Idle Hands Bar

Idle Hands Bar

(Now Closed)
25 Avenue B (at E 3rd St.), New York, NY 10009, United States
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wi-Fi:
Free
Outdoor Seating:
No

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  • AskMen

    Bourbon/beer/rock spot Idle Hands Bar is set to open any day now in a basement under Billy Hurricane's. Doing the devil's work are approximately 70 bourbons plus a beer list. Read more

    AskMen · August 19, 2010
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  • Rev C.

    twitter.com/IdleHandsBar Read more

    Rev Ciancio · April 15, 2010
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  • Rev C.

    Love bourbon and beer? Sign up for a lesson and tasting w distillery / brewery representatives! http://idlehandsbar.com/blog/150-learning-to-beer-and-bourbon-classes

    Rev Ciancio · February 27, 2011
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  • Houston Texans

    Cheer on the Houston Texans here if you're a displaced fan in NYC.

    Houston Texans · March 20, 2012
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  • Simon & Schuster

    A favorite of Steve Seabury, author of Mosh Potatoes heavy metal cookbook. It’s a heavy metal speak easy that has a great selection of craft beers, and an outrageous selection of bourbon and whiskey. Read more

    Simon & Schuster · January 3, 2011
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  • Kristi E.

    Great bourbon, whiskey and rock & roll bar underneath Billy Hurricane's. The bartender Wyatt is one of the nicest around.

    Kristi Evans · November 10, 2010
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  • Gilt City

    Bourbon and beer are treated almost as objects of religious devotion here. Indeed, the bar’s resident “sommelier” is named Rev. Ciancio. (A must-drink: the Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA.)

    Gilt City · September 19, 2011
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  • Matt S.

    Best Happy Hour in the area. 2 for 1 until 9pm.

    Matt Saffer · May 28, 2011
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  • MeOn C.

    $2 Jameson Shots, $2 NYC Lager Drafts, $4 craft drafts & well drinks

    MeOn Cheese · March 6, 2012
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  • Jessica P.

    Get a shot of Cinerator!! Just ask Rob!!

    Jessica Partington · June 19, 2013
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  • Stephanie M.

    Just about the best American Whiskey collection in the city. The boys behind the bar know a thing or 1000 about beer and it's a great place to watch the big game.

    Stephanie Moreno · January 22, 2012
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  • Rev C.

    Try the Potato Corn Cake - W turkey, pulled pork, onion, garlic, jalapeño in a red pepper garlic sauce from Yummy Eats.

    Rev Ciancio · November 23, 2011
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  • Jayson L.

    If you like great beer, bourbon & rock you've come home...PS-tickle Rob's jumblies

    Jayson Lauden · June 27, 2010
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  • Ash B.

    Both upstairs and downstairs now, this place is amazing!

    Ash Bond · November 10, 2013
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  • Ash B.

    Great little bar in the east village. If Rob is behind the bar, order a "watermelon smash" my fave drink ever!

    Ash Bond · July 20, 2011
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  • Kodi M.

    Post-Hurricane Sandy, these crazies added Cheerwine to the soda gun. Only bar in NYC to do it.

    Kodi McKinney · November 4, 2012
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  • Raphael P.

    If the line to the bathroom is long go upstairs to Billy Hurricanes, there are four bathrooms and they are usually empty.

    Raphael Pinsker · April 26, 2012
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  • Scoutmob

    The posters along the hallway leading down to Idle Hands Bar in the East Village were all donated by their earliest customers. The posters downstairs are from the owners' personal collections.

    Scoutmob · November 28, 2011
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  • Thrash Hits

    Insanely good craft beer selection with great music. They have bourbons that even *we* hadn't drunk before. Obviously, we fixed that by drinking EVERYTHING. Also, Bill Murray themed evenings FTW! Read more

    Thrash Hits · May 23, 2011
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  • Lindsay K.

    Undergrounded.

    Lindsay Kaplan · November 8, 2010
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  • ben m.

    Great whiskey & craft beer spot with a metal edge. Plus, it's run by great folks. Check out events like the Iron Maiden beer release or a beer & burger pairing to songs from Appetite for Destruction.

    ben m · August 15, 2014
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  • Joshua N.

    Whiskey lovers unite! Check in here and show the bartender for a complimentary shot. Give the He'brew beer a try if you're feeling adventurous.

