Hop Devil Grill
Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
3.41/5 rDev -16.4%
Happened into Hop Devil this afternoon and sat down at the bar prepared to try a few brews. The overall atmosphere was very quiet (perhaps since it was Sunday) and our service was okay.
I get the feeling that HPG doesn't really know what kind of bar its trying to be. The bartender didn't really know a whole lot about the beers or even where they were located on the taps. The beer menu looked cheap and relatively simple.
The worst part was that I have an AHA beer member card which enables me a 15% discount at all partcipating locations. The HDG advertises as such in the Zymurgy magazine however the bartender refused to give me the discount citing the fact that my bill wasn't very much anyways.
Not impressed. Sorry, I wish I could say something nice.
09-27-2009 22:13:21 | More by jamesmbirchnyc
District of Columbia
3.94/5 rDev -3.4%
Finally visited after the "redo" to HDG. Overall, not a bad spot, but somehow I feel like it's not quite as good as it once was.
The southwestern US theme that is going on is a bit trite and seems a little silly, but it's not hard to look past it since it really just feels like the ownership just threw up some new pieces of flair and paint. It was pretty chill on a Thursday evening after work, though.
The tap list wasn't bad, but nothing terribly rare. Solid enough, and decently priced for a pint in the area. The bottle list was a little underwhelming, and the one Cantillon brew that I ordered was actually out of stock.
Overall, not a bad spot, but I don't think I will feel compelled to revisit unless I hear that they have something interesting on tap. Way too many other places in the surrounding area that I would go to first.
08-23-2009 15:18:20 | More by Nickls
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
Nice Southwest Cuisine style place in the Village, large beautiful tap system with various micros and macros. I was able to try three beers here that I couldn't find anywhere else. Server was new so she didn't know much, I can let that go I guess. Beers were served correctly.
Food is southwestern, I had a spicy burrito with vegetables that was very good. I had nachos for an appetizer but it wasn't very good.
Atmosphere is a mix of frat boy partying and serious beer geekery, a good happy hour brings lots of people out.
Overall, great place, deserves the hype.
08-11-2009 00:43:18 | More by TheDeuce
4.8/5 rDev +17.6%
I think this is my favorite place in the city even though I hardly get a chance to go there. It's in the east village and has the best selection of bottles, drafts and rotating drafts.
I've tried so many beers there for the first time including the hop head red and some ale smith selections. It's also the first place i ever saw Russian River beers as well as Port Brewing/Lost Abbey beers. Was also the first time I drank Absinthe.
If you're ever anywhere neat this place I would recommend you go there.
07-20-2009 21:11:51 | More by david18
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
I moved into the East Village about a month ago, and hadn't found a good local beer bar, until now. Probably the best draft selection in the area, besides Spitzer's, while being much more reasonable. Their happy hour is fantastic, half off all drafts from 5-8, M-F (even though the sign outside only says 5-7), making all pints $3-3.50. There are also a lot of great food specials ($1 Taco Tuesdays are incredible). The food is very solid, great Tacos, decent wings. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, not only being more than happy to give you samples when you ask, but often giving them out unsolicited if they think there is something you might like. The atmosphere isn't anything special, it feels like what it is, a Mexican restaurant/bar, but there is usually a decent music and a few interesting people to talk to. Highly recommended if you're in the area, especially if you feel like some Mexican and can catch happy hour.
07-14-2009 16:25:49 | More by otnemem
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
Wandering dwon St. Marks just happened to bump into this place.
Decent selection, very friendly service. Great view of the park and a perfect place to try some great micros on a sunny day.
Rotating selection, I only got to go there once but i can imagine you'd never get bored. Didn't try the food as i was saving myself for the BBQ Fest.
Bar staff were friendly, knowledgable and very helpful. Gave me plenty of samples of all the beers.
I had a great time here, will always stop in if I'm back in NYC. Cant beat the location and the friendly atmosphere.
