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The new Tempest Bar – Now Serving Food!

Tempest Bar NYC now provides a

select bar menu from noon to 4am everyday.

New York City pubs aren’t what they used to be.

A pub can’t be an authentic, old school New York City pub without a hint of grit and throwback bartenders with a bit of a hard edge.

Sure, everyone likes clean and comfortable places, but as New York City’s neighborhoods gentrify, its old school pubs are disappearing.

Popping up in their place are Disneyfied imitations. Large corporations own glossy locations, staffed by chirpy staff in pressed uniforms, graduated from a corporate training course. They are managed by non-New Yorkers situated far away, who make all decisions about how customers, mostly tourists, will be treated.

This polished professionalism comes at a price: these establishments are devoid of personality and any hint of “local color,” and belong in an airport in the midwest, not in the greatest city in the world.

The Tempest Bar has proudly been an authentic, old school New York City pub for several decades. It’s been managed for 20 years by Joe Kennedy, a sole proprietor from County Tipperary.

Tempest underwent a thorough renovation recently. But fear not! You won’t see a hint of pressed wood or plastic or off-the-shelf decorations at Tempest Bar. No, our renovation was managed by a contractor who has renovated historic Manhattan establishments such as Fraunces Tavern.

We repainted everything, but then restored the distressed look befitting a landmark bar. A welcome surprise was uncovering an historic skylight above our dance floor and pool table; it is now exposed for all to see.

At Tempest, you’ll encounter a staff of rugged individuals offering authentic hospitality in a quirky, yet clean and comfortable environment that pays homage to its humble origins. Our beloved jukebox is not for the faint of heart, so come energized and prepare to rub elbows on our dance floor, underneath our skylight, with one of the best bar crowds in NYC.

Tempest Bar has installed a pool table alongside its famed dartboards, and will offer karaoke every Saturday night.

Not only do we serve outstanding, inexpensive drinks, but we also provide a select bar menu from 12 noon to 4am everyday. You can enjoy a few drinks and a good meal for under $30. Where else in Manhattan can you do that, while enjoying classic Irish hospitality?

We’re at 30th Street and Eighth Avenue, one of the most convenient locations in the city. To get here, just hop aboard one of the six subway lines that cross through Penn Station.

We look forward to meeting you at the new Tempest Bar.

Tempest is the Best Bar in NYC to Watch the NFL Playoffs

And then there were four.

Two of the most important football games of the year will be played this Sunday, January 20, as the New England Patriots meet the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons play the San Francisco 49ers. The winner of each game meets in the 2013 Super Bowl.

Tempest Bar is the best sports bar in NYC to watch the NFL playoffs. We have plenty of TVs, $4 pints and provide a pool table and darts for halftime.

For NY Rangers fans, it helps to know that we’re at 30th and 8th, making us the best bar near MSG to watch the NFL Playoffs before watching the team’s first home game of the year.

See you Sunday!

Watch Liverpool vs. Man U at Tempest Bar

This Sunday offers an epic Premier League game featuring Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United, on Sunday, January 13, at 8:30 am, live from Old Trafford.

You’re likely wondering where to watch Liverpool vs. Manchester United in NYC.

You want a place full of English soccer fans, but don’t want it to be uncomfortably overcrowded, either. You also don’t want to spend a king’s fortune on food and drink.

Come to Tempest Bar. We’re a large, spacious place, with plenty of room for you and all your mates. Our pints of beer start at $4, and we offer great prices on pitchers and all other drinks. Tempest Bar is now happy to provide a select bar menu from 12 noon to 4am everyday.

For half-time, we offer a pool table and the best dart boards in NYC.

We’ve become known as one of the best Liverpool bars in NYC.

