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Pub crawl! Best bets for locals, college kids home on break, water views, trivia contests, the best Buffalo wings, and, oh yes, beer. Your guide to the best bars in the county for beer selection, buffalo wings, burgers, and celeb sightings.
Bars for Locals
Lazy Boy Saloon
As the bar where most
BEST FOR: County natives who want the best chance of running into a friend from high school.
WORST FOR: Bud Light fans.
INSIDER’S TIP: Lazy Boy holds various specialty beer nights where customers get a discount on select beers and can enjoy free samples of many notable breweries’ newest offerings.
BEST FOR: Those who like wings with their beer. The Candlelight Inn goes through an astonishing six to seven thousand pounds of wings each week.
WORST FOR: Those looking for live music or drink specials. As
INSIDER’S TIP: While everyone raves about the wings,
The Blazer Pub
Rte 22, Purdys
“Every local bar should have a bartender who’s been there a long time and knows everyone’s name,” says
The Blazer one to remember. Hunt is the type of bartender who serves you your favorite drink before you even sit down.
BEST FOR: A St. Patrick’s Day with some heart. The bar works with Friends of Karen, a local charity, to conduct a holiday auction that raises money for ailing children. Everything from sports memorabilia to gift baskets is up for grabs.
WORST FOR: Foul-mouthed rabble-rousers. The Blazer is a family establishment.
INSIDER’S TIP: Order a hamburger. The burgers are so juicy and tasty that the bar gets letters from college students requesting shipments of the patties.
Porter House Bar & Restaurant (Above)
In September of 2006 a strange thing started to happen on
BEST FOR: Outdoor drinking and dining. Porter House features a large gas-lamp heated patio that makes the bar feel roomy.
WORST FOR: “Desperate” singles “out to meet people for the wrong reasons.” Those are the words of local Kevin Raferty, who encourages nightlife enthusiasts with only one thing on their mind to spend the evening elsewhere.
INSIDER’S TIP: The Porter House prides itself on working with local charities such as the Pace Law Women’s group and local Leukemia and Lymphoma societies.
BEST FOR: Buckets of beer and cool tropical drinks, including the “dirty banana,” a mix of chocolate-covered bananas and rum.
WORST FOR: Eating…at least until this spring. According to manager Nick Triscari, Whisky Rio plans to become an “Irish pub with a Mexican feel” when it opens its kitchen in April.
INSIDER’S TIP: Younger guys need not apply. The bar admits girls as soon as they can drink, but men have to wait until they’re 23.
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BEST FOR: Trivia. Every night, Buffalo Wild Wings features “Buzz Time” trivia, in which customers compete with barflies around the country through a wireless controller delivered to their tables.
WORST FOR: Timid fans of the away team.
INSIDER’S TIP: If you can eat 12 of the bar’s hottest hot wings in six minutes, you’ll get a T-shirt and your picture on their wall of fame.
Bars for a Unique Experience
107 is not just a bar, it’s an “entertainment complex,” and it’s the ultimate solution for groups who want to go out together when everyone is looking for a different flavor of nightlife. It’s really three venues in one. The ground level is “The Sho,” a lively saloon with attractive bartenders who serve up beer by the pint as high-energy music plays through the room. Directly behind The Sho (though light-years away in atmosphere) is “Aura,” a trendy nightclub with the requisite DJ, projection screen, and low mood lighting that is perfect for clubbers looking to get their groove on. Aura also features the “White Room,” a luxurious VIP lounge. Finally, upstairs at 107 is “Rouge,” an elegant sitting room with a warm fireplace and cool music. Bartenders, like Kristen D’Addano, look as chic as their surroundings and make a point of remembering not only the names but also the favorite drinks and interests of the lounge’s regulars.
BEST FOR: Affordable barbecue. 107 offers free outdoor BBQ on many summer nights.
WORST FOR: The underage and the underdressed. 107 wants to keep its clientele neatly dressed and of legal drinking age, except on its weekly teen night.
INSIDER’S TIP: Stay late enough into the night at the Sho (the bar) and you just might see some Coyote Ugly-style dancing. The women behind the bar downstairs are known to jump up and pour shots to the sound of Def Leppard or the like.
