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Peculier Pub

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Peculier PubPeculier Pub
BA SCORE
88
very good

45 Ratings
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Taps: 27
Bottles: 110
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

145 Bleecker St
New York, New York, 10012-1429
United States
phone: (212) 353-1327

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @peculierpub

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Reviews by Sixpoint:
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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

College bars have to be high-volume. Kids want to drink, and drink fast!

This is a tribute to those college bars that introduce kids to a lot of high-quality microbrews in lieu of the ever popular Bud or Coors Light.

That is where Tommy and the Peculier Pub come into play. Arguably the oldest "beer bar" in New York City, this place has been introducing microbrews to the general public long before the craze started. About 30 taps or so total, there is always a handful of really nice and seasonal offerings from great breweries.

The atmosphere is great. Low tin ceilings in a subterranean spot make you feel like you're at a house party. My favorite thing, however, is the collection of brewery memorabilia scattered around this place. Ancient cans, bottles, beer labels, and not to mention famous painting replicas done by the owner with different bottlecaps. Unique and interesting stuff.

The bartenders are swift and efficient. Even when they're slammed (as they usually are), they are churning out pints and ready to take your order. They're friendly in a responsive and attentive way - exactly what you need on a busy night.

If you find yourself near Bleecker, pop inside. This is one of my favorite spots to roll in and have a few, even if I'm just on my way to a restaurant or club in the area.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Buller38
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is the quintessential NYC cheap craft beer pub. This place is a must visit! It's cheap and has a great selection. I can't even tell you how good it can be. This is the one place in NYC that can get Heady Topper at times for $8. I have never seen prices that low for Heady Topper. I love going here whenever I am in the Bleeker street area.

Please, forget any mentioning of a "frat" type bar… this is a pub that just wants to serve great beer. Check out their tap list (bottles from all over the world) and bottle list. It's sure to please any one.

Photo of BethanyB
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Slightly kooky (check out the bottle cap murals), but the size of a sports bar, and smack dab in the middle of frat bar town. Still, the staff is remarkably friendly and knowledgeable, the happy hour is out of this world ($3 craft drafts until 9pm!), and best of all, the beer list is both HUGE, and as diverse as it gets! Good mix on draft, with both solid standbys, and beers you just don't find anywhere else. The enormous bottle menu lists beers by both country and state. I would rather see beer listed by style, but it's darn impressive to see how wide of a geographic span this place covers. Not crowded at all during the week.

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Vibe: This bar occupies a very large room and has a long bar along one side with lots of tables along the opposite side. Located near New York University, It seems like it has the feel of a college bar on evenings when classes are in session.

Quality: I ordered a few bottles and they were served nice and cold, although I had to request a glass to properly taste the beers from.

Service: I sat at the bar, so service was rather prompt.

Selection: While the bar has numerous taps, many of them are filled with standard beers that you can find at nearly any bar. What makes this bar unique is that it has a ton of different bottled beers available from about 50 different countries.

Value: Prices seemed reasonable compared to other bars in Manhattan. For those on a budget, there was a board on the wall that listed special prices for certain beers.

Overall: This bar doesn't match up compared to some of Manhattan's best bars, but it is a nice place to stop in if you want to try a couple of beers form countries that you normally won't find at other locations.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

This place is interesting - not super nice inside, it is dark and the tables/bar are old with lots of things scratched/carved into them. The one thing that is pretty cool and stands out to me is the bottle cap artwork on the walls and behind the bar. The place also appears to have an old tin ceiling. It was pretty quiet when we stopped by on a Saturday afternoon in the summer. Music was quite loud, though playing hits from the 1980s.

We only got bottled beers which were served promptly and at a good temperature as well as within dates codes but I can't say anything about the drafts as we did not order any. I did not see any glassware in use other than shaker pints.

The bartender was relatively friendly but did not seem to be at all knowledgeable about the beers they were serving. Beers were served promptly but we did have to ask for glasses for our bottled beers.

The selection at this bar was very good - lots of beers of different styles and lots of beers available from different countries (we tried beers from Latvia and Portugal).

I do not believe they had any food offered but if they did we did not even notice it on a menu or try it.