Tempest Bar is the best bar near MSG for Phish fans

For the second year in a row, Phish closes the year with a four-night run at Madison Square Garden.
To appreciate the Phish #YEMSG experience, read this tongue-in-cheek “Phish Fan Advisory” from Gothamist during 2010′s three-night run. For a nostalgic look, read Jon Pareles’ review of a show at MSG in 1996.
Phish shows at Madison Square Garden always means interesting days and nights at Tempest Bar.
Tempest Bar is the only bar near Madison Square Garden owned by a sole proprietor. He emigrated from Ireland many years ago with the dream of operating an authentic Irish tavern that looks like NYC, and not like an Irish pub you might find at an airport in Phoenix.
We have plenty of room for groups, lots of seating, a world-class darts area, a pool table, and a classic jukebox. We sell pints for just $4. Tempest Bar is now happy to provide a select bar menu from 12 noon to 4am everyday.
We host the best Phish after parties, with our dance floor rocking till we close at 4 am each night.
Want to enjoy a real NYC tavern during the four-night run of Phish? Come by Tempest Bar NYC and party with your fellow Phans!

Party at Tempest Bar Before Jingle Ball 2012

This Friday sees the return of Jingle Ball to Madison Square Garden.

With more than a dozen talented acts, it’s one of the must-see shows of the year.

If you’re over 21 and attending the show, you are likely looking for a suitable place to have a drink and dance before and after the show.

For as long as there has been a Jingle Ball, the favorite spot for its fans has been Tempest Bar, the best pre-concert bar near MSG.

Tempest offers low drink prices, and welcome you to order takeout from one of the several great eateries nearby that will deliver your food right to your bar stool or table. Choices include NY Pizza Suprema, the best pizza in NYC.

We’re at 30th Street and Eighth Avenue, right across the street from MSG.

The Best Pre-concert Bar near Madison Square Garden

The Who bring the Quadrophenia Tour to Madison Square Garden on December 5.

The Who have been rocking the Garden since the early 1970s. The band’s website lists all concerts the Who has ever played, starting 50 years ago. Watch this solid footage from the tour stop in Orlando.

For 20 years, one of the favorite NYC bars for The Who fans has been Tempest Bar, which has proudly been an authentic, old school New York City pub for several decades.

No wonder we’re considered the best pre-concert bar near MSG.

Tempest underwent a thorough renovation recently, but still maintains its gritty character. We offer low drink prices, and provide a select bar menu from 12 noon to 4am everyday.

We’re at 30th Street and Eighth Avenue, right across the street from MSG.

Tempest Bar Hosting Fans of Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Neil Young and Crazy Horse‘s 2012 American tour stops at Madison Square Garden on November 27. Tickets are still available for the show.

Neil Young has a long history at MSG. He and Crazy Horse played shows at The Felt Forum (now known as The Theater at MSG) in May 1969. According to the website Sugar Mountain, which has a staggering amount of info about Neil Young on tour, this is the 24th show Young has headlined or co-headlined at MSG or its smaller theater, including collaborations with Crosby, Stills and Nash.

For many of those shows, going back 20 years, one of the favorite watering holes of Neil Young fans has been Tempest Bar, which has proudly been an authentic, old school New York City pub for several decades.

Tempest underwent a thorough renovation recently, managed by a contractor who has renovated historic Manhattan establishments such as Fraunces Tavern, who ensured that it retained the distressed look befitting a landmark bar.

We serve outstanding, inexpensive drinks, and welcome patrons to order takeout from one of the several great eateries nearby that will deliver your food right to your bar stool or table.

We’re at 30th Street and Eighth Avenue, right across the street from MSG.

The Zac Brown Band Plays MSG


The Zac Brown Band comes to MSG this Saturday night, November 17.

It’s tour is in support of its latest album, “Uncaged,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The band members speak as though they’re just getting to know one another, and believe the best is yet to come for this band. The band notes that Uncaged has a wide range of songs, “from  traditional country (“The Wind”) to Caribbean rhythms (“Jump Right In”) and even slinky bedroom R&B (“Overnight”). Running roughshod over genre boundaries, and bringing its audience along for the ride, its title is absolutely accurate—this is truly the sound of a band ‘Uncaged’.”

The newly renovated Tempest Bar is the best bar near Madison Square Garden.

At Tempest, you’ll encounter a quirky, yet clean and comfortable environment that pays homage to its humble origins.

Not only do we serve outstanding, inexpensive drinks, but we also welcome patrons to order takeout from one of the several great eateries nearby that will deliver your food right to your bar stool or table. You can enjoy a few drinks and a good meal for under $20. Where else in Manhattan can you do that, while enjoying classic Irish hospitality?

