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The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern

Bars, Beer bars Financial District
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Photographs: Lizz Kuehl Fraunces Tavern
This Revolutionary-era tavern now operates as the first stateside outpost of Dublin’s Porterhouse Brewing Company. Tangles of filament bulbs above the bar and distressed mirrors on the walls smack of artificial ye-oldeness, but the real pedigree of the place still holds appeal for beer-swilling history buffs, who can geek out over the thought of George Washington drinking here in the 1700s. Hoist imperial pints of Porterhouse’s own brews—we like the smooth, slightly tangy Oyster Stout and the easy-drinking Porterhouse Red—or sample the globe-trotting selection of guest beers, including Victory Prima Pils on tap and bottles of Schlenkerla smoked beer.


Venue name: The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern
Address: 54 Pearl St
New York
Cross street: between Broad and Water Sts
Opening hours: Daily 11am–4am
Transport: Subway: N, R to Whitehall St
Price: Average drink: $8. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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This Colonial American Tavern has been in operation since 1762 with one of its most famous patrons being George Washington himself. To sit in a place and realize that great men like this have shared a pint in the same place is absoultely incredible. Should you be feeling especially nostalgic, there is a history museum right above it which is a must see. As for the restaurant, this place has so much going for it. It's massive with different rooms for different culinary and drink pleasures, it's cozy and the atmosphere is just down right magical. The beer list is something to behold and is very, very extensive. Some pricier than others but all good. The food menu also has something for everyone. Flat breads, apps, sandwiches, salads, etc. so you are covered. Listen, it's not the quickest food service but don't make that a worry, rather soak up the history of this fine establishment and pound some beers. I like to think George Washington said, "Nothing Good Ever Starts With Someone Eating a Salad".


Pretty enjoyable experience, more relaxed pub vibe, all the same benefits of historic ambiance and friendly service. Beer selection is pretty vast, but also have a pretty nice selection of spirits/flights. Food is pretty standard, but hearty and comfortable. Overall, pretty enjoyable experience, complements the old world charm well.

I've been to Fraunces several times in the past and I always seem to gravitate towards the whiskey flight. There's just something about sipping on the brown stuff in a room that George Washington used to rally his troops in that gets me going. But for the first time yesterday I tried their signature Porterhouse beers. Boy have I been missing out!

I had their Plain Porter and their Oyster Stout. Both had similar mouth feels (they were almost identical to a Guinness) and both were absolutely delicious. Maybe I'm late to the game, but why don't more beer people give credit where it's due? These are fantastic pints of beer that you need to try ASAP if you're a fan of of hops and barley. 

They were out of the Brain Busta beer which apparently packs a punch, so I'll have to swing by sooner than later to give that a go. I'm quiet excited about this new discovery!