Spuyten Duyvil


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Spuyten DuyvilSpuyten Duyvil

Type: Bar, Eatery

359 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11211-3309
United States

(718) 963-4140 | map

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Photo of Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -41.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.75

I really don't get it. I recently decided to check this place out based on reputation, only to find that it's a total joke. Simple layout, kind of old-fashioned, and small. So far, so good. I planted myself at the bar; a decent crowd in front but not too busy. I started perusing the draught list and really had trouble picking a beer, mainly because the selection really wasn't that great. There was not a lot to choose from, and the prices were too high for the quality that was being offered. The bottle & can list was equally uninteresting. The bartender was pretty quick to ask what I wanted, but when I told him I just needed to look the list over for a minute, he basically disappeared. He went over to a table and sat down and started joking around with whoever was sitting there. I took the opportunity to sneak out...yeah, left without even ordering one drink, that's how bad it was.

Wasn't feeling the vibe, wasn't digging the taplist, and the service was essentially non-existent. Maybe this bar had a glory day once, but it's apparently long gone.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Top notch beer bar in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY.
But let's start with website... pay no attention to it as far as beer listings. Tap list is 5 years old, and bottle list is (get this) 10 years old. The place is a remarkably cool and wonderful throw back, euro style beer bar with a tree covered courtyard in the back. But no one is doing the website thing. Not a knock...just be forewarned before going.
Bar room was small but full of comfortable seating. No beer menus...just chalk boards. Which work well if you can get close to see them. Inside vibe is fun upbeat. Courtyard is super cool, relaxed and a prefect spot on a warm evening to really sit back and enjoy good beer.
Beers were all at correct temperature, and served in varied and appropriate glassware.
Meats and cheeses as well as breads were excellent, and matched well with the beers we ordered.
Beers were somewhat limited, Selection was esoteric and many off the beaten path brews. Very impressive, and each of the 3 beers we had was very good. But relatively small list of about 3 dozen beers in taps and bottles combined.
Service was excellent. Despite fairly busy Friday night, one of the 3 bartenders (Will) took the time to be extremely helpful and great guy to speak with. He made thoughtful recommendations which we all enjoyed. He made it a special visit.
Overall, they are not claiming to be the "white whale" of beer stops, but are providing an excellent setting, great beer people, really good interesting beers and food. This is place for beer and beer drinkers. As great a place to relax and enjoy beer as you're going to find.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Super cool craft beer bar with lots of options. There is a nice garden in the back, tables and a bar. Good service . Six brews on tap but more bottles. All of good quality and many local. (I enjoyed and lived the Evil Twin Yang) relaxed, cool and chill vibe . I will definitely go back soon!

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Photo of oldn00b
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place opened right before I moved out of the city but at the time I lived down the street. It's cozy, has a fun retro vibe with things like a barber chair for a seat in the window.

I make a point to stop by every time I'm in town. Staff is friendly enough and the selection of bottles includes some tough to find brews. Nice garden area in the back, comfortable seats at the bar. Very decent offerings on tap. Definitely recommend popping in.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

How on Earth do I not have a review of Spuyten Duyvil down?

Love this place. Have been here so many times and tried so many different beers that I probably would have never been able to. 1984 Boon Mariage Parfait, Cantillon Saint Lamvinus on a hand pump, and on and on and on. The decor is awesome, the selection is thorough (even with the minimal taps) and it's worth a visit if you've never been.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

In the hipster-elitist tradition, there's no sign for this place and every beer is super expensive, much like the local's rent. However, if you can afford it, there's plenty of hard-to-find brews. Though hard-to-find COULD be desirable, the quality of these rare brews leaves something to be desired. Many of the beers have sub-90 reviews on Beer Advocate. I don't take my chances on beers over $10. I like the garden in the back. It's a relaxing place to drink a decent craft beer. Doesn't compare to say, Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria, but it's still a nice change of scenery compared with most bars.

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Photo of dannyhead
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great place to grab a beer in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They carry a very extensive selection of international/import craft beer. I don't recall there being much of an American craft beer selection, but that's not a bad thing. The garden out back is a great place to hang out. The inside is a small space so it can be hard to find a place to sit or even stand in the colder season. Overall, a great beer bar.

