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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010—Bar 233

Day 233—Monday, August 30th, 2010
Dave's Tavern

We’ve had two extra-bright bar crawls in the last two days. I actually have some color on my skin and I need to bring it back to my usual shade of light green.So, tonight it’s back to the basics and we’re off to Dave’s Tavern in Hell’s Kitchen. The name alone is nice and simple and I read that they have free peanuts, reason enough to make this place worthy of being bar number 233.

Okay, here we are at 30th and Ninth Ave. Twelve blocks up and we're there.

And baboom! Here we are, Dave's Tavern.

Nice and dark in here and plenty of seats at the bar, perfect! Hey, where's the free peanuts?

The lovely and friendly bartender, Natalia serves up your basic Budweiser.

And I happily accept it. Cheers!

Here's a shot of the bar from the far angle.

Some of the drafts available at the bar.

Bill's been a regular here for over 15 years, even though he's only lived in the city for two years. Before that he lived in Boston and would come to New York on the weekends and hang out here. Now that's dedication I can respect!

This is an original painting that hangs on the back wall featuring some of the regulars at Dave's Tavern.

And speaking of regulars, here's another friendly one up at the bar, Todd.

I don't know this guy's name, but with all that white stuff coming out of his nose, he's either got a cold or a problem with the old Devil's Dandruff.

Back at the bar, Natalia is taking care of business.

There's a pool table in the back room.

And if you've indulged a bit too much, you can sleep it off on this comfy, green leather couch.

A vintage Yuengling's sign hangs on the brick wall behind a low-lit chandelier.

Here's Natalia pouring a pitcher.

And here's the pitcher, but who's drinking it?

Here's the pitcher drinkers, who have stepped away from the bar to pose for the 365 camera. From left: Jose and Sonya.

Todd and Natalia put some songs on the jukebox.

Everybody dance now!

Goodnight, everybody!

Review
Dave’s Tavern is a no-frills place where the jukebox and drinks are king. The bar is filled with friendly regulars who make the occasional visitor from the nearby Port Authority bus station feel like one too. The bartenders are friendly and female and the jukebox is loud and usually playing vintage to ‘80’s hard rock. Loudly. They like it loud in here.

It’s a full bar with a generous selection of bottled beers and draft beers including: Budweiser, Yuengling, Blue Moon and Bud Light. Happy Hour runs from Monday to Friday, 4pm-7pm with various drink specials including three dollar Budweisers and Yuengling.

Dave’s Tavern is a nice place to enjoy a drink or five, but where were the free peanuts?


Dave's Tavern
574 Ninth Ave. (Near 42nd St.)
212-229-2122

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Reader Comments (27)

Another solid choice. I like the close proximity of the visits to the Holland and Dave's. Just like a real crawl up 9th Avenue. Now that I think about it, if you don't mind heading back downtown on 9th, Billy Mark's West on 9th and 29th is a solid choice next time you're looking for the divier side of things. Last time I was there I think they had a good special of a Miller High Life and a shot of your choice for like 5 bucks or something.

Cheers

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFat Al

A simple bar with a simple name. Natalia was happy to see you. That is really nice when bartenders are real friendly, makes it all worthwhile. The shot of the bar, with the wood grain and the pitcher is great. I think these old bars,,,they get it,,,less is more. Let me reclaim that green leather couch,,,haven't seen it since the sixties when I lived in California and I loved it. Hey Dave,,can I have my couch back? Ha Ha

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Fat Al: You're the second one who's suggested Billy Mark's, I'll stop in there soon.

@Al: I don't think Dave is going to give that couch back!

August 31, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Dave? Dave? DAVE'S NOT HERE! What...huh...say what? Oh. Sorry, I was woolgathering. Natalia alone makes Dave's worth the walk. And as for that boar's head on the wall, perhaps Fitzy will be inspired to relate to us one of his cool razorback stories!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Nice no frills place. The regulars are friendly and Natalia is beautiful! Nice shot at the jukebox! Hooha!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

@365: I think Gene Chandler is headed up that way for a short visit. But as always you will forge ahead.....@Fat Al: Billy Mark looks good,,,two brothers opened that bar. Not to be confused with the old Billy Munk,,,a great old bar, no longer here.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Looks like a great place and I love their neon sign out front! Al's couch is a nice touch and I'm glad it's leather because you can't wipe down upholstery with a cleansing bleachy product. The regulars seem nice and friendly enough to accommodate an Ohio girl who can drink her weight in beer. I'll have to add Dave's to my go-to list!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

I want the boar head!
and the green couch!
that couch is the coolest color green ever..
such a cool throwback.. love it!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

back to the basics and bud! yay! looks like a fun neighborhood spot!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

awesome bar!...funny i dated a Natalia many moons ago, she was South African but not quiet as Super Hot as your NY Natalia....i wonder what song she is putting on the jukebox??i'll have to have another look i'm sure i'll work it out....

