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Where to drink craft beer in New York

A guide to the best craft beer in New York

Pouring a pint of beer

Craft beer connoisseur or total newbie to the scene? Whichever camp you fall into, our recommendations for where to sink a pint in New York are guaranteed to introduce you to some completely new brews.

Blind Tiger Ale House

Wildly popular Blind Tiger Ale House has been around since 1995, making it one of the original legends of New York’s beer scene. A regularly updated 60+ bottle list satisfies the most curious of connoisseurs, and there’s always an incredible range of beers on tap – try the Radiant Pig Junior IPA for starters.

Blind Tiger Ale House, 281 Bleecker Street, New York, NY (between 6th and 7th Ave)

Jimmy’s No. 43

Old Manhattan stalwart Jimmy’s No. 43 is a cosy, low-key basement venue serving up great value pints of American microbrews with the added bonus of excellent food and regular tastings. And they do a fine line in ciders too.

Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street, New York, NY (between 2nd and 3rd Ave) 

Rattle ‘n’ Hum

Midtown East’s Rattle ‘n’ Hum is right in the heart of NYC’s tourist zone but don’t let that put you off: the 40-odd taps and great selection of cask ales make this a no-brainer for the craft beer-loving visitor and there’s a great pub menu to boot, including a fabulous Irish breakfast. It’s also just a block or so from the Empire State Building.

Rattle ‘n’ Hum, 14 East 33rd Street, New York, NY (between 5th and Madison Aves)

The Ginger Man

The always-buzzing Ginger Man is the after-hours bar of choice for Midtown’s beer-drinking commuters, and is regularly touted as one of the best beer venues in the world. The dimmed lighting and glossy wooden bar create an upscale pub vibe, and there’s a jaw-dropping selection of bottles and beers on tap.

The Ginger Man, 11 East 36th Street, New York, NY (between 5th and Madison Ave)

Tørst

The Scandinavian-inspired bar Tørst in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighbourhood is the sleekest destination on our list, and comes with a Michelin-starred restaurant, Luksus, accessed through a sliding door at the rear. A high-end craft beer destination, the minimalist hotspot offers 21 expertly-selected beers on tap and more than 200 bottles.

Tørst, 615 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

by Maxine Sheppard