Before last night, I went to Landmark Tavern on a Saturday afternoon and really enjoyed it. The bar was not crowded, the bartender was friendly, and it was a great place to grab a drink away from the midtown crowds.
Last night my opinion of the place completely changed. We arrived with a group of 13 people and, even though the bar was relatively empty, the bouncer made us wait in a line outside as though we were at a club. Once inside, one of my friends noticed that everyone who came in after us also complained about the bouncer; she decided to report him to the manager when she saw him threaten to make 1 man leave because he thought the man was there by himself.
At some point in the evening, I became aware of a commotion by the door. I looked over and saw this same friend who reported the bouncer being screamed at by him (he is 6'4'' and at least 290lbs; she is 5'2'') and blocked from coming back into the bar. The next thing I saw was him grabbing her and shoving her into the street. At this point the manager came running over and screamed at anyone in our group who was standing nearby. He yelled at me ""You need to get the f*** out of my bar!"" I calmly told him my husband was settling his tab and then we would leave. I also explained to him that a lot of people had complained about the bouncer, at which point both he and the bouncer started screaming at me.
All of this was witnessed by the 13 people in our group (the population of the bar dropped significantly once we left) as well as the 10 people remaining in the bar, including our friend who is a lawyer who tried to explain to the bouncer as he was grabbing and shoving that this was assault, to which he answered, ""You're not allowed back in either!""
To be completely fair, apparently my friend called the bouncer a rude name and told him that she reported him to the manager, which is what caused the commotion. I wish she hadn't done that, but the bouncer completely overreacted and did so in a way that is both inappropriate and illegal.
The manager also treated a crowd that made up the majority of his customers that night very poorly. I was not using profanity when I told him that a lot of people complained about the bouncer, but he reacted to me as though I were a 20 year old frat kid. My husband tipped the bartender because he was courteous and professional all evening, but he also told the manager on the way out that it is not a very smart financial decision to lose 13 customers in 1 evening.
I am not sure if they plan to keep this bouncer or not. He gave an awful big club vibe to what is actually a nice neighborhood pub. I would not recommend this bar at night because that's when they have the bouncer. He is the only reason I am giving this place 1 star.
Pros: Not crowded, casual, friendly bartender
Cons: crazy bouncer