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 don’t 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 peoples’ 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.
What people said. Awesome cozy place with a truly friendly atmosphere where the locals are sociable and were all happy to see a montrealer. Unreal beer list for america. I had some beers I certainly didn’t expect to find on this side of the atlantic like cantillon loerik, de ranke guldenberg, de proef flemish primitive. They do carry 10 cantillon if not 11. I was a bit unlucky with the taps though, among the 5 taps were éphémère apple that i get locally, vapeur cochonne and hog heaven which I’m not a fan of. Too bad a few beers on the menu were out of stock.
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 it’s 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).
Wonderful, original, eclectic craftbeer bar that is a destination in and of itself. I highly recommend a stop here when visiting Brooklyn craftbars...but definitely worth a special trip alone. I gave them a 14 out of 15 for selection...not for quantity (this isn’t a Yard House) but for quality...for unusual and hard to find selections. The decor is very much like an antique store...maybe even an oldtime hardware store. There is a really nice courtyard out back too. The food choices are great. They include cheeses...meats...pickles...olives, and the like...all of the highest quality (if you need something more substantial...go to Fette Sau nearby for amazing BBQ). The place is filled with regulars (locals who realize how lucky they are to have a place like this in their neighborhood) as well as craftbeer explorers like myself who will read about a place like this and search it out. I recommend you do the same!
GT (672) San Diego, California | November 10, 2011
Pretty chic place- very small at the front with a handful of wooden tables and a cramped bar. Good selection of carefully chosen taps but only about 5 or so. Rotation is written up in chalk. Deep bottle list even though most may not be advertised. Out back is a large "biergarten" of sorts. Nice wire tables and a big garden with trees. Very nice- sort of quirky/hipster Brooklyn feel. Cheese plate was very good and well thought out. Lots of special menu items to pair with beer. This place has special connections to Cantillon so that is worth coming here in of itself especially for any releases or big events. Across the street is a typical Brooklyn deli grocery store that serves up some of the most ridiculously good sandwiches I have ever had. Hot damn.
Quite disappointing to be honest. Run down place with only six taps. None of them very exciting when we visited. Guess it was good before the beer scene exploded in NYC. No reason to go here again in my opinion.
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.
I know that often times the hip trendy places don’t need a sign... but man, I walked past the place twice, and that was with looking for the number, seeing the number, taking a cursory glance into the empty windows and figuring that it must have been an old abandoned diner. I don’t think it would kill them to put a little tiny sign out front. Inside is laid back and the trendy local crowd seems to be quite happy paying $8 for a pint. For 6 taps and a cask, they sure get a lot of stuff on. Aside from changes just for the event I attended, three kegs changed while I was there. And a couple of those had been on for less than 3 days from talking with the bartenders. Bottle list was nice, with some oddities in pricing. Couple things were as cheap as retail, a few seemed really high. Staff was friendly and helpful, and did a nice job putting up with the kind of folks interested in getting piles of 3-4 oz pours over full sized ones, even late into the evening as the crowd went 2-3 deep around the bar.
Reminds me of the old underground bars in Montreal, with their bric-a-brac decor,and of my parent’s chalet in the old days. A delightful place. The spices on the shelves behing the bar give it a very pleasant smell. There is a nice selection of cheese and meets (5$ portions, 3 for 12$).
JoeMcPhee (536) Toronto, ON, Ontario | March 22, 2006| Updated October 9, 2010
I decided to update the rating for this place since I really do think it’s 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 you’ll pay for them. There are a whole lot of spots I’d 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 I’ve been to. Long bar, six taps, smallish seating area that kind of reminds of Smokeless Joe’s. 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 I’ve 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
Absolutely stunning Belgian bottle menu, about as drool-inducing as the HopLeaf’s in Chicago or Bruges’ Brugs’ 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, I’d be a regular. Prices are pretty steep, especially if you get into the rare bottles, but if you choose well, you won’t be disappointed. Cheese and meat plate is pretty interesting. One of the world’s best, no doubt.