Jake's Dilemma

Jake's Dilemma

Dive Bar and Bar$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
  • The experts at New York Habitat and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Christopher C.
    "Pretty awesome beer pong is on point tonight"(20 Tips)
    Nina D.
    "great place to play beer pong"(4 Tips)
    Karl W.
    "Enjoy some of the best happy hour specials in NYC!"(3 Tips)
    Mark M.
    "... cheap beer. Beer pong, foosball table, and big buck hunter to kill some times..."(3 Tips)
130 Tips and reviews
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  • beer
  • gin mill
  • foosball
  • bar food
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  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"September 24
    Enjoy some of the best happy hour specials in NYC!
  • Caitlin C.
    Monday 8-close. $2 mugs. $10 pitchers.
  • Jackie T.
    Good place to have fun with friends. Laid-back atmosphere.
  • Theresa M.
    Theresa MJuly 10
    great deals!
  • Amy C.
    College bar vibe.
  • Bruce H.
    No dilemma. No thank you.
  • Conrad G.
    The best of several terrible options available on the UWS if you insist on going out in this neck of the woods. At least they didn't charge for my pineapple juice & soda water mix.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SolomonApril 26
    Cheap beer, a mirror image of Gin Mill down the road
  • Nitzan B.
    Nitzan BJanuary 28
    Beer games and soccer table and great vibes
  • Alejandra G.
    Alejandra Galindo CureSeptember 25, 2016
    Good sports bar to have one or two drinks in the area
  • Onur Kenneth Y.
    Onur Kenneth YumurtaciAugust 26, 2016
    College bar where drinks are always cheap, great service and great social customers.
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley TorresJuly 4, 2016
    A favorite drink spot
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CasperMay 17, 2016
    Nice and chill dive bar... Not trashy or dumpy (like the other bar they own, 13th Step)!! Decent prices and draft beer selection too
  • Leanne Z.
    Leanne ZickApril 2, 2016
    Solid specials for game watching. That is all id come for.
  • Susumu
    SusumuMarch 10, 2016
    They don't accept NY ID.
  • Gennady B.
    Gennady BarskyFebruary 19, 2016
    There's a pool table, and it's a very open bar. I enjoyed my friend's birthday here.
  • Pedro
    PedroFebruary 3, 2016
    Domestic drafts for $2... Beat that!
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaJanuary 16, 2016
    Beer pong, cheap shots good for a casual night with a group of friends.
  • Germán S.
    Germán SanchezNovember 28, 2015
    Beer pong tables and daily deals on booze
  • JP P.
    JP ParkNovember 13, 2015
    Another typical bar with decent happy hour specials. Beer pong, flip cup, and all the things to relive your college years
  • A M.
    A MOctober 25, 2015
    Casual bar with beer pong
  • Nandi A.
    Nandi AndersonSeptember 22, 2015
    Cheap beers and pitchers!
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishSeptember 5, 2015
    Every now and then you need to play some pong and get fratty. Do it here.
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick ShawAugust 26, 2015
    Weird place. Sat on the patio and they asked for my license and credit card to hold. At 52 years old, don't think I am jumping on my tab. Ordered boneless wings, and got bones any way.
  • Carmen C.
    Carmen CorzoAugust 12, 2015
    $3 beers and shots! Fun atmosphere!
  • Brendan G.
    Brendan GerrityJune 4, 2015
    Cheap beer and pong. Chill place
  • Regan B.
    Regan BozmanFebruary 22, 2015
    Great neighborhood dive. Superb happy hour deals
  • Alex
    AlexFebruary 10, 2015
    Bar is very bro-ish. The service is friendly. Beer section is not that large. A "general bar".
  • Alex L.
    Alex Lazo VasquezJanuary 11, 2015
    Good prices for beer and shots. Worth going in to warm up and play some beer pong
  • Christina
    ChristinaDecember 30, 2014
    The "healthy option" is a great choice if you have about 10,000 calories to spare.
  • Reeves
    ReevesDecember 4, 2014
    Perfect spot for HH with coworkers
  • Clyde Kelly J.
