Now, George Keeley’s Liquor License is Suspended

Governor Cuomo released a new report on August 3, stating that another 19 bars in New York State have faced liquor license suspensions for “egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders.”

Just days after we learned about Hi Life Bar & Grill’s liquor license suspension, George Keeley, located at 485 Amsterdam Avenue (between 83rd and 84th Streets), has been added to the list.

The investigation took place on July 30. The report states that investigators “observed twelve patrons standing and congregating around high top tables outside the bar with alcohol and with just one basket of popcorn on the table.”

So, even though they were serving food, it sounds like it wasn’t enough food for 12 people …

This is unfortunate. George Keeley is at the very top of our list of best bars on the UWS.


The first investigation, which resulted in Hi Life’s liquor license suspension, took place on July 29, the day before.

The new report states that between Friday and Sunday, over three-thousand compliance checks were conducted.

As of now, a total of 596 charges have been filed.

Bars which don’t receive liquor license suspensions can still face fines of up to $10,000 for violations. In addition, Cuomo’s “Three Strikes and You’re Closed” initiative states that establishments which receive three violations will be closed.

We’ve reached out to George Keeley for comment.

The other Manhattan bars which have faced liquor license suspensions are:

  • Bettolona at 3143 Broadway
  • Posh at 405 West 51st Street
  • Lasagna Restaurant at 196 8th Avenue
  • Made in Mexico at 3950 10th Avenue
  • Pazza Notte at 1375A Avenue of the Americas
  • Shinsen at 44 Bowery
  • Amata at 209 15 East 56th Street

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