The new Tempest Bar!
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 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, 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.