07-07-2009 12:10:14 | More by smithflipper
United Kingdom (England)
5/5 rDev +22.5%
The Hop Devil is so cool. I just found it last week and now I am hooked. I am just starting to learn all about beer now, and the bartender there, Michael, is sweet and told me if I want to learn, I have to go to beeradvocate.com and here I am!
He also told me to go to their mead party, and I went last night. I have never heard of mead being on tap anywhere, and they have three on tap! There is also 27 other taps with all kinds of beers as well. The vibe is really, really exceptional. Everyone is so nice, the music is so rocking, and the back lounge is so cozy. I got to meet the mead brewer and he was really informative.
Prices are good here. If you go on Tuesday, they have a special deal on tacos where they are only a dollar each! The best deal is the wings though. Buffalo wings here are soo good. The quality of the beer and wings makes for a good value. All week there are deals here, so its different every day. The service is super friendly.
06-17-2009 19:09:37 | More by beerwinemead
2.6/5 rDev -36.3%
My friends and I had been going there for some time and we always liked it. Went back there recently and it has gone downhill... the beer menu is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller. The service was always not all THAT, but this time around I had to go to the bar EVERYTIME despite being seated at a table with a party of three for over three hours! They don't have the plethora of beers up on the boards the way they used to... because there aren't as many. They got rid of the jukebox which was REALLY good). Nahhh... this place is done in my book. Which is too bad, because it used to be my go-to joint on Fridays and Saturdays.
04-19-2009 15:45:23 | More by NYCervezero28
4/5 rDev -2%
Finally got to go to Hop Devil last weekend after walking by countless times while it was being renovated. First, let me start off by saying that at 6:00 on a Friday night, this place was shockingly quiet. There is a reasonably sized bar. Most of the space is open with tables scattered about the place with table service offered. I imagine if it was a crowded night, I would be thankful for this extra breathing room and places to sit with the hopes of getting served instead of clawing your way up to the bar. But, that night, it was weirdly quiet.
Service was good. The bartender was affable, easy to talk to and didn't push me to pile on the drinks. She also gave me a tasting pour of the standard Gonzo to compare it to the barrel aged I was trying. Thoughtful for sure.
With roughly 20 or so taps, there was a good smattering of beers to choose from. They just had a Flying Dog night previous so I had a few of their offerings (which happy hour didn't apply to) and a smattering of other things. I would like to see what their line up would be without a brewery night, but I wasn't complaining.
I didn't get a chance to order food as I just wanted a few drinks and get on my way, but the wings looked good and they focused on Mexican cuisine if I'm not mistaken.
The value was fairly reasonable. The happy hour price was insane. I got a pint of St. Nicholaus Bock Bier for 3 bucks. Tough to argue with that. I was left wanting a bit more of a pour from the $7.50 barrel aged Gonzo, but, it IS a hard to find beer and it IS in NYC, so I was overall happy with the prices.
I would see myself going back there again, but I don't think I would make it my go-to destination. I am still too damn partial to Blind Tiger.
01-29-2009 16:51:36 | More by astrasday
5/5 rDev +22.5%
I went to the Hop Devil Grill last night and all I can say is...awesome! They have an amazing beer selection with over 30 draft beers if you include their lounge and a large sized bottled beer selection as well. I don't think there is another beer bar in town that can compete with their Mexican food. I had a soup type dish called pozole I think, and it was fabulous. It came with hot tortillas and a bunch of toppings to ad as I saw fit. I also had the tilapia and shrimp fajitas and it is was a really great flavor combination when paired with the Rogue Chipotle Ale. My friend raved about his chicken wings and ancho pork burrito. Angela, their beautiful waitress took good care of us and gave us champagne, hats, whistles and confetti to help bring in the New Year. As far as their atmosphere, it is spacious and decorated nicely with Southwestern type signs, lizards, cacti and and really nice coloring. The lounge which used to sell strictly Belgian beer I am told is comfy with couches, coffee tables and is a little more relaxed than the larger "grill" side next door. I finished off the evening with a large bottle of Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru. I will be back soon and it looks like the East Village is really beginning to compete with Brooklyn as having the best beer bars in the city.
01-02-2009 01:01:54 | More by newyawker
Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.