Fools Gold

Bars, Beer bars Lower East Side
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Fools Gold

Post up at a 42-foot-long counter for espressos and craft beers at this rustic café-bar from the Alewife team. In a room lined with keg pallets and light fixtures fashioned from plumbing parts, sip one of 30 draft brews, orange wines or Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee. Chef Michael Haigh (the Vanderbilt) crafts a bar snack menu featuring house-made pickles, charcuterie and crostinis.

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Fools Gold says
Fools Gold has been selected for Zwanze Day for the last three years which only 26 bars on the planet gets chosen to pour Cantillon's beer!!!

Fool’s Gold is a must-visit destination for those who enjoy the three essentials in life: good drink, good music and good conversation. Located in the heart of New York City’s busiest nightlife district, Fools Gold is a craft beer and American whiskey bar. It’s cloaked in a vintage-y, industrial decor with a custom-designed temperature-controlled tap system that rotates 30+ local and international craft beers (as well as select wines, whiskies and cocktails) on a daily basis and offers a selection of 80+ American whiskies. Its kitchen operates late into the night and serves a variety of delicious house-made bites and specials as well as a kickin’, alcohol and comfort food-fueled with brunch 7 days a week! Weekly beer events with local breweries & whiskey tastings offer the public a unique chance to nerd out. Sports Bar. NFL, NHL, NBA- we got it all. Rated one of the top Craft Beer Bars in the Lower East Side!! Happy hour Monday - Friday 11am - 7pm


Beers: On Tap: 31 | Bottles: 15 | Cans: 7
Signature Cocktails: 11| 2 on TAP
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Venue name: Fools Gold
Address: 145 E Houston St
Cross street: between Eldridge and Forsyth Sts
Opening hours: Daily 11am–4am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average drink: $7. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

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Standard LES bar - lotssss of beers available but often hard to track down a waitress or bartender if the bar is packed. The bathroom situation blows - one stall and no spot for a line and for a place that gets pretty crowded at night, its not ideal. Always a staple for a good time though.


If you can't find a beer you like here, you have issues considering there are 30 taps plus bottles. 

I avoid the LES like the plague nowadays, but this is a pretty solid bar if you're forced to come to the area. 

Great spot if your looking for a divey vibe in the LES. Large beer selection and lively atmosphere. Highly recommend the Craft Grilled Cheese! 


Overall, this place is a solid outpost for a certain kind of reasonable beer minded evening. The place is always sort of, uncomfortably, but not too full - meaning you'll wait for a drink, and get pleasantly shoved. The prices are competitive for the area, and there is food on offer. The decor, atmosphere, and service are acceptable, but certainly not exceptional. The sort of place you'll go when other nearby options are too packed.


Love Fool's Gold for nightlife, especially in LES. It maintains a classy divey vibe that strays from the rest of the LES chaos. It can get fairly crowded, but never really rowdy, which is nice. They also serve food, but I've never really enjoyed it that much. I had a fairly blah brunch experience here and late night snack experience as well. Stick to the drinks!