United States > New York > Brooklyn
FullObs (10) Illinois | August 21, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
Good obscure selection of mostly foreign. Only about 5-6 taps, the rest bottles. The bottles are very pricey. Service was average to below average and it wasn’t busy. Worth a trip just to see if they have anything interesting available.
50belair (213) Florida | July 13, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Swank little joint in Brooklyn. Hip decor, cool vibe, friendly staff. Not
quite the bottle selection it used to be but still impressive. Good tap selection.
trapped (82) New York, Turkey | June 18, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Another hipster place for slightly inebriated beer crowd. Visited the place early evening and had trouble finding it since it looked more like a pawnshop or neighborhood repairshop than a bar. But once inside, I really appreciated the place. Six taps and around 80 bottles were available at them time. The decor inside fits the profile of the clients very well. The food, what food? They have cheese and meat products for people starving. The prices are a bit steep but the selection was very good. The bar tender was very knowledgeable and warm. I will certainly visit the place again.
jercraigs (434) Toronto, Ontario | April 29, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
We stopped in on a Saturday afternoon after gorging ourselves across the street at Fette Sau. We actually walked right past it on our way to Fette Sau and wouldn’t have recognized the entrance if I hadn’t looked it up in advance of coming. The bar itself has a vaguely European cafe feel to it, long skinny bar area, it is the kind of place that has a bicycle hanging from the wall and custom wood tap handles. It’s apparently also the type of place that kind of smirks when you ask if they have coffee or caffeinated beverages. The tap list was decent with a couple of solid choices and a decent range of styles. Bottle list had more rarities but most seemed less appealing when I discovered that they were not in fact 750ml bottles as I had assumed from the prices, but were in fact 375! Still, some definitely worth a splurge depending what you were into. The best feature of the place in my opinion was the large sunny back patio. It was the perfect day for it for us, with plenty of sun but not too hot. We visited with puzzl, Pearl and dickinsonbeer and it was a great spot to relax and hang out with friends. It’s a nice bar, and the sort of sleepy afternoon feel was nice compared to busier spots we went to on this trip but as others have noted the prices can be steep even for NYC. All that said, I had a great time and I would come back and it’s well worth a visit, but I suspect that its overall ranking in NYC is partly based on high historical ratings.
Dogbrick (797) Columbus, Ohio | March 31, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Spuyten Duyvil is located in Brooklyn on Metropolitan Ave across from Fette Sau. The red exterior doesn’t have an obvious signage.
The interior is dimly lit with the bar running along the right side, and small tables opposite. Red ceiling with large hanging lights. Odd decor on the walls including an old bicycle. There are chalkboards behind the wall listing the beers that are available.
The bar has 6 or 8 beers on draught with an emphasis on Belgians, as well as some regional breweries like Two Roads. The bottled selection consists of over 50 selections, again heavier on Belgian styles. Many rarities and vintage ales as well.
Service on a relatively busy weeknight was decent. My colleague and I had a small table and were pretty much left to ourselves to order at the bar. The bartender seemed knowledgeable about the available beers.
We did not have any food on our visit.
Overall this bar wasn’t a revelation or anything but had a nice laid back if hipster atmosphere. I wouldn’t put it at the top of the list but would visit again if in Brooklyn.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | December 29, 2013
36 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 9/20
When I visited: Late September 2013.
What I had: an imperial IPA on tap and a glass of sauvignon blanc for the lady.
What I liked: Despite the small size of the bar we were able to grab seats right away.
What I disliked: In keeping with the obnoxious service and atmosphere there’s no sign for this place so initially we walked right past it. Once inside we couldn’t see the draught or food menus so we had to ask the twit working the bar, who was more interested in talking down to us than actually explaining what was available. We reluctantly ordered one drink, passed on the food options (most of which we couldn’t pronounce), and rushed over to Barcade, where the night was salvaged. IMHO the suffocating pretension and sleazy hipster vibe of Spuyten embody everything that craft beer is NOT about, and you couldn’t pay me to come back here. Avoid.
Overall Rating: 36
jtclockwork (321) , New Jersey | October 22, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer bar in Brooklyn. High quality selection with a few surprises. Nice shaded outdoor area outback.
Crockett (7) Southampton,Ontario, Ontario | October 21, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Not a massive selection, but this is a great bar for a friendly visit of like minded beer geeks. Very friendly.
pushkinwow (128) Ottawa, Ontario | September 25, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Walked across the bridge, had some fresh pizza and ice cream, and then walked over to enjoy some beers. The list was impressive although not as crazy as I thought it would be; was also pricey. However like the eclectic/hipster atmosphere (probably because it was mostly empty), service was top notch, and enjoyed relaxing and enjoying some beer.
t0rin0 (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 4, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited in May 2012.
First off, the name and the address aren’t on this place anywhere. Actually, the only indication of the address is on the mail box. Second, the prices are out of control. $60 for a Vigeronne 750... But that is all (mostly) forgiven by the fact that the selection is awesome and so is the area in the back. The bar is small and I could see this place getting packed during peak hours but outside, under the large trees, there is plenty of room. Cool place and I would return if in the area if I wanted something the other bars in the area didn’t stock.
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