The Irish are known for the gift of gab, and also for the gift of pubs. For a group outing where conversation is guaranteed to flow, it’s hard to top the old world charm of an authentic pub like The Long Room off Times Square. This is prime midtown territory for a post-work tipple or a Broadway warmup. Nothing gets tongues wagging like a loud, buzzy room, and that’s what you’ll find here, especially during weeknight happy hours. True to the name, when you come in you’ll follow the room down for a nice long stretch. Let your eyes graze the colorful array of taps at the bar, as a serious draft selection beckons. A greatest hits of American craft beers are joined by a deep run of Belgians and Brits. Then again, the Dublin callbacks of arched ceilings and faux books (references to Trinity College Library’s Long Room) may have you craving a well-poured pint of Guinness. Find some seats in the roomy back quarters, maybe a cozy perch by the fireplace if the season’s right. Stained glass and vintage prints class up the scene. Smart gastropub offerings are available to satisfy everyone in your crowd, from flatbread pizzas through healthy salads and on to a classic fish ‘n’ chips with ale-battered cod. A little sustenance helps keep the conversation going that much longer.