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Thursday, July 29th, 2010—Bar 200

Day 200—Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Puffy’s Tavern

Ding, ding, ding, the PayPal donation bell is ringing! Nick Beal who recommended yesterday’s bar and lost a loosely placed bet sent in a generous donation of 15 dollars and said in an email that it was: “To cover the bet and a little extra.” Thanks so much, Nick, the bet was a bit of a joke, but I appreciate the donation and look forward to having another drink with you on the bar crawl in the future.

Tonight’s a big night, the 200th motherfucking bar! I racked my brain on where to go and the problem is I’ve used up most of the iconic New York bars, like McSorley’s, Pete’s Tavern, Whitehorse, etc. I decided a fitting place for this night would just be a bar that’s just a bar. No beer pong, no DJ’s, no frat boys or girls, no hipsters, no Buck Hunter, no gimmicks, frills or bullshit, just a nice unpretentious bar to hang out in and celebrate the night. Well, these kinds of places are getting harder and harder to find. But I found one. It’s called Puffy’s Tavern and it looks like a nice old school joint, located in the Tribeca area. The bill themselves as “of the friendliest establishments you will find.” Let’s go see just how friendly they are.

Here we are, Puffy's Tavern in the heart of Tribeca.

Wow, nice, well worn bar.

And the ceiling is tin, you know this is the place for the 200th stop.

And Travis the bartender serves up an ice cold Red Stripe. Travis was a great bartender and I had a nice conversation with him with topics ranging from punk rock to writing to movies to the decay of our culture from the Jersey Shore people to Lindsay Lohan. Travis is the perfect bartender for this place. And he's also a graphic designer and artist. One of his talents is tattoo designs, so if you'd like a quote on a design, stop by Puffy's and discuss it with Travis.

Number 200! 165 to go.

Here's another look at the bar. I like the old school bar chairs.

Tables and a wooden banquette line the wall opposite the bar.

I like the art on the brick wall with the single illumination from the hanging bulb. It brings a nice bohemian flavor to the tavern.

A vintage checkerboard table goes along nicely with the mosaic tiled floor.

And it's a family affair night in Puffy's Tavern. Here's Travis with his brother Lionel, who was on the other side of the bar.

And to complete the picture, here's Travis and Lionel with their mom (I thought she was their sister) Tina. Tina is a personal chef specializing in vegetarian and therapeutic diets. She serves in Manhattan and Brooklyn and if you'd like more information, you can email her at: Tina Struble, Personal Chef.

Business Card Drop Box?

If I win you're all invited.

And here's the obligatory "Dan Smith Will Teach You Guitar" ad on the bulletin board. Hey, what's that drawing there?

It's a drawing of writer Nick Tosches by Travis. Nick stops by the bar occasionally and Travis did this fine portrait of him. Sorry for the fuzzy quality, but my camera's no good at close-up shots. My guess is that Nick would enjoy the fuzziness though.

There's a grade-A dart board in the back and the bar sponsors dart leagues.

I asked Travis for a special drink to commemorate the 200th stop of the 365 Bar Crawl and he mixed me up his original Bloody Mary.

Okay, this is the best and most unique Bloody Mary I've ever had. Lots of spices and heat and it's topped off with a shot of Guinness. Genius drink and a perfect way to cap off night 200.

A parting glance out the window before I leave and close out the 200th night. Cheers to Travis, his mom and brother and to all of you for following me on this journey! I appreciate you sticking with the 365 travelings! Goodnight, everybody!

Sometimes you just want to go to a bar. No frills, no chills, no daffodils. Puffy’s Tavern is that place. It’s a joint, a place to enjoy a cold drink and not have to shout out the order because the DJ is blaring some ironic ‘80’s song that is shredding your ear drums and frat boys and girls are drinking sugary shot bombs in between beer pong. Happy hour can be a little crazy in here, but outside of that it’s a chill, old school joint that’s been on the block for years, with friendly bartenders and local cliental. You may recognize the bar upon entering as its been used in numerous TV shows and movies including Law and Order and State of Grace among others.

Puffy’s has a full bar and serves some specialty drinks that they serve with their own unique twist including a Gin Limonata, Passion Fruit Lemonade, a Mojito and I can recommend Travis’ Bloody Mary with the Guinness topper. If your tastes run towards the sudsier side of the bar, there’s a decent selection of draft and bottled beer including: Bass Ale, Hoegaarden, Stella and Guinness on tap. Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams Lager, Heineken and Theakston's Old Peculiar are four of the twelve bottled beers behind the bar. There’s also a decent wine list and well drinks go for seven bucks a pop. The happy hour runs from 11:30am to 8:00pm with various drink specials during different hours.

