Browse Our Recommended Pubs

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61 Local  Alex Honorable Mention Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has NYC brewed beers
Temporarily closed

Sizeable community space, mainly local beers.


Albion  Alex Honorable Mention Regularly has real ale
Temporarily closed

13 craft taps and two casks flow here.


Alewife Queens A Alex top pick  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale
Temporarily closed

Lots of unusual beers on tap and in bottle here.


Berg’n  Full menu WiFi available
Temporarily closed

Community beer hall and food court.


Cock and Bull  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale Specializes in British Beers
Temporarily closed

British pub, few craft beers but there are two cask handpumps.


District Social  Full menu WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2015
Temporarily closed

Sister bar to the nearby District Tap House.


Drop Off Service  Alex Honorable Mention Regularly has real ale
Temporarily closed

British and German owned craft beer bar in a former launderette space, hence the name.


Flatiron Hall  Full menu
Temporarily closed

Unique beers available only here and at two other NYC bars, brewed under contract by Heartland.


George Keeley  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale
Temporarily closed

Popular beer destination, hearty pub food.


The Ginger Man A Jezza top pick A Alex top pick  WiFi available Regularly has real ale
Temporarily closed

One of the original 1990s NYC craft beer bars and still excellent.


Gun Hill Tavern  Full menu Live Music WiFi available Regularly has NYC brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2017
Temporarily closed

Pleasant, smart craft beer and spirits bar adjoining a distillery.


Inwood Local  Full menu
Temporarily closed

Some good beers here, including many Trappists.


The Long Room  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale
Temporarily closed

Irish run gastropub near Times Square.


Marta  Full menu WiFi available Specializes in Italian Beers
Temporarily closed

A very high end Italian restaurant and hotel bar.


New York Beer Company  Full menu
Temporarily closed

Stock market themed bar where prices go up and down according to demand.


Randolph Beer  Full menu
Temporarily closed

A smart beer bar just off Bowery. PAY BY CARD ONLY, NO CASH!


Spuyten Duyvil A Jezza top pick A Alex top pick  Regularly has real ale Specializes in Belgian Beers
Temporarily closed

Rare Belgian beers and more in a former barber’s shop.


The Stag's Head  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available
Temporarily closed

Smart bar, 15 rotating taps.


Valhalla  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Regularly has real ale
Temporarily closed

A very popular beer bar with weekly events.


The Well A Alex top pick  Live Music WiFi available
Temporarily closed

Aptly in part of the former Hittelman Brewery can be found this cavernous bar, venue (‘The Wick’), and beer garden.


4th Ave Pub A Jezza top pick  Alex Honorable Mention Regularly has real ale

A very decent beer bar on the same block as Pacific Standard.


New York brewed craft beers are on tap.


Adobe Blues  Full menu Live Music WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2017

Off the beaten track but serving great bottled craft beers since 1992.


Traditional looking corner bar with some good taps and bottles.


A few craft taps can be imbibed on premises in this hybrid store/bar. No bottles opened there.


Bi-level bar near Washington Square Park.


Classic New York bar with a good choice, including a cask.


Uber-carnivore North/South Carolina BBQ place with outstanding beer.


Subterranean beer bar, ‘the antithesis of a sports bar’.


Cosy Morningside Heights basement bar next to Columbia University.


As Is NYC  WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2016

A brick lined bar with 20 good taps.


One of two similar hybrid stores/bars locally.


One of two similar hybrid stores/bars locally.


A friendly bar on the west side of Astoria.


Augurs Well A Alex top pick A Jezza top pick  Full menu Live Music

A tiny bar with some fantastic and unusual beers.


Banter A Alex top pick  Regularly has real ale

Football (soccer) pub with a number of good taps.


Barcade A Jezza top pick  Alex Honorable Mention Regularly has real ale

Industrial space with 25 craft taps and as many retro video games.


One of a small chain of craft bars featuring old video games.


The newest of NYC's three Barcades, mixing craft beer with retro arcade game machines.


Small beer bar with well chosen taps.


