Prohibition

★★★★☆
  • 503 Columbus Ave

    New York, NY 10024

    Cross street: nr. 84th St.

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  • 212-579-3100

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I've lived on the Upper West Side for many years but have never experienced the awfulnesss of Prohibition. The busboy kept touching me inappropriately and when I complained I was yelled at. The "manager" who yelled at me cursed at me and

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★★★★★

I've lived on the Upper West Side for many years but have never experienced the awfulnesss of Prohibition. The busboy kept touching me inappropriately and when I complained I was yelled at. The "manager" who yelled at me cursed at me and

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THIS BAR IS TERRIBLE. HORRIBLE COVER BANDS. HORRIBLE SERVICE. BAD CROWD! NEVER go here... you will be very dissapointed

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★★★★★

THIS BAR IS TERRIBLE. HORRIBLE COVER BANDS. HORRIBLE SERVICE. BAD CROWD! NEVER go here... you will be very dissapointed

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I heard this was a hot spot but what I saw a lot more of were BALD spots. It was definitely a hang out for an older crowd. I had a good time and everyone was friendly, but it wasnt really what I was looking for.

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★★★☆☆

I heard this was a hot spot but what I saw a lot more of were BALD spots. It was definitely a hang out for an older crowd. I had a good time and everyone was friendly, but it wasnt really what I was looking for.

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I usually don't hang out onthe upper west side, but i would go back to this bar.
It has a good vibe, drinks weren't really expensive, and the people were cool.
I would go back.

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★★★★★

I usually don't hang out onthe upper west side, but i would go back to this bar.
It has a good vibe, drinks weren't really expensive, and the people were cool.
I would go back.

Pros: good vibe

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I met friends here for a drink one evening. The decor is fun but the place was packed. Not surprising as most bars are. The ambiance was good but I prefer a less crowded atmosphere. Would like to go back at a non-happy hour time.

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★★★☆☆

I met friends here for a drink one evening. The decor is fun but the place was packed. Not surprising as most bars are. The ambiance was good but I prefer a less crowded atmosphere. Would like to go back at a non-happy hour time.

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I went here with a friend since he told me the place was awesome. First thing, its overcrowded. When we got there we were stuck for about 2 minutes and could not move, it was pretty crazy. Second, I'm a young guy but the place was full of alot and I mean alot of "older" people. I saw dudes with full blown gray hair all over the place. Not saying old people can't have fun but man this place was ridiculous. The music was all eighties rock and I didn't enjoy it (they only played one rap song throughout the whole night). My biggest gripe with this place was the crowd.....WASP central, I was the only minority there (well, there was 1 asian chick) and felt extremely out of place, it was incredibly obvious. I can picture this place being appealing to older white people, but for a young minority it just wasn't cool. If you are below 25, minority and don't like 80's rock, then avoid at all costs, you will not enjoy yourself there. On the other hand, if you are 27+ and enjoy dancing to old school rock with other people, then I personally think you would enjoy this place. For me, it just wasn't diverse enough based on what my friend told me.

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★★★☆☆

I went here with a friend since he told me the place was awesome. First thing, its overcrowded. When we got there we were stuck for about 2 minutes and could not move, it was pretty crazy. Second, I'm a young guy but the place was full of alot and I mean alot of "older" people. I saw dudes with full blown gray hair all over the place. Not saying old people can't have fun but man this place was ridiculous. The music was all eighties rock and I didn't enjoy it (they only played one rap song throughout the whole night). My biggest gripe with this place was the crowd.....WASP central, I was the only minority there (well, there was 1 asian chick) and felt extremely out of place, it was incredibly obvious. I can picture this place being appealing to older white people, but for a young minority it just wasn't cool. If you are below 25, minority and don't like 80's rock, then avoid at all costs, you will not enjoy yourself there. On the other hand, if you are 27+ and enjoy dancing to old school rock with other people, then I personally think you would enjoy this place. For me, it just wasn't diverse enough based on what my friend told me.

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I went here last weekend with my friends and had the best time! it was one of my friends bday's and we were very happy with this place. The women were unreal and the drinks were very reasonable. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing as well. We're definitely going back very soon!

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★★★★★

I went here last weekend with my friends and had the best time! it was one of my friends bday's and we were very happy with this place. The women were unreal and the drinks were very reasonable. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing as well. We're definitely going back very soon!

