Proletariat

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Proletariat Proletariat in New York's East Village is a bar with an ever-changing menu of rare beer. Sip something new in New York with Party Earth. New York United States 40.7272021 -73.9845756
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Proletariat - Bar in New York.
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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

  • Subway:

    4, 6: Astor Place / 4 Avenue

  • Phone:

    212-777-6707

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Proletariat Review

The Scene

Proletariat in New York's East Village is a bar with an ever-changing menu of rare beer. Sip something new in New York with Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

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.

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient playlist of punk rock that alternates from old-school favorites to contemporary “hits” and back again.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Educational beer classes are currently in the works. Information will be updated once class schedule is finalized.

    Cash only.

  • Prices

    Beer $6–$31+, beer cocktails $8+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, plaid, flats, flip-flops, Converse, tattoos, punk garb, ripped fishnets, East Village chic.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

Proletariat User Reviews

Average rating:
Great vibe
Chris K. Dec 3, 2012
Going into this place, I didn't know what to expect, and as a New Yorker that means I was immediately suspicious. However, I soon found myself very enamored of this bar. The decor of tattoo art on tile does its groady Russian theme justice, and the selection--a great list of delicious craft brews and fine liquors--was not disappointing. Add the wolf logo and copper surface bar, and you've got a wonderful little hole in the wall that does exactly what you need it to do. My only complaints were the narrowness of the bar--it takes some inhaling and scooting to past anyone--and the crowd--just a very uptown-heading-downtown kind of vibe that always puts me off, though they were in no way obnoxious or offensive--but otherwise, this place really rocked.
The Working Class
Jaclyn W. Nov 15, 2012
Jane's Sweet Buns has unfortunately closed down, but the good news is that Proletariat was able to expand because of it! This place mixes it up on a weekly basis. Beers change constantly and the baristas here can assess your taste to give you the type of beer that you would enjoy the most. Mr. De Rossi is known for his cocktail places, so of course it goes without saying that this place has them and they are awesome! I am not a beer fan by any means, but the cocktails they mixed using beer as a base are pretty unique and worth the trip. The coolest thing is that they actually have some of them on tap. The space is very tight, so get there early and come with a small group. It is supposed to be a "speak easy," but it's not really hidden any longer now that Jane's is gone. The crowd here ranges from NYU students to 35+ adults who enjoy their beer. Decor is extreme east village. Make sure to check out the walls that are decked out in tattoo art framed photos. If you go on a night that is quieter, it could also be a good date spot due to the intimate setting.
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