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Tørst

TørstTørst

Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
100
world-class

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 7.38%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Bar, Eatery ]

615 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11222-3919
United States
phone: (718) 389-6034

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @torst_nyc

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: slander on 03-07-2013)
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jeagleton

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

03-31-2014 02:50:09 | More by jeagleton
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KornWallace

New York

4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$

This is the one bar you have to go to in Brooklyn. As soon as you walk in you see this is a different kind of bar. When you say nice woodwork in a bar your minds eye gets an image of one thing, but Tørst's woodwork (and atmosphere more importantly) are something else. The bartender knows what he's talking about and is very capable of helping you find the beer you want based on your suggestions. Many of the beers are one of a kind and cannot be found anywhere else. While the menu is very limited and a little slow to come out it is wonderful. My only real complaint might be the cost of the place. I find everything to be overpriced, but it's such a pleasure to go to that's it worth the stop.

03-13-2014 02:12:06 | More by KornWallace
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BeerTwigs

New York

4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Checked out this place over the weekend on Bar Crawl which started at Brooklyn Brewery. Torst is pretty cool and its not marked so you will need to look for it carefully. The space is really different from any bar I have been in. Really nice white marble and wood with mirrors above which display the beers on tap.

The atmosphere was pretty cool and it was starting to get busy when I got there. Their beer selection was stellar and it seemed that they just had a Kuhnhenn event because they had a lot of their beers on tap. The serve is 3 glass sizes, which isn't necessarily the proper glassware for the pour but it worked out ok.

I would definitely recommend checking this place out. It seemed like they keep a really good beer selection and their server were well educated. Cheers!

11-18-2013 18:44:40 | More by BeerTwigs
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fulcrum

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$

A buddy and I went in after a 40-mile bike ride around Manhattan. Was about 3pm on a Monday in October so it was quiet. The atmosphere is super clean and neat--from the tables and chairs to the cool wooden taps colored from lite to dark w the matching beers written above them. Had some terrific pours, including a sour and a porter that were great but glad to have had the 5-ounce and 8-option options. Mike took excellent care of us, recommending solid choices when asked and paired some delicious food for us when we got hungry. Perfect service really. He even gave us a solid recommendation for one last stop on our way home (Brouwerij Lane). Loved Torst.

10-29-2013 21:48:23 | More by fulcrum
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Buller38

Pennsylvania

4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Tørst is my example of what would happen if there was a heaven. As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted with a nice mixture of wood and marble that just opens your eyes when the light hits it at the right angle (even though I think there may be too much marble and wood at times, this place felt just right), as if you literally entered heaven.

The quality of the beer is amazing, I absolutely love their tap list. I knew I was at the right place when I glanced down at offering #20 and it read "An Ale Pleasure."

The servers were excellent, knew their beers and how to describe the taste perfectly. They even were able to pick up on my pallete a little bit.

The food sounded terrific and looked terrific but I didn't have a chance to munch on any of it.

THIS PLACE IS A MUST VISIT… I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN THE NYC AREA, YOU MUST TRAVEL ACROSS THE BRIDGE TO BROOKLYN.

10-28-2013 16:12:41 | More by Buller38
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

The place has a stark Scandinavian design to it with lots of white and pale woods and it had a fair number of people in it on a Saturday afternoon yet the place was quiet. There was very little clutter and it was very well lit. Most of the other customers were more hipster than I am and a touch younger - more late 20s early 30s.

The beers were all well poured with the proper amount of head and served at the proper temperature. A variety of glassware was used to serve the beers, the appropriate glassware for the style.

The service was able to pour a nice beer but frankly were not the friendly nor did they offer any insights into beers or suggestions based on other beers you ordered (which I might have expected when they were all out of one of the bottles we ordered).

The beers were offered in three different sizes depending on how much you wanted to drink which was nice considering the strength of some of the beers on the tap list. The tap list was really good at this place featuring a couple of breweries I had never come across before but maybe not quite as amazing as I thought it might have been. The bottle list was pretty crazy and featured some really expensive beers (like $125 for one single bottle)...though there were a lot of beers by Evil Twin, Mikkeller, Against the Grain, and other 12 Percent imported beers.

Did not try any food on this visit but it seemed to only have small bites/appetizers from what I saw.

Prices were a little high but that was to be expected considering the relative rarity of some of the beers.

10-24-2013 01:05:57 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$$

Vibe: This place has lots of Scandinavian decor in the form of wood paneling. It's also quite bright for a bar as it has light white and beige colored tiles on the wall, a white marble bar, and a mirror that runs the length of the bar and doubles as a chalkboard.

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware.

Service: I went there on a Saturday afternoon and two bartenders were working. The beers seemed to pour slow, but I never had to wait too long to order.

Selection: I counted 21 beers on-tap and approximately 120 bottles on their list. Some of the beers are commonly available but there were about half a dozen obscure beers on-tap that I've never seen before. Just about all of the beers were available in 5, 8 or 14 ounce pours.

10-19-2013 19:40:23 | More by metter98
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BobConner

New York

3.9/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$

Ok. Well, I can say I was there. Keep in mind, that my opinions are my own and that I knew what I was getting into when I showed up there, but I happened to be in the area for work, and had heard about the place. Seemed wrong to miss the opportunity.