I thought the prices at this place right on the border of inexpensive and reasonable - they had a pretty decent selection of items on the special board for $4 a draft or bottle. Most expensive smaller bottle (not bomber) I noticed on the menu was like $6.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Bar-crawling in the Village on a frigid winter New York night, the Peculier was our third and final stop (after Amity Hall and Half Pint). We were meeting friends here, and I sure did not expect this joint to not only be my favorite of the night but have a damn righteous selection of craft beer: Founders Centennial, Stone Arrogant, Ithaca Flower Power, 21st Amendment Black IPA, Landmark Imperial Brown, Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, Sixpoint, Anchor, Ommegang BPA… plus Sierra, Guinness, Brooklyn, Yuengling, Magic Hat.

Prices are not bad, they go from $7 for a pint of Flower Power to $5 for Brooklyn Lager. Note that the menu lists the prices minus the mandatory 15% tip ($6.25 for Flower Power, for example), so don’t overtip as I did! Cash only too, which is weird but understandable, considering all the drunken NYU kids around here.

The bottle list is ridiculously huge, with stuff from all over including Guatemala, Singapore, Portugal (Super Bock) and Spain (Estrella Galicia), plus Brooklyn Monster, Blithering Idiot, Founders Imperial Stout and Breakfast… all at good prices, such as $9 for Rogue bombers, $5.25 for Bklyn Monster or $6.25 for Founders Imp Stout.

Service was alright. Our server made her rounds and there is no fault there, but she didn’t know Bud Light from Chimay. I WROTE DOWN “Founders Imperial Stout” and she brought me a Breakfast. How outrageously incompetent is that? At least she took it back, though…

I don’t know that I’ll be back here, but this is probably the best beer option in the NYU strip of doom.

Photo of rodney45
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5

This is a go to bar for awesome selection of great beer. The location makes it a hangout for the local college kids, and i'd recommend earlier rather than later. Its pretty packed on most nights, but there is plenty of seating.

The atmosphere is alright, its a below ground, so it has low ceilings, and feels cramped when there is a lot of people. Really worn out wooden booths and tables with all manners of classroom style writing carved into them, which is actually pretty great.

I'd say the service is where theyre lacking the most. First off, on the menu, one price is printed, say 5.25, but they charge 6... they add on tax and gratuity, which if im not mistaken, is actually illegal... but i really dont care if the bartenders are getting the money, because the gratuity is what they depend on, and college kids are notorious for not tiping. Even with that added, i'll throw a buck a beer, and it pays off if you have a nice waitress/bartender. I had to ask for a glass a few times, which i really didnt think would be neccessary... that got to me more than anything. I know its a little extra work to clean out that glass, but im paying for it, and tipping you, So dont give me an attitude. I know im being a beer nerd, but come on.

I didnt try the food, but it seemed fairly priced.

Selection is god tier.

Photo of JRod1969
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

This is basically a college bar for the youngest NYU students and some high school sneak-ins. That is not good or bad in my mind, just know what you're getting into.

The tap selection is nothing special, but they have a massive amount of international and US bottles. Nothing that will blow your mind in terms of rarities, but a great broad selection nonetheless.

The prices are pretty decent and the food is traditional bar food.

Not worth a trip out of your way, but if in the area, worth a stop in.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hit up Peculier Pub on a visit to NYC--got to meet & hang out with the owner, which was cool. Had a great life story about getting his start in the city and coming to own a beer bar.

Peculier's vibe is very college oriented, which makes sense as its right next to the NYU campus. Lots of bottle cap murals on the walls, and a low ceiling. Booths and wooden table seating. Bar is a bit dark and the bathrooms were grimy. Service was pretty good, although the waitresses knew little about the menu and seemed to be a bit rude at times. But hey, it's New York!

The tap list here is modest, with nothing too standout-worthy. However, the bottled list is extensive, covering many states and countries. Not the most informative or well-written beer menu, but most beer geeks will be able to navigate it easily enough. Had a Hurricane Kitty IPA and several Sixpoint Sweet Action's from draught.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

You want selection, they have it here. Great little pub below street level with a very large selection of world wide brews. Reasonable prices, especially for New York City. (If this is a dive, then I guess I've been to some shitholes!) Unpretentious, the waitresses weren't overly knowledgeable but were friendly and did their job.

