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.
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.
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.
Sizeable community space, mainly local beers.
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.
NYC’s pioneering bottle shop – bar hybrid, now brewing too.
Breukelen Bier Merchants
Excellent beer bar and store hybrid. *****CLOSED!*****
An excellent hybrid beer store with on premise drinking, a central meeting place for craft beer people.
Pioneering stalwart beer bar, one of the first with cask.
One of the three ‘Beerly Legal’ bars, excellent overall.
A truly pioneering beer bar, founded 1992. A ‘must visit’.
Tiny taproom serving world class beers.
Great craft beer selection in the shadow of the Empire State Building.
One of the very best NYC beer and food destinations.
Since 1997, always good stuff on tap here.
Bar, bowling alley, music venue all in one.
One of three excellent ‘Beerly Legal’ Irish-owned bars.
Great bar with a very well curated list.
Hybrid store and bar.
A very popular beer bar with weekly events.