Venue: Bar & Restaurant
Atmosphere: Casual, Chillin
Crowd/Scene: Afterwork, Happy Hour
Foursquare Check-in: http://4sq.com/GS1Hu1
Rating: 3 Stars
I know what you’re saying (if you looked at the Foursquare check-in): this was after Labor Day!
However, this year, there were only 99 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day. So in order to complete my “100 Days, 100 Things, 100 Posts” series, I had to extend the project 1 day. Not that I actually got to 100 things on this final day, but the process wouldn’t have been complete without finishing strong on the last day, right…?
…Or I just wanted to get to the number 30.
Anyway, Flatiron Hall was talked about by everyone I know in the Chelsea/Flatiron area this past summer. It opened sometime around May/June (who cares really?), and it has since been a very well-reviewed afterwork place. In fact, everyone I know that works in this neighborhood has invited me there for drinks afterwork, and it has only been 3/4 months since that had become an option!
So as you can imagine, when I got there, I was expecting it to be the most crowded place in all of Manhattan. And it was…but just on the main floor! But in the basement, where I was meeting several of my business school brethren, it was actually quite chill, relaxing and not at all crowded with overworked Manhattanites.
So how was it? It was a better than alright, but nothing special. I think the reason it has gotten so much fanfare is because it’s exactly what you want afterwork. There are no frills, long lines, loud music or overly rambunctious 22-year old investment bankers throwing caution to the wind (boy, I’ve never sounded so old!). Instead, it’s a nice group of late 20s, early 30′s individuals, most of which live or work in Chelsea, which almost all but eliminates the prospects of having too many bankers in one place…and that always makes for a better evening.
There are televisions downstairs for all of you sports lovers. There are plenty of singles trying to mingle. And there are definitely more than your fair share of groups that come to Flatiron Hall to have more “fun” than one probably should be having on a Tuesday night when you have to get up and go to work on a Wednesday morning. So Flatiron Hall has a little bit of everything for those who want it, while still maintaining an overall atmosphere that is conducive to drowning the workday’s sorrows in a glass of alcohol and complaining about your boss with your subordinate, who wants nothing more than to complain about his boss when he goes off to his next happy hour.
Despite the great atmosphere, this is another one of those beer-snob places, so I was “forced” to order a beer–albeit, after I had at least one rum & coke. I went with the pilsner (per my newly discovered liking for it at Die Stammkneipe / Der Schwarze Kölner), and it wasn’t bad at all. I probably should have stopped at beer, but I wound up in a 3-shot square off with a friend of mine, which wasn’t really a problem, but it didn’t make getting out of bed on a Wednesday morning any easier. That said, I was right back at Flatiron Hall the next day for a friend’s birthday celebration!