Food & Drink

20 spots to get giant beers in NYC

Published On 06/01/2014 Published On 06/01/2014

Sometimes there’s nothing like a cold pint to quench your thirst. And sometimes there’s nothing like a cold 2L of beer in a boot to quench your thirst. For those latter times, we rounded up 20 bars that all have 64oz (or more!) options.

Bavaria Bierhaus (click here for address and info)
Financial District
Vessel: A giant glass
Size: 101oz
This FiDi bar offers up a 3L stein that dwarfs just about any other glass we’ve seen. The multi-level bar features more than 10 German brews on tap, highlighted by Erdinger Brewery. The coolest part? You could probably get all of them in that one glass if you ask really, really nicely.

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Max Bratwurst und Bier (click here for address and info)
Astoria
Vessel: Das boot and mini-keg
Size: 67oz and 169oz
Do you have friends who like beer? If you don't, you're probably on the wrong site, but you could still make some and grab a 5L keg to split at one of the picnic tables at this Astoria restaurant. Oh... don't worry, there are plenty of individual 2L beer boots, too, all of which you can fill with six tap beers, including the likes of Dunkel Hofbrau and Gaffel Kölsch. The three choices for kegs include Reissdorf Kölsch, Einbecker Pilsener, and Kapuziner Weissbier.

Bier International

Bier International (click here for address and info)
Harlem
Vessel: Das boot and a super-large-sized bottle
Size: 67oz and 101oz
Offering a mix of local craft brews like Bronx Pale Ale and German specialties like Aventinus, this Uptown beer den will put any one of its draft beers in a 1 or 2L boot if you ask. You can also order a tray of 11 Kölsch’s in mini-glasses and get around the same amount of alcohol, as both methods of drinking are popular in the old country. If you’ve got cash to burn, there’s also a $120 super-large-sized bottle of St. Feuillien Tripel, a Belgian Abbey-style ale that weighs in at 8.5% ABV. Just call an hour or so ahead, so they can chill one up for you.

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Die Koelner Bierhalle (click here for address and info)
Park Slope
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 67oz
Taking its decor cues from the taverns of the German city of Cologne (think candle-lit lanterns, large communal tables, and the city’s coat of arms painted on the wall inside), the 2L boots here will have you smelling like Hefeweizen, lager, or any other variety you choose to spill on your face.

Blaue Gans (click here for address and info)
Tribeca
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 67oz
Kurt Gutenbrunner is known for operating some kick-ass Austrian restaurants in New York, but his dynasty wasn’t built on roasted perch and beef sirloin schnitzel alone. If you’re looking for a fancy meal that’s going to take a few hours, forgo the wine list here and order up a 2L Timberland. The bar has eight beers on tap, including Stiegl, Bitburger, and Weihenstephaner... any one of which can arrive at your table in one of these glorious glasses.

123 Burger Shot Beer

123 Burger Shot Beer (click here for address and info)
Hell’s Kitchen
Vessel: Beer tower
Size: 100oz
Okay, it’s not a boot, but it is a 100oz beer tower that you can fill with any beer on tap for the table. This will have to do until someone creates a 100oz boot.

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Hallo Berlin (click here for address and info)
Hell’s Kitchen
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 67oz
Founded by the owner of New York’s first German food cart, this Hell’s Kitchen hideaway offers eight brewskis (like Warsteiner and Köstritzer Black Lager) to fill up both 1 and 2L boots. There’s also an extensive menu of wurst sandwiches, including Hungarian smoked kielbasa and knockwurst served on a crusty roll, for when you’re taking a break between boozing.

Cafe Katja (click here for address and info)
Lower East Side
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 67oz
Well known for its fine German fare, this dark and romantic restaurant is the perfect place to impress your date by ordering up a Shaq-shoe full of beer, and seeing where the night takes you. Fill up on the likes of Stiegl, Jever, or Weihenstephaner while pacing your 2L of fluid intake leisurely throughout the evening.

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Lederhosen (click here for address and info)
West Village
Vessel: Das boot and a keg
Size: 64oz and 169oz
If a $25 2L das boot isn’t enough, you can also tap your own 5L keg at the dinner table for $50 from a selection of four rotating draft lines. For the mixed drink lovers, there’s also the option of ordering a beer-and-coke mash-up called “diesel”, which's in a 1.5L pitcher. That counts as a mixed drink, right?

Mad River Bar & Grill (click here for address and info)
Upper East Side
Vessel: Beer boot and a beer tower
Size: 64oz and 100oz
This Wisconsin-friendly bar (though, isn’t that just any place involving beer?) pays tribute to the state’s big Germanic influence with specials like 100oz beer towers. And if you hate sharing, they also feature 64oz (where'd the other 3oz go?) beer boots.

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Bierhaus NYC (click here for address and info)
Midtown East
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 67oz
This second floor beer paradise offers a full lineup of Hofbrau beers amongst its 24 draft lines, all just waiting to fill up your boot. The restaurant also has a beer locker program where you can keep your own personal stein overnight, though boots unfortunately are a bit too large to fit inside.

