Beer Alert!

Beer Alert!

This page last updated February 3, 2016 11:36 AM . This page is no longer updated, I highly recommend you use the Beer Menus pages, at for current draft lists in the NYC area.

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Thanks to President Emeritus of our Club, B.R. Rolya, we began Dog Friendly Ratings several years ago, to answer the question, how well do the listed bars welcome man's best friend? I was later to update it from a more personal perspective when I acquired a bar hound of mine own, Ludwig, Überdachshund, who has helped me immeasurably in researching the subject, and was eventually aided by my second dog, Sophie who is a poodle. Unforunately, Ludwig passed away in May of 2009, but Sophie still enjoys pub crawling in NYC's finest bars. Please note, however, that we rarely rate bars that also serve food, as silly New York health laws simply do not allow canines in places where food is served, despite the fact that some dogs are cleaner than some bar patrons. It should be noted also that according to NYC law, ICE is regarded as food. Read between the lines, and you will understand what this means. So if brave bar owners choose to allow your dog to hang out with you in their bar, they deserve our thanks. For that reason, I am not going to give a bad dog-friendly rating to bars that are not dog-friendly; I'm only going to mention the ones that are.

I have recently (May 2010) created a Google Map for Dog-friendly bars, using some of the same information as here. It is located at this link.

For more about dogs and beer, check out the Salty Dog Funny Pages. There are also more current comic strips on the blog mentioned above.

Dog Friendly Scale:

0 Bones 1/2 Bones 1 Bones 1 1/2 Bones 2 Bones 2 1/2 Bones 3 Bones 3 1/2 Bones 4 Bones

Homebrew Stores

We often get emails asking where to buy homebrew supplies in New York City. For years, we had to say there were no homebrew supplies store in New York, but recently we have gone from famine to feast as there are 2 homebrew stores in Brookyn:

Brooklyn Brew Shop, Saturdays: Lafayette Ave. Between Vanderbilt Ave. and Clermont Ave, 10am - 5pm, Sundays, Directly under the Brooklyn Bridge on Water St. 11am - 6pm. Website:

Brooklyn Homebrew, 465 56th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220, Phone 718-309-4267. Tuesday-Sunday, 12 pm-7pm website:

And now, here is the first list of bars and beers. Thanks to the New York City Beer Guide and Pierre Jelenc for allowing us to use some of their info to get this page off and running.

In general, beers are listed in either alphabetical order. I decided I no longer want to make judgements on quality or rarity; I'll let you do that.

Planning on a pubcrawl? The website will give you excellent directions via bus, subway, or even on foot. Their NYC section is: (They also do Boston and DC, but I have not used them for those areas.

Bar Hours. As of September 15, 2007, I have tried to add the hours of operation to as many bars as I could. I either used the hours listed at the bars' own website, or the hours I could find on Citysearch. If their are any errors, please let me know via email.

Another draft beer listing site is Beer Menus New York City, The are more detailed and high-tech then my one-man listing here, but they do not have the same bars or the hardcore beer geek orientation we have. But they updates there more often then I do, and it is always worth checking their site for the latest information.

The bars are organized by alphabetical order, in the following areas:

Brooklyn     Manhattan    Queens    Staten Island  Westchester  Long Island  Upstate NY   Connecticut New Jersey  Philadelphia Pittsburgh Baltimore

New York City


American Beer Distributing, 256 Court Street, Cobble Hill, Phone 718-875-0226. Fax 718-855-1510. Hours: Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday: 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.Website: For those nights when you'd rather drink at home, a great beer store is located in Cobble Hill in Brooklyn. They also have 4 beers on draft for growlers. They also have an amazing collection of beer glasses for sale. They will deliver with a minimum order of $75.

4 bonesBar Great Harry, 280 Smith Street (at Sackett) in Brooklyn, NY, 718-222-1103. Hours: Monday-Friday: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m., Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Website: This is a friendly comfortable bar, with 12 drafts, plus 50 bottles and cans, all craft I believe. Dog friendly rating: 4 bones. Not only are they dog friendly, but they have their own dog mascot, Pokey, the Pomeranian, though he was not there the day my two dogs stopped in.

Barcade, 388 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Telephone: 718-302-6464. Hours (new for 2009: 5:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m., weekdays, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. weekends.. Website: A great bar in the happening neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Very nice selection of 24 micros, including a lot of really excellent choices, and periodic special events. The people who work here are both extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. $1 off happy hour 5:00-8:00 p.m. Dog-friendly rating: 4 bones. Ludwig and Sophie practically have their own stools there, and get along fine with Barcade's own mascot, Teddie, who is a very friendly dog.

Beer Table, 427 B 7th Avenue (between 14th & 15th Streets in Park Slope), Brooklyn, NY 11215 Telephone: (718) 965-1196. Hours: 5:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m., every day. Website: Excellent beer bar in the burgeoning Park Slope beer bar scene. A small, but excellently chosen selection of drafts and casks, some nice cheeses and other snacks, and an excellent atmosphere.

Bierkraft, 191 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn Telephone: 718-230-7600. Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.Website: (growler list at Another fine beer store, which also includes amazing cheeses and other delicacies, and also includes growlers to go.

