Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My Beercation

It's the city that never sleeps. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

It's a city where you can visit countless times and have countless experiences.

And next week, when my DW and I visit New York for my birthday, we are going to do and see things that we haven't done in previous trips.

Being New York, we're going to participate in events that are distinct for the city: we're going to take in a Broadway play; we're going to check out one of the many art galleries (one we haven't been to already); we're going to dine at the Tavern on the Green, at sunset.

But, being my birthday, my wife thought we should do some beer-related activities. And so, I've sought out some beer venues throughout Manhattan that we shall visit.
  • Birreria—this rooftop beer garden is only a couple of blocks from our hotel, in the Flatiron district. With a great view of the city and a vast selection of brews, I am greatly anticipating this venue.
  • McSorley's Old Ale House—this pub is located in the East Village and is more than 160 years old. It also, I have learned, offers two-for-one pints. Need I say more?
  • Keg No. 229—located near the South Street Seaport, this pub is a reported Mecca of craft beer.
  • Top of the Strand—okay, this cocktail bar isn't exactly a beer haven, but it's also close to my hotel and it's glass ceiling offers a spectacular view of the Empire State Building.
Because we're arriving in NYC at the end of Restaurant Week, my wife and I have also made reservations at some premier restaurants, including the Tavern on the Green. This shall be a four-day trip of good food, as well as good beer.

Do you have a favourite beer venue in New York? Is there a place that I should not miss? Let me know.


  1. Head over to bleecker st for this trio of awesome.

    Blind Tiger for beers, then walk a few hundred metres to Faicco's for arancini to soak up the beers (seriously, these are a must when visiting NYC) then head next door to Murray's cheese to pick up some cheese (and more beer) for later.

    --Dave (@ve3bax)

  2. If you ever return to NYC again, then I suggest checking out Heartland Brewery. They have several locations in Manhattan, but I have been at their Times Square location. Great craft beer!

    1. Thanks, Ray. I was actually at Heartland Brewery in 2013. Check out my post from then: https://beerclock.blogspot.ca/2013/05/road-trip-nyc.html.