407 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002440.783418 -73.977942
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper West Side
Raucous and rowdy, Bourbon Street resembles only that part of New Orleans for which it is named, a seething bro-hole missing only novelty hurricane cups and plastic beads. Oh wait, they do have novelty hurricane cups and plastic beads. Never mind.
Worst Bar Ever – Never been to Bourbon street but was horribly disappointed. Beers were way over priced for a dive bar and the bartenders were very disrespectful and mean for such a crappy place. Wouldn't recommend the bar to my worst enemy. Stay away from this place at all costs.
Bouncer assault – Tonight I entered the bar around 7pm. I sat on an empty stool at the bar and ordered a drink and proceeded to watch the Knick Game. At about 8:30p a worker comes over and asks me to switch to a stool that had no back rest on it. I told him I would prefer not to because of back issues in addition to an ankle injury that needs surgery in another month. Five minutes later some psychopath bouncer who I assume might be an off duty or ex cop due to the fact he kept asking me "do you know who I am" asked me to change stools. I told him I didn't want to. Next thing I know he sucker punches me so to speak by grabbing my jacket and throwing me to the ground. I tried to grab back but realized there were others there just waiting to pounce on me too. He physically ripped my shirt and coat off and threw me onto the street while his cohorts held the door. I was alone. Not a good position to be when in a situation like that . He then threw my cell phone at me which hit me in the face and locked the door. I went back to the door and asked him to try and explain what just happened and he told me he would have me arrested and to go away and I was lucky he didn't punch me.
Needless to say this was a terrible experience I had two drinks, was not drunk, and was quietly watching the game alone. The bouncer was not a very tall fellow and apparently sadistically enjoyed appearing like the big tough man of the bar. I want to press charges but then again I figure why not post what happened and just be sure never to go near that place again.
I can only hope they go under and he goes back to being the pathetic little coward he is.
Extortion By Bartenders – I have been in Manhattan from out of town for the last two weeks.
In these two weeks, I have visited Bourbon Street three times. The first two times were enjoyable. This last time was not - period.
The bartender refused to serve me based on the premise that I did not tip on the first beverage. I am ok with that except for knowing the traditional meaning of tip. Instead, I received an expectation that tip was an underpinning for extortion instead of the insurance of proper service. She then gathered the other bartenders against me to ensure I would not be served again. I was ok with that because it guaranteed no service and therefore no tip.
What I thought was a friendly neighborhood bar proved to be less friendly.
Thought you should know…
Best Place for Twenty-Somethings – When you go there make sure you know it's filled with a drunk, early-20somethings. If that is your crowd it is the place to be. I've been there with different groups and some enjoyed it while others just wanted to leave.
Take it for what it's worth, a divey Upper West Side bar for college kids. Any place with 50 cent beers means that.
Rude, thieving bar tenders and overall awful management – Everything about this place was awful from the get go. The $2 cover charge was the only reason my friend and I stayed longer than a few minutes. There was no live music, and the "50 cent beers" thing was over, so why a covercharge?
The placed was jam packed, and most of the men I encountered felt it their right to be extra touchy when passing by. If you want to get talked to and hit on by several drunk, sloppy men, then this is the place for you. The bathrooms were gross, stalls were broken. The space was way too small for the amount of people inside, and spilling your drink while maneurvering is unavoidable as people treat every inch of that crowded space as a dance floor.
To make matters even worse, the staff was incredibly rude. My friend and I put four beers between the two of us on a tab. Her bill came to $70. In our haste to leave this place, she signed off quickly without really looking throughouly at the price. The bartender had the nerve to call us back and ask us why we left such a measly tip for a $70 tab which is when my friend stops him and questions the $70. He takes back her license and credit card and shows us a piece of paper with 12 or so dash marks on it. He told us someone ordered drinks on her tab. When she tried to explain it was a mistake on their part, especially since they had a photo ID on hand, he got defensive and asked her why she signed it if it was wrong. Despite our efforts to talk to them about it quietly, we were yelled at and rudely dismissed. They made no attempts to solve our problem and told us to leave. This one blonde chick (who opened and closed our tab) kept throwing her hands in the air yelling at me saying there was nothing to do about it and I'd have to talk to the other guy in charge who he completely ignored me on purpose. I reached out to the bouncer who didn't seem surprised by their rude service, gave me the managers number and apologized. I called the manager several times, left a message and no one ever got back to me.
So in short, if you want to drink beers in a place that's overly crowded, plays bad music, forces you to spill beer all over youself and spend $18 per beer since the staff doesn't know how to keep a tab and will yell at you when you question it, Bourbon Street is the place for you!
Worst Bar Ever!!! – This use to be one of my favorite bars in that area. Now it's the worst, ever since the change of "management" They had the nerve to turn me back because of my dressed code which is understandable... At least thats what I thought until I took a look inside & there where people in there worst dressed than I was! Sorry to break this to you folks... But all I can say is 100% stereo type! At its best in this bar!!! Save your money most of all your time....
My Neighborhood Spooooot! – Been living on the UWS for 2 years now and drop in Burbon a few times a month...whether it be late night, happy hour or on a Fri/Sat night, there is always something going on...bartenders are always wasted and a great time, girls dance on the bar, can play some pool, watch some games, & even order food and bring it over. Bouncers are great guys and always treat you with respect. The Wed & Thurs Happy Hr's are def a deal with .50 coors & bud's. Def a great neighborhood spot! Keep up the good work!
Greatest Drink special ever!!!!!!!! – Went on Friday night for the 50-cent Bud draft special. Just as advertised couldn't believe it. Loved the open front and all the TVs. My new favorite spot for Fridays
New employee who was fired that day – Thanks for the review stating we are worst place based on your one visit , I am sorry that you were subjected to the unprofessional behavior of one of our bartenders. He was in his first week at the bar and was fired on that very same day you were there at 9pm. I can assure you that our bartenders and staff in general are professional and fun. Anyone who has been to the bar can atest to that, I would welcome you to come back and give us another try. We have been in bussiness for 15 years and have taken part in at least 100 fundraisers and other comunity events.
Again thanks for the tag "worst bar ever" we do deserve it for having that nut behind the bar
Thank you , management
Cool Bar – We went to this bar (and a bunch of other's on the Upper West Side) last Friday. We enjoyed this bar the most. The crowd was good looking and friendly and so was the staff. The drinks were pretty cheap and the music was great (mix of rock and hip hop). The bar just seemed to have a good feel/vibe to it. It seemed like everyone was having a great time and we ended up having a great time too.
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