Rattle N Hum

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Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

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Ratings by PEBKAC:
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Reviewed by PEBKAC from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Stopped by this elongated midtown bar with another BA for the first time a few months back after being constantly pestered by other patrons to check this place out.

Tiny little unassuming storefront. I say excuse me three or four times & make my way past the claustrophobic main bar to the center room. Dim, but lit just a little bit more by all the televisions. Before even reading the nightly beer printout, I spot that cute little cask bar in the back & find the small chalk board right before it. I promptly grab a full pint of the most offensive thing on there & soon regret it. Only $7 for the heavyhanded barleywine, but my palate just isn't into it. I've read of a few casks being up a bit longer then they should, but besides a few mixups, the tap lines themselves seem decently maintained.

I soon forget the beer in front of me as I run down the lengthy draft list & see more healthy prices & pour sizes availableoOne of the best price to pour ratios in a two mile radius outside of some special happy hour spots). I take forever to decide as usual & just invite myself to take sips off everyone else.

Standing room is actually at a premium for a change, with most everyone sitting at tables or at the bar. Between leaning on the short cask bar & getting in the way of the waitresses, or leaning at the end of the bar & getting in their way again over there, I realized just how crowded it was for a weekday evening. Place needs a little age & a little less hectic-ness before I'd give it a great rate on atmosphere.

Friendly, quick staff, & an owner not shy to mingle with the crowd, make this place a hard place to ignore. I don't live or work in the area, but with prices & pour sizes going in opposite directions seemingly everywhere, Bleeker isn't such an easy decision anymore.
May 08, 2009
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.8 by chiefz1 from New York

Sep 09, 2018
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Rated by Act25 from New Jersey

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.
May 13, 2017
Rated: 4.51 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Apr 08, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by 22Blue from Kansas

Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by Brian29 from Ohio

Sep 28, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by dbthom123 from Connecticut

Jul 14, 2016
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jun 11, 2016
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Reviewed by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

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.
May 30, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by cadaugherty from Illinois

May 12, 2016
Rated: 4 by qcbrewer from North Carolina

May 10, 2016
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Reviewed by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

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!
Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 3.57 by 1Sundown2C from New York

Apr 04, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by alucard from New York

Mar 23, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by JamFuel from Sweden

Mar 19, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by bcm75 from Illinois

Mar 19, 2016
Rated: 3.54 by Minnesota_beer_guy from Minnesota

Mar 07, 2016
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Reviewed by NizzleEGizzle from New York

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.
Jan 13, 2016
Rated: 4 by SkiBum22 from New York

Nov 21, 2015
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

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.
Nov 15, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by tribeerguy70_3 from New Jersey

Oct 14, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by StoutBoi from New York

Oct 01, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by rojapa from New York

Sep 27, 2015
Rated: 4.86 by hexacron from Canada (ON)

Sep 19, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Sep 19, 2015
Rated: 4.75 by bgold86 from New York

Aug 01, 2015
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Reviewed by JordonHoltzman from New York

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.
Jul 13, 2015
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Rated by VinceMig from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
PLENTY on tap and a great cheese plate/
Jul 08, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by smithj4 from New York

Jul 03, 2015
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Reviewed by richobrien from California

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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.
Jun 28, 2015
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Reviewed by BethanyB from New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25
Decorated like a craft beer lover's college dorm room, with brewery posters and other craft beer memorabilia thrown haphazardly about. Smells like standing water, and is totally overrun by white collar "dudes." BUT. It's still good.

The staff is quick, attentive, knowledgeable, and kind. The drafts rotate often, and the bar does so many tap takeovers and promotional events, that the menu will often feature what feels like the complete lineup of a few select brands. That's not awesome in terms of brand diversity, but it is awesome in that it's like taking a complete tour of a whole new brewery every time you visit.

Despite the aforementioned smell, the glassware is clean, and the taps seem to be well taken care of. Prices are fairly standard for the area. Not low, but hardly exorbitant.

Not really my kind of place in that its vibe and the crowd are very "fraternity," but the specials and the opportunities to really dive deep into the offerings from specific breweries definitely make it worth coming back to.
Jun 25, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

Jun 05, 2015
Rated: 4.36 by Brown120 from Pennsylvania

May 23, 2015
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Arrived at lunchtime on a Friday. It was pretty dead when I walked in, but soon enough, the lunch crowd started to arrive and the bar sprung to life. Nice selection on tap. Started off the day with a F0 Brett Farmhouse Ale from Transmitter Brewing, followed by a Pretty Things Jack D'or. Quality of the beers and service was great. The bartender even took her time to pour me the Jack D'or when the keg wasn't working properly. I had the "luck" of having a guy on his lunch break sit next to me at the bar and got completely sloshed before he returned to work. Seemed like a few regulars were sitting at the bar. Overall, a great tap list but probably a better vibe at night than during the day.
May 22, 2015
Rated: 4.41 by dgilks from Australia

Apr 13, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by Figoeric710 from New York

Mar 20, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by Srkolodn from New York

Mar 17, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by slasich from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2015
Rated: 4.48 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Feb 22, 2015
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