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Andy's Corner Bar

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

257 Queen Anne Rd
Bogota, New Jersey, 07603-1420
United States

(201) 342-9887 | map
andyscornerbar.blogspot.com

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pDev:
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Photo of donniecuffs
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A great place for down-to-earth beer geeks. You will not run into ANY fratboys or yuppies, as I think that they are a little intimidated by the reputation of Andy's crowd. The bar itself is nothing to write home about, but then again, I don't look for fancy bars. That being said, I wish there was just a little more breathing room, as the beer geeks really pack this place, since Andy's was one of if not the first player on the NJ beer bar scene. The selection, which is pretty robust between both drafts and bottles, is fantastic, and recently they started allowing growler purchases. All in all, this place has been northern NJ's premier beer bar for a long, long time, but I think that it's getting some stiff competition from new-kid-on-the-block, Coppermine Pub, in North Arlington, NJ.

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Photo of njmoons
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Read about Andy's Corner Bar and had to give it a try. Have to say it is a great place. It is a bar for beer nerds run by a beer nerd. The drafts beers change frequently, and it is great to be able to try a fresh selection of the best area craft beers, George (Andy's son as I understand it) is very knowledgeable about what he is serving is a happy to discuss what your drinking, who brewed it, etc.

The bar is itself is nothing fancy (not that I want fancy), but the customers were a good mix of regulars and people there for the beer. Prices for NJ are very reasonable.

I am on my way back there next week.

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Photo of cid71
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Andys takes incredible pride in their beer. The lines are constantly cleaned and the bartenders are very knowledgable about what they are serving. They also have a good selection of bottles and keep track of how long their bottles are in stock so you dont have to worry about getting a bad bottle. Website always posts whats on tap which is helpful. There are many nights devoted to a single brewer with multiple varieties on tap, Just a good drinking regular bar with great beer selection and a good jukebox.

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Photo of thor638
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A- Truly the "Cheers" Atmosphere. Can be a little raucous at times, and many other times you can be the last one there with no one else. It's a place to go and have a drink and "talk about life for awhile". I forgot to mention the great tracks on the jukebox. Classic rock music, jazz, and just overall good music. Never played to loud always the perfect tone.

Q - As many reviewers have said the bar is small. "Alleyway- like". But warm, laid-back, and relaxed atmosphere with nice dim lightning, a beautiful wood bar and high tables add to that quality.

Ser. - The entire family is great. George is the barkeep I see the most. Extremely Knowledgeable. Cannot stress that enough. Good conversationalist, and great story-teller. One of the nicer gentleman I've met. Barbara I really only see on Special Events, but always greats me with a smile. Chris, I'll see from time-to-time, and I know that I'll always have a good conversation with him.

Sel: 6-8 Taps. 2 Casks. Bottle (& a can or two) selection inside fridge. Fridge has some "usual suspects", seasonal stuff, and then whatever George feels like putting there.

Food: Vitale's (Italiano Rest.) is across the block, and a "run of the mill" pizza joint next store. I've also seen people bring in Sushi from some Japanese place around.

In the end, this is my favorite bar in the area. Great beer selection, cozy & warm atmosphere. Many great conversations with "the usuals". And of course, the quest to make the wall for the 100 Beer Club.

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Photo of ryanov
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Good selection, plenty more beers than you'll ever be able to try.

They have a 100 beer club, where should you manage to hit 100 between Oktoberfests, your name will appear on a plaque on the wall.

No food to speak of, beyond the annual Springfest and Oktoberfest with recipes from patrons and the barkeeps. A big stack of menus are available upon request, and there is some good food locally.

Prices are reasonable, though they've gone up like everyplace else. If you get to be a regular, it's rare to get charged for every drink, however.

Friendly staff that will welcome you and give you a firm handshake and tell you more than you can stand to know about whatever you're drinking. Weekly rotating tap list -- check the website for the new list.

Decor is iffy, but really that's not why I come to a beer bar -- how about you?

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Photo of Loki
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 6/12/08

What a fantastic Corner bar (even if it's not really on the corner).

The Atmosphere is very laid back, at least when I was there. I missed the Sixpoint release party by a day, but they still five Sixpoints on on draft. Everybody was very friendly and I talked to the Owner?/Manager/Bartender for quite some time about the area, beer, and the recent storms. Very friendly. Most there seemed to be locals/regulars.