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I recently went to Prohibition for a nice night out, and I must say, I was NOT dissapointed!! The music was phenominal, and the bartenders know how to service! We are definitely coming back to Prohibition often. Since there is no cover charge, we could spend more on drinks! :)

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★★★★★

I recently went to Prohibition for a nice night out, and I must say, I was NOT dissapointed!! The music was phenominal, and the bartenders know how to service! We are definitely coming back to Prohibition often. Since there is no cover charge, we could spend more on drinks! :)

Pros: EVERYTHING

Cons: none

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Went there on a Saturday night for a little girls night out. It was such a nice escape from the frat boy scene on the Upper East Side. The band was GREAT ( The Gilfords) and really got the crowed dancing. I usually prefer a DJ but with song after song, they continued to keep everyone singing and dancing.

The crowed seemed a little older (late 20?s early 30?s) and totally not B&T. (Which is always nice.) The staff was great and I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to let their hair down, get some drinks and sing along with the band,

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★★★★☆

Went there on a Saturday night for a little girls night out. It was such a nice escape from the frat boy scene on the Upper East Side. The band was GREAT ( The Gilfords) and really got the crowed dancing. I usually prefer a DJ but with song after song, they continued to keep everyone singing and dancing.

The crowed seemed a little older (late 20?s early 30?s) and totally not B&T. (Which is always nice.) The staff was great and I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to let their hair down, get some drinks and sing along with the band,

Pros: Great crowed, friendly staff, great band

Cons: crowded but the back by the pool table offered a nice escape

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This place could be a really good, vibey, relaxing hangout if it weren't for their idiotic rules. They wouldn't let us sit down at a table because we weren't ordering food, even though there were 15 free tables at 11.30pm at night. As if 15 tables are going to walk in and order food at 11.30! But the "hostess" couldn't think for herself - those were her instructions and she stuck to them like dog poo to a shoe. And the guy at the front insisted on carding my friend from overseas who is 37 years old. He didn't have US ID, so he had to go all the way back to his hotel and get a passport. He could clearly see that my friend was over 21, but he couldn't think for himself - he just asked everyone for ID and that was his programmed grunt.

So we ended up standing. That would have been fine had we been allowed to just stand there. But no, even that wasn't possible - the servers had "rules" that you couldn't stand in places that got in their way as they moved through the tables. So we couldn't sit down (15 empty tables), we couldn't stand where we could see the band (in the servers way), and we had been treated by children by the guy at the front door.

My friend and I eventually just left after 1 beer because we were so annoyed.

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★★☆☆☆

This place could be a really good, vibey, relaxing hangout if it weren't for their idiotic rules. They wouldn't let us sit down at a table because we weren't ordering food, even though there were 15 free tables at 11.30pm at night. As if 15 tables are going to walk in and order food at 11.30! But the "hostess" couldn't think for herself - those were her instructions and she stuck to them like dog poo to a shoe. And the guy at the front insisted on carding my friend from overseas who is 37 years old. He didn't have US ID, so he had to go all the way back to his hotel and get a passport. He could clearly see that my friend was over 21, but he couldn't think for himself - he just asked everyone for ID and that was his programmed grunt.

So we ended up standing. That would have been fine had we been allowed to just stand there. But no, even that wasn't possible - the servers had "rules" that you couldn't stand in places that got in their way as they moved through the tables. So we couldn't sit down (15 empty tables), we couldn't stand where we could see the band (in the servers way), and we had been treated by children by the guy at the front door.

My friend and I eventually just left after 1 beer because we were so annoyed.

Pros: Great band, Cool decor, Nice variety of outdoor & indoor space

Cons: Petty rules, nowhere to sit or stand

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So, a friend and I went there a few weeks back to grab ONE drink on a Wednesday night. Turns out, the band was really great, the crowd was fun, the owner was so nice and social and one drink turned into several. Eventhough waking up for work the next morning was not fun, the causal Wednesday night turned out to be a blast! Definitely come check it out- fun music, dancing, drinking, and people. Who knew!?!?!?

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★★★★★

So, a friend and I went there a few weeks back to grab ONE drink on a Wednesday night. Turns out, the band was really great, the crowd was fun, the owner was so nice and social and one drink turned into several. Eventhough waking up for work the next morning was not fun, the causal Wednesday night turned out to be a blast! Definitely come check it out- fun music, dancing, drinking, and people. Who knew!?!?!?

Pros: Great Music and Crowd

Cons: Can be too loud if you are looking for a place to have a deep conversation.

