Taps: 101 / Bottles: 112
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GJ40:
3.99/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25 | $$$
A small first floor bar with a large second floor dining area. Great beer selection with lots on tap and many more in the bottle. I was happy to find BCBS on the bottle list but the waitress later returned to say they didn't have it. So I went with the Green Flash Citra Session IPA. What a beer! We split several apps and the food was only OK. Good place though!
07-23-2013 11:06:54 | More by GJ40
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
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 -8.3%
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
Beer Authority in New York, NY
88 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.