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Tørst

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

53 Reviews
TørstTørst
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(718) 389-6034 | map
www.torstnyc.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
173
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
6.19%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 173
Reviews by drewone:
Photo of drewone
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Definetly a must stop when in NY, on the border of greenpoint and Willamsburg, an easy walk from the L train.
Went on a Thursday night around 7:30-10.
Very cool unassuming facade with no signage. Well designed simple interior, tap set up seems very professionally done. Al beer seemed fresh and served in appropriate containers and glass ware.
As others have mentiond, really liked the choice if three sizes (for both price, ability to try more and for sanity's sakes). Scrutinsed the tap list, ordered and the bartender would aknowledge your order by giving you a run down of the characteristics of the beer (reminescient of a high end restaurant ). At first i mistook this as the bartender being really knowlwdable only to realize when ordering off the bottle list that the spiel was given them to memorize. Not really a complaint so much as I just a realizatiomthat i shouldn't rely to heavy on their opions. Service was overall good, there was one point where there was a rush of people for a half hour and the bar was overwhelmed, but other wise care was taking In the pouring of beer.

Menu List the tap offerings and a selection of bottles. There is another whole bottle list that you can ask for with many more offerings.

Nice selection, alot of Evil Twin as you would expect, many I have never seen.

The main thing I would mention is that there is now a restaurant hidden in the back - Luksus, only been around a couple of weeks and is super hyped right now. It only seats 26 and they only do a few seatings a night - for a $74 fixe price plus an additional $43 for beer pairing per person. It seemed very expensive and I only heard more about it after the fact so I did 't even consider going. The bummer was that one person that I did a trade with mentioned he was able to buy BA Justin at Torst. I asked the bartender about it (after already ordering quite a bit) and at first he acted like no problem only to come and tell me that he was just told that it was now only for the restaurant... Subsequently I heard that the beer served in the back was impressive, but with out any specifics. Had I known I would have considered the splurge since I only get out to NY every few years.

All in all I had a great time and every beer I had was really good or better.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of FBGordon
4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of tbeckett
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of RolandBlunts
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of biegaman
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ela
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.61/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Beervana
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of EdrickCS
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Possum77
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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Photo of benzalman
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of elamb106
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of beerloserLI
4.34/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of richj1970
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dingohop
2.29/5  rDev -49.3%
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.

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Photo of neckbeardahab
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of PopnLoads
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Tørst in Brooklyn, NY
98 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.
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