The Red Lion

★★★★☆
New York's Choice for Live Music, Happy Hour, Great Bar Food, Live Bands & Great For Groups!
  • 151 Bleecker St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: @ Thompson Street

    Map & Directions
  • 212-260-9797

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great place, good food!

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★★★★★

great place, good food!

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Good place to eat.

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★★★★★

Good place to eat.

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I went there a couple of times on weekends, the music is fantastic, very crowded (even though that may have to do with the rugby games, I don't know), very good atmosphere. The on;y thing I didn't really like was the fact that bartenders weren't very friendly, but I'm sure dealing with drunk rugby fans may be tough sometimes. Anyway, I will try to go there once without rugby to see what it's like.

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★★★★☆

I went there a couple of times on weekends, the music is fantastic, very crowded (even though that may have to do with the rugby games, I don't know), very good atmosphere. The on;y thing I didn't really like was the fact that bartenders weren't very friendly, but I'm sure dealing with drunk rugby fans may be tough sometimes. Anyway, I will try to go there once without rugby to see what it's like.

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If you like live music, rugby players and handicapped toilets - the Red Lion is your spot. The Red Lion was my first bar on Bleeker Street when I moved to the Village and it has become my go to guy. Whether is Joe yelling at the tv or Roger calling me sweetheart - the place is gold. For $10 I can get 2 beers and a shot and they charge my phone whenever I ask.

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★★★★☆

If you like live music, rugby players and handicapped toilets - the Red Lion is your spot. The Red Lion was my first bar on Bleeker Street when I moved to the Village and it has become my go to guy. Whether is Joe yelling at the tv or Roger calling me sweetheart - the place is gold. For $10 I can get 2 beers and a shot and they charge my phone whenever I ask.

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Sorry to hear about your experience but I went there on Friday night with a big group of friends. The place was packed with rugby supporters. Audio was on for both the Ireland and England games. The kitchen was open late, got wings at 4.00am! The service was great. The atmosphere was incredible even though we didnt get the results we wanted. They even put a band on inbetween the games. I would definitely go back to watch the rest of games even though our team is out, it will always be my spot for rugby.

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★★★★★

Sorry to hear about your experience but I went there on Friday night with a big group of friends. The place was packed with rugby supporters. Audio was on for both the Ireland and England games. The kitchen was open late, got wings at 4.00am! The service was great. The atmosphere was incredible even though we didnt get the results we wanted. They even put a band on inbetween the games. I would definitely go back to watch the rest of games even though our team is out, it will always be my spot for rugby.

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Hi - you ruined a 10 year reunion of friends from around the world when you lied and deceived me and my friends into thinking we could come and watch the RWC quarterfinals. No kitchen, no audio and both were promised several times - I called all week long just to make sure, and each time I called I was ASSURED that we would have the audio for the match and that the kitchen would be open.

SERVICE - AWFUL. MUSIC - AWFUL. ATMOSPHERE - AWFUL. EVERYTHING IS AWFUL.
I would think that loyal patrons of 4 years - we've been watching rugby and premiership at your establishment throughout and spending alot more than your typical washup NYC walk-in student crowd - would earn us some sort of credence; worst case, we at least thought you would make an effort to live up to your empty promises. You truly ruined what was supposed to be a reunion of friends from around the world by lying and overpromising.
"Historically, this has always been THE place to watch Rugby World Cup matches. All matches are played live, and if the time difference makes it too tough to watch the match live you can always pitch in the next morning and the staff can play your match back for you - they record everything.

Rugby World Cup Quarterfinals - SA vs. Australia - we called in a week before the match to make sure a) they were playing the game live at 1am b) the commentary/match audio would be on and c) the kitchen would be open.

We spoke to several staff, as we were expecting over 20 people from all over the world - Hong Kong, NZ, Aus, South Africa, UK. JOE (the owner?) at the Red Lion ASSURED us the match and commentary would be on and the kitchen would be pumping out Irish breakfasts.

Liars! 25 friends later, we show up 2 hours before game time so we can grab seats. All ready to watch the World Cup quarterfinals with our international guests and they refuse to play the audio - AND THEY KEEP THE KITCHEN CLOSED! After much pleading with the manager - we confirmed 3 separate times that 20-25 patrons would come to watch the match - all we got was "sorry can't help you, but we appreciate your business." A^%holes and Liars! at 1am it was too late to try and relocate our group of friends, so we were forced to stay and watch the match to the tune of some pathetic, drunk college imitation of jazz. This place absolutely ruined what was supposed to be a 10 year reunion of friends from all around the world.

Worst of all, they didn't even try to apologize and offered no consolations for ruining our reunion.

WATCH PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL, RUGBY AND CRICKET AT NEVADA SMITH'S INSTEAD.

RED LION SUCKS - THEY LIE AND WILL TELL YOU WHATEVER YOU WANT TO HEAR IN ORDER TO GET YOU TO COME IN. AND THEIR BANDS BLOW TOO!"

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★☆☆☆☆

Hi - you ruined a 10 year reunion of friends from around the world when you lied and deceived me and my friends into thinking we could come and watch the RWC quarterfinals. No kitchen, no audio and both were promised several times - I called all week long just to make sure, and each time I called I was ASSURED that we would have the audio for the match and that the kitchen would be open.

SERVICE - AWFUL. MUSIC - AWFUL. ATMOSPHERE - AWFUL. EVERYTHING IS AWFUL.
I would think that loyal patrons of 4 years - we've been watching rugby and premiership at your establishment throughout and spending alot more than your typical washup NYC walk-in student crowd - would earn us some sort of credence; worst case, we at least thought you would make an effort to live up to your empty promises. You truly ruined what was supposed to be a reunion of friends from around the world by lying and overpromising.
"Historically, this has always been THE place to watch Rugby World Cup matches. All matches are played live, and if the time difference makes it too tough to watch the match live you can always pitch in the next morning and the staff can play your match back for you - they record everything.

