Craft Beers in Manhattan, NYC

Craft Beers in Manhattan, NYC

Craft beer lovers favorite places in NYC. Just be ready to quench your thirst for the best in craft brews Manhattan has to offer.
Inside this article: The Jeffrey Craft Beer and Bites, Draught 55, The Beer Bar, District Tap House and The Stag's Head.

A tall, refreshing glass of craft beer goes down easy, just about any time of the year. Most of the leading craft breweries in NYC, tend to change their tastes and flavors according to the seasons. So no matter what the weather is outside, you are sure to find the perfect brew to suit your mood. Having a beer with friends and neighbors is a timeless social ritual that has been going on for hundreds of years.

The Jeffrey Craft Beer and Bites, NYC

The Jeffrey is one of the best craft beer destination drinking (and eating) spots in the city. They have a really cool, you've got to see it to believe it, custom-built, state-of-the-art draft system. This impressive system holds thirty rotating craft beers from both respected local breweries and around the world.

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Adjoining the main room is a special growler and tasting bar, equipped with ten tap lines. In this friendly, lounge-like space, you can taste brews prior to making your purchase. You also have the option of bringing home your fave craft suds inside of one of the Jeffrey's attractive growlers. This room hosts beer tastings and classes on a regular basis, so check out the Jeffrey's website for more details.

The Jeffrey is located in one of the nicest neighborhoods you would ever want to visit or live in, the Upper East Side. Only a couple of blocks from Bloomingdale's, The Jeffrey is surrounded by some of the Upper East Side's most exclusive spas, salons and boutiques. The décor is visually captivating with a trendy, rarely seen blend of rustic and industrial chic. The ceiling does a great job of keeping to the prevailing craft beer theme, having been made from reclaimed beer keg pallets. During thee warm weather, you'll be able to enjoy your brew outside in their beautiful beer garden.

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On tap, The Jeffrey features brands that you know and love, as well as some small breweries that are poised to make a major impact on the craft beer scene. Queens based brewery, Singlecut, is represented by their 19-33 Queens lager and the Billy Full-Stack II PA. You may also choose from craft brews such as Grimm Echoplex, Green Point Harbor Hopnami, Victory Donny Brook Stout Nitro and Westbrook IPA.


Love Cider? Well, The Jeffrey pours a wide variety of this delicious drink including the Aaron Burr Appinette with a light amber color as well as the Downeast Cider Cranberry Blend. Chef Nick Ryan captains the kitchen brigade. Chef Ryan has come up with some very creative bar bites that complement the various brews that are on the menu. Many of the edibles are made in-house including the pickled veggies, potato chips and, guys, get ready for this, beef jerky. Cheese  plates are provided by the famed Murray's Cheese purveyors.

Location and Hours

311 East 60th Street
New York NY 10022
(212) 355-2337


Mon-Fri  7 AM to 2 AM
Sat-Sun  9 AM to 2 AM


Draught 55 - Midtown, NYC

At Draught 55 they pay attention to the details. And if you really appreciate a quality glass of craft beer, you'll be happy that the Draught 55 team cares as much as they do. They have a rotating selection of 42 craft beers by the draught. Most of their selections are biased toward local, East Coast breweries and with good reason. The brews are both inventive and delicious. But you will also find some nice brews from all around this great Nation of ours.

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What sets Draught 55 apart from most craft beer bars is the care with which they approach things. The crew here regularly cleans out their numerous draught lines and they wash the glassware that you drink from, thoroughly. You will only taste the beer that you ordered, not leftover residue. The temperature of the keg rooms is constantly monitored so that the beers pour and taste as they were meant to.

Quality and customer service is never compromised at Draught 55. And unlike some of their competitors, they offer a growler fill-up service on all 42 of their brews, not just a selected handful. This cozy, very casual spot was born out of a shared love of craft beer. A small group of  friends decided that it was high time that they invested their passion for craft beer into a bar that all of their friends and family would love to go to. Over a year in the making, the owners wanted to make certain that Draught 55 would be everything that they envisioned, and then some.

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The draft list is considerable and has something for everyone. Highlights include Founders Breakfast stout, Golden Coast California Oak, Guinness, Peekskill Uncommon Rye Lager, Saranac Pale Ale and Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere. Beer plays a tasty part in the kitchen's menu, as well.  The Guinness stout burger is topped with Guinness cheese, Whiskey mayo and onions . The Fish n' Chips is battered in-house brew and comes with hand-cut garlic fries. Other pub favorites include a savory chicken Pot Pie, an 8oz. grilled filet accompanied by Milk Stout mashed potatoes and a Guinness beef Stew that is just off the charts.

Nothing beats a great glass of beer paired with some really good music playing in the background. Draught 55 offers an acoustic brunch evry Sunday, starting at 1 PM.

