Idle Hands Bar

Idle Hands Bar

(Now Closed)
Bar and Restaurant$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 15, 2014
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah ShakerFebruary 15, 2012
    Love the burgers from That Burger Tent upstairs. Idle Hands has fun events every week - from tastings, pairings and deals on beer passports.
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VallesJune 11, 2014
    You can be an attractive female and come here alone without being harassed by a bunch of d-bags. In my experience, anyways.
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NessNovember 15, 2011
    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.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MorenoJanuary 22, 2012
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rev C.
    Rev CiancioNovember 23, 2011
    Try the Potato Corn Cake - W turkey, pulled pork, onion, garlic, jalapeño in a red pepper garlic sauce from Yummy Eats.
  • 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!
  • Kristi E.
    Kristi EvansNovember 10, 2010
    Great bourbon, whiskey and rock & roll bar underneath Billy Hurricane's. The bartender Wyatt is one of the nicest around.
  • Ash B.
    Ash BondJuly 20, 2011
    Great little bar in the east village. If Rob is behind the bar, order a "watermelon smash" my fave drink ever!
  • 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.
  • Alicia H.
    Alicia HauserOctober 3, 2013
    Great beer, great atmosphere, amazing service. I'll be back every week for the Wednesday tastings.
  • Tom G.
    Tom GreiterJune 19, 2012
    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!
  • Raphael P.
    Raphael PinskerApril 26, 2012
    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 CiancioJuly 1, 2013
    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
  • Jenn T.
    Jenn TriquetApril 20, 2012
    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!!
  • 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!
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJanuary 18, 2012
    Comfortable bar with a rock 'n roll twist. We highly recommend the bourbon and beer tastings.
  • Tara A.
    Tara A.June 30, 2013
    Order food from Station B upstairs. They'll bring it to you in Idle Hands bar itself.
  • Gigi A.
    Gigi AgiusAugust 21, 2014
    Great whiskey. Great beer. Great food. Really great boozy brunch special.
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralMarch 9, 2013
    Highly recommend the bacon tator tots on the menu. Bacon + Tator Tots = pure genius.
  • 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 E.
    Marc ESeptember 11, 2014
    infatuation says: "The burger from @idlehandsbar, as seen in The @infatuation Guide To Football Season"
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan MyszkowskiApril 20, 2013
    The bartender has a Cry-Baby tee shirt and will discuss bourbon and beer with you. That's all you need to know.
  • Rev C.
    Rev CiancioFebruary 27, 2011
    Love bourbon and beer? Sign up for a lesson and tasting w distillery / brewery representatives!
  • Ed C.
    Ed CAugust 22, 2011
    They allow you to guest bartend for a night provided you can fill up the bar!
  • Jayson L.
    Jayson LaudenJune 27, 2010
    If you like great beer, bourbon & rock you've come home...PS-tickle Rob's jumblies
  • Adonis T.
    Adonis TaylorNovember 23, 2013
    Ask for Dave. He's been here through several different management changes.
  • Lou G.
    Lou GubertiAugust 16, 2011
    The Rock Bar. I'm not much of a Bourbon guy but their beer selection has me in love
  • 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
  • Alexa
    AlexaJuly 11, 2011
    they have guest bartenders on thursdays with drink specials! Read more
  • Troy S.
    Troy SMay 11, 2014
    Like the people but $9 well drinks are insane.
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PepeJanuary 11, 2014
    Upstairs doesn't have much personality. Maybe stick to the basement?
  • Ash B.
    Ash BondNovember 10, 2013
    Both upstairs and downstairs now, this place is amazing!
  • Frank D.
    Frank DavisJune 27, 2013
    Tue & Wed with Rob on the stick is the best reason I can think of to drink here.
  • Thor E.
    Thor ErnstssonMarch 9, 2013
    Great beer and whiskey selection, especially for the $
  • Kodi M.
    Kodi McKinneyNovember 4, 2012
    Post-Hurricane Sandy, these crazies added Cheerwine to the soda gun. Only bar in NYC to do it.
  • Nazary N.
    Nazary NebelukSeptember 19, 2013
    The tater tots are out of this world
  • Just Ink
    Just InkMay 13, 2012
    This place will be so much cooler once Just Ink gets off his ass and completes the mural
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