Rugby World Cup Quarterfinals - SA vs. Australia - we called in a week before the match to make sure a) they were playing the game live at 1am b) the commentary/match audio would be on and c) the kitchen would be open.

We spoke to several staff, as we were expecting over 20 people from all over the world - Hong Kong, NZ, Aus, South Africa, UK. JOE (the owner?) at the Red Lion ASSURED us the match and commentary would be on and the kitchen would be pumping out Irish breakfasts.

Liars! 25 friends later, we show up 2 hours before game time so we can grab seats. All ready to watch the World Cup quarterfinals with our international guests and they refuse to play the audio - AND THEY KEEP THE KITCHEN CLOSED! After much pleading with the manager - we confirmed 3 separate times that 20-25 patrons would come to watch the match - all we got was "sorry can't help you, but we appreciate your business." A^%holes and Liars! at 1am it was too late to try and relocate our group of friends, so we were forced to stay and watch the match to the tune of some pathetic, drunk college imitation of jazz. This place absolutely ruined what was supposed to be a 10 year reunion of friends from all around the world.

Worst of all, they didn't even try to apologize and offered no consolations for ruining our reunion.

WATCH PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL, RUGBY AND CRICKET AT NEVADA SMITH'S INSTEAD.

RED LION SUCKS - THEY LIE AND WILL TELL YOU WHATEVER YOU WANT TO HEAR IN ORDER TO GET YOU TO COME IN. AND THEIR BANDS BLOW TOO!"

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We thought this would be a good place to symbolize Greenwich Village. We were wrong. I ordered an iced tea, but for some reason the waitress didn't feel the need to bring it to me the first time I asked. She came back and said she wasn't sure I really wanted it. What? Why would I order it if I didn't want it. Finally, 10 minutes later, I got my beverage.

I ordered a burger, which was good, but my friend ordered a blackened chicken wrap, which was terrible. It had nothing but chicken. When she asked about it, the waitress said that was the way it was supposed to be.

Later, she looked at the menu, which said it was supposed to come with cheese and peppers. We complained and the manager said that she couldn't get a new sandwich because she had already eaten the first one. SHE DIDN'T EAT THE FIRST ONE! She ate a few bites of it and decided it was terrible.

I strongly recommend you stay away from this place!

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★☆☆☆☆

We thought this would be a good place to symbolize Greenwich Village. We were wrong. I ordered an iced tea, but for some reason the waitress didn't feel the need to bring it to me the first time I asked. She came back and said she wasn't sure I really wanted it. What? Why would I order it if I didn't want it. Finally, 10 minutes later, I got my beverage.

I ordered a burger, which was good, but my friend ordered a blackened chicken wrap, which was terrible. It had nothing but chicken. When she asked about it, the waitress said that was the way it was supposed to be.

Later, she looked at the menu, which said it was supposed to come with cheese and peppers. We complained and the manager said that she couldn't get a new sandwich because she had already eaten the first one. SHE DIDN'T EAT THE FIRST ONE! She ate a few bites of it and decided it was terrible.

I strongly recommend you stay away from this place!

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GREAT LIVE MUSIC GARDEN STATE RADIO ALL THE WAY!!

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★★★★★

GREAT LIVE MUSIC GARDEN STATE RADIO ALL THE WAY!!

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Went for the India World Cup games. Had a blast! Great atmosphere, great service, great food! Drinks are decently pricey, but the experience is totally worth it :)

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★★★★★

Went for the India World Cup games. Had a blast! Great atmosphere, great service, great food! Drinks are decently pricey, but the experience is totally worth it :)

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I haven't been back to the Red Lion in 10 years. Kind of fell out of love with Bleecker Street when they went all banks, drug stores and condos. But I happened to be having dinner at Minetta Tavern the other night. (If you can get a seat feel blessed.) And decided to give Bleecker another shot for old times sake. Mike Tait is still Alive. He's been playing there for 17 years. All the staff behind the bar is still there. Evan remembered me from when i had a big head of hair. (I haven't been called Haircut in a 100 years.) The music is loud, they sell Boddingtons. They moved the bathrooms - but basically it's all how I remembered it. I even woke up with a good old fashioned hangover straight from a bottle of Jager. I must be having a middle life crisis - but I had a great time. Nice to see the whole city ain't a big Starbucks.

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★★★★☆

I haven't been back to the Red Lion in 10 years. Kind of fell out of love with Bleecker Street when they went all banks, drug stores and condos. But I happened to be having dinner at Minetta Tavern the other night. (If you can get a seat feel blessed.) And decided to give Bleecker another shot for old times sake. Mike Tait is still Alive. He's been playing there for 17 years. All the staff behind the bar is still there. Evan remembered me from when i had a big head of hair. (I haven't been called Haircut in a 100 years.) The music is loud, they sell Boddingtons. They moved the bathrooms - but basically it's all how I remembered it. I even woke up with a good old fashioned hangover straight from a bottle of Jager. I must be having a middle life crisis - but I had a great time. Nice to see the whole city ain't a big Starbucks.

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Lookie here, bud. The girls is easy. The music is loud. And the drinks is strong. If you can't get something at the red lion you must be down the block somewheres thinking your in the red lion.

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★★★★☆

Lookie here, bud. The girls is easy. The music is loud. And the drinks is strong. If you can't get something at the red lion you must be down the block somewheres thinking your in the red lion.

