Collins Bar, The

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Collins Bar, TheCollins Bar, The
BA SCORE
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35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
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[ Bar ]

735 8th Ave. @ 46th St.
New York, New York, 10036
United States
phone: (212) 541-4206
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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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Crankale
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.

Photo of plaid75
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of Gmann
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.

Photo of jameaterblues
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.


9/18/06
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.

Photo of Flyer
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.

Photo of Xadoor
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.

Photo of AzAleC
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Let me start by saying that Alan, one of the owners, was incredibly nice and welcoming to me on my two trips over during my visit to NYC. The two different bar tenders I had were also great, very attentive and knowledgeable. The first night I went was 10-24-06 and they were hosting "The Blind Tiger's Exile - Victory Tasting Event" which was a great chance for me to try Victory, which does not come out to Tucson, and to check out a great bar. They had a cask of Dr. Decibel Brown Ale, apparently one of only three produced, and on tap, Sunrise Wheat, Golden Monkey, Hop Devil, Hop Wallop, 10 Year Alt, Harvest Ale, Harvest Lager, and Storm King. Outside of the Victory brews, the other two handles were occupied by Guinness, and Magic Hat's #9. Their bottled beer selection is also amazing, boasting things such as Dog Fish Head's '03 World Wide Stout, and 120 Minute IPA, Avery’s Beast and Samuel, Duvel, Hoegaarden, Chimay, and some other great Belgians, and plenty of other interesting brews. All of which were wonderful, and well explained by Alan and his bartender (on top of an informative info sheet detailing the beers). They don't have an attached restaurant, but the popcorn machine was going while we were in there, and they served bread and fine cheese to go along with the tasting. My wife and I were so impressed that we felt we had to go back before we left New York, so we did again on 10-27-06. Alan was there again, along with a different bar tender from the first visit, who was also very well informed, attentive, and nice. They still had all of the Victory brews on tap, but from what I understand the handles do change. Alan remembered us both and greeted us in a very friendly manner. We had a couple pints on our way back to Long Island to get ready to catch a plane. On top of their amazing beer selection, they also have a very impressive whiskey and scotch collection, numerous other spirits, and wine available. The place is small (A long bar with 5 or 6 tables), so getting there early is a must on weekdays before the offices in the area let out (It's only a few blocks from Times Square). A bit pricey, but many things I had never before seen were available. I'll definitely come back by next time I'm in New York, and I highly recommend it to anyone else.

Photo of jdoherty
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is quite a find since it sits between a bunch of porn shops and clubs. Its right off Times Square, but luckily tourists and the uninitiated don't manage to find there way here. Its very unassuming considering its location. People are not dressed up to go out and the social rat race seems to have avoided this bar.

The dart table in the back and the jukebox putting out everything from Johnny Cash to Queens of the Stone Age is a really nice touch. Seems like you forget the fact that you are in this part of NY and have stumbled into an actual neighborhood bar.

They switch the beer selections frequently and they got a chalkboard that says what they have (a bar is always infinitely better when it has a chalkboard menu). They seem to have a brewery of the week or month since they focus on selections from a certain brewery every time I visit. Prices are Manhattan prices, but it shouldnt keep anyone from dropping by

Photo of akahn
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This bar is a few small blocks from my place of work, and it's a nice place to have right in the neighborhood (lord knows there's nowhere to get good beer in the neighborhood I live). A small bar, dimly lit with colored lights. Very narrow, but with a good deal of seating: a booth in front, tables and another small bar in back. A few TVs on which to watch the game, volume fortunately low, jukebox has unusually good music, free popcorn. T

he bartender who has been there every time I've gone in is nice, friendly enough, knowledgable enough, and quick.

The selection here is good but not great. They insist on having something from Magic Hat on tap just about all the time. However, they always have at least one interesting choice on tap, and their bottle selection is solid. Prices are reasonable, $5-7, plus the happy hour dollar off deal, and the pint of the day deal mentioned in other reviews.