A quirky side street bar that dabbles in sabrage.


Pleasant neighbourhood bar with well chosen beers.


Beer Authority  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

Large bar next to the world’s biggest bus station.


Beer Culture A Alex top pick  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has real ale

Excellent hybrid bar/store close to Times Square.


Former bottle shop now in its second incarnation as a serious beer bar.


Bar with some craft taps and a rooftop space. Vietnamese food.


Excellent brewery taproom.


Birreria at Eataly A Alex top pick  Full menu WiFi available Brewpub. Regularly has real ale Specializes in Italian Beers

Unique cask-dedicated brewpub on the roof of a high end Italian market.


Impressive interior and back yard but not many craft beers.


Smart gastropub near the G train.


A very big “don’t miss!”, but time it to avoid crowds.


More of a wine bar but good beer features just as prominently.


Bondurants  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu Regularly has real ale

Always unusual stuff on tap here, including a cask beer.


Brado  Full menu New entry in the Guide in 2016

Thin crust pizza and craft beer here.


East Village bar on two floors.


Friendly locals’ bar that narrows into a triangular shape.


The Breslin  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

Gastropub with two cask beers.


Brew Inn  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has NYC brewed beers

Friendly locals’ bar with eclectic décor.


A great brewery taproom with a good variety of beer styles on tap.


Bronx Ale House  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

An oasis in the western Bronx beer desert, worth the trek.


Brewery with taproom.


Very well respected craft brewery with a taproom open weekends.


Smart gastropub with a few craft taps.


Brouwerij Lane A Alex top pick  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has NYC brewed beers Regularly has real ale

An excellent hybrid beer store with on premise drinking, a central meeting place for craft beer people.


Pleasant beer bar with good food.


Temple of [Belgian] beer worship.


BXL Cafe  Full menu WiFi available Specializes in Belgian Beers

The original of the three BXL Belgian cafes in the city.


BXL Zoute  Full menu WiFi available Specializes in Belgian Beers

Near the Flatiron Building, this is one of three excellent BXL Belgian beer cafes in the city.


Cafe D'Alsace A Alex top pick  Full menu WiFi available Specializes in Belgian Beers Specializes in French Beers

Alsatian restaurant and bar with a remarkable beer list.


In a food market, lots of great bottles and 8 on tap.


All New York brewed craft beers, mostly interesting ones.


A laid back restaurant and bar with emphasis on their two cask lines.


A pleasant neighbourbood bar with a big New Orleans theme.


Circa Brewing Co.  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2017 Brewpub.

A high end, modern styled brewpub with good quality beer and a wood fired pizza oven.


City Hops A Jezza top pick  Alex Honorable Mention New entry in the Guide in 2016

Tiny hybrid bar and beer store.


Hybrid bar and beer store, one of the very best.


Friendly bar with modern décor.


A good quality brewery and taproom, a true oasis in the beer desert of southern Brooklyn.


Newer sister bar to Coopers (East Village).


A great East Village bar, lots of craft choices.


Craft beers here but all common stuff, live music.


One of the best hybrid bars and beer stores in the city for rare brews.


Craft House  Full menu WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2017 Brewpub.

Two roomed brewpub, a 10 minute walk from Staten Island Ferry Terminal.


Neighbourhood bar with a small but interesting range.


A sports bar with good beer. 48 taps, the majority being craft (14 are not), including a healthy number of Belgians. Many good bottles also.


Quaint sawdust strewn Irish bar with 8 good taps and a cask.


Death Ave  Full menu New entry in the Guide in 2017 Brewpub.

Formerly a cask destination, now reinvented as a keg only brewpub from summer 2017.


Characterful bar with a small but well chosen tap list – and a cable car in the yard!


Good brewpub in an old industrial space from Ed Raven of Raven Imports / Brouwerij Lane. Renamed from Dirck the Norseman.


A very worthy Garment District bar.


One of three Upper West Side Dive Bars.


Dive Bar  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu Regularly has real ale

One of three Upper West Side Dive Bars (the original).