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I have been to red lion lets just say enough times to know we almost always end up here when we head down to the west village, cheap beers $3pr tall boys, cant beat that!! and always a good time, loud kick ass cover rock bands covering everything from journey to pink floyd.....
rocking it out on a packed dance floor is my idea of winding down at the weekend! we never have to wait online, i think the staff all know us well by now, keep up the good work guys and we will see you im sure very soon.
BK 55

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★★★★★

I have been to red lion lets just say enough times to know we almost always end up here when we head down to the west village, cheap beers $3pr tall boys, cant beat that!! and always a good time, loud kick ass cover rock bands covering everything from journey to pink floyd.....
rocking it out on a packed dance floor is my idea of winding down at the weekend! we never have to wait online, i think the staff all know us well by now, keep up the good work guys and we will see you im sure very soon.
BK 55

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Ok this is a last ditch effort. I know this site is for reviews - but I met this guy Will at the Red Lion last week AND I lost your number! Will is a West Ham supporter. And I called the bar today cause they were playing. (I couldn't make it was too early.) The girl who answered the phone asked everybody in the place. No Mas! I am not a stalker. I just lost your number. This is Judy. I was there last Saturday night - September 25th. George was behind the bar making us Pickle Martini's. (Thanks for holding my umbrella George) I tried Magners for the first time. I lost your number. If you get this at all - just know I tried for real.

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★★★★☆

Ok this is a last ditch effort. I know this site is for reviews - but I met this guy Will at the Red Lion last week AND I lost your number! Will is a West Ham supporter. And I called the bar today cause they were playing. (I couldn't make it was too early.) The girl who answered the phone asked everybody in the place. No Mas! I am not a stalker. I just lost your number. This is Judy. I was there last Saturday night - September 25th. George was behind the bar making us Pickle Martini's. (Thanks for holding my umbrella George) I tried Magners for the first time. I lost your number. If you get this at all - just know I tried for real.

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My baby brother has special needs. He is in a wheelchair with a ventilator attached. For his 22nd birthday we brought him up from Fort Lauderdale to celebrate for the weekend. He loves Jimi Hendrix so we took him to the Red Lion. I gotta say everybody in New York was great - against what they tell you otherwise. But the people who run the Red Lion - even the customers were off the charts. We didn't call ahead like we usually do for my brother. We were just going around and somebody had told us Jimi Hendrix started in the Red Lion so we went off. The door guy radioed another door guy and we got the VIP treatment coming in the side door on their roadie ramp. They waved the cover for us. Made a little section for us by the bar and it was sweet. The guys behind the bar - I'm sorry I can't remember your names guys, they was both real Brooklyn boys, they were making non-alcoholic shots for my brother. And they told the band it was his birthday and they wished him happy birthday and played Foxy Lady for him. And customers were really good around him. One girl asked him to dance and she was taking him around the dance floor. You know they know us in our local - so we know what to expect in the case of Stevie, but these people didn't know us from a hole in the head. And me and my brothers we do appreciate it.

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★★★★★

My baby brother has special needs. He is in a wheelchair with a ventilator attached. For his 22nd birthday we brought him up from Fort Lauderdale to celebrate for the weekend. He loves Jimi Hendrix so we took him to the Red Lion. I gotta say everybody in New York was great - against what they tell you otherwise. But the people who run the Red Lion - even the customers were off the charts. We didn't call ahead like we usually do for my brother. We were just going around and somebody had told us Jimi Hendrix started in the Red Lion so we went off. The door guy radioed another door guy and we got the VIP treatment coming in the side door on their roadie ramp. They waved the cover for us. Made a little section for us by the bar and it was sweet. The guys behind the bar - I'm sorry I can't remember your names guys, they was both real Brooklyn boys, they were making non-alcoholic shots for my brother. And they told the band it was his birthday and they wished him happy birthday and played Foxy Lady for him. And customers were really good around him. One girl asked him to dance and she was taking him around the dance floor. You know they know us in our local - so we know what to expect in the case of Stevie, but these people didn't know us from a hole in the head. And me and my brothers we do appreciate it.

Pros: Friendly, Kindly Staff & Bar Goers

Cons: Not in Florida. Well not the Red Lion We have.

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Myself and a couple off coworkers went out for a few beers after work, we work uptown but were recommened to go to the red lion, We were very dissapointed and will never take anyone's opinion on a good bar again, The two barteners were middle aged men, dont get me wrong im no young lad either but after a long day at the office the last thing i wanna be lookin at is two miserible old men behind the bar moanin about there achs and pains. There was no atmosphere at all even the waitress's had a look off misery on there face, It was depressin. My addvice to the Red Lion is time to upgrade ur staff, maybe if u got some yong guys in with a bit off life in them you would be as busy as your competition in the area.

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★★☆☆☆

Myself and a couple off coworkers went out for a few beers after work, we work uptown but were recommened to go to the red lion, We were very dissapointed and will never take anyone's opinion on a good bar again, The two barteners were middle aged men, dont get me wrong im no young lad either but after a long day at the office the last thing i wanna be lookin at is two miserible old men behind the bar moanin about there achs and pains. There was no atmosphere at all even the waitress's had a look off misery on there face, It was depressin. My addvice to the Red Lion is time to upgrade ur staff, maybe if u got some yong guys in with a bit off life in them you would be as busy as your competition in the area.

Pros: burgurs are pretty good

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I just moved to Greenwich Village, this summer. Bleecker Street to be more specific. Upon helping me move into my apartment, my father who went to college at NYU, went searching for his old stomping grounds. All he could find was the RED LION, to which I met up with him for drinks. My father actually met a singer there who he had known over 20 years ago. That was the first time I ever sat and had a drink with my father in a bar and it will always be our spot now. :) The music is a little loud at night. The food is pub food. But George the bartender is a really honest to goodness NYC bartender. I don't know what my father told him, but everytime I walk in there he yells over the bar, "Hey, It's Charlie's kid!" (My father's name is Charlie.)

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★★★★★

I just moved to Greenwich Village, this summer. Bleecker Street to be more specific. Upon helping me move into my apartment, my father who went to college at NYU, went searching for his old stomping grounds. All he could find was the RED LION, to which I met up with him for drinks. My father actually met a singer there who he had known over 20 years ago. That was the first time I ever sat and had a drink with my father in a bar and it will always be our spot now. :) The music is a little loud at night. The food is pub food. But George the bartender is a really honest to goodness NYC bartender. I don't know what my father told him, but everytime I walk in there he yells over the bar, "Hey, It's Charlie's kid!" (My father's name is Charlie.)

