ABC Beer Company | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
ABC Beer Company | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
1. The Blind Tiger281 Bleecker St, New York
2. Tørst615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn
3. George Keeley NYC485 Amsterdam Ave, New York
4. Covenhoven730 Classon Ave, Brooklyn
5. Proletariat102 St Marks Pl, New York
6. Bar Great Harry280 Smith St, Brooklyn
7. Mission Dolores249 4th Ave, Brooklyn
8. Valhalla815 9th Ave, New York
9. Judy & Punch34-08 30th Ave, Astoria
10. Jimmy's No. 4343 E 7th St, New York
11. Crescent & Vine25-03 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria
Arguably the epitome of a New York City craft beer bar and a true pioneer in the NYC craft scene, Blind Tiger’s been doling out a fine selection of the top tier libations since it opened in 1995. It’s the go-to spot to meet folks from your favorite breweries who happen to be swinging through town, and the tap takeovers are legendary to say the least. Sip from 28 taps, two casks and a staggering list of microbrew bottles.
Started by a consortium of "hardcore beer and food" types (including a Momofuku research lab chef, a former beer sommelier from DBGB, and the guy behind Evil Twin Brewing), this temple to all things brew is dedicated to bringing you some of the tastiest and rarest suds. Torst is a Danish bar boasting over 20 carefully-selected beers, which are all kept fresh through a high-tech, temperature-regulating system.
Keeley’s is a mainstay and a gem in a neighborhood distinctly lacking in quality beer-focused bars and restaurants. Quality pub food, nicely positioned TVs, unlimited salty popcorn, and an absolutely inspired tap list with a local focus make it a friendly hangout for anyone looking for a great pint, a football game, and an even better conversation. If you’re adventurous, join George Keeley’s beer club by consuming 100 different types of beer and immortalize yourself on their wall of fame.
Hardcore beer geeks probably already know and love Covenhoven for its awesome themed bottle nights, subway proximity, trivia throwdowns, and appearances by local beer makers, but these guys -- and their sweet back garden -- have remained a best-kept secret for casual beer drinkers who live outside of Crown Heights.
This East Village bar is a craft beer hideaway from the, uh, hustle and bustle of St. Mark's. The bartenders are well-versed in the world of rare and unusual brews, so tell them what you like and let them decide the rest. The small and narrow space isn't great for groups, but it's definitely a place to catch up with a friend, take a super-casual date, or have a solo sip to take the day off.
This is the sort of bar that feels way bigger than it actually is, and that’s especially true on a beautiful spring day when all the doors are open. Wander into Bar Great Harry and you’ll find one of the most relaxed beer bars in Brooklyn, coupled with a superb draft list that rotates on a very consistent basis, making every visit a unique experience. Plus, and we can’t emphasize this enough, it’s got an Iron Man Pinball game. Iron Man and beer is a combination that can’t be denied.
Located inside a former tire shop, Mission Dolores (from the Bar Great Harry team) kills it with an excellent, and usually very local, beer selection in what is arguably the most unique atmosphere on this list, considering you’re drinking your beer inside a garage. The front of this 4th Ave bar still maintains its industrial setting, and whether you’re a tried and true hophead or a newly minted parent looking to escape diaper duty, it’s about as neighborhood friendly as it comes in Brooklyn’s burgeoning beer scene.
Whether you’re catching some drinks before a concert at Terminal 5, or just dropping in for a burger and beer around lunch, Valhalla holds it down as one of the West Side’s best beer bars. This unfussy, urban bar boasts 48 carefully-curated draught microbrews, along with a small menu of bar bites that include panko-fried chicken, beer-battered pickles, and housemade spinach and artichoke dip.
Judy & Punch has an outstanding draft list and a staff that’s armed with all the geeky beer knowledge you could hope for, plus a chill vibe, the occasional trivia night, and one of the best happy hours in the whole city (from 4-8pm, all drafts are five bucks!).
A downstairs joint in one of the most bar-heavy neighborhoods in the whole country, Jimmy's No. 43 has a perfectly sized and approachable craft beer selection without the pretense of being too exclusive. The staff insist that you sample a sip of beer first before committing, and the cozy environment and upscale food cap it off to make Jimmy’s a neighborhood mainstay. It differentiates itself from other beer bars with an Asian-fusion menu featuring Filipino-inspired dishes like chicken wings adobo and pork belly tacos.
This bar punches way above its weight class with a unique and interesting beer selection for the area, a fun atmosphere, and seriously delicious paninis. Situated slightly off the beaten path, Crescent & Vine has an almost Chicago-ish neighborhood vibe to it, with a simple and inviting appeal that makes it a sleeper in the NYC craft beer scene.