New York is a city of the world and thanks to a diverse collection of beer halls you don’t have to go to Munich’s Oktoberfest to enjoy good beer and a buoyant atmosphere. Here are the best beer halls in New York City.
Next time you’re looking for a place to grab a pint in Midtown, stop by Reichenbach Hall. Emitting a distinctly Bavarian ski lodge vibe, dark oak beams and lanterns hang above long communal tables and benches. Along with a robust array of European lagers, Reichenbach Hall serves up some of the most authentic German cuisine in the city—from spätzle and schnitzel to gigantic house-baked pretzels you can’t go wrong.
Reichenbach Hall. 5 W 37th St, New York, NY. (212) 302-7744
Arguably Lower Manhattan’s chicest beer hall, Houston Hall is your best if you don’t feel like venturing far from the Duane Street Hotel (you can be there in 10 minutes). Reminiscent of an industrial warehouse with tons of exposed brick and soaring ceilings, Houston Hall serves up a refreshing range of ales, lagers, IPAs and ciders. Perhaps the best time to swing by is happy hour—when sliders are $6 and drinks are $6.
Houston Hall. 222 W Houston St, New York, NY. (212) 675-9323
This Brooklyn beer garden is worth the trek to Gowanus for its edgy vibe and thorough beer selection. Boasting a dog-friendly outdoor space, art-laden walls and arcade games, Mission Dolores is the traditional biergarten’s hipster cousin—and a hell of a lot of fun.
Mission Dolores. 249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY. (347) 457-5606
A constant flow of crisp wheat ales imported from Germany makes for a jovial vibe at the corner of Avenue C and East 7th Street in the East Village. Live music and more than a few traditional German outfits fill the cozy interior where an inviting display of flags from around the globe drapes from the ceiling. They’re also open until 4am on the weekends if you’re the type who likes a bratwurst with your nightcap.
Zum Schneider. 107 Avenue C, New York, NY. (212) 598-1098
At 6,000 square feet this sprawling Greenpoint establishment is the biggest on our list. Notable for its instagrammable sausage and french fry platters, modern industrial interior and massive beer tap fixture at the bar, Spritzenhaus is one of the most photogenic beer halls in the city.
Spritzenhaus. 33 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY. (347) 987-4632