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Rattle N Hum

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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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Reviews: 157 | Visits: 232
Reviews by jim102864:
Photo of jim102864
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Tiny pub typical for NYC. A long bar seating 25 or so. Dangling lights with clear glass globes for shades dangle above the long cherry wood stained bar. Lovely Irish blonde lass behind the bar offers a sweet "hello, how are you" as I sat down. WTF is that?! This is NYC. Aren't you angry and jaded like all the other barmaids in the city? Then I find out she's married to the owner, both of whom are recent transplants from Ireland. Plenty of time for the anger to appear later.

Anyway, the place has got a handful of guys at the bar when I arrive. Maryanne, the barmaid, hands me a printed sheet dated from the day before (when she realizes her mistake she quickly replaces it with that day's current list) listing beers on tap all of which list the BA rating, abv and state. Never seen that before and now I wonder why. What a perfect way to help guide the patrons, particularly the more uninitiated. Very cool.

Three flat screens with European football going while another above the bar runs a Victoria's Secret type fashion show. About 40 taps with no crap on tap. I started with a Weyerbacher smoked beer called Charlie. A rather mild smoker but very tasty.

What's also cool is the small cask only bar to the rear. During this visit Harveistoun Ola Dubh in casks - 12, 18, 30, 40 year (it's got to be the age of the casks and not the brews themselves, but I could be wrong) were available.

Round two is a Southern Tier Chokolat Imperial Stout. Very tasty, chocolaty treat. Big chocolate nose. Served on tap in a tall snifter.

Brooklyn, Southern Tier, Green Flash (Hop Head Red), several Weyerbacher selections, and Stone Smoked Porter and oaked Arrogant Bastatrd on tap. A chatty barmaid and affable bar mates rounded out the visit.

It's an absolutely frigid day in NYC, but the bar is warm, almost uncomfortable.

I order a Weybacher Double Simcoe cask when Patrick the co-owner stops over to say hello and buys me the round. What a great dude. He's from Dublin and tells me he wanted a pub like home where the lines are clean and the brew is fresh. I told him he and his brother have nailed it and what a refreshing attitude.

I also had the chicken sandwich with cheese and mushrooms for dinner which was quite good.

Highly recommended if you're in the city and near both MSG and Grand Central. (2,315 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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 VinceMig
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

PLENTY on tap and a great cheese plate/ (39 characters)

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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 Faxmesomehalibut
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brown120
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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 dgilks
4.41/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Figoeric710
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Srkolodn
4.24/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of slasich
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of eawolff99
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Budinetz
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of jeiiVP
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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