Hop Devil Grill

Hop Devil GrillHop Devil Grill
Hop Devil GrillHop Devil Grill
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

129 Saint Marks Pl
New York, New York, 10009-5158
United States

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DrJay from Texas

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited this place a few times last summer, so this review is from several sets of notes. The location is easy to find in the East Village, not too far a walk from the subway, and close to several other interesting beer bars. The decor wasn't what I normally look for in a bar, with plenty of TVs showing sports, but I thought the bar was fairly nice with the tap list up above written in chalk. Pretty extensive tap list too, probably 20-25 taps, mostly US craft covering a lot of styles and regions. I ended up having a Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia on one visit, which I thought was pretty cool. Service was good, although I only stopped in during the day when it wasn't overly busy. I didn't get to try the Belgian Room, since it didn't open until later in the day. Overall, definitely a worthy stop, especially if you're already in this part of town.

Dec 29, 2008
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bgold86 from New York

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Aug 01, 2015
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Jlabs from New York

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Mar 26, 2015
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Eman17 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Feb 14, 2015
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misternebbie from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Jan 26, 2015
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SkiBum22 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Dec 03, 2014
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Ant4711 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

Jul 08, 2014
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EdwardK77 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jun 13, 2014
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markgugs from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.5%

Jun 10, 2014
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djrn2 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

May 27, 2014
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tainohawk from New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

May 05, 2014
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sirsteve42 from New York

4/5  rDev -2%

Jan 29, 2014
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charlienyc from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Jan 08, 2014
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seanchai from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Dec 31, 2013
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been to Hop Devil a couple of times but only now have I come around to review it.

This joint sure is dark! A little overwhelming, total cave. Cheap looking but not in a bad way, like a ratty sports bar in, say, Scranton, PA. They do have lots of cool breweriana around.

Noisy at 4:30 pm when I visited, even though place was pretty empty (only the bar was filled up, with what seemed to be regulars). I guess they have poor noise-proofing, hence the loudness? Music was real loud too, but hey, maybe I'm a bit too old for this kind of youth-oriented sports tavern of sorts...

Gotta love the homely feel, though, so different from the corporate vibe of many bars in Manhattan. It really feels like a small town in here, what with the friendly drunken regulars perched at the bar since opening time. A bit of an East Village feel indeed!

Nice friendly bartender was quick, super polite and not missing a beat. But the real draw here is the prices! Regular prices are not bad, but during happy hour... everything is HALF OFF!! Wow. Believe it. I thought no place in New York City had a real happy hour like that. Reminds me of Ohio...

So I got a Stone Belgo Old Guardian snifter for only four dollars. Sweet!

Didn't try food this time so I won't rate it, but I have in the past. Nothing exciting, they serve a competent mixture of Mexican fare (tacos, burritos) and American pub grub (wings, salads burgers) at good prices. I'm not here for the food, though, so no worries.

Selection is alright, not great but serviceable. This is the kind of place that does not amaze you on a daily basis but will shock you from time to time with rare shit like Dogfish World Wide Stout or Founders KBS. On my last visit, they had 20 American taps, 1 cider, 2 Germans and Guinness. Hop Rod Rye, Brooklyn Lager, Harpoon IPA, Ithaca Apricot, Kona Porter, Sam Noble Pils, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Smuttynose Porter... plus that Stone Belgo Old Guardian that was the only rarity, really. Maybe Stevens Point Belgian Wit too, since I have never since this brewery around NYC.

But I feel like at Rattle N' Hum: not exactly excited.

One thing that bothered me a bit was that I saw no sign of "credit card minimum", and when I went to tab out, the friendly bartender told me they had a $10 so I would have to have another beer. I was in a hurry and didn't want another brew, but hey, I *had* too. Not a huge deal, but I wish they had some signs advertising their credit minimum (I could have asked too, it is true).

(I have not been to The Belgian Room, but the taps didn't exactly give me a hard-on either: Delirium, Ommegang, Sly Fox...).

All in all, this is a fine spot for the East Village nation. It might not stand out tremendously in Manhattan, but there is a lot of competition anyway. Too many good bars, with better beer lists and (in some cases) food.

If you live nearby, though, or are visiting or strolling around the Village... heck yeah, check it out!

Apr 03, 2011
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CHickman from New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Hop Devil Grill & Belgian Room are places I wished I visited more when I lived in Stuy Town years ago when they first opened.

The Hop Devil Grill has decent food and insane wings that are so hot they will make you cry, but it's the great beer selection that keeps me coming back time after time; over the years, every time I went in for a beer I was able to try something new and have a good conversation with the bartender about beer each time I've entered this place, and over the years that's a lot of visits. The atmosphere has always been casual and laid back, which is perfect for a beer bar.

