Beer Culture

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Bar, Beer-to-go

328 W 45th St
New York, New York, 10036-3891
United States

(646) 590-2139 | map

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Photo of npolachek
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Decent place on 45th street in NY. Selection is average but not whale bottles or anything truly amazing. Setting is fine - close proximity to midtown.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Beer Culture (BC) is located on a quiet residential street, amid rows of iconic brownstones. Inside, is a small, dimly-lit room with a small bar area and several tables. The atmosphere is very laidback but somewhat hipster, yet quiet and reserved. In any case, there are no lager-swilling fratboys with backwards baseball caps here. While the draft selection is somewhat limited, what they do offer is plenty of local breweries, a few unknown to me. Excellent brews; I tasted several quality quaffs from my new local fave: Finback Brewing. In addition to the drafts, BC offers a wide array of bottles and cans. There is a small food menu, but no table service. BC is one of those places where time just flies by as you enjoy another brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in the Theatre District, at the ground/basement level and you could easily walk past this place without knowing there was a pretty good beer selection there. This is one of the combo bar and beer store. There are some tables upfront with a bar along one side and cooler along the other as well as in the back and a couple of shelves as well.

The beers are almost all stored chilled and while the selection is not enormous, there were a lot of good finds of local beers and the selection seems to change frequently. Because of the location, the beer is well protected from sunlight. Though they had draft beer available, I only picked up a couple of beers to go and did not have time to have one there - the beers I saw at other tables appeared to be well poured and in proper glassware.

The staff was friendly and offered to provide some guidance on selections if I was interested.

Decent selection of local NYC beers as well as regional and craft brands across a number of styles as well as a decent selection of imports.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Loud. Loud. Loud. Crowded. Crowded. The bar is a narrow space, and the crowd's feel overwhelming, even when you have a table. They often get rare beers (Hill Farmstead, etc.), but it's so hard to get close to the bar to order you don't really have time to read any of the beer descriptions. They have a small bottle selection.

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Photo of DocHo11idaze
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Over due review, was staying in manhattan back in May and was told to check this place out. Was a 10 minute walk from my hotel in time square, nice walk, awesome area. Anyhow, my gf, another couple and I popped in here when we had down time on a work vacation. Instantly greeted by the mAnager Jessie, gave us the run down on the place, good rotating tap list and bottles for on site consumption or to go. Prices to go were better than I expected tbh. A few rounds for us, the other couple left to do some touristy stuff, and we'd met them later. Well hours later they called, we were still having a blast at beer culture. Some guy at the bar bought some of us a damn expensive bourbon, come to find out he was the owner, Matt I believe. Cool dude, fun to talk to. Their chili nachos were bomb,had some sliders as well that were really delicious. Kept alternating between their tap list and bottles, I was in heaven as a good selection of beers not available in California. Also grandpas fridge was an awesome idea, can't recall everything in there but think budget beers like pbr, naga, etc. also had a vinyl record player spinning music which is a huge win in my book

Enjoyed myself so much, my gf and I came back the next night for round two, had some other beer bars I'd wanted to check out but really had so much fun here didn't see a need to go further. We we're welcomed by the manager and owner the second night and did it all over again. The same bartender was working as well, sorry can't remember his name but was knowledgable enough and super chill. Snagged a bunch of bottles to go at end of night to bring back to Cali, Jessie even hooked up a 120 minute from the back to buy. All in all was a cool spot, great selection, good people and good atmosphere. No pretentious pricks in sight, will be back if I ever visit NYC again. Also, a gentlemen's club is right next to it, which IMHO is a plus for post drink scenery .

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Photo of Big_V
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

small but cozy. the tap selection was decent, nothing to write home about. didn't order any food, looked like average selection of bar food. Now that I think about it, the place was packed but didn't see anyone there with food. expected more of a selection, not anything I couldn't have gotten back in DC.

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Photo of MtnSoup
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Go-to midtown beer bar. Decent rotating draft list when I was there, but really shined for the bottle selection (available for consumption on-site or to-go).

Service was friendly, but not entirely knowledgeable on selections and styles. Not a huge gripe here, but some more knowledge with regard to the beers available is always welcome (especially when dropping a good amount of coin on bottles).

Definitely will be back next time I'm through NYC.

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Photo of Chrisfarleywine
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

For someone in Manhattan for work, it was a great place for great beer. The place was laid back and they had a great selection, both on tap and in the coolers. The bartenders were all great, one was even a Northwestern alum who turned me on to some great Chicago spots.

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Photo of JGam115
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

My go-to spot in midtown. Frequently rotating draft lines and one cask, 100s of bottles to choose from - for on site consumption or to go - it's a beer lover's dream. If beer isn't your thing, they have a great selection of whiskeys, bourbons and scotches to choose from. Red and white wines are available as well.

