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Bar Review: d.b.a

Submitted by on April 5, 2009 – 11:00 AMNo Comment
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41 1st Ave.
New York, NY, 10003
Tel: 212.475.5097

(Complete with live web-cam from the bar)

Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday: 1:00PM – 4:00AM.

Best Time to Go: Saturday afternoon/early evenings.

dscn3203Are you THAT guy? You know, the guy that exists solely to criticize the lack of obscure domestics, no imports, and to complain at the first sight of a Budweiser banner or tap? Yep, THAT guy. If so—or if you happen to be the complete opposite, and merely enjoy a wide assortment of beer that isn’t as accessible as say, Heineken—not to worry, d.b.a. hears your pain.

Offering an always-rotating selection (Long Island’s Southampton, a favorite of the reviewer’s, was on tap at time of review) of hard-to-find imports and local obscurities, all in a comforting, dimly lit atmosphere, d.b.a. raises the bar for New York watering holes. Hop on the “L” line to visit their newest location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Their beer list includes O’Hara’s Celtic Stout, Boddington’s, Fuller’s ESB, Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter, Doc’s Draft Cider, Green Flash IPA, Jever Pilsner, Hoegaarden Witte, O’Hara’s Red Ale, Anchor Xmas Ale, Anchor Old Foghorn, Sierra Nevada Imperial Smoked Porter, Paulaner Hefeweisse, De Ranke xx bitter, Blue Point Red Rye Ale

(Note: Selection rotates on weekly basis. Phone or check website to inquire about current beer list)

Pros: Extensive selection of imported/domestic drafts and bottles that will satisfy even the toughest of brew nerds. Allows outside food to be ordered and eaten inside the bar. Lastly, did I mention the selection of Southampton?

Cons: Not enough bartenders to accommodate the crowd of twenty and thirty-somethings all vying for a beverage. Prepare to be pushed while trying to squint at the chalkboards of beer titles.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5