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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:
4.24
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
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 sleazo:
Photo of sleazo
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A nice addition to the NYC bar scene and one in which i figured I would review once they got the kinks out. First off, it is in a good location geographically as it is close to many attractions and neighbourhoods. Easily accessed off of the 6 Line, RnH is near Grand Central and the Empire State Building. What I really like it for is as a place for good beer before a Rangers game

The bar itself has some tables up front, followe dby a narrow bar and a bigger seating area in the back. Some interesting murals adorn the wall and there are some TVs behind the bar. It is usually has a good crowd, especially after work but this tends to thin out after that. A good mix of people as one would expect out of a bar in this locale. Definitely beats out the wall to wall suits at the Gingerman but it too can get a bit crowded.

On to the important stuff for a beer bar, the beer. There are 30 something taps filled with a good mix of locals(Bklyn, Blue point, Sixpoint, Capt Lawrence), west coast(Bear Rep, Rogue, Stone, Green Flash) and interesting imports. The owner seems to be going out of the way for interesting selections. A good mix of quality old standby micros and one offs and new releases. Aside from the occasional cask festivals, they have two gravity casks generally on at all times. A Sixpoint offering has been one of them most of the times I have visited. There seems to be good turnover on the kegs and the lines appear to be clean.

The printed menu is up to date which is nice so you don't have to squint up at the chalkboard. Good descriptions and BA ratings are nice additions as well.

Foodwise, I admit I havent had much but it is decent Irish food mixed with the typical pub grub. They have black pudding which makes me happy. The proximity to Curry hill, and Korea town usually means I end up eating after the bar.

Service has been good, the bartenders are friendly. I haven't had much chance to chat em up about beer but they get you beer quickly. The beers themselves are a little bit pricey but it is Manhattan. Still $7 beers can add up quickly.

All in all, a good place to grab a beer and one that is recommended, especially over what else is in the Midtown area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cadaugherty
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of alucard
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of bcm75
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
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 +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of StoutBoi
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of hexacron
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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.

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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/

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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.

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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.

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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
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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.