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19 Excellent Beer Bars in NYC

Where to go to drink the best craft beer on the market right now

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With so many craft beers on the market now, there are also lots of beer bars that highlight some of the most interesting brews around the world and locally. Here's a list of places to go when a room-temperature can of adjunct lager just isn't cutting it. Whether it's a tiny bar where cans can be purchased to-go or a place to hang with a crew, this map has it covered. Here, now, a breakdown of 19 bars that are pouring some of the finest and rarest beers in the city.

Note: This is an updated map originally published in 2015.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Harlem Hops

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2268 7th Ave
New York, NY 10030
(646) 998-3444
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A modern beer bar with some cozy touches, Harlem Hops comes from a team of beer geeks who wanted to make craft and local brews more accessible in the neighborhood. The bar has 16 rotating taps and a long list of bottles and cans. Many of the beers and spirits are made by local, small batch, family-owned, and small businesses. There’s a small menu of snacks, like locally sourced sausages and bratwurst, or pretzels.

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2. Bondurants

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303 E 85th St
New York, NY 10028
(212) 249-1509
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Bluegrass meets MGMT on the soundtrack at Bondurants, and the beverage options similarly emphasize the obscure as well as the popular. There’s an interesting selection of draft beer, mostly featuring domestic craft producers, but it’s also a solid place for a stiff cocktail if that’s the preferred route. The options are well priced and well chosen. This is also the place to have an American whiskey: There are over 30 ryes on offer.

3. The Pony Bar

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1444 1st Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-0090
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Since 2009, Pony Bar has been serving domestic beers at a reasonable price point. Producers include Founders and Fifth Hammer, and the beers range stylistically from blueberry gose to a nitro oatmeal stout. The drafts are all priced under $10, and the bar stays open until 4 a.m. every day.

4. Valhalla NYC

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815 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 757-2747
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Heading to Valhalla is the sensible choice when in Hell’s Kitchen. It has 38 beers on tap with another 20 in cans and bottles — expect to find a style for every palate, mostly for $9 a pop. For those who want to lean into the Valhalla theme, mead is available, too. The food menu includes bar fare like wings, sliders, and nachos.

5. As Is NYC

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734 10th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(646) 858-1153
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Twenty rotating taps feature beers from around the world, with options such as Bell’s Brewery, Other Half, and LIC Beer Project. Hip hop blares over the speakers in a highly designed, inviting space with exposed brick walls and tons of contrasting black and white. Non-beer-loving friends can get cocktails and natural wine.

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6. City Hops

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1145 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10065
(646) 838-9645
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This cozy beer shop and tap room on the Upper East Side is an excellent option for beer fans in an area that does not have so many options. The 16 beers on tap and arcade games, plus lots of cans, make it a great spot to kill time before dinner in the neighborhood. Dogs are allowed, and celebrated on the Instagram, where City Hops also shares its limited-time offerings. The bar also hosts free tastings.

7. The Jeffrey Craft Beer & Bites NYC

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311 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 355-2337
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The Jeffrey has a deep rotating list of 30 tap beers in addition to a robust food menu. It’s especially good for groups, with two large rooms and a back patio.

8. Sunswick 35/35

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35-02 35th St
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 752-0620
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Sunswick’s been around for a while so is a bit worn down, but Astoria locals know to keep coming back for its constantly rotating beer list. The 25-beer long draft list changes regularly, going along with a lengthy menu of pub food including spicy fried pickles, chicken fingers, wings, and fish and chips.

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9. Beer Run

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203 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 749-7500

This dimly lit beer store and bar counters its small footprint with a large menu of beers, plus a few ciders and wines. The 12 changing draft options cover the popular styles, with hundreds of cans available. This spot is known to carry sought-after beers, especially from Vermont breweries.