My only complaint with this place is the smell. Of course, smoking isn't allowed, but the years of smoking in here have left their mark. In the back you can also get a whiff of the bathroom cleaner, which is a pet-peeve of mine. Neither are huge deals, but they do take away from my ability to enjoy my beer.

All in all, a nice place to stop in and enjoy a beer, and the other reviewers were not exaggerating that you need a homey place like this in such a touristy wasteland of a neighborhood.

Photo of bigchris1313
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I definitely owe the Collins Bar a review. Perhaps several. I spent 2.5 months last summer in NYC, living in midtown Manhattan as a lone college student working an internship. Unfortunately, I found myself living a few blocks north of Times Square. The first few weeks I walked the area searching for a proper bar within walking distance of my apartment. Then I found this place.

You walk down the west side of 8th Ave to 46th (passing several large open macro-bars on the way down, full of good-looking yuppies), and right before you get to 46th, you see a small sign perpendicular to the front wall of establishment with an unassuming advertisement: "BAR." Next door to the Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue bars, you walk under the sign through the tinted glass door and into what appears to be a dark hallway with a bar dominating the left-hand side of the narrow room. It's a dive.

And I love it.

The atmosphere is really what sells this place. People are wearing shorts. People are bringing in backpacks. There's a jukebox in the back with Black Sabbath, Johnny Cash, and Ray Charles. But people are also wearing suits. It's everyone who wants a good beer and happens to be in Times Square. Sure, you get a small crowd of yuppies drinking Bud Light, but it's rare: sometimes, you get to watch as a 25 year-old walks in wearing designer jeans and a $300 button-down shirt, takes a look around, and simply walks out without even approaching the bar.

This bar is just regular people drinking good beer with some good tunes. The bartenders (who typically work in conjunction with a bar-boy/helper dude/whatever on busy nights) are very good guys and most, if not all of them, really know their beer. They are more than happy to let you any beers about which you're curious. The prices are reasonable for NYC.

The beer is great. 10 good rotating taps (of 10 different styles) along with 40-50 good bottles make for a great selection. You just can't do better in the Times Square area. They don't have any food, but they do have popcorn. I assume it's complementary, but I never actually had any. The bar also features 30 single malt scotches, 20 American whiskeys, and 15 premium tequilas.

I just can't stress enough the laid-back good beer attitude of this place. As I said: it's a dive, but I love it. That's the appeal. I was probably there twice a week for 7 weeks over the course of the summer. And I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Photo of Tbone
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

If you have the misfortune of being stuck in or around Times Square which I find rather soulless, then at least you can take refuge in the one truly worthwhile place we found while at the Marriot for a 3 day conference.

The Collins is a great little and narrow locals bar on 7th just north of 45th. The bartenders were great, friendly, having a good time, and knowledgeable. They only had about 10 drafts and 4-5 were from Magic Hat which I think is the most overrated and all too common micro in the Northeast.
However, they also had Lagunitas Cappacino Stout and a few others, plus a good bottle selection inculing Sixpoint Bolshio Imperial Stout and J.W. Lees 1998 Harvest. The music was an amusing, and eccelctic selection. Within a 10 minute span we heard the theme from Smokey and the Bandit, Jonny Cash, and a Lounge singer version of Violent Femmes.

Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Ah, what a great afternoon this was. Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus on tap before seeing King's X in New York City... golden.

Al and Catherine were present this Tuesday aftrernoon, serving up some great beers... S'muttonator, DFH Verdi Verdi, Magic Hat Circus Boy (which I didn't care for) on tap... and the special of the day was Brooklyn Lager, the best lager on the market IMO. Located right in the heart of it all, it's a must-go when in the area.

Long and narrow, the Collins Bar caters to the craft beer enthusiast with the most friendly, welcoming, unassuming atmosphere possible. Al was even generous enough to share some homebrews from a local brewer, who took on a Hefeweizen, IPA, and a few other styles which were surprisingly impressive. We (Ego, EPseja, an myself) finished our session with two bottles of Cantillon Organic Gueueze... and called it day. Great time, go there and enjoy yourself.