The Bayou Restaurant
Just blocks from the Cross County Parkway in Mount Vernon, The Bayou is a New Orleans-themed bar where funky decorations, lip-smacking food, and wicked good music combine to give visitors one of the most complete bar experiences in the county.
Whether it’s the miniature band of KISS action figures, the bevy of bras (yes, real bras) hanging over the bar, or the ultra-sweet piranha tank that sits next to hot sauces, The Bayou takes its eclectic décor seriously. Many of the decorations are Mardi Gras-related, and customers get the sense they are enjoying their house-special Hurricanes and Bloody Marys in the heart of the French Quarter. However, visual entertainment is just part of what makes the Bayou rock. As local resident Vern Cassell puts it, the food is why “everyone knows the place.” The dishes are distinctly Cajun and amazingly good. And The Bayou is a music lover’s paradise. The bar offers karaoke on Mondays and live music most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Performers include both original acts such as Popa Chubby and Lipbone Redding as well as cover bands.
BEST FOR: Alligator and crawfish!
WORST FOR: Cheapskates. Weekend cover charges range from $5 to $10 and are a surprise to most county residents who are used to enjoying their bars relatively free from entrance fees.
INSIDER’S TIP: According to Jen May-DeLima, a bartender at The Bayou, food lovers shouldn’t miss Sunday’s Southern-style brunch, which includes spam and eggs and French Quarter sweet-potato pancakes.
Bars for the Upscale Crowd
Globe Bar & Grill
(914) 833-8600; www.globegrill.com
Don’t be fooled. The closed-for-the-night-looking restaurant that fronts the Globe misleads those who walk past it. In the back of this upscale eatery is a thriving, four-year-old lounge that features two large projection TVs, a rocking DJ, an upscale menu that is available until 1:00 am, and a bar with 18 beers on tap and trendy drinks such as mango Mojitos. Owner Claudio Gottardo devised this combination of music, food, and drink to make the Globe a “one-stop place” for nighttime entertainment that is a “throwback to old times.” BEST FOR: The over 30 and over 40 crowd. WORST FOR: Those seeking bottle service and velvet ropes. Claudio wants The Globe to be a “normal place” and keeps such excesses away. INSIDER’S TIP: The Globe provides special food and cocktail packages to those organizing group outings.
For Michael Accocella, a regular occupant of a bar stool at Trotters, it’s the “effort and time” chef Anthony Goncalves puts into every dish he serves that keeps people coming back to Trotters. For his friend and fellow bar patron Anthony Mariani, it’s the feeling that the bar staff’s performance is always “in sync” with the customers’ needs. Whatever the reason, Trotters, along with fun bar Vintage and swanky Italian restaurant Mulino’s, has carved out a portion of the White Plains nightlife scene that is strictly high-class. Trotters cocktail selection includes sangria martinis and a state-of-the art wine dispenser to dispense any of more than 30 wines by the glass. BEST FOR: Stargazing,
121 Restaurant and Bar
Love is in the air at 121 where north county’s 25-and-up crowd mingles with western
BEST FOR: Trying out some local brews. 121 works with Captain Lawrence Brewery in Pleasantville to supply customers with some great Westchester-made beers.
WORST FOR: Those seeking live music. The bar scene tends to be lively, so not the place to talk to your future soul mate and actually hear a response. INSIDER’S TIP: If you want to mix food and drinks, check out one of the four special wine dinners 121 puts on each year, including its ultra-special
Where the College Kids Are
Seeking to re-live your dorm days? Where you go might depend on your Alma Mater.
This hangout is located steps away from the home of the Gaels and, according to
Anyone who has spent an evening drinking on the
With beer pong on Wednesdays, $1 draft beers on Thursdays from to 1 am, and half-price pints on Fridays for women, Michael’s may just be a college student’s paradise. According to bartender Joe Utschig, you can’t really appreciate the fun that Pace students add to the atmosphere at Michael’s until you’ve stopped by for a “graffiti party.” You’d have to see it to believe it, but let’s just say it involves white shirts and a ton of magic markers!