The selection and quality have always been impressive to me, and the bartenders have always been willing to provide a sample and some guidance, which is all you can ask for when goingto a place like this. The prcies are OK and some would say reasonable for NYC, but be prepared to drop some cash for quality beers when you come here.

Apr 02, 2011
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unclejimbay from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The place is a must try if you are in the East Village area.

I visited the Hop Devil a few times during my visit to NYC and the East village area. The Hop Devil bar side is a casual bar feel with 24 taps, about 20 bar seats, and 15 or so tables. The bartender was friendly and made good conversation with my wife and I during our visits. The patrons were friendly and seemed like a laid back but beer knowledgeable crowd. Sat next to a beer geek from Oregon and he always comes to this bar during his visits to NYC.

I had several good IPAs during my session (Flower Power, Capn Lawerence, Brooklyn Detonation IIPA). My wife had a Victory Weizenbock and Rochfert 8. The lines seemed clean and the prcies were very reasonable for NYC.

The Belgian Room next store has more of a lounge type feel with a bit more character. The bottle offerings seemed a bit more expensive in price than the draft options. We skipped over the Belgian Room, opted for the Hop Devil twice, and had dinner down at The Bourgeois Pig which also has some nice Belgian selections.

Dec 03, 2010
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

After dinner at Resto then beers at Vertigo and Pete's Tavern, my friend and I made it into here for last call this past Tuesday night. When we walked into the Hop Devil side, the bartender was cleaning up and there was no one at the bar. He didn't seem to mind if he served a few last pints to us. Cool looking place, but hard to judge when the lights were off and the place was empty. Great selection of American craft beers. I went with the Lake Placid Honey Rye, which was crisp. Bartender was nice, as he jumped in and told us the cross street for a restaurant my friend and I were trying to remember. It was too late to head into the Belgian Room by that point, but this seemed like a cool place. American brews on one side and Belgian on the other. Enough to satisfy me at least.

Jul 16, 2010
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wagenvolks from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Hit up both Hop Devil and the Belgian Room on the 4th of July in NYC with my friend Becky after her brother's wedding the previous day. HD first--about 15 taps and twice as many bottles. Service was great, but we were two of 6 patrons, so I wouldn't have expected anything less. I had a Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale; she ordered a Boulder Flashback. No problems with the tap lines or anything else. Prices were steep, but not overly pricey for New York.

The Belgian Room had a more laid back "opium den" type of vibe. Less taps, but I was excited to see JP's LuciƩrnaga pouring. Plus the bottled list was pretty extensive with some gems, including Cascade Apricot Ale ($30 for a 750ml bottle!), Kuhnhenn Mayhem ($8.50 per 12oz bottle), Cantillon Gueze 100% Lambic, Cantillon 1900 Grand Cru, Rochefort, and several others. Bartender was friendly and knew his beer fairly well. Good experiences at both, and would gladly revisit.

Jul 06, 2010
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rosybottom from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Was in town last night strolling the Village with some of my New York City colleagues. They told me if I like beer this is the place to go, and boy they were not kidding. 30 taps I think, with a Green Flash thing going on last night. I had a Hop Head Red for the first time and that was a great experience, and their West Coast IPA was equally delicious. Selection rates a 5 for Green Flash alone, but they also had Stone Old Guardian on tap and Great Divide Old Ruffian! This place is tight with the strong ales. Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Delirium Tremens on their "Belgian Room" side and a locally made ale on cask really rounds out for a great selection.
Rooms are quite spacious and not too crowded. Music was conversation level, with good Blues kickin' it as background. Had some pomme frites which were good with the spicy mayonnaise sauce. Service was solid. Pretty knowledgeable bartender to chat up with, but no beer genius. I could easily spend a few more nights getting to know this place and the East Village, but it'll have to wait until I am back in town. Too bad!

Jun 23, 2010
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Andreji from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Note: i have since spoken to the folks at this bar by their initiative and since I had no time to go back this time around, but I still feel they deserve an upgrade in rating terms of service, but haven't altered the review itself.

So the famous hop devil on the corner of st-mark's and avenue A. by no means a fancy looking place and a rather discrete one, although i liked the wide-open doors approach.

Inside, a ramble, noisy in spite of there not being too many people. disorderly looking and dim lit. Some bare wooden tables all over the place. seems a bit un-cozy for the most part but hey, this is a bar. get over it. i didn't pay much attention to the music because it wasn't loud enough to occlude others' conversations. which seems ok because this should be background music.

We got either the trainee or the lousiest waitress in the history of mankind. she screwed up the next table guy's order on BEER and only told him after he'd already drank it. then their next round she couldn't tell which was which (hey, there were 2 TWO people on the table and one apparently ordered what looked like a porter so one beer was distinctively dark!). I had to basically hunt her down a couple of times to get an order through. and one of the times she apparently supposed we were asking for the bill (halfway through our meal) or she randomly just popped with this leather looking booklet. either way, disgraceful.

