Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten DuyvilSpuyten Duyvil
Spuyten DuyvilSpuyten Duyvil
Bar, Eatery

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

(718) 963-4140 | map
spuytenduyvilnyc.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.37
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
203
pDev:
10.98%
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Reviews by Quaffer:
Photo of Quaffer
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

--EDIT--

I did visit the Spuyten Duyvil on a later visit to New York. I still really like the place, but the service was terrible on this second trip. Two people other than the owners were behind the bar and they didn't seem to have a clue about what was going on. The bar was out of a lot of bottles and the servers could never remember if what I ordered was in stock or not. And since they obviously didn't know where anything was at behind the counter, or anything about the beers that I ordered, a five minute search would ensue with every request. Every trip up to the bar was painful and dreaded. While I originally gave SD a 5.0 for service, I've since split the difference between the two visits and lowered it to a 3.5.

--ORIGINAL--

I hit the Spuyten Duyvil on my last trip to New York with a fairly large number of BAs. I had a hell of a time and would not hesitate to revisit the place on my next trip.

I have heard others say that the SD has an authentic, Belgian cafe feel to it. I can't really support or refute that claim, being that I have never even been to Europe, but I can say that it does have a nice atmosphere. Not your typical bar feel, but more of a homey, curl-up-by-the-fire kind of vibe to it. In addition, there is a ton of interesting "stuff" to look at hanging all over the place, most of which was for sale.

When it comes to beer, this place totally blew me away. For a guy from Wichita who has very little exposure to Belgian beers due to lack of availability, the selection was a combination of mind-boggling and confusing. Luckily, I was with people who knew their Belgian beers and they steered me to some wonderful choices. Between these, and the amazing Perkuno's Hammer that they had on tap, I left the place more than just a little happy.

The service was great, and I appreciated the fact that there were two people behind the bar, even though the place is pretty small. The guy that we dealt with was very friendly, extremely beer savvy, and really seemed to enjoy working with beer. Overall, a great combination.

Great place and a great time. I think I am more of your typical beer bar kind of guy, but the Spuyten Duyvil is a wonderful change of pace.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of edthehead
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of andypeters1971
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

offerings and specialties lean more towards cocktails but you can't beat the feel, vibe and location. Only been there once and was so captivated by the cocktail selection that I embarrasingly failed to notice what was obviously an outstanding beer selection and I would like to rectify that some day

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of hops_for_thought
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Excellent bottle/can selection, with great tap takeovers on occasion (Burial, Hudson Valley). Backyard definitely a highlight, inside can get cramped for groups larger than four. Good cheese and charcuterie selections, makes for a nice snack while sipping

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Photo of Brianh427
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

A great spot. Very much on the Belgian side but super nice back yard in a cool part of Williamburg. Very smart bartenders who are willing to offer recommendations.

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Photo of jp11801
2.48/5  rDev -43.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of smithj4
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -41.4%
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 mafuellison
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of EdrickCS
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of barleywin
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of PopnLoads
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of lauad
3.24/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +0.9%
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 Zekenyce
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of destruise
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of oldn00b
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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 shoretaxi
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jammery
3.63/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of tobelerone
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of slasich
3.89/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 203 ratings