If there's one thing you can always count on, it's your fingers. But if there are TWO things, it's your fingers, and the fact that a shton of awesome new beer bars are going to open in NYC every month. These are the eight absolute best of the last 30ish days. Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary Lower East Side This rathskeller's co-owned by the two dudes behind the shuttered King’s Head Tavern, and serves up great crafts like Baladin Super and Bronx Pale Ale, plus a selection of organic wines, and an extensive menu of “Southwestern- and Chinese-inspired comfort food" like cauliflower mac and cheese & a hot-wing sandwich stacked with hot sauce-braised chicken, bleu cheese spread, and carrot/celery slaw.
Bed-Vyne Brew Shop
The younger brother to nearby Bed-Vyne Wine, the BBS is a combo beer bar/ shop/ music venue that features 10 swapped-out-daily craft beer taps for on-site consumption or growler-style takeout, as well as rare and elusive (stiff arm!) seasonal bottles like Avery Rumpkin: a Colorado pumpkin beer that’s aged for six months in dark rum barrels with a whopping 18.53% ABV.
The Brew Inn
Remaking what used to be the owner's mother’s old Polish restaurant space (hot dog!), this neighborhood beer bar features an extensive menu anchored by the Kielbasy “Reuben”, a Polish-inflected take on the classic, featuring grilled kielbasy, pickled cabbage, Manhattan Island dressing, and melted Swiss on rye. Eat it while you take down a 30-deep NY-centric tap list featuring the likes of Alphabet City Brewing Co's Easy Blonde Ale, Southern Tier's 2XIPA, and Captain Lawrence's Liquid Gold.
Joining a family of bars that already includes Mission Dolores and The Owl Farm, this hops sanctuary is a haven for beer dorks, thanks to a draft list that ranges from Two Brothers Heavy Handed Cascade to Narragansett Lager, as well as ultra-rare and oddball selections that're part of their "bottle of the month" feature, like Sagra Bohío, and a Mikkeller/Anchorage collab called 'AK Alive!'
Hops & Hocks
Think of Hops & Hocks as an upscale mini-mart that specializes in craft beers and charcuterie. It's owned by the same folks behind Stinky Bklyn and sports 17 taps, a build-your-own six-pack component, and the “ham bar”, a counter with two-to-three cured pork legs, as well as a healthy selection of accoutrements like mustard, pickles, and a variety of cheeses.
Upper East Side
Co-owned by food blogger/lawyer Andy Freedman and the owner of Long Island City's Alewife is the proverbial public house triple-threat with an espresso counter for the morning rush, a seasonal beer garden, and a full, non-garden bar stocked with a laundry list of brewage, like bottles of Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel Aged Project #9, casks of Bear Republic Racer X, and 20 rotating drafts, as well as small plates like house-made Sriracha peas & nacho-flavored popcorn. Also: there's a cocktail lab class Thursdays through Sundays!
Pop @ Pod
With the former chef of Flex Mussels and Oceana adding four varieties of mussels to the already-well-known arsenal of burgers that Pop has perfected throughout the years, this all-wood-paneled beerery also features a full bar, 10 taps filled with micro-brews like Pennsylvania’s Voodoo, and a nonet of creative “beer cocktails", including (whoa...) Guinness Cream Soda.
The first thing you see when you walk into The Sampler is its library-like stacks-upon-stacks of beer bottles lining shelves that they use a sliding ladder to navigate. There's also 18 beers on tap, a growler station, a Bottle Wall of Fame, and $8 a-pop for a four-beer flight where you can mix, match, or have the bartender surprise you.
1. Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary123 Allen St, New York
2. Bed-Vyne Brew370 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn
3. Glorietta Baldy502 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn
4. Hops & Hocks2 Morgan Ave, New York
5. The Pod Hotel230 E 51st St, New York
6. The Brew Inn924 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn
7. The Sampler234 Starr St, Brooklyn
8. The Jeffrey Craft Beer & Bites311 E 60th St, New York
Antler's is a great place to unwind at their organic-wine bar, as well as imbibe in some of their craft beers.
This wine bar/beer garden is buzzing with local hipsters and Manhattanites looking for a fresh craft brews and local wines.
As unpretentious as a highway-side bar, this Bed-Stuy neighborhood dive pours some twelve rotating beers on tap into mason jars and features a ping-pong table and a couple rock-and-roll-themed pinball machines in the back. Open until the wee hours daily, this spot (by the same guys who assembled low-key BK bars Mission Dolores and The Owl Farm) fills up during sports games and has a spacious back patio. Just because you’re kicking it in a grungy beer bar doesn’t mean the bartenders can’t make a mean cocktail (Rude Boy: gin, Evan Williams bourbon, lime, simple syrup, bitter).
Hops & Hocks is doling out awesomely original brews, and their staff is extremely helpful.
Pod 51 is a hybrid of all the Pod babies, but this guy is doling out awesome craft brews at its awesomely-lit drinking quarters.
The Brew Inn is a Greenpoint craft beer hub with award-winning grub.
The Sampler is a craft brew-haven.