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Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A nice little pub with a welcoming feel and a fantastic beer garden out back. They have an interesting tap list along with a list of pricy rare beers available for a splurge. I was just in for a quick scouting visit but I plan to come back for a longer stay.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I finally made it out to Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg - Brooklyn NYC. It's right next door to the Knitting Factory music venue and a short walk from several L-train Subway stations. Unfortunately I got there past 11 and their spacious back yard area was closed for the night. the bar itself is very unassuming, the door leading one to believe that behind it lies a secondhand store or a residence of some kind. The bar itself is long and narrow, with a divy and European charm to it. Reminds me of places like Cafe Belgique in Amsterdam or some of the bars in Antwerp, BE.

The bartenders that served me were very friendly, eager to make suggestions, comment, and make conversation with me. Awesome. I did not have to wait long between beers, either.

The selection is the main draw here. It's is one of the most phenomenal, jaw-dropping menus in all of New York City, perios. Simply check their website for the current lists. One notable example they had was Cantillon Iris in bottle for $45. This would be great to share amongst some friends, and the markup on it is not so bad.

Although I did not eat, they do serve meat and cheese dishes, which is authentically Belgian and is definitely the perfect snack for quality beer tastings. No need to fill your stomach with greasy pub food elsewhere and become all bloated. We're hear to taste beer.

Overall this is well worth it value wise - I will be coming back again and again. I hope this place stays around for years to come.

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Photo of FLima
1.98/5  rDev -54.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

Went there on June 12th, 2013.
Selection of beers is far from the greatest. They were all served at the same warm temperature, although some styles demand something different. No water is regularly served to clean your palate, which is a must to a decent craft beer place. Bathroom would not lock its door, because of poor maintance. No food faire, just a cold cut, and cheese plate (though I must confess the spicied chorizo thing was fantastic - though I paid the price next day). And to put a cherry on top of it, this was the worst service I got in NY. Slow and very unfriendly and rude even for NY standards (it was not really busy). They should hire beer lovers, not just someone that wanted to bring home the bacon because they had no other choice in life. The girl was ok, but the gent was a piece.
Also, my impression is that most of the beers were past due date or its prime. It is hard to tell once in the US even worldwide breweries that usually have a date stamped, here they don't. And some sellers take advantage to this.
Come on, just because a place looks dirty and dark, does not necessarily is good, you may consider it is "cool", but It is really just a dirty and dark place. That some day had some merit to bring some Belgian Ales, but that is past over.
Take your business to Torst, or Gingerman with a much better selection (in drafts, bottle service and food).

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Photo of socon67
4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Went here yesterday as part of a Brooklyn pub crawl with some friends.

A - Has the typical hipster vibe of Brooklyn. There is certainly an appreciation of craft beer among the patrons. The small size of the place makes it tough to be comfortable; we ended up grabbing a table outside.

Q - Taps all appeared maintained. Glassware was appropriate for the beer styles.

Ser - Service was prompt and the bartenders know their stuff. Was kinda busy, so no conversation which was understandable.

Sel - The day we went they had selections from Franconia Germany. Mahrs Bock, Weissenohe, and others on cask. Certianly unique!

F - Meats and cheeses are avilable to have with the beer.

V - Pours were pricey, but not too outrageous.

I liked the place, but I don't think this was much better than a few of the other places we visited.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I dragged the wife to an area of Williamsburg we had never explored, all because I had read about the "City Reliquary" museum. Well, right across from it is Spuyten Duyvil, and even though we had a bit of a hard time figuring out the exact location, we ended up having a great time there.

Beautiful storefront and cozy inside, feels like stepping into a private home. Quirky and funky, it does look like an old general store in, say, Baltimore circa 1957. Relaxed ambience on a Saturday at 3pm, but fairly busy already. Can't imagine how it would be later on! The place is SMALL.

Six taps only, but quality and rare: Mikkeller Black Hole White Wine, Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite, Kuhnehnn Prometheus, Mikkeller Koppi Coffee IPA, plus two locals: Sixpoint Ich Bin and Brooklyn Pils.

Tons of bottles in a ton of chalkboards, divided by countries (Flemish and Belgium are particularly well represented.) But also a Spanish craft like Cervsa del Montseny, plus Le Cocq Imperial Stout and a $65 Hitachino Celebration 09 1.5 l.

Service was standoffish and disinterested. Beers are super expensive ($9 for 12 ounces of Aphrodite and Koppi Coffee, $6 for 6 ounces of Black Hole).

Food is a limited menu of meat and cheese, which I didn't try. Great music too, bizarre and unique in a very Williamsburg way.

All in all, I like it here but wouldn't go out of my way to revisit. Mug's and dba are closer to me and way cheaper and nicer.