Photo of Ego
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Ditto much of eric's review beneath this one...

the service was great and the on tap selection was very good. I wound up having the following on tap:
Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus
Smuttynose Smuttinator
Dogfishhead Verdi Verdi
Brooklyn Lager

we spent quite a long time in the bar, and frankly didn't feel the need to go anywhere else to quaff some quality brews. You might walk right by the place if you didn't know it was there... and would never guess at the nice selection therein.

The staff (catherine and al) were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The pricing was extremely fair considering this is manhattan and these are some beers you just don't run into. Worth a trip into the city on a nice day if you live in the area. I know I'll be back.

Photo of EPseja
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went to The Collins Bar with Ego and Yelterdow for one drink in a planned afternoon of three or four bar/pub stops before seeing King's X in concert at BB King's Blues Club. It wound up being the only place we went.

Appearance - The Collins bar is a long, thin establishment (about 12 feet wide and 100 feet long), with lots of dark wood and low light. The bar is located along the greater portion of the south wall, with high wooden bar stools along it's length. In the back is a large, low table and benches, perfect for bigger parties. There is also a dartboard and jukebox in the very back by the bathrooms. The bar as a whole is clean and welcoming.

Quality & Selection - Despite the lack of real estate, there were still 10 choice beers on tap and at least 50 *good* bottles in store. On top of this, they always have a $3.50 pint of the day, which on our day happened to be Brooklyn Lager. We also arrived for happy hour, during which all tap beers are $1.00 off their normal price. This is so much cooler than the usual "$2.00 Bud Draft" happy hour crap you find at most places, because you get to drink what you want and still reap the benefits. Unfortunately, it seems that some of the beers are served a bit too cold, but I believe that is because there just isn't the room in the basement to have separately temperature-regulated rooms.

I would waste alot of space here talking about their selection, but it makes much more sense if you click through to their website and see for yourself... It's a decent mix and it's all good.

Service - Ordered up a Cantillion Rose De Gamrinus based on the fact that I saw it listed on the website. Perfect thing for a temperate spring afternoon. Catherine the barkeep served it with a smile, and proceeded to chat knowledgeably about the beers on tap. Later on, Alan (the manager, and affiliate of The Blind Tiger, no less) came in and not only talked at length about the beers and homebrewing, but proceeded to open up a few homebrews that he was given to sample with me and my buddies. Class act all the way.

Coming to the city? Looking for a place to chill out with some good beers? This bar is well run, well maintained, well staffed, and well stocked with everything you need for a good time.

Photo of johnniemarg
4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went here last night for the Goose Island event. It's owned by the same guys as Blind Tiger and is hosting the wednesday events that they used to have at the tiger.

Chill place, with the standard beer artifacts. Wasn't too happy with being pinned to the wall with people stepping on my toes all night. This place is the narrowest bar I've seen. But I think it would be more bearable if it weren't the night of an event. Great music playing on the jukebox.

The service was at least good, but I can't give it higher marks yet because the place was packed and I couldn't really interact with them.

Selection was good, but there are only 10 taps. The taps they have are all good stuff though. The bottle menu looked like there was some good stuff on there too. But not a huge list. The place had a very respectable list of single malts and I guess they also specialize in 100% agave tequila.

Prices appeared reasonable as I was drinking 11 percenters for around $6.

Cool place. I will definitely go back some time when it's not so busy.

Photo of ggaughan
4.08/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I hit up the Collins Bar with a few friends from work while we were in the city for a training seminar. A few of the folks that I brought have had good beer before but they usually go for Amstel Light or Bud or something tame when we are out so I used this as an opportunity to get them to try something new.

The draft selection is not that extensive or rare but they had some nice beers from Brooklyn, Rogue, Magic Hat and Sierra Nevada. I got one friend to have a Brooklyner Weiss and another to try the MH #9. They both really enjoyed their beers and each got another. I had a pint of Rogue Schwartz beer which I enjoyed also.

