Tørst

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TørstTørst
BA SCORE
100
world-class

131 Ratings
Ratings: 131
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ 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

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Photo of pinyin
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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 if 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.

Photo of J-Rye
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of kmkryah
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Lives up to the hype. Could use table service, but that's hardly a dealbreaker.

Photo of Allezchristina
4.88/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My local beer bar. Outstanding selection, great service, cozy convivial vibe.

Photo of jonnyybp
4.01/5  rDev -12.1%
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

Photo of Spreetaper
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

Photo of James_A
3/5  rDev -34.2%

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.

Photo of clayrock81
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

Photo of JWQ
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of amano_h
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ari32
4.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Photo of jeagleton
5/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of KornWallace
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Photo of fulcrum
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Buller38
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of BobConner
3.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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