Effin Gruven

Not Rated.
Effin GruvenEffin Gruven
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
Taps: 19
Bottles: 42
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2562 Sunrise Hwy
Bellmore, New York, 11710-3607
United States
phone: (516) 409-1415

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @effingruven

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Reviews by bonbright7:
Photo of bonbright7
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Upon visiting Effin Gruven for the 2nd time, I noticed the arched ceiling that was painted with a surreal colors and the overall decor was very welcoming for lovers of beer with ample tables and chairs with offset lighting. The long bar was clearly the work of imagination as it wound its way to the rear of the building and the counter was dotted with candles between the tap towers.

The selection of beers on tap and bottle was clearly one of the better that I had seen in recent memory and the bartenders knew their product lines well enough to describe the tastes in a good way. I also noted the venue was making generous pours in the correct glassware for each beer served with close attention.

While the bar had quite a few taps and more than enough good choices to satisfy my constantly empty glassware, I noted that Effin Gruven didn't try to have everything the local beer wholesalers could possibly get in there. This act of restraint is uncommon as many places aspiring to be the king of "craft" beer places stuff their beer lineups with everything possible to the point that one should wonder how often the beer taps turnover with new beer.

The only minor issue with Effin is that it doesn't have a kitchen, but there are plenty of delivery services in area that are ready to solve this problem. the bartenders apparently have menus readily available or one can bring food in.

I look forward to returning to this place in the future with friends in tow as it's simply a great place to have a beer or three.

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Photo of Pete27lax
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of BobConner
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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.

Photo of ant880
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

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.

Photo of JonnyGT20
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Effin Gruven sets itself apart from many of the typical bars on Long Island.

During my first visit there this past weekend, I found the atmosphere to be laidback and enjoyable, with most people talking excitedly about the beers they were trying.

The place is on the smaller side and gets very busy around 930, but if you get there a bit earlier than that it is perfect.

The beer selection was very impressive, with about 20 beers on tap and much more available by the bottle. Most of them were craft brews or microbrews, which was awesome. I was happy to see that many of the beers on tap were updated and seasonal versions, and they even provide a list of the ones that are soon to be added as tap beers.

The prices are moderate, with most pints coming in at $6 or $6.50

After living on long island for three years, I'm really sorry I hadn't found this place much sooner.

I will definitely be taking my friends back here to try more of the great beers!

p.s-this place gets extra credit points for having my hometown Keegan Ales Mother's Milk on tap!

Photo of MikeyMikee
4.64/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Nice place to enjoy a beer. Laid back atmosphere as the name would suggest. Smells like incense, you would expect a bunch of 50 something deadheads hanging here, but in fact, all but me were 1/2 that age. I was the 1st customer of the night when I arrived at 7:30 on a Monday night. Had a nice selection of local beers, 18 on tap to include Brooklyn Blueberry & coffee stout, Blue Point Oatmeal Stout, Magic Hat #9 & Wacko (which was a bit hit with the local crowd), Lagunatis IPA, Hoegaarden... Rob, the guy tending bar was friendly and knowledgeable of the beers, offering samples at the drop of a name. They had a pretty nice bottle selection, with Belgians, Germans, Canadians & lots of good old USAs. While I really liked this place, I'd have to say they do not have the best selection of beer on Long Island, I think Croxley in Famingdale has a better tap selection.

If you are in the area, give this place a try, nice laid back atmosphere, friendly bar staff & nice selection of beer. They also have a nice happy hour, $3.50 taps before 8.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This medium sized place is located across the street from the Long island RR stop of Bellmore. Its only about 10-15 minutes from here to the Jones beach concert venue, so this place made sense for a few pints before our concert. Respectable selection, especially for Long Island. Nothing amazing on tap or in bottles but a fair decent number of quality choices. Chimay, Duvel,Unibroue, Brookln, DFH, SNPA, Blue Point and a few others to give you an idea of what to generally expect. Hippie, semi-crunchy athmosphere and friendly beer dudes/owners doing the pouring. Worth a stop if in the area and looking for a decent BA worthy beer on that strange place known as Long island.

Photo of plaid75
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located on the south side of Sunrise Highway in Bellmore.

The interior featured a long wooden bar on the left side with an elevated seating area on the right. There was a Pacman machine and a foosball table.

