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Spuyten Duyvil

Bars, Lounges Williamsburg
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Sputyten Duyvil (Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith)
Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith
Sputyten Duyvil (Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith)
Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith
Sputyten Duyvil (Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith)
Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith

The pared-down lineup of six drafts and one cask here speaks to owner Joe Carroll's reverence for beer. "With too many lines, the beer can sit around and get stale," he says. Spuyten's minimal draft offerings, as well as its 100-plus bottle list ($5--$45), are focused mainly on tiny European breweries. Sample old-world rarities like the thick, sherrylike Samichlaus lager from Austria or cellar-aged Cantillon lambics of various vintages ($15--$30). The cozy interior is chock-full of flea market finds, most of which are for sale. There’s also a tasty bar menu of smoked meats, pâtés, cheeses and terrines.


Venue name: Spuyten Duyvil
Address: 359 Metropolitan Ave
Cross street: between 4th and Havemeyer Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–2am, Fri 5pm–4am, Sat 1pm–4am, Sun 1pm–2am
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave; G to Metropolitan Ave; J,M,Z to Marcy Ave
Price: Average beer: $9. Amex, Disc, MC, V
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It's fun drinking at a bar where the beer comes from small batches all over the world. Where the bartenders know SO much about each one that they risk losing their voices talking about them. Where the thing they're selling is precious and delicious and fun and worth revolving their lives around. They're at the height of their craft (and they also may be a little tipsy) and you can peek into that world, taste it, and then bring the rest of your beer to the big back patio to resume your evening.

The beer here is fancy. Whether or not this going to be a good fit for you really depends on your own sense of self-worth. Are you a person who is deserved of fancy things? Are you comfortable with exchanging your money, hard-earned (ill-gotten, inherited, found on the street, whichever applies), for a beverage you'll be immediately consuming, most likely in large amounts? Or is that a small price to sample a fine beer, perhaps brewed in limited quantities in a far flung locale you'll never visit? Fancy is good, sometimes. Maybe pop in for a sec and see what's on tap. And it's easy to ring up a big tab so I'd recommend visiting with a friend, parent, boss or generous date who'll pick up the check.

If you are a knowledgeable beer lover or know someone who is, go here. Spuyten Duyvil has been open for a long time and gets kegs that not many other bars in NYC get, like Hill Farmstead brews. There's guaranteed to be something here that you haven't tried yet, and the bartenders can tell you all about it. The vibe is very chill. The indoor space is pretty small, wooden old-looking, but very cozy in the winter. When the weather is nice, go sit in Spuyten Duyvil’s backyard. It’s big, with lots of seating, gravel and overhanging trees. Also, there are great cheese and charcuterie plates.