Spuyten Duyvil

BA SCORE
97
world-class

199 Ratings
Spuyten DuyvilSpuyten Duyvil
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(718) 963-4140 | map
spuytenduyvilnyc.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
146
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 146
Reviews by ikats:
Photo of ikats
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place shot up the list of NY's beer bars to the top spot pretty quickly after it opened. I can argue whether it is the best beer bar (not according to my criteria), but it is a damn good beer bar. During the first couple of visits, I wasn't sure whether I'll return (Brooklyn is not exactly close to any of my routes). However, I keep finding myself going back regularly, especially when I want to spend some quiet time with a friend.

Atmosphere is very relaxing. The place is filled with odd flea-market type stuff all around - a subway sign here, an old baby scale there; hygiene poster from the mid 20th century is my favorite. The place is not pretentious, and it is very comfortable. There is a small garden in the back if the weather is nice. Restrooms have chalkboards all around for you to express your creativity. The bar has never been too crowded, but I always come there late.

Quality of beer is excellent, and selection is wonderful. Barely any US craft beer; this place is concentrating on craft imports (especially, Belgian beers). There are only 6 (or so) draft lines, plus one cask handle, and as a result, it may be hard to find some particular style on tap. However, whatever they have on is usually high quality and interesting, so I never had hard time making my selection. Bottle list is extensive. One drawback is that the place is fairly expensive. For food you have a selection of cheeses and cured meats. Had it once, and it was very good. Goes fine with Belgian beers.

Service was always good. Bartenders have always been friendly, relaxed, able to provide good advice and to answer any questions.

I can see myself visiting Spuyten Duyvil regularly if I lived closer. Excellent beer bar in all aspects.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jp11801
2.48/5  rDev -43.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of smithj4
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.95/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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 mafuellison
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of EdrickCS
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of barleywin
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of PopnLoads
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of lauad
3.24/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.25

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 Zekenyce
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of destruise
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 shoretaxi
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jammery
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of tobelerone
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of slasich
3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djgoodwi
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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

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Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY
4.38 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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