I really like their bottle selection as well but didn't have any that night. I think I will be back on business in the near future and have a few of the Belgian's they have listed on the big board.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

4th, and final, stop on a small pub-crawl around the #40 Street block, Hells Kitchen and Theatre area in NYC.

I had printed off the BA BeerFly and had it with me, so I knew what this place looked like in advance, a real bonus now that BA BF DB has Photos, so I already had an idea what to look for. The red on silver sign on the frontage, and the silver on red hanging “BAR” sign are simplistic, but both are distinctive enough to stand out when you know what you’re looking for.

No wider inside than it looks from the outside, this is a long, (very) thin establishment feels a little seedy at first. Simplistic interior is devoid of too much furniture, there simply isn’t enough room for it. What there is reveals the neighborhood feel that it has rather well. An open space at the front is accessed from an entrance that sits to the right hand side. A few yards down your left hand side the Bar starts, tightly squeezed against the wall it runs almost 2/3rds of the way down to the back wall, but not quite. Lined with simple round topped tall stools the bar is the main fitting here, everything else fits around it. Aside from a Juke Box that had some killer tunes, playing free of charge when I was there, a lone bristle Dartboard decorates the far end, though given the width of this place, it looks to be a seriously fucking dangerous place to be when the arrows are flying, in short you may have to walk in front of the Oche, that’s the throwing line which is traditionally 9 feet from the Dartboard, this is a Bar barely 15ft wide, you do the Math!!!

Low lighting gets dimmer as you walk towards the back wall and the Restrooms, but there is enough to peruse the list of beers on the Chalkboard behind the Bar. Approximately 10 beers on draft, the taps seem partly hidden below the bar so it’s hard to peruse the selection that way. Witnessed Victory, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Chimay, Rogue, Dogfish, Magic Hat and Guinness on my Suarez. Another 20 or so beers are available from sealed glass containers including Celebrator Doppel Bock with some Regenboog, Westmalle, DeRanke and Fantomes, nice!!. The range is nothing spectacular but the quality of the brews is good, and the thought behind the limited bottled range is also excellent I feel – nothing you have not seen before but there is something for everyone here, even the hardened beer geek. If anything, the bottled beer range tops that of the drafts for choice and variation.

As it happened I walked into a completely empty Collins Bar, and I was the only Dude in here on a very quiet Tuesday afternoon. The only other person was the barmaid who was reading a paper at the far end of the bar, but she looked vaguely pleased to have some company, and even someone to talk to, explaining that this was run by the same people as the Blind Tiger. I was tempted to snag a Samuel Smiths but instead I opted for a Magic Hat #9, which was fresh.

Weird place this, like a little locals bar hidden away, but I liked that. This is not a themed Irish bar or a funky posh neighborhood wanna-be, its feels like a real locals joint wit nothing to prove. Get away from the Rat-Race and enjoy a brew in here. A great place to end my small crawl of the area before heading out to dba and meeting Sir Alex the Imbiber.

If you are in the neighborhood I would recommend a few beers in here and maybe a game of Arrows too if the Board is free but watch out for those who want a piss. A great pit-stop, but even so, I wouldn’t necessarily seek this one out if I wasn’t in the general area.

Last Visit: Tuesday 15th November, 2005.

Photo of Quaffer
4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I made my first visit to the Collins Bar on my most recent trip to NYC. Due to its midtown location, I wasn't expecting to like the place, but decided to give it a try anyway. I'm sure glad that I did.

Collins is small, even by City standards. There is a long bar along the left-hand side after you walk in, and there were possibly(?) a few tables in the back. That's it. The crowd the night that I visited was friendly, cool, and laid back. I was expecting more of a Gingerman type of crowd but was pleasantly surprised. Overall, a nice little bar.

The beer selection was very nice, though not as great as the classic NYC beer bars that I frequent. Still, I was surprised they had as much as they did and didn't have to try very hard to find something to wet my whistle. The Belhaven Twisted IPA and a bottle of Cantillon Gueuze hit the spot nicely.

The service was good and fast, even though the place was very busy.

I can't wait to make a second trip to Collins Bar.

