Last weekend, I organized a group of about 30 of my friends and we headed to Down the Hatch down in the West Village for a day of drinking. Â Why do we day drink at Down the Hatch? Well the deal is phenomenal – $21 gets you 3 pitchers of beer and all you can eat wings, fries and onion rings from 1-6 pm.
We’ve made a tradition to visit Down the Hatch every January. Â Why early January? Well NYU is out of school, so this bar is a little bit more empty than during the school year. Â I will warn you – day drinking can be pretty rough, especially if you marathon all day long, starting at 1pm. Â You may be in bed by 10pm on a Saturday night.
Caryn and I know we reviewed this place a few years back, but since some of you may be new to the blog – thought we’d revisit the review.
This review was originally posted January 8, 2010.
I recently fell back in love with daytime drinking. Â Thereâ€™s really nothing better than having a few beers midday, going to bed by midnight, and having all of Sunday hangover-free to tackle whatever projects you wanted to finish over the weekend.
Last weekend, I headed over toÂ Down the HatchÂ to indulge in some beers and wings. Â Down the Hatch, located in the West Village, has a pretty sweet deal on Saturday and Sundays â€“ pay $21, and youâ€™ll have unlimited wings, fries and onion rings from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Â Need something to wash down those wings? Youâ€™ll also get 3 pitchers of beer. Â Donâ€™t worry, you donâ€™t have to juggle several pitchers. Â Instead, you get tickets, and you can redeem each ticket for a beer or use four tickets and get a pitcher. Â You can select any of the beers on tap â€“ I believe I was drinking Michelob Ultra for most of the afternoon (gotta cut those calories somewhere).
The bar had plenty of tables and counters to eat wings off of, and unlike a night bar scene, everyone was friendly. Â People were sharing tables, chatting it up, pouring you some beer, etc. Â Granted, I was in NYU territory and may have been about 4 years older than some of the patrons, but everyone was getting along fine â€“ to the point where I may have screamed out â€œColl-ege.â€
Now on to the beer â€“ when I heard 1-6 p.m., I knew there was no reason for me to get there at 1, given that I was not 100% on Friday after
the New Year activities. Â Instead, we got there at 3. Â At first I was a little upset because back in the day, Saturday activities were all you can drink and now I was limited to 3 pitchers (this coming from the girl who only needs 3 beers). Â But, we didnâ€™t come close to redeeming all our drink tickets â€“ not even the guys. Â As a heads up, at 5:30 the bartenders stop serving pitchers, but you can still get cups of beer. Â The bartenders are fine with you stocking up with beer at your table â€“ I believe once it became 6 p.m., we may have had 2 pitchers left and stayed for another hour. Â Some bartenders didnâ€™t even collect tickets, which was great.
As far as the food went, it was your typical bar food and was perfect for accompanying a pint. Â Wings came with fries and you could order onion rings too if you wanted. Â Our favoriteÂ Atomic WingsÂ provides the wings at Down the Hatch, and they have the 89thandbroke.com seal of approval.
If you are looking to grab a few drinks during the day, check out Down the Hatch. Â Itâ€™s a much more affordable option than sitting in any other bar in this city and ordering drinks and food.The Basics Name: Down the Hatch Location: 179 W. 4th St between Jones St and Barrow St Who to bring: Friends Price: If you go the whole time, less than $5 to drink and eat per hour! $ Overall: Â Is it bad I think I may swing by tomorrow? Â 4 stars (rating based on daytime drinking)