Quality - Everything was top shelf from the regional craft beers to a very good selection of bourbons, etc. Everything was fresh and handled properly.

Service - It wasn't really busy, but it wasn't empty. Only a few empty stools, but nobody standing. Service was prompt and very friendly.

Selection - Great, nearly half was Sixpoint (that's not a bad thing) because of the release party, but they had a lot of choices in styles. I didn't even check if they had bottles or anything, I was focused on the Sixpoint.

Food - Nada, they don't serve food, but you can bring yours in or order it and have it delivered.

Great place, I'll be back if I ever find myself in the area again.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I finally decided to write a review of Andy's. I've been going here for quite some time. I consider it my "go to" spot. I am here usually once a week, even if it's just to pop in and swee what is on tap, as the offerings rotate constantly. I am also a "local" who actually grew up in Bogota. Never really fully appreciated Andy's until later in my life.

A- This is where Andy's is like no other. Everytime I come here I end up talking beer wit George. He is knowledgable about the local craft beer scene, beer history, and what's hot. George is never shy about giving his opinion or even recommending something that you may have not tried. Very laid back atmosphere- mix of people- all types (lawyers, teachers, locals, beer geeks, etc). Juke box constantly playing good tunes. Small TV's with local sports on all the time. Beautiful bar, a couple of small tables. The size adds to the intrigue to me.

Q- For the most part, George rotates the kegs. There is usually about 9 beers on tap with 1 or 2 also on cask. The beer is always served at perfect temperature and tap lines are meticulously cleaned. Lots of stuff from the area (Troegs, Brookyln, Sly Fox) always on tap. Nice fridge full of single bottles, always changing and updated. I have had the chance to sample some world class beers here and a lot of them have actually come out of the fridge. The wednesday night promo nights will allow you the chance to sample some amazing beers on tap that you would not ordinarily get in the area.

S- Top notch. George is a great bartender and knows how to keep his customers happy. Don't get pissed if your beer does not come right away. George runs the entire ship at night and sometimes gets into conversation with all the other customers. Relax. Enjoy the atmosphere.

V- You can come here and spend $25-30 bux and have an amazing night of craft beer drinking. Excellent prices. Sometimes with special kegs you can pay up to $8 a glass, but that is certainly acceptable.

Come check out Andy's if you are in the area. Craft beer served up with a Cheers like- kocal vibe. You will not be dissapointed.

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Photo of Phenom
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place was a great little find, thanks to BA. I just wish I lived a little closer, because I would be there much more often. I was there a couple nights after their Founders event, and they still had a few varieties of Founders beers on draft. It was nice to drink beer from a quality brewer that otherwise cannot be found in NJ.

George, the owner/bartender, was very friendly and very knowledgeable about his beer. It seems like they rotate their taps frequently, and they have a pretty good bottle selection if nothing on draft excites you. They also had two cask beers the night I was there. Although a word of warning if you visit in the near future, I tried the cask Ramstein Pale Ale, at it was so bad I could not finish it.

There is no kitchen at Andy's, but they do not mind if you bring food in and there is a decent pizza place a block away.

In short, highly recommended if you are in the area and have a need for a quality beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.88/5  rDev -35.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

Stopped in here with a friend to grab a quick drink and wasn't too impressed... a very small, dark, dingy, cramped place with only a couple of tables in a dimly lit room with a small bar and only a handful of regional beers on tap... service was mediocore, nothing special or out-of-the-way... selection was about average if I'm being generous...A lady there offered take-out menus from places in the nearby area that deliver to the bar, and although the appetizer I shared wasn't that great, from what I understand, the quality of the food bears no relation to the actual bar itself... not bad because of the relatively reasonable prices, but not a place I'd want to go back and visit again...

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Photo of jaluria
3.8/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I'm a bit perplexed by this bar in that the focus is certainly quality drinks whether it is beer you are interested in or fine scotch, whiskey, etc. There are 7 or 8 taps with 1 cask available along with 2 coolers of various bottles.

While I was there, the tap list consisted for mostly regional beers; Sly Fox, Brooklyn, and Ramstein. They seem to rotate beers frequently and clean out the lines weekly which is great.

