The Weekender: Beer Week Edition
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Malty, crisp, nutty, floral, hoppy—beer connoisseur or not, this week is the perfect time to hit the bars and practice using your beer terminology. NYC Beer Week started on February 20, and will continue through March 1. Throughout the festival, there are a number of events officially affiliated with NYC Beer Week, but remember—you can also hop in an Uber and venture out for your own Beer Week Extravaganza.
Here are 6 of our favorite spots around the city to grab a cold one:
Blind Tiger | West Village
“It’s kind of a village institution.” — Jenny, Marketing Manager
It’s not surprising that this neighborhood watering hole is a favorite among the Uber NYC team. With 28 rotating beers on tap, and an extensive bottle list—if you can’t find a beer here that you like, then you probably just don’t like beer. With a cozy (real) fire place and an “everyone knows your name” vibe, the Blind Tiger is a good spot to unwind with a tasty brew.
Pier A | Battery Park
“Great spot to watch the sunset.” — Kimiko, Senior Marketing Manger
Perch yourself by a gaping window at the beautiful, newly renovated Pier A Harbor House in Battery park to enjoy some oysters and a beer. With views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, this massive (28,000-square feet!) establishment attracts many eager sunset chasers. The seafood-centric menu is fairly limited, but the bar does feature a decent craft beer selection. It’s a prime spot for after-work happy hours or weekend afternoons.
Burp Castle | East Village
“Smells like it sounds but the beer selection is great.” — Ashwini, Head of Policy Development and Community Engagement
This bar, nestled in the East Village, features a wide selection of Belgian beers—and the occasional monk. Okay, perhaps monks don’t actually hang at this “Temple of Beer Worship,” but the bartenders do keep a strict “whispering only” policy and you will find medieval-style murals on the walls. Winter is the best time of year to hunker down with a strong, exotic Belgian ale, and Burp Castle is the place to do it. (Just don’t bring your loud friends.)
Spuyten Duyvil | Williamsburg
“Good beer list and unpretentious crowd—and of course, it doesn’t hurt to be across the street from Fette Sau BBQ.” — Anthony, Events Manager
If you’ve ever waited for a table at St. Anselm, then you’ve probably been to Spuyten Duyvil (located right next door). This hole-in-the-wall bar specializes in rare Belgian-style beers and offers meats and cheese (perfect appetizers to St. Anselm’s butcher’s steak or Fette Sau‘s BBQ across the street). Once the spring weather kicks in, go enjoy a beer in their backyard garden.
Spitzers | Lower East Side
“Great scene and beer selection. It’s always nice to sit at the communal tables.” — Britta, Marketing Manager
Spitzers, located at Rivington and Ludlow, is a staple hangout in the LES. With its large communal tables, it’s the perfect place to mingle with your neighbors and fellow beer lovers. For NYC Beer Week, the bar will be pouring specialty beers including Allagash Curieux, Duvel, Rochefort 8, and St. Bernardus Abt 12.
Brooklyn Star | Williamsburg
“Has the best West Coast selection of beers that I’ve found in New York.” — Eric, Events Manager
This neighborhood bar and restaurant in Williamsburg is known for its Southern-style cuisine, but it also has a great rotating beer list. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your fried chicken and biscuits with an ice-cold Bell’s Two Hearted IPA.
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