Selection is decent, international and random, and solidified by their expanding local brands. however, i don't rate them higher because i'm rather disappointed their beer menu was more of a plain-paper 3-side brochure on which the back was the tequila and wine choices. they seem to love their beers and then they seem to not love their beers. go figure.

food was not bad at all. i had the pork sliders and tried the quesadilla, both of which were very nice and affordable.

indeed a good place but NYC has many, many, many, many better things to offer.

Mar 23, 2010
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DiggityDankster from New York

2.1/5  rDev -48.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1

Dropped in the Belgian Room for two reasons: 1)A friend said the vibe was good and the barstaff could keep up with the party. 2)The bars next store were crowded and I was in a beer mood without the hassels of being two deep at the bar. WRONG on both accounts.

Very small bar to start. 6 beers on tap and not all are Belgian???? The bottle selection looks good but be prepared for a second and third possibility as the ordering manager is asleep at the wheel. The staples are there-Duvel, Chimay and Stella.

The Drafts and the menu for that matter are more Canadian. Seems to have a small identity crisis. Delirium Tremens on tap is the highlight of the 6 possible taps but the lines seem mucked up as the pouring seems a bit foamy. Nice glassware tho.

The atmosphere was not quite the vibe I was told of. Maybe they had better staff before my arrival. The general feel was lack of interest bordering on stupidity. Not quite sure what the problem was but the feel was lackluster.

The highlight of the stay was the chalkboard on the sidewalk. Creative. The location wasn't bad as the wine bar next door was packed. With Women. Can't say I'll be back with better establishments in the city.

Mar 20, 2010
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FretlessC from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Price: Don't remember specifics, but quite normal for high quality craft brews.

Location: East part of St. Mark's Place in East Village. If nothing else, this neighborhood is great, with all kinds of amazing food. The hot dogs next door are excellent, and there the two beers are Dale's Pale Ale and PBR. Trendy.

Atmosphere: Came here twice, Thursday and Friday.

Thursday: Less crowded. Older crowd. Better music - 90s hard rock at a reasonable volume. Waiter was extra-nice guy who sat w/ us and discussed beer selection, made suggestions, and brought samples. Had an excellent time on Thursday.

Friday: Crowded. Seemed fratty, or something. Maybe they let the NYU kids out on Fridays or something. The music was crap - Kid Rock, Creed, etc. and much louder than it was Thursday.

Both times, the place looks like a sports bar, and TVs everywhere showing sports. Seems to clash with the taste of a serious barley wine or oaked stout, but on Thursday, I was able to ignore the TVs.

Beer: Excellent selection of local and far away craft brews. Only the most interesting. Some of the names are hard to decipher (as they often are), but the waiter/bartender on both nights was able to give me lots of information. Appropriate glassware. Remember specifically they had two really nice barley wines (Speakeasy, and something else), a great Boulder (obvoid?) stout, an excellent imperial IPA, and a wide selection of other styles. Quite impressive selection.

Overall: I highly suggest coming here on Sunday-Thursday, as I think the atmosphere caters to a much younger crowd (who don't need my review to convince them whether to roll out of their apartments to this bar). The service was excellent and knowledgeable, and the beers were a great selection from a variety of reputable (mostly?) American brewers. There's a nice hookah bar down the street too (to the west), which doesn't hurt the evening for me, either.

Nov 26, 2009
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yemenmocha from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Mexican style place that has a great selection of craft beers, both domestic and imported. It was odd that there weren't Mexican beers on tap given the bar's theme, but oh well.

Servers were more of the young/cute female stereotype that knew little about the craft offerings. Luckily they have a little binder with laminated pages about their beers, and they're generous with little samples so that your choice is the right one. Prices were reasonable for NYC and it's close to d.b.a. if you're making the trip to the East Village. Did not try the food on my visit.

Nov 13, 2009
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Went with my girlfriend...

Atmosphere here was really pretty good. Its in a very trendy part of town and the bar itself is really elegant and structured well.

THe beers that were served were a little on the cold side but otherwise, nothing to complain about. Proper glassware was used and the place really seemed tidy and up to par in every way.

Service here was second to none. Our bartender Christopher was super nice and even though he admittedly was not a beer guy, really tried hard and seemed eager to talk, share, and learn.

Selection is really the downfall of this place. In order to compete with places like GingerMan and RattlenHum, the craft selection needs to be better. Also, there are a number of "foreign" bottles but these are mainly very mainstream macro stuff like corona, heineken, negra modelo, etc. etc.

Definitely go during happy hour Monday-Friday 4-8. Although like I said, the selection isn't so great, during this time, the deal can't be beat.

Oct 31, 2009
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