The Half Pint
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 130
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.36/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited this pub for brunch recently... First off, let me say that I love the atmosphere - wooden tables & stools, very cozy, similar to a classic Irish pub. There's a medium-sized bar and plenty of seating at the tables for the busier times. I had a grilled chicken ciabatta with delicious fresh mozeralla, pancetta, and tomato jam. Their french fries were very good too. Beer selection was good, with a dozen or so taps, and about 100 varieties on the bottle list. I would say their specialty is craft beer from microbreweries across the country, and several very good local choices (Sixpoint, for example). They even have a cask choice - when I went I had Flying Dog Raging Bitch on cask. The servers were extremely friendly, attempting to strike up conversation and also being very attentive if you needed another order. This is a great place to stop if you're in the area and want to have a few quality beers and also expect the food to be on point as well.
05-06-2013 19:09:22 | More by Neorebel
4.71/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I came to this place after a concert and was really drunk, but I had an amazing time here. I'm not quite sure it was because I actually was really drunk or if this place is actually the real deal.... I made the bartender take the paper out of the menus and I woke up with about 8 pages of beers in my back pocket the next day. This place has a nice selection of beer on draft, at least 20... nothing super rare or impressive, but very solid beers. There I had a schenider weisse bottle, goose island IPA on draft and a St. Bernardus Witbier in bottle.... NYC prices but friendly service and solid selection
12-15-2012 02:27:56 | More by Evan47
3.5/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Right across the street from Amity Hall, and owned by the same folks, Half Pint is a more civilized option among the college watering holes of Third Street. Bistro-style tables, a tiny-but-neat bar and a more food-oriented atmosphere.
One big fail here is the lack of Happy Hour beer specials- only well drinks and Bud-Miller. Otherwise, 24 taps to choose from, much better than Amity Hall but still rather lame for a self-proclaimed “beer bar”: Sierra Celebration, Brooklyn Chocolate, Sixpoint and Ommegang Adoration and Rare Vos are the best. Others are average- Sierra Pale, Stella, Chimay, Blue Point, Harpoon IPA.
Their one cask, Defiant Honey Amber, is absurdly priced at nine dollars. WTF!
Service was very average, and I will bet a buck or two that those girls behind the bar know nothing about good beer.
An OK bar overall, but one in a million in New York. Nothing here would draw me back. Blind Tiger is pretty close by… visited, reviewed, never again.
02-03-2012 05:35:36 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here in April after the Belgian Beer Fest at Jimmy's No. 43 and was very impressed. The place was quite a bit bigger than our previous visit and a whole lot better.
Half Pint is now rather large with a couple of bars and a lot of tables. The beer chalkboard was, sadly, written in un-erasable ink so the list you see is not the list you get. Regardless, the tap list is pretty diverse brewery-wise, almost all good American craft. Food is quite tasty pub grub. Service was really excellent, with a team approach ensuring that no one had an empty glass for long.
We are rarely in this neighborhood but I'd hurry back at any opportunity.
06-04-2011 02:32:48 | More by sholland119
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Half Pint has a great selection of beer and seems like a small place when you first walk in, but it's very long and just seems to keep on going. It's in a great location and for a beer lover this is a great place on it's own as well as being close to several other great beer bars.
The beer prices and selection were good and on par for a solid NYC beer bar; there were ample (20 or so) tap beers and give or take 50+ bottled beers to choose from. The styles and countries or origin covered the whole map and is a solid representation of the current beer craze. I wish this place was around when I lived on Thompson St., but I digress.
Surprisingly, the food was good; I went for lunch last week and had the burger sliders and cajun fries and they were both very good. The other guys with me also enjoyed their lunch, so overall we give the place a thumbs up.
The staff was attentive and seemed beer savvy, so the experience was good again. Stop in for a pint or six if you're in the neighborhood.
12-08-2010 04:50:17 | More by CHickman
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The first stop of our small pub crawl 5/30/10. A nice little place seating eight at the bar as well as a small room off to the left as you walk in for indoor dining/camping. (Camping is a restaurant term used for people who have taken up residence at your tables.) At least one tv playing local sports was on in the bar area, which was nice for us Yankees fans.
Twenty beers on tap and well over a hundred beers in bottle. Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, and the United States are well represented here. Included on this enormous list are Canada, Scotland, Japan, Mexico, and the Netherlands. Not mentioned previously, is a cask beer. This place does pump a cask beer and is changing it weekly, a chalk board near the tv gives you the beer of the week.
The prices are reasonable, but I would almost say inexpensive for NYC. Six dollars to ten dollars is your range for a single beer, or you can have a draft beer flight for fifteen. That is a pretty cheap range for drinking in NYC. For instance, the Chimay costs nine dollars there, where I work in NJ, it would cost you over ten. Many places I have been to in NJ charge you more than that.
Overall, my first time in The Half Pint, I had a good time. It seems like a nice place to hang out and enjoy some cheaper beers in NYC.
