Hop Devil Grill

Hop Devil GrillHop Devil Grill
BA SCORE
86.5%
Liked This Place
4.07 w/ 96 ratings
Hop Devil GrillHop Devil Grill
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(212) 533-4468

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
96
Liked:
83
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
10.81%
 
 
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Photo of Andreji
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of DiggityDankster
2.1/5  rDev -48.4%
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.

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Photo of FretlessC
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of jamesmbirchnyc
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Happened into Hop Devil this afternoon and sat down at the bar prepared to try a few brews. The overall atmosphere was very quiet (perhaps since it was Sunday) and our service was okay.

I get the feeling that HPG doesn't really know what kind of bar its trying to be. The bartender didn't really know a whole lot about the beers or even where they were located on the taps. The beer menu looked cheap and relatively simple.

The worst part was that I have an AHA beer member card which enables me a 15% discount at all partcipating locations. The HDG advertises as such in the Zymurgy magazine however the bartender refused to give me the discount citing the fact that my bill wasn't very much anyways.

Not impressed. Sorry, I wish I could say something nice.

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Photo of Nickls
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

(From notes)

Finally visited after the "redo" to HDG. Overall, not a bad spot, but somehow I feel like it's not quite as good as it once was.

The southwestern US theme that is going on is a bit trite and seems a little silly, but it's not hard to look past it since it really just feels like the ownership just threw up some new pieces of flair and paint. It was pretty chill on a Thursday evening after work, though.

The tap list wasn't bad, but nothing terribly rare. Solid enough, and decently priced for a pint in the area. The bottle list was a little underwhelming, and the one Cantillon brew that I ordered was actually out of stock.

Overall, not a bad spot, but I don't think I will feel compelled to revisit unless I hear that they have something interesting on tap. Way too many other places in the surrounding area that I would go to first.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice Southwest Cuisine style place in the Village, large beautiful tap system with various micros and macros. I was able to try three beers here that I couldn't find anywhere else. Server was new so she didn't know much, I can let that go I guess. Beers were served correctly.

Food is southwestern, I had a spicy burrito with vegetables that was very good. I had nachos for an appetizer but it wasn't very good.

Atmosphere is a mix of frat boy partying and serious beer geekery, a good happy hour brings lots of people out.

Overall, great place, deserves the hype.

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Photo of david18
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I think this is my favorite place in the city even though I hardly get a chance to go there. It's in the east village and has the best selection of bottles, drafts and rotating drafts.

I've tried so many beers there for the first time including the hop head red and some ale smith selections. It's also the first place i ever saw Russian River beers as well as Port Brewing/Lost Abbey beers. Was also the first time I drank Absinthe.

If you're ever anywhere neat this place I would recommend you go there.

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Photo of otnemem
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I moved into the East Village about a month ago, and hadn't found a good local beer bar, until now. Probably the best draft selection in the area, besides Spitzer's, while being much more reasonable. Their happy hour is fantastic, half off all drafts from 5-8, M-F (even though the sign outside only says 5-7), making all pints $3-3.50. There are also a lot of great food specials ($1 Taco Tuesdays are incredible). The food is very solid, great Tacos, decent wings. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, not only being more than happy to give you samples when you ask, but often giving them out unsolicited if they think there is something you might like. The atmosphere isn't anything special, it feels like what it is, a Mexican restaurant/bar, but there is usually a decent music and a few interesting people to talk to. Highly recommended if you're in the area, especially if you feel like some Mexican and can catch happy hour.

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Photo of smithflipper
4.6/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Wandering dwon St. Marks just happened to bump into this place.

Decent selection, very friendly service. Great view of the park and a perfect place to try some great micros on a sunny day.

Rotating selection, I only got to go there once but i can imagine you'd never get bored. Didn't try the food as i was saving myself for the BBQ Fest.

Bar staff were friendly, knowledgable and very helpful. Gave me plenty of samples of all the beers.

I had a great time here, will always stop in if I'm back in NYC. Cant beat the location and the friendly atmosphere.

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Photo of beerwinemead
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Hop Devil is so cool. I just found it last week and now I am hooked. I am just starting to learn all about beer now, and the bartender there, Michael, is sweet and told me if I want to learn, I have to go to beeradvocate.com and here I am!

He also told me to go to their mead party, and I went last night. I have never heard of mead being on tap anywhere, and they have three on tap! There is also 27 other taps with all kinds of beers as well. The vibe is really, really exceptional. Everyone is so nice, the music is so rocking, and the back lounge is so cozy. I got to meet the mead brewer and he was really informative.

Prices are good here. If you go on Tuesday, they have a special deal on tacos where they are only a dollar each! The best deal is the wings though. Buffalo wings here are soo good. The quality of the beer and wings makes for a good value. All week there are deals here, so its different every day. The service is super friendly.

