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Rattle N Hum

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

160 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
248
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
141
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Rattle N HumRattle N Hum
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

14 E 33rd St
New York, New York, 10016-5013
United States

(212) 481-1586 | map
www.rattlenhumbarnyc.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2008

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 248
Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited this place last Friday night while up in NYC. Overall, I think the place has a very cool vibe and I really like the decor and seating for how much space they have. The bar is long and seats many people and the tables seem set up for maximum availability. Surprisingly it was too crowded either for a Friday night.

The bottle list is on the wall in the back and it is impressive, though outdated. I was super surprised to see things like Vanilla BCS (Not available, like I said outdated), Brooklyn Black Ops, Firestone Walker 14 among other things. The tap list wasn't super impressive but had some great solid stuff like Troegs Nugget Nectar, Stone IPA/Arrogant Bastard, Avery Maharajah (I purchased this though and it was DEFINITELY old. Almost no hops and all prune, oxidized flavors. Disappointing), Some things from Captain Lawrence like XTRa gold and regular tripe and Imperial IPA, some NY locals, and even Cigar City Maduro Brown. Not bad, but they had a good amount of beer that isn't worth your time if you are on BA.

As for quality, I already noted above that the Avery Maharaja was super oxidized and old. Not cool. Also, they use just whatever glassware to serve beer in without much thought. I watched them use 4 different glasses for the Nugget Nectar (?). Overall though, you have a lot of good beer on tap, most of which is correct.

Had a combo plate of appetizers with my brother and it was good, standard bar fare.

Price wasn't astronomical as I expected and the service was pretty good, the bartenders were friendly and on time, though they definitely were not experts on beer, though thats ok.

Overall a good time and worth checking out if you're in mid manhattan.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cadaugherty
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of 40 or so taps. A few decent bottle offerings hiding behind the bar as well. Lots of east coast/northeast stuff. Helpful and friendly staff. Centrally located to popular areas- Madison square/flatiron/Times Square. Food looked good but I didn't eat. Would definitely go back!

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of alucard
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of bcm75
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This place feels like an airplane hanger. Huge, yawning, cavernous.

The attendants are very present, but always seem to be in a bad, bad mood. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that the place is perpetually crowded by loud and obnoxious professionals loosening their ties and getting loaded.

Their beer list has some gems, and infrequently gets exciting local stuff (like Grimm, which is a rarity even amongst craft beer bars here) but for the most part it's more common craft.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I finally made it out to the famous Rattle n Hum. Overall I'd say that you can't go wrong with their impressive beer selection. I would definetely come back here to try more great beers. The staff is friendly enough, although I didn't really talk to any of them or get beer suggestions. The vibe is merely o.k. It is like a cross between a sports bar, fraternity bar, and craft beer scene. The decor is not particularly nice, but hey, I'm not a particularly fancy guy. Yet, the fact that it is not an over the top obnoxious frat house and meathead sports bar, and, the fact that the selection is so great, it will keep me coming back.

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Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of StoutBoi
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of hexacron
4.86/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of VinceMig
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

PLENTY on tap and a great cheese plate/

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Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of richobrien
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brown120
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.