Thursday, June 30, 2005

Rudy's Bar and Grill

Rudy's Bar and Grill
627 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036-3702
(212) 974-9169
Btw. 44th Street and 45th Street

Rudy's Bar and Grill has been around for the Hell's Kitchen (or "Clinton" or whatever its called now) gentrification, but has kept much its same character. There are regular drunks, after work yuppies, college kids, and folks who are nursing their beers while eating free hot dogs and popcorn.Insides a bit of a smaller space with 5 booths (2 round) and a long bar (the end of which has a newfangled electronic jukebox). There is an outside for smoking and drinking, which is pretty spacious, but like all outsides in NYC, closes around 11:30/12 or so. The beer is cheap, the liquor is moderate with a pitcher of American going for $8 a pint for $3 and a Wild Turkey for $5.50. The hot dogs are pretty good (just ask) and the bartenders will hand them out or giving out popcorn (though I hear sometimes they give patrons wait). Thanks to gentrification it's more of a faux-dive, its still a fine place to hit up when you're hard up with free dogs nd cheap beer.

Decor (4/5) - Grime and taped up seats make the decor pretty crappy - which ranks high in a dive bar site

Crowd (4/5) - Mixed, many a group of people come here, but after some drinks inter-mingling occurs. All types show up.

Drinks (4/5) - The beer is cheap, but the liquor is a bit more

Dive Factor (4/5) - If the clientele were more down, and the bartenders surlier, this would be a true dive but alas, happy faces and neighborhood gentrification has made this a destination for transplants who want to go to a dive.




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