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Photo of NYCervezero28
2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3

My friends and I had been going there for some time and we always liked it. Went back there recently and it has gone downhill... the beer menu is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller. The service was always not all THAT, but this time around I had to go to the bar EVERYTIME despite being seated at a table with a party of three for over three hours! They don't have the plethora of beers up on the boards the way they used to... because there aren't as many. They got rid of the jukebox which was REALLY good). Nahhh... this place is done in my book. Which is too bad, because it used to be my go-to joint on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Photo of astrasday
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Finally got to go to Hop Devil last weekend after walking by countless times while it was being renovated. First, let me start off by saying that at 6:00 on a Friday night, this place was shockingly quiet. There is a reasonably sized bar. Most of the space is open with tables scattered about the place with table service offered. I imagine if it was a crowded night, I would be thankful for this extra breathing room and places to sit with the hopes of getting served instead of clawing your way up to the bar. But, that night, it was weirdly quiet.

Service was good. The bartender was affable, easy to talk to and didn't push me to pile on the drinks. She also gave me a tasting pour of the standard Gonzo to compare it to the barrel aged I was trying. Thoughtful for sure.

With roughly 20 or so taps, there was a good smattering of beers to choose from. They just had a Flying Dog night previous so I had a few of their offerings (which happy hour didn't apply to) and a smattering of other things. I would like to see what their line up would be without a brewery night, but I wasn't complaining.

I didn't get a chance to order food as I just wanted a few drinks and get on my way, but the wings looked good and they focused on Mexican cuisine if I'm not mistaken.

The value was fairly reasonable. The happy hour price was insane. I got a pint of St. Nicholaus Bock Bier for 3 bucks. Tough to argue with that. I was left wanting a bit more of a pour from the $7.50 barrel aged Gonzo, but, it IS a hard to find beer and it IS in NYC, so I was overall happy with the prices.

I would see myself going back there again, but I don't think I would make it my go-to destination. I am still too damn partial to Blind Tiger.

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Photo of newyawker
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I went to the Hop Devil Grill last night and all I can say is...awesome! They have an amazing beer selection with over 30 draft beers if you include their lounge and a large sized bottled beer selection as well. I don't think there is another beer bar in town that can compete with their Mexican food. I had a soup type dish called pozole I think, and it was fabulous. It came with hot tortillas and a bunch of toppings to ad as I saw fit. I also had the tilapia and shrimp fajitas and it is was a really great flavor combination when paired with the Rogue Chipotle Ale. My friend raved about his chicken wings and ancho pork burrito. Angela, their beautiful waitress took good care of us and gave us champagne, hats, whistles and confetti to help bring in the New Year. As far as their atmosphere, it is spacious and decorated nicely with Southwestern type signs, lizards, cacti and and really nice coloring. The lounge which used to sell strictly Belgian beer I am told is comfy with couches, coffee tables and is a little more relaxed than the larger "grill" side next door. I finished off the evening with a large bottle of Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru. I will be back soon and it looks like the East Village is really beginning to compete with Brooklyn as having the best beer bars in the city.

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Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here on a Friday Night

Hop Devil Grill - Pretty good vibe on a Friday night for a 20-30 crowd, good mix of music playing too, which you don't find at many beer bars for some reason.

Many beers available in 1L Mugs, i can already hear some BA's saying thats over doing it and theres no need for that. But for $11 in Manhattan, a 1L of Harpoon Glacier Harvest Wet Hop or Elysian Immortal IPA, which i had, i say cheers. Pretty diverse tap list and 1 cask line. Didn't really take notice of the bottle list, plenty on tap, something for everyone from weiss beers to barleywines

Friendly bartenders, all willing to give a decent size sample of w/e beer you would like to try. I didn't have any of the food while i was there but the menu is mostly bar food, small bites, etc.

Belgian Room - A lot less crowded and more laid back crowd. The bottle selection was excellent with all the usual Belgians you would expect and few more and most were at a reasonable prices. I would have liked to see a few more Belgians on tap (Capt. Lawrence Pumpkin (so-so), Ommegang Abbey, Delirium, an IPA, Roedbach Grand Cru. I believe the food menu is the same here

Overall, i really liked both places, i know there are a few other beer bars in the area, but i was fine staying here all night.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was our last stop of the Philly Does New York trip. Technically, this was two stops. As we had to leave to go next door to the Belgian Room.

The Hop Devil side really let me down within the first minute of being there. We arrived and immediately looked at the tap list. They had two Kuhnhenn beers listed as "on-tap". Well, my heart skipped a beat, and I proceeded to order the Raspberry Eisbock. Apparently that beer had kicked right before we got there. That was disappointment number 1. Then I ordered the other Kuhnhenn beer on tap. Upon filling my friend Matt's glass, the keg kicked. Luckily, I got a taste of his and thanked myself it kicked. It tasted like cough syrup, so I was only mad at the missing of the Raspberry Eisbock.

