Essentially a temple unto beer nerds, this cramped beer bar is loaded with beer paraphernalia and walls autographed by brewmasters and beer legends. Pretty cramped space overall and very crowded for Thursday night. But a very cool vibe! Wall upon entering has a very useful map for what a craft beer noob might want. "If you like Bud Light/Miller Lite, you might like _____blank___" and they fill in whatever is on tap that most similar to those like Victory Prima Pils. They have recs for Newcastle, Guinness, Becks, Heineken, Blue Moon drinkers as well. Very cool. Tap list is extensive. About 30-40 taps with two cask pulls. Very meticulous pouring, almost absent in bars these days, yielded all very nice looking beers. One dry stout took almost 6 minutes to settle down before it was properly served. Shows the training and dedication the staff have to beer. Impressive. We had dinner here as well. Most of us ordered the hilarious Rattle N Hum burger, which you will have to read the description for yourself, and loved it even though the buns were pretty stale :/ Great physical hamburger but the bun was not good. Other than that, it looked like a lot of people there go for the food and Iíd still recommend eating there. Be prepared for a lot of people and a somewhat madhouse type of feel. Overall, had a blast. Found 3-4 beers I had never had even for a veteran whore ticker.
Clearly, this place was designed for the hardcore beer geek and the crowd catered on a Saturday evening mostly seemed the beer geek type despite their inexplicable interest for sports on TV. Long and relatively narrow room with high ceilings and breweriana everywhere. Sports bar feel, but the beeriness of the place removes the unpleasantness that usually comes with Sports bars feel. While the seats are not very comfortable, many of them having no back (certainly no Gingerman in that regard) the place itself feels most welcoming and I could easily spend a whole evening there. The tap list changes quickly and is one of the best in NYC, often showcasing a particular brewer and including rarities that even locals would have a tough time to find. The bottle selection is solid, but chances are that youíll find many interesting offerings on draught anyway. Excellent service, the manager walked by all the tables a few times to make sure everything was okay. They are sampler friendly with anything on the menu. And even on a Saturday, we immediately found a place to sit, that can be hard in New York. Rattle is a must.
Up and coming place, with everything on tap being great and virtually no duplication with The Ginger Man. So that alone was worth the walk over. Service was not as fast as Ginger Man, the staff is going through its paces. Its a deecnt sized bar, and several tables to the side. A typical bar, and perhaps on the smaller side for Manhattan. Music was forgettable, the crowd less Yuppy on average and more relaxed, and higher percentage of guys particulary not in suits, than The Ginger man.
Decent place, but oiur experience was far from world class. Ok selection, but. Ot realy so special. Happy Hour selections were few and stingy. Bartender could not tell me about the beer I wanted. Good enough, but very pricy.
Visited on numerous occasions on my last visit to NYC. Itís a dimly-lit craft beer bar with a rock theme, which is chock-full of beer paraphernalia and people! The main draw is the ever-changing range of high quality draft beer from the U.S. It is nice to see the RateBeer overall and style scores on the beer menu to aid your choice. The bottle list is also really impressive (see chalk board at right of bar for updated list) and contains top quality American and world-wide craft beers. The only gripe I have is that I asked for a few bottled beers in a row that were out of stock..... Easily one of the best craft beer bars I have visited in the U.S.
Sports bar and craft beer joint. The bar is rather long and narrow with black walls. Not crowded at all during my early visit. Attentive staff and nice service. Draft beers shown on chalkboard and in a beer menu. More than 100 bottles as well. I focused on the draft list and asked for smaller pour, which is 8oz. (Would like to have 4-5 oz....) Many from Finback on draft, a tap take over recently? Anyhow, nice beers and a new brewery for me. (Visited June 22nd 2016)
Great pub very close to Empire State Building. Very cozy with a long bar section and then maybe 15 tables in the back area. 40 taps and most of them very interesting. 11 different Kuhnhenn beers when I visited. They serve flights, which is really good. Food was more than average, we had lunch here several times. Nice bottle selection, but the taps did keep you busy. One of the best places I have been to!
Visited a few times during my days in NYC. First alone late Saturday night January 28, 2012. Not very crowded, but a fair amount of people. Had a couple of beers, got treated to a sampled of a beer from a brewery that had their brewer there visiting. Asked if I could have flights on sunday, heard that I could have one this night even since the bartender wasnít overly busy right then. Had a band playing live. Visited again Sunday evening January 29, with my travel mate and a Norweigan couple we met up with at another bar. Had a couple of flights, nice service once again! Returned with my travel mate once more on Monday January 30, had many many flights. All in all over my visites ot served by 4 different girls, all of which were super friendly and nice, also they had it down well which beers were currently out, and had recommendations when asked for. Very good place, if I were living in NYC Iím sure this would be my local hand out, as said my travel mate as well. Did not eat here, but for beers and a good time when in NYC can not recommend this enough!
One of the better beer bars in NYC. Although Iíd been before...it wasnít recent enough to do a rating so I returned on 7/27/13. As it was late on a Saturday afternoon...the place was just starting to see some activity...mostly beer nerds and locals as near as I could figure. The selections are usually quite good and this day was no exception. I tried a couple of IPAís and then moved on to a flight of less common beers. This is a fun place to visit with friends...especially later in the evening. Strictly as a craft beer bar though it does not rise above other greats in the City like the Blind Tiger, Spuyten Duyvil, or Mission Delores. The decor is pretty cool though...especially the craft beer logos thay have painted on the walls.
Interesting spot but I feel out of sorts here. Came on a Sunday during a Giants game but hardly anyone was there. Iím shocked because the decor has lots of football stuff with tons of tvs, uncommon for a beer joint. Additionally they go out of the way to talk about Sunday football specials on food and beer. The selection was rough. There were some New York ticks I hadnít had before and they do tasters but overall it was pretty piss poor. The bottle list was equally uninspiring. One interesting thing they do is try to really engage with the beer nerd and technology. The menu lists rb scores for beers, they say to check in on untappd, beeradvocate beermenus etc. Iíve never seen a place push so hard for these things. I like the effort but they fail in execution, it just doesnít vibe with the place. Not a fan, nothing worth coming back to.