Rattle N Hum

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4.28/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2008

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
257
pDev:
9.58%
 
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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 161
Reviews by BKBassist:
Photo of BKBassist
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of the old guard of NYC craft spots, kind of a mixed bag in some ways, but is essentially the only place in the area for good beer and overall a solid spot.

Tap selection is usually quite good. Generally have at least a few unique taps. Despite the "No Crap on Tap" listed on the menu, they do often have 3 or 4 clunkers on the menu, and actually post the bad Ratebeer scores for these beers. Rotating cask is hit or miss. Bottle list is extensive but pricey.

Food is standard pub fare done with very good ingredients/quality. Many items involve beer in the cooking process. Brunch is actually the winner here for me, with the Irish themed menu really shining.

Service is fine to good. I've had some bartenders who clearly were career bartenders and not craft knowledgable, but they are always pleasant.

Atmosphere is where this place takes a hit, but that's due more to the location than the bar itself. The decor is actually top notch, with a signed wall of brewers, and plenty of brewerania littering the walls. The patrons are the issue. Midtown is something of a cultural wasteland, and the business types who come for happy hour really bring a corporate/bro atmosphere that turns away more free spirited beer geeks like myself.

Overall, a solid tap list, great pub food and fun atmosphere outweigh the sometimes bad crowds and somewhat out of place staff.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chiefz1
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Act25
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Brian29
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dbthom123
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of alucard
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of bcm75
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of StoutBoi
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of hexacron
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 257 ratings