Bar, Eatery

615 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11222-3919
United States

(718) 389-6034 | map

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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Clean interior space which comes off as well thoughtout from the front door vestibule all the way to the bathroom (opposite end of the bar). Interior space is a mix of shades of white and black, with natural wood. A long 'L' bar features mirrors behind it with the 21 beer tap list written out across it. Large text makes it easy to read even from the tables adjacent. Staff bustles behind the bar, keeping beer glasses full, all the way doing it with a smile and courtesy. Love to see it. Tap list itself is well curated, starting from lightest on the left (with a natural pine tap handle) to darkest (with the darkest stained wood tap handle), with every beer getting progressively darker across the list.

Food is great as well. Chicken sandwich had a crispy fried shell with juicy and tender meat underneath. Olives were oiled and not pitted, but were a nice mixture for variety.

Top notch beer spot.

Sep 13, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

After lunch at nearby Fette Sau, I took a quick stroll through McCarren Park to work off the barbeque and digest at Torst. This place was on my to-do list for years.

Upon arrival, it was smaller than pictures I had seen made it out to be. I can only imagine how mobbed it gets on Friday and Saturday nights, but on a weekday afternoon it was less than half filled. Perfect for pulling up a seat at the bar and relaxing with some quality brews.

The bar is very unique-looking with light gray marble and a glass board with the beer menu written on it by hand. The stools at the bar seat around 15 people, with several other tables to sit at.

Let's get the bad part out of the way... The beers (and food) are expensive, even by NYC standards. If you're looking to drink pint after pint without breaking the bank, there are other options. That being said, I was able to keep my bar tab manageable by ordering 8 oz servings. There are about 20 taps total and the list covers a broad range of styles.

I started with a rauchbier from Suarez Family called Stands to Reason and followed it up with another lager from Suarez, Palatine Pils. Looking to mix it up with my last beer, I asked the bartender for a recommendation and he guided me towards Springdale Art Dekkera, a blueberry sour beer from Jack's Abby's sister brewery. All beers are served in Torst's signature wine-style stemmed glassware and almost all are available in 5/8/14 oz servings.

I had a nice conversation with the bartender and he gave details/recommendations about the beer to me and other people without pretension. A cool bar with a seriously great tap list. I liked that there was almost no focus on selling you Evil Twin beers. I'll be back sometime, but I'll likely opt for small-ish pours again.

Jun 04, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Very solid bar, close to the G train in NY and about 25 minutes from midtown Manhattan. Great tap selection of beers usually with a Hill Farmstead, Prarie, and Suarez Family. Bar tenders are solid and have good beer IQ. Pleasant place to hang out with a happy hour discount on bottles. One of the top beer bars in NY with a great selection and solid vibe of people that know there beers. Good place to meet others that care about beer.

Jan 24, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I expected to hate this place but ended up loving it. We went in the middle of the afternoon on a Sunday, which apparently is when all the aforementioned pretentious beer hipsters are still asleep, because it wasn't crowded and we had amazing service at the bar. Zero pretension, condescension, none. We ended up chatting with the bartender and beer manager the whole time about all kinds of stuff.

Nondescript from the street, fairly low key inside. Lots of wood and low light, which gives it a warm feeling. From the photos it looked like a stark modern conceptual art project, but it was far from that in person. The marble bar and salon mirror lighting is a little odd, but easily ignored.

Selection is top notch, upper echelon in the city from my experience. Finally got to try Rothaus Pils, side by side with Suarez Family Palatine pils, which were both fantastic. They do 5 oz. pours, so you can try a lot of stuff, and it's not overly expensive with that approach. Other highlights were Hudson Valley Observance, and a barrel-aged Scrumpy cider that tasted a lot like funky Basque sidra. The hefty bottle list had many gems depending how much you want to spend. It's also much broader than simply being an Evil Twin/Mikkeller showcase, which I didn't really care about. Noticed Scratch Spring Tonic on the list, an exceptional brewery doing great things in southern Illinois, which is a world away from Brooklyn.

Overall it was a great experience, and i'd recommend going at off hours for maximum enjoyment.

Jan 29, 2018
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cosmicevan from New York

4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

What can one say about Tørst that hasn't already been said? As a suburban NY'er, I consider this a must stop anytime I can make it work and I often make the trek out for special events (and always for new glasses). I sadly missed the madness that happened when the bar first opened (and shame on me for thinking that would last forever), but I do still feel extremely fortunate to have this world class bar as an option.

