Bars - not fancy
I like to get some bar recommendations from all you NY Chowhounds. I know of Pegu, Death &Co, PDT and the like. Also familiar with Zum Gartens (sp). What I'm wondering is, are there any other bars you'd recommend with 1. decent beer selection 2. aren't a scene or super fancy. Borderline dive bars okay as long as they aren't outright scary.
Blind Tiger in the West Village has a incredible beer selection. It's definitely not a scene. Gets crowded though, which is the only downside to the place. One of my favorite beer bars in the city.
Gingerman also has a great beer list and non-scene atmosphere. It's usually busy with an after-work/midtown crowd during the week but I think on the weekends the crowd is manageable.
The dba rec is a good one too. It's a very good afternoon to late afternoon bar, and the garden in the back is really nice. Though lately it seems like it is becoming a bit more of a frat scene - groups of guys, heavy on the hair gel, hanging out with women drinking Amstel Light. I know Amstel Light has its fans but getting something like that at a beer geek bar just seems wrong to me, but hey they sell it.
Another place, Spitzer's Corner is in the LES and also has a good list going. I haven't been but have heard very good things from friends who have been there.
Check out the German brauhause Zum Schneider, Lederhosen and Lorelei. I used to go to Grassroots Tavern quite a bit when I lived downtown. It's a real dive bar, not an affected theme bar. Prices are reasonable and patrons are friendly. I'm a fan of dba and Blind Tiger with the same caveats about clientele listed above. But the crowds are inevitable in Manhattan. I used to frequent Vol de Nuit for its outstanding Belgian beer selection and moules frites; but then the hipsters and yuppies packed it to the rafters and it became as crowded and obnoxious as any other place on 4th Street.