I love so many bars in New York, but very few are true champions in my eyes. One exception is the longtime local favorite Jimmy’s Corner on 44th Street that always comes up a winner. Founded by boxing legend Jimmy Glenn who recently passed away, this joint keeps it real with a no-nonsense attitude, a hot soundtrack on the jukebox, and some of the cheapest drinks on the Island of Manhattan.
Located on the edge of Times Square, this is my go-to spot for a quick drink after work or a long night of sitting at the bar making new friends as the drinks pile up. Plus, this is one of the few Midtown bars where I can actually afford a few rounds, and you can never go wrong with a shot of bourbon and a cold beer. Just note, the space is tiny, so if I spot an empty barstool when I push through the door or a table in the back, I grab it before someone else does.
And even if you don’t see Jimmy behind the bar, you’ll find photos of him everywhere smiling with boxing greats and regulars alike — even tucked up under the glass on the elbow-worn bar.