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Washington, District of Columbia
March 12, 2002
Puck Fair, though, offers more variety in atmosphere, libations and scene. How? This is a much larger bar with three distinct areas. On the main floor, it's very pub-by with several "snugs" (aka cozy semi-enclosed booths) on the right side and a very long bar on the left. Toward the back, you'll find stairs up and down. Go up and sit in the small balcony area for a bird's eye view and fun people-watching. This is where the DJ sits. Go down for a more intimate evening. It's a bit darker and quieter. Downstairs, it can get smoky, but in general, this is my favorite area of the bar.
For drinks, beers are a wonderful choice as Puck Fair offers lots of variety. I like an occasional Guinness or Newcastle, myself. You can, of course, also get wine or cocktails or soft drinks.
The food selection is much more varied at Puck Fair vs. Swift. Salads and soups appear along with the heartier stuff like sausage rolls and toasties.
What I like best about Puck Fair (esp. vs. Swift) is the crowd. Although it gets just as crowded at peak times, it generally consists of slightly older people (mid to late 20s and 30s) instead of the just-out-of-college crowd. It's a more grown-up group more interested in conversation than hooking up in the darkest corner they can find!
To get there, take the B, D, F or Q to Lafayette or the 6 to Bleecker Street.
From journal At home in NYC
Sea Girt, New Jersey
March 6, 2002
If you are looking for a genuine Irish pub, go elsewhere, but if you are looking for a well oiled, several-level modern bar with character AND class, check this place out. Puck Fair is an upscale Irish-themed bar cum appetizers that greets visitors with a fine pint and some substantial eye candy. The artwork can only be described as post-modern Irish kitsch. Carefully woven into the environment are several Philips flat-screen TVs for watching sport. You won’t find the local wino nursing a Bud telling the bartender about his conspiracies regarding EZPass and black helicopters. Instead, Puck Fair functions as a watering hole for those looking for to cap off a workday with the best Guinness in downtown and meet some of the more interesting and attractive folks south of 23rd St. (Please do not rush the bartenders when ordering Guinness! —they are averaging about 5-7 minutes per pour which is just right.) If you are looking for a little peace and quiet, you may be best off wandering downstairs to the secondary bar that lacks the prodigious tapline that the upstairs boasts, but makes up for the dearth of choice in quality service and ambiance. For eats, try the "toasties" which are top drawer. I had a bacon and cheese toastie (basically an upgrade from a grilled cheese sandwich) that was excellent. Right off of Houston near the well-known and quite visible Yahoo and DKNY billboards, this place is excellently situated for breaks from shopping or sightseeing.
From journal Beer Drinker's New York