Proletariat

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95
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

102 Saint Marks Pl
New York, New York, 10009-5811
United States

(212) 777-6707 | map
proletariatny.com

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Added by sholland119 on 08-24-2012

PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
52
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
4.12%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
15
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Oh, that place in the East village I’ve never heard of; it’s got to be a stone’s throw from that other place we used to beer. Parked on the corner at 1st Ave, giving the Mercedes behind me a good bump (I hope no one’s waiting for me when I get back), and dealt meter play. Halfway down the block, in a place where sweet buns used to happen...

A single room joint, not terribly wide. ‘L’ shaped copper sheet topped bar with a pressed tin panel base & brick foot box off to the left; seating for 10 on affixed black leather swivel stools, and a pair of floaters more. Barback wall is brick painted a thousand times over and then picked and peeled away some. Many of the colors of the rainbow skittled up, but mostly blacked now, and the sections forward the bar are full on black. Framed copper board on barback center listing tap selections with magnetic refrigerator letters from your childhood; the pricing in colored numbers. A shelf is affixed just below with bottled selections displayed, and stemmed glassware hanging from the underside, and shelves to both sides hold bottles or glassware or both.

The wall behind me is vertically striped white & beige with black trims over pressed tin lowers with some bar counter inlay starting halfway down the bar. The walls are decorated with dozens and dozens of small framed pieces of tattoo choices, and tattooed people inked or inking. Some really cool stuff; makes one think of an old port tattoo shop. Red penny sized tiled floors to the rear, and slat wood painted checkerboard black & red up front. The ceiling is done in pressed tin with black crown molding and is slanted both vertically & horizontally, in a fun house kind of way, and as the room also narrows to the rear widthwise, I am officially upgrading it to ‘Wonkaesque’. A few drop lanterns up front, track spots on the big board from above, and red glass tea candles along the bar. A single hightop table up front for 6 and seating for a pair on a bar counter piece in the windows over St. Mark’s Place. Back of the house is a kitchen coming space, and a single shorty corner bathroom.

Upright bar towers with 3 taps each in pairs at each end along the bar, 12 in all; a 2 to 1 ratio craft (Carton Milk Stout, Ommegang Scythe & Sickle, Southern Tier Oak Aged Backburner, Stillwater Premium, Hoppin Frog Frogs Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale, Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale, Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam, Firestone Walker Pale 31), to import (LoverBeer D’uva Beer, Dupont Biere De Miel, Ca L'Arenys Guineu Riner, Thornbridge Raven). I drank shortys of the LoverBeer D’uva Beer (sublime), Firestone Walker Pale 31, Stillwater Premium, & Ommegang Scythe & Sickle. They were all in good shape.

And 3 dozen+ bottles, they don’t have a list, but there are some real nice offerings displayed; Drie Fonteinen, Maine Brewing, Evil Twin, Mikkeller, Schlenkerla, and I see a good bunch of snub shorty Italian type beers.

Caught Chris ‘tending twice now just after opening; he’s a good cat, knows his game. We’ve talked some good beer in a short amount of time. Founders Breakfast Stout just came on, and he’s correct; it does get overshadowed by the stupid that are the KBS & CBS. And beer people come rolling in, so it seems they’re getting the crowd. I would call what they’re playing ‘punk’ and it’s very fitting for the ‘hood. Very good tap selection; some seem painfully priced, others not so. I could like on this place.

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Photo of Brian29
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of bmf5581
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of c_tails
4.72/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Finally made it here after a couple years of wanting to go. It did not disappoint. They had a Crooked Stave brett clementine which was great. And the Grimm Cube Cuvee. I wanted to try everything. They had a couple Maine's, a Greenpoint. I went early and had a table to stand at. Small but you're there for the menu and I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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Photo of AlvinLin
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of smithj4
4.24/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dbthom123
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of StoutBoi
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Brown120
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Stakebone
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best selection in the city, and that says a lot.

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Photo of biegaman
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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

Best Beer Bar in NYC.

all the bartenders are very involved in the beer scene

always great beer on tap

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cptbenjamin
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A small bar with an awesome selection of brews! The bartenders were knowledgeable and very helpful. Great vibes in this place! I will definitely go back in the future.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of SirBentham
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of bouncepass
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of neckbeardahab
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

much more comfortable early in the week.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Knowledgable staff, great setting. About 12 taps with a very high quality selection.

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Photo of Lare453
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Vibe is amazing. This place rocked. Great music. People were cool. Old awesome crooked as fuck building. Dark, loud. Service was amazing even when it was jammed. They serve all beers in Telug glasses. Selection is very small but every draft was awesome. Fair selection of bottles.

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Photo of Eman17
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of alucard
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of VinceMig
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Tight fit but a great craft spot.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Limited to 12 taps and some bottles, but of those, all are winners. Service is phenomenal -- knowledgeable and personal -- and you should definitely check out the beer cheese (with matzo, seriously, give it a try). My last visit, they had Mexican Cake, plus a host of excellent Brooklyn selections. Could've honestly sat there all night and ran through the full list without any complaints.

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