The beer list is always impressive enough to have at least a few beers that I want to try and as a native NY'er, the price is no sticker shock for me. The vibe is cool and I enjoy most of the bar tenders...but the place can certainly come off as a bit hipstery and at times the crowd can get pretentious, but hey, this is beer and its serious business...right? I always enjoy going there and try to bring something to share with the bartenders and other folks hanging. Luskus has since closed and the food menu has changed to a bit more comfort food, but to me this place is about the beer and that's it. Even the neighborhood isn't the best for eats (according to my palate) but for locals and especially travelers, it is a must stop destination if not a regular spot.

Jan 27, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I was able to make my way here, after having entirely too much fun at Other Half. I was still able to enjoy some of the killer beers they had on and the simple, but sleek decorations. I had some food, which was pretty good, but the beer is why you're here. Stuff I hadn't seen before and haven't since. Evil Twin and Mikkeller, but also some local stuff that I'm sure is hard to come by. I'd try hitting this place earlier in the day, to truly enjoy it.

Dec 23, 2017
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nickfl from Florida

4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Smaller than I expected, but it's about the same size as everything else in the neighborhood, so I don't know why I would have expected any different. Dimly lit and Scandinavian minimalism inside, a bar of pink marble and medium colored wood walls. The beer selection isn't epically huge, but it is very good. Quite a few interesting evil twin beers and a significant selection of excellent guest taps. Definitely a must visit.

Mar 11, 2017
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c_tails from New York

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

go at off hours when you can sit at the bar and chat, and take time with the menu and work your way through it. i particularly like how the tap handles are colorized according to roast. you can have 3% and 12%+ beers here, in 3 different pours for the most part. yes the beer is expensive. a lot of griping about that in the reviews here. if you're going to a beer bar to find good stuff, it won't be surprising to you and is the same as the other bars of its ilk in NYC.

rotating selection of harder to find European stuff each time I've gone that the bartender has kindly educated me on. i've never had an issue with the bartenders. They celebrate good beer (Evil Twin and far beyond), and that's what you're going to get if you order something.

Sep 13, 2016
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FBGordon from Florida

4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of the absolute coolest bars I've ever been to, with a great vibe, great clientele and fantastic beer selection. I completely dug the Stanley Kubrick vibe going on and had an amazing time meeting people from all of the globe and drinking some of the best beers I've ever had. If you're in the Five Boroughs you absolutely must make a stop into this bar.

Jun 03, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

The selection here is always phenomenal. Can't go wrong there. Nice vibe to the place and it does feel very European.

Where Torst loses me a bit is on price. This place is so damn expensive. Even in an expensive city, the price for the pours is ridiculous, especially when some of these pours are like $12 for four ounces.

Having said that, this is a good place to visit about once a year and splurge. One day I might really splurge and eat at the Michelin-starred restaurant in the back.

Apr 18, 2016
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SpoiledInVT from Vermont

4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

It's certainly a beer bar in Brooklyn. Where the hip meet up with the snobs to outdo each other in douchery. This is THE place for any beer snob to be seen, taking carefully staged beer photos for their blogs, while their friends twirl their mustaches and "check-in" a beer on the latest app.

If you can get past all of that, and are able to decipher the writing on the gaudy mirrored "menu", then you'll see that this place has one hell of a tap list. A wide array of Evil Twin (obviously), some great NE beers, along with outstanding European beers... this place really covers the spread.

Staff was very knowledgeable, albeit a bit smug. I see where some people would be turned off by a few staff members "attitudes". I, on the other hand, had some great conversation with 2 of the bartenders, and found them to be most pleasant once they took down their beer elitist wall.

Food? Well, it's amazing. You probably don't need me to tell you that.

Prices? Steep. That's certainly true. Buuuut, it's a destination beer spot, in Brooklyn, so I wasn't too surprised. I was happy when I left, and that's truly all that matters.

Mar 27, 2016
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

There on Friday afternoon, so was not crowded. Very open space, Spartan decor. Bar seats maybe 10 and a half dozen bench like tables. Excellent craft selection. a bit on the pricey side.

Mar 12, 2016
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Beer_Line from California

5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Amazing place. Amazing chef and amazing beer selection. This is pretty much a given considering the owners. But if you find yourself in NYC and love food and beer, this place is a must!

Nov 09, 2015
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beerloserLI from New York

4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A bit in the middle of nowhere and from the outside, without prior knowledge, I doubt you would guess it to be a pretty killer craft beer bar.

The general bar area is a mix of dated wood with a very modern and slick bar. My friends and I were there on an early Saturday afternoon so it was not crowded at all. A very laid back atmosphere and the servers were pretty prompt and friendly.

The really only reason we went was of course for their tap menu. They really feature some top notch brews. All pours are served in oversized wine glasses with a modern graphic. We didn't have any of the food option but the options were mostly artisanal appetizer type.

