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The Beer Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now

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134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29.jpgThere's no shortage of great venues for beer in New York City, but for every Ginger Man, Marshall Stack, or Valhalla, there are a ton of new potential standbys. Here's a map of who is tapping the fine and rare kegs and casks in the city.


Also of note: Rattle 'N' Hum (Midtown), Harlem Public (Harlem), Hot Bird (Clinton Hill), and Atlantic Co. (Prospect Heights)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tørst

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615 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-6034
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Although most of the attention for the venue has shifted to the food being served in the back at Luskus, Tørst is still the hottest place to get beer in New York. Their crazy draught rig, and their access to the kooky Evil Twin beers (through its owner and Tørst partner Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø), are just the beginning- have a look at the extensive list of rare European bottles, and order a way-better-than-average charcuterie plate. Catch them early on weekday afternoons before they’re mobbed.

2. Beast Of Bourbon

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710 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
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3. The Sampler

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234 Starr St.
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 484-3560
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4. Proletariat

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102 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009
(212) 777-6707
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5. The Pony Bar

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1444 1st Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-0090
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The original Pony Bar on 45th St. (at 10th Ave) has been one of the city’s go to dispensers of real craft beer since 2009, and pioneered the online and live-updating beer list (and later an app). The premise was simple, all beers are $5, American, and poured from draft or cask, with the exception of Bud and Bud Light bottles, which no one ever drank. The All American Club, for which you have to taste and rate 100 beers, and its coveted polo shirts are a mark of true NYC beer-geekery. Cloning the place on 75th St. between First and York last year was a bit of a coup for the neighborhood — be sure not to miss happy hour, which is only a single hour, starting at 4:20 p.m.

6. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher

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113 E 29th St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 686-5480
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7. Randolph Beer

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343 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 334-3706
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8. Alphabet City Beer Co.

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96 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
(646) 422-7103
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9. The Strand Smokehouse

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2527 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 545-2120

Sister to the excellent Crescent & Vine, the beer menu Dan Bronson has put together for the smoked-meats and beer hall only works with breweries from within 200 miles. Singlecut, also in Astoria, brews a custom beer for them, and unlike a lot of hot beer bars, you can actually get pitchers at The Strand. Both the meat and beer are reasonably priced, but stay away if you want fancy glassware- mostly beer is served in a Mason jar.

10. Jacob's Pickles

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509 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 392-5407
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11. Draught 55

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245 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 300-4096
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12. Bronx Alehouse

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216 W 238th St
Bronx, NY 10463
(718) 601-0204
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13. Franklin Park

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618 Saint Johns Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 230-0293
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1. Tørst

615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Although most of the attention for the venue has shifted to the food being served in the back at Luskus, Tørst is still the hottest place to get beer in New York. Their crazy draught rig, and their access to the kooky Evil Twin beers (through its owner and Tørst partner Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø), are just the beginning- have a look at the extensive list of rare European bottles, and order a way-better-than-average charcuterie plate. Catch them early on weekday afternoons before they’re mobbed.

615 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. Beast Of Bourbon

710 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
[Facebook]
710 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

3. The Sampler

234 Starr St., Brooklyn, NY 11237
[Photo: Yelp]
234 Starr St.
Brooklyn, NY 11237

4. Proletariat

102 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
[Photo: Proletariat]
102 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

5. The Pony Bar

1444 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

The original Pony Bar on 45th St. (at 10th Ave) has been one of the city’s go to dispensers of real craft beer since 2009, and pioneered the online and live-updating beer list (and later an app). The premise was simple, all beers are $5, American, and poured from draft or cask, with the exception of Bud and Bud Light bottles, which no one ever drank. The All American Club, for which you have to taste and rate 100 beers, and its coveted polo shirts are a mark of true NYC beer-geekery. Cloning the place on 75th St. between First and York last year was a bit of a coup for the neighborhood — be sure not to miss happy hour, which is only a single hour, starting at 4:20 p.m.

1444 1st Ave
New York, NY 10021

6. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher

113 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
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113 E 29th St
New York, NY 10016

7. Randolph Beer

343 Broome St., New York, NY 10013
[Photo: Randloph Beer]
343 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013

8. Alphabet City Beer Co.

96 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
[Photo: ABC Beer Co.]
96 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009

9. The Strand Smokehouse

2527 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106

Sister to the excellent Crescent & Vine, the beer menu Dan Bronson has put together for the smoked-meats and beer hall only works with breweries from within 200 miles. Singlecut, also in Astoria, brews a custom beer for them, and unlike a lot of hot beer bars, you can actually get pitchers at The Strand. Both the meat and beer are reasonably priced, but stay away if you want fancy glassware- mostly beer is served in a Mason jar.

2527 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106

10. Jacob's Pickles

509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
[Photo: Jacob's Pickles]
509 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

11. Draught 55

245 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
[Photo: Draft 55]
245 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022

12. Bronx Alehouse

216 W 238th St, Bronx, NY 10463
[Photo: Bronx Ale House]
216 W 238th St
Bronx, NY 10463

13. Franklin Park

618 Saint Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238
[Photo: Franklin Park]
618 Saint Johns Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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