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A cool name, hip crowd, reasonable drink prices, and live music ... what more could you ask for? First off, more space because the place was very crowded and secondly more staff as they looked severely understaffed to handle such a large crowd of folks. Other than that, this is a neat place to hop to on the upper west side.

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★★★★☆

A cool name, hip crowd, reasonable drink prices, and live music ... what more could you ask for? First off, more space because the place was very crowded and secondly more staff as they looked severely understaffed to handle such a large crowd of folks. Other than that, this is a neat place to hop to on the upper west side.

Pros: Value, Drinks, Music

Cons: Crowded, Small

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The hipster manager should realize that his patrons are not college students, and the bands don't have to blast out the venue. You have to yell to the person 6 inches away from you to talk.

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★★☆☆☆

The hipster manager should realize that his patrons are not college students, and the bands don't have to blast out the venue. You have to yell to the person 6 inches away from you to talk.

Pros: Service

Cons: Pricey

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Not a bad spot to have dinner and listen to live music. They have a band every night of the week that goes on around 10 and no cover. Beer selection is limited and pricey, most cost $6 or $7 even for domestic, but that is probably to offset the lack of cover. There is a backroom with a pool table and some tv's. Bathrooms are located in the basement right by the kitchen, which is a little weird. It draws a late 20's to mid 30's type crowd. Overall, good for an hour or two to stay and hear the band but not a place where you'd want to spend the entire night.

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★★★★☆

Not a bad spot to have dinner and listen to live music. They have a band every night of the week that goes on around 10 and no cover. Beer selection is limited and pricey, most cost $6 or $7 even for domestic, but that is probably to offset the lack of cover. There is a backroom with a pool table and some tv's. Bathrooms are located in the basement right by the kitchen, which is a little weird. It draws a late 20's to mid 30's type crowd. Overall, good for an hour or two to stay and hear the band but not a place where you'd want to spend the entire night.

Pros: Music

Cons: Lack of beer selectio

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I arranged to meet some friends here so we could find another place to party Friday night but we ended up staying. The music was good but don't expect to have a conversation while the band is playing - it's too loud. It was very crowded but it was a good mixed crowd which I like. While the band was on, it was really packed, but after the show they had a dj who was great and a good number of people left when the band got off the stage so you could actually dance. I had a great time and the doorman is fun and friendly. The only gripe is that my dirty martinis weren't quite as good as I am used to. I would definitely hang out here again, I'd just order a drink that's easier to make.

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★★★★★

I arranged to meet some friends here so we could find another place to party Friday night but we ended up staying. The music was good but don't expect to have a conversation while the band is playing - it's too loud. It was very crowded but it was a good mixed crowd which I like. While the band was on, it was really packed, but after the show they had a dj who was great and a good number of people left when the band got off the stage so you could actually dance. I had a great time and the doorman is fun and friendly. The only gripe is that my dirty martinis weren't quite as good as I am used to. I would definitely hang out here again, I'd just order a drink that's easier to make.

Pros: good band, mixed crowd, good dj and dancing

Cons: not so good martinis

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Recently arrived in the Upper West side, I have walked by Prohibition countless times and been tempted by the glowing warmth of its green apple walls and the flickering gold of the myriad candles within. My husband and I wandered in one night for a drink and found ourselves in the midst of a party that began in the '60s, jived through the 70's, hit the high notes in the 80's and kept on going till we were all on our feet and belting out songs we hadn't heard or sang out loud in public for a while. The band was awesome - so awesome that we ended up going there for new year's eve and loving every minute of it. Keep on rocking - we'll be making our way over there as often as we can to savor the cocktails and snatch back the soundtrack of our younger days.

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★★★★★

Recently arrived in the Upper West side, I have walked by Prohibition countless times and been tempted by the glowing warmth of its green apple walls and the flickering gold of the myriad candles within. My husband and I wandered in one night for a drink and found ourselves in the midst of a party that began in the '60s, jived through the 70's, hit the high notes in the 80's and kept on going till we were all on our feet and belting out songs we hadn't heard or sang out loud in public for a while. The band was awesome - so awesome that we ended up going there for new year's eve and loving every minute of it. Keep on rocking - we'll be making our way over there as often as we can to savor the cocktails and snatch back the soundtrack of our younger days.

Pros: Music, Atmosphere, Cocktails

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After waiting for more than 10 minutes for a pint of Guinness, the bar tender was kind enough to explain to my friend (who is from Ireland) and myself why it was taking so long even though I have never waited so long for a Guinness in my life. Then we tried to sit outside but were told we needed to buy food, so we moved inside to a table in the back, where after sitting comfortably for 20 minutes we were told by the unattentive cocktail waitress that we shouldn't be sitting there unless we were ordering from her. The staff was so irritating, the live music didn't even make up for it.

