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The best beer bars in NYC

The best beers in NYC include a taprooms, a cider spot with excellent craft beers and dive bars

Bronx Brewery
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By Emma Orlow and Time Out contributors |

New York’s hard-charging beer bar scene shows no sign of fizzing out with a diverse crop of dives and pubs leading the pack. These craft beer bars, beer gardens and beer halls serve not only the best beer in NYC, but also some mouthwatering bar food and snacks and weekend brunch. If you’re a beer lover, here are the bars you need to check out in NYC.

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Best beer bars in NYC

Bars, Beer bars

Hops Hill

icon-location-pin Clinton Hill

Every week, beer enthusiast Joe Najem rotates the 12 taps at this Clinton Hill craft-suds hang, which also pours handpicked single-malt whiskey and bourbon.

Liver sausage at the Bronx Beer Hall
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Bars, Beer bars

The Bronx Beer Hall

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Located deep in the Bronx’s historic Little Italy—where red sauce runs as thick as blood (Robert De Niro discovered Joe Pesci here)—is the best indoor bazaar that most New Yorkers have never heard of: the Arthur Avenue Retail Market. Neighborhood-bred brothers Anthony and Paul Ramirez shook the dust off the tradition-bound institution and opened a fresh-faced beer bar, whose on-trend offerings (cider, half-pints, canned craft beers) and handsome, modern digs (salvaged-wood counters, white-tile walls) have provided a jolt of youthful energy to this uptown fixture.

Skinny Dennis
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Bars, Dive bars

Skinny Dennis

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Throw back a bourbon-spiked sweet tea—served in a Texas-sized mason jar—at this Williamsburg honky-tonk, from the owners of Luckydog. Imbibers can also sip 18 five-buck draft brews (Shiner Ruby Redbird, Southern Tier Hop Sun) and beer cocktails like Micheladas and the Bud Driver (OJ, Budweiser, lime and mint) while listening to local musicians on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sought-after seating includes a 1981 Ford F100 pickup bench and a cushioned church pew.

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