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Photo of lehows
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is very easy to miss as I did not notice any sign out front. Just look for the place with the red metal bars covering the facade. Inside is quite narrow with a Belgian farmhouse meets pub look. Think Le Pain Quotidien if it were a small boutique beer bar. The place was packed on a Saturday afternoon, mostly with young people typical of the Williamsburg scene. Spuyten Duyvil has hands down the most obscure beer list of any bar I have been to in the United States. I'm pretty sure the owner imports a lot of stuff in himself. That said, most of the beers are super expensive and it would make sense if he is getting certain beers without the help of a distributor. Many of the 22's and 750s were in the $30 and up range. There is also an outdoor garden/seating area in the back. Definitely a must stop if you are anywhere nearby.

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Photo of brystmar
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

If you like sours, you surely already know about Spuyten Duyvil. There's simply nowhere else like it in NYC.

The bar is very unimposing from the street and quite easy to walk past. During peak social hours, its front door is often blocked by the hoards of people waiting in line at popular Knitting Factory club next door. Make your way past them and into sour beer heaven!

Interior is rustic and hipster-rific. Bar is long with more seats than you'd expect. Food options are charcuterie and cheese platters.

Bar has 5 or 6 taps which rotate frequently, plus a cask. Extensive bottle list with many rare sours. Overall tap & bottle selection is incredible, but you'll pay for the privilege of being able to order an '06 Lou Pepe.

Bottles of Cantillon, Hanssens, and similar are regularly $40-$60 for 750mL, $20-30 for 375mL. Draft pours are ~12oz and typically run $7-$9. BGBrunch on tap at the Mikkeller event earlier this year was either $10 or $12. As stated, this bar's selection is unequaled in the city, but you do pay for this luxury.

That said, I really like Spuyten Duyvil and try to stop by every month or so.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Back home, hit places I have not been in some time.

A: Still the same old place. I really enjoy always sitting in the back garden. Not on this night though. Still a pretty laid back place. The fact this is not the easiest place to spot makes the chill factor even better.

Q: Nice fresh brews, nothing awkward about the flavors. The place always did well keeping taps clean.

Ser: While the atmosphere is quite laid back, the service can be as well. Not that they are rude or anything, just not speedy and pretty well caught up in there own thing (checking cell phones constantly). It was not crowded but still, no need to wait for more brews.

Sel: I really nice selection of brews. They are pretty well diverse.Brews from all over the country and all over the world. If you are in search of a style of brew, they probably have it! Lambics are some of the brews they have a plethora of! Also a nice selection of Belgians!

O: This is a pretty nice and relaxing place. It was not overly crowded and thus it was not very noisy. The diverse selection of brews will satisfied most beer guru's and non-craft people. If you can find it, stop in. It can be quite pricey though, even for NY standards...bring lots of cash!

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Photo of starrdogg
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped into Spuyten Duyvil this past weekend on my latest trip to NYC. While this is a nice bar, I had high hopes for the place based on its reputation and I'm not sure it quite lived up to my expectations. On the plus side, the bar itself was full of friendly people and good service. The inside area is a bit small, but there is a fantastic, huge outdoor area with plenty of tables. It was a bit chilly when I was there, but this seems like an awesome place to hang out on a summer evening.

Now for the negatives. They only had 6 beers on tap, and nothing that particularly caught my attention. They were featuring fall beers this weekend, and had a number of German Oktoberfest beers. I had an Aecht Schlenkerla Krausen, which seemed like the most interesting of the selections - $5 for an 8 oz pour. While the draft beer prices were reasonable ($4 or $5 for everything), the bottle prices were a bit on the steep side. They do have a great selection of bottles, but most of them run $9 and up. I had a De Dolle Oerbier for $12! They didn't have anything crazy rare on the bottle list, but they did have 750s of Cantillon Classic Gueuze, Iris and Rose de Gambrinus for $40 a piece.

I guess my complaint with this place is that it was just a tough place to find something good to drink for a reasonable price. The draft list was somewhat unimpressive and I just couldn't bring myself to spend $12 a beer on multiple bottles. A lot of the more interesting stuff came only in 750s and ran in the $25-$40 range. If you're looking for an interesting bottle list and have some money to spend, this is your place. If you're looking to have a beer or two on the cheap, find somewhere else to drink.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Here for Zwanze Day 2011. Got here about 2 hours before the tapping... AKA before it got crazy.