What I didn't like about the bar was that the bar itself was rather small with only 6 tables or so and there really wasn't much going on. 2 small TVs off to the sides of the bar for entertainment and that's it. I think the bar is in great need of a revamped jukebox and a pool table. Maybe it's just me, but without a food menu, there really isn't much to do in the bar making it a place I won't be going to again unless I happen to be nearby and have some time to blow.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Ok, so I was visiting my native New Jersey this past weekend, as I chauffered my wife and teenage daughter to a family wedding shower in nearby Hackensack. Simply said, this place rocks.

Immediately upon entering you have a feeling of family and comfort. I grew up in the shadow of Manhattan on the Palisades in Hudson County, NJ; and this place so reminds me of the many neighborhood bars I frequented in Guttenberg, North Bergen and the surrounding area. The owners really love beer and it shows, and the patrons relish in the atmosphere. I struck up a conversation with John and Andy (no, not that Andy). What great guys, and Andy was a Mets fan to boot! I told them that I was down for a wedding shower, and as I was leaving they told me to be sure to drop by next when the wedding happens. I will try to negotiate this with my wife in June.

I didn't get a chance to chat with George, the owner, but I overheard him chatting with other beer patrons. Trust me, this guy is a real beer guy. I'm not saying this because we share the same (non) hair style. It is clear that he certainly has a passion for brew. His wife Barbara served me and was not only pleasant, but she also obviously knows beer, and as she was heading out to babysit here grandson, she was sure to introduce me to her son Chris, her replacement for the evening. While Andy's only has bar pies on the food menu, it seems they order pizza from the corner pizzeria quite a bit and ask their patrons to take a slice or two, on the house. In addition, you get a Pennsylvania Dutch pretzel with every beer. Ya gotta love it!!

Oh yeah, what about the beers? They had 10 taps running with 2 casks. The dominant beers were locals, Sly Fox from PA (4 styles) and Ramstein from Sussex, NJ (2 styles). I had a Geary's London Porter first, followed by a Sly Fox Lager. I have not had the Geary's on draught, except for in Maine, so this was a real treat to imbibe in this session brew, most delicious as usual, and a great session at less than 5% ABV. The Sly Fox Lager was interesting. It was on the sweet side with little carbonation. It was not a classic lager by any means, almost "toasted" in flavor. Its color was also more like an amber or a bit darker, but without a pronounced malt flavor. I loved it and will be back in June, if not before.

The other thing about Andy's is that the temperature of the beer was spot on. If I had to guess, probably about 55 to 60 degrees.

Overall, if you are anywhere near Bogota, NJ (only about 15 minutes from the Geroge Washington Bridge), you MUST try it out. It rivals the best Manhattan/Long Island/Brooklyn beer bars, and at about $1.50 per pint cheaper. I'm a believer!!

Steve

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Great Beer at 58 Degrees - Seriously

I stopped in Andy's with my friend Tom, while on our way to Boston to attend the BA Extreme Beer Fest. From Andy’s website I knew that they would have a good selection of Troeg's on tap, and I wasn't disappointed. I had the Nugget Nectar on cask and it was amazing. Incredibly smooth and served at just the right temperature (58 degrees according to Barbara, behind the bar).

They also had Troeg's Hop Back Amber & Dreamweaver Weiss, Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, Kloster Ettal Curator Dopplebock, Sly Fox Gold Rush Lager, Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale and Defiant’s Muddy River Lager. They even had a keg of Stick and Jab Alt from the now defunct Heavyweight Brewery. I left with a growler of the Muddy River Lager, which turned out to be an interesting beer that has inspired me to spend a little more time with American dark lagers. I had never even heard of the beer, or the brewer, but a recommendation & sample from the owner, followed by a half pint, and I was hooked.

The folks at Andy’s take their beer seriously. Spend just a few minutes talking to Barbara and you realize that she, and her husband George, are true beer lovers. Barbara knows beer, knows what’s going on in the local beer scene, and will talk beer with you for as long as you show interest. She is a true pleasure to talk to. The bar’s on tap (~10), on cask (2), and bottled selections are well thought out and will certainly appease the vast majority of beer geeks. Samples are free and the atmosphere is definitely that of a friendly neighborhood bar. A must stop when passing through the area, and oh by the way, it's not exactly on the corner.

