Rattle N Hum
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 141
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 146 | Show All Ratings:
3.85/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Arrived around 4:30 pm on a Wednesday. The bar was completely full but plenty of tables were open. Greeted by a server immediately but it took some time until she returned for a drink order. I knew what I wanted almost instantly but it seemed perhaps they give all patrons appropriate time to look over the draft list, it certainly is extensive. I order a glass of Bourbon County because, well, why not. $10 for an 8 oz pour, yeah... that's overpriced. Granted, I'm right off Fifth Ave but still, come on. Other pour prices weren't as obnoxious... Jai Alai $8 for 14 oz, but I guess this is NYC after all. I ordered the Fish & Chips; the chips were well done but the fish wasn't great. Breading completely fell apart from the fish and was a bit soggy.
By 6:00 pm the bar was completely packed and literally had to fight your way back out to 33rd St. Another one of these places I'd love to hit between that 2:00-4:00 time frame for the sake of the crowd it seems to draw.
12-12-2013 00:39:46 | More by ShanePB
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
One of the places my GF and I hit up on my NY trip. This place was PACKED but luckily we found a spot for 2 tucked away in the back.
Atmosphere is a 3 because it's SO loud and crowded.
Beer: I thought the tap list was pretty stacked here. We were able to try a couple different beers and I think we could've gone the whole night without drinking the same beer twice. They do not have crap on tap here, and that's clearly stated on their menu so don't come here if you want $1 Coors draft beers and the like.
Service: As mentioned above, this place was ridiculously packed, and I doubt you'd ever find a bar that packed here in the OC but the service here is seriously on point. It seemed like they had 2 bartenders/waitresses running the back area and effortlessly tending to what seemed like 50+ people. Bars in the OC need to learn how to provide service like the waitresses/bartenders here.
Food: No comment since we didn't order food.
Price: Pints are priced very aggressively here if you ask me. I was expecting to pay $10+ for every pint in NY but that wasn't the case at all.
Conclusion: I will definitely be recommending this joint and will be returning on my next NY trip.
11-12-2013 18:28:36 | More by 9uns
4.14/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
I love this place because of the tap and bottle list. You can venture away from the heavily tourist infiltrated streets of NYC to this hidden gem. Well, for most beer lovers of NYC, this place isn't hidden.
Even though my favorite bar tender has moved to Beer Authority, the staff is always great and receptive to each customer and is willing to assist you in finding the beer that fits your mood.
Be prepared to go through the entire bottle and tap list to search for the best deal, as well as the best find. This place has some hidden treasures if you are willing to look or try something new. I highly recommend this place for the beginner or intermediate beer taster. This place has something for you.
My absolute favorite aspect about this bar are the happy hour specials and the kick the keg specials; select drafts for $5. Oh and I forgot about the amazing March Madness Challenge, look it up, you won't be disappointed.
If you have a chance to head over to 33rd and 6th avenue area this is a stop you must make or go a few blocks north to another great spot called The Ginger Man.
10-28-2013 15:50:14 | More by Buller38
4.04/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
Great bartenders (Jackie!) and the rest of the team know their crafts. Fully stocked bar of 50+ Crafts on tap along with an extensive bottle selection but if you go for bottles at anytime other than Happy Hour you will pay a significant premium ($2 off bottles during happy hour) and a decent group of 5-7 crafts at $5 during happy hour till 6pm. They have a diverse craft menu that avoids the trappings of lower end brews for solid rotations of offerings from top craft breweries including Firestone Walker, Stone, Harpoon, Widmer, Cigar City, Bear Republic, etc. They also own Beer Authority on 40th and 8th but I like this place better.
A diverse mix of DIPA, IPA, Stouts, Lagers, Ales, Porters, Saisons, etc. They tend to have a great selection of nearly 40 plus always an interesting Cask.
Their pours vary depending on the ABV from 8oz for the Stone Farkin wOOtstout tonight to 12 and 16 oz.
Actually a decent place to watch the Sunday NFL as they have Sunday Ticket and a decent number of sets spaced throughout plus great wings at 50 cents on Sundays and a decent menu.
Situated on 33rd Street in Midtown, its a street under perpetual construction.
10-24-2013 02:31:07 | More by JHS123
3.68/5 rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
Made a quick stop in for one drink - had a smuttynose quad, few other selections on their large list were tempting me. Stopped in on a thursday afternoon, places was filing up with a work party happening in the back.
I prefer the overall atmosphere of gingerman which is around the corner, dRattle and Hum definitely has more of a bar vibe, but is a chill spot too.
Service was quick and attentive but I got the sense that they were less beer intense.
