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52 Reviews
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Type: Bar, Eatery

615 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11222-3919
United States

(718) 389-6034 | map

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

The selection here is always phenomenal. Can't go wrong there. Nice vibe to the place and it does feel very European.

Where Torst loses me a bit is on price. This place is so damn expensive. Even in an expensive city, the price for the pours is ridiculous, especially when some of these pours are like $12 for four ounces.

Having said that, this is a good place to visit about once a year and splurge. One day I might really splurge and eat at the Michelin-starred restaurant in the back.

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Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

It's certainly a beer bar in Brooklyn. Where the hip meet up with the snobs to outdo each other in douchery. This is THE place for any beer snob to be seen, taking carefully staged beer photos for their blogs, while their friends twirl their mustaches and "check-in" a beer on the latest app.

If you can get past all of that, and are able to decipher the writing on the gaudy mirrored "menu", then you'll see that this place has one hell of a tap list. A wide array of Evil Twin (obviously), some great NE beers, along with outstanding European beers... this place really covers the spread.

Staff was very knowledgeable, albeit a bit smug. I see where some people would be turned off by a few staff members "attitudes". I, on the other hand, had some great conversation with 2 of the bartenders, and found them to be most pleasant once they took down their beer elitist wall.

Food? Well, it's amazing. You probably don't need me to tell you that.

Prices? Steep. That's certainly true. Buuuut, it's a destination beer spot, in Brooklyn, so I wasn't too surprised. I was happy when I left, and that's truly all that matters.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

There on Friday afternoon, so was not crowded. Very open space, Spartan decor. Bar seats maybe 10 and a half dozen bench like tables. Excellent craft selection. a bit on the pricey side.

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Amazing place. Amazing chef and amazing beer selection. This is pretty much a given considering the owners. But if you find yourself in NYC and love food and beer, this place is a must!

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A bit in the middle of nowhere and from the outside, without prior knowledge, I doubt you would guess it to be a pretty killer craft beer bar.

The general bar area is a mix of dated wood with a very modern and slick bar. My friends and I were there on an early Saturday afternoon so it was not crowded at all. A very laid back atmosphere and the servers were pretty prompt and friendly.

The really only reason we went was of course for their tap menu. They really feature some top notch brews. All pours are served in oversized wine glasses with a modern graphic. We didn't have any of the food option but the options were mostly artisanal appetizer type.

Overall, a pretty cool little craft beer bar. I'm not about to run back or declare it my favorite spot but if the menu is good I wouldn't hesitate for another visit.

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Photo of Dingohop
2.29/5  rDev -49.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.75 | food: 1

Are you serious?

Selection is good. That's where it ends.

Prices are outrageous. Staff is borderline incompetent and tries to hide this by being rude and condescending. I've watched them roll their eyes at customers who asked basic questions. Guess what-not everyone works in the industry and people are wary of your ridiculous prices.

Why the most famous beer bar in new york is surprised by beer tourists is a mystery. Their prices are down right offensive.

Very nicely designed.

I believe they have created a roach motel for beer toursits.

Happpen to live in brooklyn but won't go back. Better service and prices at an Applebees in Times Square.

Some Michelin star nonsense restaurant over there too. If you're a glutton for punishment check it out.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Clearly the selection and quality here is top-notch, every beer is poured the way it should be, correct temperature. Everything is poured into the big Torst wine glasses, which is fine. The selection of beers on tap was really interesting, obscure European imports, some rare US craft, and everything in between. Obviously a large amount of Evil Twin.

Didn't get much food, but did get the olive plate, which was outstanding. Seriously, if you like olives, don't miss this one.

The prices are downright offensive, but when you go here, you know that going in, so you're prepared.

Service was good, bartender was friendly, willing to help with suggestions on the lesser-known tap selections.

Absolutely worth a stop, but bring a sack of gold with you.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

A great place to enjoy quality brews, especially Evil Twin, which is the featured brewery. (The owner is the founder of Evil Twin). They have Danish food(the owner is Danish) that is mostly small and for snacking. The service is good and friendly. The decor is perhaps a little sterile and chi chi for me. It looks more like a fancy cocktail bar. Nevertheless, this is a cool place to hang and to enjoy excellent quality off centered brews.

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Photo of hoprage
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A must visit beer place if you care about beer. Always new and interesting beers on tap. Knowledgeable staff and friendly if not on a busy night. Also a great bottle selection .