10. Blind Tiger

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281 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 462-4682
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Since opening in 1995, the Blind Tiger has been a big player in the craft beer scene in New York. Don’t let the divey (occasionally fratty) aesthetic deter — the bar’s 28 taps are all devoted to craft beers, and the bartenders are knowledgeable and helpful. Blind Tiger is also known for throwing a ton of beer-related events.

11. Augurs Well Bar

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115 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

This petite and unpretentious East Village beer bar has been around since 2011 and become a favorite of craft beer fans in the city. Augurs Well keeps 16 beers on tap, many of them IPAs, but it also always has cans available too, including from local breweries like Grimm Artisanal Ales. The food menu features bar food like burgers, nachos, chicken tenders, and garlic parmesan fries.

A brick wall has shelves with lots of liquor bottles, plus a sign displaying the beer of the week in chalk Augurs Well [Official]

12. Proletariat

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102 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009
(212) 777-6707
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This East Village beer bar features gritty tattoo-inspired decor and a constantly rotating selection of rare brews served up by some of the city’s most knowledgeable bartenders. The equally stellar music playlist only adds to the experience. Proletariat is about the size of a shoe box, so it’s best suited for off-hours drinking. Consider heading over on a Sunday afternoon or weeknight to avoid crowds.

13. Tørst

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615 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-6034
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Beer geeks appreciate the rare bottle and draft selection at this Scandinavian-chic Greenpoint beer bar. Several of the 21 taps are from Evil Twin Brewing. Other domestic options span the map from St. Louis, Missouri’s Perennial Artisan Ales to Bushwick’s Kings County Brewers Collective.

14. Top Hops Beer Shop

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94 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-4677
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This Lower East Side shop has the vibe of a package store with a bar inside of it, because that’s what it is. There are 20 beers on tap, and another 700 (seven hundred!) in cans, with a range of local brews and beers from across the world. If all of this seems overwhelming, Top Hops actually offers beer classes. Another option is to order a beer at the bar and soak up the chatter of other beer experts for free. Food options are limited, but there are some local meats and cheeses to cut the hops.

15. The Well

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272 Meserole St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(347) 338-3612
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There are currently 35 beers on tap here, with another 148 available in bottles and cans. The options vary in quality from the profound to the picayune. Prices are reasonable across the taps, and this is a good spot to enjoy a geeky beer without subjecting friends to do the same. It’s a large and welcoming space that was a brewery in its previous life.

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16. Craft Culture

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59-04 Myrtle Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385
(718) 628-3931
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This small, minimal Ridgewood bar and beer shop has more than 200 cans and bottles available in its fridges at any time, with a focus on lesser-seen options. Craft Culture also has close to two dozen beers on draft and happy hour pricing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A food menu has takes on bar food, like a jalapeño burger or teriyaki wings.

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17. Hops Hill

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886 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 987-4334
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“Strictly craft” is the tagline at Hops Hill, and they mean it. Fifteen taps are dedicated to of-the-moment craft selections, some from Brooklyn area breweries like Other Half. The extensive bottle and can list — 148 items long — features several options with considerable bottle age on them, and the prices can escalate quickly for some of those choices. The taps are mostly under $10, and there’s a happy hour Monday to Friday. Other options include hard-to-find whiskeys, some beer cocktails, and a range of ciders.

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18. Covenhoven

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730 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 483-9950
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Arty accents add nuance to the feeling of the dining room and bar, while a refrigerated display case emphasizes the main event: beer. There are 15 beers on tap, plus over 250 in bottles and cans. The selections are well chosen and rotate regularly, and the prices are fair and wide-ranging. If the weather is warm, drink in the backyard space outside. Growlers are offered to go. A selection of grilled cheese sandwiches, sausages, and chili feature on the small food menu.

19. The Owl Farm

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297 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499-4988
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Very chill neighborhood vibes and a dogs-welcomed policy make this Park Slope bar a local favorite and a destination for all. A remodeled space offers lots of seating, arcade games, and a superb setting for enjoying a list of over 25 drafts. The beer selection at the Owl Farm rotates, but recent brewers include Kings County Brewers Collective, Two Roads, and Jack’s Abby.