Black Rabbit, 91 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Hours: Monday-Friday: 4:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Telephone: 718-349-1595. Website: I haven't been there yet, but have this description: Nice looking pub on Greenpoint. Dutch door in the front looking in on the place. Dark wood bar and booths that have swinging doors to give the people who are sitting in the booth some privacy

The Bodega, 24 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237. Phone: 646-924-8488. Hours: Mon-Thu 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., Fri, Sat 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Sun 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. New (Spring 2010) bar in Bushwick, with a very good mostly Belgian bottle selection and some very nice bottles. Also very nice wines if you are interested.

Boulevard Tavern, 579 Meeker Ave Between N. Henry and Monitor St. Brooklyn, NY 11222. Telephone: 718-389-3252. Hours: Daily: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Website: This is a restored 80 year old bar with 12 drafts, micros and some imports, not a beer geek selection, but some good choices, and among the bottles is such interesting stuff as Westmalle Tripel, Maudite, Fin du Monde and Aventinus. Dog friendly rating: 4 bones. The two dogs are always welcome here, and they get water and treats every visit.

The Brazen Head, 228 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Telephone: 718-488-0430. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m., Sunday-Monday 12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Website: Beer bar with a good selection of drafts. They follow the policy of dating the tap selections, as DBA's does, which is a good idea. The always have at least 1 cask up and have done several cask festivals, always organized by the Gotham Imbiber, Alex Hall.

BonesBrooklyn Ale House, 103 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Telephone: 718-302-9811. Hours: Daily 3:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. A local Williamsburg bar, with 14 drafts and some bottles, including some interesting items. Really not a beer geek place, but it is very comfortable and friendly, usually has a few worthwhile beers (even more so recently), and is incredibly dogfiriendly. Both of my dogs are always welcome, and it was actually Ludwig's first beer bar to visit as my dog. 4 bones.

Browerij Lane, 78 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 112222. Monday-Thursday: 2:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Friday-Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m . Excellent beer store in Brooklyn with events and growlers to got. Phone: (347) 529-6133. Website:

Cherry Tree, 265 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, (718) 399-1353.Another bar in the increasingly-crowded good-beer neighborhood of Park Slope. Good selection, and also food.

Chip Shop, 129 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Telephone: 718-855-7775. Hours: Monday-Wednesday 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Thursday-Friday 12:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 A English-style Fish & Chips place, with a conservative list of drafts, with usually several interesting items (which seem to be getting better lately, in early 2007), and a few good bottles. For a beer geek, this is not worth going out of your way to visit, but as it is just down the street from Waterfront and Brazen Head, it does make for a nice pub crawl.

d.b.a. Brooklyn, 113 N. 7th St. (Berry St. & Wythe Ave.) Brooklyn, NY. Telephone: 718-218-6996. Hours to follow. New (open 11/29/08) Williamsburg beer bar is a sister bar to the long-established East Village bar. 16 drafts, with a good selection, all micros, some very good bottles as well. Off to a great start. Boy, these days to do pub crawl in this neighborhood is going to be a multi-day event! Dogfriendly rating: 4 bones. Both my dogs stopped in for opening night and were welcomed with open arms. .

The Diamond, 43 Franklin Street (between Banker and Calyer), Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 11211. Telephone: 718-383-5030.Website: Hours: Monday-Friday: 5:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m, Saturday-Sunday 4:00 p.m-4:00 a.m. Excellent addition to the Northern Brooklyn beer bar scene. They have 8 drafts, and weekly gravity casks. $2 off happy hour 5-7:00 p.m. They have approximately 50 bottles, including a section of session beers, and to my great interest, Val Dieu, Rochefort 6, Saison Pripaix, several De Dolle beers, J.W. Lee's Harvest, Gale's Prize Old Ale, and A. Le Cocq's Extra Double Stout.. Click here for draft list

The Double Windsor, 210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY, Phone: 347-725-3479. Hours: Mon-Thu 3 pm-2 am, Fri 3 pm-4 am, Sat 12 pm-4 am, Sun 12 pm-2 am. A very nice bar in Park Slope, with a comfortable atmsophere, a good selection of draft beers and also food.

Downtown Bar & Grill,160 Court Street Brooklyn, New York, 11201. Telephone: 718-625-2835. Hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. An irmpessive selection of over 400 bottles and a dozen or so drafts. Regular and upscale food, nice room. Located between American Beer and Brazen Head, check it out next time you're in the neighborhood. Dogfriendly rating: 3 bones. They have an outdoor area to bring your dogs in nice weather, and are happy to supply water.

Fette Sau, 354 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-963-3404.Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. From the folks who brought you Spuyten Duyvil (across the street) a barbecue place with all sorts of meat and a few interesting draft-only microwbrews. Not really a beer destination per se, but if you're at Spuyten and getting hungry for some solids....

