This is an odd and sorta cute medieval looking bar that calls itself the “temple of beer worship”. Beer connoisseurs certainly can revere the beer selection: 12 draft and 40 bottled beers from Europe, some of which are well known imported staples with around 10% alcohol, like Delirium Tremens, Duvel and Chimay. The music is Gregorian chants. The bartenders are dressed as monks and they will shush the crowd from time to time. But, in a place with “Burp” in its name, it’s kinda hard to take a silencing monk seriously.
Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 5 p.m.–8 p.m., free fries served from the yummy Pomme Frites, located around the corner.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 5pm-midnight; Sat-Sun, 4pm-2am 212-982-4576
41 E. 7th St., nr. Second Ave., NY 10003 212-982-4576
This 138-year-old Boerum Hill tavern has a impressive hand-carved wooden bar that was transplanted piece by piece from Germany in the 1870s. The crowd is almost as eclectic as the jukebox (expect anything from hip hop to obscure folk). There is a pool table in the back room. If you want some food, you can order from their thick stack of takeout menus and wash it down with a wide array of fancy brews. Those who have read Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn, will probably find this bar strangely familiar, after all he does live down the block.
Hours: Mon-Thu, 4pm-4am; Fri, 3pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 2pm-4am
148 Hoyt St., at Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-625-9741
Once there were hundreds of Beer Gardens in the city, but now of the originals, only the Bohemian Hall remains. In 1906, the Sovak family, together with the Bohemian Citizens Benevolent Society (which had been founded in 1892), purchased three parcels of farmland along 24th Avenue in Astoria, Queens. The two-story Bohemian Hall was completed in 1911. It is still the central gathering spot for Astoria’s Czech and Slovak community and hosts several festivals during the summer. A must see place; you have to visit it at least once to drink a pint of light beer, Staropramen or the dark Brouczech and enjoy some sausages!
Hours: Mon-Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat-Sun, noon-3am
29-19 24th Ave., nr. 29th Ave., Queens, NY 11102 718-274-4925
Named after an area known as the spinning devil. The legend goes something like this:
Peter Stuyvesant, then Governor of New Amsterdam, got wind that the British Navy was going to invade the city. He dispatched Anthony Von Corlaer to ride up to the northern most point of Manhattan Island and blow his trumpet, (as means to summon the people). As he neared the shores, where the Hudson meets the Harlem River, Anthony couldn’t cross. When he called out to the ferry on the other side, no one answered. He decided then, to swim across the treacherous span of water. Halfway across, legend has it that the devil pulled Anthony under and while he was able to escape his grasp, he was too tired to continue swimming and drowned there… in spite of the devil. From then on, the little area in the Bronx, where Anthony would have come to shore is called Spuyten Duyvil.
Well, this bar is quite far from the original Spuyten Duyvil, but you can certainly get caught up in its rare beer selection (over over 100 types of beer, just don’t drown please). Although it is in Williamsburg the vibe feels more Park Slope. The outdoor terrace is one of the nicest and biggest in nyc.
Hours: Sun-Thu, 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-4am
359 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-963-4140
Who says Greenwich Village is all overrun by awful NYU frat bars? I do! But there is an exception: 124 Rabbit Club. The music in the dimly-lit interior is good old indie rock and the vibe is chill. There are more than 65 imported beers, which they take very very seriously. I once made the mistake of asking for a Stella there and was sharply informed that they only had (real) European beers.
Fri-Sat, 6pm-4am; Sun-Thu, 6pm-2am
124 MacDougal St., at Minetta Ln, NY 10012 212-254-0575
The original beer garden is in Queens, but this is the trendy version in you guessed it: Willamsburg. Having said that it is still a nice and welcoming place. Slovakian-born partners Ivan Kohut and Andy Ivanov gutted adjacent warehouses to create two distinct drinking spaces. The garden side boasts a retractable roof under which a grill man serves up sizzling sausages. Inside the “hall,” has tables made from 150-year-old barn logs. Twelve drafts on tap or 37 beers by the bottle. The food is good and on a nice Sunday afternoon it makes for a delightful destination.
Mon-Fri, 5pm-4am; Sat, 1pm-4am; Sun, 1pm-3am
113 N. 3rd St., at Berry St. Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-963-3973