    Clyde Kelly J.November 10, 2014
    Daily specials, always crowded on game days.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MeteisisNovember 9, 2014
    Fantastic happy hour. $3 bloody marys, cheap beer. Beer pong, foosball table, and big buck hunter to kill some times cheaply.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    1/2 price happy hours, foos ball, and beer pong
  • Mark L.
    Mark LombardiSeptember 28, 2014
    Great college bar, get the fish bowl with your friends.
  • Xavier E.
    Xavier EnigmaSeptember 20, 2014
    Celebrating cuz why not
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CampbellSeptember 6, 2014
    Pretty awesome beer pong is on point tonight
  • Ian K.
    Ian KaysAugust 22, 2014
    Nothing wrong with sitting outside drinking picklebacks on a nice summer day.
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GerardAugust 21, 2014
    Cheap beer, drink specials
  • Joanne E.
    Joanne EvangelistaAugust 7, 2014
    Great night till closing Happy Hours.
  • Omar J.
    Omar Jimenez FelizJuly 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 beer Mondays what more could you ask for?
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatFebruary 25, 2014
    This is a popular bar with great music, food and also beer pong tables for your entertainment!
  • Sean M.
    Sean McKenzieDecember 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Happy Hour in the city - hands down.
  • Kerry A.
    Kerry AlsaceJuly 26, 2013
    Another fun bar with a great half off special until 8pm everyday
  • Peter R.
    Peter RomanielloJuly 9, 2013
    I miss the peanuts ....
  • Emmy G.
    Emmy GeraghtyJune 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Until 8pm every day- 3 dollars for craft beers, 2.50 for shots. I have yet to find a cheaper bar in NYC. Not somewhere I'd go to meet new people, but fun to get a group together for some day drinking.
  • Lincoln H.
    Lincoln HayesMay 2, 2013
    The drink specials here are nuts!
  • Yessica C.
    Yessica ChungApril 24, 2013
    Cheap beer $8 pitchers
  • Calley N.
    Calley NyeMarch 28, 2013
    Try the Jake's Dilemma Brown Ale
  • Dan M.
    Dan MilanoMarch 23, 2013
    The "Living Room" seems like a cool find in the back (new couch!!) but for some reason they won't let you stick around unless you start ordering stuff not from the bar. Just another disappointment. :(
  • Xavier H.
    Xavier HarrisonMarch 16, 2013
    Great place but I don't like the new rules. You can't wear timberland boots, can't wear a certain attire and you can't wear headphones even on a phone call. It blows when your a paying customer.
  • Zee S.
    Zee SzalasFebruary 27, 2013
    Amanda is the shiznit! She'll hook it up! Best waitress!
  • Jess R.
    Jess RiveraFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a Pickleback. Trust me!
  • Eileen G.
    Eileen GrussenmeyerJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place for happy hour. Wings are good too.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BondsJanuary 12, 2013
  • Hannah R.
    Hannah RozenblatDecember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out their back room, a cozy space with armchairs and bookshelves, which is perfect for parties and small gatherings!
  • Judah R.
    Judah RichardsonNovember 19, 2012
    Arrive early (and bring 2 teams) if you wanna play beer pong, otherwise you'll either be out of a table or forced to play people you don't wanna hang with
  • Dave O.
    Dave OlversonOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Are the beer pong tables all filled up? Why not try the Gin Mill just a few steps north? All the way in the back are some tables that usually have shorter lines than Jake's!
  • Anna H.
    Anna HabratSeptember 30, 2012
    The Living Room in the back is the best kept secret.
  • Celeste O.
    Celeste OlivieriSeptember 25, 2012
    Great music and friendly atmosphere! Ask Jake if you want some good live-music venues recommendations in Manhattan, he rocks!
  • Liz M.
    Liz MurphySeptember 23, 2012
    The DJ on Saturdays rocks my socks
  • Adam K.
    Adam KleinAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I lied. Pitchers are only 7.50!
  • Adam K.
    Adam KleinAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer pong and 9 dollar pitchers on Tuesday. What else could you want?
    Get yucky wit da boys
  • Greg Y.
    Greg Y.July 17, 2012
    Some of the best prices in NY. $2.50 happy hour beer, $1 on Mondays, $4 you call it Weds... Living room is pretty classy for a "dive bar"
  • Yanill P.
    Yanill PJuly 7, 2012
    Crappy Food and drinks but fun times with friends! YELP me instead www.yanill.yelp.com
  • Caity P.
