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Old Town Bar & Grill

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4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Old Town Bar & Grill
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Time Out says

Amid the swank food sanctums sprouting around Park Avenue South, this classic tavern remains a shrine to unchanging values. Most old-time Old-Towners go for the much-praised burger, which we found in need of a little salt. For lightweights, there’s a smattering of salads and other sandwiches. Some things, however, do change. Bloomberg’s antismoking legislation has made the once befogged booths and long mahogany bar strangely haze-free.



Address: 45 E 18th St
New York
Cross street: between Broadway and Park Ave South
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
Price: Average main course: $8. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11:30am–11:30pm; Sat noon–11:30pm; Sun 3–10pm
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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No, mystery here; an Old Skool joint...the OG of the Nabe. OT has outlasted everything from indoor smoking to Max's Kansas City by being true to its calling. The Old Town delivers on simple things really well...good, reliable beers, serviceable cocktails and bar-style eats with fair pricing in Union Square of all places!  Keep your absinthe and fussy cocktails for the speakeasy in the East Village.  The local gentry and office drones all know the real deal. For an after work libation and a bite, Old Town is definitely doing something right, so enjoy it before Danny Meyer snatches it up.     


Cheap and easy, there's two floors but the upstairs is typically reserved for folks who are dining as well. I went for happy hour and it filled up pretty quickly. It's a very long space but narrow so hard to maneuver around, its mainly people just in their spot at the bar or at a table for the night.


This is an old school bar, plain and simple, located just north of Union Square Park. The long, straight, prohibition-era style bar is weathered if not beat up, but it adds to the charm along with old wool pennants on the wall from longtime New York City universities. The bartenders are friendly and after-work crowd is lively. There are certainly some regulars, but they didn't seem unfriendly when the office invasion occurred after 6pm. Definitely a bar that I recommend for drinks if you're in the neighborhood.

Well, this bar certainly lived up to its name, and that was alright by me.  A website that consists of only 1 page and no Wi-Fi available inside, relying on reviews was the best you could get on this location. Thankfully, I used the Time Out review on "best wings" and needed to sample these spicy treats.  The bartenders were courteous and the beer selection included some staples along with some craft samples.  The wings came and were as delicious as reported.  Done well, without being overdone, they were tangy and spicy and kept the beers flowing.  I did get a buy back as well after my 3rd beer.  I wish this "old" tradition was more prevalent in the new establishments.  

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