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Proletariat

Not Rated.
ProletariatProletariat
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

15 Reviews
Reviews: 15
Visits: 39
Avg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 15
Cask: N
[ Bar ]

102 Saint Marks Pl
New York, New York, 10009-5811
United States
phone: (212) 777-6707 | map
www.proletariatny.com

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Place added by: sholland119 on 08-24-2012

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Reviews: 15 | Visits: 39
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of SirBentham
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of bouncepass
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of neckbeardahab
4.86/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

much more comfortable early in the week.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Knowledgable staff, great setting. About 12 taps with a very high quality selection.

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Photo of Lare453
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Vibe is amazing. This place rocked. Great music. People were cool. Old awesome crooked as fuck building. Dark, loud. Service was amazing even when it was jammed. They serve all beers in Telug glasses. Selection is very small but every draft was awesome. Fair selection of bottles.

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Photo of Eman17
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of alucard
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of VinceMig
4.86/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Tight fit but a great craft spot.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Limited to 12 taps and some bottles, but of those, all are winners. Service is phenomenal -- knowledgeable and personal -- and you should definitely check out the beer cheese (with matzo, seriously, give it a try). My last visit, they had Mexican Cake, plus a host of excellent Brooklyn selections. Could've honestly sat there all night and ran through the full list without any complaints.

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Photo of dgilks
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great bar in the East Village. It's small with only a dozen or so seats but it feels great. The service is top notch with proactive pouring of water, attentive service and great beer knowledge. The selection is well curated with a reasonable mix of styles and high quality. Very easy place to like.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great location and great vibe in a neighborhood full of things to do and some pretty good beers bars. St. Marks is always jumping and you would walk right past this joint if you weren't looking for it. Artwork and decor is very hip and East Village-like with good music playing and the feel of a local hangout spot. It's a small tight space with the bar taking up most of the place and a few tables. On the downside, the bathroom was tiny, stinky and close to my seat at the bar, and the place was really tight and not a big space at all, however that lends itself to the communal feeling and amped up beer geek aura; the crowd was into beer here and you could tell since it was crowded and mostly full for a Monday night. The way they set up the tap list is cool.

Very high quality of "rare, new and unusual beer" as stated on the website. Not many bottles were crossed off the list and the tap selection had 12 brews of varying styles including some I'd never heard of, which was nice. Place is not an IPA shop and had some gems on tap including Grassroots/Hill Farmstead Brother Soigne Saison and a few from Nogne O. I had 3 tap beers and 1 can (Other Half Superfun!) and all tasted like they came from clean lines and were poured into teku glasses...not sure why they only use teku, but they got the job done.

The bartender last night was excellent. He knew his beers on tap, could speak about all the different styles, give recommendations and you could tell he really loved beer in addition to being a nice guy. Attentive and not the type that waited for you to signal him, he came by to check in and see how we liked our beers halfway through them all. His professionalism added to the relaxed vibe and made us feel welcomed. He kept us hydrated and our water glasses full as well, which helped keep us sober.

Selection is excellent for stuff you don't find elsewhere. A bit pricey for the draft beers and some of the bottles were very expensive, but this is really a specialty beer bar that is on the exclusive side for the beer bar world. I had the Grassroots/Hill Farmstead Brother Soigne Saison, a Other Half Superfun! APA, a Cuzett Libations Grisette and a Port City Colossal Four Quad. For me it was a great night since getting anything by Hill Farmstead is rare and a treat, Other Half is a local hot brewer and this can really kicked ass, plus I got to try 2 new brewers whom I had never heard of and tried some styles I don't normally have. A great experience, I'm looking forward to going back to this place for another mid-week visit.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

This place is pretty good. Its comically small for a bar. Staff is awesome and has always been down to earth and helpful.

Mixed bag when it comes to what's available on tap and bottles, usually they offer rarer and more unique brews. Good beer is right around the corner incase you strike out here. That's a place. Not a euphemism, "Good Beer" is a bottle shop around the corner.

Proletariat uses twitter, check them out there if you're so inclined.

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Photo of beenitty
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I'd been wanting to try this place for sometime, but sadly I was disappointed with my experience.

First, rare beer on our bottle list that's awesome. I show up and order it. "Oh, I guess we must have sold the last one." Bummer. The recommendations to replace what I'd wanted originally were less than stellar. The orientation of the bar is super crowded on a Saturday night, with nowhere to move and nowhere to go. I understand its Saturday but this place is way too small, I know its NYC, but if its crowded, I would just turn around and go somewhere else.

Overall, the list is nice and selective but the atmosphere and space left something to be desired.

This place has potential but no space at all.

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Proletariat in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.