The House of Brews - 46th Street
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ikats:
4.1/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was in the House of Brews twice last month. Both times Friday night. It was not really crowded, but definitely not empty. All bar stools and almost all tables were taken, but you could still easily get around the place. The place is very clean and the staff is friendly. Both times I found the music unnecessarily loud. I don't like to raise my voice when I talk, so I found the music very irritating.
The beer selection was solid. Nothing too unusual, but there was a nice choice. They had about 20 taps. You can get the full list from their website. My top pick last time was Sam Adams White Ale.
I didn't eat a lot, but whatever I had was good.
Bonus points: They acknowledge BeerAdvocate.com in their menu (as in "beer scores from BA are available").
This is a very nice place. If only they could turn their music a little bit down...
I've been to this place a few times for lunch recently, so I would like to add that the food is quite good and decently priced for the neighborhood. Very enjoyable pub grub. Of course, the place is practically dead during the day. On a sadder note, selection appears to be slipping. Or maybe I am just becoming pickier. I am not lowering the score just yet. Need more research.
I've been here a few more times for lunch since my last edit, and I've decided to lower selection from 4.5 to 4. Sure they have about 40 taps, but Smithwick's, Guinness, Bass, Stella do not make it a great selection. They don't use their number of taps wisely (The Collins Bar around the corner with its measly 10 taps beats this place for selection hands down).
03-23-2005 22:28:21 | More by ikats
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3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
While not in the league of the top places in Manhattan, this is a perfectly decent place in the Theater District to stop for a beer.
Nice atmosphere and quiet vibe on a Thursday at midnight, a whole lot less raucous than sat The Pony Bar or Blind Tiger at an equivalent time. We sat in the window and got prompt service from the bartender. He was very pleasant and attentive.
Beer selection is pretty good, an awful lot of macros sit side by side with Chimay or Green Flash or Ommegang or the like. Nothing mind blowing but very solid.
Not a place to go out of your way to try, but no need to walk by it either.
05-26-2011 20:21:01 | More by sholland119
1.83/5 rDev -49.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$
An easy stop off the ACE train in NYC's West Side. Now this place looked very promising, but let me tell you why I don't endorse it. First off, the beer list seemed somewhat impressive as far as quantity was concerned, though quality-wise they had mostly lightweight beers, from the tamest of the tame in the micro/craft scene; maybe one or two uncommons that drew my interest. More importantly, the service was terrible...among the worst I've ever experienced in a bar, much less a "beer bar." On a light day, it took me about 15 minutes just to get a drink order in, while the amateur bartenders chatted jovially with their annoying regulars, completely ignoring me and other patrons. Plus, both menus were out of date, and I had to reorder both drink and food. Then--45 minutes after ordering--I got an ice cold bangers and mash that was sub-Denny's quality for twice the price. It's hard for me to get pissed at a bar that is still [somewhat] in tune with the beer scene...I left a small tip (which is still way more than they deserved), rushed out, and will surely never go back to this place again.
Sucks. Please avoid.
04-29-2011 19:34:31 | More by Rifugium
2.98/5 rDev -17.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$$
House Of Brews... oh, how I despise this place! Very much so.
I used to give them a lot of business back in the day. Not too long ago, actually, maybe a year or two ago... I was starting to get into beer and this place was right in my neighborhood and had some good stuff. So there I went, once and twice and many times. Until "Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." And I never came back.
Because this is the worst kind of place- a place that wants you think it is all about good beer but it actually is not. A place that says "100 beers from all over the world" but 80 of them are bottled lagers and light beers. A place that has got 20 taps but almost 15 of them are average stuff (Newcastle, Guinness, Hoegaarden, Stella). Nasty indeed. I feel like they're lying.
They have now added growlers and a thing called "Tap the rare keg night". Their "rare" (note the sarcasm) offerings are things like Bear Republic Red Rocket and Shipyard Old Thumper. Seriously.
They pride themselves not on their beer offerings as much as on their 17 TV's, football nights, Stella and Bud Light specials and similar crap. That should tell you all you need to know. Stay away.
Oh, they have a cask beer I have never been able to try because it is always broken or "gonna be tapped soon" or similar bullshit.
Service is OK, average, just like everything else in this bar except for the prices, which are outrageous!!! Except for Bud Light, which is $5, everything else starts at $6.75 and goes up to $11.
Food is pub food cooked by Mexicans. Greasy and overpriced, but it goes well with your Bud Light. Their fries are great, though, only thing I like here.
So you get the point, right? This place is a shame. If you care about beer, do yourself a favor and walk two blocks down to The Pony Bar.
