Stout® Flagship ~ Near Madison Square Garden

Stout® Flagship ~ Near Madison Square GardenStout® Flagship ~ Near Madison Square Garden
Stout® Flagship ~ Near Madison Square GardenStout® Flagship ~ Near Madison Square Garden
Bar, Eatery

133 W 33rd St
New York, New York, 10001-2903
United States

(212) 629-6191 | map

Notes: Stout NYC features cobblestone floors, stone walls and a sweeping, high-ceiling that feels like a fortress. Thanks to a personable staff and cozy seating in the back room and mezzanine, the warehouse-like space serves as more of a tiny neighborhood tavern, with customers saddling up to the long, full bar or tall tables to unwind in a city that never sleeps.
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I had only been in my Hotel, the Herald on West 31st St., for an hour or so, happily chilling watching Phil “the Power” Taylor, probably the Worlds greatest Darts player, register a 9-Dart checkout when all of a sudden I got a call from that lovable Suv-vern rogue, UK BA LondonPorter, a.k.a. Simon the Wanker. 5 mins. later I was in the lobby exchanging insults & off we headed to the Blind Tiger as planned…well not quite….in that inimitable drawling south London accent, I heard the end of the sentence “fanci ah kwik Parhnt ven” oh yeah!! Soon Sir LP had us walking down West 33 St. & past ‘Stout NYC’ as we were on the wrong side before the numbers told us to back track about 30 seconds, but soon the classic gold text on black signage advertised the 6-month old ‘aged’ exterior of an Irish style London boozer at #133.

A large expansive window has an entrance on the left. Empty barrels in the small foyer area greet the Imbiber, whilst inside a warming darkened interior makes one feel immediately at home. Dim lighting takes a little getting used to but the word “Stouts” writ large in red are instantly recognizable up & behind the bar. The interior is exactly what the exterior projects; lots of wood, old ropes, brass, simple fittings, cast iron, painted steel, exposed stone & brick walls with lots of bare wood. It all lends an Olde Worlde feel to what is a relatively new joint, but it’s not too clichéd which is good - though it's borderline at times.

On the early Wednesday afternoon when LP and I sampled a “kwik Parhnt” on the way to BT it was quiet but at 3:30pm it was slowly filling up as the workers started to stream out of nearby offices. Once inside, the bar runs all the way down your lefthandside & fills the back left wall. This means that the rest of the long rectangular room, which runs deep, is completely open to your righthandside & comprises tables of all sizes/shapes set in & amongst the odd wooden column pillar. A half upper first floor deck sits at the back end, which adds plenty of character as do the tin signs, old drinking posters & Breweriana.

A tidy looking bank of 22 Taps, which sits against one of those fastidious looking stainless steel splash backs, is duplicated at each end of the Bar, giving a total of 44 Taps in all. Beer range is one of those, “hmmm, not bad, looks promising but once you cut through the macro crap, & local hyped shite [Brooklyn] only a handful look interesting” sort of selections. Lots of “imported” favorites including Guinness, Boddies, Harp, Smithwicks (that’s Smeethycks btw….had to laugh at the dapper NYC suited wazzack that asked for Smith-weaks), Fullers (keg), Young’s Double Girlie Valentine Chocolate Stout, Murphy’s, plus a terdy bland brew or two from Brooklyn, etc…you get the idea right. Well thankfully, Sir LP of the East End spotted a strange looking Tardis thingy which resembled a Post Office Red Victorian Mail Box above a square sectioned white tap handle……Sixpoint Oatmeal Stout….. “ooooh, fackin yeah, tooo of tha Sexpoyntz mhayte”….LP took the plunge, but he made a great choice, for all of the ‘regular’ stuff available we cut straight to the chase & opted for the specials & I have to say right here that this first Pint I had in NYC during my weeklong vacation in November was probably one of the best. Sixpoint Oatmeal Stout – See It – Drink it, damn good stuff.

In short the beer range is a mixture of the big boy macros, ‘imports’, a brace of boring Brooklyns, with a few well known micros plus one or two interesting rarities; Sixpoint Oatmeal Stout falling squarely into the latter group. Handpumps existed but seemed bereft of life, sadly, are they just for show I wondered? LP the crafty cockney somehow snagged a Bottle List, reasonable enough & not that bad, around 75 brews & it certainly adds depth to the macro oriented draft selection. Still, there isn’t anything earth shattering about the Bier Flasche sortie but it would certainly always make this place a stop for me, especially as my Hotel was nearby, in fact I took some of my English friends here on one of the last days of my vacation, and they certainly enjoyed it, which is a good indication that I’m turning into a beer snob.

