Finding The Best Place On Your Last Night!!

After a month of research, making itineraries, budget spreasheets etc before our break to New York, we finally arrived and had a fabulous time based on all my planning and research. As is always the case though, on our final night we decided to take a little wander and we stumbled upon a fabulous pub and we had the best night ever!

I had based my research project on doing everything on a budget and seeing how cheap we could do everything for.., Don’t judge me, it’s a challenge I set myself wherever we go. You don’t need loads of money to  have a great time.

We visited loads of places that I included in my lovely, little black notebook containing all things New York, all of which you will read about over time, but it was this lovely place that we came across that beat all the rest!

It was the last night and we were trying to find Perry Street in the West Village. Carrie’s apartment from Sex Of The City. I was looking, Mr Seaside was pretending to be mildly interested!! Sex and The City fan he is not!!

As usual I took a wrong turn (I will tell you about the Lake District fiasco this weekend someday!!) and we ended up on Mcdougal St (Google is a better friend than I am when it comes to directions, 109 Mcdougal St)

The bar was Off The Wagon. It was a Monday night but the beer was $1 and every sport imaginable was on the TV. We sat down and enjoyed people watching, blokes cheering on the football, the ice hockey, basically any sport available and, the locals playing beerpong like they were playing premier league football!!

As the beer and whisky chasers flowed we got talking to many of the locals who are always a sucker for an English accent and we learnt how to play the fabulous game of beer pong!

We had a fantastic night and managed to forget the -12 degree weather outside, before we knew it, it was 2am and we were being taken on a tour of Greenwich Village by the locals!

We collapsed on our bed at sometime around 5am dreading having to pack in a few hours time!

Our last night was brilliant and we really did experience the City That Never Sleeps that night!

If you are in New York for work or play I recommend visiting this pub if you want cheap drinks and great atmosphere with local people.




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I keep promising my diaries from my New York adventures and although this isn’t from the very beginning this memory made me laugh out loud today!!

Those who follow me on various social media will know I’ve been to my beloved New York on two occasions, once in 2001 where I witnessed 9/11 and again last year. New York has been my love affair for as long as I can remember and last year made me fall back in love all over again.

You will see in time my journey to New York the first time I was there and you will see why I love it so very very much.

This story however is from a day in the middle of our week long trip during a freezing cold January in 2014.

I planned the trip based on a mutual love of budgeting and getting everything as cheap as possible, hence a -12 degrees welcome and a folder full of money saving activities and happy hour bars! (more about that in my New York Diaries)

I chose a hotel on the Upper west Side as it was very good value and myself and Mr Seaside love walking and travelling so didn’t mind the walking and using the subway to the trendy downtown areas.

Anyhow, I digress as usual! After a morning of freezing cold sightseeing in Times Square I navigated us to the free ferry to Staten Island. I figured the ferry trip would not only bring back memories of Working Girl with the wonderful “9 till 5” soundtrack, which I do indeed adore but also that we could see the more than fabulous skyline of New York City.

We sat on the ferry, freezing, taking photos and not expecting much at the other end but we had to wait for the next ferry back (thinking it would be rude to go straight back, we had come from England!) A few blocks up we stumbled upon a little café.

The Everything Goes Book Café. A wonderful little corner of the world! We warmed up, had a cup of tea and watched the locals (we are people watchers!) It was then we decided, sod Manhattan, lets have a night out in Staten Island.

We travelled back up to the Upper West via ferry, subway and foot to refresh, eat and ….what else would we do!?

Anyhow the same trip back, Mr Seaside assuring me it was just to get a shot of the skyline at night.

It was only ever going to end up in a bar with the excuse of warming up!!

Pier 76 to be exact. I ordered a Bud, he went all out and had a vodka, Mr Seaside, English accent and a football fan sat at the bar……………….The vodka kept on coming!!! They loved him. We didn’t pay for another drink and by five to twelve I realised we had to run for the ferry.

Hmmmmm. he seemed ok sat at the bar, bear in mind I’m like that on a weekly basis but on holiday I am Little Miss Sensible!!

Five to twelve at a bar, last ferry about to set off…………………………………….

Pi%$%^d up boyfriend ………..He really is paying me back for having to take me up the road the “very odd” occasion in an intoxicated state!

I managed a Supergirl stunt to get him to the ferry when his legs didn’t work and laid him down to rest so I could see the night sky line we both wanted to see.

When Mr Seaside drifted of on a bench I wandered to the front of the ferry to take in the magnificent view heading back and yes I got distracted and forgot about the other half!!! There are many interesting people on a ferry at 12 am in New York!

When I realised I forgot my beloved, he was just rousing from his “sleep” and wondering where he was and wondering where the love of his life was!!!

That was just the beginning, just getting him off the ferry was a task!

I then had to navigate the subway from one end of Manhattan to the other at 12.30 at night. With a very drunk boyfriend!

I have never had so much fun. I had so much fun its a whole new post!!!!!!

I eventually got Mr Seaside back to our hotel in -12 conditions but I look back on that day and laugh so much every time. We were freezing and drunk but we were in New York and we made it with so many laughs on the way!!