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Establishment: North Star Pub, New York, NY

Another great bar in New York dies. THis was truly a shame, as they seemed to care about their clientele and strived for authenticity, even at the Seaport. Still, all the equipment and furniture seems to still be inside, which raises the possibility that someone may try to resurrect the space.

(07/30/2001)

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N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Establishment: Bear Bar, New York, NY

Say bye-bye. Bear Bar has been gone for several months as of this writing. As noted before, they had a nice selection of micros, but the obnoxious kids who frequented this place didn't exactly make life wonderful for the neighbors.

Nothing else seems poised to move in any time soon, either. Looks like it was bombed out to be perfectly honest.

(07/30/2001)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great N/A Great Great

Establishment: Bar 54, New York, NY

Nearly 20 beers on tap daily, most of which are good microbrews from good distributors. Large selection of Brooklyn beers, recently have had Magic Hat, Yuengling, Harpoon, Southampton beers among many others. Can't beat the $2 pints before 7:00 weekdays either! After-work crowd starts to filter in around 5:30 but there's usually ample space at the bar and tables.

(07/05/2001)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great N/A Great Great

Establishment: Standings was Brewsky's, New York, NY

BREWSKY'S IS NO LONGER IRISH!!!! Well, the taps are more solidly British and American now. Four Anchor taps (Liberty, Porter, Steam, Old Foghorn), Old Speckled Hen, a cider, local micro Ramstein, and several other English and Irish taps offer a nice range of styles to choose from. Plus the prices are way down now. Well worth stopping by any night if you enjoy goodbeer.

(06/22/2001)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Good Great Good

Establishment: Carnegie Hill Brewing Company, New York, NY

Seem to be trying new things every so often; there's a Bock on tap right now, alongside such regulars as their wheat and "Carnegie Pale Ale" and some light lager, I believe. That said, they still seem to sell more Coors Light and Bud bottles, but oh well. Well-made beers, at least as good as others brewed in the city, and at least they're still in business!

(03/17/2001)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Good Good N/A So So So So

Establishment: Typhoon Brewery, New York, NY

Pretty stock style representations -- Golden Ale, Pale, IPA, along with a Bock and a wheat beer -- but quality varied widely. Bock and IPA were above average (don't see enough bocks in the city in spring) but the wheat was nearly undrinkable. Shame, really -- trendy bar 'scene' with overworked bar staff drawing double duty as waiters. Not worth it if you're only there for the beer, but I hear the food isn't bad though it's expensive.

(03/12/2001)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Great Great Great Great

Establishment: David Copperfield's, New York, NY

Second the motion on the wait staff -- attentive, friendly folks run the place, Belgian beers on tap, healthy winter beer selection, and Trivia on Wednesdays -- what's not to like?

(12/09/2000)

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Great Great Great Good Great

Establishment: Waterfront Ale House, New York, NY

Oh, forgot to tell you they take a week off for Labor Day each year. You need to come back as winter approaches and the big beers start appearing on tap. Don't forget to A) buy the weekly Metrocard or the Daily Fun Pass depending on the length of your stay, and B) go to the Ginger Man on a weekend afternoon early, and escape the big crowds and see the doors open!

(09/18/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great Great Great Great

Establishment: The Onion, New York, NY

Having undergone a name change to Mica Lounge or something, it's the same bar/restaurant as The Onion, same owners, etc. but with quieter music and a big flat-panel TV in the back playing obscure, weird shows.

The beer is still well-represented, with around a dozen taps or more, everything from a couple of macros to Paulaner, Rogue and Young's. Always a few interesting ones. And the food, though standard sandwich/burger fare, is a fine accompaniment to a relaxed, dimly-lit outing.

(09/18/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
N/A So So Good So So So So

Establishment: Tobacco Roadhouse Restaurant and Brewpub, Durham, NC

The March 2 commentor forgot Old Heidelberg, which came right after Weeping Radish...all the "brewpubs" in this space used to use Weeping Radish beers, the last couple have tried making their own. The place is too damn big to support a bar and a restaurant in Durham. It's a shame, really, because each successive owner seems to kill it a little bit more. Someday there should be a reunion of all the previous owners. If they bring their families, I bet the place finally fills up!

Oh, and dump the bathroom murals which have been there since Steve & Clark's opened. Dumb dumb dumb.

(07/02/2000)

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Establishment: West Side Brewing Company, New York, NY

The place has dumped the brewing aspect of its existence in a remodeling, opening up again as a restaurant with beer from, I believe, Chelsea Brewing. It's always sad to see a brewpub go in a city where they're rare to begin with.

(06/09/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Great Good Good

Establishment: Tap Room, New York, NY

Wish they'd try something more exciting in the spring, like perhaps a bock or even, I dunno, an ale maybe? Had a pilsner, weisse, dunkelweisse (the best of the bunch), marzen, and light lager of some sort on tap.