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Photo of grego
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went into Andy's on recommendation of a couple of BA'ers and was very pleased. They had at least 8 beers on tap and many bottles. I think it was 6 taps and two cask. Everything that they had was quality and rare for me (intown from MD) including, Troegs Hop Back on Cask, Smuttynose Brown dog ale on Cask, Stone IPA, Old Engine Oil, two different Defiant's on tap Man this place has it goin on. I met the owner George on my 2nd night there and we talked for a coupla hours. Good guy. Good bar. It's the kinda place where you are going to have great beer, and always end up in some good conversation with the locals. Go to Andy's, honestly.

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Photo of dherling
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

I've hopped around to a few different beer bars in the area, with Firewaters down the road, and Gingerman in the city. But I've made Andy's my home for beering, and for good reason. It's not the look of the place. First time I went, I drove by it three times because I didn't see 'a bar.' The inside decor is not better, or should I say lack of. Although the do have a beautiful wood bar, the only other things to look at are a jukebox (don't hit 'P' unless you really like Janis Joplin), the beer fridge, a few scattered articles about Andy's in local newspapers, and the plaques on the wall celebrating past participants in the 100 beer club. At the beginning of each October, Andy's starts a 100 beer club. Drink 100 beers by the end of September, and you're in. At 33, 66, and 100 beers, there are fun prizes too. I've been told that people have done it inside a month. I've been told others have done it just based on tapped beer alone. With only ten taps in the place, this should give you some idea as to how often the taps change up. It took me about three months, and about 70 of those beers were off the tap. The beers do tend to skew towards the region, although our west coast buddies from Stone often make the play list. The beer at Andy's certainly does reflect the time of year, with more wheats during the summer and heavier beers during the winted. I have been told Oktoberfest is the time to be there, with just about all the Germans in Munich being represented, but I haven't seen it for myself yet. The whole staff is friendly and knowledgable, but George the owner is THE MAN. Make friends with him, and maybe he'll share something from his secret stash. The crowd represents people from all walks of life, but we all connect on the same level; respecting beer.

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Photo of StonyB
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I have to admit I'm a little biased here. I grew up, and still live, within close proximity to Andy's. It's the bar that introduced me to trying different beers. That being said...

Andy's Corner bar has a very "Cheers"-like feel to it. The atmosphere is classy and understated. The space is quite small though, so it can get very crowded during weekends and promo nights.

Andy's offers about 10 rotating taps, and almost always has a cask-conditioned ale available. The draft beer selection borrows heavily from New Jersey breweries (Heavyweight, Climax, Flying Fish, etc.), and is almost invariably fresh - owner George Gray is meticulous about maintaining clean tap lines. Bottles are also fresh, and plentiful, with 50-75 different choices the norm.

Andy's does NOT offer a lot of bells and whistles. Aside from a jukebox, 1 video game, and a couple of TV's, there's nothing to do except drink beer...which is the point. While offering Bud, this bar clearly caters to good beer aficionados.

If you live in Northeast New Jersey, and don't feel like trekking into NYC, Andy's is a perfect destination. They also have a 100 Beer club, with prizes, if you can make it there on a regular basis...

**Stony's Biscuit**...At Andy's, you quite literally select your own beer. The bottled beer is kept in a windowed refrigerator, and unlike almost every other place I've been in, patrons are encouraged to grab the bottle they want and present it to the bartender for opening and pouring. Pretty cool, in my opinion...


Edit (6/4/06): Let me add something else about Andy's, especially if you don't understand my devotion to it...this bar has the absolutely nicest clientele, bar none. You can't go here without engaging someone you've never met before in an interesting conversation...it's part of the charm of what might seem like an otherwise unassuming establishment...
I also upgraded the service rating from 4.5 to 5....every single bartender at Andy's knows their beer, and more importantly, works their ass off to make sure you have a great time and feel like you're a member of their family. George, Barbara, Tommy, Chris, Rich...KUDOS.

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Photo of carln26
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

OK, This place is not the TPH, or The Ginger Man. It’s not even comparable to the Toranado, but what a great place. The feel of this bar, inside, and out, from the neighborhood, to the décor, to the bar staff, and to most of the clientele is just working class America. I grew up and live again in the St. Louis area, and it really reminded me of all the dive bars in South St. Louis. When you come to the beer, and their approach to it, the comparison ends.

