Last Tuesday I met an old boss/friend for drinks to catch up. We both live on the UES and wanted to find a place with specials (or at least I did) that wouldn’t be taken over by Fat Tuesday celebrations. Having walked by Trinity Pub a few times, usually on the way back from Brandy’s Piano Bar, I thought we’d give it a try, especially since I called to confirm their Tuesday night special – 2 for 1 drafts of Yuengling and Bud Light, wine and well drinks all night.
Trinity Pub is the sister bar to two other UES bars, Banshee Public House and The Gael Pub, and while I haven’t been to Banshee Public House, I have been to The Gael Pub a few times and enjoyed myself, particularly on Trivia Night. However I definitely prefer the atmosphere of Trinity Pub. It’s really small with one circular booth, a bar with maybe 12 stools tops and some other stools against the opposing wall. There’s a juke box and on Tuesday night at least, a very friendly bartender, Barry, ready to take care of you. It had everything I needed and made for the perfect place for catching up. Rumor has it that the clientele gets a little younger and rowdier on the weekends, but I haven’t been there to experience it for myself. So I still stand by my claim that it’s a great spot for talking with friends or a date.
We talked for a few hours over some wine (the red wine was generously filled up each time) and as the night wore on more people started piling in, but it wasn’t too crowded. Â We got to talking to some of the patrons and a bunch of them were regulars and good friends. One even travels up from Tribeca to his old stomping ground because he’s so loyal to the bar and his buddies. That alone should speak volumes for the atmosphere and character of the bar. It is also worth noting that we were the only two females in the bar that night and we were treated with a lot of respect, but not in a creepy way. They were just genuinely good natured guys.
In addition to the Tuesday night special, Trinity Pub has a happy hour 7 days a week from 5-8 pm featuring $4 Yuengling and Bud Light drafts, half-priced wine (about $4 a glass) and well drinks (about $5 a glass). They also host their own Trivia Night on Mondays, accompanied by various drink specials, and a live Irish band playing music on Wednesdays 9 pm – midnight. Just be sure to call the day-of to inquire about any other specials throughout the week as they seem to rotate a bit randomly.
All in all, Trinity Pub was the perfect neighborhood Irish pub. I hesitated writing about it, but the truth is that it deserves some praise and I can’t be greedy to keep it all to myself! So grab a friend and enjoy a casual drink with a friendly bartender and fellow patrons.The Basics
Name: Trinity Pub
Location: 229 E. 84th Street
Who to bring: a Date, Friends (3 max)
Price: Regular prices but they can have some great specials, $$
Overall: It has everything I’m looking for in a local pub, I just wish the daily specials were written in concrete. 4 Stars.