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RECOMMENDED: Food & Drink Awards 2013
One of the most powerful weapons the craft-beer frontliners have in their assault on the city’s drinking habits is accessibility: Menus may be intimidating, but bars themselves don’t stray far from the everyman-tavern mold. Proletariat is a much-deserved look into no-holds-barred beer geekdom, blissfully free of TVs, generic pub grub and high-fiving mooks. With just 12 stools and a space so tight that clunky menus have been replaced with a QR code (scan it with your smartphone), brewhounds get the type of intimacy usually afforded only to the cocktail and wine crowds. The expert servers have a story for every keg they tap, from the newest local brews to obscure New Zealand ales and deep cuts from the Belgian canon. Sure, the name out front may feel ironic when you’re sipping a $10 pour of a Norwegian saison you can’t pronounce, but Gotham’s beer scene is ready for a place that doesn’t compromise. Salute Proletariat for pushing the envelope. Proletariat, 102 St. Marks Pl between First Ave and Ave A (212-777-6707, proletariatny.com)
With four floors—one of which is a rooftop patio—Tonic East is equipped to handle any large party or event. The vast space, plus the 60-plus TVs scattered throughout the bar, makes it a popular spot for watching NFL, NHL and college football games. The extended happy hour—from 11am to 10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 11am to 8pm Thursday and Friday—doesn’t hurt either. Order from the happy hour menu to score select cocktails for $6 and a few beers for $5, or spring for a full-price option with some of the premium beers on tap, like Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA or Schofferhofer Grapefruit. Any good game watch requires munchies. The loaded tater tots with bacon, cheddar, sour cream and scallions ($10) or wings with buffalo, barbecue or sriracha sauce (ten for $12) might fit the bill.
Venue says: “Happy Hour Sunday-Wednesday 11am-10pm. Thursday-Friday 11am-8pm”