4th Ave Pub, 76 4th Avenue (between Bergen and St. Marks) Brooklyn, New York, 11217. Telephone: 718-643-2235. Hours: Daily: 4:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Typical L-shaped bar with a mirror, tables, and some comfy chairs and a couch in the back-a very comfortable place with a nice feel.. This place has an especially adventurous selection of both draft and bottles, Seating out back for 30.

The Gate, 321 5th Ave., Brooklyn (Near Third Street). Telephone: 718-768-4329. Hours: Monday-Friday: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m., Saturday-Sunday: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m.Website: Very comfortable and fun bar with a good juke box, brick walls, a variety of tables ranging from wooden barrels to big picnic benches, and a very good draft selection. Often have beer events here as well. Dog-friendly rating: 4 bones. Dogs have been sited in abundance on some nights.

4 bonesThe Gutter, 200 N. 14 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Telephone: 718-387-3585. Hours: Monday-Thursday 4:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. and Friday-Sunday 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. From the same folks that brought you Barcade, is another unusually-themed bar. This place has apparently the first bowling alley in Brooklyn NY in about 50 years. It also has a very cool, lodge-like bar area, that is totally separate from the bowling alley. The bar feels like it's been around forever, in a very good way, but it is a totally new construction in a former factory building. It's a slightly isolated area on the tip of Williamsburg, but give them a few years as they are near the waterfront and that area will be hopping. They are also about a five minute walk from the Diamond, so we are talking about good pubcrawl material here. The draft list is at present 12 taps, and more conservative than a beer geek like me would like, but the place is so wonderful that I am cutting them some slack; anyway, they have about 5 or 6 large bottles, including some very unusual stuff. Dog friendly rating: 4 bones. The dogs are not allowed in the alleys, for obvious reasons, but they can hang out in the bar area and are treated well, as would be expected from Barcade folks.

The Habitat, 988 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 718-383-5615, website: Hours: 2:00 p.m. on, Saturday and Sunday, 4:00 p.m. on, Monday-Friday. Brand new (April 2008) addition to the Greenpoint good beer bar scene. 12 drafts of well-selected craft beers, some bottles, and food. A place to watch.

Harefield Road, 769 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Telephone: 718-388-6870. Hours: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Another Williamsburg additon, this is an English pub-style bar with about 20 taps, mostly micros, though the choices could be a little more adventurous than they are. Brick walls, dark rough-hewn benches and ceiling adds lots of atmosphere. Dog friendly rating: There have been dogs sited there recently, so I'll have to bring mine back there to see what's what. No recent draft list.

4 bonesHenry Street Ale House, 62 Henry St. (between Orange and Cranberry), Brookyn, NY. Telephone: 718-522-4801 Hours: Monday-Friday 4:00 p.m.-on, Saturday-Sunday 12:00 p.m.-on.Was a branch of Park Slope Brewery. A neighborhood joint serving more than just pub food. Dog-friendly rating: 4 bones. I have not brought them there yet, but I have been informed that they like dogs there.

Legion, 790 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. At the location of the former Pourhouse, with a better draft selection than that place ever had. A nice, comfortable bar with cushy booths and brick walls. 10 drafts, and 2 handpumps.

Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, 64 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (near BQE), Telephone (718) 253-7077. New (summer 2010) Williamsburg, Brooklyn branch of the German restaurant. Similiar selection of beer and food, nice outdoor seating area in a former gas station.

Luckydog, (formerly Wells Ales and Lagers and then Lenora's Way) 302 Bedford Avenue (between South 1rst This bar is has gone through some changes. Reopening in August 2009, they have a good draft selection, including casks, and are extremely comfortable with a nice back yard. Dog friendly rating: 4 bones. With a name like that, what would you expect?.

The Levee, 212 Berry St., (on North Third), Brooklyn, NY 11211. Telephone: 718-218-8787. Hours: Daily: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Website: Another fine Williamsburg bar. A small but decent draft list, and a good bottle selection, including such unusual selections as Achel Brune, Delirum Tremens, Dogfish 90 Minute IPA, Blithering Idiot. Also, great people running the place, which has a very friendly feeling. Dog-friendly rating: 4 bones. Sophie made her introduction to the Williamburg bar scene at this place, just a couple of blocks from the shelter she was adopted from, and her and Ludwig have always been made to feel welcome.

The Mark Bar, 1025 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Telephone: 718-718-349-2340. Hours: 4:00 p.m. to 4 :00 a.m. every day. Website: This bar, located in Greenpoint, has 14 draft lines with a good mixture of micros, and a very good bottle collection. They also now often have a cask pin at the bar. Their happy hour ($1 off) is 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., every day of the week. Dog friendly rating: 4 bones. They are happy to welcome canines there.

Matchless, 557 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Telephone: 718-718-383-5333. Website: (please note, the draft list on the site is at least 3 years old!). Hours 6:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m, every day. Another member of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg beer bar scene! 15 drafts, including some good micros and imports and some bottled beers. Excellent happy hour 6-8 p.m.: buy one draft, get one free. Dog friendly rating: 4 bones! They are very dog-friendly and Ludwig and Sophie are always welcome.

Matt Torrey's, 46 Bushwick Avenue (Corner Ainslie Street), (718) 218-7646. New (March 2010) beer bar in Williamsburg, from the owners of Harefield Road around the corner. Nice selection of New York state draft craft beers, and very good bottles.

