If you love a solid selection of quality craft beers then Amity Hall in the Greenwich Village part of NYC is a terrific choice to start off your night. It you can’t stand the yuppy, preppy, frat boy crowd then for sure get here early to start off your evening. Our group did this not too long ago and quaffed down some tasty brews and ciders before making our escape to further escapades in the city.
The place itself looks great with a below street level pub area, and a much larger upstairs beer hall type room. Nice decor with brick walls, wooden bench seating, and chalkboard beer lists showing off the day’s selections. A few large flat screens in each room but not too many to make this a spots bar. It’s all about the beer here. Long lines of taps are behind each bar sporting an impressive array of craft libations.
We started off in the downstairs pub area and then moved to the upper level when it opened around 5pm. Found that many of the tables up there were already reserved but we commandeered a small bench in front of a fireplace that was just the right size for our group of happy campers. When we were handed the beer menu I was impressed. Really nice selection of beers and ciders. You have to love a $4 pint craft beer happy hour until 7pm! Yes, 12pm- 7pm! Also $4 mixed drinks and daily specials too.
With 20 rotating craft beer lines there is more than enough to choose from, plus a huge amount of bottled beers. Bluepoint Toasted Lager, Founders Porter, Abita, Ommegang, Leffe Blonde, Delirium Tremens, Chimay Tripel, Magic Hat #9, Boddingtons, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, and so many others. The happy hour beers are listed in red on the menu with about twelve or so to choose from as I recall with some decent choices. Saw some signs that they also do a growler program, unlimited booze brunch on weekends, and feature Premiership Soccer on the large projection screen with drink specials. Looks like they have a nice little pub menu but we did not try any of that on this evening.
We hung out until about 7 before heading out to our next destination. While we were there we found the service to be quick and attentive. Probably because it was early on a Friday and it was still kind of empty. Saw some of the frat type crowd start to pile into the upstairs as we were leaving, so it was our cue to vamboose anyway. Definitely the kind of cozy place to start off your night with a happy hour craft beer.
Amity Hall – http://www.amityhallnyc.com/