George Keeley

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George KeeleyGeorge Keeley
Bar, Eatery

485 Amsterdam Ave
New York, New York, 10024-4644
United States

(212) 873-0251 | map

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heymikew from California

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great beer stop on the upper west side. We came here for refreshments after exploring Central Park and were rewarded with high quality offerings and a nice street front vibe on Amsterdam Ave. It didn't hurt that they made killer bloody Mary's for my friend.

Oct 25, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I really liked this pace. I hear that it is quite crowded and frat boyish on the weekend. However, I went on a Sunday night and it was a great place to have a quiet drink in a low key atmosphere. Excellent selection and friendly service. They display the beers on tap on a rotating computer screen. The service was friendly. There is a beer wall of fame. I inquired and signed up. To get your name on the wall, you have to try 100 different brews. After reaching this number, you get your plaque as well as other perks such as a t-shirt, a growler and discounts on brews. I will be going back often!

Mar 03, 2015
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JCNY from New York

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is amazing. Great selection of beers, good food, and just the right amount of TV's to watch sports while you drown yourself in suds. Spacious enough so your not crowded, yet small enough to feel like the neighborhood bar.

Beware of the popcorn here. It's free, and highly addictive. You've been warned.

Mar 01, 2014
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IronCitySteve from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A: Located on the Upper West side. Slightly touristy but there are plenty of locals in this area. A myriad of ages too, 25 and up.

Q: The kegs seem to turnover quite regularly but there is no problems with freshness with their tap brews, bottles or cans.

Ser: The service was fine, nothing spectacular but nothing bad either. Pretty solid.

Sel: There was about 22 beers on tap, 1 cask, plus some bottles and cans. Some Clown Shoes, Brooklyn, DFH, Pretty Things, North Coast and Founders on tap. As for cans, mostly Six Point.

Overall this is a nice little stop. There are plenty of bars on the block but this one seems to be more of a subdued crowd. Nicely priced drafts as well. Give it a shot if you are in the neighborhood.

Jan 22, 2012
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

My first time at this somewhat-famed Upper West Side beer bar, even though I have walked by it a thousand (or maybe a million) times. The neighborhood is packed with bars, most of them undistinguished sports and Irish pubs for frat boys.

Keeley's is sort of a smallish space I can see being crowded on a busy Saturday night. Dark, with lots of wood, breweriana, darts at the end of the bar and a jukebox.

20 taps- nothing to get excited about but fair enough. Some nice local surprises- three Greenport Harbor beers (Black Duck, Ahtamatic, Harbor Ale), Full Sail Lupulin, Ballast Point Abandon Ship... also Dogfish 60 and 90 and one or two rarities like Lagunitas Undercover and Anchor Foghorn, plus some quality Euros like Weihenstephaner Hefe and La Chouffe.

VERY expensive! VERY. Dogfish 90 is $8, Foghorn and Undercover are $9. WHAT???? Fuck You, George. On the redeeming side, the Greenports were $5.

Good service, friendly efficient bartender(s). Too bad the Abandon Ship I wanted kicked right when I ordered it and after getting a taste, but hey, shit happens.

The bar is a little loud, both the music and the customers, but bearable. Sitting on the window tables looking at the rain outside on Amsterdam Avenue was very close to wonderful.

Didn't try food and doubt I would ever want to... menu looks like basic pub grub.

They fill growlers and update their menu on, but be aware: growlers are mighty expensive! I asked a growler-toting customer and he said refills are around $20, plus $10 for the bar growler. What?? Fuck you, George.

I will be back one day, I'm sure, but not anytime soon. Proceed cautiously.

May 24, 2011
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hiked up to the Upper West Side to meet some friends who live in the neighborhood. Nice place with a good, simple neighborhood bar feel with a couple of high tops, a 15 seat bar on the right and about a half dozen tables on the left.

Beer list is pretty solid. 20-ish taps and a cask, about 2/3 devoted to craft. I was happy to see Bear Republic Crazy Ivan on tap along with Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss and DFH 90 Minute.

We had a good cheeseburger and very pleasant service. I'd stop in any time I am in the neighborhood, though it's not good enough to make a special trip.


Aug 14, 2009
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located among the college/frat boy swillholes on the Upper West Side is this pleasant, and lively, pub, where thirsty beer lovers can find a convenient pint of something frothy, a big, sloppy cheeseburger and efficient service.

A moderately size place with an average size bar, George Keeley's makes for a fine evening, and if that evening is a Friday, the place will be packed, but well mannered and in to decent beer. No pretentions here. While I would not go out of my way to stop by - my travels to the city rarely get me to the UWS - it still is a fine place in a city filled with fine places - and a few crappy ones too, but we're not about those.

Oh, here is what I had: Victory Donnybrook Stout, Arcadia Starboard Stout and an ESB on cask.

