34. Dublin House
Neighborhood: Upper West Side, Manhattan
Address: 225 West 79th St.
Unlike lesser Irish pubs, Dublin House's bartender can actually claim Ireland. This is part of the bar's success, but only partially. The rest is due to the quiet, middle-aged clientele, all drinking for their own, singular reasons that, within the bar, ties them together in an unspoken, stereotypically American-male way. Some dives are boiling over with chaotic energy, vomiting clients, a jumping jukebox, drug sales spilling out of the bathroom stall and into the lap of the dude thoroughly working the video poker machine. Dublin House is pacific; the line of stools extending down the bar is neat. The bathroom is clean. Just like you wish your conscious was.