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Hop Devil Grill

Not Rated.
Hop Devil GrillHop Devil Grill

Taps: 24 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

91 Ratings
Ratings: 91
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

129 Saint Marks Pl
New York, New York, 10009-5158
United States
phone: (212) 533-4468

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hopdevilgrill

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Reviews by bonbini26:
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Went here on a Friday Night

Hop Devil Grill - Pretty good vibe on a Friday night for a 20-30 crowd, good mix of music playing too, which you don't find at many beer bars for some reason.

Many beers available in 1L Mugs, i can already hear some BA's saying thats over doing it and theres no need for that. But for $11 in Manhattan, a 1L of Harpoon Glacier Harvest Wet Hop or Elysian Immortal IPA, which i had, i say cheers. Pretty diverse tap list and 1 cask line. Didn't really take notice of the bottle list, plenty on tap, something for everyone from weiss beers to barleywines

Friendly bartenders, all willing to give a decent size sample of w/e beer you would like to try. I didn't have any of the food while i was there but the menu is mostly bar food, small bites, etc.

Belgian Room - A lot less crowded and more laid back crowd. The bottle selection was excellent with all the usual Belgians you would expect and few more and most were at a reasonable prices. I would have liked to see a few more Belgians on tap (Capt. Lawrence Pumpkin (so-so), Ommegang Abbey, Delirium, an IPA, Roedbach Grand Cru. I believe the food menu is the same here

Overall, i really liked both places, i know there are a few other beer bars in the area, but i was fine staying here all night.

10-27-2008 13:15:28 | More by bonbini26
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3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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I've been to Hop Devil a couple of times but only now have I come around to review it.

This joint sure is dark! A little overwhelming, total cave. Cheap looking but not in a bad way, like a ratty sports bar in, say, Scranton, PA. They do have lots of cool breweriana around.

Noisy at 4:30 pm when I visited, even though place was pretty empty (only the bar was filled up, with what seemed to be regulars). I guess they have poor noise-proofing, hence the loudness? Music was real loud too, but hey, maybe I'm a bit too old for this kind of youth-oriented sports tavern of sorts...

Gotta love the homely feel, though, so different from the corporate vibe of many bars in Manhattan. It really feels like a small town in here, what with the friendly drunken regulars perched at the bar since opening time. A bit of an East Village feel indeed!

Nice friendly bartender was quick, super polite and not missing a beat. But the real draw here is the prices! Regular prices are not bad, but during happy hour... everything is HALF OFF!! Wow. Believe it. I thought no place in New York City had a real happy hour like that. Reminds me of Ohio...

So I got a Stone Belgo Old Guardian snifter for only four dollars. Sweet!

Didn't try food this time so I won't rate it, but I have in the past. Nothing exciting, they serve a competent mixture of Mexican fare (tacos, burritos) and American pub grub (wings, salads burgers) at good prices. I'm not here for the food, though, so no worries.

Selection is alright, not great but serviceable. This is the kind of place that does not amaze you on a daily basis but will shock you from time to time with rare shit like Dogfish World Wide Stout or Founders KBS. On my last visit, they had 20 American taps, 1 cider, 2 Germans and Guinness. Hop Rod Rye, Brooklyn Lager, Harpoon IPA, Ithaca Apricot, Kona Porter, Sam Noble Pils, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Smuttynose Porter... plus that Stone Belgo Old Guardian that was the only rarity, really. Maybe Stevens Point Belgian Wit too, since I have never since this brewery around NYC.

But I feel like at Rattle N' Hum: not exactly excited.

One thing that bothered me a bit was that I saw no sign of "credit card minimum", and when I went to tab out, the friendly bartender told me they had a $10 so I would have to have another beer. I was in a hurry and didn't want another brew, but hey, I *had* too. Not a huge deal, but I wish they had some signs advertising their credit minimum (I could have asked too, it is true).

(I have not been to The Belgian Room, but the taps didn't exactly give me a hard-on either: Delirium, Ommegang, Sly Fox...).

All in all, this is a fine spot for the East Village nation. It might not stand out tremendously in Manhattan, but there is a lot of competition anyway. Too many good bars, with better beer lists and (in some cases) food.

If you live nearby, though, or are visiting or strolling around the Village... heck yeah, check it out!

04-03-2011 06:47:16 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.