Bathed in the swaying silhouettes of towering oak trees, the expansive garden at Bohemian Hall resembles a hidden European restaurant plaza, such is it’s laid back air. Founded in 1910, the Czech-inspired Bohemian Hall prides itself upon being the oldest surviving outback garden, completely enclosed from the bustle of the street. Dedicated to maintaining and preserving the rich heritage and culture of New York’s Slovakian and Czech communities, it has become as much as European local, as it has a tourist attraction. Wind down on a ‘s with an ice-cool Staropramen (served by the half liter) and the best in …continue reading
A sublime blend of Gothic decor and the elementals of an old-school Brooklyn brewing house are the key ingredients to Sputter Duyvil’s rather dark and brooding personality. All is not as it seems, for the welcome is as far removed, as the gargoyles are from France. It’s warm, exceptionally hospitable and the place itself has a quirkiness rare to find in the ‘Big Apple’. Cask ales are the order of the hour, with appropriately dubious names such as Greenflash Palate Wrecker. Tap ales run the gamut of origin (changing on a regular basis) from Czechoslovakia to rural Bavaria, with a few …continue reading
They don’t call it an ale house just for the 19th Century facade. In fact, the interior is as close to the old traditional public house idyll you’ll get in Manhattan. Rustic wooden tables set beneath the whirring air-conditioning fans and convex mirrors give the place a decidedly Deco ambiance, enhanced by the cheery welcome and farewell from staff as patrons come and go. Blind Tiger offers an exceptional blend of ales, ranging from Irish stouts to all-American micro-brewed specials. Bigfoot Barley and McNeill’s Firehouse Amber are just a few of the favorites. The garden is an open-air continuation of …continue reading
Exposed brick and sultry reds compliment the Art Deco feel of this Euro-styled tavern, whom offer more than 25 draft beers for the tasting. Monty Python’s Holy Grail has finally been found in liquid form, alongside such provocative titles as the Wychwood Hobgoblin. Care to indulge in some truly archaic ales? The enclosed courtyard garden is a peaceful space with potted herbs, climbing vines and rustic wooden tables set beneath all-weather umbrellas – an slice of urban tranquility in the city that never sleeps.