d.b.a.

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DBA
East Village
When it opened in 1995, this trailblazer embraced all the contemporary beer memes while most NYC bars were still dealing in Miller and Coors. Beer lovers fond of European classics as much as the domestic microbrewery du jour will appreciate the scope of the 20-deep draft selection (most $7): You might find an orange-tinged Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Germany alongside New York beers such as the velvety Southampton Imperial Porter. Even more impressive is the encyclopedic bottle list: All seven Trappist breweries are represented, plus Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (at 18 percent ABV, one of the most alcoholic beers on the market; $9) and British oddities such as the cellar-aged Thomas Hardy Ale ($10). And for those looking for an upgraded boilermaker, dig into d.b.a.'s vast whiskey offerings—it's not often you can chase your craft beer with a rare Glenrothes Select Reserve ($18).
Venue name: d.b.a.
Contact:
Address: 41 First Ave
New York
10003
Cross street: between 2nd and 3rd Sts
Opening hours: Daily 1pm–4am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average drink: $7. AmEx, MC, V
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Brian M

Located on the Lower East Side, this bar was one of the first with an extensive, ever changing, craft beer list.  Both in draft and bottle, you will certainly be able to find an ale or lager or cider to quell your thirst.  The dark atmosphere and small tables make it a comfortable venue to enjoy your drink, while staying out of the cold.  In summer, they have a backyard covered patio area that is an excellent place to gather with friends.  I frequently bring out of town friends to this bar as it is away from midtown and gives them a "taste" of more of Manhattan. Recently, they opened another outlet in, where else, Brooklyn.  Cheers!