A great, bright, airy gastropub opposite Prospect Park.


Draught 55  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu Live Music WiFi available

There’s a good range at this popular and friendly beer bar.


Craft beer (a very small but good range) and gourmet cheese sandwiches.


Basic, modern bar with six good taps and a few bottles.


Fette Sau  Full menu Regularly has NYC brewed beers

Barbecue restaurant with good taps.


An excellent brewery tap, beers are brewed by NYC brewing hero Chris Cuzme (who is also one of the two owners, the other being David Scharfstein).


Brewery tap with great beers, worth the long walk from the subway.


Smart, modern brewery taproom.


Part of a small chain of burger restaurants with craft beer.


Sizeable brewery taproom not far from the ferry.


Folksbier  WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2017 Brewery tap, may have limited hours

Brewery taproom, unusually mainly featuring authentic German lager styles, which opened January 2017. The brewery itself was established in 2014.


Fools Gold A Jezza top pick  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

One of the three ‘Beerly Legal’ bars, excellent overall.


A great suburban bar, halfway house to & from JFK Airport (via Jamaica on the E train).


Lots of history here. Porterhouse and guests.


A pleasant suburban corner bar.


The Gate  Alex Honorable Mention Jezza Honourable Mention

Since 1997, always good stuff on tap here.


Fantastic, multi-levelled bar and store hybrid (more of a proper bar than others).


Unpretentious and down-to-earth new incarnation of the Brooklyn Ale House.


Smart whiskey bar with 13 craft beer taps.


A small but well chosen tap selection.


Very dimly lit after dark, this is a shrine to rare beers.


Hybrid store/bar, tap beers only can be consumed on premises.


A very upmarket classic American tavern with vintage bottles on the menu.


An upmarket cocktail and oyster bar, but with a small number of very well chosen beers (bottles are mainly imports).


Underdog  Full menu WiFi available

Was Growler Bites and Brews Elongated, pleasant bar with 19 craft taps.


Full taproom within a brewery.


Bar, bowling alley, music venue all in one.


Sister bar to Brooklyn's Gutter, the same bar-bowling alley format. 17 good beers but nothing too rare.


Half Pint  Full menu Regularly has real ale

Worthy for cask and bottles, but the taps are largely wasted.


Airy and atmospheric, but the beer range could be better.


Good beer, eclectic furniture, and subway-style tiles.


Small but growing range with impressive choices, very handy for Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.


High Dive  Alex Honorable Mention WiFi available

Smart and friendly bar with an excellent range.


Modern, blue tiled bar with good taps.


Lots of unusual high end beers are offered in this tiny bar.


A good oasis in far flung suburban Brooklyn.


One of two similar bars in this area, bottles are better than the taps.


Cavernous beer hall, house beers brewed by Greenpoint Beer Works.


Smart corner bar in a residential area with a small but well chosen range.


Tiny, bare bones bar serving as ICONYC's taproom.


The last outpost in Manhattan, both a bar and a cafeteria.


A brewery with taproom which unusually also brews beer for distilling on the premises.


Forest Hills' best kept secret for good beer.


Interesting beers are on tap at this pleasant bar-restaurant.


One of three excellent ‘Beerly Legal’ Irish-owned bars.


Kansas City-themed barbecue joint with an outstanding beer list.


Jones Wood Foundry  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale Has received Cask Marque accreditation. Specializes in British Beers

Cask Marque accredited British pub with two rear dining areas.


Friendly community bar.


Cosy beer and wine bar, bottles only.


Excellent suburban brewpub with an Irish pub feel, beer is high quality. Cask Marque accredited.


American craft beer meets Arsenal F.C.


Brewery with a decent sized taproom, opened in 2016 by three keen homebrewers.


Iconic dive bar, good beer (mainly bottled) and cheeseballs!


Spacious brewery taproom.


Spectacular Victorian elegance, but the beer list is fairly timid.


No frills, Catskills-themed bar.


A friendly and popular dog-worshipping dive bar.


A small, friendly hybrid store and bar.


Gastropub, the beer list is ok but unadventurous.


