NYC Ale Houses Overview

Spuyten Duyvil - Ale House | Bar in NYC

While the Big Apple might not have all of London’s cobblestoned charm, New York ale houses do a decent job of replicating the foggy city’s wood-paneled pub culture. Indeed, these beery hangouts do a good job of skimming the top off of the city’s breakneck pace and allowing guests sixteen ounces of much-needed relaxation.

As far as classic NYC ale houses go, nothing beats McSorleys Old Ale House on the Lower East Side, its sawdust-covered floors, newspaper-covered walls, and complete lack of liquor other than its signature ale giving it a stiff-lipped charm, not to mention the fact that it’s been running since the days of Abraham Lincoln. More contemporary spots like d.b.a. and Williamsburg’s Spuyten Duyvil provide a wide variety of international beers and use their sprawling walled-in backyards to draw out the lively summer crowds. Somewhere between the two, Drop-Off Service downtown placates old-school barflies with 20oz imperial pints, but has enough far-out art on the walls to inspire local young bohemians.

Still standing tall against the PBR crowd, ale houses in New York City bring good old amber suds to the people, reminding them of a day when a few beers was part of a healthy English diet.

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