Party Earth Review Ravi DeRossi, founder of über-popular “secret” cocktail lounge Death & Co., initially took a similar speakeasy approach with Proletariat when he opened this beer-centric joint in mid-2012, but sudsy success prompted him... ... read full review
102 Saint Marks Place
New York, NY 10009
4, 6: Astor Place / 4 Avenue
East Village, New York –
Ravi DeRossi, founder of über-popular “secret” cocktail lounge Death & Co., initially took a similar speakeasy approach with Proletariat when he opened this beer-centric joint in mid-2012, but sudsy success prompted him to expand just a few months later.
The original tiny back room reveals the need for growth: just a single space with ten parlor stools perched along the bar and a wall of photos featuring tattoo artists and their skin art.
A sign promising “Rare, new, and unusual beer” attracts everyone from plaid-clad regulars to NYU seniors blowing off exam steam, who show up for something they’ve likely never sipped before. That’s because most of the taps come from boutique brewers that only supply a barrel or two of their nectar, so once it’s tapped out, the staff selects new options to add to the list.
Such variety ensures both the cozy rear room and the larger communal tables up front constantly teem with life, and makes it a haven for both East Village locals and beer aficionados from far and wide.
There are a few cocktails on the taps as well, but of course they’re also made with beer, including a popular (and carbonated) combination of Olde English malt liquor, bitters, and lime syrup.
There’s no guarantee that people will love everything they try, but it’s not hard to promise that Proletariat is where even the commonest man can feel blissfully bourgeoisie as he sips his beer.
Want to see a menu? Scan the QR code on the beer coasters and it will take your phone to an online list of what’s currently on hand. Of course, given the eclectic nature of the beer, it’s usually better to tell the bartenders what kind of beer you like and have them make suggestions.
Laid-back hipsters, NYU students, and beer aficionados of all stripes so long as they’re willing to put up with the punk on the stereo, early-20s to mid-30s.
Ambient playlist of punk rock that alternates from old-school favorites to contemporary “hits” and back again.
Educational beer classes are currently in the works. Information will be updated once class schedule is finalized.
Beer $6–$31+, beer cocktails $8+.
Casual: jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, plaid, flats, flip-flops, Converse, tattoos, punk garb, ripped fishnets, East Village chic.
The bar’s popularity promises a busy house most nights, though late Sundays and early Mondays and Tuesdays are the best for those in the mood for a mellower scene in which to sample the suds.
PDT (113 Saint Marks Place) is just across the street and touts a similar speakeasy vibe with a bigger seating area and an extensive cocktail menu.