Andy's Corner Bar

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Andy's Corner BarAndy's Corner Bar

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(201) 342-9887 | map

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

Simply The Best. A home away from home! You could walk by the entrance and not even know it, but once in, the atmosphere is inviting and comfortable. George is The Best bartender, sharing beer information and insights. Home brewers meet on Tuesday nights, beer geeks gather there on Wednesdays, and there are special events-- tap takeovers, Spring and October festivals, and a 100 Beers Club!
If you are hungry, there is an excellent Mexican restaurant just around the corner behind Andy's. Have a beer to complement your meal, they deliver!

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

Ah Andy's corner for those who remember this IS where microbrews have been introduced in NJ for a decade. It started on the corner in Bogota. My first experience was at a young age pre microbeer.

My reintroduction has opened me to a wide world of beer and my tour guide has been George, a gruff and tumble, opinionated bar owner who has forgotten more about beer than I'll ever know.

This place is the NJ mecca of beer. In defference to previous posts you will love this place. Typical jersey. If George threw you out its cause you deserved it.

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

Truly a great bar and for more reasons that just great beer. The people that go there are not only from the neighborhood but from other states and while there are a lot of regulars and it's somewhat a cheers atmosphere, this is the kind of place most people would be comfortable in. The Bartender George is exceptional. Very knowledgeable, and one of the things I love about this place is that all the beers are served in their proper glassware not just everything in a pint glass kind of a deal.
Did I mention how good the beer was? It's rotated regularly and there's always a representation of all different kinds of ales, IPAs stouts, pilsners, etc. There is also almost always a English style cast conditioned beer or two for you to try. That in itself is pretty hard to find.

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Photo of whitehouse50
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Andy's is a staple among NJ craft beer bars. George and Barbara bring in the best and freshest beer around and are two of the nicest owners I've ever met. Previously located on the corner years ago this place is easy to miss if you aren't looking for it you will drive past it. Ten taps, two casks and a fridge to please any beer enthusiast. Andy's carries a great selection of bourbon, scotch, whiskey and tequila if beer isn't your thing. Most Wednesday's they have brewery promos and everyone gets a free glass and free pizza or sandwiches. Anytime you order a beer you get a pretzel too. If you are hesitant to order a beer you never had before George will give you a sample and help you pick something out you will truly enjoy. The taps are always changing and the website is always being updated.

Andy's is the best in NJ because you can go there any day of the week and chat with a complete stranger or George and you will consistently leave with more beer knowledge than you had coming in. On slower nights George tells stories from his decades of experience in the beer world and listen up because they are good ones. It's a great neighborhood place that anyone can visit. A large range of ages come here from 20's to 60's because everyone is here for the beer. You can get beer to go from the fridge or fill your growler which is always a plus.

For me the best part of the night on your way out is when
George says, "Have a wonderful evening".

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

To quote one of the most respected beer men in the world:

"When I am in the New York area, I try to visit one of my favourite pubs anywhere in the world: Andy's Corner." - Michael Jackson, Beer Hunter.

GREAT selection of taps + 2 casks.

GREAT jukebox (excellent blues and jazz selections).

GREAT selection of bottles.

GREAT service.

George is very friendly, EXTREMELY knowledgeable about his beer, and truly likes to pass his wisdom on to the customer. On top of that, his lines are the cleanest I've encountered. The beer here is truly fresh. Each beer comes with a really good pretzel (for palate cleansing purposes). Although food is not served here, you may bring your own food in. There is an EXCELLENT Afghani restaurant (Teaneck Kebab House) around the corner and George has a lot of menus available from local eateries.

Best bar around, in my opinion. No one else comes close.

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Photo of rchbeuk12
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Andy's is the premier location for craft beer in Northern NJ. It has become my favorite beer bar since a friend introduced it to me over a year ago. I have been back many times and brought friends along.

While a few other places have good selection, no other place has the calm quiet atmosphere that Andy's does. The bartender/owner George is also extremely knowledgeable and if you are there when it isn't too busy, he is capable of striking up quite the good beer conversation.

George invites in local homebrew club for their monthly meeting and occasionally has one of the brewers come in for a night.

Additionally, the prices compared to several of the competitors in the area are very reasonable.

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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 Kopp
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Chucklz
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I must say that I am a bit biased, as I do get to enjoy Andy's as my local pub. Andy's is what got me into craft beer, so it will always be special for me. I would advise that anyone new to craft beer in the area make time to go to Andy's. If you can find a quiet night, and strike up a conversation with George, you will learn an incredible amount from him.

