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Bar Review: Spring Lounge

Submitted by on August 21, 2009 – 9:38 AMOne Comment
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Spring Lounge
48 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
Tel: 212.965.1774

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 8 AM – 4 AM
Sunday 12 PM – 4 AM
Every day of the year!

Best times to go:

Friday and Saturday nights and right after work during the week (5 PM – 7 PM)

Outside of Spring Lounge (NYC)

Outside of Spring Lounge (NYC)

If you’re looking for a place to kick back, meet the locals, and enjoy a cold beer, this is the place for you!  Employees and patrons of Spring Lounge, life is short, so drink early!  Located at the corner of Spring St. and Mulberry St., the bar originally opened in the 1920’s, but wasn’t called Spring Lounge until the 1970’s.  Since then, locals have referred to it as “the shark bar” because of the life-sized stuffed sharks that are used as decoration.

The Spring Lounge prides itself on being open every day of the year from 8 AM until 4 AM (except for Sundays when the bar opens at noon), and rightfully so!  They have even formed a society that caters only to those up for an early morning drink: The Early Morning Drinkers Society (E.M.D.S).  In order to become a member, you must purchase a drink between the hours of 8 AM and 2 PM and fill out a membership card, which is then stamped every day that you drink at the Spring Lounge during those hours.  Once you have received 30 stamps, you are an official member of the E.M.D.S!

The dynamics of the crowd is certainly a fascinating one.  Immediately after I walked into the bar I saw a couple who were clearly on a date, a trio of men in their business suits, and a group of regulars who wanted to get an early start on their Wednesday night.  Having visited the bar around 6 PM, there was a mixture of artsy 20-somethings as well as men and women in their business clothes clearly looking for an after-work drink.  The bar gives off a very chill vibe.  The specials and events are all listed on the wall behind the bar, written in different colored chalk on chalk boars.  Behind the bar there is also a collage of photographs of the bartenders and customers from various nights.  Being a relatively small venue, the bar is furnished with narrow wooden tables and matching stools and benches to sit on.  The size seemed to help customers interact with one another and meet lots of new faces, all while still being able to have private conversations with a friend if desired.

On tap, Spring Lounge offers 12 different selections: Brooklyn Lager, Chelsea Sunset Red, Flying Dog In Heat Wheat, Great Divide Belgica, Guinness, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale, Magic Hat #9, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Stella Artois, Tetleys English Ale, and Victory St. Boisterous Hellerbock.  There are also 15 different beers sold in bottles, 2 in cans, and the staple beers: Bud, Bud Lite, Corona, and Heineken.  Jen Torriero, bartender at Spring Lounge, said that Stella Artois and Pabst Blue Ribbon were generally the most popular, “but people definitely love trying the smaller craft beers that we rotate on tap.”

Dominick Daddio, Alana Baldassari, and Abe Stoller having a good time.

Dominick Daddio, Alana Baldassari, and Abe Stoller having a good time.

After talking to a few customers, I concluded that Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale and Sierra Nevada Summerfest were the two most popular beers of the night.  Three local New Yorkers from Manhattan were torn between Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ and Sierra Nevada Summerfest.  “The Lagunitas is kind of silky satin,” Dominick Daddio of Manhattan,  said.  “It’s sweet and hoppy and summery, so I like it even more!”

The Spring Lounge has weekly specials and events that you don’t want to miss if you are in the area.  Every weekday from 5 – 7 PM draught beer and well drinks are $1 off and on Wednesdays starting at 5 PM hot dogs are cooked in a favorite beer and served for free!  Whether you are meeting a friend for a beer or winding down after a long day’s work or simply are craving a morning drink, make sure to stop into the Spring Lounge. You won’t be disappointed!

Pros: Fun and friendly atmosphere with a very interesting mix of patrons and a large selection of beers!

Cons: Being a small but popular venue, it gets noisy very quickly.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5