Mission Dolores, 249 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 718-399-0099. New (March 2010) Beer Hall in Park Slope. Further info shortly.

Mugs Ale House, 125 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211.Telephone: 718-486-8232. Hours: Monday-Friday 2:00 p.m -4:00 a.m. Saturday-Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m. Food is served. Web page: The original Williamsburg beer bar, open a decade before the others. Over 2 dozen taps, at least 1 hand-pump during cooler weather. Happy hour 5-7. (50 cents off all drafts-but their regular prices are lower than most, anyway!) Hosts monthly meetings of the Malted Barley Appreciation Society (that's us!) The bottle list is pretty extensive and includes many vintage beers, but it is currently out of date. Dog friendly rating: 1 and a half bones: Dogs are not allowed in the bar, as it is also a restaurant, but if the weather is nice, and the back patio is open, you can tie your dog to the fence and sit at the patio.

3 bonesPacific Standard, 82 Fourth Avenue (between St. Mark's and Bergen), Brooklyn, NY 11217. Telephone: 718-858-1951 Hours: Monday-Friday 4:00 p.m.-4:00 am, Saturday-Sunday 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m.Website In Park Slope, in prime pub crawl territory, a very nice-looking place, with a West Coast theme. 14 drafts, mostly West Coast and local beers. Also a cask will follow soon, and some bottles. Dog friendly rating: 4 bones. My two dogs were there and enjoyed themselves very much.

Pencil Factory, 142 Franklin St.(at Greenpoint Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11222. Telephone: 718-609-5858. Hours: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Monday-Friday, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. A fairly well established Dog friendlyWilliamsburg bar with 22 taps, and while they could be a bit more adventuresome, there is always something good to drink here. Very comfortable pub atmosphere, with lots of unpainted wood and nice large benches. Dog friendly rating: 2 bones. Dogs are welcomed at the outside tables, but not inside the bar. .

Radegast Hall & Biergarten, 113 N 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY 11211 • 718.963.3973. Hours: 3 PM to 4 AM Kitchen: 4 PM to 11:30 PM Grill: 3 PM to 2 AM. Wonderfully atmospheric European-style beer hall and restaurant. Excellent food, drafts include some good choices from German, the Czech Republic Austria, with one beer from Belgium. The bottle list is a little more venturesome, with multiple beers from the same coutnries. Another fine edition to the crawls here are becoming major undertakings!

reBar at Retreat, 147 Front St. (between Jay and Pearl), Brooklyn, 11201. Telephone: 718-797-2322, Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 11:00 a.m-2:00 a.m., Thurday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m. -2:00 a.m. Fifteen drafts with a very nice selection. I have not been there yet, but described as follows in their website ( "Reclaimed factory loft space with terra cotta barrel-vaulted ceilings (12 1/2 feet high), stately columns, detailed iron and steel gates, unmilled hardwood bar and harvest table, antique tulip chandeliers and stained glass windows."

South Fourth, 90 South Fourth Street (at Berry), Brooklyn, NY 11211. Telephone: 718-218-7478. Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.(!)-4:00 a.m., Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m. Website: With this late 2006 addition, Williamsburg good beer bar scene finally invaded the south side of the neighborhood. A small, comfortable bar, with about a dozen taps, a mixture of micro brews including some adventurous choices. Dog friendly rating: 4 bones. When you see a dog water bowl in front of the bar, you know you’re in for a dog welcoming place.

Spikehill, 184 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Telephone: 718-218-9737. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Friday-Saturday 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Another fine addition to the burgeoning scene of good beer bars in Williamsburg, Spikehill (and yes, it's supposed to be one word), right on the main drag and half a block from the Bedford Avenue Subway stop, is a classy dark wood bar with a decent selection of a dozen drafts, and an excellent selection of bottles: 60 beers, including favorites such as St. Bernardus 12, Unibroue Terrible, Skullsplitter, Old Stock, Old Rasputin, a couple of Dogfish beers, Gaffel Kolsch, Bezelbuth, and others. Prices are quite good for the area as well. Lots of whiskeys too if you're looking for them. In the past they let Ludwig here, but as they have opened a kitchen, I am keeping my fingers crossed for our next visit..

Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Telephone: 718-963-4140. Hours: 5:00 pm on, every day. Website: Wonderful bar in Williamburg, Brooklyn. A small, but extremely well-chosen selection of drafts (including 1 cask ale), and a great selection of about 100 bottles including the best beers from all over the world, and absolutely no mediocre beers. You can't get much better than this. The Belgian section is organized into Flemish, Wallonian and Lambic beers!! Also, note, their huge bottle list is maintained at their website at:

200 Fifth, 200 5th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn (at Union St.). 718-638-2925. Hours: Daily 4:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Website: Pleasant bar in a nice neighborhood. There are quite a few taps, but the selection could be better. A few too many TV sets for my comfort level..

