Where to Taste: Pubs, Bars and Taverns
in New York City
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- Adobe Blues — 63 Lafayette Ave. (Staten Island)
Southwest-theme restaurant with a good beer selection (lots of bottles) and live music on week-ends.
- Against The Grain — 620 E. 6th Street (Manhattan)
btw B and C
A small pub/restaurant next to Grape and Grain, with a good beer selection. 5 taps, many bottles.
- Alewife NYC — 5-14 51st Avenue (Queens)
Long Island City
- Anotheroom — 249 West Broadway (Manhattan)
at Beach (i.e. Walker)
Hipster black-and-industrial-steel beer and wine bar in Tribeca. Mostly interesting beers, very little crap and none from the megaswill purveyors. About 1 block from the ACE at Canal or the 1 at Franklin.
- Arrogant Swine — 173 Morgan Avenue (Brooklyn)
at Scholes Street, East Williamsburg
North Carolina-style barbecue and beer hall with 20 beers on tap. L to Morgan Avenue
- Arts and Crafts — 26 West 8th Street (Manhattan)
24 beers on tap, no liquor, no sports, no loud music.
- Augurs Well — 115 Saint Marks Place (Manhattan)
(btw 1st and A)
16 constantly rotating taps and 50 bottles
Bakehouse — 113 Horatio Street (Manhattan)
(at West Street)
A large restaurant and bakery with a view of the West Side Highway (and the Hudson...) and a modest but worthy beer selection. There is one large TV over the bar, unfortunately.
- Barbes — 376 9th Street (Brooklyn)
(Park Slope, corner of 6th Ave.)
An excellent music venue with a decent beer selection.
- Barcade — 388 Union Avenue (Brooklyn)
Strictly, only, American microbrews on 24 tap and one hand pump. Vintage video games along the walls.
- Bar Great Harry — 280 Smith Street (Brooklyn)
(at Sackett; Carroll Gdns)
New beer bar in the heart of the Smith Street strip. Check the web site for the beer list. One hand pump.
- Barleycorn Craft Bar & Grill — 23 Park Place (Manhattan)
btw Church & Broadway
Gastro pub with 72 beers on draft and 100 bottled
- Beast of Bourbon — 710 Myrtle Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw Walworth & Spencer)
A barbecue joint and music venue with a good beer selection and lots of whiskey. G train to Myrtle-Willoughby
- Bed-Vyne Brew — 370 Tompkins Avenue (Brooklyn)
A/C to Nostrand, in Bed-Stuy. Another bar, another dreadful web site.
- Beer Culture — 328 W. 45th Street (Manhattan)
A beer bar and bottle shop bringing culture to the Times Square area; snacks and sandwiches available
- Bernheim & Schwartz — 2911 Broadway (Manhattan)
(btw 113th & 114th Streets)
a member of the Heartland Brewery empire, where the West End used to be
- Bier International — 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Manhattan)
(at 113th St.)
A restaurant and beer garden in West Harlem. B/C to 110th/Cathedral Pkwy
- Bierkraft — 191 Fifth Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw Union and Sackett)
Excellent beer bar and beer shop/deli, with free tasings on Tuesdays at 7. 16 taps and 2 casks. Growler refills.
The Blind Tiger Ale House — 281 Bleecker Street (Manhattan)
One of the grand-daddies of the NY beer scene, reborn on Bleecker Street after the original location turned into a Starbucks. Now with bar food. 3 hand pumps and two dozen taps. Frequent brewery events.
- Bohemian Hall — 29-19 24th Avenue (Queens)
A large, traditional beer garden in the Central European tradition. Many German and Czech beers.
- Botanica — 220 Conover Street (Brooklyn)
(Red Hook, btw Coffey and Dikeman)
The Brazen Head — 228 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw Court St. and Boerum Pl.)
A light and airy space with barstools and couches; an outdoor garden weather permitting. No real food; snacks on some days, and bagged munchies. 15 taps and 2 hand pumps.