1. Harlem Hops

2268 7th Ave, New York, NY 10030
The Harlem Hops team Harlem Hops [Official]

A modern beer bar with some cozy touches, Harlem Hops comes from a team of beer geeks who wanted to make craft and local brews more accessible in the neighborhood. The bar has 16 rotating taps and a long list of bottles and cans. Many of the beers and spirits are made by local, small batch, family-owned, and small businesses. There’s a small menu of snacks, like locally sourced sausages and bratwurst, or pretzels.

2268 7th Ave
New York, NY 10030

2. Bondurants

303 E 85th St, New York, NY 10028

Bluegrass meets MGMT on the soundtrack at Bondurants, and the beverage options similarly emphasize the obscure as well as the popular. There’s an interesting selection of draft beer, mostly featuring domestic craft producers, but it’s also a solid place for a stiff cocktail if that’s the preferred route. The options are well priced and well chosen. This is also the place to have an American whiskey: There are over 30 ryes on offer.

303 E 85th St
New York, NY 10028

3. The Pony Bar

1444 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

Since 2009, Pony Bar has been serving domestic beers at a reasonable price point. Producers include Founders and Fifth Hammer, and the beers range stylistically from blueberry gose to a nitro oatmeal stout. The drafts are all priced under $10, and the bar stays open until 4 a.m. every day.

1444 1st Ave
New York, NY 10021

4. Valhalla NYC

815 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Heading to Valhalla is the sensible choice when in Hell’s Kitchen. It has 38 beers on tap with another 20 in cans and bottles — expect to find a style for every palate, mostly for $9 a pop. For those who want to lean into the Valhalla theme, mead is available, too. The food menu includes bar fare like wings, sliders, and nachos.

815 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019

5. As Is NYC

734 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Twenty rotating taps feature beers from around the world, with options such as Bell’s Brewery, Other Half, and LIC Beer Project. Hip hop blares over the speakers in a highly designed, inviting space with exposed brick walls and tons of contrasting black and white. Non-beer-loving friends can get cocktails and natural wine.

734 10th Ave
New York, NY 10019

6. City Hops

1145 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10065

This cozy beer shop and tap room on the Upper East Side is an excellent option for beer fans in an area that does not have so many options. The 16 beers on tap and arcade games, plus lots of cans, make it a great spot to kill time before dinner in the neighborhood. Dogs are allowed, and celebrated on the Instagram, where City Hops also shares its limited-time offerings. The bar also hosts free tastings.

1145 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10065

7. The Jeffrey Craft Beer & Bites NYC

311 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

The Jeffrey has a deep rotating list of 30 tap beers in addition to a robust food menu. It’s especially good for groups, with two large rooms and a back patio.

311 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022

8. Sunswick 35/35

35-02 35th St, Astoria, NY 11106
Taps with lots of beer logos Sunswick [Official]

Sunswick’s been around for a while so is a bit worn down, but Astoria locals know to keep coming back for its constantly rotating beer list. The 25-beer long draft list changes regularly, going along with a lengthy menu of pub food including spicy fried pickles, chicken fingers, wings, and fish and chips.

35-02 35th St
Astoria, NY 11106

9. Beer Run

203 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

This dimly lit beer store and bar counters its small footprint with a large menu of beers, plus a few ciders and wines. The 12 changing draft options cover the popular styles, with hundreds of cans available. This spot is known to carry sought-after beers, especially from Vermont breweries.

203 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011

10. Blind Tiger

281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Since opening in 1995, the Blind Tiger has been a big player in the craft beer scene in New York. Don’t let the divey (occasionally fratty) aesthetic deter — the bar’s 28 taps are all devoted to craft beers, and the bartenders are knowledgeable and helpful. Blind Tiger is also known for throwing a ton of beer-related events.

