Collins Bar, The
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Reviews by ikats:
4.64/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I imagine that if I ever open a bar, this is the kind of bar I would like to have.
ATMOSPHERE: The Collins Bar is a gem in an area filled with places that fill up every day with after-work crowds sipping Heineken and Amstel Light while watching every incarnation of ESPN on oversized plasma TVs. The bar is never empty, but even on bad days (Friday night, etc.) it is never over-crowded. It's a nice place to drop in for half-an-hour or a few hours to relax, talk to your friends, and, of course, enjoy good beer.
SELECTION: This place has about 10 taps. A few permanent ones are EKU Pilsner, Brooklyn Lager, Guinness. Other rotate. Over my visits I have tried Hazed & Infused, Brooklyn de Blanche, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Stone Arrogant Bastard & Smoked Porter. I usually go here about once a week and they always have something interesting to try.
[I've updated this portion to reflect my multiple visits. Selection has been upgraded from 4.0 to 4.5]
PLACE: The bar is narrow. There is some room once you enter and some tables in the back, but it's mostly just a bar going along one wall. There is a dartboard in the back. I pass this place almost every day and at first I was cautious about going in because from the outside this place, situated right next to adult video store, looked a bit "dive-y". This was my mistake; I could've been enjoying this place for much longer.
Times Square area does not have a lot of places to enjoy craft beer. I am not a big fan of Times Square Brewery or Heartland, so The Collins Bar would be my foremost recommendation. Great beer, great relaxed atmosphere, very reasonably priced, nice people.
I had several very enjoyable visits to this place, and I am sure there will be many more. Definitely recommend visiting it if you are in the Times Square area.
05-12-2005 16:17:12 | More by ikats
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It's a shame this is being torn down for condos. I honestly love the place, great beer, great jukebox, great service. Bartenders always knew their beers and were willing to give you a taste of any of them. (No buybacks, but it is NYC). The beer selection was great because they changed 90% of their kegs every month, sometimes more frequently. For someone who pops in once, it may not overwhelm, but every 3 or 4 weeks they had a whole new lineup of amazing beers. That was the real charm of this bar, plus it was a LES type spot in midtown and the service was great. I will miss you Collins.
07-12-2007 14:43:08 | More by Crankale
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Hole in the wall type place that is located in a part of the City that I rarely find myself in.
The interior featured a railroad style layout with a long wooden bar and some rickety seating in the rear. Nice exposed brick and pipes with some vintage breweriana on the walls.
The draft list included Magic Hat #9, Lagunitas Pils, Captain Lawrence, Smuttynose, Blue Point and a few others. Good bottle list, including bombers of west coast beers.
It is a shame that this place will be no more. If I llived or worked in the area, I would certainly frequent.
07-12-2007 04:18:38 | More by plaid75
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I guess I don't feel bad at all that the Collins Bar is doomed to be destroyed in a few days because I can honestly say that I've never really had a good time there. Or, I should say that I've never had a great time there. It's OK. Maybe it's just me, but the space seems kind of tight, and the bartenders seem to act like they're just serving a revolving door of people passing quickly before their eyes - and hey, that's true. Maybe if I was a regular I'd love it, but I still think that I'd just be kind of put off by the feel of the place. Beyond that, average selection, good darts, great juke box, excellent specials. Hmmm, for Hell's Kitchen maybe it's not really that bad... Oh well, too late!
07-03-2007 23:54:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a tiny little place that I walked by because it was so small. When you enter this dark and divey place, there is a mild smell of cleaning products and dirty bar rags that was a turnoff. The place had a good size crowd all sitting at the long bar that seated about 20. Music was cranked at a high level which made conversation difficult.Service was OK, but a bit slow. We decided to stay for a quick pint hoping the aroma would dissapate.
Plenty of beers on tap here like Lagunitas Pilsner, Double Bag, Brooklyn Lager, SN Summerfest, Brooklyn Weiss, and some Weyerbacher beers. Abut 40 bottle are also available. Beer we had were fresh and tasty.
Good selection, but we couldn't get by the dirty bar rag smell at the bar.
06-25-2007 00:30:03 | More by Gavage
4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Decided to check the place out since it was between where I was and where I was going. Didn't hurt that I checked out the website first. The bar is long and thin and fits the description "hole in the wall" pretty well. Nice mixture of people and wasn't too crowded but a bit lively for a Tuesday. I wouldn't want to be there if it was crowded as there is not a lot of room to manuever. Even not being crowded you still needed to shuffle by the picnic table that was in front of the bathrooms. Free popcorn in a movie style popcorn machine.
The beer selection is posted on blackboards above the bar and lists out what is on tap and what is in the bottle and the price. A good selection ranging from an assortment of Sierra Nevada offerings (Torpedo Ale, Porter, Kolsh, IPA), Brooklyn, Dogfishhead, Chimay, Westmalle, Schneider. They have a $1 off happy hour specials and a pint of the day during the week. Prices were reasonable for NYC, $6 domestic 12oz bottle and $8 foreign 12oz bottles. I tried a Duvel, Orvel, La Chouffe, and Weyerbacher Blanche in my short stay there.
