Drink, Monica Byers, New York — July 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm



The Emerald: consider yourselves warned (photo by Monica Byers)

NEW YORK, NY – We stumbled into The Emerald as an unplanned stopover on my husband’s birthday, between dinner in TriBeCa and a planned trip to the Meatpacking District for live music.  It was a hot, muggy night and a quick mid-trip pint seemed in order.  The Emerald was a never-before-visited, random choice for our pit stop, but the sign on the bar (above) was our indication that this was our kind of joint.

Rear bar at The Emerald (photo by Monica Byers)

The Emerald is a SoHo watering hole that is equal parts pub (the front bar area), cave (the back bar area) and “gothic ski lodge” (in the words of one patron).  The place is attitude-free  - an amazing feat in a part of town not necessarily known for regular Joe-ness – with a friendly bar staff and a jukebox (hence the admonition about the perils of playing “Call Me, Maybe”).   80s pop was the soundtrack on the night we hung out there – downright awesome for those of us of a certain age.

What is the little thing that makes Emerald Pub worth a visit?  A fun,relaxed environment where you can knock back a few and let your hair down.

Where is it?  308 Spring Street, New York.

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