Proletariat

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East Village, New York
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  • Micky M.
    Micky Matthews2 weeks ago
    A beer lovers beer bar. Warm and cozy - great jazzy funky music.
  • Jesse A.
    For being a beer-centric joint they didn't have a big selection and the bartenders weren't super knowledgeable on their current draft selection. Great for a beer but don't expect too much.
  • Ignas K.
    Ignas KukenysAugust 26
    Quirky beers!!
  • John C.
    Tight space, but fantastic local craft beer list. Take a look at available bottles as well.
  • Alex R.
    brutal 20 dollar credit card minimum that the very nice bartender immediately offered to void. The "king wavy" beer was among the best I've ever had.
  • Jake Z.
    Small place with a great high end beer selection
  • Michael K.
    Michael KleinJanuary 31
    Excellent rotation of rare craft beers
  • Oleg Z.
    Oleg ZhogloNovember 8, 2016
    Great beer, great music.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MurcekSeptember 11, 2016
    Excellent beer list and bar tenders. Small and cozy. Crowded on the weekend.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RogersAugust 13, 2016
    For beer nerds!
  • William D.
    William DavisJune 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic beer selection, especially if you are looking for something other than an IPA or a stout. Go here after work on a weeknight. Busy on weekends but on weeknights it's a great quiet spot.
  • Jess K.
    Jess KellyJune 11, 2016
    This was on the 'top 10 New York bars to go to alone' list. So I went. The beer was good but the Kendrick Lamar/Drake playlist was better.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanJune 2, 2016
    small but cute bar, lots of strange beers
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickMay 19, 2016
    A cool vibe here with really good beers
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangMay 4, 2016
    Weird beer galore. Definitely leaning towards the gueuze, barrel aged stuff. Typically a little lighter on the hoppy options (maybe some good large format options)
  • Christoffer J.
    Christoffer JakobsenApril 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Small place with a solid tap list. Also got some awesome (and pretty expensive) bottles that you probably won't find anywhere else in the city.
  • K
    KApril 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Relaxing beer bar where the staff is on key & knows their stuff. Rare craft beer finds, including many local.
  • Leanne Z.
    Leanne ZickApril 2, 2016
    Interesting ways of serving so many different types of beer. The different quantities are weird and overwhelming at first and it's fairly crowd weed for a small space.
  • Evan S.
    Evan StaffMarch 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Perpetually people-stuffed, and for good reason. Call me a noob, but place has the most interesting (and constantly rotating l) selection of drafts I've seen yet.
  • Pia F.
    Pia FouillouxMarch 11, 2016
    The bartenders are kind of rude.
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofMarch 4, 2016
    Can get sampler-size pours of everything.
  • Sydney M.
    Sydney MFebruary 18, 2016
    Honey beer
  • Lizzy S.
    Lizzy SaxeFebruary 15, 2016
    Sours! And the whole menu is really interesting.
  • Tian X.
    Tian XieFebruary 14, 2016
    Ask the bartender for recommendations based on your preferences!
  • Jari M.
    Jari MäkeläFebruary 5, 2016
    Great selection of beers and knowledgeable service to match. Music is good too.
  • Scott U.
    Scott UnderwoodFebruary 4, 2016
    Small space is fun but gets very crowded on weekends.
  • Irakli A.
    Irakli AgladzeJanuary 5, 2016
    Great choice of craft beer. And the restroom with the pages from a book of Russian criminal tattoos!!!
  • Tim F.
    Tim FrietasDecember 22, 2015
    Amazing limited tap selection
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidDecember 17, 2015
    Awesome vibe
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerDecember 15, 2015
    Adore this beer bar. Knowledgeable bartenders, totally great for a date.
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinDecember 11, 2015
    This is one carefully chosen beer list. Must for craft snobs.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundDecember 5, 2015
    Cozy little craft beer spot. It's becoming thankfully easier to find bars with decent craft beer menus in New York. Proletariat doesn't have a good list, it has a great one. You'll find unique beer
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelNovember 22, 2015
    Evil Twin perfect nose stout is 👍🏻
  • Paula
    PaulaNovember 21, 2015
    Great selection os beers. Small and cool place.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicOctober 26, 2015
    Finally, an unpretentious place w a crazy unique and high quality beer list. I love this place.
  • Anna R.
    Anna RobertsOctober 6, 2015
    Every beer on tap is rare and delicious. Ask the bar tender to give you a recommendation if you're not sure what to order, they're happy to help and give you tastings.
