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Have you ever walked in to a place, surveyed the area and concluded that someone may have literally picked it up, turned it upside down and then placed it back on its right side?

#TBT from my first trip to Wrigley Field last year.

#TBT from my first trip to Wrigley Field last year.

This is how I felt at 3 am on Thursday morning as I walked in to Kelly’s, one of my favorite East Village haunts. I’m inherently a fan of Kelly’s because it serves as a home for fans of both my Buffalo Bills and Sabres. The wings (and for that matter, anything in the deep fryer) are delicious and the Blue Light is usually a plentiful.

Kelly’s is an interesting spot for a couple of reasons, one being that in addition to housing Bills and Sabres faithful, it also backs the Chicago Cubs and Bulls. So when the Cubs made the World Series, I knew exactly where to go and watch the game. Matter-of-fact, that is what I did for Sunday’s Game 5, a Cubs win in Wrigley.

Of course I was working during Game 7 but after the game finished, around 3 am, I jetted down to the Lower East Side to see if there were any revelers still celebrating. What I walked in to was a semi-madhouse. Keep in mind; it’s the middle of the week.

Forget stools, people were actually still just sitting right on the bar drinking. Or standing on a bench. You couldn’t find a part of the floor your shoes didn’t stick to. And the Blue Light is usually a plentiful, but the watering hole was actually sold out of bottled beer.

I love Kelly’s. Seriously the only thing that made me upset about any of this was that I wasn’t there when the final out was recorded. In lieu of that, here’s some video via Instagram of the celebration that ensued.

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And what you didn’t see was the crowd OUTSIDE the bar, the width of the building and packed back in to the street.

It must have been memorable, because even at 3 am on a weeknight the place was still buzzing. I stayed for a couple of draft brews and then headed up Avenue A to another establishment that I feel a certain kinship towards: the venerable dive bar Niagara. I mean, I am from Niagara Falls after all.

The night finally ended at Sophie’s, which apparently has been an East Village staple for quite some time, although this was my first visit. There are $4 bottled beers, a pool table and a lot of regulars that like to hang out there, even at 4 am last call on a Thursday morning.

An Uber ride and Seamless bodega order later, my night came to an end. It definitely wasn’t how I had planned to spend my Wednesday night. I guess you could say it got turned upside down.

Looking for Englishman-turned Aussie-turned LA native Conrad Sewell when he visits New York? You have good reason to seek out Irish pubs on the Lower East Side.

“The guy (at the bar) knows me, so I just get lots of free booze and I always end up like completely… being really responsible by the time I leave there,” revealed Sewell of is favorite watering hole. Perhaps that’s why he called it Gilhooley’s? A quick Google search yielded many pubs in the UES, none of which bared that name.
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Then again, maybe his intention was not to be sought out.

“There’s so many good places,” he continued to gush about Manhattan. “Katz’s Deli obviously, get a couple sandwiches from there.

“It’s the only city that I still go to (where) you get that buzz that you get when you’ve never been to a place before. I get that every time I go to New York.”

Sewell is working on a full-length album to follow up his new EP, “All I Know. The singer is also currently on tour with Andra Day but is not listed to support her New York show on March 25 at Webster Hall. He will join her in Cambridge, Mass., Washington D.C., Philadelphia and his native Los Angeles.

But of course, none of those cities have the same buzz… or Katz’s Deli’s pastrami sandwich.