Hop Devil Grill


96 Ratings
Hop Devil GrillHop Devil Grill

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(212) 533-4468

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Photo of keithk_nyc
1/5  rDev -75.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1


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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 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 scooter231
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I like beer bars. I really do. Especially when they have a decent selection at decent prices. And it's really cool when there's a Belgian beer bar in a separate room as well. And even BETTER when there's decent, not too over-priced food to go with said beers.


I really, really do NOT like it when every time I go to said place, they never have the beer I want. And it takes forever to let me know this. And happens multiple times in a row. It's just extremely annoying. It would be forgivable if the bartender would, instead of saying "I'm sorry we seem to be out of that," say, "You should try this, it's similar," or "Gee that's the second beer you asked for that we didn't have, let me get one for you on me, you'll probably like this one." But no, the bartender is nice but has little idea of what she's doing, and is simply not helpful, and I'm down two beers.

I will say that the bartenders at the Belgian bar here seem to be more on top of things, and overall it's not a bad experience- but I know I could get better beer, for similar prices, in better places, where they actually have the beer they claim to have. I'll stop by again for some grub and a beer, but if they don't have it again... that's it, I'm done.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of rbowser
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

I was at the Hop Devil Grill on a recent Friday night late (around 3 am) although I did not venture into the adjacent Belgian Room. It is a small room with a bar along one wall and a couple of tables around the other side of the room. The decor is a halfhearted attempt to be a bit industrial (steel plates on one wall) and music is provided by a jukebox with a very limited selection of bland classic rock and new pop. They had about 24 taps so pretty decent selection.

I had two beers here, a decent double IPA that I had never heard of (odd name which I can not remember - it was 3 am) and I got a pint of the house cast "Hop devil" IPA. There were 3 other patrons in the bar at the time.

Although I wanted to like this place, I found the place on this trip did not give me the impression of having a "respect beer" attitude. Instead, it seemed like a set-up to be a frat type party house (wing $1 specials, prominent Jaggermister large machine, sports theming, bad music) and a bartender that seemed unknowledgeable of the beer.

On my first beer, I tried the Double IPA and because I never heard of this beer, asked the bartender who brewed it. She not only did not know but also did not even try to find out (she thought it was an East Coast beer). Although she was friendly her comment of "you really like that" was telling. I then had the "house" hop devil IPA on cast and it was undrinkable. It was badly oxidized. At that point, I decided this was not the bar for me, so I hit the street.

I would not go here again with DBA down the street, or several other options in the area. Maybe it was just an off night. Next time I am town I will have to try the Belgian Room and give this place another try.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The Friday of my first visit to NYC in 2005 was spent having a walk over the awesome Brooklyn Bridge followed by a 16” Pizza lunch with the lovely RokotGirl at the infamous Grimaldis, and then a quick beer in this new addition before we headed to the Blind Tiger to meet the rest of the NYC BA’s who had to work the afternoon.

Outside impressions are of a rather trendy spot, the British Post Office red painted exterior and gaudy paintwork fit in well with the surrounding sex shops, tattoo parlors and the Bohemian masses that throng the streets here. It seems that the front opens out but these doors were half ajar during my visit so we parted the steel laden doors to get in.

The wooden topped bar is to your left, curving at the front left to allow those sat at the end of the Bar a decent view of the counter workings and the hip young chicks passing by on the street outside. I counted over twenty taps set against the back wall before I was asked what I wanted, so I guess the quoted figure of 24 taps is probably right. A lone Beer Engine sat on the front bar counter and looked a little sad and unloved. Lots of funky memorabilia, brewery posters, beery adverts and even a broken model of a 747 Airliner behind the bar. The back of the room rises to a decked seating area with small fences between the wide wooden steps to stop the inebriated falling off the edge. To the right, booths cling to the wall and no doubt offer some respite to the thronging masses when this place gets full, which I’m told it does. The middle had a small waist high partition and some more tables and chairs

The beer list is chalked above the bar, but be warned; it was not up to date on my visit. I ordered a Southampton Saison, only to be served a dark looking brew that most definitely was not the Saison. The woman behind the bar never even realized this until I questioned her, somewhat reluctantly, as she seemed engrossed in some other conversations with passing friends. During my visit, Sabrina and I were the only ones drinking it seemed. Once questioned though, she seemed unsure as to the true identity and said that it could be the Secret Ale “because it’s on at the other place”….maybe. Not a big problem, I didn’t really mind, but not a good start or impression for my first visit here, and a clear indication that some of the staff are not that up on their beer – which always stuns me when an establishment wants to promote a Beer Bar image. The service was reasonable, though the woman that served us seemed busy doing tasks associated with readying & cleaning the bar, stuff I would do *before* opening, but it was quiet I guess.

Prices are steep, at least I thought so, I ended paying $9 for a Southampton Saison-cum-Secret Ale and some kind of Soda drink for Sabrina, I checked, it was right. Maybe a return during Happy Hour is on the cards perhaps. The printed beer list that we were handed also reflects the high prices, especially for the Belgium offerings. A great bottled selection but it is pricey and would only be a “once in a while” tasting for me at the prices listed.