Can you get craft beer elsewhere in the area? Yes. But, can you sit down and just have a pint, or have an entire discussion about a beer or style? Not in nearly enough places. One of the best features of Andy's, is that you can try a small sample of any of the beers they have on tap/cask. So, if you are really unsure of a style or a beer, you can try it before you lay down your cash for a glass.

The bottle selection rotates every couple of months, and there is enough diversity that you can usually find at least one beer that you haven't tried yet. If you are buying bottles to carry out, there are occasional discounts if you buy six.

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Photo of philipsievering
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the original NJ beer bar. A total destination for anyone who interested in good beer in north Jersey. The atmosphere is great and they got an awesome jukebox. Crowd is always nice and knowledgeable. The two owners Barb and George are two of the best owners ever and very knowledgeable plus a pretzel with every beer? Come on that's awesome! Head in on Wednesday for the special beer of the week. They have two hand pumps as well as 6 draft lines and 2 huge coolers full of bottles.As well as a really fun beer club. It's always something your not going to find anywhere else in the area!

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

I'm lucky enough to work about 10 minutes from Andy's and go after work occassionally. The first time I went, they were having a River Horse promo. I had ordered a Hoppalotomus and had trouble with the tongue-twister name. George, the owner/bartender, joked around with me about the name for a minute while filling my glass. From the time he put the glass on the bar to when he took my credit card, the head dissipated slightly. He noticed that my beer wasn't completely topped off, so he grabbed it and topped it off. Now, I'll complain if someone short pours me but my beer in no way was short enough for me to complain. But George topped it off anyway.

That's the type of place this is. They care about the beer and you can tell by the selection and ever changing kegs. The prices are slightly high for some of the beers but it all balances out for the most part. Some beers are worth more than the $7 and some are worth less. The atmosphere I had to rate a 4.0 because if you're looking for a place to dance or watch a game, this isn't the place for you. There are two fairly small TVs and usually not much in the way of music. Also, there's no food except a pretzel with each beer. But considering the great beer and the fact that its really a place to go and enjoy a beer and talk to people, its perfect.

Also, I know this isn't technically about Andy's but they just opened a mexican food place behind it and they'll deliver to Andy's. The food is great, much better than the pizzeria next door.

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Photo of IPA17
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Andy's is the "Cheers!" of NJ. Great place with great customers who know and appreciate good beer (unfortunately, they do serve some of those lousy beers that I used to drink before I discovered good beer. I won't mention Budweiser or Coors by name, however.)
The 100 beer club really makes you want to discover new beers and really helps you understand the different styles. I can't go into the place without the bartender (whoever is on duty) welcoming me by name. Not sure if a beer is for you? They'll give you a 2 ounce sample before you buy a pint. They also have promo nights where they bring in a specific brewers beer line-up and have give-aways and raffles (Rogue, Heavyweight, Otter Creek, Red Hook and River Horse have been there, just to name a few.)
Best of all, for me, is that it's 2 miles from my house. But even if it wasn't, I'd still travel far to get there and it would still be my "local" bar, it's that good.
My only complaint is that it gets very smoke-filled in this small bar. And when those cigar smokers light-up their cancer sticks, it really leaves most people gasping for fresh air. Still, I wouldn't trade this place for any other beer bar in the world. (UPDATE: GOOD NEWS!!!! Andy's is about to get even better: On April 15th, they (along with the rest of NJ) go smoke-free. No more of those cancer sticks will be allowed. Time to celebrate!!!)

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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 ElGuapo
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Edit: After having been to Andy's on numerous occasions, I try to stop by once a week. The selection changes almost completely weekly. Service is top notch. The promo nights are excellent, and it is great to meet brewers in such a cozy bar with good people. For me, it doesn't get much better than having a few brews at Andy's.

My first real beer bar experience, and what a good one at that.

I went on a Monday night, and it was extremely quiet. It was very nice to sit down and watch some motorcycle shows while enjoying a few great brews. A friend and I had great conversation with the bartender. We basically learned how to build a Triumph from the bolts up.

The bar was very nice and clean with very simple decoration. All the beers were served in the correct glassware. The selection was not out of this world, but it was very good, and I will be able to pick up a few new ones from time to time. That is, of course, if I can manage to pass up on a few favorites on tap and cask.

This is one excellent bar, and being only 15 minutes away from me at school, it will certainly serve as my local bar. I will definitely journey to this fine establishment when I am back at home which will probably be near an hour away.

The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They are quick to make conversation and friends.

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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!!


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

I should have ventured by here a long damn time ago. So much time wasted at shitty bars when Andy's was nestled practically right under my nose. Oh, dear boy, the pain, the pain.

