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Proletariat

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
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

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of dgilks
4.75/5  rDev +10%
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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4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of sholland119
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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

Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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....

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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