Heidelberg Restaurant (click here for address and info)
Upper East Side
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 67oz
This wood-paneled restaurant (founded in 1936) is the go-to party for the city’s annual German-American Steuben Parade, which is celebrated appropriately by wearing lederhosen or drinking 2L boots. Do the same on whichever Saturday afternoon you can get there. Bonus: they also boast an extensive selection of schnapps, such as Aquavit and Rumple Minze (careful with those).

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Reichenbach Hall (click here for address and info)
Midtown West
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 67oz
You can enjoy any one of the bar’s 14 tap beers in a 2L boot, before digging into its equally massive Bavarian pretzel that's the size of a full grown-man’s torso. Spicy mustard not optional.

Schnitzel Haus (click here for address and info)
Bay Ridge
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 67oz
Dark lagers, double bocks, and crisp lagers are a few of the options you can choose from for your massive glass slipper-boot at this Bay Ridge area resto, which predictably offers just about as many schnitzels as they do beers. They also host a karaoke night every Thursday, which will definitely sound like a great idea after an entire boot.

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The House of Brews (click here for address and info)
Hell’s Kitchen
Vessel: Beer tower
Size: 96oz
Though there are two locations, only the 51st St spot offers the 96oz beer towers that you can fill up with anything on tap. Since it’s a top-notch beer bar with 19 varieties on tap (like Finback Starchild, Brooklyn Summer, and Kona Big Wave Golden Ale), this is undoubtedly the hardest decision you will make all day.

Thunder Jackson’s (click here for address and info)
Greenwich Village
Vessel: Das boot/ scorpion bowls/ large cups
Size: 96oz/ 48oz/ 32oz
This rowdy Bleecker St sports bar offers tons of drink specials geared towards the college crowd that appreciates the value of quantity. In addition to domestic-filled, 96oz boots, the bar offers 48oz scorpion bowls and a jumbo daily drink of the day... in case you can only handle a 32oz cup of alcohol in one sitting.

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Turntable NYC (click here for address and info)
Koreatown
Vessel: Beer tower
Size: 101oz
Semi-hidden above 5th Ave, this spot has excellent chicken wings and a good, night-inducing drink program with brew towers filled with Asian beers (like Asahi and Hite).

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Point Break (click here for address and info)
Hell’s Kitchen
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 96oz
"Utah! Gimme TWO... giant beers!", is definitely something Busey would say if he was at this bar ogling these 96oz'ers. Even without the boots or Busey, this Hell’s Kitchen bar will definitely get you loose with beer pong, shotskis, and a spin the wheel shot deal.

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Manor Oktoberfest (click here for address and info)
Forest Hills, Glendale
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 67oz
This German brew spot in Queens has two locations, including one at The Shops at Atlas Park that boasts a family-friendly atmosphere while rewarding Mom and Dad the chance to relax with 2L of adult soda. There’re 12 beers on tap including a Sam’s Seasonal, in addition to German staples like Spaten, plus a ridiculously large menu of schnitzel and sausages to help pace yourself.

Zum Stammtisch

Zum Stammtisch (click here for address and info)
Glendale
Vessel: Das boot
Size: 67oz
Opened in 1972, this elder statesman of the big beer scene offers plenty of hard-to-find German brews for your booting pleasure, as well as specialties like giant plates of veal cordon bleu and sauerbraten.

Billy Lyons is a contributing writer for Thrillist NYC and believes drinking out of large objects will soon become an Olympic sport. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. 123 Burger Shot Beer 739 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (Hells Kitchen)

Things are pretty simple here: $1 slider, $2 shot, $3 beer. $10 bucks should settle you with a few burgers to soak up the 3 Redheaded Slut shots and that one Mind Eraser you did. And if you're planning on being a big spender, there's $8 ribs for you fancy.

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2. Bavaria Bier Haus 19 S William St, New York, NY 10004 (Financial District)

This Deutschland beer hall and sausage den has got large 3L vessels, which're served in a two-story mansion outfitted with furniture shipped from and built in Erding, Germany.

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3. Blaue Gans 139 Duane St, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

This pub boasts a communal table where you'll find patrons digging into Austrian fried chicken and pork schnitzel surrounded by artsy posters. But back to the Austrian fried chicken, if you're afraid it's going to be too salty, it's served with a side of sweet lingonberry jam to sweeten the deal

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4. Cafe Katja 79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Austrian-fare punctures the menu at this cafe. Speck, blood sausage and beef cheeks as well as liver dishes like a liverwurst with red-onion jam, are mainstays while freshly baked, soft pretzels come with a side of sweet Liptauer seasoned with onions, chives, paprika, and caraway seeds. The beer selection includes quite a bit of Austrian-imported brews as well.

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5. Die Koelner Bierhalle (The KBH) 84 Saint Marks Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

With 30 different craft beers on tap, 40 different bottled beers, and Bavarian foods like Weisswurst, Bratwurst, and Currywurst, the KBH Bierhalle brings real German traditions to Brooklyn. The beers range from 150-900 years old -- and some aren't even offered anywhere else in country.