Looking for something to do after the show? Come back after the show energized and rub elbows on our dance floor, underneath our skylight, with a great bar crowd, and enjoy the best Karaoke in NYC.

We’re at 30th Street and Eighth Avenue, right across the street from Madison Square Garden.

See you Saturday!

Come to Tempest Bar Before Madonna at MSG

Concerts are back at the World’s Most Famous Arena!

Madonna Louise Ciccone brings her MDNA Tour to Madison Square Garden for two nights on November 12 and 13.

  • Watch this video of an earlier show on the tour.
  • For photos of Madonna from her many memorable shows at MSG back to 1985, click here

With tickets in hand, your next quest is to find the best bar near Madison Square Garden.

Tempest Bar has proudly been an authentic, old school New York City pub for several decades. Recently renovated, it still offers the best beer prices near MSG. Our beloved jukebox is not for the faint of heart, so come energized and prepare to rub elbows on our dance floor, underneath our skylight, with one of the best bar crowds in NYC.

Not only do we serve outstanding, inexpensive drinks, but we also welcome patrons to order takeout from one of the several great eateries nearby that will deliver your food right to your bar stool or table. You can enjoy a few drinks and a good meal for under $20. Where else in Manhattan can you do that, while enjoying classic Irish hospitality?

We’re at 30th Street and Eighth Avenue, right across the street from Madison Square Garden.

The NY Knicks Begin Again

The New York Knicks 2012-13 season kicks off next week, about two months earlier than it started last year!

The Knicks have done quite a bit in the off-season to erase the disappointment of a first round sweep in last year’s playoffs. The new lineup gets an early season test in just the second game, as defending champs the Miami Heat come to town on November 2.

Bleacher Report has aggregated predictions about the NY Knicks season from all over the web.

Like Tempest Bar, Madison Square Garden underwent phase II of its renovation this summer and is eager to unveil itself to fans.

One thing that hasn’t changed: the sky-high prices for beer in Madison Square Garden. So come party with your fellow Knicks fans at Tempest Bar, the best sports bar near MSG, before and after all games. Don’t spend $11 for a beer at Madison Square Garden; come to Tempest and enjoy $4 pints of Coors Light and Tempest Lager, and a great price on Guinness and Sam Adams.

You can also save quite a bit on food as well. We offer the best pizza in NYC at regular pizza parlor prices, delivered to your bar stool or table by NY Pizza Suprema. We can also order heros or salads from the Gardenia Deli or the express hero shop right next door.

Here’s to a great season for the Knicks, and to a great year at the best NY Knicks bar in NYC!

Celebrate Halloween with Karaoke at Tempest Bar, Saturday Oct 27

Halloween & Karaoke? Yes!

Tempest Bar NYC has the best karaoke in NYC every Saturday night.

This week, it is hosting a costume party and a karaoke party on Saturday, October 27th. This is sure to be one of the best Halloween parties in the city.

Tempest has recently undergone a total renovation, but managed to retain its landmark tavern charm. Our regulars are telling us they love the place more than ever.

So, start thinking about your song choices now. Need some inspiration? How about some trivia about some spooky classics?!

1) This is the signature song of a 1975 cult classic movie starring Barry Bostwick as a male lead; Steve Martin auditioned for Bostwick’s role but did not get it.

2) The red jacket worn by the star of this classic scary video sold at auction for $1.8 million earlier this year.

3) This song is the namesake to the movie whose soundtrack it headlined in 1984. All of the college scenes in the movie were filmed at Columbia University.

4) Will Smith and others were sued by the makers of “Nightmare on Elm Street” for copyright infringement over this 1989 hit song.

5) The roots of this 1979 classic are debated: one reporter says that it was written as a ‘description of life on tour’ and others have speculated that band members were Satanists. The band now says it was simply inspired by the feeling of long 2,000 mile road trips.

Pick one of these classics, or choose your own. Or, hey, sing something that has nothing to do with Halloween. Just get your best costume on, and come see us for some affordable Halloween fun. It’s sure to get wild.