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While a relatively quiet nightlife spot, the Upper West Side offers many options to grab a drink and socialize. Trendy wine and cocktail bars are common along Columbus Ave between 70th and 80th Street. Amsterdam Ave around 80th street contains several sports bars and Irish pubs. Further uptown, near Columbia University, cheap college bars are the norm. Some excellent places to grab a drink include:
- Abbey Pub, 105th Street (off Broadway). An old style pub popular with Columbia University students. edit
- Smoke Jazz Club and Lounge, 2751 Broadway (between 105th and 106th Sts.), . Live jazz seven days a week. Performers often jam late into the night so go for the late set if you can. edit
- Amsterdam Ale House, (75th and Amsterdam). Local pub specializing in microbrews edit
- George Keeleys, (84th and Amsterdam). Excellent beer selection edit
Happy Hour specials are very popular among bars in the Upper West Side, with most establishments offering deals such as 1/2 price drinks and $1 oysters after work on weekdays. This can be a great way to go out on a budget, or to interact with New York's after work crowd. Websites such as Hour Drinks and Mobile Apps such as Upper West Sliders maintain up-to-date listings of happy hours in the area.