@Jaws....not a bad littl' razorback....shit, i want go hunting now!!!

@marty, got the sunscreen, jobs right mate!!! was down the beach yesterday, awesome weather, spring has sprung & the bikinis are back!!!...get ya shit together & get down here ol' matey!!!!!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

I haven't been to a good bar with a great jukebox in decades!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

@fitzy: I think it was "Panama" by Van Halen, although something tells me you're not looking at the jukebox, mate! I know I'm not! And as soon as my Mega-Millions kick in we'll all be joining you, get the umbrellas and sunscreen ready!

@Meleah: I miss the old time jukeboxes, the ones that had real records in them. Whoops, my age is showing!

August 31, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Yay for Dave's Tavern!!

It looks like a really cool and fun place to hang out. I love the friendly people there and the laid back cool vibe of the place.

Great choice Marty!!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

@marty, you sure? Van Halen?...you sure it was'nt Thunderstruck AC/DC??...Natalia looks like a Downunder band sorta girl.....

& when you win the mega millions, dont fly Qantas flight QF74 departing San Francisco 10pm to Sydney....just seen news footage of this flight last night with flames shooting out from one of the engines...lucky they were only 1/2 hour into the flight & made it back to San Fran ok....this was the same flight i flew home on last Oct....

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

I would complain that you didn't call me again being near where I live , but I worked until 11 pm & was very tired , & then was called early in morning to come in earl;y .
Anyway like the Green coach .

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJHwang Loves ZioumZioum

@fitzy: I'm pretty sure it was "Panama," but AC/DC was definitely played last night, loudly! They turn it up to 11 at this place!

@JHwang: I didn't see the Green coach, but I hope someone took him to a doctor!

August 31, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Fitzy: Could have been Aussie CrawL? Goddam Qantas! They had a perfect track record for years and over the last few years it's slowly unravelling. I saw that an aussie sporting team and the John Butler Trio all survived a crash landing in Darwin yesterday too! not sure if that was with qantas.

@365: Nice return to dark depths. I didn't notice a jukebox in that photo!?
That couch is coolest. Just a few more dark bars and you could do the chameleon thing and blend in nicely. Speaking of gradually turning green....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpPwC7QRvFQ

Sorry, couldn't help it. It's my all time fave.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Clack Downunder

@clacky who you flying with??....& fuck Qantas, they stung me $3500 last year, but if i had of went before june30 i could've got the same tickets for $1400....plus i met a couple from the states at work the other day & they flew United for $800 USD each return!!!!!!!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

@marty, funny i did notice when i was over there you yanks dont mind our Angus & his mob....good stuff!!!!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

Cool joint!
"Dave IS here!
(too bad Charles Schulz wasn't)
I'm digging that couch too!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

@Fitzy: We're flying Delta...Not Goodrem, the airline. Got returns for around $1100. Thats a pretty sweet deal. AC/DC are huge world wide....I loved the Black Ice tour but thought it was too big. Stiff upper lip at Sydney ent. Centre 10 years ago was way better. Don't think they'll tour again. I'm lucky I got to see them 3 times.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Clack Downunder

@Tim Clack: Great clip!

September 1, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@ Hey the aussies! Are you crazy to talk about crash and flames and problems with flights when I'm taking a flight to Paris in few days !!! :D LOL haha ok, I'm not too scared of taking a plane, especially for short flights (only 50 min to go to Paris) but Jason fucking hates to flight and he's taking a looooong over sea flight to Paris in few days too!! (@Jason: dont forget your flash light, in case the plane crash in the sea, you can do a flash light sign of survivor life! ahhahahahahhahahaha sorry, smoke double and everything will be ok!!! haha)

The name Dave always makes me think about that french singer : hey check out that stilish woollen scarf and sweater!! haha OH Dave! you old Devil! You shook me all night long!!! MOUHAHAhaha :D

Hi Natalia! I'm getting married and I'm officially no longer a lesbian, but I see you in another life!!! or for a menage a trois if Jason wants!! ;) uhuh!

Nice Bar! Great to be back in the dark!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZioum Zioum The Chainsaw

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