The staff seemed knowledgable and friendly and knew what glasses to use.
Good place to slug back a few and listen to tunes.
06-22-2007 21:30:16 | More by Gmann
4.64/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I hit up Collin's last night again, and I can say that this is still one of my favorites....On tap SN Kolsch, Porter, Torpedo, Maredsous 8, among others. Dead for a Friday night around 10pm, but the bartenders were nice, and knowledgeable. Free popcorn, and fresh beer...there is usually something on tap that I haven't tried, and I feel like I need to go there as much as possible in the next year before their lease runs out. Now that I have been in NYC a little longer this place is not nearly as divey as I once thought. Jukebox is still wonderful, and a perfect place to settle down for good conversations and great beer.
So hidden near the mess of time square is this little bar that looks touristy from outside, but really divey inside...I like divey but this place might get a little too divey at times...yet I still find myself going there when ever I am in the area.
They do not have the biggest selection on tap, but they always have a double IPA...and that is good enough for me...the last two times I went I found my self drinking Hebrews Lenny RIPA, and Captain Lawrence Imperial IPA...as well as various brooklyn beers(including the seasonal), and during happy hour one night $3 Dales Pale Ale.
Quality....like I said it is a dive, but they have a great juke box...with punk rock, 80's, 90's, ska, and lots of other randomness...the bartenders offer you samples if you inquire about a beer, and one of the guys bartending had an impressive amount of beer knowledge...
I have never had a problem getting a seat, and the bartenders are quick to check on you....Definitely a place to check out and a safe haven from time square.
This review combines 3 or 4 visits over the past couple of weeks...all of them were good.
05-26-2007 18:03:18 | More by jameaterblues
4.74/5 rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I sometimes feel as though the Collins Bar gets short shrift among all the great beer bars in New York, but it ranks with the best of them. I wonder if the midtown location causes some people to associate it with tourists or suits, but as one reviewer put it, it's just the opposite -- an oasis of great beer and unpretentiousness. The long, narrow space is dark and comfortable. Eclectic stuff on the walls, from maps (New York state and the world), beer paraphrenalia, abstract art, movie poster). The beer list is extensive and well thought-out, with one tap per style, listed from lightest to darkest. In bottles, a good number of extreme beers -- DFH WW Stout and 120-minute IPA, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. I was there early in the afternoon, and with the place virtually empty I got a lot of attention from the knowledgable bartendress -- when I mentioned I liked anything barrel-aged, she rummaged through the cooler and brought an armful of barrel-aged beers for me to look through.
05-26-2007 14:26:24 | More by Flyer
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A glaring omission among the places I've been to, it's about time I give a scribble about the Collins Bar.
Just outside the heart of Times Square I find this place to be a safehaven in many ways. It's dark inside, it makes no effort to be tourist friendly, and the brews are never the usual suspects. After Bubba Gumps, or Dave & Busters, or Applebees, or all the other nonsense in the region, the Collins Bar is a welcome oasis.
Worn in, wood floors, beat up tables, smells like a bar should smell. Music is old punk, classic rock, probably some Johnny Cash... music with some balls and some substance.
The selection of beer is not the most vast in the galaxy and doesn't quite stand up to the more talked about or prestigious beer bars in the city... 10 taps and a cask at any time... but the selection rotates very readily because of the high volume of customers. I'd be shocked to find a stale brew on tap. Events that are hosted here are worthwhile. I've been to their Dogfish Head event and had some Randallized Aprihop. The 90 Minute IPA was also put through a Randal. Good times. Most of the taps are local and there's always a variety of styles... though at the moment 4 of 10 taps are IPAs (Blue Point, Captain Lawrence, Lagunitas and a Clipper City double IPA). Smuttynose Imperial Stout on tap? Sign me up. Their 30+ bottle selection rounds out any imbalance there might be with the tap list. Prices run something like $5.50-8 depending on the brew, with a weekday pint of the day for $3.50, and kill the keg Sundays where some things are $1 off.
The place can get pretty crowded but that's going to be the case with most any place in the neighborhood. Not everyone will dig the decor. This is a bad ass kind of bar. Those with more delicate sensibilities should go elsewhere. If you want a great beer in a great bar this is the place to go.
04-06-2007 21:16:52 | More by ommegangpbr
3.3/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I accompanied my wife on a recent business trip to New York City, and we popped in here for a pint after waiting in line for over an hour for Broadway tickets. Although relatively small and easy to miss, definitely worth seeking out. Not exactly the nicest place inside, but great selection on tap and in the bottle. Prices are little high, but appeared average for New York. Bartender was nice, but was more interested in visiting with her friends at the end of the bar then providing prompt service. I would probably go back the next time I'm in New York.
01-04-2007 16:24:27 | More by Xadoor
Collins Bar, The in New York, NY
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