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.
A very decent beer bar on the same block as Pacific Standard.
A tiny bar with some fantastic and unusual beers.
Industrial space with 25 craft taps and as many retro video games.
A very big “don’t miss!”, but time it to avoid crowds.
Tiny hybrid bar and beer store.
One of the best hybrid bars and beer stores in the city for rare brews.
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!
Rare Belgian beers and more in a former barber’s shop.
The Ginger Man
One of the original 1990s NYC craft beer bars and still excellent.
One of three excellent ‘Beerly Legal’ Irish-owned bars.
High end Scandinavian style craft beer bar.
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.
One of a small chain of craft bars featuring old video games.
Small beer bar with well chosen taps.
Excellent hybrid bar/store close to Times Square.
An excellent hybrid beer store with on premise drinking, a central meeting place for craft beer people.
Since 1997, always good stuff on tap here.
An excellent hybrid bar and beer store, the second Milk and Hops to open. Lots of unusual beers.
Great bar with a very well curated list.
One of the very best NYC beer and food destinations.
Twelve carefully chosen domestic taps, 100 bottles and cans – lots of unusual stuff here.
A very popular beer bar with weekly events.