Beer prices are reasonable, but the food is a bit more upscale though it's worth every dime. Nice bar setup, looks like a place to see and be seen during crowded times.

(05/26/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Awesome! N/A Great Great

Establishment: Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, NY

Nice, laid-back beer establishment in a quiet part of town. Over 20 taps, with Brooklyn well-represented, and a handpump as well! Great selection of other micros available, and since it's spring, a healthy number of wheat beers in all its forms. Reasonable prices, nice bartender, all the good qualities of a beer bar.

(05/26/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Great Good Good

Establishment: The Onion, New York, NY

(Wish pubcrawler was still operational behind the scenes, but oh well...) Hidden on the second floor, The Onion has about a dozen good beer taps and a fairly good American food selection. The music could be dropped a couple of notches and lights ratcheted up a couple, but it looks to be a pleasant place to take a date who likes beer too. Beer was fresh, and the Young's Luxury Stout is wonderful from the tap -- I hope they can keep this one running for awhile, and rotate new beers in over time.

(03/29/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Awesome! N/A Great Awesome!

Establishment: Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

Great location and great bar. Cheap pints (Old Foghorn Imperial pint for $4? Get out!). Lots of twentysomethings on a Friday night, drinking good beer! What could go wrong? Plus, it's only a block or two from the Brooklyn Brewery. And they have a barleywine festival mid-March. Overall cool place.

(02/27/2000)

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Establishment: Burp Castle, New York, NY

Closed by the city Jan. 11 for a license violation of some sort -- likely that they were operating without one, but I'm not certain.

Hopefully they can re-open very soon (they were still closed as of 1/19).

(01/22/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great Great Good Great

Establishment: The Onion, New York, NY

Former site of the East Side Ale House, this restaurant has a dozen or so taps, including Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Magic Hat Blind Faith, Paulaner Hefe and Southampton IPA the night I stopped in. Quite dim inside, music too loud (as most disco will be), but food was good bar fare and prices were reasonable. Could become trendier if word gets out, but for now a decent new addition to the Upper East Side.

(01/13/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Awesome! Great Great Great

Establishment: Harrison's Bar and Grill, Cary, NC

Aside from its location below Pure Gold, a good restaurant with excellent beer selection. Several Brooklyn and Rogue beeers on tap, as well as a dozen more local brews and regionals. Good bar food menu, and they have NTN trivia and lots of TVs -- a GoodBeer sports bar! What a concept.

(01/08/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Great Awesome! Great Awesome!

Establishment: Fox and Hound English Pub and Grille, Cary, NC

Best pub in the Triangle area. No better place to get English beers on tap -- their Fuller's ESB is outstanding. Pub area quite similar to English pubs, even. Plus, the Carolina (Brewing Co.) Pale Ale on cask is one of the best cask beers you'll find anywhere. Restaurant-area menu is consistently outstanding, ranging from excellent pub grub and fish and chips to elk and lamb. Can't go wrong at this place.

(01/08/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Great Great Good Great

Establishment: David Copperfield's, New York, NY

Good place to bring beer drinkers and non-drinkers alike. With Raison d'Etre, SN Celebration (5$/pint), and Corsendonk Christmas Ale ($7) on tap last week, definitely a must-stop for the serious beer drinker. Plus, the menu is relatively inexpensive and the food excellent for a bar/restaurant combo. Not smoky, either. Enjoyed my first visit, expect more trips soon!

(01/08/2000)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Good Good Good

Establishment: Heartland Brewery at Union Square, New York, NY

Is it me or is Heartland getting more expensive? The beer is still $5/pint, but the menu is getting pricier and stingier -- entrees go into the mid-teens, not including a vegetable, or salad, or potato any more. Nonetheless, still a trendy, crowded weeknight/end spot, never any room at the bar.

(12/18/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Awesome! Great Good Awesome!

Establishment: Ginger Man, New York, NY

Best time for a beer enthusiast to visit is a Sat. or Sun. afternoon. The $3.75 13 oz, or $5 Imperial pints aren't painful to the wallet, and the sandwiches are reasonably priced and good. Obviously the taps are amazing -- name a style, they have a winner. And the casks are back for the fall! Except for the cigar prevalence, and the very busy bartenders, what's not to like?

(11/09/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great N/A So So Good

Establishment: Bear Bar, New York, NY

Bottle selection was good enough; taps not anything exciting. But I definitely felt like I was back in college, which at this point in life isn't exactly a positive. But it seems a good place to start appreciating good beer. (Stay away from the Bud funnels!)

(11/09/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Awesome! N/A Great Awesome!