Waterfront Ale House, 155 Atlantic Avenue (at Henry Street), Brooklyn, NY 11201. Telephone:e: 718-522-3794. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-3:00 a.m. Website: The original Brooklyn beer bar. As with the Manhattan Waterfront, fine food in addition to a great beer selection, both on draft and in bottles.


The Blind Tiger Ale House, 281 Bleecker Street, 212-462-4682. Hours: 11:30 a.m-4:00 a.m, every day. Website: Excellent selection, outstanding events, nice location across the street from John's pizza. Good luck finding a seat!

BXL Belgian Cafe, 125 West 43rd St. (between 6th and 7th Ave.) New York, NY 10036 212-768-0200. Website: Belgian-themed restaurant in midtown.

Burp Castle, 41 East 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Telephon: 212-982-4576. Hours: Friday-Saturday 4:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Sunday-Thursday 4:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. A huge mural of Belgian monks consuming vast amounts of beer, chamber music, and waiters dressed as monks. A pretty substantial bottle list, though some of the prices are ridiculous, even for Manhattan (anyone want to pay $50 for a 1994 Thomas Hardy?).

Croxley Ales, 28 Avenue B, Telephone:e: 212-253-6140. Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. Beer bar in Alphabet City. Near d.b.a, Hop Devil and Zum Schneider, if you're in the mood for a pub crawl. 30 somewhat conservative but decent drafts, and about 60 bottles.

d.b.a., 41 1st Avenue (between 2nd and 3rd streets).Telephone: 212-475-5097.  Hours: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. every day. Happy hour until 7:30 p.m. 7 days a week-$1 off everything. 12 taps and 2 to 4 handpumps; over 60 bottled beers. An excellent selection of harder liquors, also. Their web page is Many rotating beers; among the few regulars are Fuller's ESB. Dog-friendly ratings: 3 bones. Folks have always been friendly to Ludwig's appearences here..

David Copperfield's, 1394 York Avenue, at the NE corner of 74th and York. Telephone:e: 212-734-6152. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m., Friday11:30 a.m.-4:00 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m.Website:  A restaurant-bar, with 30 taps, including 1 cask. Specials every night. They often sponsor beer events, including cask festivals.

Drop Off Service 211 Avenue A. 212-260-2914. Hours: Daily 4:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m.Website: A very nice bar in Alphabet city. Very dog-friendly, nice selection. Click here for it.

East Village Tavern, 158 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009, 212-253-8400. New (June 2008) East Village bar with a good selection and an excellent half-off happy hour from 5-7. .

Essex Ale House, 179 Essex Street, 212-505-6027.Please update if you have any new info!.

George Keeley, 485 Amsterdam Ave. (between 83rd and 84th), 212-873-0251. Hours: Monday-Friday: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12:00 P.M.-4:00 a.m. Irish pub with a juke box, darts, 5 TVs with American and British sports, and a young crowd. $3 happy hour until 8:00 includes cask but not Belgians.

Gramercy Tavern. 42 East 20th Street (between Park Ave. and Broadway) Telephone:e: 212-477-0777. Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday 12:00 p.m-12:00 a.m. Website: Highly rated dining room, and even the bar menu is superb. Across the street from Silver Swan -makes for an interesting pub and fine food crawl.

The Ginger Man,11 East 36th Street (between 5th and Madison). Telephone:e: 212-532-3740 Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m., Thursday-Friday: 11:30 a.m.-4:00 a.m. Saturday: 12:30 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Sunday: 3:00 p.m.-12:00 .am. Web page: 66 taps (and believe or not they are usually in excellent shape), nearly 100 bottled beers. Please note: unlike some beer bars, which serve the more expensive beers in a wine glass, when you order a draft, they often assume you want a 20 oz. glass, no matter what the beer is! I guess that's how they keep 66 taps flowing. If you want, say, 12 oz of Belgian strong ale, specify when you order. Dog-friendly ratings: 0 bones weekdays/3 bones Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Note: here is an updated Dog rating from the management: Ginger Man is dog friendly on Saturday afternoons and at all times on sundays, if the dog is quiet & friendly. I understand the need to enjoy a pint & have your canine buddy at your side, as I have two mutts. I have brought Ludwig here several times, and have never had a problem, even during lunchtime on a weekday, though obviously I would not brave the happy hour crowd here with a dog.

Half Pint, 76 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 212-260-1088. English-style pub with about 24 drafts, one cask, and a good bottle selection.

Hallo Berlin Wine and Beer Hall, 626 Tenth Avenue and 44th Street. Telephone: 212-977-1944 Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.Website: . The same great food as the original, now closed, Hallo Berlin, but more spacious, with lots of big tables and an outdoor beer garden. Their selection of German bottled beers has expended to include Schneider Weisse, Schlenkerlau Rauchbier, Aventinus, Celebrator Dopplebock, Kotritzer Schwarzbier and the full line of Erdinger Weissbiers.

Heidelberg Restaurant, 1648 Second Avenue (between 85th and 86th Street). Telephone:e: 212-628-2332. Hours: Daily 11:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m. The last remaining German restaurant in the Yorkville, once home to many. Heidelberg serves excellent German food in an atmospheric setting, and has a modest line up of draft German beers. Their bottled beers include Hefeweizen from Erdinger, Franziskaner, and Paulaner, and also Berliner Weisse.

