Wilfie & Nell

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Wilfie & Nell Despite its genteel name and ivied French windows, Wilfie & Nell is actually a hardcore watering hole for young professionals and finance types looking to get seriously drunk – and an impressive selection of tap and bottled... New York United States 40.7340731 -74.0030194
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Wilfie & Nell - Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant in New York.
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Party Earth Review Despite its genteel name and ivied French windows, Wilfie & Nell is actually a hardcore watering hole for young professionals and finance types looking to get seriously drunk – and an impressive selection of tap and bottled... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    1, 2: Christopher Street-Sheridan Square-7th Avenue South; A, B, C, D, E, F, M: West 4th Street-Washington Square-6th Avenue

  • Phone:

    212-242-2990

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Bar: M–F 4pm–4am, Sa–Su noon–4am
    Brunch: Sa–Su noon–4pm
    Kitchen: open until 2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Wilfie & Nell Review

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Despite its genteel name and ivied French windows, Wilfie & Nell is actually a hardcore watering hole for young professionals and finance types looking to get seriously drunk – and an impressive selection of tap and bottled...

Despite its genteel name and ivied French windows, Wilfie & Nell is actually a hardcore watering hole for young professionals and finance types looking to get seriously drunk – and an impressive selection of tap and bottled beers like Rogue and Dead Guy Ale helps them reach that goal.

A single baby blue armchair invites the occasional laid-back customer to relax with a seasonal cocktail, but most of the boisterous crowd is too busy getting loud, downing shots, and scoping out the crowd to even think about sitting down.

An earthy décor combined with exposed brick walls, Mason jar candles, and sunflower centerpieces creates a jovial, flirtatious atmosphere, helped along by communal plank tables usually filled with after-work groups and singles getting to know each other better.

Also a restaurant and gastropub, the venue showcases a fantastic savory menu purveyed by Murray’s Cheese Shop and Blue Ribbon Bakery that attracts both foodies and creative types for lunch during the week or brunch on the weekends when smaller crowds allow for a bit more elbow room.

Although the staff can be a touch snooty, the friendly, sociable clientele more than makes up for it, especially on the weekends when overgrown former frat boys and their sorority counterparts show up for a raucous night out.

Always a good bet for relaxing drinks after work, Wilfie & Nell has also become a destination for hard partiers looking for an alternative to the club scene.

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Tip from Lucas:

The most coveted spot in the house is a semi-private dining nook divided from the rest of the space by a couple of rustic doors. W&N operates on a first-come first-served basis, but if you can grab the space, you and your boys will have the ultimate vantage point for doing some intense crowd scanning.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, singles, and bankers by night, foodies and creative types weekdays, mid-20s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient folk, rock, roots, blues, and indie. Occasional live Irish music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of small plates including Scotch eggs, Guinness shepherd’s pie, corned beef and gruyere cheese sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Brunch features homemade soda bread and potato cakes.

  • Prices

    Menu $4–$14, brunch $5–$12. Beer $6–$8, wine and cocktails $8+, single malts up to $26.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual chic: cute dresses or designer jeans for women and fitted t-shirts and jeans for men, or work attire for both.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Sundays through Wednesdays, early evenings, and weekend afternoons for a good meal without the overbearing crowds, or Friday and Saturday nights for a rowdy, flirtatious time.

  • Close By

    Extra Virgin (259 West 4th Street between Charles and Perry) has a notoriously popular brunch.

Wilfie & Nell User Reviews

Average rating:
Good food, not so good vibes
Helen D. Aug 10, 2013
While the cheese plates, scotch eggs, and pigs in a blanket are absolutely delectable on a night when few other bars in the area are serving up legitimate late night pub-style food, the vibes at Wilfie & Nell's kill the establishment for me. It's a bar where wealthy, older, and usually scummy men come to pick up girls and, having lived down the street, I saw this happen frequently. It's 100 percent a single's bar so prepare to get hit on. I stopped frequenting this bar when the crowds of businessmen became creepier and creepier. Another downside, it's usually always too crowded to sit, and you end up standing by trash cans sipping your cocktails and trying to talk to friends over loud, overplayed music. However, the servers here are actually incredibly accommodating and sweet. They deserve respect and loads of tips for mustering up the strength to continue smiling late into the night in such a crowded and uncomfortable environment.
Well, all right.
Chris K. Nov 14, 2012
Wilfie & Nell is a bar with decent food and an all right decor with an interesting crowd and a not-terrible vibe. The end. What's that? You were forced to wait outside for forty minutes by doormen insisting that the place was packed even though you could see through the front windows that it was barely full? Hey, me too! This is Wilfie & Nell's flaw: its hype and door policy don't match it interior. Were it a nice neighborhood bar and treated itself as just that, maybe it would be slightly more tolerable. As it is, the place is such a press darling that it pulls a velvet rope routine I'm not sure it deserves. A fine bar, but not worth the hassle when Kettle Of Fish is so close by.
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