- Breukelen Bier Merchants — 182 Grand Street (Brooklyn)
between Bedford and Driggs, Williamsburg
A bar and beer store (including growlers)
- Brickyard — 785 9th Avenue (Manhattan)
(btw 52nd & 53rd)
A gastropub near the theater district with an extensive beer list (tap and bottles). Alas, marred by a profusion of giant TVs.
- The Bronx Beer Hall — 2344 Arthur Avenue (Bronx)
(in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market at 187th Street)
open 11 am - 11 pm
- The Bronx Ale House — 216 West 238th Street (Bronx)
(btw Broadway and Major Deegan)
Kingsbridge; 1 train to 238th
The Brooklyner — 220 W. Houston Street (Manhattan)
(btw 6th and Varick)
A one-joke bar/restaurant, but as long as it's a good joke, who's complaining? Featuring the beers of Brooklyn, from Coney Island to Williamsburg.
Broome Street Bar — 363 West Broadway (Manhattan)
A nice place, both neighborhood bar and tourist trade, with a typical bar kitchen.
Burp Castle — 41 East 7th Street (Manhattan)
(near 2nd Avenue)
A theme place -- this is a "House of Beer Worship", staffed by "Brewist Monks". Excellent selection of Belgian ales.
Phone: (212) 982-4576
- BXL East — 210 E. 51st Street (Manhattan)
(btw 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Belgian-themed restaurant and bar with a good beer selection both from Belgium and the US.
- BXL Cafe — 125 W. 43rd Street (Manhattan)
(near Times Square)
Belgian-themed restaurant and bar with a good beer selection both from Belgium and the US. The selection is smaller and more timid than at BXL East.
- Cafe Katja — 79 Orchard Street (Manhattan)
(between Broome & Grand)
A tiny, friendly Austrian bistro with a small but pleasant selection of German and Austrian beers, on tap and in bottles. As is to be expected, the food concentrates on the products of the pig. Open 4 - midnight.
- The Cannibal — 113 E. 29th Street (Manhattan)
btw Park and Lex
also a beer store and a covered beer garden and a butcher shop; from the people at Resto, next door.
Casellula — 401 W. 52nd Street (Manhattan)
(near 9th Ave.)
A cheese and wine bar with a small but eclectic beer list and a hand pump.
- The Chip Shop (Atlantic) — 129 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw Clinton & Henry)
A British chippy with British beer and whiskies, down the block from the Waterfront. Full English breakfast on weekends.
- Clinton Hall — 90 Washington Street (Manhattan)
(at Rector Street)
Beer hall and restaurant with a selection of 20 draught beers and ciders on rotation, ranging from cask ales to keg-conditioned ales and lagers from the US, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia and beyond. 1/N/R to Rector St. 4/5 to Wall St.
- Covenhoven — 730 Classon Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw Prospect and Park)
beer shop, tap room & garden; 2/3 to Eastern Pkwy, 2/3/4/5 to Franklin
- d.b.a. — 41 1st Avenue (Manhattan)
(between 2nd and 3rd streets)
Currently closed while a new licence is pending. Excellent taps, several hand pumps (not always in use); over 60 bottled beers (strong on Belgian and British). No food, but you can bring your own. Unfathomably full of loud idiots swilling Amstel and Stella on week-ends.
- Devin Tavern — 363 Greenwich Street (Manhattan)
(between Franklin & Harrison)
An American bistro with a small but interesting beer list mixing local favorites and unusual Czech imports.
- The Diamond — 43 Franklin Street (Brooklyn)
(continuation of Kent Ave. at Calyer) Greenpoint
Specializing in less big but no less flavorful session beers.
- Dirck the Norseman — 7 N. 15th Street (Brooklyn)
A beer hall and brewpub from the owners of Brouwerij Lane.
- Dive Bar — 732 Amsterdam Avenue (Manhattan)
(at 96th Street)
- Donovan's — 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue (Queens)
(right under the 7 train at 58th Street)
"Has the best Guinness. And GREAT burgers, to boot..." (Jim Leff)
- Double Windsor — 210 Prospect Park W. (Brooklyn)
(at 16th Street)
US craft beers on tap, decent international bottle selection.
