Our 10 Best Beer Bars

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The craft-beer movement, once the province of homebrewers and so-called beer nerds, has become so mainstream that you'd be hard-pressed to find a bar in New York City that doesn't have at least Brooklyn Lager on tap. But where do you go when you want to find the absolute best brews in the city? We've, um, spent many hours of our lives researching this topic and have finally come up with a list of the top 10 beer bars in the city. Cheers!

10. 124 Rabbit Club: This tiny, secluded spot in the West Village proves that beer bars need not be fratty, sticky messes, even on MacDougal Street. The subterranean locale and weathered décor definitely give it an Old World vibe, which is fitting considering the all-European beer list. The 50-strong bottle selection skews heavily toward Belgians, none of which are cheap; still, it's worth the money to drink in a bar as charming as this place. 124 MacDougal Street, near Minetta Lane, no phone


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A glimpse of the long beer list at the Pony Bar

9. Pacific Standard: We New Yorkers are (justifiably) proud of our local craft-brew scene. The truth, however, is that it was brewers on the West Coast who really kicked this movement into high gear. Opened by a couple of NorCal expats, this Park Slope pub features a long list of beers on tap from the other side of the country, including selections from such breweries as Rogue, Anchor Steam, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, and more. Don't worry, Brooklyn, Pacific Standard still has love for you in the form of local faves from the likes of Sixpoint and Kelso. 82 Fourth Avenue, near St. Marks Place, 718-858-1951

8. The Pony Bar: America is home to the most inventive, fearless craft breweries in the world, which is why we're glad this inviting Hell's Kitchen pub specializes in beers from the good ol' US of A. You'll find 20 rotating beers from across the country, each served in 14-ounce glasses for $5. Our favorite thing about this place? Starting at 4:20 p.m., all beers are $1 off for an hour, just in case you want to wash down any special brownies you might have consumed. 637 Tenth Avenue, near 45th Street, 212-586-2707

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6 comments
Jettt129
Jettt129

Can't believe they didn't mention Rattle N Hum

Godotnut
Godotnut

The idea that a bar with only four taps can be a better beer bar than Rattle and Hum or Mug's Ale House is a joke. 

At least the author got the top two right, though.

WayOutWest
WayOutWest

"Oude Geuze Vieille?" New York journalist, sloppy research, FAIL. "Oude Geuze" and "Geuze Vielle" are generic terms describing the liquid in the bottle, in Dutch and French. The brewer is Oud Beersel.

Andy
Andy

pretty sure you meant to include Rattle N Hum, but forgot.

TT
TT

No love for Gingerman or Rattle N Hum?

Guest
Guest

Gingerman has a great selection, but it's constantly stuffed with Midtown bros ordering Heineken. It's not a bar that beer lovers can really enjoy.

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