That being said, its a pretty little place. I mean, more so sleek and clean looking. Has that non-descript "to cool for itself" look that one often finds in the upscale of anything these days. The clientele is what youd expect. Trendy Hipsters with some cash in their pockets. The bartenders pretty much follow suit. Service wasnt bad, but you did get that feeling like the bartender, while prompt, was doing you a favor in tending to your order.

The tap line up was solid, but not so overly impressive as one might think given the hype the place has received. Drafts served in an 8oz pour generally work for me, but there were a couple 5oz in the line for me, as dictated by price, when I was there. I dont mind a smaller pour size really. I like to try different things. The pricing does however live up to its reputation. I will say that the bottle list is exceptional. Again pricey, but quite impressive. Still, I stayed with the taps, had a few, and made my way home.

The thing about a place like Torst is that I'd never expect to go in there alone and end up in a conversation with someone I'd never met before. Ultimately, they are about the beer and the attitude, which is fine for them. For me, Im down with seeking out good beer, but a big part of that for me is sharing it with other people. Otherwise, I could just spend my time at the Fairway or Whole Foods and drink at home in a decidedly more comfortable seat. The bar stools leave much to be desired for a somewhat larger fellow as myself.

I'll stick with my local. Im not cool enough for Torst.

10-17-2013 18:13:11 | More by BobConner
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | $$$

I visited Tørst mid-Saturday. Appearance is pretty basic, without even a sign to make its presence known from the street, but it's still pretty obviously found when you know what you're looking for. Interior is just as basic, kind of felt like I was having a drink in a refurbished hair salon. The tap display was nice and organized. Bar stools were the most awkward and uncomfortable things I've ever planted my butt on, so I decided to stand. I knew to expect this, but there was a very aloof and snobby air in the place: hipsters who have been in the beer scene for about a year or two, if that, sipping their Stillwater beers and talking about how obscure they are. Overall, I just didn't get a good vibe.

The tap selection was decent, nothing really out of the ordinary, with a heavy leaning towards Evil Twin (obviously), so if you like their beers, this is a no-brainer. Also selections from the likes of Perennial, De Struise, etc. Can't really complain, there's something for everyone, and probably at least one or two that any given individual hasn't tried before. Size options were nice, of course. The bottle list was decent as well, but horrendously overpriced. I mean, if you want to splurge on this stuff, that's fine with me, but there are very few beers that are really worth the prices they were charging, and even those I can find for a lot cheaper elsewhere. Price-wise, the draught beer was a little better, but still, $5 for a 5 ounce pour of Deschutes or Evil Twin is kind of ridiculous.

Service was ok. The bartenders seem to tend to flock to whatever cluster of big-spending hipsters might be at the bar, and ignore everyone else, breaking out the $40 bottles of Fantsatic Voyage, and talking about a trip to Wisconsin to visit Hill Farmstead (yes, I actually overheard this statement). Makes sense from their vantage point, as they're working for tips, but not really fair to everyone else. Fortunately, there was a more meat-and-potatoes bartender on my end that was more attentive. Hopefully he lasts...he wasn't wearing flannel or glasses, so I don't know.

There were a few basic food options, simple noshy stuff, absorbancies. Nothing I was drawn to try. And the adjacent eatery, Luksus, is simply preposterous.

I respect Evil Twin for opening a place like this and bringing these beers to the city. Unfortunately, the price gouging and the inevitable crowd the bar draws will probably keep me from ever going back. I'm sure special events here would be amazing (and unbelievably expensive), but I'll have to pass. Oh well, it's New York.

09-12-2013 15:09:45 | More by Rifugium
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drewone

California

4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$

Definetly a must stop when in NY, on the border of greenpoint and Willamsburg, an easy walk from the L train.
Went on a Thursday night around 7:30-10.
Very cool unassuming facade with no signage. Well designed simple interior, tap set up seems very professionally done. Al beer seemed fresh and served in appropriate containers and glass ware.
As others have mentiond, really liked the choice if three sizes (for both price, ability to try more and for sanity's sakes). Scrutinsed the tap list, ordered and the bartender would aknowledge your order by giving you a run down of the characteristics of the beer (reminescient of a high end restaurant ). At first i mistook this as the bartender being really knowlwdable only to realize when ordering off the bottle list that the spiel was given them to memorize. Not really a complaint so much as I just a realizatiomthat i shouldn't rely to heavy on their opions. Service was overall good, there was one point where there was a rush of people for a half hour and the bar was overwhelmed, but other wise care was taking In the pouring of beer.

Menu List the tap offerings and a selection of bottles. There is another whole bottle list that you can ask for with many more offerings.

Nice selection, alot of Evil Twin as you would expect, many I have never seen.

The main thing I would mention is that there is now a restaurant hidden in the back - Luksus, only been around a couple of weeks and is super hyped right now. It only seats 26 and they only do a few seatings a night - for a $74 fixe price plus an additional $43 for beer pairing per person. It seemed very expensive and I only heard more about it after the fact so I did 't even consider going. The bummer was that one person that I did a trade with mentioned he was able to buy BA Justin at Torst. I asked the bartender about it (after already ordering quite a bit) and at first he acted like no problem only to come and tell me that he was just told that it was now only for the restaurant... Subsequently I heard that the beer served in the back was impressive, but with out any specifics. Had I known I would have considered the splurge since I only get out to NY every few years.

All in all I had a great time and every beer I had was really good or better.

08-15-2013 07:01:07 | More by drewone
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