The NYC Beer-Hop: Best Places to Get Your Booze Fix

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For the city that never sleeps, a nice cold beer can be your perfect partner at night. You can practically get beer in any corner of New York City but why not head over to the best places for your booze fix? Whether it’s the weekend or a couple of hours right after work, beer will always make your day better.

Here are 6 great places to sit down, enjoy a cold beer, and drink the night away.

1. Proletariat

102 St Marks Pl (Between Avenue A & 1st Ave)

The Proletariat brings New York’s craft-beer scene to a whole ‘nother level. This box-size spot in the East Village offers rare, new and unusual beers paired with pretzel chips and Reuben burger. Some of the obscure draft beers include the Nogne Holy Smoke from Norway, Leelanau Whaleback White from Michigan, and the Hoppin Frog Natasha Rock from Denmark. If you’re in a small group, this is one place you should not miss. Don’t let the tattoo-covered bartenders intimidate you.

2. Alphabet City Beer Co.

96 Avenue C (between 6th and 7th Street)

Head over to Avenue C where you can find Alphabet City Beer Co. (ABC Beer Co). It’s a combination of a retail shop and bar that offers hundreds of bottles and cans for your taste.

Don’t let the idea of a retail shop fool you, ABC Beer Co. features comfy leather armchairs, craft beer, and delicious cheese and meat platters. Don’t be afraid to have your first date here. You might end up with a second one if you pick the right brew.

3. Blind Tiger

281 Bleecker Street

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Blind Tiger is no stranger to beer lovers. Considered as New York’s premiere craft beer destination, the Blind Tiger has been serving customers since 1995. It not only features great craft beer but also some of NYC’s best bar food. This legendary place features 28 taps, two casks and one gravity keg with prices ranging from $6 to $11. You can also grab a bottle among more than 80 bottles.

If you’re looking for a rare booze fix then you will likely find it at Blind Tiger. Also, check in case there are any beer-related events happening when you decide to pay a visit.

4. Beer Culture

328 W. 45th St., btw. 8th & 9th Ave., Hell’s Kitchen

Beer Culture is a hybrid bar and bottle shop that brings you bottles of craft beer for only $5 when drinking in house. Choose among almost 200 options including local, American craft and imports. If you prefer tap, choose between 12 rotating taps including Tripel Karmeliet, Ommegang Abbey, and Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA. Get a pint for around $7-8.

Everyone will enjoy a visit to Beer Culture, whether you’re a novice beer drinker or a proclaimed connoisseur. The cozy ambience complete with a fireplace, old brewery signs and 1952 Kelvinator refrigerator is sure to make you feel right at home.

5. Rattle ‘N’ Hum

14 East 33rd Street

Paying a visit to the Empire State Building must also mean a drink at Rattle ‘N’ Hum. It’s a popular and staple place of the New York beer scene. The place celebrates beer with nearly 40 beers on tap. The bartenders will cheerfully educate you in case you find yourself lost among the choices. You can also check out their chalkboard where craft beers are recommended based on your preferred macro beers like Budweiser, Hoegaarden or Guinness. Or just pick your drink from more than a 100 bottles in offer. This is one place that can definitely supply your post-work booze fix.

6. Barcade

388 Union Avenue, Brooklyn

Barcade brings nostalgia to its customers by bringing vintage arcade games and beer together. Imagine yourself having a cold Sriracha blonde ale while playing Asteroids. If Asteroids is not your childhood game, you have more than 30 other classic arcade games to choose from including Tetris, Frogger, and Ms. Pacman.

Their beer menu features quality craft beers that go for $6-7 a pint. Happy hours from Mondays to Thursdays offer a $1 discount on all brews. If you’re feeling competitive, then you would be happy to know that Barcade uploads the high scores of each game onto their website. There’s something to brag about when you go to work the next day.

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