This is a beer bar. They have about 8-10 taps, mostly New England, New York, Mid-Atlantic craft beers. All fresh, all taken care of, and all poured and displayed appropriately. The staff does enjoy the craft beer and is always helpful in making suggestions and discussing beer with the patrons.

The people, another bit of an anomaly. Everyone from construction workers, to retirees, to 1 or 2 folks with suits on. All enjoying/discussing craft beer. Not all beer advocates as you might see at TPH, but none the less having a great time with good beer.

The only downer is lack of food. They serve a nice pretzel on a stick with each beer, and are quick to pop some microwave popcorn if you ask for something to nibble on, but I enjoy my beer with something a bit more substantial (especially after a long day). No false expectations. I knew this going in, just want to let people know.

This is not a destination beer bar like some of the places I listed above, but it is a great place to be if you are in eastern NJ, and want a fresh pint and a comfortable place to enjoy it.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I have been a loyal fan of Andy's for more than ten years, and you can always count on something very special and very fresh with each visit.

Andy's claims to fame are threefold;

1) The absolute best service and knowledge about beer and brewing in North Jersey.

2) "Promo Nights" that feature local breweries and their current seasonals, namely Flying Fish, Troegs, Smuttynose, Otter Creek, Dogfish Head, and Ramstein. You can count on giveaways and raffles in almost every case.

3) You'll be treated to cask-conditioned ales just about every night of the week, and we're talking Sly Fox, Victory, FF, and the best of our area. The taps are always rotating and no two nights are exactly the same... like I said, it's about freshness and the love of beer. Even their bottled selections in the fridge at the rear kick ass for this area... Three Floyds, Avery, Southampton, I could go on.

Strike up a conversation with bartenders/owners George, Barbara, and Tom, have a few beers, then look at your watch and wonder where the hell the time went. So much information, so much enthusiasm, it is a joy to meet the homebrew clientele that call Andy's their home away from home. Join their 100 Beer Club. Earn yourself a jacket and a place in history on their wall. Even Michael Jackson pops by every once in a while when he's in the Northeast.... wonder if he's got a jacket.

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Photo of Ego
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

andy's.. if you are looking for some high brow beer snob joint, dont go to andy's. andy's is a neighborhood bar with a nice selection which turns into an awesome selection on promo nights (which are often). how many local (tiny) joints offer cask stuff? hell, none. This is a BAR.. dingy, no food, decent service, great beers if you follow their ads/promos. Promo nights are great, you get pint glasses ans usually more via giveways/raffles. If you need food, go next door to the pizza place (good pie, not great) and you can bring it into Andy's.

Dont go expecting some nice experience, this is an old jersey style tavern, smoky, low ceilings, neighborhood place. BUT on many occassions they get SICK beers on tap. drinking the dogfishhead 120 IPA on CASK comes to mind... they get troeggs, wolaver, and many more. This place only holds maybe 20-30 people max comfortably, so go on an off night knowing it isnt a destination, it is a place to have a few quality beers that change all the time. It is a little off the beat and track but worth it if you are around the area. Not many places in North NJ (if any) take the care they do in getting excellent beers on tap and cask on such a consistent basis. Do they have the best selection all the time? no. it is a tiny little place that isnt even on the "corner" any more. It is purely about the beer, if you forget that, you miss the point of andy's. truly a gem for locals.

(promo nights can be packed, so just keep that in mind)

update 9/1/2007:
after being at andy's many times now I have to raise my marks. Andy's is strange... some days they have barely anything interesting on tap and on other days you are absolutely blown away. The point is, they TRY to blow you away but they walk the fine line. And all beers are available in growlers (except cask). If you order a beer that they think you might not like en masse (ie growler) they tell you. They are honest. They say "try this first before you buy a growler, I'd love to get rid of it but I can't do it like that".. that happened to me recently. That's love of service and beer imo. I bumped up my atmosphere rating because now there is no smoking. The place has a bunch of character regulars.. and people (strangers) strike up conversations with anyone. The place is like an old t-shirt that has been through the wash 1000 times... that kind of comfort.

Andy's is always worth checking out, just call ahead and see what they have on tap if you are making a road trip.

