Craft beer connoisseur or total newbie to the scene? Whichever camp you fall into, our recommendations for where to sink a pint in New York are guaranteed to introduce you to some completely new brews…
A lot of beers are on offer at tiny Park Slope beer-and-sandwich shop Bierkraft – more than 1,000 in fact – so grab a bench and get stuck in. Sample anything on tap before you order, or visit on one of the weekly tasting nights. Speciality chocolate and cheeses are on sale too – what’s not to like?
Bierkraft, 191 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Czech restaurant Hospoda serves up Central European brews from Bohemia, Bavaria and Austria along with local craft beers, and uses an unusual tap system called the Quadrunner which allows one individual beer to be draughted in four different ways.
Hospoda, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY (between 1st and 2nd Ave)
Jimmy’s No. 43
Old Manhattan stalwart Jimmy’s No. 43 is a cosy, low-key basement venue serving up great value pints of American microbrews with the added bonus of excellent food and regular tastings: check out the Thursday Oysters or the monthly Bacon & Belgian event.
Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street, New York, NY (between 2nd and 3rd Ave)
Blind Tiger Ale House
Wildly popular Blind Tiger Ale House has been around since 1995, making it one of the original legends of New York’s beer scene. A regularly updated 60+ bottle list satisfies the most curious of connoisseurs, and there’s always an incredible range of beers on tap – try the barleywine style Weyebacher Blithering Idiot for starters.
Blind Tiger Ale House, 281 Bleecker Street, New York, NY (between 6th and 7th Ave)
Rattle ‘n’ Hum
Midtown East’s Rattle ‘n’ Hum is right in the heart of NYC’s tourist zone but don’t let that put you off: the 40-odd taps and great selection of cask ales make this a no-brainer for the craft-beer loving tourist and there’s a great pub menu to boot, including a fabulous Irish breakfast!
Rattle ‘n’ Hum, 14 East 33rd Street, New York, NY (between 5th and Madison Ave)
The Ginger Man
The always-buzzing Ginger Man is the after-hours bar of choice for Midtown’s beer-drinking commuters, and is regularly touted as one of the best beer venues in the world. The dimmed lighting and glossy wooden bar create an upscale pub vibe, and there’s a jaw-dropping selection of bottles and beers on tap.
The Ginger Man, 11 East 36th Street, New York, NY (between 5th and Madison Ave)
Much-discussed Tørst in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighbourhood is the newest (and sleekest) destination on our list, having been open just over a week at the time of writing. Set to become a high-end beer restaurant (with the restaurant part opening sometime in May 2013) the Scandinavian-influenced hotspot offers 21 expertly-selected beers on tap and more than 200 bottles.
Tørst, 615 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Have you been to any of these bars or do you have others to recommend? Let us know in the comments below!
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About the author: MaxineMaxine Sheppard
Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.