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6. Hallo Berlin 626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

Fill up on as much wurst as possible and drown it all in beer at this German spot. With an indoor/outdoor beer garden and eight different types of sausage topped with red cabbage, sauerkraut, onions and mustard, it's a casual lunch or dinner with friends. If you're looking to be the daring one and venture further into German fare, opt for the wiener schnitzel.

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7. Heidelberg 1648 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

Heidelberg is one of the oldest family-run German restaurants in the country, dating back to 1936, back when Yorkville in the UES was a bustling German neighborhood. The menu offers modern American bar fare as well as traditionally European dishes, including hearty potato pancakes and fried wiener schnitzel. Wash it down with Germ brews in boot-shaped two-liter helpings. Though the menu’s been updated, what hasn’t changed is the atmosphere: the interior is frozen in time with old-world Germantown decor.

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8. Bierhaus 712 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown East)

This German joint from the Whiskey River/ Black Bear Lodge crew offers an airy, skylit, dark-brown-wooded backdrop for consuming exclusively Hofbrau brews (Original, Dunkel, Hefeweizen...), and surprisingly authentic fare including pretzels w/ bier cheese, slow-roasted pork shank, and a Wurst Sampler.

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9. Mad River Bar & Grille 1442 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

This Upper East Side drinkery pays homage to Germany with specials like 100oz (!) beer towers, and if you are in the mood have a giant beer all to yourself, then opt for the 64oz beer boot. And when it comes to eats, they dole out hearty bar bites like burgers, pizza, and sammies.

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10. Lederhosen 39 Grove St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Named after the traditional Germanic article of clothing, Lederhosen offers European batch brews in an old-school, tavern like setting. The pint-sized bar room belies an extensive collection of bottled and draft beers, plus a varied menu of traditional German snacks and entrees -- pretzels, currywurst, and schnitzel, to name a few. While Lederhosen is definitely more of a drinking spot, they also offer a little known pre-fixe dinner menu that includes beers and an after dinner digestif.

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11. Manor Oktoberfest 73-11 Yellowstone Blvd., Forest Hills, NY 11375

Celebrate Oktoberfest all year long with typical Bavarian fare like potato pancakes, pierogies, schnitzel and of course, a bunch of wursts. Don't forget to try one of the 30 beers available. Oh and they're always adding new beers to the menu.

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12. Max Bratwurst und Bier 4702 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103 (Astoria)

There isn't actually a garden... but there is an Exotic Line of homemade wurst featuring sausages made with rabbit, alligator, and rattlesnake. Max has you covered for your next kegger too; choose from Kapuziner Weisse, Einbecker Pilsner, or Reissendorf Koelsch.

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13. Reichenbach Hall 5 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown)

Reichenbach Hall is the gigantic Midtown beer hall that's serving an all-German beer selection, sausages, and pretzels that Warwick Davis could essentially live inside.

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14. Schnitzel Haus 7319 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

This Bay Ridge restaurant and beer hall serves up authentic German fare and an extensive list of more than 30 different beers, ranging in styles, flavors, and sizes.

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15. The House of Brews 302 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019 (Hells Kitchen)

This pub has 100 beers from 18 countries around the world and a short food menu of items like crisp pommes frites for when you need a little break. If you're indecisive -- or just hoping for a freebie, because we know you are -- ask for the four-ounce sampler to try out a few drafts before settling in.

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16. Thunder Jackson's 169 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 (Greenwich Village)

If you've been in one sports bar you've been in them all, right? That's the sort of feeling that you get here. Besides some cliche additions like serving Forties in paper bags and subtly punching up dishes by using organic ketchup as opposed to non, it's your typical sports bar here.

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17. Turntable 314 5th Ave # 2Fl, New York, NY 10001 (Midtown)

At this trendy Midtown spot, spicy soul food mash-ups are served alongside a soundtrack of vintage vinyl provided by an in-house DJ. A popular late night spot, Turntable offers Korean interpretations of classic Southern fare, including fried chicken, hush puppies, and mint juleps in a hip, industrial setting.

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18. Zum Stammtisch 6946 Myrtle Ave, Glendale, NY 11385

Founded in 1972, this authentic German resto/bar features a menu loaded with classic favorites from wurst to schnitzel, as well as a beer menu that can't be beat when it comes to quality and quantity.

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19. Bier International 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026 (Harlem)

Whether you're going for quantity or quality of beer, you're sure to find either at Bier International in Harlem. Enjoy a mix of local craft brews like Bronx Pale Ale and German specialties like Aventinus, and get them served in a normal pint glass or (if you're feeling athletic) in a 2L boot.

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20. Point Break 12 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

There's a Wheel of Shots, a bunch of snacks like fried mac and cheese, and 96oz Das Boots. Also with a name like Point Break, you know it's going to be entertaining.

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