The food menu is perfect for a bar of their size. Definitely try the Ol' Smokey. If you're looking for smaller plates, the Brewschetta is ideal...or maybe the meat & cheese plate. I can't forget the Angus beef sliders with your choice of cheese and bacon - actually, you can put bacon on just about any of the dishes.

The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. Prices are in line with most bars around the area and overall, a better experience than most. I highly recommend!

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Photo of Kappakoosh
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

My kind of place. you can go tap beer, which they had great selection. You can also pull from the fridge on your own and they pop the top for you (or you can buy and carry home). Huge fridge selection. I sat at the bar, patrons were very talkative and I made a couple of friends. Bartenders are engaged and smiled, which says they enjoy their job...that carry's to the patron as most of you know who have worked/work in the industry. All in all I like much better than Blind Tiger and Torst. Will go again if I am in the NY area.

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Photo of jrnyc
3.41/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Cool little place in the heart of tourist central.

Decent tap selection as well as a decent selection of bottles and cans in the cooler that they will open and pour for you.

One bartender had a bit of an attitude, not cool for a business based on making customers happy.

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Photo of Outlandishbrew
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Crossed path's with this place on my way to the Pony Bar. Super glad I did. There was an Allagash tap-takeover going on yet the place wasn't packed. Great selection of bottle & draft beer. was able to chat-chit with the owner, the Allagash beer rep and the bartender about the beer selection, which is fun for me as a traveling beer geek. I have found that a lot of places in NY, you end up ordering a beer, the bar tender takes off to hang with their friends and you sit there staring at your beer until you leave. This place is definitely not like that. very friendly crowd. I'm putting it on my list of must do's when I travel to NY. Plus its very close to the Port Authority.

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Photo of wrv01
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

great service and good prices...selection was good ....they are still getting new product in. they have some cigar city beers that is rare in NYC..besides whole foods

buy six beers get 10% discount ...i will go back to see what they get in

purchased jai alai, high seas, anderson valley wild turkey aged, racer15 and boulder mojo

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

A nice little beer bar-shop in Hell's Kitchen, hard by the Broadway theaters but nicely tucked away in the ground floor of an old tenement building.

Yes, this totally does look like Good Beer over in the East Village, and it's fine with me. I live in HK and appreciate having a beer haven to enjoy a pint or two without having to deal with the crowds, bouncers and loud bars of Ninth Avenue.

The atmosphere is smooth and chill inside, dim lights and a welcoming warmth. I bet this is a great place to hang out in a cold winter night.

12 taps at the bar, including Allagash White, Alesmith Horny, Stone Enjoy By, Founders Dirty Bastard and Old Curmudgeon, La Trappe Isid'or and a cask of Full Sail.

Beers are served in ten and sixteen ounces, priced between six and nine dollars. They also offer whiskey, bourbon and rye (love!), plus tons of bottled beer to take home or drink there. They conveniently price the bottles to stay or to go, I like that.

Food-wise, it's the usual meat-cheese-sandwich fare, but what goes better with beer than that?

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Vibe: Although it's located right in the heart of the Theatre District, this place is tucked away on the ground floor of a building on a cross street midway between Eighth and Ninth avenues. When you walk in, there's a bar running along the left side opposite several coolers filled with bottles and cans; additional coolers are located towards the back. There are also two shelves with beer bottles for purchase.

Quality: Nearly all of the store's beers are stored cold and all of them are kept away from direct sunlight. Given the small size, I assume there is a high turnover.

Service: The staff behind the bar seemed very friendly and asked if I had any questions.

Selection: The place had a rather diverse selection of domestic and imported beers. I was happy to find a couple of beers that I never tried before.

Value: I found the prices to be very reasonable, especially for this area of Manhattan since it is located near Times Square. They even had a discount for purchasing a six-pack worth of beers.

Overall: I thought this place was really nice and plan on stopping by again to shop for beers or grab a drink at the bar before going to a Broadway show. It reminds me a little bit like Good Beer in the East Village, although it doesn't feel as cramped with more of a real 'bar' and a smaller 'store' portion.

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Photo of passionbest
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

New craft beer bar and bottle shop's looks, staff, offerings, and general atmosphere added up to a very welcoming experience. I had no problem finding beers I've liked before as well as new ones to try amongst the list of 10-12 on tap, and the bottle selection was very large and thorough. They said they'll eventually have meat & cheese plates, brats, chilis, and other enticing-sounding hearty food. A lot to like here. I even appreciated the Rush and George Benson Beatles covers vinyl they were spinning.

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