06-03-2010 03:26:39 | More by Jiggamyte
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've visited this place a couple of times over the past few years, but this review is based on my most recent on 7-2-09.
Atmosphere is really just above average; seems like updated pub decor, by no means bad-looking, just pretty unremarkable. Low seated table around the front bar area (maybe 8-10 seats at the bar), with other table seating option off to the side. Clean, not too many TVs, which is cool. There was outside seating on the sidewalk available upon my visit, which is always welcomed.
The brew list (both on tap and bottled) is nothing really remarkable with both lists venturing just shy of interesting, but with a couple of more worthy brews. Seems like the approach is go wider, rather than deep. That being said, you can at least get a Sixpoint on tap or find a decent enough offering in a bottle. Just don't expect any real gems or pleasant surprises.
The food is definitely better than average, and everything that I've had there has never disappointed. Not absolutely fantastic or even inventive, but I have to say that's it's really solid stuff especially given it's relative inexpensive upgraded pub grub.
The service was pretty darn slow (yes I know it was busy at the time, but really...it took damn near forever to get a glass to accompany the bottle that I was served). It even took a while to get the check....
Overall, a respectable place, but nothing I would consider a destination with so many other places of note nearby.
07-05-2009 23:19:29 | More by Nickls
3.73/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Recommended by a small strange man, coincidentally. East first a few beers Sunday post pickle, we were now expanding westward, yo. You wouldn't think we'd want to do any time this close to the park, what with all the NYUth's running amok, but there we were. Having popped our heads in quickly the last time around and just not feeling it, I was surprised a visit was deemed allowable by the toughest of plaid critics...
8 seat "L" shaped wood bar tight in the far corner with a pieced wood unit barback holding 24 taps in a row on a stainless steel backed panel to the left and tiered booze to the right. Glass front coolered bottle beer selections viewable above and below and glassware stacked and shelved to the side. Single malt bottles and boxed displayed above along the wood framed units, and shelf boxed on the outer brick wall along the bar. On the inside wall, a shameful "Be your own bartender" beer bong drawing on a vertical blackboard. It's a good thing they don't leave random chalk lying around or I might have added my commentary ala Spuyten. Track bar spots, and larger spots over the bar. A flat screen mounted in the corner above the bar and another in the far room showing the Yankees taking down Tampa Bay before changing up to Football.
Large wide vertical walls of windows over 3rd & Thompson from which Carolyn speaks to passers by below amidst the sidewalk seating there. Wood slat floorings, exposed black ducts blended in with the ceiling. Lots of brick play, paneled wood lowers & pale yellow painted uppers and ceiling sections in the side room. Light decorations here, some small framed black & white prints, a single large print of a corner bar somewhere sometime, a large horizontal stained mirror on the end, and small glass candles on the tables and sills.
In the front room across from the bar, circular shorty stools around roundy low tables, 5 of them or so. The same shorty stools on rectangular tables running a row along the windows in the side room, sharing common benches on the insides, and raised roundy tables in a nook in the far corner, plus a few more scattered about; nearly a dozen tables here in all. Light crowd just now, we've parked ourselves at one of the tables along the windows. There's a couple of heavily inked girls at the table on the end. I'm kind of scared of them but I can't stop looking at them.
Long horizontal board in the side room nook half assedly lists tap selections and the like. 24 taps, about ½ of them American micros, most of them New York state and regional (Sixpoint Sweet Action, Brooklyn Lager, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Summer Ale & Blueberry, Ommegang Witte, Smuttynose Brown Dog, Magic Hat #9, Yuengling) and a few further out (Goose Island 312 Wheat & IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Lagunitas IPA). The other ½ are a mix of non stellar imports (Stella, Leffe Blonde, Chimay, Delirium Tremens, Bitberger Pils, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Boddingtons, Guinness), a cider (Magners) and these (Blue Moon, Bud Light). Taster flight of any 5 for $15 (excluding the Belgians for some reason), and um, yeah, the beer bongs.
Also a single hand pump (Blue Point Hoptical Illusion) and a big bottled list holding nearly 150 selections. Roughly 3 dozen American micros (nothing crazy), 3 dozen English/Irish/Scottish (eh), 3 dozen Belgian (nothing crazy) and German combined, and just in case you need a beer from Singapore or Sri Lanka, they've got all the requisite past due beers of the world.
Ordered the Smutty Old Brown Dog, 'cause I likes it. Our beers were delivered and set down on Redbach coasters. I was sad for Alexander and turned them all face down. And light foodings, too. The cheese plate was weak, the chicken fingers uninspiring, and well, Randy ate his fries.
Brick and wood Irish pubbiness on the corner near the school by the park in the city, so I'm sure the beer bongs run rampant here. Tap selection is a whole lot of "I'll have the Smutty, please", and the big, big bottled list holds nothing I'd really drink 'cept Saison DuPont and lovely Orval. Randy feels this place has no reason to exist, which is typically a bit Randymuch. Don't gotta love it, I know the purpose it serves here.
10-15-2008 05:00:19 | More by slander
The Half Pint in New York, NY
92 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.