The draft list included Brooklyn Summer, Brooklyn East India, Magic Hat 9, DFH 60 Minute, Hoegarrden, SA Cherry Wheat, Blue Point Blueberry, Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, Blue Moon, Paulaner Hefe, Guinness, SN Summerfest, Kona Lager, etc.

The bottle list included several Unibroue products, Chimay, Otter Creek, Sam Smiths, DFH, Anchor, Long Trail, and many many others.

A nice local place. Not the tap selection I was hoping for, but the bottle list was impressive. The bartenders knew their stuff too.

Photo of ChrisA
4.64/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Love this bar. Excellent service. Bartenders know their beers. Wide selection both on tap and in bottles. Great place to kick back some fine brews and have a conversation with some friends during the week. Weekends can get pretty full and loud, but it's a good crowd. More reasonably priced, better selection and less snooty than Croxley's.

I would consider this my favorite bar on Long Island. Centrally located makes it easy to round up friends throughout Nassau. Access to the highway is also a plus.

Photo of stegmakk
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

So a LOOONG time after asking to Slander I finally get around to writing about this place. I have been there many times since my first visit.
Let me simply say...I LOVE this place.
The selection is great for long Island with 16-18 taps. They have NO macros and proudly display this fact in a few places written on walls and mirrors. The music is laid back, no bass pumping or loud music here, but they did have G. Love & Specials sauce playing and some Dead. The staff is really friendly and knowledgable. After getting into about a 30 minute discussion with a guy behind the counter I asked if they had any more bottles of SN Celebration. The guy comes back and hands me a 2002 that he had stashed away. It was like sweet Nectar from the gods. Anyway. Ther service is always like that, willing to discuss beers, and look for "hidden" finds.
As they say there are no attitudes, no crappy bear, and they even have a fooseball table. Closest thing to a Blind Tiger out here on the Island. Id have to give BT my #1 spot, and this place actually my #2 just for the service.

Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I don't personally recall it but apparently, Keith had mentioned this place over drinks at Waterzooi, and then it was like it never happened. Zero information. Hey man, what was the name of that place you were talkin' about? Nada. Where is it? Nobody knows. Google search turns up nothing but pain and I'm wondering if it had really even been spoken of or what. It was like a dream. Then Keith goes there and reports trickle back. He'd been holding out...
Kid Bu told me, "You can't miss the place. It's on Sunrise Highway across from the train station and it's got a giant peace sign on the side of the building". And so it is, and so it does.
The room is painted blue and has a rounded ceiling, kind of shaped like an old airport hanger. They've got an 18 seat, "J" shaped bar with a deep wood lip, and a dozen tables behind you in a raised area. Lowly lightling chandeliers, painted wood, mirrors and blackboards with strung Xmas lighting, tile floors, beer signs and mirrors, peace signs and doves, foosball and Phil's golf game.
18 taps spread over 3 towers of 6 each. A nice mix of standard imports (Paulaner, Stella, Hoegaarden, Lindemans, Guinness, Bass, Newcastle), not so standard imports (Maredsous 8, Mackeson's), a bunch of generally local micros (Blue Point Blueberry, Post Road Pumpkin, Brooklyn Octo), and not so local micros (Magic Hat 9 & Blind Faith, Flying Dog Tire Bite), plus a cider and the 2 house beers (Effin Light is the Brooklyn Light & Effin Ridiculous is the Brooklyn East IPA). Nearly 80 bottles, 3 dozen American micros (Victory, Rogue, Brooklyn, Allagash, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, DogFishHead, Ommegang, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Mendicino, Saranac), a dozen Belgians (Chimay, Corsendonk, Duvel, Lucifer, Lindemans), English (Youngs, Fullers, Samuel Smith), German (Weinstephaner, Spaten, Schneider, Franziskaner), Unibroue and this and that. Nothing "Oh my god" but a solid mix. Blackboards read, "Brews your daddy!" and, "No couches, no attitude, no poetry, no karaoke, no Budweiser" (They post the name of a local bar where you can go if you want to drink Bud). Other blackboards list, "New taps baby" and "Off menu bottled love". It's good stuff.
Wines, 66 Vodkas, 18 tequillas, and secret Scotches (not advertised but they've got 'em). They have, "Effin football food" that they serve for games (wings & rings, finger & fries, motz sticks).
Good crowd, very good service, keep it coming.

Effin Gruven in Bellmore, NY
93 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.