    Caity PrunkaJuly 7, 2012
    The bartenders and bouncers are the MOST fun anywhere. Be sure not to just ask for "a shot", you'll get warm house gin-- and deserve it.
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GruberJune 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This bar has the soundtrack of a hot topic circa 2009.
  • Susan Q.
    Susan Q MJune 14, 2012
    Cheap drinks and Mac and cheese wedges. Holla
  • Sean B.
    Sean BarakettJune 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 beers on Monday
  • Shiva B.
    Shiva BhaskarJune 2, 2012
    fun chill spot
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BlatusMay 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    DO NOT do the free shot of soco firey red. It's not worth the awful taste it will leave in your mouth for the rest of the night.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 30, 2012
    Happy Hour here is from 3-8pm and everything is half price - on top of the everyday daily specials!
  • jonathan m.
    jonathan michaelsApril 25, 2012
    The happy hour and beer pong make it worth it, but watch out for "rocky". The infamous bouncer is an asshole
  • Lea M.
    Lea MarinApril 25, 2012
    David the bouncer = so nice
  • brigitte g.
    brigitte gApril 21, 2012
    Bouncer is antiemetic and worthy of arrest. I'd never go back absinthe fact was so insulted I called manager. Don't go here.
  • Hector
    HectorMarch 24, 2012
    Kitchen takes forever, but make it worth it with an order of fries!!!
  • Sean M.
    Sean MurphMarch 22, 2012
    What is Jake's Dilemma? So many beers to choose from.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PetersonMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the cheapest bars in NYC. Half off everything till 8p daily. ($6.50 pitchers), then nightly specials. Good times.
  • Maria D.
    Maria Del PozoMarch 3, 2012
    Congrats Alex!! :)
  • James T.
    James ThostensonMarch 1, 2012
    Find the lady with the man made orifice.
  • Kenan A.
    Kenan AliFebruary 27, 2012
    Straight up bro-town here... 95% dudes when I was there last.
  • Jimmito
    JimmitoFebruary 23, 2012
    Used to b 3$ anything on Wednesday, it went to $4 now its HORRIBLE! ! LOL
  • Nina D.
    Nina DaxFebruary 23, 2012
    A great place to play beer pong and feel like you're back in college again. My best suggestion is going during drink specials and trying to get a seat in the back library room. So much quieter!
  • Diana V.
    Diana VeeFebruary 18, 2012
    Happy hour Monday thru Friday until 8 pm.
  • Alexis M.
    Alexis MartinezJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Omg I just became the mayor !!!!! Ahhh love this place to start off my night and fly all over nyc!!!!!!! Come and meet this mayor :}
  • Eric S.
    Eric SlepakJanuary 12, 2012
    Half-price beer on Tuesdays
  • Frank E.
    Frank EspositoDecember 28, 2011
    The living room in the back is awesome if you're there with a bunch of friends.
  • Lincoln C.
    Lincoln ChinneryDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Come by on the 1 week/day of the school year to meet hot teachers. I kid you not!
  • Roberto H.
    Roberto Hill, Jr.December 20, 2011
    $1 beers, ya'll! buying drinks like a boss!
  • MisterX D.
    MisterX DeLaMundoDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    How you offer a foursquare special, and the mngr. Said no! This place sucks!
  • Jacqueline V.
    Jacqueline VanDusen 🐷December 2, 2011
    Ugly ass crowd
  • Eddie P.
    Eddie PatrickNovember 28, 2011
    These tips suck
  • Felippe C.
    Felippe CordeiroNovember 17, 2011
    Fuckin good bar!! Shots and beer for U$ 3!!
  • Carlos M.
    Carlos MatiasNovember 17, 2011
    3 dollar everything after 8pm. Beer pong tables in the back
  • Paola L.
    Paola L.November 15, 2011
    $1 beer and $3 shots on mondays :)
  • Dorian S.
    Dorian SmithNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Wednesday's are best for sure: $3 you-call-it's any shot, mixed drink or beer is just $3!
  • Maxime R.
    Maxime RousselotOctober 29, 2011
  • Racer272
    Racer272October 20, 2011
    Cheap drinks & hot girls do shots with you and .....
