Whether you’re a loyal fan of lager or simply riding the high from Oktoberfest, there’s never a bad time to relax over a refreshing glass of brew. And while you may have a favorite watering hole back home (a place where everybody knows your name?), there’s something special about visiting the local pubs when traveling. To get to know the best pints in the area, here’s a list of our favorite breweries, bars and spots nearby.
The barkeeps at Blind Tiger have been pouring craft beer long before its recent rise in popularity among drinking trendsetters. Since opening in 1996, Blind Tiger has served Greenwich Village with a curated program of craft beer and finger-licking good bar food. With 28 taps and over 20 craft bottles to choose from, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with at least one new craft brew.
Upright hits the mark as an approachable, neighborhood bar that always attracts a friendly yet trendy clientele. You’ll want to stay a while with their selection of 12 taps and over 100 bottles and a seasonal menu of beer-inspired cocktails. Visit during their daily happy hour window from 4-7pm for a great deal on drinks and food.
A favorite for nearby NYU students, the 30 year old Peculier is a reliable pub located right in the heart of the Village. Though more classic than trendy, the tavern-like setting will make any beer drinker feel right at home. And with a collection of 27 draught beers and over 350 bottles to choose from, there’ll be more than enough beer to go around.
Part bottle shop, part tasting bar, Top Hops is a vibrant center for learning about and tasting craft and import beers. Whether you’re a beer geek and want to learn everything you can about new and upcoming brewers, or you’re attending your first tasting, Top Hops is a one-of-a-kind stop for all things beer. You can browse their store fridges with over 700 bottles and cans from around the world or book a class to learn more about pairing beer and cheese. Either way, Top Hops is a must-stop for any beer lover.
This craft beer bar truly celebrates the drink with a custom-designed temperature controlled tap system that rotates over 30 local and international craft beer and wines. Plus, Fool’s Gold is also an American whiskey bar, so if you want to transition to something a bit stronger after your first pint, you can choose from an impressive list of bourbon, rye, Tennessee whiskey, Irish whiskey, scotch and single malts.
For the end-to-end brewery experience, head to nearby downtown Brooklyn for trendy décor and an impressive list of homemade brews at Circa Brewing Co. Don’t forget to grab a slice of their Neapolitan style pizza to go with your pale ale for a full-on yeasty experience.