The Dead Poet

Bars , Pubs Upper West Side
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The Dead Poet
Photograph: Courtesy Dead Poet

There is no mistaking the theme at this Upper West Side bar: Framed literary verses and portraits of writing greats hang from exposed-brick walls. Specialty cocktails bear names like the Edgar Allan Poe (vodka, triple sec and lemon) and the Jack Kerouac (tequila, blue curaçao, fresh lemon and lime), while Guinness—poured with a shamrock carefully drawn into its foam—anchors the 13 taps and an extensive Irish whiskey selection that would make any heavy-drinking writer proud. Grab a classic from the small in-house library to skim before the rowdier night crowd arrives.

Venue name: The Dead Poet
Address: 450 Amsterdam Ave
Cross street: between 81st and 82nd Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 11am–4am, Sun noon–4am
Transport: Subway: 1 to 79th St
Price: Average drink: $7. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Probably the narrowest bar I have ever been in, a total pain to squeeze through and get to the bar during busy hours. But if you can get past a few minutes of suffering, you'll surely enjoy their solid cocktails and well-priced brews. Theme (dead poets) aside, it's an unpretentious divey bar, and especially enjoyable if you can hunker down at a table in the back. I've only had the food when I was super intoxicated, so naturally I thought everything (fried) was delicious (because, fried). This is a great go-to, and a solid alternative to next-door Jake's Dilemma.