  • mark s.
    mark silvaOctober 1, 2015
    * on the beer board=local goodness
  • mark s.
    mark silvaOctober 1, 2015
    Bar manager Cory & staff are extremely knowledgable. Excellent artisanal beer & cider curation. Try Tilquin Gueuze if it's on tap.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhSeptember 13, 2015
    Extensive beer selection!!
  • Ferenc T.
    Ferenc TóthSeptember 12, 2015
    A really cozy place with quality beers and nice staff.
  • Richie S.
    Richie StarkAugust 19, 2015
    Popped by in the afternoon for a good local beer and was impressed. Great selection, attentive bartender, and good bar and people. Lots of sours. Will definitely be back
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaAugust 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Servers are knowledgable about all beers, even if the menu has just been changed
  • Neil C.
    Neil CondronJuly 2, 2015
    Very varied, international and varied beer selection. Bartender is a machine and a guru. A must visit for craft beer lovers:
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJune 29, 2015
    Dark, divey and priced much higher than you'd imagine upon entering. Some odd and unusual beers in here.
  • Patrick J.
    Patrick JergelJune 24, 2015
    Enjoy a nice brew with some classic 90's hip hop
  • Cindy S.
    Cindy SplendiferousJune 13, 2015
    Cozy spot with a great beer selection
  • Jonathan E.
    Jonathan EckelJune 7, 2015
    Everything on tap is unique!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WMay 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    In between rounds of beer (and for the non-beer drinkers out there) try the fortified apple cider.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SMay 24, 2015
    Amazing selection of unique and rare beers. Also serve wine and cider but note no hard alcohol.
  • Robert C.
    Robert CamposMay 9, 2015
    Excellent, curated beer selection. Music varies a bit by who's bartending each night. Tannar is super friendly and plays sick beats. My favorite beer bar in the city.
  • George J.
    George JosephMay 9, 2015
    Very cozy, intimate bar. Stick with their awesome beer selection, the cocktails were disappointing.
  • Earl B.
    Earl Belcher JrApril 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Ridiculous beer list. Great patrons who know their beer. Great bartenders too!
  • Molly S.
    Molly StoddartApril 27, 2015
    Cozy, friendly place with most amazing beer selection and knowledgeable bartenders.
  • Bo B.
    Bo Beyer-JohnsonApril 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Select and rare beers. One of the. Best beer bars in Manhattan
  • Kryofroyo
    KryofroyoApril 11, 2015
    Top shelf beer selections
  • Aaron A.
    Aaron ArntzApril 4, 2015
    Sour bikini.
  • Tom J.
    Tom JosephMarch 31, 2015
    Cool little bar with a great beer selection
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniMarch 28, 2015
    Rare and exotic beers in a small EV space. Fantastic for the best aficionado.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokMarch 15, 2015
    Go for the more rare bottle beers if you can afford it.
  • Nick M.
    Nick MoloneyMarch 13, 2015
    Great selection of unique beers
  • Jan G.
    Jan GemrichFebruary 7, 2015
    Ask the bartender for advice based on your taste and mood.
  • Lucie K.
    Lucie KleckovaFebruary 6, 2015
    Great beer selection, bartenders know their stuff and are happy to help. Great choice, recommended.
  • Nick V.
    Nick VarneyFebruary 1, 2015
    Great beer selection. Weak if you don't want a beer.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornJanuary 31, 2015
    Narrow and old skool with an enormous amount of kwerky brews
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CJanuary 31, 2015
    This small spot is heaven for beer nerds. Ask the bartender for the complete draft lowdown.
  • Chloe H.
    Chloe HillJanuary 21, 2015
    Drink all the beer. Don't bother looking for a seat.
  • Frank D.
    Frank DieboldJanuary 17, 2015
    you probably haven't heard of any beers on the menu
  • nils j.
    nils jansonDecember 6, 2014
    Surprisingly chill place with a nice beer list.
  • Julian S.
    Julian SDecember 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Best beer bar period. Great rotating selection and their events are unparalleled.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Most unique bars on tap. Friendly knowledgeable bartenders and a great vibe. Can get crowded on weekends but generally manageable. Tattoo art on the walls is a cool touch.
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle SeeverNovember 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    So many excellent choices. The bartenders know their stuff when it comes to beer.
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoNovember 17, 2014
    Come with a friend or date and nerd out on a bunch of 4oz's.