Service was reasonably good, helpful & worthy of a tip. Didn’t eat here as we were just having a splash & dash “dust-busting Pint” stop during my first visit & the last was a final Pint of the evening stop.

All in a well-worked thematic Pub seen a thousand times before but tastefully done. A heady mixture of City clientele & after-work drinkers plus the odd visiting beer geek. Reasonable drafts plus a decent enough bottled selection. Tidy, clean & well presented. Not really worth a Cab Ride out here but certainly worth a pedestrian ramble for a few blocks if nearby.

A Big Cheers to BA LondonPorter for revealing this one to me. I owe you. Great to meet you again Sir, hopefully we’ll enjoy a Pint back in England during Easter 06.

Last Visit: Wednesday 9th & Monday 14th November, 2005.

Nov 24, 2005
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VoxRationis from New York

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Stout NYC is a chain with three locations. Its original location, Stout® Flagship ~ Near Madison Square Garden at 133 West 33rd Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), Stout® Grand Central at 60 East 41st Street (between Park and Madison Avenues), and Stout® NYC ~ FiDi at 90 John Street (corner of John and Gold Streets).

Stout® Flagship has three tiers with ample seating and with bar areas on each. Really a great place to explore and a rather upscale, American-Irish restaurant/bar with 22 draught beers, a dozen high quality bottled stouts, and several dozen other bottled beers. Huge bar areas and ample seating in variety of different settings. It also has a truly excellent selection of Irish Whiskeys.

The food was really quite good, the vibe was fun (even though it was fairly quiet -- guessing it rocks when there is a crowd), and the service was very good. Note to visitors, this is Manhattan, so expect prices to be rather high. A great place to hang out.

Aug 21, 2019
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Noelito76 from New York

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Mar 27, 2019
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eluvah from New York

3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

Jan 27, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dark, high ceilinged space, very long bar down one side then tables along the other. A second level mezzanine of additional tables. About 2 dozen beers on tap, mostly craft beer. Long bottle list too with stouts featured. Good variety, quality beers but not many special releases, but some seasonals. Bartender was attentive. Burger and fries were good . Prices were high, but it's Mid-Town Manhattan so I guess expected.

Jan 31, 2018
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emincems from Turkey

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Oct 19, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Great beer selection and location near penn station.

May 13, 2017
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Mar 12, 2017
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A decent place to watch sport & drink a few local micro beers. The selection was around 40 on tap in various styles, including of course have a reasonable stout selection. They have around 30 or so seats at the long bar, then a number of tall tables & chairs & a also upstairs eating area.

May 30, 2016
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Jotora from Canada

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Apr 25, 2016
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qcbrewer from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Feb 24, 2016
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Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nov 24, 2015
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d3davies from California

3.84/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

The best thing that happened here for my wife and I was good intel to go to other brew pubs from our server. She was so nice in fact, that she wrote down the names and locations for us on a ticket from from her order book. Pretty nice. There were a shit ton of beers in this place. i had probably 15 different porters, stouts, IPAs, session IPAs, and not a single beer from my home state of California. When in Rome, right? However vast the collection of beers were, there was not a single bourbon barrel aged beer except for innis and gunn oak barrel aged, which isnt bourbon or irish whiskey barrel aged. Bummer. Here comes the bonus, we discovered a gem that goes by the name of Maine Beer Company, Mean Old Joe. I enjoyed this beer. Here now comes the 2nd Bonus, a location called TOPSHOPS!!!!!! Legit Legit, too legit to quit!

Oct 11, 2015
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thundersnow from North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Sterile and gimmicky. Some stouts, but not the "stout" selection you would expect from an establishment so named.

Jul 15, 2015
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BethanyB from New York

3.41/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I just started working in the Financial District, and I was very excited to come across this establishment while wandering about during one of my lunch breaks. You can't miss it--the giant, crystal clear windows printed with the big glass of beer logo and the name--Stout. Not Mulligan's, nor Hooligan's, nor Patsy's Hole in the Wall, just...Stout. It said to me, "this is a respectable place that knows about beer, that knows you know about beer, and is waiting for you after work one of these days." So, one evening, when I had some time to kill, I sidled up to Stout. It was around 5:45 on a random weekday, so I was surprised to see a security guy out front. At first I wasn't sure if he actually worked there, because although he was quite large and dressed entirely in black, he had on a sort of dingy sweatsuit which didn't seem to go with the classiness the establishment appeared to be trying to project. Also, he seemed woefully disinterested in what was going on around him. He didn't even look at me as he quietly asked me for my ID, and he didn't look at that, either. He just kind of held it in his hand for half a second, then gave it right back to me. I shrugged, and walked inside.