Pros: Right down the block from me.

Cons: The music is too loud to have a real conversation

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I have never ever walked into a bar ever in this whole country and heard Chris Mars playing!!!!! And when I told the bartender he shook his head like he was cool as a tray of ice cubes and told me he done all the music hisself and that Chris Mars was God. Like no Biggie. I told him I just wanted to use the can. (I don't drink no more. Sorry folks.) And he told me take my time: 'This is the longest song Mars ever wrote.')

And you don't even know who Chris Mars is!

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★★★★★

I have never ever walked into a bar ever in this whole country and heard Chris Mars playing!!!!! And when I told the bartender he shook his head like he was cool as a tray of ice cubes and told me he done all the music hisself and that Chris Mars was God. Like no Biggie. I told him I just wanted to use the can. (I don't drink no more. Sorry folks.) And he told me take my time: 'This is the longest song Mars ever wrote.')

And you don't even know who Chris Mars is!

Pros: Best IPOD Music in This City Ever!!!!

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My first trip to NYC, on a drunken hiatus from reality I started drinking in the Red Lion at 5 in the afternoon and did not leave until the lights went on the next day. I wish that sober Sally would have left drunk Sally a note that said mind your purse, glasses and cell phone. When I woke up the next day and realize everything was gone I thought I left it in the cab. But when I went back the next day, George had everything of mine safe behind the bar. And so began my second visitation at the Red Lion. I can't remember the other bartender's name - sorry! But they both really looked out for me, listened to my drunk whining and kept me from jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. Try Heaven's Jamaican Rum Kick. But like George warned me rum kicks are like boobies - one is not enough, three is too many.

2
★★★★★

My first trip to NYC, on a drunken hiatus from reality I started drinking in the Red Lion at 5 in the afternoon and did not leave until the lights went on the next day. I wish that sober Sally would have left drunk Sally a note that said mind your purse, glasses and cell phone. When I woke up the next day and realize everything was gone I thought I left it in the cab. But when I went back the next day, George had everything of mine safe behind the bar. And so began my second visitation at the Red Lion. I can't remember the other bartender's name - sorry! But they both really looked out for me, listened to my drunk whining and kept me from jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. Try Heaven's Jamaican Rum Kick. But like George warned me rum kicks are like boobies - one is not enough, three is too many.

Pros: Live Music until 4 in the morning, George behind the bar

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I've just back into dating pool recently and started internet dating. I was actually supposed to meet my date at the Lion's Den, but walked into the Red Lion by mistake. It was my date's choice. ANd after he was informed that there is no more Lion's Den, he came and met me at the Red Lion. I was didn't know what to expect but the two bartenders George and Brian behind the bar totally put me at ease. I was introduced to several of the regulars and was told: You are Not Alone. My date showed up and though there wasn't any sparks, let's just call him Mr. Mister (inside joke, right back at ya!) - I found my new home base for meeting with internet daters. It's nice to meet up for drinks but I wouldn't want to have a first date meal there at the bar like I did. At least try and woo me. The music is a little loud but entertaining. People are really friendly. It's the one good thing that came out of my date with Mr. Mister.

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★★★★☆

I've just back into dating pool recently and started internet dating. I was actually supposed to meet my date at the Lion's Den, but walked into the Red Lion by mistake. It was my date's choice. ANd after he was informed that there is no more Lion's Den, he came and met me at the Red Lion. I was didn't know what to expect but the two bartenders George and Brian behind the bar totally put me at ease. I was introduced to several of the regulars and was told: You are Not Alone. My date showed up and though there wasn't any sparks, let's just call him Mr. Mister (inside joke, right back at ya!) - I found my new home base for meeting with internet daters. It's nice to meet up for drinks but I wouldn't want to have a first date meal there at the bar like I did. At least try and woo me. The music is a little loud but entertaining. People are really friendly. It's the one good thing that came out of my date with Mr. Mister.

Cons: Music can be loud

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The Red Lion is a great place to spend a casual afternoon or evening with friends. With sports in the day and live music at night, I'm also comfortable going alone. The bar staff is friendly and efficient. George, Joe and the other staff members create a great local pub feel - which is no small feat in this city. I don't hesistate to drag my oldest friends, my newest colleagues and everyone in between to this pub.

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★★★★★

The Red Lion is a great place to spend a casual afternoon or evening with friends. With sports in the day and live music at night, I'm also comfortable going alone. The bar staff is friendly and efficient. George, Joe and the other staff members create a great local pub feel - which is no small feat in this city. I don't hesistate to drag my oldest friends, my newest colleagues and everyone in between to this pub.

Pros: Local pub feel, friendly service

Cons: Can get really crowded on Friday and Saturday nights

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It's been 8 months since I moved to L.A. Last weekend I went back to New York for a visit. I went to NYU and lived in the East Village for ten years. Of course I went to all my usual haunts, but the one that made me feel most at home was the Red Lion. Totally unpretentious,great energy, and a good mix of people. The bartenders were perfect- New York charm, attentive, remained cool under a demanding Friday night crowd. My girlfriends and I sat at the bar and were drinking tequila and beers. Rather, downing quite a few, but between the bartenders, the British soccer players, and some great music, it remained the evening that I am remembering the most. Missing my Manhattan. Thank you Ann, George, and all you there last week that made 10 degrees feel warmer than it ever has.

