Hop Devil Grill
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2.1/5 rDev -48.5%
Dropped in the Belgian Room for two reasons: 1)A friend said the vibe was good and the barstaff could keep up with the party. 2)The bars next store were crowded and I was in a beer mood without the hassels of being two deep at the bar. WRONG on both accounts.
Very small bar to start. 6 beers on tap and not all are Belgian???? The bottle selection looks good but be prepared for a second and third possibility as the ordering manager is asleep at the wheel. The staples are there-Duvel, Chimay and Stella.
The Drafts and the menu for that matter are more Canadian. Seems to have a small identity crisis. Delirium Tremens on tap is the highlight of the 6 possible taps but the lines seem mucked up as the pouring seems a bit foamy. Nice glassware tho.
The atmosphere was not quite the vibe I was told of. Maybe they had better staff before my arrival. The general feel was lack of interest bordering on stupidity. Not quite sure what the problem was but the feel was lackluster.
The highlight of the stay was the chalkboard on the sidewalk. Creative. The location wasn't bad as the wine bar next door was packed. With Women. Can't say I'll be back with better establishments in the city.
03-20-2010 01:32:34 | More by DiggityDankster
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
2.95/5 rDev -27.7%
I like beer bars. I really do. Especially when they have a decent selection at decent prices. And it's really cool when there's a Belgian beer bar in a separate room as well. And even BETTER when there's decent, not too over-priced food to go with said beers.
I really, really do NOT like it when every time I go to said place, they never have the beer I want. And it takes forever to let me know this. And happens multiple times in a row. It's just extremely annoying. It would be forgivable if the bartender would, instead of saying "I'm sorry we seem to be out of that," say, "You should try this, it's similar," or "Gee that's the second beer you asked for that we didn't have, let me get one for you on me, you'll probably like this one." But no, the bartender is nice but has little idea of what she's doing, and is simply not helpful, and I'm down two beers.
I will say that the bartenders at the Belgian bar here seem to be more on top of things, and overall it's not a bad experience- but I know I could get better beer, for similar prices, in better places, where they actually have the beer they claim to have. I'll stop by again for some grub and a beer, but if they don't have it again... that's it, I'm done.
08-23-2005 05:07:43 | More by scooter231
3.11/5 rDev -23.8%
I was at the Hop Devil Grill on a recent Friday night late (around 3 am) although I did not venture into the adjacent Belgian Room. It is a small room with a bar along one wall and a couple of tables around the other side of the room. The decor is a halfhearted attempt to be a bit industrial (steel plates on one wall) and music is provided by a jukebox with a very limited selection of bland classic rock and new pop. They had about 24 taps so pretty decent selection.
I had two beers here, a decent double IPA that I had never heard of (odd name which I can not remember - it was 3 am) and I got a pint of the house cast "Hop devil" IPA. There were 3 other patrons in the bar at the time.
Although I wanted to like this place, I found the place on this trip did not give me the impression of having a "respect beer" attitude. Instead, it seemed like a set-up to be a frat type party house (wing $1 specials, prominent Jaggermister large machine, sports theming, bad music) and a bartender that seemed unknowledgeable of the beer.
On my first beer, I tried the Double IPA and because I never heard of this beer, asked the bartender who brewed it. She not only did not know but also did not even try to find out (she thought it was an East Coast beer). Although she was friendly her comment of "you really like that" was telling. I then had the "house" hop devil IPA on cast and it was undrinkable. It was badly oxidized. At that point, I decided this was not the bar for me, so I hit the street.
I would not go here again with DBA down the street, or several other options in the area. Maybe it was just an off night. Next time I am town I will have to try the Belgian Room and give this place another try.
11-25-2007 08:01:59 | More by rbowser
3.34/5 rDev -18.1%
The Friday of my first visit to NYC in 2005 was spent having a walk over the awesome Brooklyn Bridge followed by a 16 Pizza lunch with the lovely RokotGirl at the infamous Grimaldis, and then a quick beer in this new addition before we headed to the Blind Tiger to meet the rest of the NYC BAs who had to work the afternoon.
Outside impressions are of a rather trendy spot, the British Post Office red painted exterior and gaudy paintwork fit in well with the surrounding sex shops, tattoo parlors and the Bohemian masses that throng the streets here. It seems that the front opens out but these doors were half ajar during my visit so we parted the steel laden doors to get in.
