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.
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.
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.