The modern definition of what makes the best beer bar is, at best, a moving target.
It’s an even more formidable task in New York City, where modern beer-focused bars and restaurants seem to be as ubiquitous as your favorite corner bodega (which are, sadly, vanishing).
While there’s a widespread belief that the rarity of offerings is the only valid qualification for a great beer bar, there’s really so much more that goes into it.
It’s the go-to spot to meet folks from your favorite breweries who happen to be swinging through town, and the tap takeovers are legendary to say the least.
Top it off with a knowledgeable and approachable staff, great music, and tastefully worn wood surfaces, and the beer at the Tiger just seems to taste better than it does at other places.
Part-bottle shop, part-beer bar (a trend that’s been taking off recently), this Avenue C haunt is perfect for when you want to grab an interesting six-pack to go from the cooler or belly up to the bar and order one of the 12 rotating drafts on the menu ().
There’s also a laundry list of excellent bar bites -- including some tasty meat and cheese platters and toasted sandwiches that pair perfectly with that saison you’re drinking -- plus super-cushy seating, a long wooden table perfect for groups, and free Wi-Fi.
It’s the kind of place you can stroll into any night of the week and leave all pretense behind.
It goes without saying that Torst is trendy, but the staff here still keeps it refreshingly simple in their approach to a great beer bar.
Opened and run by the owners of Evil Twin Brewing, those crazy Danish alchemists of fantastically creative beer, Torst eschews the bullshit nicely, and instead keeps your focus squarely on the beer.
With over 20 seasonally focused drafts from all over the world, the beer is always “ekstremt” fresh and unique (we didn’t find half of the beers on draft anywhere else in New York).
Plus, and we love this from a tasting perspective, they’re all offered in three different sizes so you don’t have to commit to a pint if you’re aiming for more variety during your visit.