Establishment: d.b.a. (DBA), New York, NY

Place just keeps getting better! Always a great selection on the 12 or so taps, plus a handpump. Best place to find Victory on draft, too. Less crowded during the afternoon on weekends, and happy hour stretches to 7:00 or 7:30!

(10/29/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good N/A Good Good

Establishment: Standings was Brewsky's, New York, NY

Quality has declined recently, IMHO. Still 12 taps, but three are cider. Others are uninspired and overpriced, even for Manhattan. Granted, last time I went was on a Monday, but the place was completely deserted -- even missing the bartender at times. Business picks up a lot on wekeends, fortunately.

(08/27/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Great N/A Great Great

Establishment: Waterfront Ale House, New York, NY

Only a matter of time before the movie crowd filters into this place and packs it. Been in this location 4 years, and seems to specialize in Brooklyn beers (three on tap recently). Also a fine Young's (mumble) Stout, and Fuller's cask-conditioned (but no handpump). Fine tap selection numbering in the teens, and the bartender was very attentive to our needs. Will happily continue to return.

(08/06/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

Establishment: John Harvard's Brew House, Lake Grove, NY

Waitresses (hi Britt!) super-friendly, and knowledgeable about the beers. Part of a chain, but you wouldn't know it from the quality beers they make. Skip the American Light -- it's for Bud drinkers -- and go for the Pale, Nut Brown and Porter/Stout (whichever they have) -- and be sure to try the cask porter, a personal favorite now! Very inexpensive as well.

(08/04/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Great N/A Great Great

Establishment: Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

Short hop over the East River, if you've ever enjoyed Brooklyn in bars you need to visit Happy Hour (6-10 on Fridays in summer, 6-9 winter?). Non-bottled beers are the stars, as the Blanche de Brooklyn and the Weisse are outstanding wheat varieties that don't pop up often in NYC bars. Looking forward to a winter visit for the Abbey and Monster Barleywine. And the beers go for just $2.50 a pint! A great deal!

(08/03/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Great So So Great

Establishment: Heartland Brewery at Union Square, New York, NY

Steam beer they're featuring now (July 4 weekend) was good -- I've had limited exposure to the style, but it was quite drinkable and has a little hop bite to boot. Indiana Pale was excellent as usual, and Farmer John was in fine form as my dessert beer. Food is outstanding if a tad pricey.

(07/14/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Great N/A N/A Awesome!

Establishment: Carolina Brewing Company, Holly Springs, NC

The people running this place are great fun. The tour was of course informative and fun, but the beautiful part is self-serve beer before, during, and after the tour. Pour your own of any of the current stock (I recommend all their brews but especially the Nut Brown and Pale Ales, and the Spring Bock when in season) and chat with the genuinely nice folks who brew it. I hope to return to the brewery on my next jaunt through the Triangle, as it's really not far from Durham at all.

(06/23/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Good Good N/A Great Good

Establishment: Kinsale Tavern, New York, NY

Wasn't terribly impressed with my recent visit. Lots of taps but very uninspired choices. Lots of generic beers, apparently to placate the trendy masses. Stayed for one round then left for more interesting pastures downtown.

(06/23/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Awesome! N/A Good Awesome!

Establishment: Burp Castle, New York, NY

Still enjoy coming here because it has the largest array of Belgians on tap in the city. But for a more extensive Belgian bottled selection (with 6 taps), try Belgo, during the week, on Lafayette south of Astor Place -- about three blocks or so from Burp Castle. Eat and drink at Belgo's and wind up your evening with a glass or two of your favorite lambic at Burp castle. They mesh nicely that way.

(03/22/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great Awesome! Great Great

Establishment: Liberty Steak House and Brewery, Myrtle Beach, SC

Best food I've had at Myrtle Beach. Although it's surrounded by trendoid "[insert name here] Cafes," I hope more tourists come here. Disappointed with the "Unfiltered Wheat" which didn't seem anything like that, but enjoyed the Nut Brown Ale, IPA, and "Nitro IPA," or a nitrogenated IPA, which added very little to it. Always a bunch of beers on tap, and well worth multiple visits, if you enjoy good beer with your dinner. Otherwise, just go to the touristy places and pay too much for a mediocre dining experience.

(02/07/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Good Great Great

Establishment: Front Street Brewpub, Wilmington, NC

Visited FSB on a trip down South. While the food wasn't impressive, save for the cheese soup appetizer, the beers on tap were outstanding. Enjoyed the Dram Hill Scottish Ale -- very flavorful up front, with a nice finish, very highly hopped -- and the IPA wasn't bad, but my favorite for the day was the Bock, followed by a chocolate-malt heavy Irish Dry Stout.

(02/07/1999)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Good Great N/A Good Good

Establishment: Greenwich Brewing Company, New York, NY

Only stopped in for a pitcher of the hefe-weizen with a few friends,but it was decent if not flavorful. A good beer for those who don't like beer taste (i.e., overly hopped). Prices about average for the city.