281 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

11. Augurs Well Bar

115 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
A brick wall has shelves with lots of liquor bottles, plus a sign displaying the beer of the week in chalk Augurs Well [Official]

This petite and unpretentious East Village beer bar has been around since 2011 and become a favorite of craft beer fans in the city. Augurs Well keeps 16 beers on tap, many of them IPAs, but it also always has cans available too, including from local breweries like Grimm Artisanal Ales. The food menu features bar food like burgers, nachos, chicken tenders, and garlic parmesan fries.

115 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

12. Proletariat

102 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

This East Village beer bar features gritty tattoo-inspired decor and a constantly rotating selection of rare brews served up by some of the city’s most knowledgeable bartenders. The equally stellar music playlist only adds to the experience. Proletariat is about the size of a shoe box, so it’s best suited for off-hours drinking. Consider heading over on a Sunday afternoon or weeknight to avoid crowds.

102 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

13. Tørst

615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Beer geeks appreciate the rare bottle and draft selection at this Scandinavian-chic Greenpoint beer bar. Several of the 21 taps are from Evil Twin Brewing. Other domestic options span the map from St. Louis, Missouri’s Perennial Artisan Ales to Bushwick’s Kings County Brewers Collective.

615 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

14. Top Hops Beer Shop

94 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

This Lower East Side shop has the vibe of a package store with a bar inside of it, because that’s what it is. There are 20 beers on tap, and another 700 (seven hundred!) in cans, with a range of local brews and beers from across the world. If all of this seems overwhelming, Top Hops actually offers beer classes. Another option is to order a beer at the bar and soak up the chatter of other beer experts for free. Food options are limited, but there are some local meats and cheeses to cut the hops.

94 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

15. The Well

272 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Photo: The Well

There are currently 35 beers on tap here, with another 148 available in bottles and cans. The options vary in quality from the profound to the picayune. Prices are reasonable across the taps, and this is a good spot to enjoy a geeky beer without subjecting friends to do the same. It’s a large and welcoming space that was a brewery in its previous life.

272 Meserole St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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16. Craft Culture

59-04 Myrtle Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385
A U-shaped bar with white ceiling and a window up front Craft Culture [Official]

This small, minimal Ridgewood bar and beer shop has more than 200 cans and bottles available in its fridges at any time, with a focus on lesser-seen options. Craft Culture also has close to two dozen beers on draft and happy hour pricing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A food menu has takes on bar food, like a jalapeño burger or teriyaki wings.

59-04 Myrtle Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385

17. Hops Hill

886 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Photo: Hops Hill

“Strictly craft” is the tagline at Hops Hill, and they mean it. Fifteen taps are dedicated to of-the-moment craft selections, some from Brooklyn area breweries like Other Half. The extensive bottle and can list — 148 items long — features several options with considerable bottle age on them, and the prices can escalate quickly for some of those choices. The taps are mostly under $10, and there’s a happy hour Monday to Friday. Other options include hard-to-find whiskeys, some beer cocktails, and a range of ciders.

886 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

18. Covenhoven

730 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Arty accents add nuance to the feeling of the dining room and bar, while a refrigerated display case emphasizes the main event: beer. There are 15 beers on tap, plus over 250 in bottles and cans. The selections are well chosen and rotate regularly, and the prices are fair and wide-ranging. If the weather is warm, drink in the backyard space outside. Growlers are offered to go. A selection of grilled cheese sandwiches, sausages, and chili feature on the small food menu.

730 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

19. The Owl Farm

297 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Very chill neighborhood vibes and a dogs-welcomed policy make this Park Slope bar a local favorite and a destination for all. A remodeled space offers lots of seating, arcade games, and a superb setting for enjoying a list of over 25 drafts. The beer selection at the Owl Farm rotates, but recent brewers include Kings County Brewers Collective, Two Roads, and Jack’s Abby.

297 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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