The atmosphere here is really nice. Almost like a speakeasy. There's no sign in the front and the door doesn't open unless you press and turn the knob. Going in, there's a very rustic and vintage feel to the whole place. Really goes with the beers. There's also a nice outside garden seating area in the back. Great design overall.

The beers were served a touch too cold but otherwise nothing to really complain about. Seemed to be a bit of "fend for yourself" attitude going on here which I'm ok with.

The bar was completely understaffed for the event but the bartenders themselves worked incredibly fast. Not much else to say. Food seemed to come out at a reasonable pace also, given how busy it got throughout the day.

The selection, at least in terms of vintage lambic and other Belgian style beers can't be beat. If you're not a fan, there's also a pretty comprehensive tap list with representative beers for a variety of styles. Very impressive overall.

Although its a bit pricey, Spuyten Duyvil is definitely worth a visit. It strikes me as a beer haven for the hardcore beer geek focused on lambic and other Belgian style beers. Really one-of-a-kind in the city.

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Photo of infi
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Looking like a thrift shop from the exterior, but withholds quality and great times in the interior. Spuyten Duyvil's got a really nice and simple, old-fashioned look inside with a nice garden area with patio furniture towards the back. Quality of the beers up on tap were all fresh and incredibly tasting. Only 6 taps available, but their bottle list is really extensive. Probably the best in the area, especially for sours.

The bartenders there are absolutely amazing. Unpretentious, extremely down to earth and friendly. I asked one of the guys there what the style of JP Luciernaga was and he told me it was a soured BPA. He gave my friend and I some samples (we actually got the rest of the keg for free). Those dudes are really attentive to their beers and patrons. Everything on tap is reasonably priced, but their lambic/gueuze bottles– not so much. Definitely due to the high demand and low supply.

I wish this was my local watering hole. This place is amazing and full of different types of people. Definitely worth stopping in for a few drinks if you're in the Brooklyn area.

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Photo of yulmno
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Coolest bar ever on account of having a contraband keg. Was a first for me and much appreciated. They only keep about 6 taps, but it's all stellar stuff. Very cool crowd. Some lady who barely spoke English (seemed Eastern European) was carding kids at the door even though she didn't work there and they were closed to new customers and just letting us all finish our drinks after closing time. Mead too! The bartender was getting chatted up by some blond girl, which made the service quite inattentive. No sign and lots of hipsters but that's okay.

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Photo of negroobserver
4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a pretty cool bar. They have a nice outdoor space in the back and the decor is very low key. The bar itself is very basic, but clean. It doesn't smell bad or like beer. The bar only offers beer and wine. I like this particular fact because you're less likely to encounter the rowdy tequila drinking idiots here. The rear beer garden is always active, so come early and secure your tables. The staff is pretty nice and attentive, except for this one bartender who has issues. Most of the beers are reasonably priced, but the food and some of the rarer beers are not.

Overall, I would recommend this place. - B+/A-

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Photo of beenitty
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

If you've never been to this place, just look for an obscure RED door near 359 Metropolitan Ave and you've found it!

Besides being a little hard to locate for firt timers, Spuyten is a cool place to get some brews. The staff is layed back and helpful if you need a suggestion. I typically walk up to the bar and say I want a good eisenbock or something to that nature and they'll find something tasty for you.

They have beers from most European Countries. France, UK, Germany, Belgium, Czech, Scotland, etc. They also have Wine, Mead, and sometimes homemade ciders.

Typically crowed before midnight on weekends then it basically clears out, easy to find a seat and hang with friends anytime after midnight or so.

The only knock I have against this place is that most of their rare stuff is all european beers. They have few american craft beers and usually their 4 draft lines dont have a rotation that are highly sought after beers. I love all beers foreign and abroad. But you wont find the overall variety of draft beer that you could get at a place like Blind Tiger.

I typically drop 80-100$ on an average visit. Most of their bottles are 8-12$ range, with anything over that being a 22oz or 750mL so you get what you pay for. Considering their european offerings, I think their on par with what you would pay for a bottle of the same stuff anywhere else.

That being said I disagree with Spuyten's common #2 ranking for US Beer Bars, but its still awsome.

Williamsburg area has other awsome bars like Mugs Ale House, and Barcade so if you're in the area definitely stop by.

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Photo of hossthepatsfan
3.3/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I know Spuyten Duyvil has a great reputation so I am honestly trying not to just flame the place but I unfortunately had a really bad experience there not too long ago. I made my way over to Brooklyn and finally found the place (not really an issue).

