Top Hops Beer Shop

Top Hops Beer ShopTop Hops Beer Shop
Top Hops Beer ShopTop Hops Beer Shop
Bar, Beer-to-go

94 Orchard St
New York, New York, 10002-3173
United States

(212) 254-4677 | map
tophops.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.4
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
123
pDev:
7.05%
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Reviews by Dave2234:
Photo of Dave2234
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Went to Top Hops our first day on an NYC vacation, and ended up going there total of three time (Including one 2.5 hour session doing crossword puzzles while my wife went to the nearby Tenement Museum). I really, really liked this place.

They have around 16 beers on tap at any given time, and they rotate frequently. Almost all good stuff, including imperial IPAs and imperial porters/stouts; and anything can be put on a flight without an upcharge. I don't know the NYC craft scene well, but i saw many beers at Top Hops that I didn't see anywhere else.

I had different staff each time, and all were congenial and knowledgeable. I was particularly impressed at how they interacted with walk-in traffic that might not be craft-drinkers, and working to figure out what they might want to try, often based on vague clues in response to the what-do-you-like question. Two examples I heard were "Um, wheat I guess" or "I don't know, but I don't like stouts or IPAs". They were able to talk through the beers and put together a flight that might appeal to the individual; and were never the slightest bit condescending regardless of the customer's level of knowledge. It's good to have craft ambassadors like that.

Background music was interesting but not loud or intrusive. Think I recall some Led Zeppelin, and some Beatles. The overall selection and volume made a nice background without being distracting.

Seating is limited, about 16 total seats. The time I was there on a Friday it was basically full by 4:30 or so. But afternoons on weekdays there was anywhere from 0 to 4-5 other folks there, mostly other non-regulars (Including one very nice English couple).

Food is quite limited, so I gave it a "none". They do have free pretzels; and cheese, meats, and olives for sale. Olives were the best bargain at $5, and went surprisingly well with the beer. Cheese plate starts at $15 for three cheeses (and baguette slices).

Didn't have a fridge at the hotel, so I didn't buy any bottles, but I did look them over and salivate. There was an extensive selection of local, US craft, and foreign.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MaximumYuks
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Location is off the beaten path but the selection both on tap and in cold case is exceptional. Limited table seating, and bar is capable of seating 20-25 people. Sit a spell and then make a purchase to go ---

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Photo of CreightonSM
3.56/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Brianh427
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rharper
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

On a quiet Tuesday night a couple of beer friends visited. There was a great selection on draught with plenty of options and an extensive list of bottles and cans. One friend from the east cost spoke with the bartender to find a number of really excellent IPAs. While we were discussing things the bar tender mentioned they had just gotten some Focal Banger in; fantastic luck and made for a truly enjoyable setting and evening. Definitely going back whenever I'm in NYC.

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Photo of mig100
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Tabbie
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Nrod
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of flexabull
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Nice little growler/bottle shop in the LES.

Small, dark, but cozy. A few tables, small bar, and coolers full of bottles in the back.

Quality of taps is good. I thought the selection leaned more towards the larger craft breweries, than the smaller ones though. Close to 20 taps, bottle selection was pretty good. The space is small so they can't fit a lot, but the choices were mostly good ones.

Service was quite good. The gentleman running the place (owner?) was friendly, prompt, and helpful. My wife had questions about some of the ciders, and he was eager to help.

All in all, a worthy spot for a beer or some bottles to go.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Just in time for their 5th anniversary today, my review of Top Hops!

I stopped in at Top Hops while waiting for a table up the street at Russ & Daughters. I almost passed right by it as I wasn't expecting a shiny all glass front; and when I stepped inside I found it equally polished. There are some accents to the decor that give it a more natural, comfortable feel though, like the chalkboard "back bar" and wooden shelving where items for sale are displayed (books, glassware, large bottles, etc).

I wish I'd had time for more than 1 beer because there were at least 6 out of their 20 taps that I'd never tried, and a quick review of their current offerings before writing this reveals that to still be the case. As if that weren't enough, there's a full aisle of coolers in the back chock full of cans and bottles that you can purchase to go or to drink there.

They do about 4 events a month, sometimes more, sometimes less, with special kegs, "meet the brewer", and so forth. Beyond those, there's a fairly solid crowd of regulars so it's never empty except for the times you'd expect it to be -Monday at about 1:30 for example... every bar's dead.

If you're in the area you'd be an idiot not to stop by, and I'd say it's almost a no-brainer as a destination as well. now where's my "thumbs up" emoji?

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Waggman
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dbthom123
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of captainkrad
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Urk1127
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I used to drop in here regularly to shop but I eventually realized it gets picked over quickly by the truck chasers so you're not going to find much of note if you're on the hunt. They do have a great selection of classic beers and so-called shelf turds, so give a glance if you're here.

The tap selection generally underwhelms me as it's either heavy on year-round beers one could find anywhere or far to heavy on AB InBev options.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of cptbenjamin
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

What a great bar/bottle shop with an awesome selection of brews! The bartenders were busy but saw that we were thirsty! The vibes in this place were great.

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Photo of Beervana
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of sanha926
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Perhaps the best selection of bottles in Manhattan (taps not as impressive). Good service, nice vibe. A pleasant surprise on the LES.

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Top Hops Beer Shop in New York, NY
Place rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 123 ratings