Overall, a pretty cool little craft beer bar. I'm not about to run back or declare it my favorite spot but if the menu is good I wouldn't hesitate for another visit.

Oct 27, 2015
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Dingohop from New York

2.29/5  rDev -49.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.75 | food: 1

Are you serious?

Selection is good. That's where it ends.

Prices are outrageous. Staff is borderline incompetent and tries to hide this by being rude and condescending. I've watched them roll their eyes at customers who asked basic questions. Guess what-not everyone works in the industry and people are wary of your ridiculous prices.

Why the most famous beer bar in new york is surprised by beer tourists is a mystery. Their prices are down right offensive.

Very nicely designed.

I believe they have created a roach motel for beer toursits.

Happpen to live in brooklyn but won't go back. Better service and prices at an Applebees in Times Square.

Some Michelin star nonsense restaurant over there too. If you're a glutton for punishment check it out.

Oct 08, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Clearly the selection and quality here is top-notch, every beer is poured the way it should be, correct temperature. Everything is poured into the big Torst wine glasses, which is fine. The selection of beers on tap was really interesting, obscure European imports, some rare US craft, and everything in between. Obviously a large amount of Evil Twin.

Didn't get much food, but did get the olive plate, which was outstanding. Seriously, if you like olives, don't miss this one.

The prices are downright offensive, but when you go here, you know that going in, so you're prepared.

Service was good, bartender was friendly, willing to help with suggestions on the lesser-known tap selections.

Absolutely worth a stop, but bring a sack of gold with you.

Aug 31, 2015
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Gajo74 from New York

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

A great place to enjoy quality brews, especially Evil Twin, which is the featured brewery. (The owner is the founder of Evil Twin). They have Danish food(the owner is Danish) that is mostly small and for snacking. The service is good and friendly. The decor is perhaps a little sterile and chi chi for me. It looks more like a fancy cocktail bar. Nevertheless, this is a cool place to hang and to enjoy excellent quality off centered brews.

Aug 26, 2015
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hoprage from New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A must visit beer place if you care about beer. Always new and interesting beers on tap. Knowledgeable staff and friendly if not on a busy night. Also a great bottle selection .

Aug 11, 2015
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The infamous Tørst. You know, infamous is when you're more then famous. This Tørst is not just famous...it's INfamous.

Killer selection. Multiple serving size options. Works for me.

May 04, 2015
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great tap selection, and a super-impressive bottle selection. Cool minimalist design and vibe. 80s music blaring (maybe it was the night of the week), knowledgeable staff. Didn't eat, but the menu seemed appropriate and beer complementary. Prices on the high side, but there's no really cheap craft beer in NYC. Awesome place. I'll go back every time I'm in NYC.

Apr 29, 2015
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J-Rye from New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

An absolutely phenomenal selection of beers. The bar menu is great. I suggest the olives and the rugbrod, buttered. If I could get here more often, I certainly would. The bartenders are extraordinarily friendly, helpful, and make great beer suggestions, though, with a beer list like that, I don't know if they could make a bad one. Anyway, this place is a must visit.

Apr 26, 2015
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jonnyybp from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Visited back in December 2014. Not what I think of when I think beer bar but great nonetheless. The vibe is hip, it is Williamsburg you know. Went around 8 pm on a weeknight and it was pretty busy. Dimly lit inside, with ambient music playing in the background, set a relaxed mood. The place is outfitted with reclaimed wood tables and a marble bar. Staff seemed eager to help and asked if I had any questions about anything. A quarter of the draft list was Evil Twin stuff, also had a handful of things I couldn't get around my neck of the woods. Didn't try the food. Would go back next time I'm in BK

Feb 09, 2015
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Spreetaper from New York

4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Great selection and a very knowledgeable and friendly bartender.
Too bad I live in the complete other side of Brooklyn or I would frequenet this place quite a bit!

Jan 20, 2015
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I love this place. Decor is probably what is called "Scandi-simple" - very minimalist. The tap selection is excellent and the bottle list is incredibly extensive. Beer is expensive, but it is Brooklyn, after all. Small bar food menu, but very well prepared.

Dec 03, 2014
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Kappakoosh from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Nice place, great beer selection. Quite a bit of ET on tap, which is to be expected and I am not complaining. Food was great (Confited Duck sandwich was awesome). Atmosphere was not much to talk about, meaning the staff was a little stiff, which rubs we the wrong way. Not a 100 Rating in my humble opinion, but I would frequent if I live close by. Better places in NYC IMO.

Nov 18, 2014
Tørst in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 202 ratings