  • Kristi E.
    Kristi EvansOctober 11, 2011
    I love this bar! Great classic rock music, friendly service, drink specials every night and plenty of space to spread out. Nabe fave!
  • Kung-Fu J.
    Kung-Fu JoeOctober 6, 2011
    Slider burgers topped with fried mac'n cheese, plus they have a living room to sit and enjoy. WORD!!!
  • Wilmer S.
    Wilmer SOctober 4, 2011
    Drinks are cheap, but extremely watered down. Not worth it. Take your money next door to Brother Jimmy's or down the block to Bourbon street.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan ManionSeptember 27, 2011
    Kitchen is at Gin Mill which means food is across the street. Consumers beware!
  • Randy C.
    Randy CruzSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you take a cigarette out before going outside lol
  • Lincoln C.
    Lincoln ChinnerySeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you walk in and the place is empty & quiet. Get in and grab a table. If it's crowded and loud...find another bar. Seriously!
  • Eloy G.
    Eloy GarciaAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 beer Monday's!!!!
  • Drew W.
    Drew WingertAugust 20, 2011
    Beer Pong. And cheap happy hour. $2 dollar shots I believe.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KatcherAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't beat a $3 IPA. Whole bar is 1/2 off every day till 8 p.m.
  • Julia D.
    Julia DAugust 5, 2011
    1798 took over the library!!
  • Fran B.
    Fran BogucheskyJuly 31, 2011
    happy hour whole bar 1/2 price.
  • Lindsay K.
    Lindsay KaplanJune 26, 2011
    The biggest dilemma here is obnoxious group of frat kids.
  • Tom E.
    Tom EganJune 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The physical bar is too low and it throws the whole place off. Minor detail , still a great place to party with friends.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PottsApril 11, 2011
    Fantastic happy hour specials and a cozy back room with sofas and book lined walls. Also, foosball , arcade games and beer pong. Dense and rowdy college crowd on weekends and late nights. Very relaxed
  • Nimrod L.
    Nimrod LevyApril 8, 2011
    A typical Columbia Business School hangout. Which makes it great
  • Brad E.
    Brad EnzmannMarch 27, 2011
    The drinks are cheap
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea GambardellaFebruary 5, 2011
    Friday nights packed! If your young and single it is the place to be otherwise stay away, trust me!
  • Pipo B.
    Pipo B.January 23, 2011
    Best beer pong spot of the uws!
  • Maxy P.
    Maxy PJanuary 10, 2011
    Shots and beer for just 3$. Worth trying
  • CBenny B.
    CBenny BlancoDecember 19, 2010
    Cheap Shots
  • Patti K.
    Patti KilroyOctober 26, 2010
    Let's play beer pong or watch the game, bro!!! If this is not your thing you may want to go somewhere else.
  • Nicholas H.
    Nicholas H.September 28, 2010
    Cheesy and always a fight going down... If you like to get drunk and hit on somebody's girl and get your head smashed in, this place is for you! Full of douchebags.
  • Ian R.
    Ian RoussoJuly 30, 2010
    One of the better bars on the Upper West Side
  • Mike E.
    Mike EdwardsJuly 27, 2010
    Don't wear a headscarf. The bouncer will make you remove it. They're against the rules. Somehow.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MolinaMay 7, 2010
    This bar sucks
  • Justin D.
    Justin DickinsonJanuary 9, 2010
    Here's a tip: go somewhere else. This place is horrible.
  • Jonah S.
    Jonah SacharJuly 10, 2009
    do 3 shots of whiskey, play fooseball ........ repeat
  • Amish G.
    Amish GandhiMarch 26, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Play beer pong! 1. Show up 2. Add your name to the 3. Play!
  • Julyane L.
    Julyane LimaOctober 19, 2016
    O clima é bem de "filme americano" e só tem gente nova, a cerveja pelo que percebi é bem conta, mas não faz muito meu estilo... Por isso não curti
  • LAdy majorette B.
    LAdy majorette BSeptember 30, 2014
    Cerveza de un dolar?? deme todaas!!
  • Alexey B.
    Alexey BodrovMarch 29, 2013
    Тут супер, весело, все очень общительные и дружелюбные, коктейли дешевые и вкусные. Народу много, но на мой взгляд это +
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