Joe’s Bar – 480 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan, New York

The Upper West Side has a new bar in town – Joe’s Bar. I checked out their grand opening last week where the alcohol was flowing (and the bartenders pour a very strong drink).

Atmosphere at the Grand Opening of Joe's Bar NYC

Joe’s bills itself as creating the ideal, uptown locale – with a relaxed, downtown feel. The interior captures the essence of simplicity – with vintage record albums lining the shelves, retro family photos along the walls, and the musical stylings of Led Zepplin and Fleetwood Mac playing in the background.

Flash Gordon's Breakfast at the Grand Opening of Joe's Bar NYC

Joe’s features a handful of craft cocktails with clever names such as Night Fever, Scooby Snack, and Flash Gordon’s Breakfast. I gave a few of these a try and they were really good and really strong. No argument from me here.

Grand Opening of Joe's Bar NYC

In a strip full of bars such as the Gin Mill, Jake’s Dilemma and Brother Jimmy’s, Joe’s Bar takes a step in the opposite direction – providing an option to grab something other than the Bud Light in a relaxed atmosphere.