Some of the quirks that you have to deal with (asking for a glass, paying by round, etc.) are just a direct result from being somewhat of a college hang, but if you get in there before the college crowd, a good time is definitely possible.

Worth a visit.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Walking around I past it a few times but it did not open till 4 so I had gone a few other places by the time I made it in. Finally saw the light come on and lowered my head and walked into a time warp. Nice nearly ancient wooden booths await me. I am not terribly blown away by the tap selection after leaving the tiger, but the bottle list was top notch. Could not go wrong here at all and me and rich proceed to sit down and drop a good bit on a few 750's over the hour or so. Nearly empty and very dark it had a really nice and cozy feel to it. A bit pricey, but I mean I am in the city and it really was not terrible at all, Local 2 was 17, cant really complain. There is charm here though, really just the kind of place I could spend a few hours and chill, laid back and worth every minute I spent there.

Photo of Darkhorse09
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've been here a number of times, usually to bring out-of-towners who don't know too much about beer. Good starting point for them.

Atmosphere: Lots of NYU kids, which isnt always a problem, if you know they'll be there. Booths with tables, all older. Beer top murals cover the walls. Good looking bar, but quite dark inside. Not a glamorous place, but it works.

Quality: Stick to the beer on tap. I've had one or two bottles here that are past their prime. Pretty decent selection on tap, upwards of 100 beers (bottled) globally. Menu breaks down beer selection by country. Better than most NYC (non-beer) bars.

Service: Waitresses bring you beer and take your money. They don't know specifics about any of the beers. On a single visit, the waitress knew an enormous amount, but I think she has left since then.

Selection: You'll find something you havent had before.

Food: Standard cheap pub food. I've only had their burgers, which are hard to mess up. Average.

Value: Their pricing is quite good for NYC. 5 bucks for anything on tap. Bottles go up from there.

Overall: I enjoy it for what it is.

Photo of KATE12
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I had been wanting to try this place for some time and finally got there last Saturday night.

It was dark and had low ceilings but the beer selection was pretty good. They had some of your more standard "beer bar" beers and also had some beers I've never had before including Titan I.P.A and Mojo I.P.A. It was fairly crowded and the bartenders seemed to be working hard. While it was a bit dingy, the atmosphere was one that I enjoyed and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Plus, the prices were very fair!

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Visited this establishment for a beer with some friends before heading to dinner.

It's what I think of when a pub comes to mind. In an NYC basement, dark lighting with worn bar furniture, a large, fully-stocked bar with a lit-up jukebox in the corner. What makes this bar exceptional is the expansive beer menu.

The beer menu is a small-print, double sided sheet of laminated paper. Beers are listed by county of origin, with many countries represented. I was quite impressed with it.

Service left something to be desired, especially considering it wasn't very busy when we visited. As has been commented, this bar is CASH ONLY, so bring some money with to avoid using the ATM.

Photo of homebrewer302
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

A friend took me to this place near the NYU since I was in search of good beer. The place reminds you of a dive bar when you walk in. The tables are all worn wood with people's initials or pictures carved into them. The walls have a bunch of cool murals made from bottle caps. I found it fun to look through them and try to identify the beer used strictly based on the bottle cap (not as easy as you think).

This appeared to be a big college hangout. The price of beer was surprisingly reasonable for NYC, with a rather large selection to choose from. I had a Nostradamus Belgian Brown ale and a bottle of DFH Olde School. both were priced $6.00 and $8.00 respectively. There were a couple of surprises though that may steer visitors away:

1) Cash Only
2) You pay by the round

I would not recommend trying the food. The reason I didn't order any food here is because although the bathroom said "All Employees are required to wash hands," there was no soap in the men's bathroom... Do you really want to know where the cook's hands have been?

Go for the beer here, but don't stay for the food.

Photo of astrasday
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I used to frequent the Peculier Pub every Friday before I started investigating other beer bars in New York.

Honestly, I really don't like the atmosphere. Dimly lit, loud music and very low ceilings. It gives you the sense that you're in a tomb. It is large enough so finding a seat isn't too hard. Booths and tables litter the place with a fairly large bar.