02-20-2011 05:25:04 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This was a pleasant surprise. Its Saturday just before noon and they're open. A group of 4 guys sitting at a table while I had the whole bar to myself. Duvel Green was in my sights and I had to go for it first without even looking at the menu. A nice 16.oz serving in a tulip glass and I was getting closer to heaven. The alcohol was getting to me and then I ordered a serving of Calamari. It was excellent. I could have had another Duvel Green but I went for Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weisse. Another great tasting brew. The taps were great and the bottle selection was plentiful. If you are ever in the neighborhood and you have some extra cash, stop by. 2 beers and one gourmet appetizer cost me 31 bucks, but it was worth it. my taste buds were happy.
08-01-2010 00:02:14 | More by sfsean28
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Boy, reading these other reviews really surprises me. The beer selection was the best we encountered on our visit to New York, with a total of 80 beers to choose from. We first visited on a Thursday night during the NCAA tournament and it was packed and loud, but it did not diminish from the experience -- very fun and we were able to continue having our conversation and enjoyed the people watching. The food was better than average but nothing that I'd choose to eat if I didn't need to eat. My wife stuck with the Hop Angel while I tried a few different local offerings. The service was great on our first visit and efficient on our second visit. The place is very small (capacity 77), so it doesn't take much to make it feel crowded. If that bothers you, stay away. But if you enjoy rubbing shoulders with New Yorkers and a few tourists, you will probably find something you'll enjoy drinking.
03-31-2010 05:06:34 | More by dpkpr
2.53/5 rDev -29.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I've only been once and I don't think I'll be going back. The wall-to-wall large screen TVs and 3-foot-tall beer bong pitchers should have been an immediate sign that House of Brews is, in fact, not a beer bar but a frat bar with beer bar ambitions.
Our server was nice but didn't really seem to care much about beer. And as excited as I was to see the specialty beer list, I was just as disappointed to hear it wasn't current, and many of the listed beers weren't actually available. When I asked for a Mother's Milk (Keegan Ales), our server recommended an Irish red in its place, since I like dark beer. The cask ale, I was told, had been tapped wrong and had soured. We eventually left when they cranked up the house music and we couldn't even hear each other across the table.
There are so many quality beer bars in NYC which take pride in their beer knowledge that there is really no need to try House of Brews.
07-20-2009 00:31:49 | More by jxhill
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
West side, almost central, below the park. Close to both Valhalla and Single Room Occupancy.
Not a bad place, but not great either.
I do like the kind of subterranean feel to it, but on the other hand it's almost kind of sports-bar like. Nevertheless, it's nicely appointed and well kept.
They offer 18 taps that include 6 local brews, 5 domestic mainstream beers, 4 Belgians (also mostly mainstream), 2 Germans, and 1 Irish (care to guess what that might be?). The 6 local brews help, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is always welcome, but other than that it's really a fairly limp tap line-up.
They also offer a vintage and specialty bottle selection but I was not impressed with that either. I think there was one beer that I hadn't had, which was a new release from Allagash. Of course, some may be interested in some J.W. Lee's or something like that and they've got it.
Price-wise I thought the beers were fair, even the "vintage/specialty" selections given that it's Manhattan. The food I had was also cheap because it was during a football game - good promo with $5 appetizers. Alas, the food itself was only just OK.
The bar service was good, but certainly not great, especially given that the bar was only one third full. And the crowd was OK, but certainly not the type of crowd I expect at a beer bar. No, these were people that drink one kind of beer and basically keep to themselves or the groups that they're with.
Overall, ahhh, I'd guess it might be worth a visit if you're in the area, but honestly, there are so many other places around that it's really not worth it.
10-23-2008 00:48:26 | More by NeroFiddled
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My girlfriend took me here for our anniversary.
A: Seemed like a pretty chill place when we got there at first. Pretty cool atmosphere and seemed like a place I would go to just to hang out with my friends. After we were there for a few hours, the loud, club music started to come on and killed the chill mood a little bit.
Q: The quality of the beer was pretty good. The place, beer-ware, and bathrooms were all clean and well-maintained (well-maintained bathrooms are not always the case in New York). The draft beer I had seemed pretty fresh, so the kegs are rotated regularly.
S: The service was ok. When we first got there, they came right over and got us what we wanted immediately. They were more than willing to give me their "Special Beer List" (which included cave aged Ommegang Abbey Ale - for about $35!).
S: A decent selection overall. They have their list of beers broken out by country, with a decent selection. As I discussed above, they have a Special Beer list available upon request, which was fairly interesting. While they do offer some rarer beers in that list, the price goes from reasonable to exorbitant rather quickly, with no significant increase in the quality of the offerings. Also, as a note, some of their classifications are off - and possibly a ploy to charge more money? - as Ommegang Three Philosophers was classified as being from Belgium. While I know that Ommegang is partially owned by a Belgian company and they specialize in making Belgian beers, last I checked, Brewery Ommegang is in Cooperstown, NY, which is no where near Beligium.
Overall, the place was decent, but if you are in New York and only have time to go to one place, check out the Ginger Man. You might be able to skip over this one and not miss that much.
08-10-2008 02:39:40 | More by maddogruss
The House of Brews - 46th Street in New York, NY
84 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.