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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 r0nyn:
Photo of r0nyn
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on a Saturday night with a friend for a few craft beers. It was pretty crowded, but that's par for the course, given the time and location. No seats were available right away, and we didn't even try to make our way deep into the bar, but a few minutes wait yielded a couple of stools which suited us well enough. The vibe was pretty good, with a couple of flatscreens showing the game and a band playing in the back corner that was actually pretty damn good.

The selection of beer is obviously one of the better ones in the city, with a rotating line of taps that constantly changes, making for a unique drinking experience almost every time you go. They also have regular promotions with various craft breweries across the US, so it's definitely a place to be to try some of the rarer brews that usually aren't available in the Tri-State area. The bartenders are generally friendly and helpful, and always make a point to pay attention to you even when the bar is super-crowded. A very amusing point in the night was when a guy walked up to the bar and asked if they served Coors Light, prompting the bartender to shake her head sadly and let him know the bad news. She then suggested something from the menu and he decided to try it, so I can only hope for good things for him!

Food was good, nothing too fancy, but hey, you don't come to this bar for the grub. Prices were a little on the steep side, but that's to be expected from New York City. Even so, paying $8 a brew and possibly more for some of the rarer stuff in smaller glasses gets expensive rather quickly, so unless you've got money to burn, you should probably keep an eye on your intake.

All in all, a great place to have a craft brew in New York. Not many places can match Rattle 'n Hum's selection and their beer world connections are hard to beat.

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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.