4 Fun and Casual Bars in Chelsea, NYC


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After a stressful work week, it’s fun to let loose with some friends at a local hangout. Save a stiff, posh atmosphere for another day—here’s 5 fantastic casual bars in Chelsea where you’re sure to have a great time:

1. Pioneer

Two words: free popcorn. That’s right—order a drink and ask for a bowl of fresh popcorn to snack on while you’re there. The drinks are good and inexpensive as well. Spending your birthday at Pioneer? You drink free. Other benefits include the freedom to bring in outside food, giant Jenga and Connect Four games, and the photo booth.

138 West 29th Street

2. Barcade

Enter a past decade at Barcade, an exciting spot to sip on craft beers and play classic video games. Keep it old school with Frogger or challenge friends to a virtual car race. As one happy Yelp user puts it, “the ambience is very friendly and somewhat nerdy.” If that sounds like your type of dive, start planning your visit.

148 West 24th Street

3. Cafeteria

For a trendy spot, check out Cafeteria. The outdoor seating is perfect for soaking in the warm weather and of course, people watching. More than a bar with tasty cocktails, Cafeteria has an extensive menu with delicious options like the Cheddar and Fontina Mac & Cheese or the Grilled Turkey Burger with Avocado. Grab a date or a few friends and look forward to a pleasant evening.

119 7th Avenue

4. Boxers Chelsea

Good times are in store for all at this popular gay sports bar. Aside from specials like Tito’s Vodka Tuesdays where select drinks are only $6 from 9pm to close, Boxers’ entertains with catchy dance music, live sports matches on large flat screens, and a social atmosphere. Go with a coworker to wind down from the week or venture out to meet someone new.

37 West 20th Street