Amity Hall, A True Beer Hall In Manhattan’s West Village

May 27, 2010

Clare Goggin

No one’s ever said that the NYU student-heavy area below Washington Square park needed another bar. However, if something in the nightlife family was needed there, it was definitely a beer hall. And that’s just what the neighborhood got when Amity Hall opened on West 3rd Street inside of an historic old warehouse.

Having just opened late last year, this loungey beer bar boasts an impressive brew menu. Twenty rotating craft beers, many local or at least domestic brews, are served to beer-drinking patrons. The bar also puts some emphasis on their whiskeys and bourbons. But, since this hot spot serves not only the beer loving New Yorkers but also the newbie-drinker college student, patrons can also order a drink from the full bar.

Patrons who walk in the front door, have the choice of cozying up to a fireplace in the downstairs lounge or hoofing it upstairs to the bar area. The decor of both floors follows a pretty simple and almost industrial style. Wooden tables and chairs accommodate guests, two fireplaces keep them warm and a few well-placed big screen TVs allow for a little bit of sports viewing without ruining the feel of the place.

Those who go for Amity’s beer selection should probably pull a seat right up to the bar and get a good look at their “cask engine” where the twenty draft brews are pulled. If a patron does not find their poison on draft, they should consider taking a look at the long bottle list the bar also offers — any beer lover is destined to find something to sip all night.

On a recent visit, I enjoyed a glass of Captain Lawrence Kolsch and a Kelso Nut Brown. I was also offered Sixpoint Guerilla Warfare, Brooklyn Blast and several other great local brews by a very friendly bartender named John.

For those not completely familiar with the wide varieties of beer served here, the bartenders are generally helpful and, for the most part, patient. If you can tell them a style of beer that you’re particularly fond of, they can find you a brew that you’ll like and maybe even love.

It’s certainly a great place to visit for a few beers but you might want to get there early. After 11:00 p.m., you’ll have to fight the young clubbers for a seat and yell over the loud music in order to chat with your buds. Perhaps this is a better day drinking venue or even a middle of the week venue (on Mondays, you can get a great deal on oysters and Blue Point brews) but it’s definitely a decent beer hall all around.

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