From 11:30am to 5:00pm they serve a dozen different Italian sandwiches served on your choice of bakery fresh bread. Some of the sandwiches include: the Pavarotti which is salami, smoked mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, artichokes and sweet peppers, the Fellini which consists of sopressata, fresh mozzarella, hot peppers, arugula and the Americano which is a nice combination of smoked chicken, sliced vine tomato, arugula, mayonnaise. The sandwiches run between seven to ten bucks and are a meal unto itself. There’s also bar snacks such as boneless chicken wings, pizza, onion rings and jalapeño and cheddar cheese poppers.

Pull  up a stool and enjoy one of the friendliest establishments you’ll ever find. They didn’t lie in their boast!

Puffy’s Tavern
81 Hudson St. (Near Harrison St.)

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Reader Comments (38)

Happy 200!
Puffy's was the perfect place to spend it!
A great place to kick back and celebrate this milestone.
Reminds me of one of my favorite old "haunts" during my "career".
Onward and Crawlward!

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Happy 200!
perfectly named place!
and a cute bartender.. thanks for thinking of me:)

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

@"Boris" and Gidget: Thanks to both of you for maintaining the 365 facebook page! And thanks to "Boris" for minding the 365 shop!

July 29, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Man, I love those floors. And the rest of the bar kicks it too. Awesome deco design of the bartop, dim lights, dart leagues, rotating art on the bulletin board. All the makes of a fantastic bar. And those sandwiches sound delish. I think when I come in for a mid-afternoon visit, I'll opt for a Fellini with a side of Travis' bloody mary. Or two.

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

sean combs is a poser. puffy's is the real deal.

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkat

@kat: HA! How true!

July 29, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I agree with kat, this is the real deal and a perfect spot to land on for your 200th night. Thanks for letting us all enjoy your journey! It's been a blast so far, look forward to the next 165 days/nights.

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

A couple of those bloody marys and a pavarotti would absolutely make my day. Happy 200th!!! Tell me something...what's to do for you after you hit bar no. 365? What will become of all your faithful commentators!?!?

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

I will STILL come here for great bar reviews being an alcoholic and all...

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoey D

Nice pick Marty! This place looks great. The Guinness in the Bloody Mary is a nice touch, I've had it before and it is great. On another note, my friend Derrick Hart will be playing a show in NYC. Can you give me your email so I can give you the info? I don't have Outlook so I can't access through your link!

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheChief

@Jaws: Take Joey D's advice and start drinking heavily!

@TheChief: Here's my email: fishwrap@eartlink.net. If Derrick's playing a bar it will be perfect!

July 29, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

speaking of Guinness, is there some kind of world record that can be done here... we should check on that...
and my fave drink with Guinness is to take a glass of Strongbow cider and top off with and inch of Guinness not counting head.

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Happy 200!!! Does P-diddy own this bar?? Or whatever his name is now.

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzRocks

Sue Swedler's nephew is a bartender in NY. Sue asked him if he ever met you. He said, "Yeah, a couple of days ago he was in my bar. Hah! Small world.

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry your sister

@SuzRocks: Thanks! If P-Diddly owned it I wouldn't have gone.

@Terry: Which bar? That's too funny!

July 29, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Hey Biff, you said it right,,, those floors with the mosaic tiles are fantastic. Real bar for this milestone and congrats to Marty for picking a winner for 200. My comments are already posted about this very good bar, no need to repeat what everyone already said ( I just got home, usually I post earlier). So let's enjoy this . One quick thought, that bloody mary looks great, I might just try and duplicate it now. See if I can come close..

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Marty, if you're looking for old school NYC bars, keep the Landmark Tavern in mind.


July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFat Al

@Fat Al: Will do, thanks for the tip.

July 29, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Congratulations on 200!
You bloody legend!


July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Brooks

@Brooksy: Thanks mate, I appreciate you following me along the tavern trail.

July 29, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Happy 200th Marty! I like this bar........and i want a bodyrub from Tina! Or Biff, or Zioum, or Jason if that's all i can get!

@Professor: Thanks! And I think you're stuck with Jason for that bodyrub. But rumor has it his bodyrubs come with a happy ending. He leaves the room. Ba doomp! I'll be here all week folks!

July 29, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

200 bars yay! nice old style bar and travis is a cutie!

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

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