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★★★★★

It's been 8 months since I moved to L.A. Last weekend I went back to New York for a visit. I went to NYU and lived in the East Village for ten years. Of course I went to all my usual haunts, but the one that made me feel most at home was the Red Lion. Totally unpretentious,great energy, and a good mix of people. The bartenders were perfect- New York charm, attentive, remained cool under a demanding Friday night crowd. My girlfriends and I sat at the bar and were drinking tequila and beers. Rather, downing quite a few, but between the bartenders, the British soccer players, and some great music, it remained the evening that I am remembering the most. Missing my Manhattan. Thank you Ann, George, and all you there last week that made 10 degrees feel warmer than it ever has.

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3 of us from the UK spent 2 nights in NYC, with no prior knowledge we asked the taxi driver to take us to some bars, we ended up here. Unfortunately we had booked elsewhere for the day after (New Years). What a place! Grabbed a table and received excellent service - the second our drinks became empty they were filled again. Thank you excellent barmaid! Several hours later it came time to pay the tab.......and what value! Elsewhere we could have expected to at least double the tab!
What followed was an exceptional evening of dancing which continued until 0330, and we loved every minute of it! Anywhere else I have been in the world I have never been made to feel more welcome by the general public, this really is the place to go! Thank you very much staff, and customers on 12/30 for making our holiday!

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★★★★★

3 of us from the UK spent 2 nights in NYC, with no prior knowledge we asked the taxi driver to take us to some bars, we ended up here. Unfortunately we had booked elsewhere for the day after (New Years). What a place! Grabbed a table and received excellent service - the second our drinks became empty they were filled again. Thank you excellent barmaid! Several hours later it came time to pay the tab.......and what value! Elsewhere we could have expected to at least double the tab!
What followed was an exceptional evening of dancing which continued until 0330, and we loved every minute of it! Anywhere else I have been in the world I have never been made to feel more welcome by the general public, this really is the place to go! Thank you very much staff, and customers on 12/30 for making our holiday!

Pros: Excellent service, good dancing, friendly customers, welcoming!

Cons: I'm not still there!!!!

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I've been attending Red Lion bands off and on since '97. We attended December 17th (2008), Wednesday for the live jazz. Awesome! On your feet sax, drums, trumpet dancing! Wednesday evening shift male bartender was cold, moody, snappy, rude, and extremely arrogant. This coming from a former bartender, in the Village, of the female variety. Politely asked him for water, we had to several times, to which he is one of those bartenders who gives us no recognition, look, or reply out of his personal 'nose in the air' work ethic. Plus, he snapped at us to "f*cking wait." We were shocked. Top shelf scotch. Several rounds of beer. Opened a large tab, and he made it openly certain to several customers--he wasn't happy to be there--patrons annoyed him thoroughly--female bartender was great--but since we made the mistake of opening the tab with him, he was the only downside of the night. Such an awesome bar. Very disappointed with his service and basic demeanor towards people.

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★★★★☆

I've been attending Red Lion bands off and on since '97. We attended December 17th (2008), Wednesday for the live jazz. Awesome! On your feet sax, drums, trumpet dancing! Wednesday evening shift male bartender was cold, moody, snappy, rude, and extremely arrogant. This coming from a former bartender, in the Village, of the female variety. Politely asked him for water, we had to several times, to which he is one of those bartenders who gives us no recognition, look, or reply out of his personal 'nose in the air' work ethic. Plus, he snapped at us to "f*cking wait." We were shocked. Top shelf scotch. Several rounds of beer. Opened a large tab, and he made it openly certain to several customers--he wasn't happy to be there--patrons annoyed him thoroughly--female bartender was great--but since we made the mistake of opening the tab with him, he was the only downside of the night. Such an awesome bar. Very disappointed with his service and basic demeanor towards people.

Pros: Great atmosphere. $6 Tap. Food menu.

Cons: Wednesday evening shift bartender.

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really good cover bands if you are into live music. In the village so if you wanted to go somewhere else there are hundreds of places. The drinks are not that expensive and the bar atmosphere is great. I have been there a lot over my tenure as a New Yorker and I highly recommend for a good time....late nights there rock

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★★★★★

really good cover bands if you are into live music. In the village so if you wanted to go somewhere else there are hundreds of places. The drinks are not that expensive and the bar atmosphere is great. I have been there a lot over my tenure as a New Yorker and I highly recommend for a good time....late nights there rock

Pros: awesome music

Cons: packed at times

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The Red Lion is a fun place for live music. It is small so you are very close to the musicians. With only a $5 cover charge you definitely get your money's worth. Some bands are just OK but others are amazing. You can spend hours here drinking with friends and listening to a wide variety of music.

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The Red Lion is a fun place for live music. It is small so you are very close to the musicians. With only a $5 cover charge you definitely get your money's worth. Some bands are just OK but others are amazing. You can spend hours here drinking with friends and listening to a wide variety of music.

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As Bleecker Street changes, it's nice to have somewhere like the Red Lion. I will say that we prefer to go during the daytime, as during live music nights it can get crowded and uncomfortable--we prefer the daytime English pub feel.

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As Bleecker Street changes, it's nice to have somewhere like the Red Lion. I will say that we prefer to go during the daytime, as during live music nights it can get crowded and uncomfortable--we prefer the daytime English pub feel.

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I've been meaning to do this for three months now. I never even leave these reviews my friend Rachel always does. But - every year the four of us that still ain't married yet take a room at the Ritz Carlton downtown in Battery Park and we see the city like we are tourist and we always crash the Red Lion. We went their 1st because Dawn was dating a drummer in a band that played there and now it is part of our city tour. They are always open! It's live music every night. But this week we was there I seen John Mayer, Katie Couric and the guy from the Weird Science movies all in the same week. Annie and George are the best! They remember us each and every time we come into town. The doorguy is Supercool. Ask for the rum-punch.

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I've been meaning to do this for three months now. I never even leave these reviews my friend Rachel always does. But - every year the four of us that still ain't married yet take a room at the Ritz Carlton downtown in Battery Park and we see the city like we are tourist and we always crash the Red Lion. We went their 1st because Dawn was dating a drummer in a band that played there and now it is part of our city tour. They are always open! It's live music every night. But this week we was there I seen John Mayer, Katie Couric and the guy from the Weird Science movies all in the same week. Annie and George are the best! They remember us each and every time we come into town. The doorguy is Supercool. Ask for the rum-punch.

