The 10 Best Draft-Beer Bars in New York

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The bright yellow door is a beacon for beer lovers everywhere.


1. The Diamond
As winner of the Voice's 2011 prestigious Best Of category for "Best Place To Get Drunk Inside a Gondola, the Diamond probably isn't new to our readers. But on top of hotboxing in that gondola, the draft beer selection is premier. Featuring a carefully selected menu of eight brews, the rotating choices range from sour lambics to intense, hoppy IPAs. Midwest transplants should celebrate, as the the Diamond claims to be the only bar in the world outside of Chicago that offers Dampfbier from Chicago's Local Option. On top of the cassette-tape-lined bathroom wall and free shuffleboard, the best part might be that finding a seat on a busy Saturday night isn't a challenge. Do me a favor: Let's keep it that way.
43 Franklin Street, Greenpoint; 718-383-5030


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Location Info

Venue

Map

The Habitat

988 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Rattle N Hum

14 E. 33rd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Jimmy's No. 43

43 E. Seventh St., New York, NY

Category: Music

D.B.A.

41 1st Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

d.b.a. Brooklyn

113 N. 7th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Pony Bar

637 10th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Proletariat

102 St Marks Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

LuckyDog

303 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Blind Tiger Alehouse

281 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Spuyten Duyvil

359 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Diamond

43 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

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8 comments
t-bone
t-bone

Gingerman is way too expensive.

 

Patrick doesn't work at Rattle N Hum so it sucks now. Should have picked AleWife, though it is admittedly shaky.

 

Habitat & Luckydog over Brouwerij Lane? Terrible.

 

The lack of Queens/Bronx spots is embarrassing. Sunswick 35-35 & Bronx Alehouse, thank you very much.

 

And I guess Bierkraft doesn't really count, but it puts all these places to shame.

michalmooney
michalmooney

Some solid choices. I don't see how Rattle N Hum isn't first on every list like this; it has 5x the taps of some of the top choices and a staff that is very welcoming to newbies, and you can often get $5 beers, especially on Sundays. An up and comer is Brickyard Gastropub, a two-year old bar in Hell's Kitchen that is developing a stellar reputation among craft beer geeks. An even newer place to consider is Tir na nOg Times Square, which offers about 30 beers on tap, including Irish and Belgian stalwarts as well as an impressive line-up of American craft beers.

michalmooney
michalmooney

Some solid choices. I don't see how Rattle N Hum isn't first on every list like this; it has 5x the taps of some of the top choices and a staff that is very welcoming to newbies. 

timw.brown
timw.brown

In your zeal to plug Manhattan and Brooklyn beer bars, you neglected the Bronx, where the Bronx Ale House is the equal of, if not superior to, every bar on your list. I know this, because I've been to most of them. During a quick check of www.bronxalehouse.com, I saw the following stats on their current lineup: cask ale: 1; on tap: 16; bottles: 28; cans: 8. Your "best bar" features only 8 tap beers? Laughable. Moreover, the food at Bronx Ale House is excellent, with a menu of new and fresh takes on pub grub designed by a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef. You all need to get out of your downtown Manhattan-Brooklyn bubble and experience more of the city.

 

Bronx Ale House: 216 West 238th St., Bronx, NY 10463, 718-601-0204, 1/2 block from the 1 train 238 St. stop.

JoshS
JoshS

No Gingerman or DBGB?

triz
triz

I take it you have never been to the Gingerman.

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