    Joshua Ness · November 15, 2011
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  • Sam H.

    Free shot of Powers with every check-in? Yes, please.

    Sam H · September 1, 2011
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  • Brew York

    Recently expanded to two floors and a kitchen, this spot delivers on its newly-edited promise: Bourbon. Beer. Food. Rock.

    Brew York · November 25, 2013
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  • Stephen R.

    Best whiskey bar in town. A friendly vibe with TVs for sports fans, and single barrel rare vintage for everyone else. Kick back and enjoy.

    Stephen Ruiz · November 21, 2013
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  • Tara A.

    Order food from Station B upstairs. They'll bring it to you in Idle Hands bar itself.

    Tara A. · June 30, 2013
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  • Jenn T.

    Maiden /Smuttynose beer pairing

    Jenn Triquet · May 16, 2012
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  • Francisco D.

    They play Metal here, LOVE it!

    Francisco Duarte · March 15, 2012
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  • Sarah S.

    Love the burgers from That Burger Tent upstairs. Idle Hands has fun events every week - from tastings, pairings and deals on beer passports.

    Sarah Shaker · February 15, 2012
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  • NearSay NYC

    Comfortable bar with a rock 'n roll twist. We highly recommend the bourbon and beer tastings.

    NearSay NYC · January 18, 2012
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  • Nicole V.

    Rob = best bartender ever

    Nicole Valles · January 4, 2012
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  • Ray L.

    Emo night DJ set on the first Thursday of every month! "Here, you can be anything. I think that scares you...."

    Ray Lin · November 7, 2014
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  • Theresa T 💞

    Excellent food

    Theresa T 💞 · August 9, 2014
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  • Nicole V.

    You can be an attractive female and come here alone without being harassed by a bunch of d-bags. In my experience, anyways.

    Nicole Valles · June 11, 2014
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  • Tara L.

    CheeZeburgers upstairZ

    Tara Landman · December 14, 2013
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  • Nazary N.

    The tater tots are out of this world

    Nazary Nebeluk · September 19, 2013
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  • Rev C.

    Purchase a Get Real Craft Beer Passport for $30 and get 39 beers at 39 bars from 7/31/13 to 9/3/13 including @IdleHandsBar http://bit.ly/beerpass

    Rev Ciancio · July 1, 2013
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  • Tom O.

    Great bourbon selection at quite reasonable prices, considering this is NYC. Finally tasted the 2012 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch here.... Amazing bourbon!

    Tom Osypian · June 9, 2013
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  • Deep G.

    Highly recommend the bacon tator tots on the menu. Bacon + Tator Tots = pure genius.

    Deep Gujral · March 9, 2013
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  • Thor E.

    Great beer and whiskey selection, especially for the $

    Thor Ernstsson · March 9, 2013
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  • Playmysong

    Download the Playmysong app for your mobile phone and choose the Idle Hands Bar jukebox... then start selecting the music you want to hear!

    Playmysong · February 20, 2013
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  • Tony E.

    Marc & Rev are the shit!

    Tony Edwards · September 5, 2012
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  • Tom G.

    Here on a Monday? Get the @playmysongapp for iOS & Android!! Choose your song from IHB playlist and share your choice with friends on Twitter & Facebook!

    Tom Greiter · June 19, 2012
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  • Jenn T.

    Be sure to visit Dan upstairs at That Burger for awesome burgers and tots!! (Porto Party is ma favee!) He LOVES when you rip on the Phillies too!!

    Jenn Triquet · April 20, 2012
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  • Ariel H.

    This used to be called Save The Robots in the 80s...

    Ariel Hyat · January 17, 2012
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  • Stephen K.

    Any place that gives free beer or shots with a check-in gets my vote

    Stephen Kreick · November 5, 2011
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  • Tony M.

    $5 Bourbon Night!!!

    Tony Mayes · September 16, 2011
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  • Ed C.

    They allow you to guest bartend for a night provided you can fill up the bar!

    Ed C · August 22, 2011
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  • Lou G.

    The Rock Bar. I'm not much of a Bourbon guy but their beer selection has me in love

    Lou Guberti · August 16, 2011
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  • Shelley Y.

    Don't get the troeg sunshine pilsner. It tastes like a jockstrap left in the corner of a fb team's locker room

    Shelley Yang · July 8, 2011
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