I will say, it's a lovely venue. Cavernous and clean, with appropriately dark wood paneling that's lit up by those tall picture windows. The place could hold an army, and I imagine it gets pretty packed on the weekends. At that point, however, it was a bit barren, so I was easily able to grab a space at the bar and get handed a beer list fairly quickly.

The craft beer selection wasn't out of this world, but it was pretty solid, at least as far as bottles were concerned There was a nice selection of stouts highlighted in their own section of the menu, some of which I hadn't tried. The beers on draft were less diverse. There were some craft options listed among Budweiser and company, but they consisted of the usual local/semi-local or super popular choices you can now find in what seems like the majority of NYC bars. I ordered a Victory DIPA. I love that beer, but so does everyone else, and I therefore find myself drinking it every time I come into a place where I mistakenly suppose I'll find a good selection of craft on draft.

Stout obviously has to cater to the after-work Wall Street crowd, which generally cares more about blowing off steam than pondering ales. And because these folks' pockets run deep, it's no surprise that Stout's prices are well above average. My Victory cost more than other craft selections, probably due to the high ABV, but it was served in a 12 oz. glass, so in the end, the alcohol content was comparable to the other options. Ah, another typical ploy put forth by big money bars with a rich and oblivious clientele.

The service was ho hum. My bartender wasn't too interested in me, maybe because she figured she'd get a better tip from a man, or maybe because she could sense that I was disgruntled with the menu and the pricing.

Obviously, I prefer "craftier" joints, but I can understand Stout's appeal. And due to the limited choices in the area, I ended up going back for dinner with a friend later in the week. We shared the Ahi tuna salad and the calamari. Both were good, but again, rather costly. Since there were only two of us, we were forced to sit at a high boy on these tall, wobbly chairs so that the booths could be reserved for bigger crowds. It was rather uncomfortable, and the booths never did fill up.

All in all, this is a solid establishment in the Financial District with good food, good beer, mediocre service, and high prices. I'll likely be back: When you're this far downtown, beggars can't be choosers.

Jun 25, 2015
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almostjay from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Feb 18, 2015
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flower_tulipgirl from New York

1/5  rDev -72.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

If you are an interracial couple DO NOT GO HERE. It wouldn't surprise me if you were to research the owner you will see that this person has no or very little formal education. This place is ran by completely uneducated bunch of redneck racists. Yes the STAFF. The customers weren't even paying attention to us. Me and my guy went here for lunch, and the staff all stopped, and gawked at us. We asked to move to quiet corner so that we could talk, and then the OWNER came over and slammed a door that was right by us. I cannot believe this place has expanded. It needs to be shut down. The way black people are treated here is unbelievable. There is no hiding it GO and WATCH. The STAFF, AND OWNER are sick, and pathetic. People should not patronize this vile, immoral, unethical establishment, so that it could get shut down. They are disgusting people!!!! People act like racism, and ignorance is a thing of the past, nope just go here, and witness it blatant, and out in the open. You see they hire 1 black waitress to hide their sick mentality, but I would put all of my money on the fact that they more than likely treat her like garbage. NO ONE SHOULD PATRONIZE THIS PLACE SO THAT IT COULD BE SHUT DOWN!!!!!

Jan 25, 2015
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Eman17 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Jan 21, 2015
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rozzom from New York

3/5  rDev -16.4%

Jul 12, 2014
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Beastcpa from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Jul 09, 2014
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markgugs from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Jun 10, 2014
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NJBeer265 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jun 08, 2014
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Hitmanoo from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Extremely crowded post-work, pre-event bar, in midtown, in close proximity to MSG.
Good selection of beer
Typical NYC overpriced selection.
Ample seating.
Obviously a fully stocked bar, with a good selection of beer, both on tap and in bottles.
Just a few actual stouts on tap, with many more available via bottle.
Very spacious with multiple bars and areas that lead to a bit of a labyrinth-type feel.
Ample restrooms.
More than enough staff to accommodate the crowd without too long of a wait for food/drink.

Mar 26, 2014
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hkyplyr73 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Feb 07, 2014
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sirsteve42 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Jan 29, 2014
Stout® Flagship ~ Near Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Place rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 62 ratings