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Proletariat

Not Rated.
ProletariatProletariat
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 6.78%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 15
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

102 Saint Marks Pl
New York, New York, 10009-5811
United States
phone: (212) 777-6707

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @proletariatny

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: sholland119 on 08-24-2012)
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Reviews by GJ40:
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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

GJ40, Jan 10, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +0.7%

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....

Billolick, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

metter98, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

ONovoMexicano, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%

Small cool spot on the end of St Marks by tompkins square. Visited on a weekday night, was able to get a stool at the bar, a few people but not that busy. Nice aesthetic.

Small but varied and well curated tap list (about 12 taps), mix of imports and domestics. For me the real treat was finding Kuhnhenn Braggot. Also you can do tasters in a set of 4 I believe, so I sampled some local tri state offering (Carton, Barrier) that I wanted to try. Very generous with water - give you a 40oz bottle - I like this as I always like to balance my beer with a good amount of water.

Very low light level, not really a problem but I actually had to remove my glasses to read the list LOL - that made me feel old.

Also just a tad loud - not in a it bothered and I was solo so I wasn't trying to hold a conversation, but I had a little problem hearing all the details of what the bar tender was saying - he did seem very knowledge though.

Prices are not cheep but in line with what I would expect for EV/NYC.

Overall very worthy of stopping in.

drewone, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%

Proletariat is a tough review for me. There are many things I love about it, a few mixed bag things, and some things I outright dislike. I admit some of these are based on a very personal bias, and I'll try to explain those biases.

First off, the good. The service has always been excellent, the bartenders clearly know what they are talking about, are passionate and not snobby. I also think the bottle list is fantastic, and that they do individual pours of some bottles makes up for the usual ridiculous bar bottle mark up.

The mixed bag is quite a can of worms. Many complain about the "winification" of beer. This, to me, means exclusivity, snobbery and ridiculous pricing. Some of that is in full view here. The tap list is so esoteric that even a fairly well versed beer geek like myself doesn't know a single item on it. I love seeing a handful of unique beers on a tap list. But I think you need to mix in an equal amount of year round offerings from quality brewers. I understand with only 8 taps that they have chosen to go this route, but I feel if it alienates a BA such as myself, what does it do to a craft newbie?

My strong dislike is the layout of the bar. The bar itself extends so far into the room that there is only room for the person seated and one person standing behind them. If it is crowded, as it often is, this makes the bar area (which you must pass through to get to the restroom) nearly impossible to navigate. Having a smaller bar would allow much more room. Also, this could be solved by having some solid year round brews, but the prices are high. My comfort zone for NYC craft pricing is $6-$9. With the exception of Gansett cans, expect to pay $8-$12.

Overall, I think Proletariat has a lot of great things going for it, and I don't want this review to make it seem like I don't like the place. I do. But I think the business model is only reinforcing the "winification", or in this case "hipsterfication" of craft beer, and that's not something I feel good about.

BKBassist, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%

Oh, that place in the East village I’ve never heard of; it’s got to be a stone’s throw from that other place we used to beer. Parked on the corner at 1st Ave, giving the Mercedes behind me a good bump (I hope no one’s waiting for me when I get back), and dealt meter play. Halfway down the block, in a place where sweet buns used to happen...

A single room joint, not terribly wide. ‘L’ shaped copper sheet topped bar with a pressed tin panel base & brick foot box off to the left; seating for 10 on affixed black leather swivel stools, and a pair of floaters more. Barback wall is brick painted a thousand times over and then picked and peeled away some. Many of the colors of the rainbow skittled up, but mostly blacked now, and the sections forward the bar are full on black. Framed copper board on barback center listing tap selections with magnetic refrigerator letters from your childhood; the pricing in colored numbers. A shelf is affixed just below with bottled selections displayed, and stemmed glassware hanging from the underside, and shelves to both sides hold bottles or glassware or both.

The wall behind me is vertically striped white & beige with black trims over pressed tin lowers with some bar counter inlay starting halfway down the bar. The walls are decorated with dozens and dozens of small framed pieces of tattoo choices, and tattooed people inked or inking. Some really cool stuff; makes one think of an old port tattoo shop. Red penny sized tiled floors to the rear, and slat wood painted checkerboard black & red up front. The ceiling is done in pressed tin with black crown molding and is slanted both vertically & horizontally, in a fun house kind of way, and as the room also narrows to the rear widthwise, I am officially upgrading it to ‘Wonkaesque’. A few drop lanterns up front, track spots on the big board from above, and red glass tea candles along the bar. A single hightop table up front for 6 and seating for a pair on a bar counter piece in the windows over St. Mark’s Place. Back of the house is a kitchen coming space, and a single shorty corner bathroom.

Upright bar towers with 3 taps each in pairs at each end along the bar, 12 in all; a 2 to 1 ratio craft (Carton Milk Stout, Ommegang Scythe & Sickle, Southern Tier Oak Aged Backburner, Stillwater Premium, Hoppin Frog Frogs Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale, Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale, Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam, Firestone Walker Pale 31), to import (LoverBeer D’uva Beer, Dupont Biere De Miel, Ca L'Arenys Guineu Riner, Thornbridge Raven). I drank shortys of the LoverBeer D’uva Beer (sublime), Firestone Walker Pale 31, Stillwater Premium, & Ommegang Scythe & Sickle. They were all in good shape.

And 3 dozen+ bottles, they don’t have a list, but there are some real nice offerings displayed; Drie Fonteinen, Maine Brewing, Evil Twin, Mikkeller, Schlenkerla, and I see a good bunch of snub shorty Italian type beers.

Caught Chris ‘tending twice now just after opening; he’s a good cat, knows his game. We’ve talked some good beer in a short amount of time. Founders Breakfast Stout just came on, and he’s correct; it does get overshadowed by the stupid that are the KBS & CBS. And beer people come rolling in, so it seems they’re getting the crowd. I would call what they’re playing ‘punk’ and it’s very fitting for the ‘hood. Very good tap selection; some seem painfully priced, others not so. I could like on this place.

slander, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of sholland119
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%

Visited on 8/18/12.

On our way to an incredibly disappointing stop at Hop Devil Grill/Belgian Room (seriously, what the hell happened there?), Vickie spied the slogan in the Proletariat window ("New, Rare and Unusual Beer"). Stopped us dead in our tracks. Place does not open until 5 so we had to stop back after biding our time for one at the Hop Devil.

This place was well worth the wait. This is a small place, occupying a space that used to be a bakery. One table for 6 in the front, one long L-shaped bar on the left seats about 15.

The tap list is small but awesome. Nogne O Imperial Rye Porter was the highlight for me. A bit pricey but not bad for Manhattan. The server was very friendly, service was fast and you could get a taste of anything.

We could easily have stayed all night except that we needed food and this place does not appear to have any. We will know better next time.

A great place to discover. I could not believe it wasn't on BA yet. Go check it out!

HV

sholland119, Aug 27, 2012
Proletariat in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.