Best Beer Bar:
(46 Bushwick Ave, East Williamsburg)
With typically 15 or more New York beers on tap and 15 or so more mostly further-sourced labels in bottles, and all very fairly priced, Matt Torrey’s does an excellent job of proving that the best bars for beer aficionados aren’t necessarily those with twice as many taps or the most obscure selection—rather those specifically knowledgeable places that serve their rotation of brews fresh and right. Plus, just steps from the L for easy stumbling.
Runner Up: Mary’s
(708 Fifth Ave, South Slope)
The draft selection here is good, though not spectacular; we recognize Mary’s for the quality of the beer itself. Think the condition of an establishment’s tap lines doesn’t matter? That’s because you’ve never had beer that tasted this pristine. For example, you’ve never had a Sixpoint until you’ve had it from Mary’s. Like, seriously—there are flavors you’ve never tasted.