  • Swig
    SwigNovember 12, 2014
    Amazing selection of rare beers. Always something new to discover with extremely knowledgeable bartenders. A must place for beer lovers. Remember to Swig your drink.
  • Jim M.
    Hey Owner of Proletariat, you've got a great selection of beers but you need to step up to 2014. We live in a cashless society and to demand a $20 credit card minimum is out of step with reality. Fail
  • Jim M.
    Excellent beer list🌟
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WOctober 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    For serious beer aficionados: snag a seat at the bar and try an esoteric beer that, in all likelihood, you have never heard of. The draft list is up on the wall; bottles are on the printed menu.
  • Aditya B.
    Aditya BasuOctober 21, 2014
    Eclectic selection of beers. They even get one off experimental batches.
  • Sofya K.
    Sofya KrasnovaOctober 11, 2014
    It's just like Terminal in Spb. Wow
  • Marcus H.
    Marcus HanssonOctober 10, 2014
    The place to be on Manhattan if you like craft beer.
  • Trevor
    TrevorOctober 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Gets full easily and the music is loud but they're serving a constantly changing selection of often-stunning beers. Half pours and experimentation encouraged.
  • Bo B.
    Bo Beyer-JohnsonOctober 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer bar for beer lovers. Very unique beer finds. Tell the bartender what you want and they'll give you a great reco. Some of the friendliest bartenders I've ever met in the city
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarOctober 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing beer selection - always cool things on tap that you won't find anywhere else. Knowledgeable staff and love the tattoo art on the walls. Solid date spot.
  • Jillian N.
    Jillian NicholsOctober 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing beer list, you'll always find something you've never had before.
  • Abbie W.
    Abbie WSeptember 26, 2014
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  • Christof
    ChristofSeptember 20, 2014
    Awesome beer menu! Any questions? Talk to the bar guy. He will tell you anything to know about the beers and more.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableSeptember 5, 2014
    Beer nerds, this is your mecca. No larger than a hallway, this tiny, 10-seat gem stocks 12 select picks on draft with four or five reserved for out-of-the-box options, plus 15 to 20 bottles. Read more
  • Alex
    AlexSeptember 1, 2014
    They know their beer! Interesting list. Some brews are pricer but well worth it! Beer enthusiast will love it here.
  • Wilson A.
    Wilson AndrewsAugust 24, 2014
    Great vibe at this chill and comfortable beer lover's nook. Unpretentious with a great rock playlist.
  • Karl H.
    Karl HartAugust 11, 2014
    Craft beer
  • Madison W.
    Madison WoodAugust 10, 2014
    Amazing service and knowledge of beer! Great music, chill atmosphere and most of all, awesome beer!
  • Mary L.
    Mary LeeAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Casual vibe. All about enjoying the beer - crazy draught list.
  • Rich H.
    Rich HuntAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great craft beer bar and knowledgeable bartenders.
  • Ian M.
    Ian MillerJuly 13, 2014
    A lot of really good small-production beers. Definitely recommend.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KehayiasJuly 13, 2014
    Bartender was a dick about credit cards after spending $40 in cash. Get over yourself.
  • Mario M.
    Mario MoorheadJune 18, 2014
    What more can I say this is NYC old skool style
  • Joe M.
    Joe MMay 26, 2014
    Really good beer that you won't find elsewhere (at least not all in one place).
  • John C.
    John CoatesApril 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic. A well travelled beer geeks perfect bar in New York.
  • Neel B.
    Neel BhargavaApril 20, 2014
    Awesome beers, NYC hip hop, chill
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 4, 2014
    The bar has garnered a solid crowd. You don’t have to let them put hop tincture in your beer, though, if you don’t want to.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FinneganFebruary 25, 2014
    No one is going disagree: killer beer selection. Small, intimate space. Dim lighting. Very intelligent staff. A beer lover's delight.
  • Scott M.
    Scott McClureJanuary 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The number one rule at Proletariat: Trust your bartender. At this mecca for "rare, new and unusual" beer, the tap lines change at a dizzying pace. Luckily, the staff here is the best guide imaginable.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LeeJanuary 11, 2014
    This is a true beer drinkers bar. It's small but the bartender is fantastic and knows his beer. Pours a great pint.
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TonnerJanuary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down one of the best beer bars in Manhattan
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerNovember 11, 2013
    “It retains the coziness of a speakeasy ... though with its framed images of skulls, roses, and other vintage tattoos it brings to mind the rowdier end of St. Marks Place.” Read more
  • Dee C.