Apr 05, 2009
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aeibrean from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is my local. That said, there are reasons. I do not live around the corner ( much to my chagrin) but I do walk down in the afternoon fairly frequently. The staff is great. The food is good. Nothing spectacular on the menu, but what thy serve is quite good.
The beer selection is outstanding. They have a cask on @ all times. They always have a great selection in bottles and on draft. They have great games on the tv. and often esoteric games ( European football) The place is exceptionally friendly and just loads of fun.
Come have a pint or 16.

Jun 23, 2007
MEANxOLDxTOM from New York

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

So I stopped in for Happy Hour last week on Wednesday, just to check it out. I live really far uptown, and don't always feel like going all the way down town to get a good pint, I read some reviews for this place and checked out their tap list on their website and decided to check it out.

A-So this is an Irish Bar, but with a different feel....They have some TVs that show sports/news/and maybe some television shows, but the sound is off...Dark lighting, and a very long bar with tables in the windows and down one side and it appeared that there were some more tables toward the back....definitively adequate seating. It appeared that there was a jukebox, but the music was really good, so I asked the bartender and she said that she was playing things off of her ipod (she was playing things like the Shins, Destroyer, David Bowie, New pornographers, echo and the bunnymen...I know I was pretty happy, better than most bars, well at least it was stuff I liked). The bar seemed to be a gathering place several tables of people having fun with friends, a group of people around a dart board, and people scattered along the bar.

S-The bartender was quick and prompt....I really did not ask questions about the beer.

The selection was great....the best I have seen north of Collin's Bar on the West side...I had an Aprihop, and a Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold...They also had on tap(I think that they have 21 taps) Dogfish 60 and 90, two other Captain Lawrence, Delirium Tremmins, Victory Hop Devil in Cask if i'm not mistaken....Overall the tap selection was great...I didn't inquire about the bottles.

Great Happy hour everything was four dollars(depending on what it was determined how it was served) except for Delirium was $8(all the time) and Weihenstephaner was $5 for a 20oz(all the time). I don't know about their pricing when it is not happy hour, but I would assume no more than $5 or $6 per pint/goblet.

I great discovery on the Upper west side.

Revisited on May 9th:
Same Vibe.
Taps that I can remember(not as impressive as my first visit, but good none the less):
HopWallop (cask)
BluePoint Summer
Penn Weizen Bock
SN Pale Bock
DFH 60
DFH 90
Two Slyfox IPA project beers(don't remember which ones)

Apr 23, 2007
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thornski from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Definitely the best beer place on the Upper West Side, IMHO. Not trying to claim that this is the best beer spot in the city by any means, but if you live around the area, this is a great place to try and for many people is much easier to get to than some of the other spots in Brooklyn or further downtown.

They have approximately 20 taps, including one cask. They usually have a "core" on tap that either doesn't rotate or rotates infrequently...includes Dogfish 90, Dogfish 60, Delirium Tremens, Weihenstephan, Brooklyn Lager, Yuengling, Guinness, and Smithwicks. The remaining taps are then filled with micros (especially local NY micros) or lesser known Belgian/German beers that rotate very frequently. This, in my opinion the best part of this bar -- how frequently the micros rotate. The last few weeks I've stopped in the bar on about a weekly basis, and each time I'm there, they always have at least 4 or 5 new beers on tap that were not there the week before.

The place can get a bit crowded and loud on Friday and Saturday nights, but even then it's still definitely one of the "quieter" bars on the UWS, although I understand that isn't necessarily saying much.

Always found the bartenders very friendly, and the darts and free popcorn add a nice touch.

Apr 07, 2007
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akahn from Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The only saving grace of this bar, basically, is the beer selection. The music is far too loud, not very good, and not played on a very good stereo system, so you can't even hear the music well. Too many TVs for me. We found a table that two of our four could sit at. The bartender was pleasant, prompt and attentive. The beer selection was mostly good, but I thought it was lacking in beers with more average alcohol contents, and pale ales/IPAs. It seemed like perhaps they were choosing strong beers to convert people to beer by showing them that beer can get you drunk. Go fig. But it did have Bear Republic Tribute Brown, they had just run out of Red Rocket, Middle Ages Black Heart Stout, Stoudt's Oktoberfest, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, DFH 60 and 90, Sierra Nevada Scotch Ale, Delerium Tremens, Prima Pils, some Kolsch, and a bunch of other quality beers. On cask they had Chelsea Cream Stout. My girlfriend and I had a SN Scotch Ale and Middle Ages Black Heart Stout, which came out to $11, fairly reasonable. We drank our beer and left, because the atmosphere just was not doing it for us. We would probably return earlier on in the evening or for happy hour and get some good sitting and talking done. With all that said, this is probably one of the better bets in town without going quite a bit further downtown or to Brooklyn.

