Martin Gordon, MBA Class of 2014
One of the first things any freshly-LAUNCHed™, wide-eyed MBA1 is going to need is a drink. The Oppy Bar Guide will help you navigate the myriad drinking options available near campus.

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THE STANDARDS

There’s a good chance you will find at least one Sternie at these bars at any given moment. These are the Stern standards, which you’ll end up getting to know very well (for better or worse).

West 3rd Common
3rd St between Mercer and Broadway
http://www.west3rdcommon.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/west-3rd-common-new-york
Plenty of space for large groups, friendly staff, and happy hour ($4 drafts/$5 drinks and wine) make for an excellent combination. The food isn’t half-bad either and service is fast, making West 3rd the perfect place to grab a quick bite and a beer before a corporate presentation or 6 PM class.

The Half Pint
Corner of 3rd St and Thompson
http://www.thehalfpint.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-half-pint-new-york

Half Pint is more restaurant than bar and seating large groups can be a bit tough here. Still, it’s close to school and both the beer towers and bottle selection will leave everyone satisfied.

Amity Hall
3rd St between Thompson and Sullivan
http://www.amityhallnyc.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/amity-hall-new-york

The upstairs section of Amity Hall has an extensive draft list and is large enough to hold a block or two, making Amity a popular post-Beer Blast spot. Every time I’ve been relegated to the downstairs bar I’ve left disappointed.

A LITTLE FURTHER AWAY

Houston Hall
W Houston St between 6th and 7th Ave
http://www.houstonhallny.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/houston-hall-new-york

Giant beer hall that’s great for large groups. The high ceilings and large, open layout make it feel like you’re outside. They can accommodate any size liver – their beers come in 8, 16 and 32 oz sizes.

McSorley’s Old Ale House
7th St between 2nd and 3rd Ave
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mcsorleys-old-ale-house-new-york

There’s a lot of history in this place. Open since the mid-1800s, the oldest bar in New York City caters to the indecisive: the only drinks you can choose from are light and dark beer.

Fat Cat
Christopher St between W 4th St and Bleecker
http://www.fatcatmusic.org/music1.html
http://www.yelp.com/biz/fat-cat-new-york-2

If you’re looking for something to do to take your mind off school and recruiting while enjoying a tasty beverage (NB: beer and wine only), Fat Cat has what you need: ping pong, pool, shuffle board, foosball and live music.

THE SECOND-STRINGERS

B-Bar
Corner of Bowery and 4th St
http://www.bbarandgrill.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/b-bar-and-grill-new-york

As the bar closest to school with significant outdoor seating, B-Bar is Stern’s favorite fair-weather bar. The staff can be a little uptight about combining tables, and despite the name, is more restaurant than bar, but on a sunny afternoon, it sure beats sitting in a dark dive.

Three Sheets Saloon
3rd St between MacDougal and 6th Ave
http://www.nycbestbar.com/3SheetsSaloon/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/3-sheets-saloon-new-york

Your typical sports bar with cheap shots and beer pong. Its sister bar in the East Village, The 13th Step (2nd Ave between 9th and 10th), is pretty much the same. Note that they do get real undergrad-y on Thursday and weekend nights (I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether that’s a good thing or bad thing).

CRAFT BEER PARADISE

Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen
Corner of 5th St and 2nd Ave
http://coopersnyc.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cooper-craft-and-kitchen-new-york

Peculier Pub
Corner of Bleecker and Laguardia
http://www.peculierpub.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/peculier-pub-new-york

Swift Hibernian Lounge
4th St between Lafayette and Bowery
http://www.swiftnycbar.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/swift-new-york

PURVEYORS OF FINE ADULT BEVERAGES

Please Don’t Tell
St. Marks betweens 1st Avenue and Avenue A. Enter through the secret door.
http://pdtnyc.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/please-dont-tell-new-york-2

Wise Men
Bowery between 3rd and 4th St
http://www.wisemennyc.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/wise-men-new-york-3

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