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★☆☆☆☆

After waiting for more than 10 minutes for a pint of Guinness, the bar tender was kind enough to explain to my friend (who is from Ireland) and myself why it was taking so long even though I have never waited so long for a Guinness in my life. Then we tried to sit outside but were told we needed to buy food, so we moved inside to a table in the back, where after sitting comfortably for 20 minutes we were told by the unattentive cocktail waitress that we shouldn't be sitting there unless we were ordering from her. The staff was so irritating, the live music didn't even make up for it.

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Was there last weekend for a party. Had to wait in a 3 person deep line, which was pointless. The front of the place get jammed so move to the far end of the bar or the area upstairs to actually move around.

This place has some damn good live music with no cover charge. You draw the typical yupper upper crowd though....and it is a treck from downtown

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★★★★☆

Was there last weekend for a party. Had to wait in a 3 person deep line, which was pointless. The front of the place get jammed so move to the far end of the bar or the area upstairs to actually move around.

This place has some damn good live music with no cover charge. You draw the typical yupper upper crowd though....and it is a treck from downtown

Pros: Parking!

Cons: Yups

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Prohibition rocks! The people here are cool and the atmosphere is down lo' easy...not to mention the music which is solid. The bartenders on the weekend are cute and good at what they do and the pool room is crowded but elegant, not grungy. Classy place

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★★★★★

Prohibition rocks! The people here are cool and the atmosphere is down lo' easy...not to mention the music which is solid. The bartenders on the weekend are cute and good at what they do and the pool room is crowded but elegant, not grungy. Classy place

Pros: free music, never too packed, no cover

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I'd been to Prohibition in the past and the atmosphere is great and one of the few places on the UWS to see music. But what a great experience I had last Saturday afternoon. I had 12 college friends in town and we needed a place to go, and I suggested here. I called to make sure they had food, and asked about the back room. When I got there, they had reserved it for us and given us our own waitress Allison, who was an angel. Great food, pool table, etc. I looked like the king of NY.

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★★★★★

I'd been to Prohibition in the past and the atmosphere is great and one of the few places on the UWS to see music. But what a great experience I had last Saturday afternoon. I had 12 college friends in town and we needed a place to go, and I suggested here. I called to make sure they had food, and asked about the back room. When I got there, they had reserved it for us and given us our own waitress Allison, who was an angel. Great food, pool table, etc. I looked like the king of NY.

Pros: music (no cover), back room, tasty pizza

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The food was excellent and so were the drinks. We had a slight problem when our food took about 45 minutes to come out. But our waitress was great and on top of everything. She informed us that the kitchen had just been slammed by a big party. We have been in the restaurant business, so we understood. But the manager came over and apologized and comp'd our drinks (~$40). We will definitely go back just because of that.
Also, a local band plays some good music for free. Where else can you see that.

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★★★★☆

The food was excellent and so were the drinks. We had a slight problem when our food took about 45 minutes to come out. But our waitress was great and on top of everything. She informed us that the kitchen had just been slammed by a big party. We have been in the restaurant business, so we understood. But the manager came over and apologized and comp'd our drinks (~$40). We will definitely go back just because of that.
Also, a local band plays some good music for free. Where else can you see that.

Pros: Great Food, Inexpensive, Free Music

Cons: Cramped, Crowded

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cool decor, fancy drinks without paying $13 each for them... not *too* swanky, but nice enough that you can impress your friends/date/whoever.
great place for hang out with a group of friends when you want to be a bit more civilized...

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★★★★★

cool decor, fancy drinks without paying $13 each for them... not *too* swanky, but nice enough that you can impress your friends/date/whoever.
great place for hang out with a group of friends when you want to be a bit more civilized...

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Yada yada... crowds and cheese clientele? Stay on the UES if you want 40K beer selections. We drink Martinis and Cosmos up here. Prohibition is a holdout. One of the last places that offer great drinks, good apps and terrific FREE (yes, I said FREE) music nightly. Something the UES dorks don't even know about!

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★★★★★

Yada yada... crowds and cheese clientele? Stay on the UES if you want 40K beer selections. We drink Martinis and Cosmos up here. Prohibition is a holdout. One of the last places that offer great drinks, good apps and terrific FREE (yes, I said FREE) music nightly. Something the UES dorks don't even know about!

 

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