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Photo of ChowHound
3.16/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I came upon this North Jersey outpost after recognizing the town of Bogota from my beerfly readings here. Once again I must mention it, and my apologies to those who are easily offended, but what is everybody thinking?? This looks as if at one time it was a small shoe store or something, and then someone took the least expensive route and turned it into a smallish neighborhood bar. Narrow, downright ugly and crowded with just a few people. The atmosphere was hellish what with all the smoke. The beer selection was good for a regular bar, but save the handpumps, nothing extraordinary going on. Selection was nothing special for NJ, mostly Flying Fish products. I actually had a difficult time finding a beer I wanted to drink, although the bottle list was decent. Andy's Porter was on cask, just a renamed Flying Fish brew according to Tom the bartender. Stella, Fullers, Avery Stout. That is all I remember of the 9 taps. No food. That was a disappointment. By far the worst thing about Andy's however, was the smoke. There was no apparent ventilation system of any kind, and two guys were smoking big, fat, smelly cigars while every one else in the place were sucking on burning cigarettes. Horrible.

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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in for a brew on a road trip to play Disc golf in Bucks county. Residential location, only a few quick turns off of routes 80 or 287, not far from the GWB. Friendly barkeep, looked like a local and "regulars" kind of place. Tap selections were strong, but nothing truly earth shattering. Nice feature is the full fridge of singles available to stay or to go. Picked up a few I hadnt seen before. It was nice to visit and check this place out. No real reason to go if you have access to the brew places in the city. If not, its worth a visit to soak up many worthwhile brews and some nice friendly athmosphere.

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Photo of winetrdr
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This bar is in a interesting place. Not sure how a beer bar ends up in small town like Bogota but nonetheless, it's here. You'd never stop at this place if you didn't know what it was. No beer signs in the window and it's pretty much just a storefront type of place. There are a few bartop tables and the bar. It's quite a bit smaller than I expected. Three TVs tuned to college football(it's Saturday) and a group of what look to be regulars. Not a bad selection but nothing special. Climax, DFH, Heavyweight, Flying Fish, Smithwicks, Bud, SN Pale Ale and a few others. I assume the bartender was the son of the owner considering he called an older lady working there, "mom." Service was great and you get the nice pretzel hanging off the stick in your glass everytime. I spend so much time in NYC bars that the smoking thing now really bothers me and takes away from the enjoyment of a bar/restaurant. This place looks like it has quite a few regulars who drink mugs of Bud and smoke all day.

I'd certainly go back and I should probably see what the nighttime crowd is like before I form a full opinion.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I finally got the opportunity to visit Andy's Corner Bar, and I am glad I did. I was staying in the Marriott Glenpointe on business, and walked about 1 mile to Andy's (a pleasant walk through a residential neighborhood).

The first thing that struck me about Andy's Corner Bar was that it is not on a corner. It is close, but there is a pizza parlor on the corner. I heard that Andy's was on the corner at one time, but moved one door down when the rent got too high (or something like that).

The interior is somewhat small. When you enter, the bar is on your right along the wall, and there are tables on the opposite wall. The bar seats about 12-14 and the 6+ tables seat about 24. The interior is basically a rectangle. There are TVs suspended at each end of the bar, and there is a mirror on the wall behind the bar. The seats at the bar were chairs with backs, and the bartop was a dark green surface with polished wood trim. At the far end of the bar, between the bar and the back exit are two glass doored refrigerators with a good selection of bottled beers.

The bar had about 8 beer taps and 2 beer engines, though only one cask was in service the night I visited. The beer selection was very good, with NJ microbrews from Heavyweight, Ramstein, and Flying Fish, and regional brews from Troegs and Victory, to name a few. (I believe that Budweiser was also on tap, perhaps as the one token macro lager.) Those refrigerators had to contain a couple dozen good beers, some of them oddballs given to the proprietors by distributors and others.

George was behind the bar, and he was a lot of fun to chat with. I found the other patrons to be friendly as well, and we had a good time talking about beer and baseball and football, among other things. One nice touch was that most glasses of draught beer were served with a thin, wooden stick inserted into the foam, and on this stick was placed a medium sized hard pretzel. I am not sure if this is always done, but it was cool, and the pretzels tasted good. There is no food served at Andy's, except for bags of potato chips and snacks, but I noticed that at least one couple brought a box of pizza in with them.

