Andy's Corner Bar

BA SCORE
97
world-class

59 Ratings
Andy's Corner BarAndy's Corner Bar
PLACE INFO

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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Score:
97
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
54
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
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Photo of slander
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Billolick
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of markgugs
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of 86sportster883
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Loki
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
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 dsa7783
2.88/5  rDev -35%
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 IPA17
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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 saltydog
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

To look at this place, it appears to be a typical, unexceptional small local pub. But that is very misleading. The beer selection is quite amazing, with a high percentage of good micros on draft, and a very good bottle selection as well. They also do great promotional events. Get on their email list, and you will know everything that is going on there at all times...maybe even more than you want to! All in all, a real gem.

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Photo of ark57
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is a must visit if you are in Northern Jersey. I have been there a few times and enjoy it more every time. They have a great selection of bottles (both imports and micros). Their taps are mostly local micros (Rammstein, Heavyweight, Flying Fish, Weyerbacher) and they rotate frequently. The service is excellent and friendly and they are quite knowledgeable about what they are serving. It is one of the great bars I have ever visited. I was talking with the bartender once, and he was telling me that Micheal jackson has been known to stop by on occassion as well.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
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 jaluria
3.8/5  rDev -14.2%
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 IrishRedRock
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of carln26
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
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 donniecuffs
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
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 beenitty
3.63/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped by this place for Troegs night for their Wednesday hostings.

Within 5 seconds of walking in, an older gentelman (his name escapes me) walks up to me and introduces himself. He welcomes me to Andy's and notices that I'm a first timer. He introduces me to Barb (bartender) and a few other locals posted at the bar. We talk for a minute about beer etc. Reminds me of the southern hospitality that is common in Texas.

The decor is "polished" to say the least very nice looking place compared to what it looks like on the outside.

Aesthetics aside. The beer was good, had a few Troegs, but I was a little surprised on the prices. I ordered Scratch #41 Choc Stout. 7$?!
And this was at 5pm. My only solace was getting a pretzel out of it. I know alot of places dont include happy hour with their hostings. Thats fine. However, Copper Mine Pub which is ~15 minutes from here. Only charge 7-8$ as a max for super high ABV beers, and they take 1$ off all beers before 8pm. To be fair, I got my growler fill of Nugget Nectar for 14$, when other places were charging 15-16$. It seems like thier pricing is a bit off because all their drafts are 7$. Usually youd pay less for a Weissbier than an Imperial Stout.

Ive seen some of the bad reviews. I've only been there once but the people were super friendly, some of the friendliest I've come across in a bar. So I can't say I can agree with the rudeness. However, the guy George does look a bit rough, so I cant say I'm shocked by what I've read. I probably wont be back unless they have something insane on tap, which they typically dont as I usually follow most bars in the city on BeerMenus, and also because Copper Mine simply has a better operation going on.

Decent Spot, Not Really Reccommended unless they tap some rarities.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Following a day off from work, I had to find a place to wet my whistle and Andy's just happened to be about 20 minutes away, so I decided to pop in and check it out, based on BA reviews. I'm happy to report that this bar deserves its sterling reputation.

I got there a little after 2pm on a Monday afternoon, so it was barren for the most part. After the first hour though, people started to trickle in. The owners / bartenders, George and Barbara, are decent, down-to-earth people who really connect with their customers. They greeted me cordially enough and welcomed each person that came in after me by name. Pretty indicative that they have a loyal clientele. Andy's has a nice atmosphere, with a bar area and several tall tables and stools set up. I'd imagine it gets crowded after hours, but I was pretty lucky to come in early before the rush. It was a nice, cozy atmosphere with the few regulars that showed up and I was able to strike up a few conversations about craft beer with them. George chimed in a few times, offering his opinions on the beers on tap.

The quality of the beers on tap is phenomenal. You can really tell that they take care in cleaning their lines and rotating their taps. Each beer I sampled tasted fresh and delicious. Really impressed by it. Barbara is an attentive barkeep and will always keep you fed (with pretzels) and watered. If you'd like to just try something, she'll pour you a sample in a teeny tiny mug so you can taste the beers before you order them, which is a really nice gesture. The selection is quite good; I was fortunate enough to be able to order brews from Founders, Lagunitas and the local Keegan Ales brewery. They rotate their taps regularly, so it's always an adventure. There's a dry-erase board right by the door that keeps patrons appraised of what they're serving. There's also a small line of refrigerators with a nice collection of bottled beer if that's your fancy.

The beers are $7 a pop, so it's a bit on the pricey side. This obviously wasn't a barrier to the people listed on the wooden plaques on wall, however. The plaques were there for people in the 100 beer club. Quite a few names on there too, so much so that they have multiple plaques. There isn't much in the way of food beyond the hard pretzel that comes with each beer order, so I'm not really sure why this is listed as an eatery. George did toss out a few free bags of potato chips though, so that was much appreciated.

All in all, Andy's is a fantastic place to sit down and have a quality craft brew. The beer is great, the company is nice and the prices will keep you honest. I wish I lived closer, because I'd definitely be a regular. Maybe not enough to crack the 100 beer wall, but you never know!

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +8.4%
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 StonyB
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4.65/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

If you took a local bar, TVs showing sports, current jukebox music, and lots beer personality, swirled it around a bit.... you would make Andy's. A nice family-run bar with local flavor. Andy's has a nice modern design, and plenty of seating in a fairly narrow space. The folks that run the place are fun, open-minded to new beers, and "make you feel at home" friendly. They have events on a regular basis, highlighting local/regional breweries, like Heavyweight and Weyerbacher, to name a few. A great draft line-up with an equally interesting cask beer is always anticipated. Oh BTW, they have a thorough bottle selection. I always look forward that pretzel served with my beer at Andy's Corner Bar!

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