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Photo of pinyin
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Cool place overall and very unique in design, function and offerings.

It does get overly crowded and loud on the weekends.

Some of the servers aren't really as educated on the offerings as they should be.

Prices are pretty steep for the portion sizes.

Generally speaking, things in Brooklyn, especially specialty brews are around 10-20% less expensive than in Manhattan, depending on the location and proximity to a subway.

Torst is by far the most expensive beer venue in the entire city if you measure dollars to ounces.

It's a nice place if you have the money to blow, and you will get some excellent beer, but not really worth the price in my book.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The infamous Tørst. You know, infamous is when you're more then famous. This Tørst is not just famous...it's INfamous.

Killer selection. Multiple serving size options. Works for me.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great tap selection, and a super-impressive bottle selection. Cool minimalist design and vibe. 80s music blaring (maybe it was the night of the week), knowledgeable staff. Didn't eat, but the menu seemed appropriate and beer complementary. Prices on the high side, but there's no really cheap craft beer in NYC. Awesome place. I'll go back every time I'm in NYC.

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Photo of J-Rye
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

An absolutely phenomenal selection of beers. The bar menu is great. I suggest the olives and the rugbrod, buttered. If I could get here more often, I certainly would. The bartenders are extraordinarily friendly, helpful, and make great beer suggestions, though, with a beer list like that, I don't know if they could make a bad one. Anyway, this place is a must visit.

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Photo of jonnyybp
4.01/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Visited back in December 2014. Not what I think of when I think beer bar but great nonetheless. The vibe is hip, it is Williamsburg you know. Went around 8 pm on a weeknight and it was pretty busy. Dimly lit inside, with ambient music playing in the background, set a relaxed mood. The place is outfitted with reclaimed wood tables and a marble bar. Staff seemed eager to help and asked if I had any questions about anything. A quarter of the draft list was Evil Twin stuff, also had a handful of things I couldn't get around my neck of the woods. Didn't try the food. Would go back next time I'm in BK

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Photo of Spreetaper
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Great selection and a very knowledgeable and friendly bartender.
Too bad I live in the complete other side of Brooklyn or I would frequenet this place quite a bit!

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I love this place. Decor is probably what is called "Scandi-simple" - very minimalist. The tap selection is excellent and the bottle list is incredibly extensive. Beer is expensive, but it is Brooklyn, after all. Small bar food menu, but very well prepared.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Nice place, great beer selection. Quite a bit of ET on tap, which is to be expected and I am not complaining. Food was great (Confited Duck sandwich was awesome). Atmosphere was not much to talk about, meaning the staff was a little stiff, which rubs we the wrong way. Not a 100 Rating in my humble opinion, but I would frequent if I live close by. Better places in NYC IMO.

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Photo of James_A
3/5  rDev -33.8%

Can nobody see this place for what it is... the tasting room for a gypsy brewer?

The bar room is over-designed. The herringbone wood inlay that is EVERYWHERE you look gives me headache, and the mirrors above the back bar with the beers written on them is quite possibly the stupidest design element I've ever seen in a bar. You can't read the writing.

Bartenders and crowd are the most insufferable beer snobs you will ever have the misfortune of spending what could have been quality drinking time with.

Different beer styles being poured at different temperatures, although gimmicky, is a good idea.

Now that Evil Twin is being distributed more widely, my advice is to drink those delicious stouts in better bars.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.35/5  rDev -4%

Why a 4.35? Just b/c I can now do that with the new system.
I can see how this bar would be a terrible place to visit if you went on a crowded day.
That being said, the wife and I went on Sunday at noon (literally it was 12:01 PM) and there were two guys there and then us.
They had two bartenders and I must admit that I see where other reviews about some staff "problems" derive from.
The one bartender wasn't a snob but gave off a little 'tude, where the other guy was completely cool and ended up talking to us for the whole hour we were there.
As for the food we didn't eat, but of course the main reason to come is the beer.
What can I say other than the beer selection, while limited to 21 taps at a time plus an extensive bottle list for here or to go, is incredible.
Beyond the obvious multiple Evil Twin choices are some great domestic and international choices.
The pints are priced on average, maybe a little more, than other Brooklyn bars.
The bottle selection prices are high but that's more of an observation than complaint.
Nice place to visit when no one else is around and you want some excellent craft beer.

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Photo of JWQ
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

The bar is amazing and it is a really cool atmosphere. I stopped by here on an early Sunday afternoon to check out the place so there was not much of a crowd. I had the Yin/Yang mix. Really good.