Overall I had a great time at this comfortable little bar. Great beer, great service, non-ostentatious surroundings. Now I know why this place is so well liked by BAs. I will definitely be back.

Last visit 5/31/06. Most draft pints $5. One $6. Small cheese pizzas $3.

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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Four stops were in the bag; McKenzie’s, Victory, Sly Fox and a stop at the Standard Tap in Philly and the dark of the night was now well established. A very memorable Saturday Beer Tour during a recent trip to NYC with friends was coming to an end, but not without one more beer stop for a night cap.

By now Slander had taken charge of the Davo BeerMobile whilst FeloniousPhil recorded myself and Davo performing a Synchronized Sumerian Beer Trance in the back of the BeerMobile for the entire journey from Standard Tap to Andy’s.

It was dark and late, and as our posse of Davo, FeloniousPhil, Slander, djgonzalez, RokotGirl, non-BA “Mike a.k.a. the Young Michael Jackson” all slowly exited the our vehicles, there was a lot of stretching and yawning, it seemed that I was not the only one that had been sleeping on the way here.

From the outside, I wasn’t even sure we were at the right place. Andy’s looks just like your run of the mill friendly neighborhood dive bar. As you enter, the long thin bar is to your right hand side, set against a backdrop of mirrors that gives the place a more voluminous feel. The guy behind the Bar was extremely welcoming to our posse, probably because we were in the presence of local BA Superstars, Davo and Slander. Who cares, the welcome was genuine and very warm.

I recall beers on Tap from Brooklyn, Victory, Troegs and Ramstein as well as many others, probably 10 to 12 in total. Davo told me that they also do around 100 bottled beers also. Quite the selection for a place that looked like your local Bud-Coors-Miller outlet from the outside!

It was pretty quiet during our visit, but the Service was excellent, and the friendly banter genuine. I love the whole feel of Andy’s “Corner” Bar, warm and very welcoming, I could easily spend the whole day here and end up getting seriously pissed in this place.

But sadly it was soon time to say our goodbyes, but not before I got a bottle of Cave Aged Hennepin as a gift from djgonzalez & RokotGirl, very touching and genuinely welcomed. Soon we headed back to Davos Beer Mobile and then back home. What a day!!

Another Big LBBum Cheers to Davo, Captain for the Day and whom provided the transport, as well as Slander for driving us all to Andy’s Corner Bar late in the night. Thanks Chaps!! Much Appreciated.

Last Visit: Saturday 29th May, 2004 – Sunday 30th May 2004 (?)

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4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I'll throw my 2 cents in for one of NJ's best beer bars. Andy's is really easy to get to, right off I-80 in Bogota. Kind of dimly lit, with a nice mix of the regulars and those who don't get in as much but are just there for the beer (me). In the few times I've been there, the draught selection is always interesting. Has about 8-10 taps and always something nice on cask. Recently it's been Troegs Oatmeal Stout and Troegs Nugget Nectar. Local brews are represented well...every time I've been in there has been at least two Ramstein beers on tap. Always a good thing. Taps rotate more than any bar I've ever been to. This is so important! It's what makes Andy's such a great place to go and to keep coming back to.

Bottle selection is not mind blowing but there are some very good finds there. Magic Hat, Victory, Flying Fish, Geary's, as well as some good craft imports from Belgium and Germany.

Service at Andy's is great. The bartender will always be happy to chat...Tommy is a very friendly and knowledgable bartender, happy to BS about beer or anything else. Don't know if there's any food here, but there's always free popcorn or pretzels to go with your beer. Simply put, one of NJ's best beer bars, for good reason.

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4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Tis a cozy little place to watch a sporting event and have a good beer. Gets a little smokey sometimes, but not too bad. Service is usually good, unless its mobbed. Selection is the best in NJ, but sometimes you can go and catch them with a less than exciting selection on draght (while they are waiting for some new stuff to come in). I can't tell you how many times I have gone in to find super rare stuff on, such as a cask of 2 yr old DFH Immort or a several month old keg of High Point Mai-Bock. There is always an excellent bottle selection to back it up. This is the best beer bar in NJ that I know about.

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