Sep 30, 2006
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SCW from New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

One of the destination spots on the upper-west side if you're a beer lover. Here's why:

About twenty taps, with some not too impressive... but at least six of them are always very high-quality local brews. Also, they have a beer engine (a real one, not those imposters that have been floating around town) that pours fresh ale from Blue Point, Middle Ages, Sixpoint, et al...

Noted as a football bar, this place often has many expats in the finance and legal sector revelling to watch their favorite team play. Overall, it is a pretty raocous atmosphere considering the neighborhood. I've only been in here once during the evening, and it got pretty crazy.

The high marks for this bar comes for its service. The Bar manager, Chris, and one of the bartenders I met, are both very attentitive yet laid-back, a combination that is rare. I always felt I was taken care of while I was at this place.

Definitely pop into this place if you're in the neighborhood. You'll probably come back.

Jul 06, 2005
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Billolick from New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a pint this past Saturday after checking out the Christo art in Central park. This is fine spot for a pint or for a session. Friendly mid sized room, long wooden bar, lot of tubes to check out the game upon, typical pub grub to have a bite , if you have the time. Beer was about 25 taps with many worthwhile and tasty offerings. Minimal "tap wasters' observed. the bottle selection was less inspiring. friendly B tender. This would be a favorite spot if I lived in the area, well worth a visit if you're on the upper west side

Feb 16, 2005
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

After a late lunchtime stop at the Chelsea Brewing Company with my friends Ray and Hazel from England, we were soon joined by djgonzalez and RokotGirl. Thanks to the locals we hit up the West End Brewing but whilst the Bar was OK, the house beer was a tad disappointing, so it was time to head back into town and hit somewhere more 'Down to Earth'. Our next destination was a great choice from Dave and Sabrina, as I fell in love with George Keeley’s straight away.

As you enter the deep rectangular room through the middle doors, the bar runs down the right hand side with Tables set in front of wall seating down the left hand side. A small raised deck seating area finishes the far right back corner, whilst a Dartboard area finishes the left. Warm, dark and cozy when we visited, the interior has a genuine wooden Alehouse feel, very Pubby with a strong local character. The five of chose a Table at the back left hand side, not too far from a very large St. Bernard Dog that was the center of attention.

The bar has a raised counter mounted center Tap bank that has around 12 Taps on it, either side of this a couple of free standing 4-Tap mounts push the number of Taps to around Twenty. There is also a Cask Ale from the Beer Engine on offer as well, as indeed there was during our visit. The range varies slightly from what I could determine, but included EU macro beer from Guinness, Bass, Smithwicks, Old Speckled Hen, Stella Artois, Carlsberg, Leffe Blonde; more notable EU beers from Chimay, Hofbrau, Weihenstephan, Gafell Kolsch, Delirium Tremens; plus domestic brews ranging from Yuengling Lager, a brace of offerings from DogFishHead and Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Brooklyn Lager are rounded off with Original Sin Cider. A decent enough selection that just gets a 4 for the Cask beer, otherwise I would have dropped this to 3.5.

As I was in town with my friends from England, what else would I have opted for but the Cask-Conditioned Ale served from the Beer Engine, which was Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. Unfortunately I got the first of three Pints pulled, the last two were fine but mine, the first pulled. was a tad warm and had been in the line for some time it seemed. Tradition is to “pull a Pint off” when this happens, another one of those quirks of Cask Ale that still needs to be learned it seems, but nevertheless, having a Cask beer on offer is always going to be preferred to none at all, but it does take work and constant attention, still its early days I believe so I can cut some slack here. After the BP Hoptical Illusion I even tried a Pint of Yuengling Lager, my first ever, nothing special but well priced and decent enough. Weekday Pints are only $3, 4pm thru 8pm Monday-Friday, if I lived nearby I think I would make this a regular stop after work on the way home.

Beyond the brews, there is a decent enough but limited offering of Pub Fare on the Menu; though I never tried any whilst here I did spy the fact that they offered Fish and Chips.

Service was friendly, quick, and courteous and always with a smile and often with some banter. No issues here.

5 TV screens and a large white Projection Screen plays host to some US Sporting Events, but better and much more importantly they show UK Sport as well, including all the English Premiership League and F.A. Cup Football games which are shown here. Speaking of which, George Keeley’s is also the official home of the New York Canaries, that’s the nickname of Norwich City Football Club and their Supporters for those that don’t know!!!

Great Place! I can’t believe that any of the NYC BA’s have not reviewed this place before now.

Well worth a visit, nice selection of Brews, a Real Cask Beer and *Real* Football, what more do you need!?!?

Thanks to djgonzalez and RokotGirl for giving me and my English friends Ray and Hazel a ride out here.

Last Visit: Sunday 14th November, 2004.

Nov 25, 2004
George Keeley in New York, NY
Place rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 29 ratings