Taps: 101 / Bottles: 112
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
4.01/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Just discovered this place on a weekend trip to NYC March 1-2. Luckily, they could also make mixed drinks for my wife and she was happy with her Cosmo. We got there about 4 on Sat. afternoon so it was almost deserted upstairs. The two waitresses—one going off duty and one coming on—were knowledgeable about the IPAs I was interested in trying. Although they list almost 60 beers on tap, I'm an IPA guy. There were 7 IPAs (4 of which I had already tasted) and 4 Imperial IPAs. But I was still in heaven thanks to Bear Republic APEX and Firestone Union Jack. Tried a Troegs Perpetual IPA, but it was too spicy for me. Finished the afternoon with my standby Bear Republic Racer 5 (which I've had many times before; one of my favorites). Yes, it's $8 and $9 a glass, but that's the way it is in NYC. Beer Authority's menu looked OK—standard pub fare—but our plans took us to another place to eat. Pleased with my first visit. I would go back again.
03-31-2014 04:10:29 | More by Michaelman73
3.55/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I've been twice and my ratings are in the middle of my two experiences. The first time I sat at a table and vowed that I probably wouldn't go back.
The server was slow and rude. I could deal with that if she at least was knowledgeable about their beers. But she had no clue. I don't expect experts but when you're called "The Beer Authority" you should at least have servers who are somewhat knowledgeable. Add to that that the food wasn't great and the overall experience was less than desirable.
I did end up going back a second time and sat at the bar. Much better experience. The bartender knew pretty much all there was to know about every beer they were pouring and he made some excellent recommendations: Boulder Beer Mojo IPA, Firestone Walker Pale 31 and Olde Saratoga Black IPA
The place itself is a bit large and if crowded you will have people reaching over you to pick up their shots. Not really a beer pub atmosphere in other words but the selection makes it worth the hassle... I think...
If I go back I will only sit at the bar. That's for sure!!!
02-26-2014 18:42:26 | More by TaylorMade2014
3.54/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Stopped in over the weekend after seeing a show with my wife. It was a Saturday night and their was a band playing so it was pretty loud. It was definitely louder than I prefer but it was a Saturday night so I cant really complain. They have a lot of beer on tap, unfortunately most of it is pretty standard in terms of craft beer. They had a few beers that I haven't had before and I definitely enjoyed them but their prices are outrageous. Their beers are priced between $8-10 each and were served in the proper glassware. There are many other beer bars in NYC with better beer selections and better pricing. I assume they are priced this way because of their location right across from the Port Authority. They had a nice cask of Nugget Nectar on which was awesome so I will give them credit for that.
The bar is 2-3 levels with a roof top bar, unfortunately its winter so I didn't get a chance to check it out. The main floor was pretty packed and there were no seats left at the bar. The service was ok, we ordered 5-6 beers and 2 of them were wrong which was disappointing. Since it was a busy Saturday night I didn't even bother trying to return them and the waitress seemed very uninterested in being there. I typically prefer staff to have some recommendations and some beer knowledge and I didn't receive that type of service.
Overall I feel their beer menu is good, not great and they are over priced. I would only recommend stopping in if you need to kill time before catching a bus at the Port Authority or during happy hour. It looked like they had some happy hour pricing which would make the menu almost acceptable. There food menu seemed ok but I didn't have any food during my visit. Check the menu before you go. Cheers!
02-26-2014 17:07:23 | More by BeerTwigs
3.71/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25 | $$$$
***Revisiting Beer Authority***
I thought that, being in my neighborhood and having so many taps, I would come back here often. That has not been the case. Service went from great to disinterested, the place got crowded with BMC-drinking types and the prices went up up up. 16-oz pints are now nine dollars. NINE. Think Goose Island IPA for 9 bucks. No, thanks.
They have a ton of taps but not that much variety of styles, really. 23 IPA's on tap are overkill.
I'll leave it to the tourists and Jersey commuters and go to Pony Bar instead.
From the creators of Rattle N Hum comes Beer Authority, a massive beer bar across from the Port Authority Bus Station. This place is gigantic and weird- it has got three floors and sprawling windows looking over 8th Avenue, but the main entrance is a narrow unmarked door on 40th street.
Seediness abounds in this glorious block, with a porn shop right next to the bar and the Parole Office down the street. In the tradition of other Port Authority-area bars, Beer Authority opens at 8:00 in the morning. Just in case you need an imperial stout before going to work!