Hop Devil Grill, 129 St. Mark's Place (Avenue A) New York, NY 10009, 212-533-4468. Hours: Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m., Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m. Website: Restaurant bar with quite a few drafts and one hand pump. Also have the fine Belgian room next door, which is also connected. Dog friendly rating: 3 bones. They have been accepting of the presence of Ludwig and Sophie on their visits there.

House of Brews, 302 West 51st Street, 212-541-7080. Hours: Hours: Daily: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. They have several locations but this is the only one I am getting draft lits for at the moment.

Jimmy's No. 43, 43 7th St between Second and Third Aves (212-982-3006). Hours: Sunday-Thursday 3:00 p.m. -2:00 a.m., Friday-Saturday 3:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Website: A basement bar located below the adjacent Standings and Burp Castle, and much bigger than either one. The taps are in the front.

Lederhosen, 30 Grove Street, Telephone:e: 212-206-7691.Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Saturday: 12.00 p.m.-on, Sunday: 1.00pm-on.Website: A German restaurant bar in the West Village. The food menu is excellent, there are eight drafts and about a dozen bottles.

Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, 7 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002 (Between Bowery and Chrystie Street), Telephone 212.253.7077. Hours: Monday-Friday: opens 12:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: 1:00 p.m. for brunch.Website: Atmospheric German bar-restaurant in Soho.

New Beer Distributors, 167 Chrystie Street, (212) 473-8757. Excellent bottle beer store. They are capping 12oz, 22oz, 32oz EZ caps and 64oz growlers. You can bring you own glassware to fill up.Click here for growler list.

Peculier Pub, 145 Bleecker at Thompson 212-353-1327. Hours: Hours: Friday-Saturday: 5:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m., Sunday-Thursday: 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.Perhaps the oldest beer bar in the city. Today it is an NYU bar. A very young crowd, so you might want to check it out in their off hours. Some interesting drafts, and a very long bottle list, though I would stick with strong beers when it comes to bottles, as you want to drink something that can handle the perhaps extensive aging they may have gone through.

The Pony Bar, 637 10th Avenue, New York, New York, 10036. Phone: (212) 586-2707. Website: Hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-4am, Sat, Sun 12pm-4am .Excellent new craft beer in midtown in the west 40s.

Puck Fair, 298 Lafayette Street, just south of Houston 212- 431-1200. Hours: 11:00 a.m-4:00 a.m. Monday - Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. Saturday - Sunday. This bar has been around for a while, but they're recently drastically improved their beer list. A very atmospheric Irish bar, with an excellent draft selection, and some good bottles as well.

Rattle'N'Hum, 814 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016. Phone: (212) 481-1586. Hours: Mon-Wed 10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m; Thu-Sat 10:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m; Sun 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. Website: (not much on the website at the moment). Excellent new (September 2008) bar in midtown. At the moment, 40 drafts, a very good selection. and growing, and 1 cask.

Saint Andrews, 140 West 46th Street. Hours: Daily 11:30 a.m.-4:00 a.m. Website: Scottish-themed bar and restaurant, with a good selection of draught beers emphasizing Scotland, a great selection of 75 bottled beers (with a Scottish and English emphasis, but including beers from around the world), and many Scotches, single malt and otherwise. The beer prices are more reasonable than you'd expect, given the neighborhood. The food is authentic enough to include haggis, if you've a mind to try it.

Shorty's, 576 9th Ave New York NY 10036, Phone: 212-967-3055. Excellent funky new beer bar in the west 40's, good beer selection, Philadelphia Cheese Steak..

Spitzer's Corner, 101 Rivington Street (corner of Ludlow Street) Tel. 212-228-0027. Fancy beer bar in the lower east city. Not the most comfortable place in the world, but the draft list is amazing. Click here for beer list.

Standings, 41 East 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Monday-Friday: 5:00 p.m.-on, Saturday-Sunday 12:00 p.m.-on. Website: Formerly known as Brewsky's, this bar has been remodeled with a sports bar ambience.

Stanton Public, 17 Stanton Street, 212-677-5555. Hours: Monday-Friday: 4:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m., Saturday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m., Sunday: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m.Website: A good beer selection, both in bottles and on draft, including a cask.

Swift Hibernian Lounge,34 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003, phone: (212) 260 3600.
Website: Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m, Sun 12:00 p.m. Long-standing bars in the East Village of Manhattan which recently made a major upgrade in their draft selection.

Vol De Nuit, 148 West 4th Street. Telephone:e: 212-979-2616. Hours: Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 4:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Friday-Saturday: 4:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m.Website: Very attractive, atmospheric Belgian Bar, which also serves specialties such as Mussels and Beer. Most employees seem to actually be Belgian, which is a plus. Good bottle beer selection (about 38 beers), though not all on the list were there.

Waterfront Ale House, 540 2nd Avenue (at 30th Street). Telephone:e: 212-696-4104. Hours: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-4:00 a.m. Website: Good selection of draft beers as well as bottles, and excellent food. Happy hour 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Whole Foods Houston, 95 East Houston Street (Bowery), 212-420-1320. Hours: Monday-Sunday: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Another store offering growlers to go, and lots of good bottles as well.

