If you hate waiting forever for a bartender to notice you when all you want is a simple beer, then allow us to introduce you to your new favorite invention: the beer ATM. Randolph Beer in Brooklyn, New York, has a self-serve beer wall that operates like a vending machine or ATM. Simply insert your card, and out comes the brewski.
The wall is a new addition to the bar, which opened in 2013, and includes 24 rotating taps. Anyone who’s ever gotten Fro-Yo will recognize the concept: You take as much or as little you like, and pay by the ounce. Thankfully, the digital beer wall shows your tab as it ticks up (like the pump at a gas station), so you won’t be hit with surprise charges like at 16 Handles (those toppings will get you).
“You’re able to try beers you normally wouldn’t,” says Kyle Kensrue, a partner at Randolph Beer and certified cicerone (a beer sommelier, essentially). Kensrue personally selects the craft beers, often choosing hard-to-find brews and experimental styles. “We’re probably the only bar in New York that doesn’t have a pilsner on tap at the moment.”