It was a fun place to go, but not the epic beer selection I was anticipating, and the scene can be kind of cheesy. Big beefy doormen at the entrance to a beer bar? Not what I had in mind. Way more formula and straight forward than I was expecting, especially considering the size (large, with 2 different bars). Most of the staff was very nice, but didnít know too much about beer, so if youíve got questions, better find out the answers before you go. Hop Devil is definitely underachieving given itís location, space, and street cred. It should be/could be all-world.
$2 Taco Tuesdays!!!! Stopped in early spring with cold weather still around. I can only imagine how much nicer it would be during the summer with the doors and windows open to full ambiance of St. Marks. Geared towards a slightly younger crowd of early to mid 20ís, Loud rap on the speakers and a dozen tvís with NHL games on. Tuesday night was pretty busy. Happy hour with half priced drafts and $2 tacos, which were delicious. The walls were painted with some city skyline, and a heavy Mesa feel with dark ruby reds. Bartender was on point, however I do wish there had been a better selection on tap; six of the taps were Miller Coors and Bud products. The rest of the taps were bigger micros like Victory, Magic Hat and Allagash. Donít get me wrong, love some of those, but why not offer some locals like SIxpoint, Singlecut, Third Rail, etc... Overall I would come back again, preferably in the summer to kick back, snack on some tacos and get belligerently drunk and annoy St. Marks!
This place used to actually have interesting beer for a good price. Now they sell mostly macro crap. There is a college night on Thursdays. They had maybe 8 open taps the last time I stumbled in. This place should just be avoided now.
Visited here after a Knicks game around 11pm on a Friday night in March í11.
Not too busy to be honest we bagged a table no problems - if anything it was a little dead for the time and place and the atmosphere was a tad flat.
Selection was OK - 20+ on tap but nothing partucularly rare/exciting however it did us fine.
Service was adequate also.
Wouldnít head out here especially but if youíre in the area worth popping in.
This seems a bit out of place as in the LES as what I would describe as a suburban beer sports bar with an attached Belgian beer cafe. The prices are pretty high in there. The list is at this point pretty conventional like it was picked years ago and not updated.
Popped in here on a Sunday afternoon for 1 beer. Ok selection but I was surprised to see Goose Island BCS on tap. We sat at the bar with what appeared to be a few other locals. Ok selection, but I wasnít blown away. Inside is a bit worn and old.
Great vibe as you walk in during a summers night as the front is complety open and the dimly lit interior sets a nice mood. Bartender knew his shit and the selection was immense. Even have a nice little beer and liquor menu to help you with your choices. Crowd is young and artsy. Coolest thing about the bar is a chalkboard in which anyone can change the saying for $2. Didnít have the food but from the looks of other tables it seemed like standard pub fare.
This place is out of the way, 4 long blocks from the nearest subway. The ambiance is nice, clean, well lit, attractive. The service is slow, even with a handful of people in the bar. The bar staff did not seem to have a solid knowledge of beer in general, or even the beers they were serving. The selection is usually good, but of course not the equal of Blind Tiger or Rattle n Hum. The food appeared to be decent, although I actually didnít have any. The value for happy hour is usually decent, with $4 pints (a steal for manhattan). The event beer are outrageously overpriced. Not a bad place. Iíll probably give it another shot to see if my impression of the place improves.