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City Swiggers

City SwiggersCity Swiggers

Taps: 14 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

12 Ratings
Ratings: 12
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Bar, Store ]

320 E 86th St
New York, New York, 10028-4606
United States
phone: (212) 570-2000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cityswiggers

Notes:
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(Place added by: NutBrown on 11-08-2011)
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

I have been here a few times since they opened up. Having a good beer shop on the UES is certainly a welcome addition to the landscape in New York City. And I do not even live in the city, just end up visiting it a couple times each month. Their selection is fairly diverse with lots of American craft beer, as well as Belgians, U.K., Italian, Japanese and other beers thrown into the mix. You can fill growlers or even enjoy glass on site. One of things unique to them is serving empanadas alongside the beer. Prices are just a tad expensive, but it is the UES, so no biggie. As a couple others stated, would not go out of my way for CS, but if you are fairly close to it, this shop is a great option.

09-21-2012 02:44:25 | More by mltobin
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quentinlegrain

New York

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$

This is an awesome place for trying new beers, especially for the imports, which they carry a lot compared to other beer stores in NYC, their taps are interesting; it's pricey due to the area but I thought it would be even more. They carry some beers that you would have troubles to find anywhere else like the Captain Lawrence triple IPA. They have some tastings events, written on a board in the store which is a good way to get in touch with whats happening in the store. Their manager is available to answer questions which is rare in NYC. Definitely a place to go, even though it is uptown.

04-06-2014 23:58:14 | More by quentinlegrain
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ImPourTed

New York

3/5  rDev -24.4%

04-01-2014 03:09:11 | More by ImPourTed
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KornWallace

New York

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$$

When I went to City Swiggers they had a very nice beer selection (I was able to pick up BB Biscotti Break, Enjoy by 4/20 and a couple other things). They were a bit pricey but it's what I expected from the area. All the beers I looked at were fresh and mostly in season. The atmosphere of the place was a little plain, although with that being said I did like how clean the whole place was.

The service seemed to be the real issue in the store, when I went in there were three employees and none of them bothered to help. After making a $60 dollar purchase of bottles to go I asked if I could get a small tasting of one of their beers on tap. The older woman who was behind the bar told me I would need to purchase at least a pint if I wanted a tasting, which I thought was a little absurd

While I did get to pick out some nice beers I will not be returning. Between the service and the cost it's simply not worth it.

03-31-2014 05:06:06 | More by KornWallace
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MarkJP6

New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

03-17-2014 18:39:24 | More by MarkJP6
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-24-2013 13:39:09 | More by WheelsPSU
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Billolick

New York

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

Great addition to a neighborhood that has tons of people but not a ton of quality beer destinations.

If you live in NYC/Brooklyn, and have been following the beer scene for the past year or two, you have seen a few places like this before. You know the deal. More then ample selection of quality bottles/cans both warm and chilled, mix a six if you like. Fill a growler, have a pint, sit, relax and enjoy. Friendly athmosphere. Smattering of small tables in the rear. Prices reflect the neighborhood people. Do you have any idea of what rents are on 86th street on the UpperEast side of NYC? Worth a visit if in the area, or just a few minutes off of the FDR drive. Not really worth a special trip, as there are so many places in the general NYC area with comparable selections.

One bonus is they are just a block or so from bustling NYC Food market all stars Fairway market. So this is a good block to get all your food and beer needs taken care of.

12-16-2012 16:14:09 | More by Billolick
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mttdls

New York

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

It was great to find City Swiggers after moving to the UES and finding few bars or stores that offered a good selection of bottled and draft beers. The store is the best of both worlds, since it provides a good selection of bottled beers (over 400 bottles) and 14 rotating beers to try on draft. With the drafts, you have the ability to try some pints at the store and take your favorites home in either a 32 oz. or 64 oz. growler.

The workers are friendly and helpful. The store is clean and provides plenty of seating at the bar or tables. The prices are not bad compared to prices of bottles at bodegas or grocery stores in the UES. If your in the area, then you should stop by and try it out.

09-19-2012 21:35:39 | More by mttdls
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jp11801

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

Well it was bound to happen its a beer shop that's built on a wine store platform. It is very neat and clean with a good selection but nothing out of the ordinary.

14 taps of pretty good beer with 32 and 64oz growler fills. Reminds me a bit of City Beer of SF just without a strong beer advocate like Craig behind the counter.

The service is ok but not outstanding. Friendly service but a bit indifferent.

I'd like more of a beer culture feel like beerkraft but I guess it's an upper east side thing.

Don't get me wrong it's worth stopping in just didn't light me up.

12-24-2011 21:44:55 | More by jp11801
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cosmicevan

New York

3.93/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

was visiting some friends in the city and checked to see if there was anything in the area and found this place. I used to live around the block so good this place want here when I lived here. nice atmosphere, decent selection for the fan if craft but I wouldnt do my bottle shopping here. seems like a bierkraft type of sit down and have a beer type of place. a bunch of growler lines with decent selection. growlers seemed a bit on the pricey side, but other prices were fairly inline for the city, if not a buck or two on the pricey side. didn't ask for help, but the place was crowded and the staff was attending to patrons. not a bad stop, but wouldn't go out of my way. if I still lived in the neighborhood, I would be here always.

11-27-2011 20:11:26 | More by cosmicevan
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City Swiggers in New York, NY
90 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.