(12/20/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Establishment: Yorkville Brewery and Tavern, New York, NY

Closed in September, has reopened as "Session 73" or something like that, a jazz club that does not make its own beer. In case you're wondering.

(10/18/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Awesome! N/A Good Great

Establishment: Ginger Man, New York, NY

Can't complain one iota about this place -- five bucks for an Imperial pint of Old Foghorn, or Salvator? Outstanding! The hand pumps generally serve up a fine selection, rotated every so often; my Brooklyn Brown was wonderful. The place looked like a frathouse bar when we walked in -- it's crowded most weeknights with after work people and it's hard to get the bartenders' attention. But it thins out eventually, and there are tables as the crowds disperse. Probably best to experience on a Saturday evening if you don't like heavy throngs. Worth multiple visits as the tap selection changes.

(10/18/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Good So So Good Good Good

Establishment: Times Square Brewery, New York, NY

If you're by a window, this touristy place is bearable for lunch. Didn't have a hard time getting service, but the beer selection numbers four. Get a sampler. It'll pass the time while you wait for food, and the bock isn't bad if you're not judging it. The sandwiches are pretty good, though, and actually worth the price.

(08/01/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Good Great Great

Establishment: Carnegie Hill Brewing Company, New York, NY

Beer selection doesn't vary often, but usually a few really good ones on tap. Food is typical American fare. The CPA and Daredevil Ale are fabulous (and, yes, bitter), and at four bucks a pint, a good buy. Usually noisy and crowded at night, but the bartenders are quick and helpful.

(08/01/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Establishment: Steve and Clark's Brewpub and Sausage Factory, Durham, NC

This one closed during the spring, I think. The sixth brewpub in the space, the Tobacco Roadhouse, is quite good, and opened quickly apparently because it kept the decor of Steve & Clark's, down to the tacky bathroom "murals". I think that will change, though. Anyhow, the new place is pretty good, and should be getting their brewing "license" soon.

FYI, the first 5 places there to be brewpubs were Weeping Radish (now brewing exclusively in Manteo, NC), Old Heidelberg, French Quarter, Bull City Brewery, and S&C's. Good luck, The -- odds aren't in their favor.

(07/11/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Awesome! N/A Good Good

Establishment: Ruby's Taphouse, New York, NY

Very college hangout-y at night, but a wide tap selection of local breweries and some other interesting choices that of course rotate. No seating without eating, but haven't sampled the food menu. If you don't like the 18-25 crowd, you'll be disappointed Fridays and Saturdays, but otherwise a good place to go if you're in the area.

(07/11/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Great Good Great

Establishment: Pete's Tavern, New York, NY

Good place to kick back on a weekday outside, people-watching and drinking a few Guinnesses or Pete's Ale. Decent food, can be slow but not a problem if you're drinking. Certainly better beer bars, but a good combination of food and beer here.

(07/11/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Awesome! Great Awesome! Awesome!

Establishment: North Star Pub, New York, NY

Hard to find fault here. The waitresses are super-friendly and a perfect fit for the English feel to the place. Eight taps most months, very little turnover but their bottle selection rotates. The food is great pub grub as well. Enjoy it weeknights, early, as seating is limited, unless you're there to enjoy a good English or Irish beer at the bar!

(07/11/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Awesome! Great Great

Establishment: Joe Allen, New York, NY

Fine pre-theater establishment (when I went). Apparently a celeb hangout as well. Several good beers to choose from, but the food is the star here. Upscale dining with a distinct possibility of finding a Paulaner on the list of drafts, among several others.

(07/11/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Great N/A Awesome! Great

Establishment: d.b.a. (DBA), New York, NY

Love this place, despite the crowd. Excellent beer selection, though I wish the hand pumps could be used to better advantage (i.e., cask-conditioned ales nonstop). Nonetheless, always a fine selection. Occasionally they update the website (www.drinkgoodstuff.com), but you're always better off dropping in since you won't be disappointed.

(07/11/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Awesome! So So Great Awesome!

Establishment: Burp Castle, New York, NY

Fabulous, famous for the serving attire. Wide selection of beers, most of which are different from Brewsky's on a given night. Almost distracting, the way the Monks won't actually talk unless it's absolutely necessary (and even then...). Must see to believe.

(07/11/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Awesome! N/A Awesome! Awesome!

Establishment: Standings was Brewsky's, New York, NY

Fabulous bar (Burp Castle, next door, is owned by the same guy and is great also, in its own way). Joe, our bartender, talked with us the whole night. Very enjoyable to find knowledgeable hangouts! A definite must for anyone in New York who enjoys true beer.

(07/11/1998)


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