- Draft Barn (Sheepshead Bay) — 30 Dooley St (Brooklyn)
(off Emmons Avenue)
- Draft Barn (Gowanus) — 530 Third Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw 12th & 13th Streets)
14 taps and many bottles; beer and food with a Central European beer-hall slant.
- Draft Barn (Gravesend) — 317 Avenue X (Brooklyn)
(3 blocks east of the Ave. X F train)
One hand pump. Closed Mondays.
- The Dram Shop — 339 9th Street (Brooklyn)
(btw 5th and 6th Avenues)
- Drop Off Service — 211 Avenue A (Manhattan)
at 13th Street
One hand pump.
Ear Inn — 326 Spring Street (Manhattan)
2 blocks from the Hudson
Historic sailor's bar; a designated city landmark, built in 1817. Some decent beers on tap; single malt scotches, brandies. Like McSorley's, go for the history, not the beer. Music late at night on some days.
- Earl's Beer and Cheese — 1259 Park Avenue (Manhattan)
(at 97th Street)
Beer; and cheese; and more.
- East Village Tavern — 158 Avenue C (Manhattan)
at 10th Street
Mostly US craft beers, including one cask-conditioned. Pub food. Some loud and loutish behavior has been reported late at night...
- Fette Sau — 354 Metropolitan Avenue (Brooklyn)
(Williamsburg; just west of Havemeyer)
Top-notch barbecue, well-suited beer, and selected Bourbons; from the owners of Spuyten Duyvil, across the street. Open from 5pm.
Phone: (718) 963-3404
- 508 — 508 Greenwich Street (Manhattan)
Mediterranean bistro and brewpub. Live music Tuesdays 8-10.
- Fools Gold — 145 East Houston Street (Manhattan)
(btw Eldridge and Forsythe)
A joint venture from Idle Hands (on Avenue B) and Alewife (in LIC) featuring "Craft Beer, Whiskey, Artisanal Food and Gourmet Coffee". Hefty prices and deplorable giant TVs.
- Forest Hills Station House — 106-11 71st Avenue (Queens)
across from the LIRR Forest Hills Station
E/F/R/M to 71st/Continental
- 4th Avenue Pub — 76 4th Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw Bergen & St Marks St., Park Slope)
24 taps, a hand pump, a long happy hour, and a back yard.
Fraunces Tavern — 54 Pearl Street (Manhattan)
at Broad Street
The historic tavern is now operated by Dublin's Porterhouse.
- The Fulton Grand — 1011 Fulton Street (Brooklyn)
C to Washington or G to Classon
- The Gate — 321 Fifth Avenue (Brooklyn)
(at 3rd Street)
24 taps and weekly gravity casks; weekly beer events, and spacious outdoor seating in season.
- George Keeley — 485 Amsterdam Avenue (Manhattan)
(btwn. 83rd & 84th)
21 taps, one hand pump serving American and European beers. Pub food. Monday - Friday: 4 PM - 4 AM; Sat - Sun: 12 - 4 AM
The Ginger Man — 11 East 36th Street (Manhattan)
(between 5th and Madison)
A cousin of four other Ginger Men in Texas (Houston, Dallas, Austin, Ft Worth), The Ginger Man offers 66 taps of fine craft beers from around the world and two hand pumps, with nearly 100 excellent selections of bottled beers. One block from the Pierpont Morgan Library, two blocks from the Empire State Building.
- Glorietta Baldy — 502 Franklin Avenue (Brooklyn)
From the owners of Mission Dolores, the Owl Farm, and Bar Great Harry. 12 taps and rare bottles. C trains to Franklin.
Good Beer — 422 East 9th Street (Manhattan)
(btw 1st and A)
More a beer store than a bar, but there are some tables and chairs for instant gratification. Open daily 11am to 10pm except noon to 8pm Sundays.
- Gramercy Tavern — 42 East 20th Street (Manhattan)
In front of an expensive restaurant that you can't get a reservation at, you will find the "tavern", with its own menu and a good selection of US and foreign beers. Not cheap, but worth the money.
