Top Hops Beer Shop

Bars , Beer bars Lower East Side
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Anheuser-Busch sales executive Ted Kenny gave up his corporate gig to follow a beer-nerd dream—running his own craft-brew shop on the Lower East Side. Fill your growler from one of 20 draft lines (pouring quaffs from Greenport Harbor Brewing, Goose Island and others), or choose from more than 700 bottles (such as Founders and Westmalle). Aspiring beer connoisseurs can pop in on classes and brewmaster tastings. The space also features a casual standing bar, where drinkers can sip on the shop's selections and nibble on cheeses and charcuterie.

Venue name: Top Hops Beer Shop
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Address: 94 Orchard St
New York
10002
Cross street: between Broome and Delancey Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 2–10pm, Thu 2–11pm, Fri 2pm–midnight, Sat noon–midnight, Sun noon–8pm
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average beer: $5. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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mattscheetz
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A beer nerd's haven. So as a self-proclaimed beer nerd, you'll find me here often.


Top Hops is one of my favorite watering holes for a few reasons. First and foremost would obviously be the beer. At any given point they'll have 20 on draft, and then somewhere in the vicinity of 700 bottles in stock. If you're an IPA enthusiast (it's 2016, you probably are), you'll be rather pleased. I won't bother listing specific offerings, as the draft list switches up more than Donald Trump's policy stances. (BOOM)


Second is the staff. They know their stuff and they know  it well. Ask them about anything they have in stock and they'll tell you everything you need to know before making that all-too-important decision on which brew to try next.


Lastly is the vibe. Oh what a chill spot this is. The aforementioned bartenders are super friendly and make you feel like you just pulled up a stool in your buddy's basement bar (if your buddy had 700 different kinds of beer in his fridge). Even the first time I came to Top Hops they made me feel like a regular. It's also ideal for so many different scenarios- I've been on dates here, celebrated birthdays, you name it.