The wooden topped bar is to your left, curving at the front left to allow those sat at the end of the Bar a decent view of the counter workings and the hip young chicks passing by on the street outside. I counted over twenty taps set against the back wall before I was asked what I wanted, so I guess the quoted figure of 24 taps is probably right. A lone Beer Engine sat on the front bar counter and looked a little sad and unloved. Lots of funky memorabilia, brewery posters, beery adverts and even a broken model of a 747 Airliner behind the bar. The back of the room rises to a decked seating area with small fences between the wide wooden steps to stop the inebriated falling off the edge. To the right, booths cling to the wall and no doubt offer some respite to the thronging masses when this place gets full, which Im told it does. The middle had a small waist high partition and some more tables and chairs
The beer list is chalked above the bar, but be warned; it was not up to date on my visit. I ordered a Southampton Saison, only to be served a dark looking brew that most definitely was not the Saison. The woman behind the bar never even realized this until I questioned her, somewhat reluctantly, as she seemed engrossed in some other conversations with passing friends. During my visit, Sabrina and I were the only ones drinking it seemed. Once questioned though, she seemed unsure as to the true identity and said that it could be the Secret Ale because its on at the other place .maybe. Not a big problem, I didnt really mind, but not a good start or impression for my first visit here, and a clear indication that some of the staff are not that up on their beer which always stuns me when an establishment wants to promote a Beer Bar image. The service was reasonable, though the woman that served us seemed busy doing tasks associated with readying & cleaning the bar, stuff I would do *before* opening, but it was quiet I guess.
Prices are steep, at least I thought so, I ended paying $9 for a Southampton Saison-cum-Secret Ale and some kind of Soda drink for Sabrina, I checked, it was right. Maybe a return during Happy Hour is on the cards perhaps. The printed beer list that we were handed also reflects the high prices, especially for the Belgium offerings. A great bottled selection but it is pricey and would only be a once in a while tasting for me at the prices listed.
A fleeting visit of sorts, and granted I had limited first impressions, but they all count. Nice enough, but there is still a lot of work to be done here I feel. It does have potential to be a great addition to the ever burgeoning NYC Beer Bar scene, but at the moment it fails to live up to them it seems, that may be tad harsh but I say it as I see it. Being here gave me the same feeling I get when witnessing the commissioning of a new power station, it seems like it should work, all the ingredients are there, but it definitely needs to sort out a few opening glitches and train its staff a little more about the beer it sells first.
Worth popping in for sure, Ill certainly head back here in 5 months time during my November trip and see how it has progressed.
Last Visit: Friday 24th June
07-02-2005 22:14:17 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.39/5 rDev -16.9%
Time to reminisce.
I was almost a regular at this place before my paycheck got cut in half. If you consider twice a month in a good month a regular. :P
Usually late on Wednesdays, or whenever they had taco night, I always ended up walking in right after the kitchen closed. Easily only a handful of people in there each time, the attention was nice. The bartenders were practically coming off a conveyor belt back then, but it made for decent conversation, as you practically taught them as much as they taught you.
Before New Beer & Community Beverage had growler stations, I was coming down here for my fills. Had a jug go sour on me unexpectedly, & they had no problem with giving me a refill of something else. Spilled a beer while talking with my hands & had it replace. Went back & forth to the Belgian Room to get some time on the couch. Tasted my first Kuhnhenn brews here(8oz of Eisbock for $9!). I liked this place.
Then I disappeared.
Coming back after a long haitus, both my fault & the city's(for the undeserved pressure), but I was back. A couple of the regulars I did know were gone, my couch in the Belgian Room was replaced with more tables, & they gave me & my guest a hard time even taking our just ordered beers to the other side(they wanted us to order again & then they would bring those to us). :| No matter the lack in furniture, the Belgian Room has an easy vibe to it regardless of how early it is. Just habit to check out the taps at the main bar first.
We sat at the stools opposite the bar in the middle of the room, while perusing the day's printed beer menu. $6.50 minimum on beers, but only up .50c since I've last been here. Ordered up a Southern Tier Saison($7 chalice) after hearing GoodbyeOhio rant about it, & got what I expected. Regardless of the pour size, the beer tasted medicinal. Lots of everyday beers on the list that day. Bored me out. It made the teenybopper scratch coming out the speakers from the local radio station all the more obvious & irritating. Could of stayed at Drop Off Service for a couple 20oz pints, a buck leftover for someone's g-string, & not have had to deal with the tender's terrible choice in music.
I'll go back again during my regular haunting hours for the final verdict. But shit am I disappointed. At least the guy scanning IDs at the door was easy to rap to.
06-27-2008 00:08:44 | More by PEBKAC
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
3.44/5 rDev -15.7%
This is the closest bar around me with a great selection so i end up here more often then not. Both sides of the bar are sort of basement style decor. Bartenders arent particularly too well versed in quality beer, but the female ones are generally hot so I can let them go. Beer wise one side is devoted to Americans and the other to Belgians. The five taps in the Belgian room rotate and usually are pretty good. The bottle selection is tremendous as well. The selection in the other part is decent but nothing earth shattering. If you are on St Marks, this is agood place to hit up. They have one of those Jukeboxes that is hooked up to the internet which lets you download and play any song you want which is pretty cool. One small tv above the bar.
05-11-2007 00:12:56 | More by sleazo
Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.