A fleeting visit of sorts, and granted I had limited first impressions, but they all count. Nice enough, but there is still a lot of work to be done here I feel. It does have potential to be a great addition to the ever burgeoning NYC Beer Bar scene, but at the moment it fails to live up to them it seems, that may be tad harsh but I say it as I see it. Being here gave me the same feeling I get when witnessing the commissioning of a new power station, it seems like it should work, all the ingredients are there, but it definitely needs to sort out a few opening glitches and train its staff a little more about the beer it sells first.

Worth popping in for sure, I’ll certainly head back here in 5 months time during my November trip and see how it has progressed.

Last Visit: Friday 24th June

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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.


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 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 sleazo
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is the closest bar around me with a great selection so i end up here more often then not. Both sides of the bar are sort of basement style decor. Bartenders arent particularly too well versed in quality beer, but the female ones are generally hot so I can let them go. Beer wise one side is devoted to Americans and the other to Belgians. The five taps in the Belgian room rotate and usually are pretty good. The bottle selection is tremendous as well. The selection in the other part is decent but nothing earth shattering. If you are on St Marks, this is agood place to hit up. They have one of those Jukeboxes that is hooked up to the internet which lets you download and play any song you want which is pretty cool. One small tv above the bar.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I spent a good amount of time here on a very recent Friday night with some college buddies. All are converted hopheads so this place seemed right up our alley. Not too crowded, we were able to find a table pretty easily, even at 1130pm. The bar was on the left hand side with just under 30 taps against the wall, with 75% of them pouring some IPA. They also had a decent menu of some Belgian-style ales from all over the world. We sampled several Victory offerings, including the Hop Wallop (good but a little harsh), and Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison (tasty). It was too late to try any of the food. A little expensive per pint, but it's New York.

The service was fine, and although the beer list was decent, I wasn’t impressed with its atmosphere as a ‘beer bar’. It seemed more like any other bar with limited personality that had a larger than average number of micros on tap. I’ll go again, but for a quick stop-in beer to see what they have on tap. Not a place I would spend a whole night.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

A Thursday night around 12:30am, took a cab over from the Blind Tiger and first stopped into the Hop Devil. As we stood breifly in front of two open stools at the bar, another couple slid in and stole our seats. All we could do was chuckle, and the girl who stole my wifes seat told us "theres more seats down there".
Whatever...We went next door to the Belgian room.

We walk in, and I have a seat at the bar and theres a guy sitting on the window sill by the door yelling at me. I'm like..Huh? I couldn't even understand what he was saying, so I went over to him and my wife told me that he wanted my I.D. O.K., yea I'm 42 and you feel the need to card me..OK. Well, at least get off your ass and greet me at the door.

Onward, the room is extremely dark and I look at the chaulkboard, and two of the beers on tap are definately not Belgian, but definately rare!
Kuhnhenns to boot. I had a Winter Lager (which was not so good), and my wife had the Road Rash RIS. Booya.
I had heard they did growler fills there, but when I asked the girl tending bar, she looked at me like I had three heads. She didn't even know what a growler was.
I believe they had eight on tap, and a decent bottle selection.
Anyways, they had some tunes going, and the place was pretty chill. We stayed for the two, paid our $17 (two beers?)plus tip, and headed out. It had been a real long day.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Yetiman420
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The weekend of July 12 – 14 2007, my wife and I visited The Ginger Man, Rebar @ The Retreat, Blind Tiger Ale House, and Hop Devil Grill (not the Belgian side). I’ve listed them in our overall ranking. We’re in our early and mid 30’s, I travel frequently and always incorporate good beer into my journey’s be it work or pleasure.

Arrived around 11:00 on a Friday evening and were able to grab a table up front by the open front. Pretty good beer selection. By the time midnight rolled around, the place turned into a bud-light schwiling crowd had taken over. Just not our scene in the east village. If I returned, it would be earlier or on a weeknight and more likely to the Belgian side.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Went here the other night. Althought I didn't order any food, the menu had a nice selection of tasty sounding stuff.

The atmosphere is quite nice with fun little things on the walls and lots of places to sit. There is outdoor seating and the whole front of the place opens to the NYC street outside. It's anice place to take a group of people.

The waitresses were all clad in short skirts and were very friendly and quick to offer you another beer.

Selection is pretty good with a fairly large tap selection and a good bottle selection. I would like to see a few more things in the bottled area, but it's fine.

They do have quite the nice ammount of specials for pretty much every night of the week. The have a "Kill the Keg" on certain days where it's $3 pints. If you're lucky you can get something pretty special for a good deal. When Iw as there it was Sam Adams White Ale. Not the greatest thing but for $3 who's to complain.

Overall I enjoyed the atmosphere, the service was excellent, and I will be going back there for some dinner and brews in the near future.

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Photo of bgold86
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of AChamberlain
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Whilst waiting to meet up with friends, the mrs. and I stopped in the Belgian Room. It was exactly what I was looking for. Well, maybe a little more expensive, but the scene and beer made up for that. At first it seemed quite small, but after my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I noticed a larger backroom. They had good music rocking, not blaring (it was Friday evening, this a rare occurrence in the East Village). We shared a 750ml bottle of Hennepin and were able to enjoy it with out shouting.

If you’re in the East Village, make sure to check this spot out. It's a great place to start, end or stay the night.

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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 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 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 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 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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Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
4.07 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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