Brooklyn NY 11211
Rare Belgian beers and more in a former barber’s shop.
Directions - L train to Lorimer Street or G train to Metropolitan Avenue (same station complex), head west along Metropolitan Avenue, pass under the flyover, look for the red unsigned building on the north side opposite Havemeyer Street.
With ‘Rare and Obscure’ as their motto, Spuyten Duyvil lives up to their reputation. With a big focus on artisanal beers from Belgium (though by no means exclusively from there), there are always some rarities to be found. Whenever the revered Cantillon beers can be sourced, you’ll find them here (not cheap though, but that’s to be expected). The six taps and one cask line (the latter tapped every Friday) are always interesting. Food is limited to meat, cheese, and pate plates prepared behind the bar. The sizeable beer garden shared with St. Anselm next door is very pleasant in warm weather. Be aware that there is no exterior sign - look for the anonymous, red painted former barber’s shop where Metropolitan Avenue and Havemeyer Streets meet. Don’t miss this if you’re looking for the great Belgians that are usually elusive. (1/2015)
Eclectic, atmospheric beer bar with many unusual and hard to find beers. A small but extremely well-chosen selection of drafts (including 1 cask ale), and a great selection of about 100 bottles. One of the outstanding New York bars - definitely a ‘don’t miss’. If you want food, check out either the amazing St. Anselm immediately next door, or Fette Sau across the road. Both are owned by the Spuyten Duyvil people and both also serve beer.
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