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Rattle N Hum

Not Rated.
Rattle N HumRattle N Hum
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

157 Reviews
Reviews: 157
Visits: 232
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 141
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

14 E 33rd St
New York, New York, 10016-5013
United States
phone: (212) 481-1586

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rattlenhumbarny

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I like the summer beer events they have on Tuesdays with different breweries. However, I think the beers are a dollar or two over priced, especially for the beers that are offered in 8oz pours. Also, not nearly enough beers are offered by 16oz glasses. most are 14oz or 12oz. I feel like they nickel and dime the customer that way. Other than that, it's a bar with often a very great selection, and the food menu is very large and diverse. (439 characters)

Photo of richobrien
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Went during lunch time so it was pretty quiet. They had some nice beers on draft but I wasn't blown away by their selection.

Service was solid. Would love to visit again next time I'm in NYC. (194 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Decorated like a craft beer lover's college dorm room, with brewery posters and other craft beer memorabilia thrown haphazardly about. Smells like standing water, and is totally overrun by white collar "dudes." BUT. It's still good.

The staff is quick, attentive, knowledgeable, and kind. The drafts rotate often, and the bar does so many tap takeovers and promotional events, that the menu will often feature what feels like the complete lineup of a few select brands. That's not awesome in terms of brand diversity, but it is awesome in that it's like taking a complete tour of a whole new brewery every time you visit.

Despite the aforementioned smell, the glassware is clean, and the taps seem to be well taken care of. Prices are fairly standard for the area. Not low, but hardly exorbitant.

Not really my kind of place in that its vibe and the crowd are very "fraternity," but the specials and the opportunities to really dive deep into the offerings from specific breweries definitely make it worth coming back to. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Arrived at lunchtime on a Friday. It was pretty dead when I walked in, but soon enough, the lunch crowd started to arrive and the bar sprung to life. Nice selection on tap. Started off the day with a F0 Brett Farmhouse Ale from Transmitter Brewing, followed by a Pretty Things Jack D'or. Quality of the beers and service was great. The bartender even took her time to pour me the Jack D'or when the keg wasn't working properly. I had the "luck" of having a guy on his lunch break sit next to me at the bar and got completely sloshed before he returned to work. Seemed like a few regulars were sitting at the bar. Overall, a great tap list but probably a better vibe at night than during the day. (695 characters)

Photo of Mangbus
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Was there in October when they had a Founders tap takeover. Was able to try a lot of the Founders beers that I hadn't yet. Bartender was knowledgeable and they had an excellent bottle list. (192 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Small, cramped, busy mostly with students place. Very noisy. Food is OK, not expensive for NYC. A lot of taps, but service is just so so. Not my type of place. (161 characters)

Photo of seedyone
5/5  rDev +17.9%

I must confess to not having a whole lot of craft bar experience to use as comparison because once I had set foot in Rattle n Hum I was smitten. They have become the measure by which I regard all others & few match up.

Having over 20 years in restaurant kitchen experience, I have a pretty good idea what it takes to run a good show & at RnH they do a great job.

Some may find the beer selection confounding by the sheer number of choice. Even those with some knowledge will find areas for further 'research'. To top it off, the staff are always more than willing to (when time permits) to guide a novice.

I saw one comment somewhere, which rightfully observes the biggest drawback is their very success. Things can get pretty hectic during the "rush hours" but the staff always seems to keep up.

The rotating beer selection never fails to offer new choices. They have $5 pints during "Happy Hour(s)" that comprise most of the day. Every Tues night there are promotions & tap takeovers. The selections are presented on a large blackboard & printed on placemats. The printed presentation gives just about every detail of the beers, barring opinions. Customized guidance can always be had from the knowledgeable staff.

The food menu is pretty standard pub fare with daily lunch, dinner specials & weekend brunch & NFL items.

Most of the seats are at large family style tables & reservations are accepted. The restrooms are numerous, ample & well kept.

