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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)
This Hell’s Kitchen bar and restaurant doubles as a live music venue, with its popular dueling pianos show taking over the space every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Whether you catch a local band or the regular piano show, you can enjoy specialty cocktails and classic bar bites. Sip on The Bar Nine, a combination of vodka, light rum, tequila, gin, blue curacao, sour mix and lemon-lime soda, or try the Midtown Manhattan with bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters. Nibble on loaded nachos ($9) or buffalo boneless chicken strips ($10), or order the bourbon-glazed burger ($11) or bacon-wrapped hotdogs ($12) for a full meal. Coming with a big group? You might want to look into the bar’s standard open bar package: It includes three hours of all the beer, wine and well drinks you can drink for just $60 per person.
Venue says: “The Original NYC Dueling Pianos. Catch them at Bar Nine in Hells Kitchen every Thursday (8PM), Friday (9PM) and Saturday (8:30PM)”