34. Dublin House

Neighborhood: Upper West Side, Manhattan
Address: 225 West 79th St.
Website: dublinhousenyc.com

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.