08-22-2013 07:25:23 | More by drewone
4.21/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Vibe: This place is one of Manhattan's best beer destinations and is tucked away on a crosstown street between Madison and Fifth avenues in the shadow of the Empire State Building. The walls are decorated with lots of beer related memorabilia. There are a few tables when you first walk in, followed by a long bar and then a larger seating area in the back.
Quality: Beers are served at the proper temperature in a variety of glassware depending upon the style, such as snifters for heavyweight beers.
Service: The bar can sometimes get crowded during happy hours and special events so you might have to wait a bit at the bar, but at other times it isn't too crowded. I've always gotten great service when sitting at the bar or seated at tables. Getting a table is never a bad idea if you plan to stay for a while and grab some food, especially so you can peruse the beer menu and ponder your upcoming beer selection.
Selection: Rattle 'n Hum always has an interesting selection of over three dozen beers on-tap in a variety of styles. I really like that they have a daily menu listing all of the beers by general style and also provide additional details such as the location of the brewery, alcohol content and rating. Flights are available when the bar isn't too busy. The selection is sometimes influenced by events featuring tap takeovers, although it's quite difficult for a single brewery to fill up every single one of the taps.
Food: I wouldn’t rave about the food as being excellent, but chances are you are probably going here for the beer and only getting food to munch on or a quick bite to eat during lunchtime.
Value: Some of the beers might seem a little pricey, but aren't too bad considering the bar's Midtown location and the limited availability of some of their offerings. If you like getting values, Sunday is a nice day to visit when they offer "kick the keg" specials on many beers.
06-26-2013 01:04:55 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of the old guard of NYC craft spots, kind of a mixed bag in some ways, but is essentially the only place in the area for good beer and overall a solid spot.
Tap selection is usually quite good. Generally have at least a few unique taps. Despite the "No Crap on Tap" listed on the menu, they do often have 3 or 4 clunkers on the menu, and actually post the bad Ratebeer scores for these beers. Rotating cask is hit or miss. Bottle list is extensive but pricey.
Food is standard pub fare done with very good ingredients/quality. Many items involve beer in the cooking process. Brunch is actually the winner here for me, with the Irish themed menu really shining.
Service is fine to good. I've had some bartenders who clearly were career bartenders and not craft knowledgable, but they are always pleasant.
Atmosphere is where this place takes a hit, but that's due more to the location than the bar itself. The decor is actually top notch, with a signed wall of brewers, and plenty of brewerania littering the walls. The patrons are the issue. Midtown is something of a cultural wasteland, and the business types who come for happy hour really bring a corporate/bro atmosphere that turns away more free spirited beer geeks like myself.
Overall, a solid tap list, great pub food and fun atmosphere outweigh the sometimes bad crowds and somewhat out of place staff.
05-21-2013 18:57:40 | More by BKBassist
4.43/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$
A nice, homey, English pub feel
Q the food and beer are great. Fresh, food, great.
S the servers are fairly well versed in beer and good service.
S great, good draft and bottle selection. Some vintage stuff in bottles, most of the time there are some great beers on draft.
F excellent, more than just a bar, they have some great pub food with a new age twist. They also have some cool food recipes with beer on them.
V the bottles are a bit high, but everything else is reasonable.
05-08-2013 01:31:42 | More by Lare453
4.26/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a relatively small place, but with a nice atmosphere. The beer selection is great, and changes frequently. The staff is friendly and helpful, particularly when selecting flights. The food choices are limited, but adequate. All in all an enjoyable experience.
05-05-2013 21:41:19 | More by JohnW58
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
A little more underground and reasonable than the nearby Ginger Man, with a selection that's every bit as good, RNH is a fairly small place that can get pretty cramped during busy hours, but is generally a very nice hangout. There's a good sized bar and a decent amount of tables. The decor is general breweriana, mainly dark walls stenciled with oversized brewery logos. It's a bit on the grungy side, but in a good way.
There is a very good beer selection, with 30+ on tap, and a wide variety of bottles. Lots of local stuff that is otherwise unavailable outside NY, and otherwise just a lot of craft goodness all around. They even had an unexpected Kuhnhenn on during a recent visit. There's pretty much something for everyone here, and regular events highlighting various breweries keep things interesting.
The service was fine, and several of the girls I talked to--young as they were--seemed to have a very good knowledge of the beer they were serving and the scene in general. Prices were fine overall. The food was pretty tasty. It was basic pub grub, but still pretty good. The steak panino is damn good, and there's a lot of it.
Overall, this is a great bar, and as long as I'm in the vicinity, it'll go down as my bar of choice.
02-21-2013 05:50:33 | More by Rifugium
Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
95 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.