Rattle N Hum

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Rattle N HumRattle N Hum
BA SCORE
95
world-class

214 Ratings
Ratings: 214
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 141
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: 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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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2008)
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Reviews by r0nyn:
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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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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.

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

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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.

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Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
95 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.