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I really like the Red Lion, I usually go once a month at least or more to see my favorite band, its a nice venue, nice atmosphere, good drinks (try the choc martini) and the wait staff is friendly and check if you need drinks often., the bands there are awesome, GREAT live music!!

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★★★★★

I really like the Red Lion, I usually go once a month at least or more to see my favorite band, its a nice venue, nice atmosphere, good drinks (try the choc martini) and the wait staff is friendly and check if you need drinks often., the bands there are awesome, GREAT live music!!

Pros: Nice Atmosphere

Cons: None

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my bf and i were lookin for a cool place to drink and listen to live music and after an extensive search on Citysearch, picked Red Lion. We were very pleased -- the two bands were heard were truly talented, the $5 cover being a small price to pay. We had a few drinks, the price was in the normal range for a place like this in a location like this. I usually hate the weekend crowds in bars but would go back to Red Lion on any night of the week.

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★★★★☆

my bf and i were lookin for a cool place to drink and listen to live music and after an extensive search on Citysearch, picked Red Lion. We were very pleased -- the two bands were heard were truly talented, the $5 cover being a small price to pay. We had a few drinks, the price was in the normal range for a place like this in a location like this. I usually hate the weekend crowds in bars but would go back to Red Lion on any night of the week.

Pros: great music

Cons: may get a little crowded - but doesnt every good place?

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friendly, affordable and a little cozymantic.... great date place with very talented musicians... casual

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★★★★★

friendly, affordable and a little cozymantic.... great date place with very talented musicians... casual

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This is one of, if not the best pub I've been to in Manhattan. The drinks are reasonably priced, the bartenders are wonderful, and the live entertainment is great quality. They even do some Bon Jovi on occassion. I have been to this pub on many occassions and several different nights during the week. It's always a great time. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

This is one of, if not the best pub I've been to in Manhattan. The drinks are reasonably priced, the bartenders are wonderful, and the live entertainment is great quality. They even do some Bon Jovi on occassion. I have been to this pub on many occassions and several different nights during the week. It's always a great time. Highly recommended.

Pros: Just about everything.

Cons: Occassionally gets a little crowded.

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Every couple of months or so, my two girlfriends and I take a trek from where we live in Providence into Manhattan. On one particular shopping jaunt we fell into the Red Lion. We were thirsty and hungry and kind of lost. Behind the bar we found one of the nicest bartenders, George. Who not only made us the best bloody mary ever, he gave us great directions and made a resevervation for us at Mario Batalli's resturant Lupa, which is right down the block. Three months later when we returned to the city - the minute we walked in the door George remembered us. The bar itself is so relaxed. And the customers are a mix of locals and tourists. Everyone very respectful and nice. I don't frequent bars in the afternoon time as a practice. But it just felt very natural. Any-woo! The Red Lion is great place to take a breather from the city inbetween Canal Street and Soho. Ask for George. And as the past reviewer stated, try the bloody mary.

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★★★★★

Every couple of months or so, my two girlfriends and I take a trek from where we live in Providence into Manhattan. On one particular shopping jaunt we fell into the Red Lion. We were thirsty and hungry and kind of lost. Behind the bar we found one of the nicest bartenders, George. Who not only made us the best bloody mary ever, he gave us great directions and made a resevervation for us at Mario Batalli's resturant Lupa, which is right down the block. Three months later when we returned to the city - the minute we walked in the door George remembered us. The bar itself is so relaxed. And the customers are a mix of locals and tourists. Everyone very respectful and nice. I don't frequent bars in the afternoon time as a practice. But it just felt very natural. Any-woo! The Red Lion is great place to take a breather from the city inbetween Canal Street and Soho. Ask for George. And as the past reviewer stated, try the bloody mary.

Pros: Very Friendly, relaxed.

Cons: Not in Providence, Rhode Island

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This is the place to catch some football (NFL & soccer) during game-time and some great live music. Famous touring musicians play here occasionally late-night, people you probably wouldn't recognize but are on tour with major acts. Last time was there was the 1st thursday in January around midnight, and we caught a really fun rock band called "Rolling Bones" (ha!). There were a ton of good lookin girls (& guys) there just looking to dance, drink and have some fun. Wound up staying until last call. One of our favorite pubs in all of NYC, no attitudes at all, a variety of friendly patrons both young + old (mostly young at that hour!), the bartender's are fantastic (Annie is wonderful) - and the pub food is very good and you get it quick and hot. If you like pubs, stop what you're doing and go right now!

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★★★★★

This is the place to catch some football (NFL & soccer) during game-time and some great live music. Famous touring musicians play here occasionally late-night, people you probably wouldn't recognize but are on tour with major acts. Last time was there was the 1st thursday in January around midnight, and we caught a really fun rock band called "Rolling Bones" (ha!). There were a ton of good lookin girls (& guys) there just looking to dance, drink and have some fun. Wound up staying until last call. One of our favorite pubs in all of NYC, no attitudes at all, a variety of friendly patrons both young + old (mostly young at that hour!), the bartender's are fantastic (Annie is wonderful) - and the pub food is very good and you get it quick and hot. If you like pubs, stop what you're doing and go right now!

Pros: Friendly bartenders, great live music

Cons: Can get crowded on a sat. night

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Went on a Thursday night with 4 girls. Everyone liked the food, it was tasty pub fare. Beers were cheap, too. The staff was friendly, and the live music was really fun! It's in a great neighborhood to start out the night at and then bar hop.

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★★★★☆

Went on a Thursday night with 4 girls. Everyone liked the food, it was tasty pub fare. Beers were cheap, too. The staff was friendly, and the live music was really fun! It's in a great neighborhood to start out the night at and then bar hop.

