Taps: 101 / Bottles: 112
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DoubleSimcoe:
3.71/5 rDev -3.9%
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
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +3.9%
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
Beer Authority in New York, NY
88 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.