Midtown Happy Hour: Jimmy’s Corner (w/ a Side of Margon)
If you like to eat, chances are you like to drink (read: a lot of you are freakin’ lushes), so I thought maybe it was time to introduce a happy hour column to the site. Every week we’ll post about a different bar in Midtown that fits the Midtown Lunch mentality: unhealthy food, not lame (unless it’s lame in a cool way), and most importantly… cheap. This week Mamacita checks in with a look at Jimmy’s. They don’t have any food (boooo!) but they’re right near Margon (yea!!!!!).
Lurking behind the neon glow and glitz of Times Square there is a humble slender bar called Jimmy’s Corner. Opened in 1971 by pugilist James Lee Glen to help fund his gym, 39 years later it still stands carrying with it the vestiges of a life immersed in the love of boxing. Coloring, and covering, every wall is photos of boxing giants with one in particular at front and center: a picture of Muhammad Ali with Jimmy at his side (photo after the jump.)
Jimmy’s is a true sports bar. There’s a TV screen in every direction and signs posted behind the bar even warning that political talk is not allowed. Be prepared if you’re coming here on a game night as you’ll be lucky to squeeze past the door, because Jimmy’s is not a hidden secret to the local work crew. This is all for obvious reasons. The bar is welcoming and prices are very reasonable, especially when you consider that you’re practically straddling the crawling, tourist-ridden beast that is Times Square. A pint of Sam Adams and a Jameson came to $8 and most beers and good, not bottom shelf, drinks follow that form.
Along with the great boxing nostalgia there is also an impressive jukebox filled with a classic mix of 40s, 50s, R&B and soul. On a quiet weekend afternoon while downing good bourbon I was treated to Al Green, Sammy Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and Barry White (ooh yeah baby). Unfortunately Jimmy’s Corner doesn’t have any grub for under $10 and that’s because Jimmy’s doesn’t serve any food. The upside of this is you can bring whatever you want to the bar. I chose to share a heaping plate of oxtail with red beans and white rice from Margon (on 46th btw. 6+7th). It was so good I practically licked the container clean!
Jimmy’s Corner has redeemed my faith in that a small â€˜salt of the earth’ bar can make it through all these years despite the changing face of Manhattan and all due to patience, a reverence for the past and perseverance.
And now for a boozey +/-
- A perfect place to run away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square
- Great place to catch a game and make friends with fellow sports fans
- Cheap drinks
- Impressive Jukebox
- Can get utterly packed to the gills on a game night
- Not a place to grab a fancy cocktail
- You really have to be into the nostalgia surrounding the bar, otherwise it’s just a cramped old man bar
- No food, so you’ll have to do a little leg work if your hungry
Jimmy’s Corner, 140 W 44th St (btw. B’way+6th), 212-221-9510
Post and Photos by Mamacita.