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I've only been to Red Lion for drinks.... but always have a good time. It can be a little loud when they have live music (i love to go just to hang out and have conversation...) but the music's always good, so no complaints. plus, the atmosphere is understatedly-posh. maybe even, dare i say, romantic.... :) always very nice bartenders, too.

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I've only been to Red Lion for drinks.... but always have a good time. It can be a little loud when they have live music (i love to go just to hang out and have conversation...) but the music's always good, so no complaints. plus, the atmosphere is understatedly-posh. maybe even, dare i say, romantic.... :) always very nice bartenders, too.

Pros: coolish ambiance; romantic vibe

Cons: a little loud for conversation...

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I had a mighty hangover from the night before. Walking to the groecery store in my hood I saw a sign that said: Homemade Bloody Marys with bacon bits and a Guinness head. I never even heard of bacon in a bloody mary. I went inside and there were three people at the bar already drinking the same thing. The bartender this cool dude named George filled a huge pint glass with Absolute Pepper and tomato juice. He had actual bacon, all crispy and greasy and he broke it in pieces and topped it off with the Guinness. It was unbelievable! Amazing!. I swear to God, by the end of that pint I felt like a brand new man. Honestly the best Bloody Mary I've ever had. If you need to get back on the horse Sunday mornings - George is your man!

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★★★★★

I had a mighty hangover from the night before. Walking to the groecery store in my hood I saw a sign that said: Homemade Bloody Marys with bacon bits and a Guinness head. I never even heard of bacon in a bloody mary. I went inside and there were three people at the bar already drinking the same thing. The bartender this cool dude named George filled a huge pint glass with Absolute Pepper and tomato juice. He had actual bacon, all crispy and greasy and he broke it in pieces and topped it off with the Guinness. It was unbelievable! Amazing!. I swear to God, by the end of that pint I felt like a brand new man. Honestly the best Bloody Mary I've ever had. If you need to get back on the horse Sunday mornings - George is your man!

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I went there on Tuesday night and was surprised to see it being full! Great place to listen to new awesome bands. Great value and good service.

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★★★★☆

I went there on Tuesday night and was surprised to see it being full! Great place to listen to new awesome bands. Great value and good service.

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This was the first place my friend brought to in New York after moving here from Mass. I haven't wanted to be shown any other bar in the area. This place is our regular bar and we are there at least once a week. They have the best bands, best atmosphere, and of course the best bartenders. We absolutely love Ann and George! They make the best drinks and have the best personalities that keep us wanting to come back each week. We wouldn't trade this bar for anyone else!!! George is one of the funniest bartenders we've ever met!! Thanks for all the good times so far!

Love Daughter of Satan and Suzie Q

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★★★★★

This was the first place my friend brought to in New York after moving here from Mass. I haven't wanted to be shown any other bar in the area. This place is our regular bar and we are there at least once a week. They have the best bands, best atmosphere, and of course the best bartenders. We absolutely love Ann and George! They make the best drinks and have the best personalities that keep us wanting to come back each week. We wouldn't trade this bar for anyone else!!! George is one of the funniest bartenders we've ever met!! Thanks for all the good times so far!

Love Daughter of Satan and Suzie Q

Pros: Excellent Staff, Excellent bands, Excellent Service

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If you want a great night out Red Lion is sure not to disapoint.
Great Live Music everytime I have been and lets just say the crowd is HOT.
The interesting thing about this venue is that it seems to appeal to all age groups everyone is there for the same reason- this place is great.
The staff is super friendly and service is prompt and efficient.
If you like having FUN - THIS IS THE BAR FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

If you want a great night out Red Lion is sure not to disapoint.
Great Live Music everytime I have been and lets just say the crowd is HOT.
The interesting thing about this venue is that it seems to appeal to all age groups everyone is there for the same reason- this place is great.
The staff is super friendly and service is prompt and efficient.
If you like having FUN - THIS IS THE BAR FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Great Music, Inexpensive, Great Crowd

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As a self-proclaimed party girl..I must say the red lion is one of my favorite bars to (you guessed it) party at. The vibe is low key but very fun. Good people. Good music. Good chicken caesar salad. My out of towner friends loved it. Jack, the bartender, took great care of us. Great guy..not to mention incredibly attractive. Next time you're there..ask him to make you party juice. For a guaranteed good time in the city..the red lion never lets you down.

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★★★★★

As a self-proclaimed party girl..I must say the red lion is one of my favorite bars to (you guessed it) party at. The vibe is low key but very fun. Good people. Good music. Good chicken caesar salad. My out of towner friends loved it. Jack, the bartender, took great care of us. Great guy..not to mention incredibly attractive. Next time you're there..ask him to make you party juice. For a guaranteed good time in the city..the red lion never lets you down.

Pros: good location, music, service

Cons: can get very crowded

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The Red Lion is the reason I keep coming back to NYC.Quality music,quality company and quality service.Dave,Anne and Joe are the best bartenders in NYC. c u again soon guys. Robbie

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★★★★★

The Red Lion is the reason I keep coming back to NYC.Quality music,quality company and quality service.Dave,Anne and Joe are the best bartenders in NYC. c u again soon guys. Robbie

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Forget all these comments about cover bands. If you are a Brit in New York and want to watch International Rugby, this is the venue. On Sat mornings in Feb and March, by 10am this place is turning away punters willing to pay $20 to get in. Penty of screens, so no matter what corner you get squashed into, you'll see the action. If Americans want to watch 80 mins of sport with only a 5 min interval for TV commercials at half time, and played by athletes for the love of their country, not the love of their wallets, they would do well to sample the atmosphere in here. (This article might offer an explantion to the somewhat startled West Villagers & shoppers who happen to walk past at half-time, when 200 people wearing bightly coloured shirts pop outside for a smoke!)