The service is average. Most waitresses want to know what you want and bring it back. No more, no less. You MUST pay in cash and you pay after each round, which can get annoying after awhile.

The selection is good. They have a huge bottle list sorted by country. Most of the beers that are being are good and there are some of those 'hard-to-find-beers on the list as well. All at a fairly low prices. In fact, for New York City, I've yet to find a place that serves good beer at a lower price.

It is definitely a loud, dingy college bar. I go back every know and again just to remind myself why I really don't need to come back again.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by this place once with a few friends. I doubt I'd stop by again just because it's not my kind of scene and there are much better bars in NYC.

Atmosphere: Kinda weird. They have booths to sit in. Dimly lit, kinda grungy looking. I was there in the summer so college wasn't in session.

Quality: Meh. They have a large bottle list, but none of the beers are very good. Mostly they have pale lagers from all different countries. If that's your thing, ok, but don't expect the top beers. Out of the beers I ordered, several were old and definitely past the "best by" date.

Service: The waiters are definitely not used to serving beer geeks. I had to ask for a glass to drink my beer in. I believe you have to pay in cash and you pay after each round--no tabs.

Selection: Like I said, they have at least a beer from like 50 countries or something. You'll probably find something you'd like or at the very least, something you've never tried! The tap selection, however, is pretty poor. Half of it was macros I think.

Food: It was ok from my recollection. I got a turkey wrap. It was small, but I wasn't that hungry so I didn't mind.

Value: Their pricing is quite good for NYC. ~$5/12 oz. I think.

Overall: An ok bar, depends on what kind of bar setting you prefer and what quality of beers you want!

Photo of zerofear13
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by this place on a Friday night during winter break, so not too many college students. It was a bit of an older crowd than is usually at Peculier (but this is only what I'm told, as I've only been here once). Great looking place nestled into West Village, and you pass by a lot of bars/clubs that look like your typical dive bars, so there's something for everyone when you try to get to Peculier.

Amazing selection (on the menu, listed by country, although not entirely in alphabetical order, which was odd). Just from memory of the domestic section, they had: Stone, Rogue, Brooklyn, Magic Hat (Lucky Cat), Long Trail, etc. Good selection for a small bar, but nothing super rare. Great quality. Good service, not spectacular or anything, but pretty good, attentive service. The prices were fairly good for a Manhattan bar. When you consider a Bud Light on tap would be $5 at some places, paying $6 for a Stone IPA isn't that bad at all. I stuck mainly with the domestics, but their imported selections far outnumber their American counterparts.

Great place. I highly recommend stopping by if you're in the West Village - good beer, good prices, good time.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

As a young man, the Peculier Pub held great charm for me. They had a great beer selection, they were in the Village, and there were very attractive young ladies there. There wasn't much else around that had an extensive selection.

Times have changed. These days the beer selection is still pretty good, but easily eclipsed by many more adventurous locations. And the young ladies are more interested in young men. That's a comment on my age, but also the fact that it's become a very "college" bar. The location, however, is still good; and to a certain extent, the vibe, although I remember it being a little more quiet and less crowded. It looks almost exactly the same though ;)

I'd still recommend it for a pint, especially for out-of-towners, but when looking just for beer there are lots of much better places to try these days.

Photo of ppatalano
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Being young, I really like this place. It is definitely one of my favorite places to go with a friend to sit back and have a few. Cool, no frills atmosphere that tends to draw a younger crowd at night. The selection is pretty wide; I think one of the bartenders told me that they have over 500 different beers (most of them bottles). The service is good when the crowd is moderate, but the bartenders still seem to keep them coming even as it gets more crowded. Overall, highly recommended to stop in if you're in the area.

Photo of shererjt
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went on my last night visiting NYC with my cousin who lives in Brooklyn. It is definitely not a glitzy place. The beer selection was quite good, the staff was helpful in pointing me to a couple of nice local selections, and the music on the jukebox was outstanding.

Some folks commented on the restrooms being small. Can't comment on the ladies', but the men's was definitely tight, though this wasn't an issue for us as we were there before 10:00 on a Sunday evening and it was not crowded at all.

Overall, a great experience. My kind of place.

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Peculier Pub in New York, NY
88 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.