- The Half Pint — 76 West 3rd Street (Manhattan)
A brick-and-wood restaurant with a separate bar. Two dozen draft lines and a hand pump (the former ranging from $5.50 to $7.50, the latter priced at $6 per half!) and a solid, extensive bottle list of both US and imported beers ($5-$9). No surprises, and the usual cheap stinkers one must overlook, especially considering their touristy location.
- Hallo Berlin — 626 10th Avenue (Manhattan)
(at 44th Street)
German food, German beer.
- Heartland Brewery (Times Square) — 127 West 43rd Street (Manhattan)
- Heartland Brewery (Empire State) — 350 5th Avenue (Manhattan)
- Heartland Brewery (P.A. Bus Terminal) — 625 8th Avenue (Manhattan)
(inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal)
Heidelberg Restaurant — 1648 Second Avenue (Manhattan)
(Between 85th and 86th Streets)
Good selection of fine German beers, great food and an authentic German environment.
- Henry Street Ale House — 62 Henry Street (Brooklyn)
(near Cadman Plaza)
- High Dive — 243 5th Avenue (Brooklyn)
The web site is so annoying that you'll have to find for it yourself if you really want to, but only venture there if you're into self-flagellation.
Hop Devil — 129 St. Marks Place (Manhattan)
(off Avenue A)
Hop Devil specializes in US beers, its neighbor, aka The Belgian Room, has been incorporated into the main establishment. One can move freely between the two at the back. One hand pump.
- Hops and Hocks — 2 Morgan Avenue (Brooklyn)
(at Flushing Avenue)
As it says, treats from the barley and the swine... closes early, 9 or 10PM - L to Morgan
- House of Brews — 363 West 46th Street (Manhattan)
(btw 8th and 9th)
One hand pump, marred by giant TVs.
- House of Brews — 302 West 51st Street (Manhattan)
(at 8th Avenue)
Houston Hall — 222 W. Houston Street (Manhattan)
Beer hall and restaurant
- Idle Hands — 25 Avenue B (Manhattan)
(btw 2nd and 3rd)
Taps and bottles from around the world, all worthy. Also, a vast selection of Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, and other whiskies.
- Indian Road Cafe — 600 West 218th Street (Manhattan)
(at Indian Road)
The northernmost outpost in Manhattan, with a broad selection of interesting bottles.
Jake's Dilemma — 430 Amsterdam Avenue (Manhattan)
(between 80th and 81st Street)
A wonderful and lively beer bar. There is a great selection of 12 beers on tap (and growing!) and over 50 bottled beers. Micro Brews and imports are a great speciality.
- The Jeffrey — 311 East 60 Street (Manhattan)
(at 1st Avenue)
Serious beer, pub food, growler refills, and one cask. All that and a beer garden under the 59th Street bridge.
- Jimmy's No.43 — 43 East 7th Street (Manhattan)
(basement - btw 2nd and 3rd Avenue)
A restaurant with a good beer list, strong on Belgians. One cask weekly.
- Keg & Lantern — 95 Nassau Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw Manhattan and Leonard, Greenpoint)
A small beer hall, with two cask beers on occasion. G to Nassau
- Killmeyer's Old Bavarian Inn — 4256 Arthur Kill Rd (Staten Island)
A wonderful old German restaurant with beautiful old bar from the early 1800's, and excellent German food. Also a big outdoor beergarden, with live music some nights.The bar has a fine draft selection, and a huge list of about 115 bottles. The emphasis is on German beers (and with the atmospheric surroundings, what else would you want to drink?), but the bottled beer list covers the world.
Landmark Tavern — 626 11th Avenue (Manhattan)
(at 46th Street)
In an old-fashioned red-brick building at the corner of 46th and 11th, strategically located a block away from the Intrepid Museum. A mediocre tap list, a bar menu of shellfish and classic pub fare, as well as a regular restaurant.