I prefer to go mid to late afternoons & stay for a few before the after work crowd. Even at it's most crowded, I find patrons & staff both to friendly & polite.

If there is one negative, it's that the kitchen can get backed up at times. Being a victim of your own success isn't the worse thing for a bar or restaurant.

Yogi Berra is quoted as saying "Nobody goes there anymore...it's too crowded." From what I've seen, the crowd seems to be willing to hang in for a quality experience, which is what you get at Rattle n Hum.

And finally...no, I am not employed by RnH, but do feel I've found some good friends there that deserve a pat on the back. (2,108 characters)

Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Another great beer bar, good food, great beer, and cask beer. I stayed down the street from here for a month and frequented this place quite a bit. The staff is friendly, and the beer is good. My favorite beer bar in Manhattan. (229 characters)

Photo of cdginelli
2.46/5  rDev -42%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

I'll start out by qualifying this review. I live in New Jersey and only went to Rattle N Hum because they were having an event featuring several beers from Perennial. Most notably, they had announced via their website, and reaffirmed via Twitter earlier that day, that they would be tapping a keg of Abraxas at 4PM. Excited to try what is widely regarded as an amazing beer, my girlfriend and I rushed into the city.

We arrived a few minutes after 4, and took a seat at the bar. Not seeing it on any of the menus or large list of beers on the wall, I asked the bartender whether or not Abraxas was available. She reassured us that they were running a little late, but that it would be ready to go around 4:30. No big deal. There were several other excellent Perennial beers on, so we ordered some, and we waited. And waited.

At around 4:50, the bartender informs us that they would not be tapping a keg of Abraxas at all. Very annoyed, I asked to speak with a manager. She informed us that they found out TWO WEEKS AGO that they would not be receiving the keg. Yet, for some reason, they failed to update the event page of their website (which listed all the beers the event would be making available), and whomever handles their Twitter account tweeted out that they would be tapping it literally two hours before the keg was to be tapped! She sort of apologized, and offered to buy us another round, but I refused.

So, with that in mind, here is my breakdown.

Atmosphere - 2/5: It was 4PM on a Tuesday, and the place was dead. To be fair, it was gorgeous outside, and Rattle N Hum features some pretty unattractive, uninviting decor. Standard poorly decorated bar stuff. Not the worst I've ever seen, and in most cases, nothing that would bother me.

Quality - 3/5: My GF and I each had a beer, and both tasted fine. Nothing to note really one way or the other.

Service - 1/5: For the reasons outlined above, I have to give them a 1. I would give them a 0 if I could. The whole situation tells me that either: (a) they don't know enough about their product to understand that people might go out of their way for a special beer like Abraxas, so they should be diligent in informing people of the fact that they won't have it after all, or (b) they don't care enough to properly inform their customers. My feeling is that it might even be both.

Selection - 3.5/5: I can't knock their selection. They had some pretty good (albeit common) stuff on, and a decent bottle list.

Food - N/A: Didn't eat.

Value - $$$: Considering how generally crummy-looking the place is, they were a tad bit pricey. But it's a craft beer bar in NYC, so I'm not even griping about that. I'm willing to pay good money for competently served quality beer any day.

Conclusion: I'll never go back to this bar. I wouldn't recommend this bar to anyone I know. There is a bar a few minutes from Rattle N Hum called The Ginger Man. If you're in that neighborhood and need a good beer, go there instead. (2,983 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Stopped in here while I was in town for the auto show since it was only a few blocks away. It was just before 5pm so it was getting packed pretty quickly. We got lucky and snagged the last few seats in the place. Atmosphere was pretty good overall. Lots of people enjoying themselves and the space itself was quite nice. Service was a touch slow but she was doing the best she could so not a huge deal for me. Quality was quite high, proper glasses and all that. Selection was awesome. They had just had a Firestone event so I was able to try some of the leftovers including Opal and Sucaba. As far as food, I got one each of the sliders and they were pretty good but I would probably get something else next time. Prices were high, but I was expecting that. Overall an awesome beer bar that I would definitely return to in the future. (835 characters)

Photo of BobConner
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Recently out in the city to meet an old friend. Have been wanting to go here for some time, but just hadnt made it. Im glad I did. My kind of place. Good beer. Cool people. Staff was friendly and accomodating. A solid selection of styles. The pricing was a little heavy but I didnt rate it as such figuring it was the city. We tried a few different things from the menu. All were good, but as one might expect from simple pub food. Nothing I'd write home about, but good.