Photo of ChowHound
3.59/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Collins Bar is an interesting little joint. Really narrow, not that many taps, and nevertheless I liked it. Normally I don't like pub that ain't got grub, 'cause it ain't a pub then.

There is a place for bars in this world it turns out. I hear this place is run by the folks who do Blind Tiger, and the similarities are abundant. Simplicity with a good beer menu seems to be the theme. I suppose operationally this can be very inexpensive to do.

The location really makes this place cool, because its like an un-busy bar in a really busy tourist area. Service was a bartender, so that was as it goes. Reasonably attentive. Prices were fair for NYC. I'd say give this a go if in the Times Square area of New York.

Photo of 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.

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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was the closest Beer Bar from our hotel, and where my buddies and I spent the evening while the ladies were out seeing a musical. The place was relatively packed, but after crossing the narrow bar section we were able to squeeze ourselves a seat at the tables near the jukebox in the back, right in front of the TV. Not a big fan of college basketball, but we've been up for over 40 hours straight and we had nothing else to say to each other so it made a good conversation filler for a while.

We did also discuss the decor and patrons of this establishment. The dartboard, the breweriana not too in-your-face, the fact that you can’t lock the bathroom door and there is no stall to separate the potty from the urinal, all this gave this place a dive bar vibe, but with character. A lot of people seemed to know each other, so we figured they were from the same office, kicking the weekend off with a good brew. Well, maybe not a good brew, because most of them were sucking down Amstel lights. I for one wasn’t going to settle for that, and after studying the blackboard hung over the bar it took me a while to make up my mind. Brews from Brooklyn and Sixpoint, a few rarities on tap like Allagash Curieux (in my top 5 best Beers of the weekend), and if you can’t find anything to your liking from the pumps, you’re bound to discover something you’ll like from the bottled list. Cider and Lindemans Framboise made the girls happy when they showed up after the show. The Curieux hit me pretty hard I must say, but thank God I was able to “cancel it out” with a Cantillon, it has the magical power to nullify the effects of the alcohol from my previous Beer (came in handy in Belgium). No smoking in bars, a pain in the ass for the addicted, but heaven for me, as I was able to actually smell and taste correctly, not to mention no stinky hair and clothes by the end of the night.

For some mysterious reason, the bartender seemed to like me. Every time I went up to the bar he went straight towards me, was super friendly, and even gave me freebies on several occasions, something that happens to me only once in a million years or so at home, even in places where I’m a regular. Was it because we drank so much that night? Doubtful. Because we knew the words to most of the songs blasting out of the jukebox? It did give a bit of a culture shock to the over-dressed couple next to us to see four Québecois arguing each other with that weird French-Canadian twang and then out of nowhere sing Johnny Cash songs note-for-note. It couldn’t have been over-tipping, I tipped a dollar per pint, and a little extra when I ordered for the gang. A possible explanation may be that I accidentally gave him a 5 or a 10 instead of a 1, it happens to me all the time with the fricken’ American money that looks so damn alike. In any case, he shook our hands on the way out like we’ve been hanging out there for years, so even though his knowledge of Beer was perhaps a little shotty he gets an excellent grade.

So all and all I highly recommend this bar, a dive perhaps, but I felt at home there and it was one of my personal highlights of my weekend in the big apple.

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4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Okay I had read a number of reviews of this place, and they didn't really impress me. With that said, I happened upon this bar out of coincidence. We were going to the House of Brews bar down the street and saw this one so we stopped in for a drink.

The selection is good, not great, but they turn over their taps quite regularly. Having been there 3 times now, I've had a number of good selections. The jukebox is absolutely stellar, from the Pixies to Lou Reed, to Underworld, to Nirvana.

The crowd itself tends to be more laid back, which is good considering the size and layout of the bar. The bar is long and stretches about halfway down the long corridor-like room. The bartenders are very attentive and knowledgeable.

I would highly recommend this bar to someone in the area looking for a casual, quality beer!

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Collins Bar, The in New York, NY
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