Beer Authority

Beer AuthorityBeer Authority
50 Ratings
Beer AuthorityBeer Authority

Type: Bar, Eatery

300 W 40th St
New York, New York, 10018-1432
United States

(212) 510-8415 | map

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Added by DoubleSimcoe on 04-10-2012

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Reviews by DoubleSimcoe:
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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

***Revisiting Beer Authority***

I thought that, being in my neighborhood and having so many taps, I would come back here often. That has not been the case. Service went from great to disinterested, the place got crowded with BMC-drinking types and the prices went up up up. 16-oz pints are now nine dollars. NINE. Think Goose Island IPA for 9 bucks. No, thanks.

They have a ton of taps but not that much variety of styles, really. 23 IPA's on tap are overkill.

I'll leave it to the tourists and Jersey commuters and go to Pony Bar instead.

From the creators of Rattle N Hum comes Beer Authority, a massive beer bar across from the Port Authority Bus Station. This place is gigantic and weird- it has got three floors and sprawling windows looking over 8th Avenue, but the main entrance is a narrow unmarked door on 40th street.

Seediness abounds in this glorious block, with a porn shop right next to the bar and the Parole Office down the street. In the tradition of other Port Authority-area bars, Beer Authority opens at 8:00 in the morning. Just in case you need an imperial stout before going to work!

As for the beers... there are 58 taps here, which is a damn good number but not as good as the 80 they were promising. Also promised and not delivered: cask beer. Hopefully they will get it going soon. The menu is divided by styles and is almost identical to the menu at R'n'H. Good stuff for everyone, including a ton of IPA's (Dogfish 60 and 90, Union Jack, Sculpin, Racer 5) and rarer stuff like Two Brothers Red Eye Coffee Porter, Oskar BluesTen Fidy and Anderson Valley Horn of the Beer barleywine.

I love the ambience, never loud or crazy and spacious enough to guarantee a seat and a good time, although it does get busy after work. Tables, high-tops, a long-ass bar and different areas to choose from. It's all very chill so far, and hopefully it won't turn into another Ginger Man for corporate types and commuters.

Prices look a lil' expensive but are not terrible. 16-oz pints are $7, 12- and 14-oz glasses of specialty beers are around $8. Service is very good, with friendly and efficient bartenders, and so far the only disappointment is the food menu. It is not quite the "high-end gastropub fare" the owners announced. More like sandwiches, pastas, mussels and stuff. But the Spotted Pig this is not. The wife and I had the deviled eggs and they were alright. Not super amazing for sure, and way expensive at $9.

Still, this place is going to be the bomb, and I will be there drinking it!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of valrxman
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Met a fellow BA for lunch while in town. Pretty good tap selection, the bottle prices were high IMO. Food was pretty good as well. If you are in the area check it out.

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Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 4

Complete failure to update website or

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Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brown120
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Nmelione
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in for a planning session/escape from a large group tour. I was pleased with the variety of beers but somewhat surprised by the prices. Service was OK, selection was decent. We didn't need to eat, so I can't comment on the food. It was convenient to our hotel, but I wouldn't travel across the city to visit.

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Photo of eluvah
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of JasonHaviland
4.25/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of almostjay
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of eddiebo
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Large selection with brewery-led events, but pricey, super loud and obnoxious crowd, and a staff who may or may not know very much about what you are ordering. Good for the selection, meh for just about everything else

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Photo of PVMT
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Phigg1102
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of otispdriftwood
2/5  rDev -47.8%

I've trashed this place in the forums enough so it's time to do the same in the reviews. Haven't been here for a year or so but the [bad] memories linger. Out of the 4 times I did find myself here, I got the wrong beer twice. To add insult to injury, the bartender told me I was out of my mind. Hell, once I ordered an IPA and got something entirely different. The bottom line is that this place is spacious and does have outdoor roof top seating but it's the biggest tourist trap in the city. And the prices suck. There are usually at least several beers that are $1 or more per beer than pretty much anywhere in NYC. There are at least 3 other places within short walking distance [District Taphouse, New York Beer Company and Shorty's]. Take your beer business to them.

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3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JoeMans
4.75/5  rDev +24%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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