United States > New York > Brooklyn
Sammy (611) Toronto, Ontario | January 9, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This is the bottle place, for taps try Barcade a walk away. The bottle list was impressive, aimed at their own private imports that you donít find in the store shelves, and listed by country. I saw 6 taps. It was pretty full on a late Monday night, with people in groups and the music on the higher volume side. The furnishings were what you would find curbside of rish peoplesí houses. Service was very efficient with generous comments on the part of the bartenders if you are a listener or look like you care. Loud swearing, and a younger crowd.
KyotoLefty (583) Kyoto, Japan | August 22, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Cool place. Servers were knowledgeable ad very friendly. good election of beers, but I wasnít interested in paying import prices for Belgian stuff, which narrows the choices. I think 10 taps would really make it stand out more, but still, a good place.
JoeMcPhee (529) Toronto, ON, Ontario | March 22, 2006| Updated October 9, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
I decided to update the rating for this place since I really do think itís slipped a lot. The prices have really gotten out of hand and the owners/bartenders have made a habit out of avoiding contact/service and anything that would involve them actually serving you. There is still a great selection of top notch bottles, but youíll pay for them. There are a whole lot of spots Iíd rather spend my time and money at. Too bad because this place really used to be the shit.
Definitely one of the cooler beer bars Iíve been to. Long bar, six taps, smallish seating area that kind of reminds of Smokeless Joeís. Loads of beer in bottles, well cared for and carefully selected. Prices seemed pretty fair to me (although I could drop a ton on all the Cantillon in here). Only thing served is beer or cheese... a winning combo in my opinion. Definitely the friendliest clientele Iíve ever met, lots of bottles were getting passed around the bar for both friends and complete strangers. Visited with beastiefan2k and dickinsonbeer and had a very good first night in NY.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 23, 2004| Updated November 7, 2006
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely stunning Belgian bottle menu, about as drool-inducing as the HopLeafís in Chicago or Brugesí Brugsí Beertje. Superb homey feel, extremely attentive and hard-working barmen, what more can you ask for really? If I had a place like this in my city, Iíd be a regular. Prices are pretty steep, especially if you get into the rare bottles, but if you choose well, you wonít be disappointed. Cheese and meat plate is pretty interesting. One of the worldís best, no doubt.
Scopey (517) Croydon, England | April 5, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
I visited this place for the first time on a Saturday afternoon. SD is a really trendy inside with a pleasant laid-back feel. The short extent of the draft list took me by surprise, but luckily the beers that were on were top-notch. The bottle selection contains a lot of high quality world-wide craft beers (including a decent Lambic list). Perhaps itís because you can get a lot of the beers in Europe fairly readily, but to me a lot of the prices were unbelievably high. Overall, a great place to relax on Saturday afternoon and drink some premium beers (at a cost).
Lubiere (470) Ottawa, Ontario | October 26, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Reminds me of the old underground bars in Montreal, with their bric-a-brac decor,and of my parentís chalet in the old days. A delightful place. The spices on the shelves behing the bar give it a very pleasant smell. There is a nice selection of cheese and meets (5$ portions, 3 for 12$).
daknole (447) Scottsdale, Arizona | June 8, 2015
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very cool place. Small inside but the back "patio" which is actually a killer yard is the way to go.
jercraigs (435) 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 wouldnít have recognized the entrance if I hadnít 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. Itís 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. Itís 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 itís well worth a visit, but I suspect that its overall ranking in NYC is partly based on high historical ratings.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | May 15, 2007
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
I was surprised at the size of the pub was given its reputation. It probably sits less than 50 people. We went there on a busy Friday night and ended-up sitting on the floor. Far from an art-deco place this is a very casual pub that feels like being in someoneís apartment. Cool patio in the back. Clientele (at least on a Friday night) is late-20s and seemed more like yuppies than beer geeks. Beer menu is all youíve heard and then some. The bottle list is almost as impressive as what the best beer bars from oversee (Kulminator and friends) have to offer. No fillers, just great beers. The tap list was great too. Rather pricey but worth it. A must.
BMan1113VR (422) Los Angeles, California | January 9, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very underwhelmed sadly. Hard to find without a sign. Hole in the wall place. Cozy/homely atmosphere. Not very crowded, with a strange collection of people. Only 6 taps of pretty standard stuff. Good bottle selection, but I generally donít go to beer bars looking for bottles. Service and prices were both decent. Didnít try the food. They had a beer engine, but nothing was pouring. To be honest, Iíd be happier across the street at Fette Sau.
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