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20 spots to get giant beers in NYC

Published On 06/01/2014 Published On 06/01/2014
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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 New York, dating back to 1936 when Yorkville was a bustling German neighborhood. The menu offers modern American bar fare as well as traditional European dishes, like hearty potato pancakes and fried wiener schnitzel. Wash it all down with German brews in boot-shaped two-liter helpings. Though the menu’s been updated since Heidelberg's heyday, the atmosphere hasn't changed much: 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.