Andy's is the deal. What more can I say? 8-10 rotating taps of great beers and a cask or two to boot, and let me tell you, you don't see cask anywhere out here in Bergen County. Andy's is a place where you'll see good regional breweries represented. Heavyweight, Flying Fish, Climax, Victory, Dogfish Head, Crooked River, Weyerbacher, Cricket Hill, Ramstein, and on and on and on and on.

Promos?? Sure they do promos. Breweries will come on out and showcase a handful of their beers, maybe something you haven't tried before, maybe something on cask, maybe something different you won't see elsewhere, and certainly you'll regret having missed it if you couldn't make it out there that night. I like seeing the brewers from the breweries come out and talk to us consumers about their wares. Pint glass giveaways and shirt raffles and the like.

A couple of coolers in the back housing a few dozen beers. Everything from American micros to good german Weisses to fine Belgian lambics. I'm like a kid in a candy store. "Ooooh, I want that, ooooh, gots to try that, but ooooh, I need that right now".

And undoubtedly the most hospitable of folks. George, Tommy, Chris, Barbara, Joe, Skip...always a friendly, knowledgeable face behind the bar. These are people who know their beer. I get greeted by name, I get a pretzel with my beer, and I get some great conversation.

Just a fantastic place to be. A great place to watch the game and a kickin' juke box too.

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

Been going to Andy's for years now. Used to go meet my wife there before we were married for a few brews.

A bar with some class. Beers are served with a stick with a hard pretzel hanging off the rim of the glass. George is the man! A+ guy & bartender hands down!

Beer selection consists of 2 handpump casks & I would say 8 or so taps. Always changing selection, clean taps, clean bar. Bottles in the fridge in the back, can take a walk back to check out the selection. Woodwork behind the bar sets the place off comfortably. Good tunes in the jukebox. Freindly, cozy, chilled out atmosphere. Haven't been in a while till this past weekend & had a great time with wifey trying out a few beverages. She asked why we haven't been in so long? That will change LoL

No food, but pizza is right next door and take out is welcomed.
Take out beer available as well.

Tap list is updated on the website all the time.
Great bar, good times!

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Photo of hunter112
4.74/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Finally took my first trip to Andy's since hearing about it well over a year ago. The selection is impressive, and the quality of the beer (freshness, clean lines, etc.) is exceptional. Also, you won't stay a stranger for long, the regulars will gladly welcome you.

Parking might be iffy, and if you don't get there early, it might be a bit crowded, but other than that, it's a fine atmosphere. I wish I lived in the neighborhood, just like the regulars seem to do.

Also, it is a bit too pricey for me to do more than once a week, but that seems like a pretty good frequency to come on over.

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

A friend brought me to this place for the first time over the summer. Since then, I have introduced two friends to it myself. This is just my kind of place: small, quaint, and laid back. The beer selection is always very good, whether it be the taps or the bottles. The taps are cleaned twice weekly and are constantly rotating. Around Christmas they sported all seasonal taps except one(Troegs Perpetual IPA I think). Just an all around good place to check out. Oh, and there's always one beer on cask. The website is always up to date if you want to check what's on draft before you go.

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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 Pythonhgr
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Have been going to Andy's for about 3 years now. Absolutely love it. The people are friendly and the beer is always top notch.

If you're in the mood for a chat, there will always be someone there to join you. If you want to just relax and drink a few beers, you won't have any problems.

The selection is pretty much the best around. And finishing the 100 beer club 2 years in a row was really fun/informative. Their Octoberfest party is also a good time with some great food.

I would always recommend this place to anyone who wants some clean craft beer.

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

Very impressive place.

I came across Andy's due to BA and ended up going twice in three days. The selection is great, with about a dozen taps and plenty of bottles, plus two hand pumps. Erie Fallenbock on tap was great and went particularly well with the free hard pretzel that comes with every draft (nice touch). It's interesting that this beer was featured in the summer but it really has a great drinkability. The taps featured other selections from Dogfish Head, Stone, etc., with a few surprises. Bottles included offerings from Belgium, Germany, and the UK as well as quite a few New Jersey/New York favorites. George, the bartender/owner is an imposing presence and seems like a genuinely nice man who loves beer and appreciates his customers. You can practically taste the care that goes into making sure the customer receives a delicious, well-maintained brew. Crowd is a friendly mixture of locals and beer geeks. A definite must-go in North Jersey.

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4.65/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of vladtheimpaler
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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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'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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Andy's Corner Bar in Bogota, NJ
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