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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Ratings by Kappakoosh:
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Reviewed by Kappakoosh from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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.
Nov 19, 2014
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Unassuming little tucked away spot that felt almost like walking into a craft beer loving Hobbit’s home. Wide ranging selection. Prices seemed on par with the rest of NYC.
Jul 25, 2022
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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.
Mar 11, 2019
Rated: 4.76 by Noelito76 from New York

Jan 10, 2019
Rated: 4.86 by Smodell from New York

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Aug 12, 2018
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Reviewed by jjboesen from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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.
Jan 16, 2018
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.
Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 3.91 by jtk21351 from California

Sep 06, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by Nrod from Argentina

Jun 03, 2017
Rated: 4.7 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Dec 02, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by T-34-85 from New York

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by dbthom123 from Connecticut

Jul 14, 2016
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Rated by jcipa88 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Right near the Theatre Dist., Great place, small, narrow and perfect. They sell beer for retail. I would go back in a New York second.
Jun 02, 2016
Rated: 4.45 by biegaman from Canada (ON)

Apr 12, 2016
Rated: 4.72 by JeffCarey from New Jersey

Jan 22, 2016
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Reviewed by NizzleEGizzle from New York

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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.
Jan 13, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by HipCzech from California

Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by Eman17 from Illinois

Sep 05, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Aug 29, 2015
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Reviewed by DocHo11idaze from California

4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
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 .
Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 4.32 by bgold86 from New York

Aug 01, 2015
Rated: 4.07 by Ironstutz from New York

Jun 24, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by Nmelione from New Jersey

May 21, 2015
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Rated by antman27 from New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Great Vibe huge bottle to go selection
Apr 28, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by SRBush1974 from New Jersey

Apr 23, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by Furley80 from Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2015
Rated: 4.28 by Jlabs from New York

Mar 26, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Mar 19, 2015
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Reviewed by Big_V from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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.
Mar 16, 2015
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Reviewed by MtnSoup from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
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.
Feb 13, 2015
Rated: 4.13 by Needmorebeer312 from Washington

Feb 10, 2015
Rated: 4.75 by jwolfe1311 from California

Feb 08, 2015
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Reviewed by Chrisfarleywine from Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.
Jan 29, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by closisinthehouse from Florida

Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Jan 15, 2015
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Reviewed by JGam115 from New York

4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
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!
Jan 11, 2015
Rated: 4.46 by ctwybeerguy from Connecticut

Dec 27, 2014
Rated: 5 by Rachel_McCulley from Kansas

Nov 01, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by StephRai from New York

Oct 24, 2014
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Place rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 55 ratings