Taps: 10 / Bottles: 25
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 17
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm a huge sports guy but this place was a little too small. Beer selection was great and the prices weren't bad but the place was packed out and it was very hard to move at all. Too cramped for me, if I ever do go back it would have to be on an off hour. Bartender was friendly but took me a while to even get a chance to buy a drink. This is really just a small dive/sports bar with a good beer selection.
03-17-2013 22:32:26 | More by Mr27
3.25/5 rDev -16.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
A cool place in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It's basically a sportsbar; lots of crazy crap on the walls/ceiling, ok atmosphere, tends to be an annoying crowd. The kicker is there are plenty of awesome brews on tap, and free Ray's Pizza on Friday nights and for special sporting events. Not quite as diverse as the Blind Tiger, and not as atmospheric as the subterranean Jimmy's, but again, FREE Ray's Pizza. That said, the downside is, there seems to be no food there during regular hours.
This bar is directly between two other beer bars: Burp Castle, and Jimmy's No. 43. As opposed to those two, Standings has TVs and is more of a beer-bar/sports-bar hybrid, as opposed to being a straight-up beer bar like the other two mentioned.
05-03-2011 04:06:16 | More by Rifugium
3.84/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Standings is first and foremost sports bar, but one that happens to serve good beer, and with a clientele that's generally very knowledgeable about what they happen to be watching. It's not a frat bar-actual sports fans dominate the proceedings (with a slight Red Sox emphasis).
There's about 10 taps and 15 bottles, and generally a nice mix of IPAs, pilsners, and stouts, in addition to Bud and Guinness ("for the less adventuresome") because it is a sports bar after all. Last night featured a tasty Firestone IPA, Rogue Double Mocha Porter, and Otter Creek Copper Ale. Sometimes the taps get a bit random (Atwater Cherry Stout....huh?) and there'll be a glut of one style in multiple taps (i.e. four porters at once), but they change every week, which is nice, and they usually feature one brewery every ten days or so ("Lagunitas Lollapalooza" was last week). No food is served, but there's lots of free pizza every Friday night, and other free foods (cheese steaks, bratwursts, bagels on Sunday) during notable games.
Nice owner, nice bartenders, great place to watch a ballgame.
06-05-2010 21:41:16 | More by dmgnyc
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I popped in here a couple weeks ago on a Thursday night to catch the Thursday Night Football game. It's quite small, with a wraparound bar which seats maybe 10, along with table seating for another 15 or so, I think. The place was relatively full, and a bunch of people, mostly NYU hipsters, were standing, but I still managed a place at the bar easily enough.
The only staff seemed to be the one bartender and another guy who I presumed was his boss floating around. Even though it's only the one guy serving drinks, service was prompt enough, since all they serve is beer and wine. There's no situation where the bartender is occupied for extended periods of time mixing drinks.
What I had wasn't great (Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA and Blue Point Oatmeal Stout), but I'm not going to blame the bar. They serve their $6 pints in token pint glasses. When I asked to try the Heartland Imperial Pumpkin they had on tap, the bartender very pleasantly gave me a quite generous 2-3 ounce sample, so he gets extra points for that.
16 taps and 1 cask, if I'm not mistaken, so there's a pretty good selection at any given time, usually consisting of a handful of IPA's, and then a pilsener or two, a stout, and some various, it seems.
But the main thing (secondary to the beer, of course) in Standings is the multitude of televisions, showing whatever sports are happening live. 5 or 6 televisions encompass the place, making it pretty much impossible to not be able to see one wherever you are inside. They even list next to each TV which NFL games on Sunday each one is going to show, which I thought was cool.
All in all, a nice place to hop into, especially for sports. The sound of the game will be on, so it's not a music place. Also, surprisingly, it had normal bright lighting. So catch the game, don't look for an intimate date there (Jimmy's 43 right downstairs is for that).
11-24-2009 19:50:39 | More by dudecandle
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Even though this is a beer bar devoted to sports, and more particularly baseball, I kinda dig this place. A dive-like feel with tons of sports decor, and sorta cramped but that was OK. Out of the 12 taps, only a couple devoted to macros. I actually had a couple of brews that I hadn't see out at other places in the city just yet, which was cool.
This might serve as the ultimate counterpoint to the Burp Castle next door, but still has plenty of redeeming qualities.
Definitely worth a stop especially if you are on your way to the Burp Castle, but certainly not built for a lingering session unless you're there for a game.
05-12-2009 02:06:15 | More by Nickls
4.36/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I first went to this place on recommendation of a friend, and I've been back several times since. Last time I was there they had some great tap offerings: Stone IPA, Victory Storm King, and even Dogfish 120 minute IPA. The vibe can be a bit frat-boyish at times, but usually not to an annoying degree. I'm not much of a sports fan myself, so there have been times when I've showed up in the afternoon and the placed was packed because of whatever was on TV. But most of the time the place is perfect. Not too crowded, incredible selection, and really, really reasonable prices.