Zum Schneider, 107 Avenue C (near 7th Street). Telephone:e: 212-598-1098, Fax: 212-995-8142. Hours: Monday-Thurday: 5:00 p.m-on, Friday: 4:00 p.m-on; Saturday-Sunday: 1:00 p.m-on.Website: An excellent German bar, which is also serving Bavarian food. Good draft list as well as bottles (including Salvator and Schneider Edelweiss among others), and all served in a proper glass. Live music on occasion. No longer dog-friendly.


Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, NY, 718-274-4925. Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Tuesday closed (BBQ in summer 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.), Friday 6:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.. Formerly a private Czech and Slovak social club, but now open to the public, the Bohemian Hall has been around for something like 100 years. Apparently, they are still not open to the public at all times, so call ahead for hours. There is a smallish bar and a huge, open air beer garden with gigantic trees all over the place. All of the beers were in good condition and not expensive. They serve traditional Czech cuisine. No dogs allowed because of food and health codes.

Studio Square, 35-33 36th St., Queens (Astoria), NY Phone: 718.383.1001 web: Hours: Mon-Fri 4:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Sat, Sun 12:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. Very large, fairly impersonal beer garden in happening Astora, right near the film museum. As I said, large, with many tables, a decent selection of microbrews and a variety of food.

Sunswick, 3502 35th Street, Astoria, NY 11106. 718-752-0620. Website: Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-4am, # Sat, Sun 10am-4am Very nice bar, with bar none, the best beer selection in Queens. This was the first real "beer bar" in the borough, and remains the best. I visited June 2009, and at that time they had 24 drafts, more than half of which were Belgian (and not Interbrew).

Wunderbar, 37-10 11th St, Queens (LIC), NY 11101. (718) 937-2337. Hours: Mon-Fri. 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., Sat. 12:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., Sun. 12:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Website: A newish German-style beer hall in the new beer-hopping neighborhood of LIC/Astoria, with a good selection of German beers (draft and bottles) and excellent food.

Staten Island

Adobe Blues, 63 Lafayette Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301 Telephone:e: 718-720-2583. Nice, Southwestern-themed restaurant/bar. The draft list is small, and honestly, not very good; the claim to fame of the bar is the bottle list, which numbers over 200 (although not all of them are available at all times).

Killmeyer's Old Bavarian Inn, 4256 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY 10309. Telephone:e: 718-984-1202. A wonderful old German restaurant with a beautiful old bar from the early 1800's, and excellent German food. Also a big outdoor beergarten, with live music Saturday and Friday nights, and Sunday afternoon during Oktoberfest season.The bar has an modest draft selection, and a huge list of about 115 bottles. The emphasis is on German beers (and with the atmospheric surroundings, what else would you want to drink?), but the bottled beer list covers the world .

Nurnberger Bierhaus, 817 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10309. 718-816-7461. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m-8:00 p.m. Website: German restaurant and beer hall. Atmospheric old-style German decorations and outdoor beer garden. Very good food. The bottle selection is okay, but the bottle list is very good, including some smaller German Breweries. Worth watching. An excellant addition to Staten Island's small list of top-drawer beer bars.

Long Island

Croxley Ales,129 New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Square, NY 11010, Telephone:e: (516) 326-9542. I haven't been there, but have heard good things about it. They have many bottles, and an impressive draft list. No recent draft list.

Croxley Ales, 7-9 S Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570, Telephone:e: (516) 764-0470. 74 taps including some cask-conditioned. No recent draft list.

Waterzooi Belgian Bistro, 850 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY. Telephone:e: 516-877-2177. A restaurant specializing in Belgian dishes and beer, with 23 taps and over 100 bottled beers from Belgium or in styles inspired by Belgium; a very impressive selection. No recent draft list.


Lazy Boy Saloon, 154 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains 914-761-0272. Over 3 dozen taps-it has one hand pump, though apparently the beer being poured from there is not actually real ale, and an extensive bottled beer selection, and good pub food.  No current draft list.


Country Inn, 1380 County Rd. 2, Krumville, NY 12461, Telephone: (914) 657-8956. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 4:00 p.m.-on. An amazing bar, one of the greatest in the world, located right in upstate New York, near the Catskill forest, at the end of a long, winding road. They have a modest draft selection of 11 beers, which always includes some interesting stuff, such as La Trappe, but take a look at their wall of beer (a unique method of listing beers in stock), and you will see a bottle list of approximately 400 beers, including some hard to find anywhere else. Click here for draft list, but for this place, like many Belgian bars, the most important thing is the bottles. The owner and bartender, Larry Erenberg, who has built this place up for a quarter of a century, retired a few years ago, from all I hear, the new owners seem to be doing well.

The Golden Rail Ale House, 29 Old North Plank Road, Newburgh, NY 12550, 845-565-2337. Website: Hours: noon on Sundays, 2:00 p.m. on Monday-Saturday. Beer bar in Hudson Valley.