Lederhosen — 39 Grove Street (Manhattan)
(btw Bedford and Bleecker)
A German wurst restaurant with German beer. Closed Mondays.
Phone: (212) 206-7691
- The Levee — 212 Berry Street (Brooklyn)
(Williamsburg, at N. 3rd)
An unpretentious neighborhood bar with good beer.
Phone: (718) 218-8787
- Li'l Frankie's — 19 1st Avenue (Manhattan)
Good beer and pizza. One block from d.b.a.
- Loreley — 7 Rivington Street (Manhattan)
(at the Bowery)
12 taps, mostly German. Full German menu. Open until 4 am Fridays and Saturdays
- Lucky Dog — 303 Bedford Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw S. 1st and S. 2nd)
20 craft beer taps, one cask.
- Maggie's Place — 21 East 47th Street (Manhattan)
(47th and Madison Ave)
12 taps, including "The best pint of Guinness in New York" (Garrett Oliver).
Manchester Pub NYC — 920 Second Ave (Manhattan)
(at 49th Street)
16 taps; American, British, and Belgian bottled beers. "Life's too short to drink cheap beer". Alas, TVs.
- Markt — 676 Sixth Avenue (Manhattan)
at 21st Street
A Belgian restaurant with an extensive beer list on tap and in bottles.
- Marshall Stack — 66 Rivington Street (Manhattan)
- Matchless — 557 Manhattan Avenue (Brooklyn)
- Matt Torrey's — 46 Bushwick Avenue (Brooklyn)
A large bar with an emphasis on New York State beers
- McSorley's Old Ale House — 15 East 7th Street (Manhattan)
New York's oldest continuously operating bar, opened by John McSorley in 1854. If you absolutely must go, go for the atmosphere, not for the beer.
- Mission Dolores — 249 4th Avenue (Brooklyn)
(at Carroll Street)
Beer selection is mostly American, with a few imports.
- Molly's — 287 3rd Avenue (Manhattan)
(between 23rd and 22nd)
A wonderful, cozy, dark Irish pub with sawdust on the floor, excellent Guinness on tap and fantastic hamburgers.
- Mugs Ale House — 125 Bedford Avenue (Brooklyn)
(Williamsburg, at 10th St., just a few blocks north of the Bedford Ave. L-train station)
Twenty-plus draft lines and two hand pumps featuring an excellent selection of imported and domestic beers, plus a large & impressive selection of bottled beers. Good food at reasonable prices. Hosts the monthly meetings of The Malted Barley Appreciation Society.
Phone: (718) 486-8232
- Nurnberger Bierhaus — 817 Castleton Avenue (Staten Island)
German restaurant and beer garden.
- Old Town Bar — 45 E. 18th Street (Manhattan)
A beautiful room with wood paneling and Art-Deco fittings, and an improving tap list. Standard burger and sandwich menu.
- One Mile House — 10 Delancey Street (Manhattan)
(btw Chystie and the Bowery)
- One Stop Beer Shop — 134 Kingsland Avenue (Brooklyn)
(Graham Ave. stop on the L)
A craft-beer bar and shop in Greenpoint, near the BQE. Growler refills.
- The Owl Farm — 297 9th Street (Brooklyn)
(at 5th Avenue)
A new sister establishment of Bar Great Harry and Mission Dolores, with 30 lines --two of which are hand drawn casks-- and a mix of US and imported beers with all the right credentials. No food; bring your own.
- Pacific Standard — 82 4th Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw St. Marks and Bergen)
A bar for the hopheads, with a strong emphasis on the West Coast. Two hand pumps. Various events and tap lists at pacificstandardbrooklyn.blogspot.com
Peculier Pub — 145 Bleecker Street (Manhattan)
"Mobbed on week-ends" doesn't even begin to cover how wretched this NYU frat-boy place is, despite their excellent selection.
- Pencil Factory — 142 Franklin Street (Brooklyn)
(at Greenpoint Ave.)
G Train to Greenpoint Avenue
- La Petite Abeille (Chelsea) — 44 West 17th Street (Manhattan)
A chain of Belgian-style cafe-restaurants with several locations.
