Jezza's Top Picks

My 'Top picks' are the outstanding beer places in NYC at any given moment. Here you will normally find something exceptional or out of the ordinary - so a larger than average beer range; usually a good mix of beers as well as imports; top quality service and a good ambience and/or surroundings. In short, these pubs will all be offering the best that can be found in the NYC beer scene at the moment.

Jezza lives in South West London but often travels to NYC. You can follow him on twitter as @bonsvoeux1 or read his twitter feed below

Note that we regularly update what constitutes a top pick so places can be relegated from the list if their beer range dips or there are other significant changes.


4th Ave Pub A Jezza top pick  Alex Honorable Mention Regularly has real ale

A very decent beer bar on the same block as Pacific Standard.


Augurs Well A Alex top pick A Jezza top pick  Full menu Live Music

A tiny bar with some fantastic and unusual beers.


Barcade A Jezza top pick  Alex Honorable Mention Regularly has real ale

Industrial space with 25 craft taps and as many retro video games.


A very big “don’t miss!”, but time it to avoid crowds.


City Hops A Jezza top pick  Alex Honorable Mention New entry in the Guide in 2016

Tiny hybrid bar and beer store.


One of the best hybrid bars and beer stores in the city for rare brews.


Fools Gold A Jezza top pick  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

One of the three ‘Beerly Legal’ bars, excellent overall.


Very dimly lit after dark, this is a shrine to rare beers.


Unique space in three sections, lots of craft beer flowing plus a cask.


Brewery with an expanded taproom as of September 2017. IPAs rule here.


Where even the most seasoned beer geek may not have heard of stuff!


Spuyten Duyvil A Jezza top pick A Alex top pick  Regularly has real ale Specializes in Belgian Beers

Rare Belgian beers and more in a former barber’s shop.


The Ginger Man A Jezza top pick A Alex top pick  WiFi available Regularly has real ale

One of the original 1990s NYC craft beer bars and still excellent.


One of three excellent ‘Beerly Legal’ Irish-owned bars.


Hybrid store and bar.


Tørst A Jezza top pick A Alex top pick  Full menu WiFi available

High end Scandinavian style craft beer bar.


Honourable Mention

These pubs are not quite (yet) to the level of a Top Pick, but they are ones to watch. They are very much worth a visit if you have the time.

61 Local  Alex Honorable Mention Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has NYC brewed beers

Sizeable community space, mainly local beers.


Alewife Queens A Alex top pick  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

Lots of unusual beers on tap and in bottle here.


Small beer bar with well chosen taps.


One of a small chain of craft bars featuring old video games.


Beer Culture A Alex top pick  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has real ale

Excellent hybrid bar/store close to Times Square.


Bierkraft A Alex top pick  Jezza Honourable Mention Brewpub. Regularly has real ale
Closed!

NYC’s pioneering bottle shop – bar hybrid, now brewing too.


Excellent beer bar and store hybrid. *****CLOSED!*****


Brouwerij Lane A Alex top pick  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has NYC brewed beers Regularly has real ale

An excellent hybrid beer store with on premise drinking, a central meeting place for craft beer people.


d.b.a.  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has real ale
Downgraded!

Pioneering stalwart beer bar, one of the first with cask.


An excellent hybrid bar and beer store, the second Milk and Hops to open. Lots of unusual beers.


Mugs Ale House A Alex top pick  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

A truly pioneering beer bar, founded 1992. A ‘must visit’.


Great craft beer selection in the shadow of the Empire State Building.


Taproom No.307 A Alex top pick  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

One of the very best NYC beer and food destinations.


The Gate  Alex Honorable Mention Jezza Honourable Mention

Since 1997, always good stuff on tap here.


Great bar with a very well curated list.


Twelve carefully chosen domestic taps, 100 bottles and cans – lots of unusual stuff here.


Valhalla  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Regularly has real ale

A very popular beer bar with weekly events.


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