Mahar's Public Bar, 1110 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12208, Telephone: 459-7868. Hours 4:00 p.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. Website: English-style pub with food, an excellent draft selection, and 250 bottled beers. 

And now we leave the state.


My Place Restaurant, 8 Queen St., Newtown CT 06470, 203-270-7061. Owner Mark Tambascio is not only a nationally certified beer judge and outstanding homebrewer, but also a beer fanatic. He runs the a fine, and tiny, beer bar inside his family Italian restaurant in CT. Only and hour and a half or so from NYC, right off I-84, just past Danbury. He has an outstanding bottle selection, but his small in numbers but high quality tap selection is truly special .

New Jersey

Andy's Corner Bar, 265 Queen Anne Road, Bogota, NJ. Tel: (201) 342-9887.  Very good selection of draft beer and bottled beer. Email: Website:  

Firewaters, 41 Route 4 Eastbound, (just past Hackensack Rd) Hackensack, NJ (201) 678-0100 Located only a few minutes by car from Andy's, but a different crowd, as they are connected to Hooter's. The long bar has 50 taps (including some macros) coming out of the wall. On the other side of the large room is a martini bar. Excellent bottle list includes many micros, Belgians, Germans, and others. 

Helmers, 1036 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07110 Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 11:30 am-11:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and most of August (check website for exact days). Telephone:e: (201) 963-3333. There is a web page at A very good beer selection in a nice old German restaurant and Bar on the north side of Hoboken. Good draft selection, and many, many bottles, as well as very good German food. Happy to say they have reopened after a long closing to do fire damage.

The Old Bay, 61-63 Church Street, New Brunswick, NJ. Telephone (732) 246-3111. Web Page: Very good selection of draft and bottle beers, conveniently located a few blocks from the New Brunswick Train Station.

The Mile Square Bar & Grill, 221 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ. (201) 420-0222. Website: Long standing Hoboken bar which has improved their draft list.

And now we're heading south:

Philadelphia, PA

No longer updated.

Abbaye, North 3rd Street and Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Telephone:e: (215) 627-6711 Hours: Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.A Belgian-style bar in Philly. A very nice bar, with a good selection of beers. Clift here for draft list.

Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Phone: (267) 909-8814. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-2am. A German-style restaurant and bar in Philadelphia with an excellent selection of both drafts and bottles. I have to get back down there soon to check this place out!

Bridgid's, 726 N. 24th St. Philadelphia, PA 19130. Telephone: (215) 232-3232. Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. -11:00 p.m, Saturday 4:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Sunday 4:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Small but good draft selection, and big bottle selection.

Brownie's Irish Pub, 46 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA. Telephone:e: (215) 238-1222. An authentic Irish bar with billiards, darts, and a much better beer selection than you would ever have any right to expect. No current draft list.

Eulogy Bar, 136 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Telephon: (215) 413-1918. Hours: Monday-Wednesday 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.. Thursday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 Another very nice Belgian-style bar in Philly. Good draft list, and about 150 bottles of "the great beers you've never had" (their slogan).

The Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Telephone: (215) 624-2969. Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m., Sundays: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.Website: A very nice bar with an excellent draft selection, including casks ales every Friday, and a large number of casks ever Friday the Thirteenth, called Friday the Firkenteenth. Click here for the draft list.

The Khyber, (formerly Khyber Pass) 54-56 South Second Street, Philadelphia, PA. (215) 238-5888 Hours: Hours: Monday-Friday: 3:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.. Here's a rarity: a bar that has live music and a very good beer selection!

Monk's Cafe, 264 South16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Telephone:e: (215) 545-7005. Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m., Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. Web page: A wonderful beer bar specializing in Belgian beers in the center of Philadelphia's thriving beer bar scene. A great selection of draft Belgian ales, and an excellent bottle selection from all over the world. Also wonderful Belgian food. Make sure and walk all the way in to the back bar. If you are overwhelmed by their huge draft selection, you can order 4 oz samples at a reasonable price. They also have a spectacular bottle selection. .

Standard Tap, 901 N Second St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, Telephone:e: (215) 238-0630. Websirte: Hours: Daily 4:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.. Specializing in local beers, in a house in Northern Liberties.

Sugar Mom's Church Street Lounge, 225 Church Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Telephone:e: (215) 925-8219. Hours: Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Sunday: 6:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.A very fun bar with a great beer selection and bumper cars! The site of Beer Philadelphia's annual Split Thy Skull Barleywine festival. Good draft selection, good bottles, and a unique atmosphere. No current draft list.

Elsewhere in Pennsylvania:


Sharp Edge, 302 S. Saint Clair St., at Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Telephone: (412) 661-3537. Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m-10:00 p.m. Draft list at  A pretty amazing bar I know only by reputation, which is pretty high! No current draft list.

Baltimore, Maryland

Max's On Broadway, 737 S. Broadway Baltimore, Maryland 21231. Telephone: (410) 675-6297. Hours: Daily: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. Website: A great, great bar in the hopping Baltimore beer scene, with over 70 taps, and usually quite a few good beers. I recently returned there in August of 2004 and was more impressed than ever.

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