As for the beers... there are 58 taps here, which is a damn good number but not as good as the 80 they were promising. Also promised and not delivered: cask beer. Hopefully they will get it going soon. The menu is divided by styles and is almost identical to the menu at R'n'H. Good stuff for everyone, including a ton of IPA's (Dogfish 60 and 90, Union Jack, Sculpin, Racer 5) and rarer stuff like Two Brothers Red Eye Coffee Porter, Oskar BluesTen Fidy and Anderson Valley Horn of the Beer barleywine.
I love the ambience, never loud or crazy and spacious enough to guarantee a seat and a good time, although it does get busy after work. Tables, high-tops, a long-ass bar and different areas to choose from. It's all very chill so far, and hopefully it won't turn into another Ginger Man for corporate types and commuters.
Prices look a lil' expensive but are not terrible. 16-oz pints are $7, 12- and 14-oz glasses of specialty beers are around $8. Service is very good, with friendly and efficient bartenders, and so far the only disappointment is the food menu. It is not quite the "high-end gastropub fare" the owners announced. More like sandwiches, pastas, mussels and stuff. But the Spotted Pig this is not. The wife and I had the deviled eggs and they were alright. Not super amazing for sure, and way expensive at $9.
Still, this place is going to be the bomb, and I will be there drinking it!
02-21-2014 05:42:12 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.99/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25 | $$$
A small first floor bar with a large second floor dining area. Great beer selection with lots on tap and many more in the bottle. I was happy to find BCBS on the bottle list but the waitress later returned to say they didn't have it. So I went with the Green Flash Citra Session IPA. What a beer! We split several apps and the food was only OK. Good place though!
07-23-2013 11:06:54 | More by GJ40
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped by this week while in NY.
Sat at the bar on the second level. The downstairs bar is way small, and the rain made the rooftop unattractive.
Staff was friendly and helpful. Based on the website, I was hopeful to get BCBS coffee, but they were out. I ended up with Union Jack, Big John, and Stone IRS.
Prices were a bit steep but not unexpected based on the location. Most drafts were $8 - $14. A few of the more interesting bottle selections were fairly high. I would have loved to have tried Black Ops, but at $40 for bomber, I decided to pass.
Very convenient location since it is literally across the street from the port authority bus terminal. I will probably have to stop anytime I'm in the area.
07-07-2013 00:01:51 | More by richj1970
4.24/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Taking the A train from JFK to Manhattan for G's birthday weekend, we emerged from the Port Authority station directly across the street from Beer Authority. After a long flight, it was a great way to start our weekend.
On a Thursday night, there was a DJ playing music a bit loud but we survived sitting around the edge. Our waiter was friendly and efficient, bringing beer and the daily special in short order: a vegetarian shepherd's pie. Dinner was great with a lentil based that tasted a lot like our favorite camping dish but with a thick, creamy head of mashed potatoes. We just wonder why this sort of meal isn't readily available in Minnesota.
Believing in drinking local, I started by trying a couple of brews from Spider Bite. Eye Be Use, a Double IPA, was disappointingly unrefined but I still followed up with Boris the Spider, a Russian Imperial Stout. Slightly better but the blunted hops couldn't come through the unbalance RIS. Nice experiment but I'm not a fan. I accidentally spilled the last of this beer on my blue jeans; generously, our server brought me a short pour to replace my clumsiness.
During research, I came across the new Bronx Brewery and happily got a chance to try their Black Pale Ale. No Sublimely Self Righteous, but this American black ale has a solid malty base and a clean dark bite that makes is a good choice. We ended with a draft of Dogfish Head Noble Rot, an earthy and interesting saison that we returned to on Sunday.
We tried to repeat our first stop on Saturday night after seeing Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy. An extremely poignant play based on the life Mike McAlary, a 1980s tabloid columnist in New York. Not only did we intimately learn about a part of NYC history and culture, but the gritty, authentic underbelly of the newspaper business written by late Nora Ephron. Unfortunately, we weren't able to discuss any of this at Beer Authority. The band joked about playing too loud and continued to shake the rafters. We put in ear plugs while I drank a beer and finally starting texting each other out of desperation, leaving disappointed and had to talk over the play while kicking our way through the late night crowds of Times Square.
