Idle Hands Bar

Idle Hands Bar

(Now Closed)
Bar and Restaurant · Alphabet City
25 Avenue B (at E 3rd St.), New York, NY 10009, United States
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Your favorite bar and restaurant in the East Village

  • What you need to know
    Ash B.
    "Both upstairs and downstairs now, this place is amazing!"(7 Tips)
    NearSay NYC
    "We highly recommend the bourbon and beer tastings."(4 Tips)
    Kristi E.
    "... & roll bar underneath Billy Hurricane's. The bartender Wyatt is one of the nicest..."(4 Tips)
    Rev C.
    "Real Craft Beer Passport"(2 Tips)
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  • bourbon
  • upstairs
  • beer
  • billy hurricane
  • burgers
  • tater tots
  • cocktails
  • happy hour
  • breweries
  • comfortable bar
  • DJs
  • jukebox
  • great value
  • corn cakes
  • pressed juices
  • music
  • cider drinks
  • roses
  • good for a late night
  • pulled pork
  • Gigi A.

    RIP idle hands

    Gigi Agius · January 30
  • Dan M.

    Wings were awesome if you like heat just ask

    Dan McDermott · December 7, 2014
  • 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
  • Lower East Craft

    Be sure to stop by Wednesdays for their beer tastings. Rev always curates an interesting lineup and for a great price

    Lower East Craft · October 20, 2014
  • Natalie C.

    Football night/comic con night is the worst night fyi

    Natalie Cho · October 10, 2014
  • Santo D.

    October 11 there will be a Comic-Con After party: UV ZOMBIE themed

    Santo Diego · September 27, 2014
  • Marc E.

    infatuation says: "The burger from @idlehandsbar, as seen in The @infatuation Guide To Football Season"

    Marc E · September 11, 2014
  • Lindsay T.

    Craft beers, great bartenders, etc

    Lindsay Toussaint · August 24, 2014
  • Gigi A.

    Great whiskey. Great beer. Great food. Really great boozy brunch special.

    Gigi Agius · August 21, 2014
  • 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
  • Theresa T 💞

    Excellent food

    Theresa T 💞 · August 9, 2014
  • 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
  • Troy S.

    Like the people but $9 well drinks are insane.

    Troy S · May 11, 2014
  • Christopher P.

    Upstairs doesn't have much personality. Maybe stick to the basement?

    Christopher Pepe · January 11, 2014
  • David H.

    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.

    David Hu · December 29, 2013
  • David H.

    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.

    David Hu · December 29, 2013
  • @TaraLandman

    CheeZeburgers upstairZ

    @TaraLandman · December 14, 2013
  • 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
  • Adonis T.

    Ask for Dave. He's been here through several different management changes.

    Adonis Taylor · November 23, 2013
  • 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
  • Ash B.

    Both upstairs and downstairs now, this place is amazing!

    Ash Bond · November 10, 2013
  • Alicia H.

    Great beer, great atmosphere, amazing service. I'll be back every week for the Wednesday tastings.

    Alicia Hauser · October 3, 2013
  • Nazary N.

    The tater tots are out of this world

    Nazary Nebeluk · September 19, 2013
  • 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

    Rev Ciancio · July 1, 2013
  • Tara A.

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

    Tara A. · June 30, 2013
  • Frank D.

    Tue & Wed with Rob on the stick is the best reason I can think of to drink here.

    Frank Davis · June 27, 2013
  • Jessica P.

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

    Jessica Partington · June 19, 2013
  • 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
  • Meghan M.

    The bartender has a Cry-Baby tee shirt and will discuss bourbon and beer with you. That's all you need to know.

    Meghan Myszkowski · April 20, 2013
  • Chris K.

    Slightly pricey, but good music and excellent beer and liquor selection. And music is at normal volume so- YOU CAN ACTUALLY TALK.

    Chris Karcz · April 7, 2013
  • Sharon M.

    very nice location and awesome place.

    Sharon M. · March 25, 2013
  • Deep G.

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

    Deep Gujral · March 9, 2013
  • Thor E.

    Great beer and whiskey selection, especially for the $

    Thor Ernstsson · March 9, 2013
  • 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
  • Tony D.

    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.

    Tony Deviti · December 14, 2012
  • Danny L.

    One word: bourbon.

    Danny Lynch · December 4, 2012
  • 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
  • Tony E.

    Marc & Rev are the shit!

    Tony Edwards · September 5, 2012
  • Heather F.

    Meh. Don't love this place.

    Heather Fink · August 1, 2012
  • 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
  • Brad W.

    2-4-1 on Sunday night, who knew?

    Brad Williams · May 21, 2012
  • Jenn T.

    Maiden /Smuttynose beer pairing

    Jenn Triquet · May 16, 2012
  • Just Ink

    This place will be so much cooler once Just Ink gets off his ass and completes the mural

    Just Ink · May 13, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jenn T.

    We like Stacey and Brian behind the bar!

    Jenn Triquet · April 20, 2012
  • Justin S.

    Puke in the toilet and blood in the sink. Just another saturday in the village

    Justin Scarborough · April 15, 2012
  • Houston Texans

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

    Houston Texans · March 20, 2012
  • Francisco D.

    They play Metal here, LOVE it!

    Francisco Duarte · March 15, 2012
  • MeOn C.

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

    MeOn Cheese · March 6, 2012

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