Top Hops Beer Shop

BA SCORE
96
world-class

117 Ratings
Top Hops Beer ShopTop Hops Beer Shop
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(212) 254-4677 | map
tophops.com

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Added by DoubleSimcoe on 02-05-2012

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
3.66%
 
 
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

To could grab a few shortys before dinner with Witz, et al. Lower East Side, I so never play down here, and as such, struggled ever so slightly with the parking and where to, finally finding muni meter feed in that lot where that pickle event ran that time and probably other times since. Walking now which way where. Oh, Orchard is that way; recoil & return...

Storefront in a bit of a strip just south of Delancey. Glass front wall, concrete floors, & black slat ceilings with single filament bulbs alternating across. Logo piece walled on brick just inside the door, and wood post alt high shelving past there, running down to the end of the bar behind me on walls of pale blue, and adjacent to the bar up front. Bottles & books for the buy and display; yeah, Black Butte, no (sad face), Hill Farmstead, Westy 12, a Tired Hands growler (if only they knew), Pliny, New Glarus, Lawsons, Heady Topper; I suspect some of the display play stuff is from the bottle share events. And shirts, gift boxes, beer making kits, magnums, & all sorts of all sorts of glassware.

Off to the left, a double crescent shaped swirly brushed stainless steel panel topped bar with a wood trim & slat vertical base; seating for 15 on stools of the similar but not quite so. The barback holds a set of horizontal black boards spruce lined, one over the other, listing beer, brewery, origin, style, tapped date (like!), ABV, IBU, 32 & 64 oz growler pricing, and ‘draft line cleaned date’ (very much so like!) Eats listed on the end (cheese plate, evil olive bowls, mixed cheese & meat, soft pretzel, a bit of chocolate, and my old friend, jerky). Flight pricing (4 for $8.75) listed below the foodings.

Down past the bar, a small secret kitchen space behind beaded curtainness, and then a futuristic curved tunnel ceiling with cooler play to both sides; their sills lined above with house growlers. The cooler wares are sorted by country (It is a beer store first & foremost, after all). 3 high roundtop tables in the center of the room, and more display play on the wall to the rear.

4 towers of 5 along the bar, 17 beers currently up. Roughly 2/3 of it is American craft; the local (Rockaway Pale Ale, Blue Point Mother Pumpkin, Greenport Harbor Anti-Freeze), the regional (Stillwater Folklore, Victory Yakima Glory), the from beyond (Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale, Founders Breakfast Stout, Goose Island Matilda & Christmas Ale, Lagunitas Sucks Brown Sugar Substitute Ale, Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale, Bruery Mischief). The remainder a mix of imports (Het Anker Dentergems Wit, Kulmbacher Eisbock, Stella), the macro (Budweiser), and the mead (Rogue Farms 19 Original Colonies Mead). I drank Lagunitas Sucks Brown Sugar Substitute Ale, Goose Island Matilda, & Founders Breakfast Stout.

We may have returned for another or two post dinner. ‘We’, being me, and a different cast of characters as Ben bagged, but Denis & Moono were up for mischief. Beer was served in cool Goose Island glassware we wanted to guilt steal but didn’t. The guy, we will call him ‘Ted’, seemed to know the coming & going of his Goose Island Cherry Rye & Cantillonables. Moono commented that he would have liked the Cascade Blueberry, so I asked on his behalf. Only one to be had; sadly, for he and not me. Solid store and the bar more. And they serve you hard pretzels of the awesome.

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Photo of mig100
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Tabbie
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Nrod
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of flexabull
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +0.7%
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 -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Waggman
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dbthom123
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of captainkrad
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Urk1127
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
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 +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of cptbenjamin
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of sanha926
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A nice industrial aesthetic, although it leaves the atmosphere feeling a little frigid. And it usually is cold and drafty in there. The staff is a little attitudinal, but knowledgeable as well. Great brews on tap, and an extensive bottle selection in the back. Stop by if you're in the hood.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Just a really cool place to chill out so yeah

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Photo of d3davies
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is a gem!! Having gone out t attend a wedding in Fishkill, my wife and I decided to hang out in Manhattan for a few days before heading Upstate on Saturday. Thursday we went to Stout to meet up with her friend, and were surprised by the information given to us by our server. Now being from the west coast, I was looking for founders, bells, evil twin, mikkeller, 3 floyds, etc. I had already researched Torst, over in Brooklyn. Still on my 'To Do' list, just not fulfilled on this trip. We had our server recommend a few other brew pubs that were closer, it was raining the whole time, the UN General Assembly had the city all kinds of tied up with detours, closures, and just chaos. So the ones that were recommended were Rattle 'N' Hum, Proletariat, The Gingerman, 1 Mile House, and TopsHops. Boy, after reading and reading reviews on Yelp, I made my mind up. TopsHops it was. The main reason we decided to go here is that it sells bottles. You can open em there and share with newly made acquaintances, save em to take back on the plane, or to just drink while you are there in a hotel room. We chose to entertain the ability of all 3! Brilliant. It was also a fortunate decision because Goose Island just had a tap take over the night before. Bourbon County here I come! 2013 BBA, 2014 BBA 2014 Barleywine, and it went on and on. The younger guy that worked there was super knowledgeable and so was the owner. Met a couple of great people that I would love to drink with again. If you are in NYC head directly to the East Village and make this a MUST STOP!!!! You will not be disappointed!!!! We ended up purchasing 10 bottles, and taking 5 of them back to Los Angeles.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mr-jj
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Taps were not working when I was there, so it was a bottle only night. Great selection, friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Photo of JaredSammy
3.89/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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Top Hops Beer Shop in New York, NY
4.37 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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