On Sunday afternoon, we needed to head back to the hotel to pick up our bags after a visit to the 9/11 memorial. I wanted to give Beer Authority a chance in the daylight and to give the mac & cheese a try.
Happily, this visit was pleasant. I started with a Green Flash West Coast IPA, a favorite hoppy treat when I get the chance. By the time we ordered the mac & cheese, I was on to Ommegang Barrier Relief, a Belgian IPA that's a collaboration ale with Barrier Brewing to rebuild that Sandy ravaged brewery. A beautifully blended IPA with a Belgian funk was a solid choice for a last beer in NYC. The beer paired surprisingly well with the mushroom and garlic Mac & Cheese, unusual and intriguing, I would gladly order it as a meal again.
On the way out, we ran into an intrepid band of beer hunters, one also a blogger at Hoptical Allusions. Need to leave for the train to fly home, we didn't have to time for more than a pic and a cheers on the way out. Each had a tray of four tasters—sixteen on the table. After two trying visits, a third with a chance encounter with fellow beer travelers bolstered my spirits and our experience. With great beer that is well served, Beer Authority is the go-to place in the heart of Manhattan for craft beer. However, in the future, I will make this our pre-show stop to relax and unwind before hitting Broadway, saving the post-show discussion for a much quieter place.
More at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/03/beer-authority-new-york-ny.html
05-19-2013 19:24:49 | More by FightingEntropy
4.48/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
This is a relatively new place; apparently owned by Rattle N Him. Unlike Rattle N Hum, it's much larger, with 3 levels including a small bar on the lower level, a restaurant / bar / large screen television area with lots of windows on the second level, and a 3rd (open) level that includes picnic tables and of course a bar. The location is convenient; just across from the Port Authority on West 40th Street. There's a nice mix of food to choose from. The brisket sandwich I had was good. They also had a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. The staff is friendly and helpful. All in all, a nice first experience. I plan on returning.
05-05-2013 21:48:56 | More by JohnW58
4.01/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Man, this place is huge. Walked in later in the evening after a dinner. Bottom bar is small, and the upstairs layout is huge. Consider it the antithesis of The Blind Tiger.
Selection menu is just like Rattle 'n' Hum. Menu divides everything into style. I ordered what I had specifically come for, and was told that it was out. The bartender then crossed out several beers that were no longer available, which was discouraging. I think I said, "Oh, such-and-such a beer is out too. Hmmm." And the bartender then suggested Yeti, which kind of annoyed me as I was asking about moreesoteric stuff, and I would figure she'd know I wanted to try something unique. All of the staff were chomping on gum and texting on their phone, which I found...annoying. It seemed to put things into a, "Yeah, whaddya want?" kind of thing. I was considering getting some of the rarer Bourbon County Stouts there, but decided against it as I was just getting bored of the whole thing and didn't want to spend all my night there.
Eh. I don't think I would bother going back. They clearly are raking in the money and don't care about my business.
05-02-2013 18:08:38 | More by RblWthACoz
3.83/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
The place is located right next to the Port Authority so there is a lot of foot traffic right in front of the place. As such, it also has a lot of "mainstream" folks that pack it up. The bar has 3 floors; a smallish bar on the first floor, a sizable 2nd floor, and an open ended 3rd floor (I think, as it was closed when I went). There were several TVs on the walls showing some European futbol events. The large windows on the 2nd floor are nice for some people watching. One interesting note, you get your one personal bathroom when you need to go. Overall, a big plus for the size of the place.
The draft list had a good amount of quality brews, definitely a beer bar selection. The bar does cater to non beer drinkers but overall it is more beer focused. On draft, they didn't have anything I couldn't easily find elsewhere. Their bottle selection was just a glass cooler in which you had to figure out what was what, no menu. They had some nice selections but if you weren't around the cooler, you wouldn't know that they had these.
The service was kind of poor the night I went. I received 2 different beers than what I ordered and they didn't do anything extraordinary. The beers were served in proper glasses.
A decent selection across the styles. Could use a bit more diversity. I appreciate the printed menu so you could see what they have.
Overall, an above average beer bar. It gets pluses for being in a touristy area. Attractive bar area and the deck would be nice during warmer weather. Needs to offer some harder to find brews.
01-20-2013 05:27:14 | More by Gmann
Beer Authority in New York, NY
90 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.