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City Swiggers

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

320 E 86th St
New York, New York, 10028-4606
United States

(212) 570-2000 | map
cityswiggers.com

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Added by NutBrown on 11-08-2011

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
40
pDev:
12.74%
 
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Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Oh, Alan... Okay, yes, it’s been a long time, my bad. You know, I recall him loooooking around for a good while before opening up shop. Contemplating something lower ‘burg and talk of Queens, too, if memory serves correctly (and it does or I wouldn’t have mentioned it), before setting up on the geographically not near me UES. 3 years down and settling in nicely…

So, beer store/growler shop/bar on 86th. Small slab topped ‘L’ shaped bar with a corklike panel base, and seating for 8 on highbacked chairs. Some barback space holding slight wines countered and glassware shelved over mirrored backings with colored ball strung lighting.

Slat plank floors, track lighting front to rear, and pale green walls with some cool faux retro prints, some other local art for sale, and pieces by owner Pam, seemingly not for sale as they are not priced. Blackboardesque piece on the wall lists brewery, beer, origin, $7 pour size, ABV, and pricing for 64oz & 2L growlers, and an events board lists upcoming free tasting events.

Up front, 4 shelving units of American craft and a pair of triple wide coolers across the way, with a wood table in between where events/tastings happen. I’ve seen it myself, sure; when Small Strange Man was doing his Sam Smith promo, we came out to support him (read: drink all his beer). 4 hightops on the far wall past the bar, 6 shorty squares adjacent for the push together as needed, and another pair to the rear of the rear across from the triple wide imports imports imports shelving unit. And I think there’s a baby backyard space (although if I haven’t been back there, then it doesn’t exist).

14 non-descript handles on a barbell tower on the bar. The majority of the list are craft offering from New York state (Cuzett Libations Grisette, Radiant Pig Stop That Train IPA, Gun Hill Black Waves IPA, Captain Lawrence Frozen Flowers, Barrier Cairn Scotch Ale), and beyond (Victory Kirsch Sour Cherry Gose, Sixpoint Dabble IPA, New Holland Full Circle Kolsch, Bells Expedition Stout, Lakefront Fixed Gear Red Ale, Perennial Aria Belgian Pale Ale, Left Hand Fade to Black Stout), and then a single import (Maisels Weisse Original) and cider (Sovereign Apples & Honey Cider). I drank the Bells Expedition Stout & Cuzett Libations Grisette.

Good crowd of regular sitting around for a few beers types, and spoke with the most dengerous couple; she with skull pants, and he with her. A ton of bottles to buy and house growlers in 2 configs for the fill. Service is solid, and Alan knows his game (I can attest to him having sampled a beer or two before). Good for the ‘hood, and (lovely) Orval runs a cool $7.79, yep, that works for me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Great addition to a neighborhood that has tons of people but not a ton of quality beer destinations.

If you live in NYC/Brooklyn, and have been following the beer scene for the past year or two, you have seen a few places like this before. You know the deal. More then ample selection of quality bottles/cans both warm and chilled, mix a six if you like. Fill a growler, have a pint, sit, relax and enjoy. Friendly athmosphere. Smattering of small tables in the rear. Prices reflect the neighborhood people. Do you have any idea of what rents are on 86th street on the UpperEast side of NYC? Worth a visit if in the area, or just a few minutes off of the FDR drive. Not really worth a special trip, as there are so many places in the general NYC area with comparable selections.

One bonus is they are just a block or so from bustling NYC Food market all stars Fairway market. So this is a good block to get all your food and beer needs taken care of.

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Photo of mltobin
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I have been here a few times since they opened up. Having a good beer shop on the UES is certainly a welcome addition to the landscape in New York City. And I do not even live in the city, just end up visiting it a couple times each month. Their selection is fairly diverse with lots of American craft beer, as well as Belgians, U.K., Italian, Japanese and other beers thrown into the mix. You can fill growlers or even enjoy glass on site. One of things unique to them is serving empanadas alongside the beer. Prices are just a tad expensive, but it is the UES, so no biggie. As a couple others stated, would not go out of my way for CS, but if you are fairly close to it, this shop is a great option.

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Photo of Eman17
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JaredSammy
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of sleazo
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This place just opened up a couple of weeks ago about 5 blocks from me. So I guess its my neighborhood beer store.

This place is just like Good Beer. A mashup of a growler bar, beer store, and bar. There's a decent selection of bottles and about 10 taps. Well lit, clean and well organized with tables in the back, the bar at the front, and a fridge and shelf ahead of that. Nice.

