Rattle N Hum

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

256 Ratings
Rattle N HumRattle N Hum
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

14 E 33rd St
New York, New York, 10016-5013
United States

(212) 481-1586 | map
rattlenhumbarnyc.com

Notes:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
256
Reviews:
161
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
8.02%
 
 
View: Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 161
Reviews by Andreji:
Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I finally came round to visiting the rattle n hum in NYC after having hovered around it many times in the past. In all, really, the place is fairly hidden out amid a very busy section of the central part of midtown a coin's throw away from major tourist attractions which sort of take the appeal off.

But instead, set on a street- as in, the less busy type of road running the direction of parallels not meridians- it is not very noticeable and indeed gives off a 'hidden gem' sort of feel in this (at times unbearable) district.

It's long and slim, with a nice big mural to the left with some words from many top guns at several breweries. Your standard beer bar deco throughout, signs flags and all hanging from the ceiling and walls. It's not rowdy in spite of being at let's say 80% occupancy and the music is suitable for the environment. you wanna enjoy, but still focus on the beer. The setting is in general very informal, not trying to be anything it ain't cut out to be.

Service was good and timely, even in spite of the amount of people they tendered to our requests with fair timing and generally a good attitude- something at times exotic in NY.

But definetly my selling point was this absolute shock about how the menu is handled. I'd never seen this before- a daily fresh printed menu, and the bar being periodically taken over by a brewery, offering say 80% of the selection just from this one source. While limiting, it has a fantastic appeal for a NY resident to be able to thoroughly sample a brewery and move on to the next one in a few days' time. I think the idea is brilliant and should be replicated elsewhere.

I was also lucky Kuhnhenn was the owner of the place at the time, and had the chance to try 3 of their beers out.

Food wise I wasn't thrilled. we tried the mozzarella sticks and the IPA brined fries and, while you could tell they were seemingly trying to get somewhere, they weren't particularly out of this world.

Still, overall, this place has a good atmosphere smack down in the middle of, err, midtown- you can cut your day's routine and refresh yourself quite decently over here without spending tonnes of cash. Nice place.

 2,170 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Act25
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Monster great places, 2 locations mid-town. My go-to. Great happy hour prices. A crowded but happy place.

105 characters

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Brian29
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dbthom123
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A very fine place to spend a few hours, 40 taps, some locally brewed, like Barrier & Other Half. The rest split between Colorado, California & Belgium, Holland. Great helpful service.

 183 characters

Photo of cadaugherty
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of 40 or so taps. A few decent bottle offerings hiding behind the bar as well. Lots of east coast/northeast stuff. Helpful and friendly staff. Centrally located to popular areas- Madison square/flatiron/Times Square. Food looked good but I didn't eat. Would definitely go back!

 300 characters

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of alucard
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of bcm75
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This place feels like an airplane hanger. Huge, yawning, cavernous.

The attendants are very present, but always seem to be in a bad, bad mood. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that the place is perpetually crowded by loud and obnoxious professionals loosening their ties and getting loaded.

Their beer list has some gems, and infrequently gets exciting local stuff (like Grimm, which is a rarity even amongst craft beer bars here) but for the most part it's more common craft.

 492 characters

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I finally made it out to the famous Rattle n Hum. Overall I'd say that you can't go wrong with their impressive beer selection. I would definetely come back here to try more great beers. The staff is friendly enough, although I didn't really talk to any of them or get beer suggestions. The vibe is merely o.k. It is like a cross between a sports bar, fraternity bar, and craft beer scene. The decor is not particularly nice, but hey, I'm not a particularly fancy guy. Yet, the fact that it is not an over the top obnoxious frat house and meathead sports bar, and, the fact that the selection is so great, it will keep me coming back.

 634 characters

Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of StoutBoi
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of hexacron
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
4.24 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.