You can also buy the glasses they serve for $15. I bit pricey, but I got one anyway. The only thing that was not up to par was the bartender. He was not friendly when I asked a couple questions about the place. I mean there was literally 6 people there and he was very stand offish. Not what I like to see in a bartender! Asked him a couple question about Greenpoint and his reply was simply "Idk I am from Long Island."

Wish he was cooler, but this bar is definitely one of the finer establishments I have been too.


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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This bar is awesome. The interior is absolutely beautiful and the beer selection is top-notch. They have great prices on Evil Twin beers, I'm guessing due to the owner's connection with Evil Twin and they allow you to get different size pours, which is something I really wish more bars did. They also had Sucre on tap! What an awesome surprise that was. They have a small food menu as well if you're so inclined. The choices seemed interesting but I didn't give it a try this go 'round. I'm sure the experience on a weekend night is much different than Monday afternoon, but I'll certainly give it a go on some weekend night in the future.

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Photo of amano_h
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I kind of have mixed feelings for this place.

I first found out about TØRST when I heard rumors that there is a bar in Brooklyn that actually gets Cantillon on tap. Whereas Yelp helped confirm that rumor in my mind, I have yet to succeed in my everlasting quest to try Belgium's best lambics and gueuze on draft outside of Belgium.

My grudges against Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø's inability to procure some of the world's rarest brews regularly on tap aside, there is always something here for any beer enthusiast to try; the fact that the beer selection is supervised and directed by a "ghost brewer" who contracts out to some of the US' finest and up-and-coming brewers (Westbrook, Stillwater, Three Floyds, Prairie to name a few) means you're always going to find something here you probably won't expect to see in other bars.

The price point can be a little steeper than most bars in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg areas, (thanks to my fellow BeerAdvocates/RateBeer members and the faux-hipster-beer-geeks for that) but the Brooklynite-by-osmosis Dane has done quite well with TØRST and I've yet to have a bad experience here; if anything else, they always seem to have Imperial Biscotti Break and Lil' B on their state-of-the-line draft system, so if you like seeing good beer flow out of cool looking taps that look like they just magically appear out of a wall... there you go.

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Photo of ari32
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The decor here is top notch, especially for what seems like a hole-in-the-wall from the outside. The combination of marble, wood, and mirror works well. Everything about the place is chill and low-key. The quality of beers on tap are really good and there is a pretty large selection with a variety of styles. There's a solid bottle selection, as well. The staff is top notch and the food is really good. Overall, it's a great bar and I look forward to visiting it again in the future.

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Photo of orangesol
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

I heard about this place a few months before it opened and I had wanted to visit ever since. A world class beer bar with a michelin quality restaurant in the back? You better believe I am in on that. Atmosphere was awesome. Tons of people enjoying themselves, beautiful bar and decor to match. Quality is one of the highest I have come across. Their draft system is state of the art, their build quality is amazing and their food is some of the best in the city. Service was a touch hit or miss. When they came around it was top notch but I was left with an empty glass for a bit longer than I should have been for sitting at the middle of the bar. Selection was pretty good on our visit. They obviously had plenty of Evil Twin but they also had some killer Belgian's that I had never seen before. If you include the back restaurant I am not sure how you can't say the food is world class. If you don't then it is adequate but nothing over the top. I got the bread and butter and while it was awesome I am not sure I really got my money's worth. Prices were high across the board, even more so than the better Manhattan bars. Overall this is easily one of the best beer bars I have ever come across. I look forward to visiting again the next time I am in the area.

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Photo of jeagleton
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Tørst is a real treat if you're looking for some interesting beers (and sometimes the people who made them!). The draft list has a lot of Evil Twin, which is great and also makes sense because the man behind Evil Twin co-owns the place. On draft were some unusual Evil Twin brews (See: Spicy Nachos), a handful of Prairie Artisan Ales brews (to celebrate the recent "Bible Belt" collab btw Evil Twin and Prairie), a beer from Mikkeller (the owner of which is Evil Twin's actual twin), and beer from Bokor, Virtue, Glazen Toren, and Maine Beer Co. The bottles list is far more extensive

The draft system is super impressive--go read about the "flux capacitor" if you haven't already.

Tørst is my new favorite (nice) bar in New York City and I'll be going out of my way regularly to stop by.

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Tørst in Brooklyn, NY
99 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.