Location and Hours

245 East 55th Street, New York NY 10022
(212) 300-4096


Mon-Sun  11 AM to 4 AM

The Beer Bar - Midtown, NYC

Located in the famed Metlife building, The Beer Bar has a decidedly upscale, yet stress-free, casual ambiance. The décor is modern and trendy, with a colorful, bright design scheme. It's a great place to stop by and grab a craft beer and some dinner on your way home. The Beer Bar is literally a few feet from the entrance to Grand Central Station. Convenience meets craft beer.

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It's also a great place to meet up with your friends, after work. If cocktails are your thing, the bar tenders mix up a couple of delicious beer cocktails, that you'll love. The Panache blends Stella Artois with lemonade. The classic Michelada will light your fire with a blend of Corona, hot sauce and Lime. The draft beer selection has an International flair to it, with Belgian, German and Irish beers topping the list. Local craft brewers that are featured here include 212 Brewery with their Flatiron ale and Brooklyn Brewery's Caramel Malt.

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Beer by the can or bottle is, of course, available. Popular customer choices are the Bronx Brewery's Pale Ale and Japan's signature brew Sapporo. Bar bites range from crispy calamari, beer bar sliders, classic buffalo wings and a grilled chicken quesadilla to a half pound of Guacamole (made with Hass avocados).

Location and Hours

200 Park Avenue (MetLife Building)
New York NY 10166
(212) 818-1222


Mon-Fri  11:30 AM to  10 PM
Sat-Sun. Closed


District Tap House - Midtown, NYC

At District Tap House, they  proudly describe themselves as drinking consultants since 1998. The team here definitely knows what they are doing when it comes to dispensing craft beer and making their customers feel welcome. And, if you need a little advice on the myriad varieties of craft brews, they will be happy to oblige. On tap, the house pours dozens of top of the line craft brews. You are sure to find the pint (or 12 to 16oz. draft) that your heart desires.

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Tastes and textures range from the traditional Long Trail IPA and the Montauk Arrow Head Irish Red to a slightly spicy Shock Top Belgian White, Glutenberg India Pale Ale and  Laughing Dog's hop-centric IPA.

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Want to feel like Royalty? Then order up a draft of the Radeberger Pilsner. Way, way back in the day, this brew was crowned the official drink of Saxony by no less a personage than King Friedrich August III. To keep your beer company, the kitchen here turns out some first-class food. A couple of the tastiest and most popular choices are the District Burger (grass fed beef, bacon, fontina cheese and  a side of duck fat fries along with their celebrated Mac and Cheese, a blend of smoked gouda and fontina, topped with fresh bread crumbs.

Location and Hours

246 west 38th Street, New York NY 10018
(212) 221-1822


Thu-Sat  11:30 to 4 AM
Sun-Wed  11:30 to 2 AM

The Stag's Head - NYC

The ambiance at the Stag's Head calls to mind a charming, laid-back Irish pub , where Old school customer service is still the Gold standard of excellence. However, this friendly bar's approach to craft beer, and all of its nuances, is strictly contemporary. The Stag Head works with some of the best microbreweries in the Northeast. They offer 16 rotating drafts of all-American craft beer. The brew master is always on the lookout for something new and different. A large portion of their rotating beer list changes with the seasons, as does the kitchen's scrumptious lunch and dinner menus.

Take advantage of the budget-friendly ten dollar Lunch Special from 11 AM to 4 PM ,Monday through Friday. Choose from their classic Pub Burger, Veggie Burger, Fish and Chips or a savory dish of Shepherd's Pie. All specials come with a half pint of select draft beers, (or a soda or iced Tea), along with your choice of fries, the house signature Cajun fries or a salad.

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Happy Hour here is something that you can really get excited about. Craft drafts are available for only five or six dollars while delicious well drinks cost an unbelievable Five bucks. On weekends, you can enjoy $25 buckets of beer, from when the Stag's doors open until 11 PM. Gather up some friends and head on over.

There is plenty of room to mix and mingle at the Stag's Head. They have several spacious rooms, upstairs and downstairs. In the Summer, you can sip your craft beer and relax on the outdoor rooftop patio.

At the Stag, they are currently pouring glasses of delight such as Abita light lager, Great Divide's Nomad Pilsner, Rogue Voodoo 's Raspberry and Chocolate ale, Dog Fish Head's Sixty-one and Firestone Walker's Pivo Pilsner. Wheat beer styles include Cisco Grey Lady from a Nantucket MA. based brewery and Butternuts Heinnieweisse out of Grattsville New York.

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It's not exactly hard core beer, but if you are in the mood for a soft drink, why not try the Abita Root Beer Float or a glass of Barritt's ginger beer ? Sweet endings include an intensely indulgent caramel apple bread pudding and a densely delicious molten chocolate cake.

The Stag's Head has it all, craft beer and well-crafted food.

Location and Hours

252 East 51st Street, New York NY 10022
(212) 888-2453

Mon-Sun  12 PM to 4 AM

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