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d.b.a. Discreetly concealed behind a nondescript awning lined with blue Christmas lights lies d.b.a., a no-frills alehouse featuring over 250 international beers. New York United States 40.724332 -73.987931
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Party Earth Review Discreetly concealed behind a nondescript awning lined with blue Christmas lights lies d.b.a., a no-frills alehouse featuring over 250 international beers. On weekday evenings, the place is generally packed with a slightly... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue-Houston Street; 6: Bleecker Street-Lafayette Street

  • Phone:

    212-475-5097

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 1pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth d.b.a. Review

The Scene

Discreetly concealed behind a nondescript awning lined with blue Christmas lights lies d.b.a., a no-frills alehouse featuring over 250 international beers.

Discreetly concealed behind a nondescript awning lined with blue Christmas lights lies d.b.a., a no-frills alehouse featuring over 250 international beers.

On weekday evenings, the place is generally packed with a slightly older crowd of forty-something business people who line up at the long wood bar to sip rare whiskeys and single malts, while after 10pm, a younger clientele of local working-class Lower East Siders, college students, and eclectic alternative types flocks in to sample some of the incredible brews scrawled on chalkboards over the bar.

A crowd as diverse as the beer selection shows up on weekends, when dressy Jersey girls chat around copper cocktail tables and flirt with the ex-frat boys chugging beer by the old-school Ms. Pac-Man.

A small alcove just past the bar offers space for groups of young professionals to congregate, while the greenhouse patio with its plank flooring, hanging plants, and bright orange picnic tables creates an inviting atmosphere for making new friends over cocktails.

Although the bartenders may have a bit of attitude, the low-key atmosphere and impressive beer list – not to mention the free bagels and lox on Sundays and cheese plates on Mondays – make d.b.a. a worthwhile stop for any true beer connoisseur.

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Tip from Lucas:

Don’t forget to ask about the Barrel Retirement Plan. The oldest keg on tap is always $4 a pint, so it really pays to find out which beer is going cheap.

  • Crowd

    On weekdays, older professionals for Happy Hour, mostly NYU students and East Village alternative types later on. Young professionals and outer-borough types on weekends. Early 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music ranging from jazz and rockabilly to hip-hop. Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga arcade games. Two flat-screen TVs tuned to sports. Check website for beer, scotch, and tequila tastings.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Cheesy Mondays feature free cheese plates 5–9pm at the bar. Free bagels and lox from Russ & Daughters starting at 1pm on Sundays until supplies last. Happy Hour daily 1–7:30pm. Outdoor patio with heat lamps open daily until 10pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $7+, wine $7–$8, cocktails $6–$12, rare whiskeys $10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: heavy metal t-shirts, button-downs, jeans, dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekday evenings for a mellow environment, and Friday and Saturday nights for a younger and livelier crowd.

  • Close By

    Holiday Cocktail Lounge (75 St. Marks Place) offers great cheap drinks.

d.b.a. User Reviews

Average rating:
Love Parties!!!!!
Preeti M. Oct 7, 2013
Oh nice. I live Rock and Roll party theme very much. I love LED stuff like LED jewelry, Glow Earrings, LED Gloves
Beyond a bar--a beer serving destination, complete with bartenders who were hipsters before hipsters were hispters
Lala P. Jan 22, 2013
Do you like delicious beer? Do you like non-delicious beer? Do you like paying less than $8 for a beer? Do you like paying $28 for a beer? Do you like anything having to do with beer that falls anywhere in between or around or nowhere near those questions? If you answered yes to any of the above, then go to d.b.a. Now. It is by far the best beer bar on the island of Manhattan. They have probably over 100 different kinds of beer, so you'll definitely be able to find something you want to drink. (If you didn't answer yes to any of those questions, you can still go to d.b.a. They have a full bar, and they pour a strong mix.) Located on the border of the Lower East Side and the East Village, d.b.a. vibes a little bit of both. It usually has a pretty good number of people in it (typical LES bar), but it also has the chillness of an EV dive. The lighting is neither too bright nor too dim, and there's the right combination of standing room and tables, so you can do whichever you feel like. The people are friendly but not aggressive--you can have a conversation, or just sit there. It's kind of a do whatever you want to type place, which is frankly a rare find in the City. The bartenders also add to the environment. They're knowledgeable, but aloof--get their attention, talk with them a little (but not too much), leave a decent tip, and you'll be fine. Wave your cash, credit card, call them over, and they won't pay attention to you. This is not that kind of place. In fact it's the opposite of that kind of place. If that sounds good to you, which it does to me, then definitely check out d.b.a.
Faint Drunken Memories
Mark S. Dec 10, 2012
You wander in already drunk, led by the promise of sweet inebriation (and/or a couple of friends). You recall a surreal memory of a decent happy hour, good beer and whiskey selection, and good specials. You bob and weave through the crowd, knowing one false move will probably cause no trouble what so ever. Yet you manage to break a glass, and angry auras surround you. The dimly lit surroundings do nothing to calm your senses, but you chug your whiskey and mumble a good bye to yourself. This night is not for you, it is for the multitudes that do not know you exist. Decent Bar.
Great Beer Selection
Risa C. Dec 8, 2012
The best thing about this place is their vast international beer selection. The worst thing, their service. The bartenders when I was there had quite the attitude, and the establishment reminded me little of their more accommodating brooklyn location. When my friend asked the bartender if they had any beer and a shot special he gave him an attitude and told him no in a way that you would've thought he asked if they were giving away free gold bricks. While any bar that boasts a vintage video game console gains bonus points, when I was there on a Friday around 2 am it was pretty dead save a few hipsters drunkenly congregating around the Pac Man console. I'd pass on this place, there are a lot of better options in the area.
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