03-24-2008 01:00:37 | More by PlaywrightSam
4.7/5 rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I make a beeline for this place every time I'm in New York, it's my brothers' favorite place to have a drink and watch a game. It's hardly ever too crowded but also not empty by any means. I've been trying to find a place like it in Boston but the combination of a great beer bar, a great sports bar, a great bartender, and the fact that it's never too crowded to walk and talk easily is a rare combination. Not for everyone (not too many seats, thus the name Standings) especially those who want a place that is the "place to be" on a Friday night, but for someone looking to watch some sports, have a good conversation, and have some really good beer at the same time it's perfect. Even if some other bars have better selections I'll always make sure to come here whenever I'm in New York.
02-03-2008 00:30:47 | More by jamsmad
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Standings is named very appropriately. You won't find too many places to sit here unless its not very crowded. Now, as far as atmosphere goes, you have to remember what kind of bar this is. Its a sports bar. And I have to say its probably the coolest sports bar I've been in in NYC. Tons of sports paraphernalia on the walls and even lots of old beer cans line the edges of the walls close to the ceiling. Good beer selection for a sports bar too. They had what looked to be around ten or twelve taps. Two we reserved for Guiness and Bud Light. The rest were for craft beers. Being there with some friends, I ordered one of their "Mega Pitchers" (72 oz) of the Abita Bock for 20 bucks. Not a bad deal for NYC. Definitely keeping this on one the map when I'm nearby and need a quickie.
02-26-2007 05:05:36 | More by BeerHonky
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
While visiting my sister in NYC I had to get too a bar to watch the OSU game. On top of that it had too be a bar with ESPN-U since ESPN is screwing customers and a bar with good beer. That is where Standing comes into play.
The game started at noon and after calling too verify the game would be shown and told the place would be packed we arrived around 11:00. Ooops Standing doesn't open until 12:00. So after an hour of walking, waiting, and discovering a cool as pub (see Mcsorley's) we were in Standings, and the only people there.
The bartender was very friendly and seemed too have some knowledge of the brews. My being from Ohio I was only interested in beers I can't get in my state. Standing had around 10-12 taps (can't remember exactly) and only 3 beers I didn't have access too. So naturally I sampled those 3. The 3 were Chelsea Hop Harvest Ale, a Magic Hat brew, and I can't remeber the other. They had three different Victory beers on, Southampton pumpkin, Guinness, Bud Light, and a few others.
I was expecting Standings to be a decent sized bar considering they have 7 TV's to watch games on. Instead it is called Standings for a reason. There are only a few tables and bar stools and when the place get's busy I think it's easy to find yourself standing.
No food is made at the establishment yet they have a plethora of different menus of local places that will deliver food.
10-22-2006 13:03:38 | More by mcallister
4.14/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Me a friend were looking for the Burp Castle, but didn't realize it opened at 4 and decided to stop on in this place as the door was open and the music was playing. Naturally it was 2:30PM on a Saturday so the bar was EMPTY. Empty? yeah, I thought that was weird also. The bar tender was on the phone and something on ESPN was being shown on the 7 tv's in the bar. Nice looking place with lots of sports related garb. Flags, pennants, stickers, etc. cover the walls and ceilings. An old train can be seen chugging around the place pretty high up on the wall--Really like this feature.
The bar is not huge, but had about 10 chairs with lots of standing area behind and on the side, although the place isn't huge by any stretch of the imagination. The all dark wood bar has ornate carvings or engravings leading me to believe it could have once been a pharmacy. About 20 seats at tables--mind you the tables are for beer only as this place doesn't serve food, but will allow you to ORDER IN! I've never heard of this before, but I think it's a NYC thing. Great feature.
Now for the beer...12 taps, 1 bud, 1 guiness, the rest included Blue Point Blueberry, Hoptical Illusion, Toasted Lager and Summer Ale; Rogue Choc. Stout (which I had); Magic Hat Circus Boy, Flying Dog Pale, Sierra IPA, DFH Aprihop, and Brooklyn Pilsener. Pretty decent selection of bottles also with highlights from Smutty, Stoudts, Victory, Southampton, Rogue, Abita, Geary's, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Middle Ages, Stone....you get the point. Prety decent selection.
This place seems like it would be rocking for a sporting event. Apparently it's a "red sox/mets bar". The bartender was talkative and informative--He was even drinking with us as my buddy got "the sampler"--6 tastings for $8. Rogue Choc. Stout on tap is phenomenal. The owner apparently changes the selection quite frequently. On certain game nights there are deals, such as free pizza on Friday Red Sox night, etc. Reasonably priced beers at $5-6 per pint. The bartender, Ben, was generous with tastings.
All in all a pretty decent place to hit if you're in the East Village and want to catch a game. I'm glad my buddy lives around the corner from this place as I'll be going back.
08-28-2006 22:10:46 | More by bjohnson
Standings in New York, NY
89 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.