I’m baaaack! Anybody out there? Well, so far, no job, but that will not deter this week’s Happy Hour! outing! When my parents were in town, I went to a bar and met a TWM reader from Georgia named, Bill. It’s always fun for me to meet readers of the blog and Bill was no exception, we had a great time chatting and having a few beers. Well, that day a reader named Ray Ray, left a comment on that days post and he wrote: “Hey Marty, I just saw you on 55th and 7th ave. Wanted to say hi but i lost you in the crowd. You are getting very famous!” That cracked me up and I commented back that he should email me if he’d like to have a beer sometime. Well, he did just that and tonight we get to meet Ray at this week’s happy hour! Let's go!
We'll be taking the Q train to midtown.
Usually I have to wait forever for the stupid Q train to show up, but as I land on the bottom of the stairs, here it is! Oh happy day!
I found a seat next to this guy who was out like a light. I've never understood how people can sleep on subways and as I type this, I suddenly realize that I don't understand the phrase, "out like a light." This will bother me all day.
And through the miracle of the internet, you're saved walking three blocks in the wrong direction and then finally making it here to Bar Nine.
This woman was sitting on the bench in front of the bar and I asked if I could take her picture and she said yes, so I snapped this photo. She then asked if I could send it to her and I asked her what was her email address and she gave me her street address complete with apartment number. I don't think she knows what email is. I'm jealous!
According to the sign, happy hour is underway, let's go inside and check it out.
It's nice in here and fairly dark, I think Al would approve of the place!
And what's even nicer is Marina, the pretty and friendly bartender who's quick with a bottle of Budweiser.
There's my spot at the bar, the bottle of Bud marks the spot.
These big industrial lights hover over the bar, bathing it in a yellow hue.
Here's some of the beers on draft.
Here's another Enzfelder original, Travis Bickle with Bar Nine in the background.
Apparently there's a pool table in the back. Let's go take a look.
Here's some leather couches in a lounge area, but I don't see a pool table.
But a backward glance reveals the pool table in the very back of the bar.
Here's another lounge area up front. Check out the table...
And back at the bar, Marina is busy pouring a beer. But when she was done she introduced me to...
Benjamin, the artist who's paintings we just looked at. Benjamin's a nice guy and a great artist, check out more of his work here: Enzfelder Studios.
And as I settled back in to the bar, Ray showed up. He covered his face for his photo, I think he's either camera shy or wanted by the law...probably both. Ray's a great guy and we had some beers and a nice conversation about the blog, New York, music and before I knew it, it was time to head home.
And as I head towards the subway station, night has fallen on midtown, and you probably know by now that I love that. See you tomorrow!
807 Ninth Ave. (Near 53rd St.)
Happy Hour Specials (noon to 8PM): Four dollar Coors Light, 11 dollar pitches of Coors, Four buck Corona's and 25 cent hot wings.
Further Reading: New York Magazine, Time Out New York and Shecky's.
Bonus Travis Bickle Illustration by Jaws!
After seeing the Travis Bickle artwork on the wall of Bar Nine, Jaws the Cabbie sent in his own Travis artwork! Thanks, Jaws!