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Bar Review: Calico Jack’s Cantina

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Calico Jack’s Cantina

800 2nd Ave.
New York, NY, 10017
Tel: 212.557.4300

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, Sunday: 11:30AM – 4:00AM, Saturday: 5:00PM – 4:00AM

Best Time to Go: While a theme-packed list of weekly specials is offered (the most enticing being dollar drafts on “Sunday Fundays”), Calico Jack’s best serves as an occasional, big-event spot.

Beer List: Corona Light, Corona, Budweiser, Bud Light, Heineken, Heineken Light, Blue Moon, Guinness, Bass, Dos Equis, Miller Light, Stella Artois

calico-jacks-cantinaWhen you’re under the legal United States drinking age of 21, a plethora of venues exist where one can host their birthday party (Chuck E. Cheese’s, anyone?). When that milestone is reached and subsequently passed, the question of “How should I celebrate my birthday?” becomes even more difficult to answer, now that the option of alcohol can be added to the mix. Because of this, we have decided to provide a solid venue for your birthday planning—Calico Jack’s Cantina.

Located on 2nd Ave. at the corner of good ol’ 42nd St., Calico Jack’s Cantina—or Calico Jack’s, for short—offers the thirstiest birthday package in all of Manhattan. For the birthday boy/girl, free drinks are poured from 9:00PM – 11:00PM, while friends enjoy top-shelf specials for only twenty dollars.

Yet does the establishment hold up during any normal evening? Not really.The Mexican-Cajun plate choices are generic, and the wait service was slow. Minus their delicious margaritas, dinner seemed to be an unmemorable experience. Furthermore, be prepared to shout over others if you would like to enjoy a conversation after 6:00PM. Bottom line: save Jack for your birthday.

Pros: Colorful Mexican décor screams vibrant, fun.

Cons: Dance/standing area becomes difficult to navigate (overcrowded, lack of organization) after 6:00PM. Music selection rarely varied from traditional 1990’s club favorites and party anthems.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5