Service was solid, and we enjoyed the hell out of the Frites and other muchies. I highly recommend the frites, as they sauces were awesome, as were the actual frities.

The Belgian Room was a bit of a let down, considering that I had thought this would be the best of the trip. Tap selection was solid, but nothing that we can't get here in Philly. Granted, Philly invented the Belgian Beer scene, so I guess I shouldn't have had my hopes up.

Solid stop for sure, and one I will frequent again when I'm in the area.

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Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

August 2008.

The Hop Devil Grill is located in and around Manhattan's chic and trendy East Village neighborhood. This a scene chalk full of funky boutiques, eccentric shopping, extremely posh nightclubs, and a wonderfully vibrant nightlife. We decided to stop in for a drink or two before taking it all in, and I'm glad we did.

The place itself is fairly minimal: a bar area with high stools and comfortable standing room; a tabled area with seats behind that; and yet another section of tables and chairs, this one even more plain and bare. This part also curiously empty even on a Friday night. Although their selection made me - an avid beer enthusiastic - feel right at home I must admit that the ambiance is scant. The whole feel of the place, in my experience, was just meager.

The atmosphere was defined only by stickers of various beer labels plastered to the walls and above those the varieties of beer themed memorabilia that hanged. On display also was a long lineup of previously drank large sized cans, some a tad rusted, many of which once held malt liquor. We visited during the Olympics and so large projections filled its bare walls with sports. Whether for these reasons, or from the crowd (a majority of whom appeared to be between the ages of 21 and 28) I couldn't help but associate the Hop Devil Grill to a kind of college pub.

Although I saw food menus I didn't really have a chance to look them over, much less order anything. This really couldn't have phased me any less as I was more than carried away with their bottle and draft selections which, it can be said, was among some of the best in the city. Their prices too, still similar to the other must-see bars in NYC, were the cheapest I recall.

Their tap list numbered close to 25, nearly all of which were American craft beers. A good number of breweries and states were represented as was a variety of styles, ranging from pale ales and wheat beer to barleywines and imperial stouts. I had no problem choosing my two drinks and would have had no problem choosing a bunch more, if time had permitted.

"The Belgian Room", an extension of the Hop Devil Grill, offered another 5 taps and an additional list of at least 30 more bottles, exclusively Belgian. I really liked this concept and had higher expectations of the Belgian Room, that it might be the classier alter-ego to the Hop Devil, but I was mistaken. Its bar may have been a little smaller but it was certainly no more quaint. Again, little decor or ambiance. I opted to return back.

I would see the coolest thing I've ever witnessed at a bar there that night. Waiting to order (which didn't take long, the bar service was beyond excellent) stood beside a young girl. When the bartender asked us from behind her shoulder what we'd be having to drink this unassuming young lady politely asked for a Bud Light.

Slowly, the bartender would turn her neck and unleash onto this girl the most sinister and degrading stare. She continued peering with a look partly of shame, partly of pity, and partly of insult. Reproachfully she continued, humiliating the girl with disgrace, until finally - still without acknowledging the girls request - turned to me ...
"I'll have a Captain Lawrence DIPA".
"Good" she replied.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Hop Devil appears to have been a diner in its former life. The stainless steel door entryway gives it away, as does the floor. Hmmm, now that I think about it, I guess the curves along the ceiling imply that too. And, it works! It's a comfortable place (unless it get really crowded). The draft selection is great, and there are quite a few gems in the bottled form too.

Service has always been good for me. Not great, but OK.

The food is OK. Pricey - even for NY in the far east Village. Big pretzel $5, chicken fingers $9, fried zucchini $8, bacon cheeseburger $14, brats w/ cabbage $16. ... ... ... bacon cheeseburger $14??? WTF?

Beer prices are OK... as expected at least.

Worth trying? I'm not sure. There are so many other places that I'm not sure I'd give this the nod right upfront. Probably. Probably worth trying.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The last stop on our pub crawl of New York so the memory is not as detailed as it might be.

Both the Grill and the Belgian Room were surprisingly empty for a prime time Saturday evening, even in July. dba was packed to the gills at the same time. The bar had a nice atmosphere, especially on the Grill side, nicely dark, a good number of stools.

The Grill draft list was good, with 25 taps. A Hebrew event earlier in the week meant that I could try the Lenny's on tap for the first time. Very nice. This was supplemented by a bottle list of about 60 with origins spanning the globe. I was less thrilled by the choices at the Belgian Room, but that's a failing of my palate, not the place. It is what it says it is.

Service was attentive and pleasant.

