Two craft-beer focused spots on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, both on Third Avenue have caught our attention recently: Third Avenue Ale House at 1644 Third Avenue and The District 1679 Third Avenue. Across the East River, in Astoria, Queens, the Single Cut Brewery’s tasting room is now open. We gather that the tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday. After we visit these spots, we will be sure to share our thoughts on them.
Located at 121 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn, Downtown Ale House fills a void of almost no bars in this immediate section of town (seriously, why doesn’t Downtown Brooklyn have more bars – it’s the third-highest concentration of office buildings in NYC, don’t these office workers need bars to hit after work?). Some craft-beer lovers might be a bit disappointed with the beer selection (given the name of the place). It’s more of a small-but-quality beer selection of about a dozen. Spaciousness and friendly staff also make Downtown Ale House a good option for the nearby office workers.
Here’s one option, sponsored by Lindy Promotions for Saturday, March 9. More info here: http://www.lindypromo.com/fliers/130309_SouthStIrish.jpg
We hit several bars that participated in NYC Craft Beer Week, which took place from Friday, February 22 until Sunday, March 3. In particular, we visited Draught 55 (in Midtown East), Spring Lounge (in NoLita), Guilty Goose (in Chelsea) and Sweet Afton (in Astoria). Of those four spots, we enjoyed our time at Sweet Afton the most. The place (same owners as The Wren and Wilfie & Nell’s, to name two other spots) had a small-but-quality craft-beer selection. Just 10 taps, but a great variety of local and national craft beers. Spring Lounge hosted a Kelso brewery and Empire brewery tasting event. We very much enjoy the Kelso IPA and Empire IPA (we are hopheads here at Pub Crawl NYC). What was your experience with NYC Craft Beer Week? Please share your thoughts.
Located at 270 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Union Gardens is mainly a small-sized sports bar. A dozen high top tables cover 2/3 of the space and there’s a small bar in the back of the space. Friendly staff and a small-but-quality craft beer selection (mostly in bottles) make this a good spot for the neighborhood. Definitely stop in next time your bar crawling along Smith Street!
Our favorite non-holiday random calendar day of the year! The arrival of the First Saturday of March is very meaningful to us at Pub Crawl NYC. Though the calendar still says winter, March marks the end of the super-cold, long, dark winter months of December, January and February. Spring is in sight.
And if you’re looking for a pub crawl today, Hoboken, NJ is having its annual St. Patrick’s celebration today. More details here: http://www.hoboken-bar.net/stpats/
It is here once again, our favorite month of the year! There will be numerous Irish NYC pub crawls around the city. We’ll provide info on some. If you would prefer to create your own pub crawl, we can help, free of charge! We just ask that you visit and “like” our facebook fanpage first, www.facebook.com/pubcrawlnyc. We’ve been to the overwhelming majority of bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn and can share our wealth of knowledge. Drop us a note.