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Reviews by Billolick:
3.09/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
cross the street from the very BA worthy Biercraft, this place's beer karma is disappointingly low. They do have tons of taps, with several/multiple drinkable options. Problem I have is they seem to go for the safest and most middle of the road options. I suppose this is what their clientele likes and of course there is nothing wrong with serving crowd pleasing beers to the large crowd they seem to always attract. Don't expect anything overtly interesting. Do expect a large crowd, a ridiculous amount of TVs with multiple sporting events on, and many many options for run of the mill craft beers as well as ample decent brews from larger breweries. For a much more quality and scintillating bar and beer experience....go to the Gate...just a short walk down 5th ave
05-15-2010 15:17:21 | More by Billolick
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4.05/5 rDev +22.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
This is one of the most popular bars in Park Slope. Seated right along the bustling 5th Ave, they have a prime location... right across the street from Bierkraft!
They say they have 40 taps, but they really have EIGHTY taps (although it's "fuzzy math"... there are two sets of identical 40s...). You can't beat this place for happy hour. From opening to 7pm, you can get 1/2 off their tap prices, aka beer for $2.50
For the discerning beer enthusiast, one may be disappointed. Granted, more than half of the tap lines are occupied by regional or macrobrews, with not much attention given to the small craft breweries. But think of this place from a business perspective - it's a volume bar. Their goal is to turn their kegs over as soon as possible. And I'm happy to say that in the two times I have been there - about 6 months apart - I have seen the quality of the craft line they carry increase. Heavyweight anyone???...
One weekend nights and during happy hour, expect this place to be very crowded. It's not really a sports bar, but it has the same raucous atmosphere of a football game. If you like revelry, loud noise and high energy, this is your place.
The food is definitely well-prepared for bar food, and the portions are generous. This place is very clean and respectable and I do recommend it, even to you beer geeks.
03-13-2005 13:14:57 | More by Sixpoint
2.78/5 rDev -16%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
Gawd, I really hate giving a bad review, but it'll be constructive. I promise.
There are televisions everywhere, giving this the feel that it's a sports lounge around the main bar area which forms an island separating the two halves of the bar. I step up to the bar to wait for friends, and order a HopDevil. Served at a criminally chilled temperature, I take a sip. It's off. Yuck. But I've never actually sent a beer back. I take another sip. Maybe if I let it warm up. I cup it in my hands. No dice. I know HopDevil. I've had it fresh and old. This was my first time on tap, but it just tastes wrong.
So it goes.
The beer menu is pretty unimpressive. Interbrew stuff with lots and lots of macros. As though they're trying to appeal to the widest possible demographic of beer drinkers except people who drink good beer. At least they had Arrogant Bastard on tap. Unfortunately my pint. Not so good. 0 for 2.
Oh, my last peeve, they served both my beers in 16oz (or even smaller) "nonick pint" glasses. I mean, c'mon. I can tell the glass is smaller. What's up with that. Not their fault. Well, not wholly, but if you're going to serve beer at least get historically accurate glasses or just stick with the shaker pints.
Table service for dinner was pretty good, I'll have to give them that. Food, judging from the aesthetic of my friends dishes was pretty good. They liked the food. I thought my veggie burger was okay, but it was the only vegetarian item on the menu. And it wasn't even on the big open menu, it was on the bar menu on the back of the beer list. I mean c'mon. Fine. Whatever. One vegetarian item and to not even put it in a visible place.
They should really know better. I mean it *is* Park Slope, after all.
07-14-2004 05:31:30 | More by twilight
3.23/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3
Imagine a cross between a bar, an airport departure lounge restaurant, and a TV studio during some lottery game. That's 200 Fifth Avenue summed up. Extended quite recently into the building next door (198), this is a large bar-restaurant that seeks to attract the widest selection of clientele. 80 taps, 40 beers duplicated on each side - but barely a quarter of them are respectable microbrews, every brand of macro swill imaginable wastes most of the taps there. Tables are reserved for diners. TV sets spring out of the walls and ceiling like triffids, and a wall-mounted lottery game sadly seems to be of more attraction than the beers themselves. Noisy and impersonal, but I didn't let that stop me enjoying a nice pint of Victory Hop Devil. Staff are ok, especially the sociable barmaid who remembered me from several weeks previously. Beers can be too cold sometimes.
If in the area, the Lighthouse Tavern is far more agreeable (and there's a better beer selection with less than half the number of taps!), just two blocks down the road.
01-11-2004 23:26:34 | More by Imbiber
3.41/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
It's located across the street from Bierkraft. You're thinking, "I'll just slide on in for a beer". It happens. Kind of a confusing decor. This clearly used to be 2 places and they only knocked down half the wall that separates them as you can see where one bar ends and the next one begins. Loud TV and a not so beery crowd on the one side, and people dining and a little quieter but otherwise the same on the other.
They've got 40 taps or so, nothing to crazily spectacular. Standard macros and the bigger imports mostly, with a few locals and regionals mixed in there for good measure. We drank the Corsendonk's Monk Brown which was the best thing to be had there. Between the beer being offensively cold and it being served in a frosty glass, it was so cold that my tongue stuck to the glass like that kid in that Christmas Story movie who got his tongue stuck to that flagpole he licked. If Bierkraft is going to advise them on beer selection, then beer preparation and the serving of said beer needs to be part of that deal. It's all or nothing, it's only right.
11-18-2003 03:43:55 | More by slander
200 Fifth in Brooklyn, NY
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.