|Venue name:||Kingston Hall||Contact:|
149 Second Ave
|Cross street:||between 9th and 10th Sts, second floor|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 4pm–2am, Fri 4pm–4am, Sat 1pm–4am, Sun 1pm–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Third Ave, 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average drink: $7. AmEx, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
2.5 / 5
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- 3 star:3
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- 1 star:1
A great spot for a cold wintry night out in East Village. If their decor was intended to transport you to a tropical Jamaican beach, they failed miserably. But the dark wood and fireplace does give off a cozy vibe. Like everywhere else in East Village on a weekend night, it can get pretty crowded, but since it’s a decently spacious venue, you and your friends can usually find a table farther back. I’ve never eaten here, but I am curious about their Caribbean offerings. The beer selection is solid. I’ve enjoyed this bar most when visiting in off-peak hours (weeknights for a casual drink with friends), but it does provide a nice relief from the bro-heavy atmosphere at 13th Step, just downstairs.
Yes, the décor is pretty cheesy, but there's always plenty of room to hang out by the pool table in the back, and you get a token for a free beer before 8pm (and they're nice enough to give it to you at 8:01, too).
I've lived in NYC for a long time and never been treated this way by a bar/restaurant. I'd been here once before, had a great time with a group just before Thanksgiving. A couple of us decided to come back for some happy hour and fireplace action on a wintery Friday night. After returning from dinner (otto's tacos--delicious!), my friends and I were enjoying our beers on the stools by the back fireplace for a while, when (approximately 2 hours after we'd sat down) we were informed that we had to move because the area was reserved and the party was asking us to move (3 girls, having a quiet conversation on stools by the fireplace in a corner of the bar). Instead of a) informing us upon our initial arrival that the area had been reserved or b) offering us seats or complimentary drinks at the bar or c) just apologizing for the inconvenience, we were kicked out of our seats and asked to leave. The incredible rudeness by the bartender and manager was shocking. I would never come back here, or it's affiliates (Shoolbred's) again. I strongly encourage you not to go to this bar.