HV

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Why not? The list is impressive...the bottles naturally more expensive than should be, but hey, viva la NYC. The food is good, artesenal focus; get cultured via simple dishes. The staff is friendly but uneducated, dont ask these girls for proper glassware nor the difference between their gueze and lambics. Cozy, quiet, dark, warm, and loving...the Belgian room is a great way to avoid the crowd; the crowd, especially on St. Marks, are chugging PBR's at the local hole in the wall. Be proud you are set aside from the masses.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Time to reminisce.

I was almost a regular at this place before my paycheck got cut in half. If you consider twice a month in a good month a regular. :P

Usually late on Wednesdays, or whenever they had taco night, I always ended up walking in right after the kitchen closed. Easily only a handful of people in there each time, the attention was nice. The bartenders were practically coming off a conveyor belt back then, but it made for decent conversation, as you practically taught them as much as they taught you.

Before New Beer & Community Beverage had growler stations, I was coming down here for my fills. Had a jug go sour on me unexpectedly, & they had no problem with giving me a refill of something else. Spilled a beer while talking with my hands & had it replace. Went back & forth to the Belgian Room to get some time on the couch. Tasted my first Kuhnhenn brews here(8oz of Eisbock for $9!). I liked this place.

Then I disappeared.

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Coming back after a long haitus, both my fault & the city's(for the undeserved pressure), but I was back. A couple of the regulars I did know were gone, my couch in the Belgian Room was replaced with more tables, & they gave me & my guest a hard time even taking our just ordered beers to the other side(they wanted us to order again & then they would bring those to us). :| No matter the lack in furniture, the Belgian Room has an easy vibe to it regardless of how early it is. Just habit to check out the taps at the main bar first.

We sat at the stools opposite the bar in the middle of the room, while perusing the day's printed beer menu. $6.50 minimum on beers, but only up .50c since I've last been here. Ordered up a Southern Tier Saison($7 chalice) after hearing GoodbyeOhio rant about it, & got what I expected. Regardless of the pour size, the beer tasted medicinal. Lots of everyday beers on the list that day. Bored me out. It made the teenybopper scratch coming out the speakers from the local radio station all the more obvious & irritating. Could of stayed at Drop Off Service for a couple 20oz pints, a buck leftover for someone's g-string, & not have had to deal with the tender's terrible choice in music.

I'll go back again during my regular haunting hours for the final verdict. But shit am I disappointed. At least the guy scanning IDs at the door was easy to rap to.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

After a Sixpoint beer and cheese tasting at the nearby Back Forty, I decided to swing by the Hop Devil for a pint.

Atmosphere: The place was relatively empty (it was a Wednesday night), so I was able to belly up to the bar. The bar's backdrop is full of rare and vintage bottles, including Judgment Day, Cuvee de Tomme, a Kuhnhenn's bottle and many, MANY more. I enjoyed looking through them all (often pining for them). The remainder of the restaurant lacks the eye candy appeal of the bar but it seems nice.

Quality: Service was fast and friendly and the beer list cannot disappoint. No complaints here.

Service: The bartenders were fast to greet and serve me. We also had a prolonged discussion on the nearest Whole Foods (I went with the SoHo location) that dragged a few other patrons in. That probably wouldn't have happened on a crowded night but it was enjoyable.

Selection: I haven't been to a beer bar in NYC that has an above average selection. They have all been top notch. Perhaps that is a reflection on the Harrisburg bar scene, perhaps it is not. Either way, they have to have something new that you've never had before. I went with the Green Flash Hop Head Red.

Food: Didn't eat, can't comment.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

For the record Hop Devil Grill (which doesn't serve food) and the Belgian room have two separate doors, with two separate bouncers and no way of passing from one to the other without going out on the sidewalk. We chose the hop devil and were not let down.
They have no food so we talked to the guys beside us for recommendations. We hiked a few blocks to Dumpling Man for some great steamed and fried dumplings made fresh while you what but then stopped of at Crif Dogs in the basement two doors down from Hop Devil for some cheese tater tots and chang dogs(bacon wrapped with kimchee). This was all food to prepare us for some great East Cost beers.
From Southampton's Grand Cru to Racer X on Cask this was a treasure trove of great beers. It happened to be Bear Republic night so many of the taps were only BR beers but there was plenty in bottles wash down the medley of food.
This is a bar that I could go back to again and again and it would still never make it through all of the selection. The bartender talked about how great the Grand Cru was and told me I won't be let down. She was right. They also had an amazing selection of beer bottles on display (although empty) with some Utopia to Angel's Share, that gave me the impression that the staff had many good times aswell.
This is a great beer part and someone mentioned that The Belgian room is starting to serve food so I will have to go back and see.

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Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
Place rating: 86.5% out of 100 with 96 ratings
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