Hop Devil Grill
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by madmanjf:
4.51/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I paid my first visit this Memorial Day. It was somewhat early, so the place wasn't busy. I'm not sure if they normally have AC or not, but it was a big muggy inside. I may have stayed longer if it wasn't for that.
The belgium room, which is a connected/adjacent bar, wasn't opening until a few more hours from when I was there; however, the very knowledgable and helpful bartender/manager was more than willing to go next door and pour some belgiums for my friend and I which neither of us had had before.
I'd like to return sometime soon when the belgium room is open ... I suspect I'd like that side of the establishment even more.
Overall, this is definitely a place to check out.
05-29-2007 15:13:49 | More by madmanjf
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3.94/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
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
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
The Hop Devil Grill & Belgian Room are places I wished I visited more when I lived in Stuy Town years ago when they first opened.
The Hop Devil Grill has decent food and insane wings that are so hot they will make you cry, but it's the great beer selection that keeps me coming back time after time; over the years, every time I went in for a beer I was able to try something new and have a good conversation with the bartender about beer each time I've entered this place, and over the years that's a lot of visits. The atmosphere has always been casual and laid back, which is perfect for a beer bar.
The selection and quality have always been impressive to me, and the bartenders have always been willing to provide a sample and some guidance, which is all you can ask for when goingto a place like this. The prcies are OK and some would say reasonable for NYC, but be prepared to drop some cash for quality beers when you come here.
04-02-2011 05:08:11 | More by CHickman
4.44/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The place is a must try if you are in the East Village area.
I visited the Hop Devil a few times during my visit to NYC and the East village area. The Hop Devil bar side is a casual bar feel with 24 taps, about 20 bar seats, and 15 or so tables. The bartender was friendly and made good conversation with my wife and I during our visits. The patrons were friendly and seemed like a laid back but beer knowledgeable crowd. Sat next to a beer geek from Oregon and he always comes to this bar during his visits to NYC.
I had several good IPAs during my session (Flower Power, Capn Lawerence, Brooklyn Detonation IIPA). My wife had a Victory Weizenbock and Rochfert 8. The lines seemed clean and the prcies were very reasonable for NYC.
The Belgian Room next store has more of a lounge type feel with a bit more character. The bottle offerings seemed a bit more expensive in price than the draft options. We skipped over the Belgian Room, opted for the Hop Devil twice, and had dinner down at The Bourgeois Pig which also has some nice Belgian selections.
12-03-2010 22:03:09 | More by unclejimbay
4.09/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This review is for the Belgian Room only.
I went here last night after playing a show nearby. Walked into a dark room with a more traditional bar side and a side with table seating. Granted it was a Tuesday, the place was nice a relatively quiet; I love places like this because (aside from the beer), they don't attract loud groups of people out on the town. We had a very friendly waitress who took good care of us, but apparently there were issues at the bar which kept each round from getting to our table with any rush.
Although they do serve food, we were there for the beer (which I slightly regret, because apparently their pomme frites are great). As we were seated, we got menus, the entire back page of which was their sizable bottle selection of, as expected, almost entirely Belgian imports. Not for getting bottles at bars, we turned sights to the taps, and each got a Tremens, a River Horse Double Wit, and a Jolly Pumpkin Bam Saison. The place also takes care to serve all beers in appropriate glassware.
Definitely going to make the trip back here next time I'm in the city.
07-28-2010 15:23:39 | More by Sneers
3.91/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After dinner at Resto then beers at Vertigo and Pete's Tavern, my friend and I made it into here for last call this past Tuesday night. When we walked into the Hop Devil side, the bartender was cleaning up and there was no one at the bar. He didn't seem to mind if he served a few last pints to us. Cool looking place, but hard to judge when the lights were off and the place was empty. Great selection of American craft beers. I went with the Lake Placid Honey Rye, which was crisp. Bartender was nice, as he jumped in and told us the cross street for a restaurant my friend and I were trying to remember. It was too late to head into the Belgian Room by that point, but this seemed like a cool place. American brews on one side and Belgian on the other. Enough to satisfy me at least.
07-16-2010 17:35:44 | More by morebeergood
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Hit up both Hop Devil and the Belgian Room on the 4th of July in NYC with my friend Becky after her brother's wedding the previous day. HD first--about 15 taps and twice as many bottles. Service was great, but we were two of 6 patrons, so I wouldn't have expected anything less. I had a Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale; she ordered a Boulder Flashback. No problems with the tap lines or anything else. Prices were steep, but not overly pricey for New York.
The Belgian Room had a more laid back "opium den" type of vibe. Less taps, but I was excited to see JP's Luciérnaga pouring. Plus the bottled list was pretty extensive with some gems, including Cascade Apricot Ale ($30 for a 750ml bottle!), Kuhnhenn Mayhem ($8.50 per 12oz bottle), Cantillon Gueze 100% Lambic, Cantillon 1900 Grand Cru, Rochefort, and several others. Bartender was friendly and knew his beer fairly well. Good experiences at both, and would gladly revisit.
07-06-2010 05:51:43 | More by wagenvolks
Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
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