Idle Hands Bar

Idle Hands Bar

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Bar and Restaurant$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Tom O.
    Tom OsypianJune 9, 2013
    Great bourbon selection at quite reasonable prices, considering this is NYC. Finally tasted the 2012 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch here.... Amazing bourbon!
  • Simon & Schuster
    Simon & SchusterJanuary 3, 2011
    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
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen RuizNovember 21, 2013
    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.
  • David H.
    David HuDecember 29, 2013
    Never really crowded, even on the weekends, so it's a great place to just hang out with a couple of friends. Always a great selection of beer.
  • Thrash Hits
    Thrash HitsMay 23, 2011
    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
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CitySeptember 19, 2011
    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.)
  • Chris K.
    Chris KarczApril 7, 2013
    Slightly pricey, but good music and excellent beer and liquor selection. And music is at normal volume so- YOU CAN ACTUALLY TALK.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah ShakerFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the burgers from That Burger Tent upstairs. Idle Hands has fun events every week - from tastings, pairings and deals on beer passports.
  • Brew York
    Brew YorkNovember 25, 2013
    Recently expanded to two floors and a kitchen, this spot delivers on its newly-edited promise: Bourbon. Beer. Food. Rock.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MorenoJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Lower East Craft
    Lower East CraftOctober 20, 2014
    Be sure to stop by Wednesdays for their beer tastings. Rev always curates an interesting lineup and for a great price
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    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.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MonahanDecember 2, 2011
    Be sure to stop by and try a Crispin Brownslane! Its a delicious English cider fermented from fresh pressed juice!
  • Rev C.
    Rev CiancioNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Potato Corn Cake - W turkey, pulled pork, onion, garlic, jalapeño in a red pepper garlic sauce from Yummy Eats.
  • Jenn T.
    Jenn TriquetApril 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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!!
  • Alicia H.
    Alicia HauserOctober 3, 2013
    Great beer, great atmosphere, amazing service. I'll be back every week for the Wednesday tastings.
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NessNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Rev C.
    Rev CiancioJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    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
  • Ash B.
    Ash BondJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great little bar in the east village. If Rob is behind the bar, order a "watermelon smash" my fave drink ever!
  • AskMen
    AskMenAugust 19, 2010
    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
  • Tony D.
    Tony DevitiDecember 14, 2012
    This was the craziest after hours spot in the early to mid 90's, if u go check to see if their is still those basement hideaways.
  • Tom G.
    Tom GreiterJune 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VallesJune 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You can be an attractive female and come here alone without being harassed by a bunch of d-bags. In my experience, anyways.
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralMarch 9, 2013
    Highly recommend the bacon tator tots on the menu. Bacon + Tator Tots = pure genius.
  • David H.
    David HuDecember 29, 2013
    You can get into the place by going left at the door and taking the stairs down. Also stairs behind a door in Billy Hurricane's upstairs.
  • Gigi A.
    Gigi AgiusAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great whiskey. Great beer. Great food. Really great boozy brunch special.
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJanuary 18, 2012
    Comfortable bar with a rock 'n roll twist. We highly recommend the bourbon and beer tastings.
  • Playmysong
    PlaymysongFebruary 20, 2013
    Download the Playmysong app for your mobile phone and choose the Idle Hands Bar jukebox... then start selecting the music you want to hear!
  • Kristi E.
    Kristi EvansNovember 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great bourbon, whiskey and rock & roll bar underneath Billy Hurricane's. The bartender Wyatt is one of the nicest around.
  • Tara A.
    Tara A.June 30, 2013
    Order food from Station B upstairs. They'll bring it to you in Idle Hands bar itself.
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan MyszkowskiApril 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bartender has a Cry-Baby tee shirt and will discuss bourbon and beer with you. That's all you need to know.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinNovember 7, 2014
    Emo night DJ set on the first Thursday of every month! "Here, you can be anything. I think that scares you...."
  • Marc
    MarcSeptember 11, 2014
    infatuation says: "The burger from @idlehandsbar, as seen in The @infatuation Guide To Football Season" http://instagram.com/p/siBoE6Ib93
  • Raphael P.
    Raphael PinskerApril 26, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If the line to the bathroom is long go upstairs to Billy Hurricanes, there are four bathrooms and they are usually empty.
  • Rev C.
    Rev CiancioFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    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
  • Ash B.
    Ash BondNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Both upstairs and downstairs now, this place is amazing!
  • Adonis T.
    Adonis TaylorNovember 23, 2013
    Ask for Dave. He's been here through several different management changes.
  • Thor E.
    Thor ErnstssonMarch 9, 2013
    Great beer and whiskey selection, especially for the $
  • Frank D.
    Frank DavisJune 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Tue & Wed with Rob on the stick is the best reason I can think of to drink here.
  • Kodi M.
    Kodi McKinneyNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Post-Hurricane Sandy, these crazies added Cheerwine to the soda gun. Only bar in NYC to do it.
