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Rattle N Hum

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BA SCORE
94
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161 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(212) 481-1586 | map
www.rattlenhumbarnyc.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2008

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
251
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
141
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 251
Reviews by Buebie:
Photo of Buebie
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I had the pleasure to try this fine establishment after much buzz in my thread in the NYC section.
A big thank you to all those that recommended the place!

Located just a few blocks from Penn station and subway stations very close by. If you are with a female companion, or in my case my wife and mother, dad was with too. Then the shopping district is nearby if you want to linger they can go do their thing.

I walked a few blocks rather then take the train to scope out the area and skip the subway for this one. Walked along the Empire State Building and down the block to reach my destination. As I walked up my eyes scanned the block looking for a sign or something that would help me find the place. I saw an Irish flag blowing in the wind and thought, is that it or is it a coincidence?
Well it was it, but it really isn't an Irish bar, but a good sign that a bar is present. :)

We arrived at 1pm, meeting my parents and kplynch.
A narrow door opens and as I walk in, wood panels galore and a ginormous bar with many many taps await my feasting delight.
At this point I new dinner would be drank and not eaten.
The only employee there was the bartender, the waitress and the secretary. She did a badass job at all these tasks on her own too. She was quick, only brought me the wrong beer once and did a tremendous job.
Beers were brought out quickly. Food as well, which also was very good. I had a few cask pours and the cask offerings were very good. The food was actually better then a couple nicer restaurants we had visited and for a much lower price.

There were only a few tables occupied and 1 or 2 spots at the bar. I can imagine this place gets really hopping at night. But seating at this time was not an issue. There were several tv's in the place to catch the game, or watch Seinfeld re-runs. You see, later that night around 1:00 am my wife and I accidentally walked by the place again. So I said hey, how bout a beer? We went in and there were maybe 4 other people sitting at the bar with the waitress, a new one this time. They were sitting there watching Seinfeld dvd's lol.
The server quickly got up and went behind the bar. I thought it was somwhat romantic of the place to have its late night locals in there chatting it up and watching Seinfeld as the waitress had a seat and watched with them.

All in all a great beer destination that I highly recommend visiting. Prices are great and selection is even better.

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More User Reviews:
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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I like the summer beer events they have on Tuesdays with different breweries. However, I think the beers are a dollar or two over priced, especially for the beers that are offered in 8oz pours. Also, not nearly enough beers are offered by 16oz glasses. most are 14oz or 12oz. I feel like they nickel and dime the customer that way. Other than that, it's a bar with often a very great selection, and the food menu is very large and diverse.

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Photo of VinceMig
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

PLENTY on tap and a great cheese plate/

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Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of richobrien
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Went during lunch time so it was pretty quiet. They had some nice beers on draft but I wasn't blown away by their selection.

Service was solid. Would love to visit again next time I'm in NYC.

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