Best Neighborhood Bar: Club 185

From the March 29, 2012 edition

Neighborhood watering holes inspire a fierce loyalty in their regulars, but Club 185 rose to the top of the pack among our readers. Though the nearly 60-year-old German Village institution may not be the place where everybody knows your name — the happy hours are usually too packed to keep track of everyone — it’s got casual warmth and mood-lit ambience to spare. Particular niceties include booth seating that’s placed high enough to facilitate people watching and semi-private conversation, one of the best bar menus in the city and a photo booth for capturing your revelry in old school, pre-Instagram fashion.

Runners-up: St. James Tavern, Bob’s Bar

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