8 Beer Bars You Should Visit in NYC

Have a pint or two at these top-notch establishments

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 It wasn’t until 2013 that the craft beer movement in New York City kicked into high gear. A decade earlier, avid beer drinkers in the U.S. would mainly cite the West Coast, specifically California and Oregon, as the beer capitals of the country. Slowly but surely, that would change. Breweries like Hill Farmstead in Vermont and Maine Beer Company would bolster the East Coast’s reputation, with Hill Farmstead currently recognized by many as America’s best brewery. Because of this, the trickle-down ideology took effect—in the most literal way possible. Massachusetts made a name for itself with breweries like Trillium and Tree House and became known as the holy land for the world’s best IPAs, currently the most popular beer style in the craft beer community.

Mimicking the styles that put these states on the map, brewers in New York City finally caught the attention of even the most serious beer nerds. Other Half Brewing in Brooklyn sees lines of up to four hours long on its can release days, attracting beer fanatics from all over the East Coast. Grimm Artisanal Ales spurs on fierce monthly competitions between beer seekers, as you’d be lucky to get your hands on just one or two cans of its IPAs—some of which have been called the best in the country in blind taste tests. Because of this massive growth in popularity, it only makes sense that the city would need plenty of beer bars to handle not only the immense amount of beer being produced locally but also the exponentially increasing number of craft beer aficionados in the city. Join us as we explore the eight most tantalizing beer bars in New York.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNcxs3Dh6fI/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=2Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen: Chelsea

Sporting raw-beamed ceilings and walls along with a simple seating arrangement that doesn’t detract from the mingling space, Cooper’s Chelsea is a modern beer bar that subtly evokes the spirit of a neighborhood pub. With 28 taps and a relatively small yet constantly rotating selection of sometimes very rare bottles and cans, one will always find an immensely enjoyable brew to be had in a pretension-free environment. 169 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan; coopersnyc.com

https://www.instagram.com/p/BBLmnFjkNXR/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=2As Is

Don’t let the dark wood floors and ceiling, the old-school patterned tile around the bar, and the ultra-dim lighting at night fool you into thinking that As Is in Hell’s Kitchen is anything but a contemporary beer haven. With 21 unique beers on tap, ranging from elusive local favorites to unknown delicacies from around the country and the world, As Is is fast becoming one of the city’s top beer destinations. 734 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan; asisnyc.com

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKbHxNRh2De/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=2Radegast Hall and Biergarten

Boasting a colossal yet charming space in an exposed-brick–laden factory in Williamsburg that feels centuries old, Radegast transports its patrons to the Germany of yore with the help of massive candle-topped communal tables and a tap list that focuses mainly on European suds. On weekends, don’t be surprised to find hundreds of beer lovers gulping down world-class brews from the popular liter-size mugs. 113 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn; radegasthall.com

https://www.instagram.com/p/BDD4bkVDLVQ/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=2Randolph Beer

With leather-bound seats made from casks, an impressive lineup of Edison bulbs, and a sea of wood furnishings, Randolph Beer in Little Italy provides a cozy environment for Lower East Side locals and beer seekers alike, offering up 24 beers on tap from breweries across the East River in Brooklyn to all the way across the pond in Belgium. 343 Broome Street, Manhattan; randolphnyc.com

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFeyQJSomzp/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=2Tørst

Known to some as the king of beer bars not just in New York but in the U.S., Tørst embodies the concept of minimalist contemporary. Representing modern Scandinavian design, the space includes patterned wood walls and tabletops along with a sleek white marble bar. Behind the bar sit 21 perfectly spaced tap lines that carry some of the most sought-after beer from around the world. Walk past the bar and into the back room to find Luksus, a Michelin-starred Scandinavian restaurant offering once-in-a-lifetime beer pairings. 615 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn; torstnyc.com

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMXT57LDNVX/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=2Threes Brewing Taproom

Combining the hip industrial vibe appropriate for a brewery operating in Gowanus with the popular detailing of Danish design, the taproom at Threes Brewing mixes a metal-and-concrete bar with a wood-and-marble seating area. Serving its own beer made in the back along with concoctions from other local breweries, the taproom at Threes is a destination for those seeking out what the New York craft beer scene has to offer. There is also a massive backyard area open during the warmer months, complete with string lights and sprawling hop vines. 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn; threesbrewing.com

augurs well bar in nyc
Photo: Courtesy of Augurs Well

Augurs Well

With a relatively small but very impressive rotating tap list dedicated to showcasing the best of local craft brewers, Augurs Well in the East Village is as homey as a Manhattan bar gets. Crafted entirely by hand, the space is complete with old wood beams and ceiling slats, exposed brick, antique lighting fixtures from long-lost New York haunts, and even a table made from a repurposed sewer grate. The combination of the Gotham-centric tap list with the old–New York design elements helps to make Augurs Well an unassuming local favorite. 115 St. Marks Place, Manhattan

https://www.instagram.com/p/86Y-WeA6kV/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=2Haymaker Bar and Kitchen

Simplicity is key at Haymaker Bar and Kitchen in Chelsea. Choosing an elegant palette of white and light brown along with simple wood fixtures, the designers wanted Haymaker to transport the spirit of an old-world haymaker’s farmhouse into the 21st century. With 19 tap lines showcasing beer from around the world, along with a notably well-curated bottle and can list, Haymaker attracts the most avid of beer drinkers not only with its selection but also with its difficult-to-achieve modern charm. 252 West 29th Street, Manhattan

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