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Not Rated.
very good

78 Ratings
Ratings: 78
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Taps: 16
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

41 1st Ave
New York, New York, 10003-9426
United States
phone: (212) 475-5097

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Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

Went here on an early afternoon one day and enjoyed a couple nice pints. Since it is the summer, I enjoyed the area in the back with the outdoor seating. The quality and service of d.b.a. are better than average. The selection of brews is good and the chalkboard is not exactly unique in a beer bar, but always fun to see instead of some laminated menu. The food I did not have, so I cannot comment on and the prices are reasonable for the New York City market.
Overall, a fun place with a good staff and good selection that is worth checking out.

mltobin, Jul 16, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

JoeMans, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

banger7, May 31, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%

I've been several times while enjoying the sights and sounds of NYC. It can get a little crowded if you're here during peak hours. Service has always been prompt and polite. There are a variety of drafts from which to choose, as well as a really nice selection of single malt scotches and tequilas. No food available, but you can bring in your own (there are pizza and Mexican restaurants on the same street). The outdoor seating in the back is especially pleasant. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

Huhzubendah, May 18, 2014
Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

seanchai, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

BillRoth, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

BfloBrewHound, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%

I rather like this place with with the mostly lighter wood interoir and fairly large bar space. I would forewarn anyone that is looking to try this place out that it gets quite busy on weekends including Thursday night. If you go when it is really busy you will find the service slower and it will be very difficult to get a spot at the bar or a table. The place has decent lighting (which is nie when you are wanting to really enjoy a beer and see what the appearance is like) but also gets quite noisy, to the point where it can be hard to have a conversation - not loud music just the noise of the other patrons in the smaller space. There is also a nice outdoor space when the weather is decent.

I have always had beer well poured and served in the proper glassware with the proper amount of head.

The service can be real hit or miss when visiting d.b.a. as I have had great service and horrible service (sometimes within a single visit). There are definitely bartenders that are quite professional and do a great job serving you while others that you can barely get their attention and they seem annoyed that you interrupted their conversation with a co-worker.

The selection is pretty good, the bottle list is generally always a little more impressive than the drafts. For drafts, they usually have some very nice NYC area beers and other quality craft offerings but nothing exceptionally rare. Often they have some cellared offerings that can be quite interesting.

I don't remember ever getting any food here so I'm not going to add anything to the review about it.

Prices are in line with other bars in the area, not unreasonable but a touch pricey.

dbrauneis, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Mr27
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%

This place is great, right up my alley. Low key quiet and great atmosphere. Awesome selection of beer and not too pricey. Service was very great. Was a little disappointed they didn't have a live jazz band like the one in Williamsburg but all and all still a really great place. The outside back park encased in glass is awesome as well. Love a bar with an outside to sit.

Mr27, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of beenitty
2.06/5  rDev -47.7%

Of all the beer bars in NYC area that I've been to this is the ONLY one that I could actually give a bad review...

I've been to approximately 25-30 hotspots for beer in the city and I was very dissapointed in my experience at DBA because I'd consistently seen the bar on people's list of best beer bars.

First the service was really really bad. If you look around on Yelp and other rating sites you'll find a myriad of ppl complaining about the service. The tales are true. The bartenders really dont care if you get a drink or not, theyll ignore you, theyll take breaks and walk around cleaning stuff, they are not at all professional.

Second, the beer menu is broad but not impressive. Typically most beer bars have beers that are somewhat hard to get and or highly sought after. They have pretty much anything you can get in your average store plus a few above average offerings, not many standard Belgians like Rochefort etc. (not that Rochefort is criteria for variety, but you get the point)

Their draft list is probably a bit above average considering the number of drafts available but if you can get served, then you cant really enjoy the beers.

Dont waste your time at this place, Blind Tiger and Against the Grain are both much better in terms of variety and service.

If you end up at DBA, dont say I (Jason and Todd) didnt warn you!

Highly NOT NOT NOT Reccommended

beenitty, Feb 16, 2011
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d.b.a. in New York, NY
89 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.