Food & Drink

20 spots to get giant beers in NYC

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.

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 (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.

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 (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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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).

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.

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 (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.