All in all a place I'd recommend. Had a great time. (524 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of 9uns
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Buller38
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,095 characters)

Photo of JHS123
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of drewone
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,913 characters)

Photo of BKBassist
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,371 characters)

Photo of Lare453
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of JohnW58
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of fulcrum
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Stopped in for lunch with a buddy who lives in NY. Working-class bar guests were having a good time. Cleared out by 1-ish so had the place mostly to ourselves. The service (Mackenzie) was terrific: knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming. The beer selection was fantastic. Big Daddy IPA on cask for me and a collection winners for my friend including Deviant Dales and Founder's Red Rye. Food was a bit better than average lunch fare (chicken sandwich and sliders) and plenty tasty. The atmosphere was very comfortable, from the bar space to the boxy tables in the back. I'll definitely go back. (590 characters)

Photo of laurastradford
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I am a huge fan of Rattle n Hum. I follow them on twitter just to keep myself updated with what they have every day. I had a fantastic brunch one day. Expecting only their canned beer selection to be included in the all you can drink brunch I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it included the whole beer menu. The constantly changing large selection means that everyone in my group is always happy with their choice. I have been before concerts at the garden and I have been to watch football games. I am always happy with the bar. The food is not amazing but still solid. I can never say no to an order of loaded fries. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. So glad this bar is so close to my train home! (720 characters)

Photo of shueyy
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Rattle n Hum is a great beer bar just a few blocks east of Penn Station great location for people visiting NYC. The atmosphere can vary depending on when you go obviously during the week you will have your suit and ties mixed in with the hipsters. They are tables in the front of the bar and the back that can accommodate a large group of people.
The quality of beers is excellent the seem to have a tap take over weekly from the best breweries in the US that distribute to NYC. I just got back from a New Holland Brewery event an notice they have a Southern Tier event coming up soon. The beers that are served should satisfy any beer drinker as it runs from IPAs to stouts to smoked porters etc. even cask.
The food is very reasonably priced for NYC I recently enjoyed a portabella and lamb slider for $5 for both. The bartenders were attentive and helpfully with the beers being served.
Overall it's one of my favorite beer bars in NYC friendly crowd and always an excellent selection from the 40 taps. I've been to some great tap take overs from Sierra Nevada which had 18 beers on tap to Founders events with KBS, CBS, and Frangelic mountain brown to name a few. (1,171 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

In town and fresh off the Keystone line; Rattle N Hum is only blocks away from Penn Station.

Atmosphere: An Irish bar, RnH has the requisite handsome wooden bar and panelling that you'd demand from an Irish bar. A few tables upfront (standing tables that is) and a long bar lead to more table seating in the back. There were steps leading downstairs but I didn't pursue. The bar has one of my requisites for a good bar - a chalk board listing the tap selection.

Quality: Friendly service, good food and a very nice tap list. On a Wednesday afternoon the bar is lowkey, perfect place to hang out.

Service: A few bartenders, including a trainee, were manning the station admirably. I was greated and served promptly, so no complaints there.

Selection: The night before my visit was a Cigar City night. I reaped the benefits of the remnants, working my way through 5 different CC beers: saison, French vanilla maduro, espresso cubano, French pale ale, and baltic porter (not even gonna try to spell that one). There were at least 10 other CC beers on and another 10 craft offerings. Very nice selection - pricey but that comes with the territory.

Food: I had lunch, trying a few of the slider sandwiches and fries. I liked the lamb and feta slider best and recommend it. Fries were decent, a good accompaniment to the sliders. (1,328 characters)

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Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.