Taps: 8 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GJ40:
4.04/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
A friend took me there while in town on business. Small and narrow but a great atmosphere. They have some great beers with 10 or so on tap but the overall numbers are low. I had a Victory Braumeister Pils and a Struise Pannepot Reserva. Well worth a visit. And just a short walk down the street is where they took the photo for Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti album cover.
01-10-2014 12:26:59 | More by GJ40
More User Reviews:
4.31/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Lower East Side NYC, NY.
Slander covered the details of the room. I'll just add that its small, dark, sorta cramped and on the loud side...I imagine it can get very crowded. I visited at opening time, so no worries for me..
This is a place to get rare beers and to get great service. The bartender, started me out with some water (so smart for bars to pour their customers water, surprised so few do it unless asked) and asked what I liked and guided me to a few selections he thought made sense. Glad he did cuz at least 1/2 of the drafts and bottles were unknown to me. Great service, friendly and very knowledgeable.
About 12 on tap and about 25 bottles. Drafts were reasonably priced for the quality, rarity and location, but many of the bottles were out of my price range (multiple 330 ml bottles from Italy at over $25, some way over...)
I'd stick to the drafts (seems most people were doing just that) go right when they open, so you could get a seat and bring some beer friendly food in next time. (They have no food available, so you can bring what you want in) Would make for a great beer treat....
02-19-2014 16:25:55 | More by Billolick
4.16/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Vibe: This place is quite small and only has seating at the bar, one table in front and the counter at the window. It's a tight squeeze between the bar and wall if you are walking towards the back.
Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using proper glassware. All of the beers I tried came in snifter glasses.
Service: Although the place was very crowded when I went, there was only one bartender working so sometimes it took a while to get a beer.
Selection: This place doesn't have a huge selection, but usually has a couple of beers that are tough to find.
12-08-2013 12:38:40 | More by metter98
4.29/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Proletariat is a small beer bar in the East Village, focused on obscure and high-quality brews.
12 taps, a couple of bottles, no food. This is what you're getting. Grado Plato, Stillwater, Inveralmond Black Friar, Evil Twin Justin, Schlenkerla. And the bottle selection (rotating and written in a mirror at the bar) includes Allagash Hugh Malone, Evil Twin Molotov, De Dolle Export Stout and more.
Prices are high, but considering New York bars routinely charge eight or nine dollars for any beer, it's rather reasonable.
Friendly, knowledgeable bartender and a great atmosphere conducive to romance, making friends and who knows what else. Small as it is, though, Proletariat will get crowded quickly. Be warned.
11-16-2013 16:05:59 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.27/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
A cool bar, albeit quite pricey, especially for an out-of-towner used to $4.50 pints of the good stuff during peak hours (Albuquerque life).
Still, you have to commend the folks here for their assemblage of beers, the beer knowledge exhibited by the bartender, and the fact that you may just walking away, like I did, in awe at the beer(s) you just had.
For me, it was the bottle of Pannepot Reserva I had. Though I consider myself a bit of a beer geek, I was unfamiliar with this particular brand and beer ans was a bit nervous about paying the $15 the twelve ounces was going to cost me. Thanfkully, there was a special going on giving 30% off until 8PM, so this made the price much more palatable.
The beer was mind-blowing. A Belgian aged for 5 years in white oak barrels, the complexity of flavors really astonished me. Different fruit hints, oakiness, some smoke, some chocolate, all dancing around different parts of my palate. It was a true pleasure drinking this beer.
Having said this, I'm not sure anyone else will find this beer there on future visits, but I'm confident they'll find something similar and similarly obscure.
I look forward to returning in future visits to NYC.
09-16-2013 22:24:51 | More by ONovoMexicano
Proletariat in New York, NY
93 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.