda place - especially because it's only on the 2nd floor. I have a little "heights issue." It's the number one reason I couldn't become a ballerina. The number two reason was doughnuts, but I won't go into that here.

Oh, and to reply to Al's comment, I already know the answer to the place with the most old farts. It's Professor Dungpie's underwear.

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Biff: HA HA HA! You still gots it Bifferoonie! I hope the Professor sees that one!

July 21, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@ Biff I love you!
i have a heights issue too..
i have issues just going into the attic...
but then again i am the size of an oompa loompa
let's go get cheeseburgers with no eggs and lots of donuts and eat them on the ground floor!

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

everyone looks exceptionally friendly in this bar! what was in that shot???? and glad to see you in the shots. I'm absolutely convinced that you were there..!!!

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

@Shannon: Not sure what was in the shot, but it was tasty and the bar is really friendly and fun. A true highlight on the bar crawl!

July 22, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Marty, were they playing "rock, paper, scissors" over you???? in the " And speaking of drinking, cheers" pic?.....lucky bugger!...lol....

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

shots on the house...a little eye candy...KOC


July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

Marty, what a wonderful bar you discovered!! Such friendly looking people enjoying themselves there and lovely bartenders and an overall fun looking atmosphere!

Excellent and truly a cool bar. I wish that I could visit there myself.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

@Fitzi: I am a rock, I am an island...but I hope I'm never a Garfunkel! Good to see you back here, mate!

July 22, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Gidget: I believe eating cheeseburgers on the floor is called "Doin' the Hoff." Not to be confused with ACTUALLY doin' the Hoff. Yeesh.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Very cool little bar. And lots of great wood.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

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