Mission Dolores

Mission Dolores

It’s been dubbed the premier spot for craft ales and microbrewer efforts since it’s opening in 2009. With a rotational schedule of Smuttynose stouts, Scottish BrewDog and Genesee Cream Ale, it’s kinda obvious why. The drinks menu changes more frequently than the snack specials, yet rarely do the prices. The garden at Mission Dolores is essentially an extension of the bar; a quirky layout means you enter via a living room and the courtyard, prior to hitting the main room. Rustic tables flank either side of the paved courtyard, complimented by an ancient looking red-brick barbecue to the center. Cozy summer …continue reading

The Narrows

The Narrows

A trend-bar located within the Old Forge building of Flushing Avenue, The Narrows most certainly lives up to it’s name. The interior is little wider than two conjoined train carriages, however the real gem lies to the rear. A patio-garden of exquisite beauty sits within a walled vineyard to the back of The Narrows. Access is via the bar only, cutting down the prospect of bohemian drifters staking out all of the seats. Patrons categorize The Narrows as a “cocktail bar”, however the comely hangout also serves up a selection of dark inviting ales, ranging from the popular Victoria Prima Pils …continue reading

Hot Bird

Hot Bird

Once a buzzing chicken joint and the hub for local dining, Hot Bird has transformed itself into a lounge bar befitting of the upscale Gramercy district. An industrial, brick-clad interior, ‘old school’ beer taps and a flourishing twenty-something client base has pushed Hot Bird’s popularity, since it underwent it’s transformation around four years ago. The rear garden is by all intents an extension of the interior, enlivened by a few strategically placed shrubs and wall murals. Frothy craft ales are Hot Bird’s specialty, along with a selection of European gins such as New Amsterdam. Locals may miss the old food truck …continue reading

The Garden @ Studio Square

The Garden @ Studio Square

Snuggled within a bounded courtyard just off 36th Street, a distinctly American take on the classic German bierhaus has become a must-do on the list of bar attractions to be seen in Gotham City. Fringed by the Kaufman Astoria Studios and Contemporary Art Center, the chill-out space has attracted the attention of art lovers, eager to check out the acclaimed collection commission especially by Louis Gasparro. Craft ales are of the choicest variety, with standard offerings including Radeberger and Hofbrau Dunkel, coupled with distinctly American lights, like Sam Adams and Bluepoint Toasted. Get in early of a Friday evening, for Studio’s …continue reading

Local West

Local West

Bringing the sophistication of an uptown beer hall to the heart of Midtown, the hotly anticipated Local West finally opened it’s doors to the world in June 2011 and was besieged by locals from the very first . With over 6,000 square feet of outdoor space, complimented by pruned shrubbery, towering steel heaters and Bavarian-inspired umbrella canopies, Local West is a major contender for the “beer hall of the year” crown. A light-hearted snack menu offers the usual Fayre – soft pretzels, corn dogs and several variations of frites, however the main draw is a sixteen tap beer selection, with a …continue reading