As previously reviewed, it is a bit of a hipster hole in the wall/deli/bar kinda place. Seemed clean and while the decor wasn't really my style, I certainly didn't have a problem with it.

My issue was I had heard so much about the place for its selection and headed there specifically for their large collection of sours. I noticed a long, really nice list, of sours on their chalk board and ordered one. Out of it. I ordered another. Out of it. Ordered a third. Out of it. Ok... I asked what they DID have for sours. Nothing.

Me: "ok... then why do you have about 20 listed, in chalk, right there? I was really looking forward to a sour."

Bartender: "Sorry... we don't build our memu around what YOU are looking for."


At that point, I had already hopped in a cab to get there so I ordered an imperial porter off the taps (which WAS good) and a cheese platter (which WAS good).

I'm guessing I caught the place on a really bad day or something given its reputation but the bartenders attitude and not a single sour in the building after displaying a full list (20+) in chalk (it's not like they can't erase ones temporarily they don't have)... It'll be a long time before I go back.

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Photo of MikeGill
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The now-legendary Spuyten Duyvil is conveniently located on Metropolitian Ave and Havemeyer St. There are no Sierra Nevada neons or special boards out front. The unassuming spot has only the number 359 (how speakeasy) Looks kinda like a PBR and a shot bar but trust me it aint. S.D. sometimes seems like an elitist beer club for in-kids but it is not. It just happens to be a very good bar with a great selection of beers located in what is currently the cool part of town.

The decor is composed of a charming mishmosh of old stuff. I really like the Apothecary chest. There is a medium sized bar, plenty of tables and a comfortable out door area. The Bartenders play good music, are generally nice and very Knowledgable. They are happy to pour beers and slice up edible things when they have a chance.

Choosing a beer (or several) can be somewhat daunting based upon the huge selection and because they do not have proper beer menus. The fantastic collection of brews can be seen on organized and legable black boards above the bar. A nice touch, but I like to have something in my hands to study.

To me, Spuyten Duyvil is a fantastic bar because they are not afraid to stock obscure, esoteric and expensive beers. It's a place to drink and a place to learn.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This was a really great visit. The place is tiny inside, but has a sufficiently spacious beer garden in the back, which is great. The interior is all mismatched furniture and walls, random knick-knacks, and old school desks. It's really quirky, but it works. All I cared about was being able to drink fine beer outside.

The taps and bottle lists are very nice, and pretty much only features rare and hard to find beers. We got Cantillon Iris and Nogne Imperial Brown, Saison, and Barleywine on tap. In the bottle we ordered a barrel aged version of Nogne Imperial Stout. Prices were in the $10+ range for beer, which is pricey but expected.

Besides the beer, we ordered a meat and cheese plate with bread, and chocolate truffles. Small amounts of meat, cheese, and pickles are the only food they have, but they are really tasty and interesting. My favorite was the honey goat cheese. Eat before you come here, and treat the food as a snack and beer accompaniment.

There wasn't much service here, just go up to the bar, order what you need, and come back to get the food. The bartenders are all very knowledgeable, which seems like a prerequisite for working here. This is a really unique place, and I'll be back again. Like, not if I happen to be in the area, but I'll make it a point to go back.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

As I recall, we identified Spuyten Duyvil by the name on the mailbox. A little difficult to find, especially being somewhat buzzed from the Brooklyn Brewery tour - pretty nice walk between the two, though, definitely recommended for a Beer Tourist kind of thing.

Long bar on the right hand side, with a few tables along the left. Bathrooms near the rear are in somewhat poor condition. Pretty classic NYC deli arrangement, although the chalkboard filled with the names of outstanding beers is definitely far from retro. Outstanding selection, atmosphere is very cool if you're down with Hipster Scum - they don't bother me a bit, so I loved S.D. Patio area was terrific, although some of the mismatched furniture straight up sucks. I really don't mind sitting on a chair that looks different from the others at my table, but it should at least be comfortable.

Service is pretty lackadaisical - as in, get your ass up and go back to the bar for another beverage. As mentioned, the restroom was a bit shady the day I was there. Also, I'm vegetarian, so the menu kind of made me want to throw up. Final negative comment: pricing is high, even for New York. Talk about gentrification - $10 beers? Damn.

All the same, I loved it as a tourist and I would go back for sure. Living in the neighborhood would be tough, as I would want to love it but I can definitely see some issues arising. All the same, it must be given a chance for the outstanding selection.

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