The Gotham Imbiber presents the

BEER DEMYSTIFIER FILES 2010-2011:
TOP BEER DESTINATIONS IN N.Y.C.

Demystifying the world of craft beer in New York City

Primary destinations have their own descriptive pages linked below, while good but slightly less craft-beer-centric recommendations get a brief "Also worth a visit" mention in the list.

All entries have been chosen for their merit, and listings are totally free of charge as recognition for putting quality over common swill.
Nobody on here has paid to be listed.

This page now includes links to video reviews in 'The Pulled Pint' series, in conjunction with Barry Wasser of Craft Brew Advocate.


Anywhere having cask-conditioned beer available on a regular basis, as long as it is kept in good condition,
is guaranteed a full entry regardless of other beers offered (except where the next sentence also applies).
Conversely, anywhere that serves tap beer via misleading dispense (i.e. a fake beer engine) will not be considered for a listing regardless of a good range.
Bar, restaurant, and beer store owners wishing to install (or learn about) a cask system should contact
Alex Hall on 917 957 7623 or by email.

BRONX - BROOKLYN - MANHATTAN - QUEENS - STATEN ISLAND

DISCLAIMER: No responsibility can be taken for inaccurate information shown on these pages, everything is reported in good faith to the best of my knowledge.


THE BRONX

Craft beer is slowly making inroads here, but there still isn't much to be had.

All Bronx areas

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



BROOKLYN

Brooklyn is rich in craft beer, however something like 95% of craft beer taps and bottles can be found in specific pockets which total only about 25% of the borough. The sprawling outer areas largely haven’t caught on yet. Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, and Park Slope all make for good craft beer pub crawls.

NOTE FOR TOURISTS AND VISITORS – Don’t be put off going to Brooklyn simply because it’s on the other side of the river, the great beer bars of Brooklyn can be reached quickly, easily, and inexpensively by the New York Subway system.

Downtown Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, ‘DUMBO’, Red Hook

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Windsor Terrace

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



Williamsburg, Greenpoint

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



Outer Brooklyn Districts

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores







MANHATTAN

There are bars and restaurants literally everywhere on Manhattan, but some areas are better than others for finding the good stuff. The worst areas for choice include the Financial District, which is a concrete money-clad jungle where overpriced corporate swill reigns (although by no means is it the only choice). Conversely, arty and ‘happening’ areas such as The East Village and Lower East Side are rich in variety and offer great opportunities for a craft beer pub crawl.

Southern Manhattan below Canal Street
TriBeCa, South Street Seaport, Financial District

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores




Canal Street up to West 23rd Street, western side of Manhattan
West Village, Greenwich Village

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



Canal Street up to East 23rd Street, eastern side of Manhattan
Little Italy, Lower East Side, East Village, Union Square

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



North of West 23rd Street up to West 66th Street
Midtown & Hell's Kitchen, including Times Square and Penn Station

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



North of East 23rd Street up to East 66th Street
Midtown East, including Grand Central Station

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



North of West 66th Street up to West 145th Street
Upper West Side, Harlem (west)

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



North of East 66th Street up to East 145th Street
Upper East Side, Museum Mile, Yorkville, Spanish Harlem, Harlem (east)

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores









Northern Manhattan above 145th Street
Washington Heights, Inwood

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores












QUEENS

Severely lagging behind the hotspots of Brooklyn and Manhattan, but Long Island City and Astoria are coming around slowly. But generally Queens is disappointing for finding good craft beer in bars, apart from the occasional Brooklyn or Sam Adams tap.

All Queens areas

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



STATEN ISLAND

There is very little choice in this borough since it lost its only microbrewery, although the scene on the north east corner is gradually getting brighter - especially with the opening of The Wild Goose which is the island's first 'multi-tap'.

All Staten Island areas

Bars and Restaurants

Beer Stores



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