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d.b.a. - Manhattan
Exceptional based on 55 ratings
Type: Bar

41 1st Ave
New York, New York United States 10003 [ print map ]
212 475 5097

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Hours: Daily 1:00pm-4:00am


Taps: 16 | Bottles: over 50


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55 reviews for d.b.a. - Manhattan
 Ambiance  71%
 Service  64%
 Selection  74%
 Food  85%
 Value  71%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  78%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
MullMan  (29) New Jersey | October 29, 2005
went here on a saturday night and it was PACKED! more pretty people than beer freaks but who cares? hard to find something I havenít had before, but I was having a good time with my wife and her girlfriend so it didnít matter. once the Transplants came on the iPod, you could tell the regulars b/c they all were singing it out loud. nice place to bring your friend from out of town who wants to hook up instead of drink the best beer.
82
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
rickhall28  (260) Parsippany, New Jersey | June 3, 2013
This used to be one of my favorite craftbeer bars in the city (BTAH came first & remains first on "my" list of the older craftbeer establishments). I always liked the chalk board with many selections, the simple wood look of the place, and especially the courtyard out back. Nonetheless, the quality has gone down some of late...as a number of the other reviewers have noted. It seems the availability of the advertised selections has tailed off some too...and thatís a shame since it was always one of their high points. I still recommend dbaís if in the area...but hope their original quality comes back before itís too late.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin  (41) New York, New York | April 13, 2013
Empty on a Monday Night. A more english selection/styles of beers but 16 taps and a lot of options in bottles. mellow no frills. Patio is really nice though
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
theisti  (523) Leawood, Kansas | March 19, 2013
Visited on a Friday evening. Decent size bar, with a bunch of tables and plenty space to stand around. Good, friendly crowd. 16 or so taps of well selected, though certainly not mind-blowing selection. Service was prompt, and friendly. Place had a good vibe, and was a nice place to grab a couple pints.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois  (620) The íSham, England | January 25, 2013
Visisted many a time over the last 8 or so years - most recently in March í11. Iíve always come here late on a Friday or Saturday as I know it will be open and as such it is usually pretty busy. Selection is OK but nothing mind blowing. Look out for tap clearances where they usually offer one or two lines at half price to get rid of it. Service is hit and miss, sometimes seemingly not enough staff to cope, other times they favour regulars and youíll be left standing a while. Iíve seen free soup in a hot pot available here before, to the left of the bar. Toilets are legendary !!! One of Manhattans first craft beer venues, it probably hasnít kept up with the times in terms of selection and decor (see toilets) but I often pop back there when Iím in town.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
bmerz  (121) Brooklyn, New York | October 10, 2012
I like it as a bar. large indoors with a good patio. Itís not trying too hard in a city that often tries too hard. Plus they have a really respectable beer list by most standards...but the rub with both d.b.aís is that if you donít have 3 back-ups to your bottle choice you may have to go back to the board. The bar tenders more often than not canít find what I ask for. Itís an easy place to go with non beer nerd friends so you donít get too geeky but are happy with what you have to drink. Itís a classic for beer in NYC. So respect is deserved.
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
F_radar  (30) Paris.Bxl.Geneve, France | October 2, 2011
Rien de trŤs excitant, assez crasseux, sťlection passable.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321  (263) Hoboken, New Jersey | August 30, 2011
This is a very solid beer bar that is a little too small unless the outside is open. I actually try to only visit when I can enjoy a beer out in the back area. Otherwise, it just isnít that exciting. Their selection is quite solid, but not on the level of the top tier beer bars in the Manhattan. My score is for outside relaxation and enjoying solid beers, more than it is for the great selection or the inside of the bar.
Recommended as a relaxing place to grab a beer outside in the afternoon or early evening (I believe the porch closes at 10?)
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
RyanBflo  (20) New York | August 10, 2011
Great beer selection but we were there on a Saturday night which is never the best time to experience a good beer bar.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
JCB  (223) Durham, North Carolina | July 6, 2011
The warm glow of memory is boosting my rating beyond what it would be based solely on recent visits. Hard not to agree that itís slid several notches in recent years, but equally hard not to acknowledge one of the old guard craft beer joints in this neck of the woods. While itís no longer common to find as many local specialties and rarities as was once the case (waaay back in my pre-RB days), itís still got a more than happy selection of locals and imports, including the always delightful cask offerings. Always enjoy the atmosphere, though, and Iíve never had bad service.
58
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
kopher  (11) New York | January 1, 2011
This place has gone downhill in the past year or two I think. Great selection on their boards, but theyíre always out of most things. Last time I went I asked what lambics they had in stock (they list almost 20 from Cantillon, 3 Font., Boon, etc.) and first the guy had no idea and was annoyed I was asking. Then finally he sent someone to check, took 20 minutes to find out they had none. Zero out of twenty is just ridiculous. So ya, still a good place selection-wise, but the service stinks and most of the best stuff on the menu seems to be out of stock, maybe permanently.

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