- La Petite Abeille (Styuvesant) — 401 East 20th Street (Manhattan)
A chain of Belgian-style cafe-restaurants with several locations.
- La Petite Abeille (Tribeca) — 134 West Broadway (Manhattan)
A chain of Belgian-style cafe-restaurants with several locations.
- Pony Bar — 637 10th Avenue (Manhattan)
at 45th Street
Located just west of the theater district, with 20 taps and 2 casks, all US craft beers in a wide variety of styles. Bar food. Growlers available.
- Pony Bar — 1444 1st Avenue (Manhattan)
at 75th Street
On the other side of the island from its sibling in the theater district
- Proletariat — 102 St Marks Place (Manhattan)
(btw 1st and A)
A dozen decidedly upper-class taps, marred by plutocratic prices and infra dig pours.
- The Queens Kickshaw — 4017 Broadway (Queens)
Astoria (at Steinway)
A coffeeshop with an eclectic, international beer selection
- Rabbit Club — 124 MacDougal Street (Manhattan)
at Minetta Lane
aka 124 Old Rabbit Club aka 124 Rabbit Club aka Old Rabbit Club... Tiny basement under #124. European bottled beers, no taps. Not an enormous selection, but on MacDougal it's hard to complain! Bar food.
Radegast Hall & Biergarten — 113 N. 3rd Street (Brooklyn)
Beer (and food) with a German emphasis, but with a good sprinkling of Belgians and others.
- The Randolph Beer — 343 Broome Street (Manhattan)
at the Bowery
- Rattle 'N' Hum — 14 East 33rd Street (Manhattan)
3 casks, some 40 taps, mostly US.
- Reichenbach Hall — 5 W. 37th Street (Manhattan)
14 draft beers, plus select European wines, liquors, and a host of German dishes.
Resto — 111 East 29th Street (Manhattan)
A Belgian restaurant with a good beer selection.
- The Richardson — 451 Graham Avenue (Brooklyn)
(at the BQE/Richardson St.)
L to Graham
Rolf's — 281 3rd Avenue (Manhattan)
(at 22nd Street)
German restaurant with the better German imports on tap. The food disappoints.
- Rye House — 11 West 17th Street (Manhattan)
A moderately-priced restaurant, just steps from the Flatiron, with a good beer selection.
- The Sampler — 234 Starr Street (Brooklyn)
(btw Wyckoff and Irving)
Beer shop and bar; growlers. Closes early. L to Jefferson
- South 4th — 90 South 4th Street (Brooklyn)
- Spitzer's Corner — 101 Rivington Street (Manhattan)
a restaurant with 40 different, worthy taps and numerous, equally worthy bottles. Usually extremely noisy.
The Spotted Pig — 314 W. 11th Street (Manhattan)
at Greenwich Street
British gastropub with two hand pumps and a few interesting bottles. Kitchen open until 2am.
Phone: (212) 620-0393
- The Spring Lounge — 48 Spring Street (Manhattan)
For those days when beer calls for breakfast, one of the few bars left in the city to start serving at 8am.
- Spuyten Duyvil — 359 Metropolitan Avenue (Brooklyn)
"The best beer bar in the city" -- the BBC. Five excellent taps, one hand pump, a wealth of well-chosen bottles, and snacks. For more substantial dining, Fette Sau is across the street.
Phone: (718) 963-4140
St Andrews — 120 West 44th Street (Manhattan)
(btw 6th and B'way)
An upscale pub in the theater district with a distinctly Scots accent.
- St Gambrinus Beer Shoppe — 533 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw 3rd & 4th Ave.)
Beer bar and store with 16 taps. Closed Mondays
The Stag's Head — 252 East 51st Street (Manhattan)
(at 2nd Avenue)
Gastropub with a serious, mostly US, draft and bottle selection
- Die Stammkneipe — 710 Fulton Street (Brooklyn)
(btw S. Oxford & S. Portland)
Beer garden with a complete dedication to German beers and food.
