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Jan 10, 2011 08:05 AM

Beer places in Manhattan

There are no beer bar posts since 2008 and that post is very incomplete so I was wondering what are the places as of 2011 to drink a good beer selection. The places I usually visit for a nice beer are:

Blind Tiger
Against the Grain (very small selection but not bad)
DBGB (More expensive but the small selection is excellent)
Drop Off (ok but they always have the same beers, the do not rotate the selection)
East Village Tavern (small selection, but Ok)

I have not been to Pony because the crowd scared me when I was about to enter and I do not like the DBA crowd either.

I DO NOT need a Best of list, only a list of the places where you like the beer selection and if possible some detail as of what do they carry.

Blind Tiger
281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

East Village Tavern
158 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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  1. A lot of people will say it is too "touristy" or commercial but I still love Gingerman if I'm just looking to get some beers, their draught list is incredible and the bartenders are pretty knowledgeable.

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    1. re: Spiritchaser

      I love Gingerman myself for beer selections. Never had a complaint from anyone that i sent there for beers.

      1. re: kelea

        I've never found gingerman to be touristy but I have found it to be unbearably full of suits most nights. Consequently, weekends are my preferred time to visit.

        1. re: Scotty100

          Maybe touristy was the wrong word to use but I've had people tell me they thought it was too "planned". Personally, as I've said before, I think it's great.

    2. D.B.A. has a great variety of beers from across the globe with a rotating tap along with an admirable bourbon and Scotch list.
      Vol de Nuit specializes in Belgian beers with the requisite stemware to match
      Drop Off Service has a decent selection of USA, German, English, Belgian and Irish beers with a few rotating taps
      George Keeley is the pub of note on the UWS with a large selection and decent food

      George Keeley
      485 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      Vol de Nuit
      148 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

      Drop Off Service
      211 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

      1. Waterfront Ale House has about 20 beers or so on tap and rotates them frequently. Also usually have a cask ale too.

        If you are into Belgian beers, the Petite Abeille mini-chain has a great selection - and half off beers on Mondays

        Waterfront Ale House
        540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: ESNY

          Ditto on Alehouse. And they have good food. Get the ribs!

        2. Rattle and Hum on 35th and 5th has a ton of tap and cask beers.
          DBA has the worst atmosphere and horrible service IMO

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          1. re: princeofpork

            Zum Schneider - best bavarian beers in the city
            Lorelei - decent all-round german selection with a nice little beer garden at the back
            Burp Castle - imo, a contender for best belgian selection in nyc...quirky and elitist but cool
            Jimmy's No.43 - right next door to burp on E.7th...good food and small but nicely curated craft beer selection

            Burp Castle
            41 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

            Zum Schneider
            229 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

            1. re: Scotty100

              I think it's spelled Loreley, actually. But yes, nice little garden area in the back.

              7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

              1. re: Scotty100

                I've had bad experiences at Loreley with servers who don't know anything about their beers and who don't know how to pour properly. The last time I was there they poured me a Schneider Aventinus that was half head with most of the beer ending up on my table. I do find it somewhat precious that they have a menu written in German with waiters who can neither read it nor understand it spoken to them.

                Lederhosen has a similarly-sized and sourced beer list, but with far more knowledgable and friendly servers. I would recommend them over Loreley for the better drinking experience.

                7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: JungMann

                  "I do find it somewhat precious that they have a menu written in German with waiters who can neither read it nor understand it spoken to them."

                  I've eaten at Loreley 3 or 4 times and I don't remember a German menu. The one on their website is in English (except for the names of the dishes, but there's a full description in English.)


                  The same is true for the beers.


                  7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

                  1. re: Bob Martinez

                    The names of all the foods are given in German on the menu with an English sub-description. They might as well just serve "pork platters" if their waiters can't say or understand the Schlachtplatte mit Kassler, Speck usw. on the menu.

                    1. re: JungMann

                      I did note that the menu description was in English. In fact, that was the point of my post. I included that information after you said "... they have a menu written in German ..."

                      I've been to Loreley and Lederhosen multiple times. I thought that the food at Loreley was just a bit better than at Lederhosen although that could be a function of what I ordered.

                      At Lederhosen I've always sat at the bar which is really pleasant. That's a good thing because the back room gets a loud frat boy type of crowd which can be annoying. Loreley seems to attract a calmer clientele.

                      7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

            2. Jimmy's No. 43


              Jimmy's No. 43
              43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003