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Beetle House

Bars, Cocktail bars East Village
3 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Beetle House
Filip Wolak
Beetle House
Filip Wolak
Beetle House
Filip Wolak
Beetle House
Filip Wolak
Filip WolakBig Fish Bowl at Beetle House
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Time Out says

Fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas might not be able to get “This Is Halloween” out of their heads after a night drinking at this bar dedicated to all things Tim Burton. Walk through the black storefront to discover a barroom decorated with ominous-looking surgical equipment and faux gravestones. Drinks like The Beetle’s Juice (tequila, blackberry, lime) the This is Halloween (Fireball, pumpkin, sour apple) take the Burton theme a step further, as does the food menu: The Love It Meat Pie (a nod to Sweeney Todd’s Mrs. Lovett) tops chicken in garlic cream with corn bread, while the Edward Burger Hands layers a bison patty, with bacon, pepperjack cheese, quail egg and sriracha cream. End the night with a Warm Wonka Chocolate Bar Cake or the chocolate martini, a combination of vanilla vodka, Dorda chocolate liqueur, creme de cocoa and cream garnished with a chocolate bar.

By: Time Out New York contributors



Address: 308 E 6th St
New York
Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Price: Average cocktail: $12
Opening hours: Daily 4pm–2am
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3 out of 5 stars

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This quirky and unique bar/restaurant takes its inspiration from the dark comedy of Tim Burton. If you love his films, and love Halloween then this is a place not to be missed. Be warned though, this place is super tiny so its best to eat dinner here unless you want to hang out at the very narrow bar. Drinks include, the Beetle's juice, Edward's lemonade, This is Halloween, Sparky's minty margarita and many more potent creative cocktails. For food, you can choose from two price fixed menus which both include an appetizer and main course. Just be sure to have your camera ready for many Instagram shots of this place.

Someone needs to report this restaurant to the Tim Burton police! I just went this evening with my friend and our kids, and was sadly disappointed. The decor was half-hearted and it seemed as if the entire wait staff, with the exception of the bus boy, had never worked in a restaurant before tonight. When I think of Tim Burton, I think detail, originality, thoughtfulness, humor, darkness - none of which is represented at Beetle House, save for the dark. It is literally too dark to read the menu. Food was fine, but overpriced for what it was. The best part was when they FINALLY came for the check and we left and ran into Edward Scissorhands coming up from the cellar. Excellent costume and actor. My advice would be to save yourself the $125 and just hang outside and wait for the characters.

We came for dinner and were super disappointed by the lack of decor and it was super tiny. Food was blah as well. No Beetlejuice in sight. I left a similar review on their Facebook and was attacked by the owner...I was shocked so I decided to check out other low star reviews on their Facebook page and it turns out he is extremely rude to any customer that gives a 1 or 2 star review--he calls paying customers "morons" instead of simply taking criticism. He then tries to act like the good guy and posts that they get amazing reviews, etc, so I called him out on that post with screenshots of his insults to customers. Well, he didnt like that. He then goes to MY jewelry business site and leaves a horrible review (when he has never done business with me) and has his coworker leave one as well. As you can see, he cannot take criticism well. Check out his 1 star reviews on Fbook and the YELP reviews especially.. as he tends to block/delete low rating customers from his Fbook page.


I've seen my fair share of overly kitschy and underwhelming themed restaurants (I won't name them here), so I was hesitant to try Beetle House on a Saturday night.  For somebody who wasn't sure what to expect, I was surprised at how much I loved every drink I tried at the bar and can't wait to go back.  The Beetle's Juice and the This is Halloween! were amazing, and Coco Skellington is a perfect summer day drink.

The space is really small and we were lucky to grab some bar stools when we did, otherwise we wouldn't have stayed.  (Honestly, I didn't know that Beetle House was also a restaurant, so it's my own fault for just waltzing in and asking for a table without a reservation.)  If you're committed to spending part of your night here, make a reservation and feel free to settle in and enjoy your table.