C to Lafayette, or G to Fulton, and the Atlantic/Pacific hub. (formerly Der Schwarze Kölner)
- Stout — 133 West 33rd Street (Manhattan)
Two hand pumps. Bottled UK beers.
- Strong Place — 270 Court Street (Brooklyn)
Bistro with 24 craft-beer taps at the bar. F train to Bergen or Carroll.
- Supercollider — 609 4th Avenue (Brooklyn)
Bar and coffee shop in South Slope right next to the Prospect Ave. R train. 18 American craft beer taps. Occasional backyard barbecue.
- Sycamore — 1118 Cortelyou Road (Brooklyn)
(Q to Cortelyou)
another exceedingly annoying web site
- Taproom No.307 — 307 3rd Avenue (Manhattan)
(at 23rd Street)
- Third Avenue Ale House — 1644 Third Avenue (Manhattan)
at E. 92nd
A gastropub with Delirium Tremens on tap at all times...
- Threes Brewing — 333 Douglass Street (Brooklyn)
at 4th Avenue
Brewery, beer hall and garden
- Tørst — 615 Manhattan Avenue (Brooklyn)
G to Nassau
Excellent selection, but so overpriced as to be contemptuous.
- UFC — 71-22 Roosevelt Avenue (Queens)
between 72nd St. and the BQE
aka Unidentified Flying Chickens, a Korean restaurant under the 7 El. An oasis in the Jackson Heights desert, with an extensive draft (growlers too) and bottle selection. Open until 11 (Sun. 10)
Upright Brew House — 547 Hudson Street (Manhattan)
(btw Charles and Perry)
A pleasant beer bar and coffee shop in Greenwich Village, specializing in US craft beers on tap (12 lines, growlers available) and in bottles (about 50). Several ciders and perries. Bar food including several sandwiches. Blessedly TV-free. Small backyard.
- Valhalla — 815 Ninth Avenue (Manhattan)
(corner of 54th St.)
Good beer menu, with two dozen draft lines and numerous bottles listed in a printed menu. Uncluttered Scandinavian, wood-paneled design; the ominously looming giant TV screens can be safely ignored by sitting strategically. Prices are on the expensive side, even for Manhattan.
- The Vanderbilt — 570 Vanderbilt Avenue (Brooklyn)
A restaurant with an above average beer selection (tap and bottles)
Virgil's Barbeque — 152 West 44th Street (Manhattan)
Good barbecue and bottled beers. Don't bother with the taps.
Vol de Nuit — 148 W. 4th St. (Manhattan)
(off 6th Ave.)
Belgian bar and restaurant
Phone: 212.979.2616 or 212.982.3388
Waterfront Ale House (Brooklyn) — 155 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn)
(at Henry Street)
Good selection on tap from many microbreweries, and excellent pub food. One hand pump.
- Waterfront Ale House (Manhattan) — 540 2nd Avenue (Manhattan)
(at 30th Street)
This is the newer branch of the Brooklyn Waterfront. It has an excellent and frequently-changing selection of microbrews and top-quality imports on tap, including a selection of locally-brewed beers. The food is fine, generously-portioned, and decently priced. When you order a burger rare, they cook it rare. Try their house hot sauce.
- Wechsler's Currywurst Bratwurst — 120 First Ave (Manhattan)
at E. 7th
A tiny wurst joint specializing in Berlin currywurst, with over a dozen respectable German beers including Berliner Weisse, Schneider, Schlenkerla, etc.
- The Well — 272 Meserole Street (Brooklyn)
(btw Bushwick Ave. and Waterbury St.)
Beer garden and music venue located in the former Hittleman brewery on Brooklyn's Brewer's Row, with almost 70 (mostly worthy) taps. L to Montrose Ave.
White Horse Tavern — 567 Husdon Street (Manhattan)
Memories of Dylan Thomas. A large, old-fashioned pub notable more for its ambiance than its beer.
Zum Schneider — 107 Avenue C (Manhattan)
(at E. 7th Street)
A Bavarian-style bar with long communal tables. Simple German food is available.