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★★★★☆

Forget all these comments about cover bands. If you are a Brit in New York and want to watch International Rugby, this is the venue. On Sat mornings in Feb and March, by 10am this place is turning away punters willing to pay $20 to get in. Penty of screens, so no matter what corner you get squashed into, you'll see the action. If Americans want to watch 80 mins of sport with only a 5 min interval for TV commercials at half time, and played by athletes for the love of their country, not the love of their wallets, they would do well to sample the atmosphere in here. (This article might offer an explantion to the somewhat startled West Villagers & shoppers who happen to walk past at half-time, when 200 people wearing bightly coloured shirts pop outside for a smoke!)

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Hey just wanted to clarify - there has been a cover charge every time I have gone to Red Lion, but only about $5. That said, the bands are great and the drinks are cheap. The crowd is a good mix, so all always feel welcome. One warning - you may have to save your conversations for in between songs, because some of the bands can get a little loud! All in all though, a great place.

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★★★★★

Hey just wanted to clarify - there has been a cover charge every time I have gone to Red Lion, but only about $5. That said, the bands are great and the drinks are cheap. The crowd is a good mix, so all always feel welcome. One warning - you may have to save your conversations for in between songs, because some of the bands can get a little loud! All in all though, a great place.

Pros: music, atmosphere, crowd

Cons: cover charge

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For a Wednesday night you can't ask for a better night out. The first time I went there I was on my own and I felt like I was with fiends. Not rammed out with people so great fast service and full of great looking girls. They have live bands every night. No cover charge to get in and the bad playing (Guss and the Allstars)
FANTASTIC. Do yourself a favour, if you're close by go there!!

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★★★★★

For a Wednesday night you can't ask for a better night out. The first time I went there I was on my own and I felt like I was with fiends. Not rammed out with people so great fast service and full of great looking girls. They have live bands every night. No cover charge to get in and the bad playing (Guss and the Allstars)
FANTASTIC. Do yourself a favour, if you're close by go there!!

Pros: Friendly staff, Great looking girls, not over pricey

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5 dollar cover to get in on a Sat nite isn't bad for a band that was pretty strong. Played lot of U2, Floyd, some Zep. Pint were about 6 bucks. The place drew an NYU type crowd....and I guess with good reason, it's somewhat close.

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★★★★☆

5 dollar cover to get in on a Sat nite isn't bad for a band that was pretty strong. Played lot of U2, Floyd, some Zep. Pint were about 6 bucks. The place drew an NYU type crowd....and I guess with good reason, it's somewhat close.

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I live in Chicago, but due to work, I'm in New York City two weekends out of every month. One night I fell into the Red Lion for dinner and a beer and having been going back ever since. They have live music everynight of the week till four in the morning. There's this band called the Mike Tate Band. I've heard them three or four times now. They do a cover of Cold Play's Yellow that is fantastic. The Cheesesteak sandwich is the best. And they serve Hogarten Beer. You can't ask for more. And it doesn't hurt that the girl behind the bar is a knockout. If you go in tell Ann, Jack from Chi-town send you.

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★★★★★

I live in Chicago, but due to work, I'm in New York City two weekends out of every month. One night I fell into the Red Lion for dinner and a beer and having been going back ever since. They have live music everynight of the week till four in the morning. There's this band called the Mike Tate Band. I've heard them three or four times now. They do a cover of Cold Play's Yellow that is fantastic. The Cheesesteak sandwich is the best. And they serve Hogarten Beer. You can't ask for more. And it doesn't hurt that the girl behind the bar is a knockout. If you go in tell Ann, Jack from Chi-town send you.

Pros: mixed crowd, Ann the bartender, live music

Cons: , there none in Chicago

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Red Lion is probably one of my favorite places to just go, unwind, have drinks, eat, AND listen to great live music. Its an Irish Pub in the heart of the Village. The bartenders are very friendly, even the manager/owner comes out and makes sure everyone's having a good time. You can sit at the bar, or get a table and theres plenty of room, and when the weather is good, you can sit outside as well. The live music is actually a great plus. I would definitely recommend this place. Some european soccer buffs may want to come around here during the weekends, cause they also serve as a sports bar showing Man Utd games.

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★★★★★

Red Lion is probably one of my favorite places to just go, unwind, have drinks, eat, AND listen to great live music. Its an Irish Pub in the heart of the Village. The bartenders are very friendly, even the manager/owner comes out and makes sure everyone's having a good time. You can sit at the bar, or get a table and theres plenty of room, and when the weather is good, you can sit outside as well. The live music is actually a great plus. I would definitely recommend this place. Some european soccer buffs may want to come around here during the weekends, cause they also serve as a sports bar showing Man Utd games.

Pros: Great Service, Great Music, Great Food

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I absolutely love this place. They always have great music, their live bands are up and coming artist that can bare the title stars. I regularly go to see Surrey Lane (Rock band) and to see some of their blues bands. Sorry i don't recall their names. But over all a great place to hang out with friends, drink and eat some finger food. The people that go their are the friendly type, no aristicratic types here.

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★★★★☆

I absolutely love this place. They always have great music, their live bands are up and coming artist that can bare the title stars. I regularly go to see Surrey Lane (Rock band) and to see some of their blues bands. Sorry i don't recall their names. But over all a great place to hang out with friends, drink and eat some finger food. The people that go their are the friendly type, no aristicratic types here.

Pros: Live Music, Inexpensive, Original Bands

Cons: Food is just okay.

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If the band is good, this is the best bar in NY.

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★★★★★

If the band is good, this is the best bar in NY.

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Pretty cool place. Food is good, service varies but is pretty good most of the time. Some good musicians play there. Would like to see Greg Aulden, Mike Tate and Carlos Trapp more often.

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★★★★☆

Pretty cool place. Food is good, service varies but is pretty good most of the time. Some good musicians play there. Would like to see Greg Aulden, Mike Tate and Carlos Trapp more often.

Pros: music

Cons: too smokey

 

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