Pleasant bar with some good taps, mainly New York brewed.


A subterranean craft beer bar and gourmet grocery store in one.


An excellent hybrid bar and beer store, the second Milk and Hops to open. Lots of unusual beers.


Retro pinball machines, small but solid beer list.


Upmarket, gourmet restaurant with a cask beer handpump.


Unique space in three sections, lots of craft beer flowing plus a cask.


Modern whisky bar with 12 craft taps.


Mosaic  WiFi available

Cosy bar with a huge bottle list.


Mother's  Full menu WiFi available

Small neighbourhood bar with 15 craft taps.


A popular Tribeca beer bar, big on baseball.


A laid back bar with some great beers, nice back yard.


Dimly lit bar, 10 craft taps. Free jukebox.


Good choices in the heart of the Lower East Side.


Pleasant bar which promotes take home growlers.


Brewery with an expanded taproom as of September 2017. IPAs rule here.


Great bar with a very well curated list.


Airy corner bar with a few good taps.


Vegan snacks and craft beer in an old coffin factory.


The Pony Bar  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

19 rotating domestic taps and 2 casks.


Airside multi-tap restaurant at LaGuardia Airport terminal D.


Where even the most seasoned beer geek may not have heard of stuff!


Spacious corner gastropub.


A modern brewpub with guest beers, one of three Randolph Beers in NYC (the only one brewing). NO CASH ACCEPTED HERE, cards only!


Smart beer bar adjoining the Holiday Inn, newer sister to the Rattle 'n' Hum near the Empire State Building.


Very small but good beer selection, but the pizza is out of this world. Eating time.


The Rochard  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2017

The fourth in the small chain of 'Beerly Legal' bars in the city, plenty of interesting craft beers can be found here.


Very cool brewery taproom.


Quirky Rockaway Brewery outlet near Rockaway Beach.


Speakeasy-style craft beer bar hiding behind a coffee shop.


Bar-restaurant with 11 domestic craft taps.


The Shakespeare  Full menu Regularly has real ale Has received Cask Marque accreditation. Specializes in British Beers

Smart British gastropub.


One of four Philadelphia themed beer and cheesesteak Shorty’s sports bars in NYC.


One of four Philadelphia themed beer and cheesesteak Shorty’s sports bars in NYC.


One of four Philadelphia themed beer and cheesesteak Shorty’s sports bars in NYC.


Sizeable brewery taproom with a guitar theme.


Early drinking in ‘The Shark Bar’.


Large German themed beer hall.


Basic one roomed sports bar.


Hybrid bar and beer store near the hideous Barclays Center basketball arena.


Huge beer hall, one of three Stout bars in NYC.


One of three Stouts in NYC, with an emphasis on that style. Very close to Grand Central Terminal.


Huge Irish bar near Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.


Cavernous smokehouse restaurant and bar.


New American bar-restaurant with some well chosen beers.


A great brewery taproom with high quality and innovative beers.


Sugarburg  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available

Pleasant corner bar over two subway lines.


Popular corner bar with good taps and a few good bottles.


Sweet Afton  Full menu Live Music Regularly has real ale

Casual bar with a cask line.


Friendly Irish-American beer bar.


Flower shop at the front, bar at the rear.


Taproom No.307 A Alex top pick  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

One of the very best NYC beer and food destinations.


Tavern 29  Full menu WiFi available

A smart, dimly-lit, multi-levelled tavern with a respectable tap list.


Two roomed corner beer bar.


Smart sports bar just off Broadway.


Threes Brewing  Alex Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Brewpub.

Smart, easy going brewpub with guest beers also.


Tørst A Jezza top pick A Alex top pick  Full menu WiFi available

High end Scandinavian style craft beer bar.


Farmhouse style brewery, limited space to drink.


Two roomed bar and carvery with a cask handpump.


Twelve carefully chosen domestic taps, 100 bottles and cans – lots of unusual stuff here.


The Wilky  Alex Honorable Mention WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2016

A laid back neighbourhood bar, all taps rotate regularly.