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Hop Devil Grill

Not Rated.
Hop Devil GrillHop Devil Grill
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

91 Ratings
Ratings: 91
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 60
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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 jameaterblues:
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%

So I went here before I lived in NYC, and I continue to go here....one of the bartenders remembered me from my visit months before I actually moved here....all of the bartenders are very knowledgeable, and friendly.

This place usually has really good music playing...always good beer on tap....and usually 3 beers for $3 a pint during happy hour...The selection is always impressive and always changing...over the past couple of weeks I have been there several times drinking everything from Magic hat fat angel, kelso nut brown, stone old guardian, smuttynose big ass ipa, butte creek organic ipa, and legacy hoptimus prime(although this one turned out to be very disappointing). This is just a small sampling of the beers that have been on tap(and they also have an ever changing selection of bottles)...hop devils happy hour goes till 7, but the Belgian room's goes to 9....so if you feel like it you can just walk into the other room order a drink and continue on with the drink specials...

two bars and out door seating offers lots of options, and makes the place very comfortable...

So far I have just ate the french fries...but they were wonderful...with a variety of dipping sauces...friends of mine tried several other selections from the menu and were also very happy...definitely a spot I hit when in the east village.

jameaterblues, Sep 18, 2006
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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!

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 03, 2011
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Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.