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Reviews by MikeyMikee:
4.64/5 rDev +11%
Effin Gruven is awesome. A great beer bar to go for an hour or two to hang out with friends or even go on a date. Its got a hipster like setting but its basically just a beer bar for all types with tables (all the tables are candle lit) and a bar area. They dont have food but like I said, its just a nice place to go for a few hours to hang out. they have an awesome selection and a very organized beer menu along with wines and liquors. I go here all the time to meet up with friends and we always have a great time.. It tends to get very crowded in the winter but in the summer its a chill place to go and hang out.
06-03-2011 04:57:43 | More by MikeyMikee
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3.96/5 rDev -5.3%
I THINK I've been here twice. The fact that I can't remember if was once or twice may be a good sign. I'm not sure.
Anyways, the beer selection was decent. Better choices than 95% of Long Island bars, but nowhere near Black Sheep in Mineola or Tap and Barrel in Smithtown (why are all the good LI craft bars so far apart?!). The prices were kind of strange here, I had Founder's Breakfast Stout on draft at $6 a pint, which is pretty cheap for that brew AND an unusual pour amount for that brew. Some of the more common craft brews I've seen around were above average price though. Actually most were, but the phenomenal breakfast stout was the night I definitely remember's saving grace.
I liked the atmosphere in here and this is the only bar on Long Island I've seen mainly hipster-ish looking people. I guess this is where the people who can't afford Williamsburg, or don't value coolness over money, have decided to go.
I also must admit I'm too much of a beer snob to come here just for the atmosphere, and since they rarely update their Beer Menus (that's beermenus.com) list, I don't find that gamble very appealing. If they kept an up-to-date Beer Menus list, I'd be more inclined to come back. I'm speaking to you here, Effin Gruven owner(s)! A lot of other people care about this too, so take note! Note: As of this writing, their Beer Menu was updated 20 days ago.
08-03-2014 00:26:05 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
3.79/5 rDev -9.3%
I seem to be always qualifying my reviews, but I suppose that has its place too.
Effin Gruven has been doing their thing for some time. For that they should be commended. They have been on their mission to sell good beer for longer than most.
My less than stellar numbers on the place are grounded more in it not being my cup tea, as it were. Perhaps Im getting old.
My one visit to Effin came on a Friday night, after having gone to another local place to see a friends band play. And let me say it was some time ago.
Having heard about their top notch selection, I stopped in with a few friends to see what it was all about. It was busy, but it's a decent sized place, so there was no issue with elbow room. TV's scattered about and a couple game tables.
The beer selection was solid and they had a pay one price deal on that night, but we arrived too late to make it worthwhile for us. I was put off a little by a couple of the tap selections, as knowing a bit about when certain beers are released, etc...there were a few beers on tap that were decidedly out of season and didn’t seem to be of a style that was good for aging. But we managed to find a couple excellent brews to suit our tastes.
The atmosphere just wasn’t my thing. The smell of incense was a bit much. And after being there for a very short time, it was clear that Effin’s identity is wrapped up in the kind of fashionable obnoxiousness and beer snobbery that I find objectionable.
The service was passable, but it was clear that we were perceived as the older folks, new to the place and probably not destined to become regulars. Staff’s attention was definitely more focused on others who were known to them, but the wait for a beer wasn’t too long.
End of the day, Effin just isn’t my style and that is how I reviewed it. Certainly opinions vary looking at other reviews and noting that they were busy that Friday night and have been around for some time. I did take a look online at the place before writing this, as it was some time ago that I went there. It doesn’t seem to have changed much though. They just announced a new menu of Fries and Pizzas (which look very good btw), but they offer it with the caveat that management reserves the right to add a 200% gratuity to all checks for patrons that they find annoying. To each their own. Im sure that management would be all too quick to make it known that they’ll be just fine without me around.
06-19-2013 17:21:14 | More by BobConner
4.43/5 rDev +6%
A: The space is a nice size, with a long, semi-wraparound bar taking up the length of the right hand side and several tables and booths off to the left. Its dark, there are TVs with multiple games on, an internet jukebox and a couple of retro table games (PacMan, foosball) in the back. Incense always burning, which can get annoying, but I find I get used to it pretty quickly. As was previously mentioned, the place does tend to get crowded on weekend nights around 9-930, but I have never felt "packed in" even on a New Year's Eve that was as crowded as I have ever seen the place.
SER: The bartenders have been excellent every time I have been here. Of the four or five I can think of (John and Drew are especially solid dudes), every one has always known his stuff, can give a recommendation or shoot the shit about beer and, in a practice that you would not expect to see in this type of bar, they buy back. Top notch service here.
SEL: The beer list gets a solid A. The tap rotation doesnt always sport the greatest selection, but the bottle list will get you through a visit during a rough spot. In addition, there is a decent wine menu and an extensive vodka, tequila and bourbon selection.
F: None, but they do not have a problem with you ordering from a local place and having it delivered.
Overall: My review of this place is long overdue. Upon moving to Bellmore in 2009, after being in Brooklyn the previous 29 years of my life, the wife and I set out to find a local place to satisfy our craft beer needs. This was the second bar we went to in Bellmore and it is the only one we ever return to. Since our son was born, we do not get a chance to hit the bars very much but when we do, this is where we go for the night or as a night cap after dinner. I have also brought my friends here on multiple occasions with no complaints.
11-19-2012 20:56:42 | More by ant880
Effin Gruven in Bellmore, NY
92 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.