  • Troy S.
    Troy SMay 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Like the people but $9 well drinks are insane.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PartingtonJune 19, 2013
    Get a shot of Cinerator!! Just ask Rob!!
  • Nazary N.
    Nazary NebelukSeptember 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The tater tots are out of this world
  • Lou G.
    Lou GubertiAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Rock Bar. I'm not much of a Bourbon guy but their beer selection has me in love
  • Alexa
    AlexaJuly 11, 2011
    they have guest bartenders on thursdays with drink specials! Read more
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintAugust 24, 2014
    Craft beers, great bartenders, etc
  • Ed C.
    Ed CAugust 22, 2011
    They allow you to guest bartend for a night provided you can fill up the bar!
  • Sharon M.
    Sharon M.March 25, 2013
    very nice location and awesome place.
  • MeOn C.
    MeOn CheeseMarch 6, 2012
    $2 Jameson Shots, $2 NYC Lager Drafts, $4 craft drafts & well drinks
  • Alyson C.
    Alyson CampbellSeptember 20, 2011
    Free mini burger with any $5 drink purchase!
  • Jayson L.
    Jayson LaudenJune 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like great beer, bourbon & rock you've come home...PS-tickle Rob's jumblies
  • Just Ink
    Just InkMay 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place will be so much cooler once Just Ink gets off his ass and completes the mural
  • Houston Texans
    Houston TexansMarch 20, 2012
    Cheer on the Houston Texans here if you're a displaced fan in NYC.
  • Dan M.
    Dan McDermottDecember 7, 2014
    Wings were awesome if you like heat just ask
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PepeJanuary 11, 2014
    Upstairs doesn't have much personality. Maybe stick to the basement?
  • Matt S.
    Matt SafferMay 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best Happy Hour in the area. 2 for 1 until 9pm.
  • Sam H.
    Sam HSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Free shot of Powers with every check-in? Yes, please.
  • Santo D.
    Santo DiegoSeptember 27, 2014
    October 11 there will be a Comic-Con After party: UV ZOMBIE themed
  • Jenn T.
    Jenn TriquetApril 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    We like Stacey and Brian behind the bar!
  • Julie R.
    Julie RyanSeptember 24, 2011
    The Powers shot is your one way ticket to puking at La Palapa.
  • Francisco D.
    Francisco DuarteMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They play Metal here, LOVE it!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KreickNovember 5, 2011
    Any place that gives free beer or shots with a check-in gets my vote
  • Brad W.
    Brad WilliamsMay 21, 2012
    2-4-1 on Sunday night, who knew?
  • Jenn T.
    Jenn TriquetMay 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Maiden /Smuttynose beer pairing
  • Justin S.
    Justin ScarboroughApril 15, 2012
    Puke in the toilet and blood in the sink. Just another saturday in the village
  • Josh B.
    Josh BabetskiDecember 9, 2011
    I dropped a Collectivus Brown Monkey Thingie here. Look for Thingies near here too. Read more
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJune 22, 2011
    I live half a block away. Text me and buy me a whiskey!
  • Shelley Y.
    Shelley YangJuly 8, 2011
    Don't get the troeg sunshine pilsner. It tastes like a jockstrap left in the corner of a fb team's locker room
  • R. Scott
    R. ScottSeptember 28, 2010
    Try the vanilla porter... surprisingly good
  • Jason G.
    Jason GelmanNovember 24, 2011
    Free mini beer if you check in on 4Sq
  • christian b.
    christian bovineApril 2, 2011
    Bring ear plugs, music blows
  • Lou G.
    Lou GubertiJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Aussie bartender is super nice
  • Danny L.
    Danny LynchDecember 4, 2012
    One word: bourbon.
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VallesJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Rob = best bartender ever
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie ChoOctober 10, 2014
    Football night/comic con night is the worst night fyi
  • Ariel H.
    Ariel HyatJanuary 17, 2012
    This used to be called Save The Robots in the 80s...
  • Tony E.
    Tony EdwardsSeptember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Marc & Rev are the shit!
  • @TaraLandman
    @TaraLandmanDecember 14, 2013
    CheeZeburgers upstairZ
  • Tony M.
    Tony MayesSeptember 16, 2011
    $5 Bourbon Night!!!
  • Katie K.
    Katie KoepFebruary 7, 2012
    Phil wants to be roofied.
  • Gigi A.
    Gigi AgiusJanuary 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    RIP idle hands
  • Alex L.
    Alex LiuJanuary 31, 2012
    Pretentious people not welcome
  • James J.
    James JFebruary 26, 2012
    Cool bar but terrible service.
  • Lindsay K.
    Lindsay KaplanNovember 8, 2010
    Undergrounded.
  • Heather F.
    Heather FinkAugust 1, 2012
    Meh. Don't love this place.
  • Rev C.
    Rev CiancioApril 15, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    twitter.com/IdleHandsBar Read more
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