Quality of the beer is really good. Served in brand new glassware although a bit too cold at times.

Service is impeccable though this might be due to the fact that the place just opened and their trying to attract as many patrons as possible. Bartenders are incredibly attentive and quick and the owner actually offered to set up extra tables and seating for us. Really cool guys who know their beer too.

Selection is decent though its by no means one of the top craft places in the city. However, there is a decent enough lineup that you wouldn't be hard pressed to find something interesting to try.

Draught offerings are between $7 to $8 while bottles are much cheaper (though I don't know if they will let you open bottles in store). One of the good things here is that you can mix your own sixer which seems rare in NYC.

A decent place to visit though not one I would go out of my way for. Glad to have it as my neighborhood store though.

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Photo of StoutBoi
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of IPA17
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Beer lovers will understand this place; your average Joe probably will not. This is a place meant for the beer connoisseur. This establishment is new to an area of Manhattan not known for it's beer reputation. As a "tasting room" (which is what it is) the atmosphere is all about good beer. They have a good selection of tap beers, many that I have not had before. The selection of bottled beer is excellent. That they have many rare or unheard of beers is what really makes it appealing to me. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. The prices reasonable for the UES. You can mix and match. And, they fill growlers.
So, if you're looking for a bar or pub or club, this is not it. If you're looking for a place with an awesome selection of beer to sample or purchase for home consumption, this is it. A very welcome place for beer lovers.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I discovered this place by chance and what a find it is! Combination bar and beer distributor. 14 beers on tap and hundreds of bottles available for purchase. Great variety of selection. When I stumbled in, I happened to walk in on a home brewers club bottle share. They were nice enough to let me try their homebrew. I'll be back!

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great place with a lot of single bottles from both the domestic market (lots of local NY and East Coast beers but also a nice selection for further out west) and the European one too. Lots of nice glassware too. The prices are very reasonable which is a great plus no doubt.

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Photo of jp11801
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Well it was bound to happen its a beer shop that's built on a wine store platform. It is very neat and clean with a good selection but nothing out of the ordinary.

14 taps of pretty good beer with 32 and 64oz growler fills. Reminds me a bit of City Beer of SF just without a strong beer advocate like Craig behind the counter.

The service is ok but not outstanding. Friendly service but a bit indifferent.

I'd like more of a beer culture feel like beerkraft but I guess it's an upper east side thing.

Don't get me wrong it's worth stopping in just didn't light me up.

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Photo of bgold86
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Some bottles are overpriced and draft list can be meh but City Swiggers, simple put, has the best bottle selection in the city, hands freakin down....

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of KornWallace
3.33/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75

When I went to City Swiggers they had a very nice beer selection (I was able to pick up BB Biscotti Break, Enjoy by 4/20 and a couple other things). They were a bit pricey but it's what I expected from the area. All the beers I looked at were fresh and mostly in season. The atmosphere of the place was a little plain, although with that being said I did like how clean the whole place was.

The service seemed to be the real issue in the store, when I went in there were three employees and none of them bothered to help. After making a $60 dollar purchase of bottles to go I asked if I could get a small tasting of one of their beers on tap. The older woman who was behind the bar told me I would need to purchase at least a pint if I wanted a tasting, which I thought was a little absurd

While I did get to pick out some nice beers I will not be returning. Between the service and the cost it's simply not worth it.

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Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of banger7
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Ironstutz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

This bar/store has quickly become one of my favorite places to hang out and try new beers. They now have over 800 bottles of beers from all over the country and international selection as well. Bartenders and friendly, customers are too. Although slightly higher on prices then other places, I don't mind because the overall experience is good. Let me know if you plan to stop by!

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Photo of Noelito76
4.37/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Skellbop
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cosmicevan
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

was visiting some friends in the city and checked to see if there was anything in the area and found this place. I used to live around the block so good this place want here when I lived here. nice atmosphere, decent selection for the fan if craft but I wouldnt do my bottle shopping here. seems like a bierkraft type of sit down and have a beer type of place. a bunch of growler lines with decent selection. growlers seemed a bit on the pricey side, but other prices were fairly inline for the city, if not a buck or two on the pricey side. didn't ask for help, but the place was crowded and the staff was attending to patrons. not a bad stop, but wouldn't go out of my way. if I still lived in the neighborhood, I would be here always.

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Photo of tainohawk
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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