    Dee ChaNovember 3, 2013
    minimum for credit cards is $20
  • Brew York
    Brew YorkOctober 23, 2013
    While the bar itself is narrow and dim, the beer list here is broad and enlightened, with lauded imports, local favorites, and American rarities all on tap, and a staff who knows their beer.
  • Long C.
    Long CaoOctober 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the beer you've never heard of. (hint: all of them)
  • Pete r.
    Pete rOctober 12, 2013
    Try the Aaron Burr Ciders....AMAZING
  • Jonathon K.
    Jonathon KirkOctober 10, 2013
    Jw lees - harvest ale hands down
  • Martin H.
    Martin HedlundSeptember 19, 2013
    If you like "real" beer this is most place to check out.
  • heather d.
    heather doughertySeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cozy bar with amazing unique beers & great music.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Be prepared to shell out a little more than you would for your standard PBR, but it's worth it as you won’t find these beers anywhere else.
  • Avin N.
    Avin NarasimhanJune 30, 2013
    Excellent craft beer spot, and surprisingly low-key vibe given location. Try one of the IPAs, very strong yet still smooth and easy to drink
  • Ann F.
    Ann FJune 16, 2013
    The bartender Greg is great
  • Tera S.
    Tera SimonMay 26, 2013
    Best unknown rare beer spot in Saint Marks.
  • Renee F.
    Renee FMay 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The mustard with the pretzel bread is Amazing!!!!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkApril 11, 2013
    Proletariat is a much-deserved look into no-holds-barred beer geekdom, blissfully free of TVs, generic pub grub & high-fiving mooks. It holds only 12 stools & its menus have been replaced w/ a QR code Read more
  • Sakura Y.
    Sakura YagiMarch 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The crew here will geek-out about beer. Amazing.
  • Devin Q.
    Devin QuinnMarch 9, 2013
    Small space but good beers and vibe. Bring your cash tho, not cheap
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WFebruary 20, 2013
    Small but great curated list of craft beers. Great hip hop soundtrack. A wonderful neighborhood spot, and a great place to park if you are waiting for a call from PDT. Glad we stumbled upon it.
  • Doug H.
    Doug HelferichJanuary 21, 2013
    Nice beer selection, nowhere to sit.
  • Samantha K.
    Samantha KellyJanuary 20, 2013
    Quaint but great new find! Diverse selection of unique beers - love the crazy wall decor too.
  • Hey N.
    Hey NahJanuary 18, 2013
    Ironic cuz it's easily the bougiest bar on the block
  • Joe D.
    Joe DJanuary 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    No matter your taste buds, the Ommegang Barrier Relief (if its on tap) will be the best beer you've ever tasted.
  • Matt Q.
    Matt QuintanillaJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You think you know beer? You have no idea. Cory will never lead you wrong. Trust him.
  • Alan
    AlanDecember 20, 2012
    Get a beer.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CostelloAugust 28, 2012
    Great bartender - takes the time to make sure you like your beer
  • David
    DavidJuly 12, 2012
    Don't worry if you're a little overwhelmed by the exotic selection. You can sample the beers they have on tap. Just like a froyo place! Oh, and cash only.
  • Kim R.
    Kim RJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    No longer hidden behind James sweet buns. Now the entire space. Natural light is a huge improvement. Beer list, as always, impressive and rare stuff.
  • Barry H.
    Barry HottJune 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask the knowledgeable, but unpretentious bartender about a beer, and he'll tell you EVERYTHING about it.
  • Glenn G.
    Glenn GentzkeJune 1, 2012
    Try the OE malt liquor cocktail!
  • Brew York
    Brew YorkMay 15, 2012
    Delivering on a promise of "rare, new and unusual beer" from around the corner and around the world, this bar sports knowledgeable staff and an offbeat vibe in a space hidden behind Jane's Sweet Buns.
  • Tanner W.
    Tanner WalleMay 15, 2012
    Incredible selection. Knowledgable staff. Tell em what you like and drink up.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 11, 2012
    Proletariat is a beer bar with a kertwang of the unusual: In addition to the exotic beer list (accessible by QR code), it's got beer cocktails on tap Read more
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.May 6, 2012
    Evil twin grape!
  • Márcio Guilhermy (.
    Bom de mais"
  • Zachary H.
    Zachary HinkleyMay 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Absurd beer selection! http://www.beermenus.com/places/4652-proletariat
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