Fools Gold

Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

145 E Houston St
New York, New York, 10002-1046
United States

(212) 673-2337 | map

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Ratings by Shanex:
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Rated by Shanex from France

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Jul 15, 2017
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.66 by Irrover from California

Nov 04, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by metter98 from New York

Dec 17, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Dec 17, 2018
Rated: 4.65 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Aug 06, 2018
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
Went on an early Friday night and I'm not a native or current New Yorker so I always find NY bars crowded and small (unless they're giant tourist type bars in Times Square/Manhattan). Place is small but lucked out and found two bar stools after 15 minutes. Other than standing for a bit this place was good to great. Food was OK and a little high-priced (imagine that) but the service was excellent and quick and the beer selection on tap alone makes it a must visit.
Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 05, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Apr 13, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by Gkruszewski from New York

Mar 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Decided to check out the menu while walking down Houston. In town for conference and didn't want to wait in a block-long line for Katz's. My jaw almost hit the ground when I saw 4-5 Hill Farmstead brews on the tap list.
Mar 18, 2017
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Reviewed by flexabull from California

4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
Had a GREAT time on a recent afternoon at Fools Gold.

Vibe is a small, but long dark bar, reclaimed, shabby, kind of broken down look. But clean, with people enjoying beers and lunch on a weekday afternoon. Wasn't overly busy, but there were enough people that the staff had to be attentive to customers while still setting up for the evening rush.

Quality and selection were both very good. About a dozen NYC area offerings, a few from Hill Farmstead, Founders, and other excellent craft beers.

Service was amazing. Super friendly and helpful staff. We spent quite a few minutes chatting and talking about whatever with a couple of the staff members.

Didn't try the food. But the guy next to me did, and it looked awesome.

Excellent place, I will seek it out the next time I am in NYC.
Feb 10, 2017
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Reviewed by frozyn from New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25
Always a great selection -- one of the best beer bars in town. The service is usually spot on, the bartenders are knowledgeable about beer, and outside peak hours, a great place to go and have a conversation. It's also a great spot for sports viewing as they have plenty of TVs and are happy to switch to the game of your choice. The food is pretty solid, haven't had a bad meal yet. Not really sure why I'm not here more often than I am.
Dec 23, 2016
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Reviewed by NickandToni from New York

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Seriously great spot for friends who share a love for beer. A throw back to the early days of down and dirty joints from an era far removed from today's investor driven "designed for the now and fabulous spots". The staff is passionate, informative, downright just love beer, and their relationships to the brewers. A true treasure for any beer enthusiast.

A must drink spot in the city.
Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Rifugium from North Dakota

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
I visited Fools Gold for the first time for Zwanze 2016, so obviously this was a big/busy day for them. Overall I was very impressed by the way they handled the event. Focusing on the bar itself, it's a very cool space, a long room with a very long bar, and enough seating area to handle a very large crowd...even on Zwanze Day showing up at 2pm as I did, not once was I cramped or getting elbowed by anyone else. Everything on tap is well displayed on the board behind the bar. I'm not sure what the list is like on a normal day, but I assume it's very good and diverse. This day, other than Cantillon, there were many choices from Crooked Stave, Cascade, and the like. Service, again, was spot on. Plenty of people behind the bar, and all doing their jobs. The music was extremely loud, but they sure got all the orders in with no problem. I would love to come back to this place on an off day, and perhaps next time I'm in the City, I'll do just that.
Oct 04, 2016
Rated: 4.68 by bmf5581 from North Carolina

Sep 20, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by smithj4 from New York

Jul 14, 2016
Rated: 4.39 by dbthom123 from Connecticut

Jul 14, 2016
Rated: 4.89 by bcmac983 from Indiana

Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 4.62 by SimcoeKid from California

Jun 08, 2016
Rated: 4.4 by Brown120 from Pennsylvania

May 24, 2016
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Rated by TadGunderson from Georgia

1.72/5  rDev -60.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5
Shitty staff with a very mediocre selection. Sad for NYC
May 20, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2016
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Reviewed by ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.09/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
The taplist selection always gets me in here. It's always on point. If you come during lunch or happy hour, that's your best bet as the prices are as good as can be. Otherwise this place can be a bit pricey.

Again, taplist is on point. Samples are always allowed if you're noncommittal or unsure. The servers are a bit of a pain but will ultimately accommodate you.

The food here isn't the most mind-blowing but they have really good prices on their lunch specials which offer food and a beer. Really hard to beat those prices.
Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 4.79 by Phigg1102 from New York

Apr 12, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by biegaman from Canada (ON)

Apr 12, 2016
Rated: 4.76 by thepenguin from Massachusetts

Mar 04, 2016
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Reviewed by JordonHoltzman from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
This bar really has it all, one of the premiere beer bars in NYC, gets to play host to events like Cantillon day, and even a Hill Farmstead tap takeover. Always an excellent selection, prices aren't bad, usually fair or what's in line with other beer bars. When a keg or bottles/cans of something that's known to sell out fast hits the city, you can rely on them to get it. Food is really solid too.
Feb 23, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Feb 22, 2016
Rated: 4.38 by Beervana from Canada (BC)

Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by bgold86 from New York

Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by suckaj from Florida

Jan 08, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by DerekE4750 from New York

Dec 02, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by SkiBum22 from New York

Nov 21, 2015
Rated: 4.73 by VaTechPhilly from New York

Nov 09, 2015
Rated: 4.41 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Oct 12, 2015
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Reviewed by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
My first trip to Fools Gold was late in the evening on Zwanze Day 2015 - and they still had Zwanze on tap! This is a great NYC beer bar - nice space, great tap list, and very good food. I will definitely be back.
Sep 21, 2015
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Reviewed by mdfb79 from New York

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Another great spot from Patrick. I prefer The Jeffrey's selection a little more usually, and it is closer to where I live, but same vibe and type of place here. my go to on the LES.
Sep 15, 2015
Rated: 2.48 by JaredSammy from New York

Sep 12, 2015
Fools Gold in New York, NY
Place rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 53 ratings