Taproom INC

★★★☆☆
  • 41 1st Ave

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-475-5097

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I ignored the negative reviews and regret it. Went with a group of friends primed to enjoy a night of bourbon. d.b.a. was pretty empty on wednesday night, which was good, but it had that sour fraternity basement smell of beer and piss. Drinks were ordered but the manhattans were the worst we'd had; the beer was fine. We moved on and had the late arrivals meet us elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

I ignored the negative reviews and regret it. Went with a group of friends primed to enjoy a night of bourbon. d.b.a. was pretty empty on wednesday night, which was good, but it had that sour fraternity basement smell of beer and piss. Drinks were ordered but the manhattans were the worst we'd had; the beer was fine. We moved on and had the late arrivals meet us elsewhere.

Pros: it was open

Cons: everything else

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When you read about d.b.a. there's the feeling it could possibly be the greatest bar in New York City. Then you walk through the door and get ignored by an inattentive staff.

During previous visits this was not the case, but now it seems to be the M.O. of the place. If there was one bartender and the place was packed I could understand having to wait, but when it seems like there are four people behind the bar serving (I'll use the term "serving" VERY loosely) customers and it's crowded, but not packed, 10 minutes to get a beer is far too long to wait. Oh, and while you're waiting you'll watch the bartenders do shots with their friends just to please you even more!

Do yourself a favor, search for other great beer bars if you're looking for great beers and go there. At one time d.b.a. had one of the best selections going, but now there's a bar with a great selection on almost every other corner. Find a place where you'll be treated like a valued customer, not some slob who's stupid enough to throw money away.

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★★★★★

When you read about d.b.a. there's the feeling it could possibly be the greatest bar in New York City. Then you walk through the door and get ignored by an inattentive staff.

During previous visits this was not the case, but now it seems to be the M.O. of the place. If there was one bartender and the place was packed I could understand having to wait, but when it seems like there are four people behind the bar serving (I'll use the term "serving" VERY loosely) customers and it's crowded, but not packed, 10 minutes to get a beer is far too long to wait. Oh, and while you're waiting you'll watch the bartenders do shots with their friends just to please you even more!

Do yourself a favor, search for other great beer bars if you're looking for great beers and go there. At one time d.b.a. had one of the best selections going, but now there's a bar with a great selection on almost every other corner. Find a place where you'll be treated like a valued customer, not some slob who's stupid enough to throw money away.

Pros: Drink Selection, Location, Outdoor space

Cons: Terrible, terrible, terrible service

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worst service ever...bar is empty and it takes 5 minutes to flag down the bar tender who is having a personal conversation with friends

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★☆☆☆☆

worst service ever...bar is empty and it takes 5 minutes to flag down the bar tender who is having a personal conversation with friends

Pros: good tap selection

Cons: POOR serivce, attitude from staff

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not quite on par with the Blind Tiger but definitely takes second place for beer geeks. gets really packed in summer, but well worth it. alot of really good bars in the lower east side and this is one of them. definitely go by here if you love beer, hop devil (i heard that may have closed tho), east village tavern if you go to the alphabet streets, stanton public, spitzers corner, great bar crawl, & since I live in the neighborhood will I be hitting these spots regularly, yeah!

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★★★★★

not quite on par with the Blind Tiger but definitely takes second place for beer geeks. gets really packed in summer, but well worth it. alot of really good bars in the lower east side and this is one of them. definitely go by here if you love beer, hop devil (i heard that may have closed tho), east village tavern if you go to the alphabet streets, stanton public, spitzers corner, great bar crawl, & since I live in the neighborhood will I be hitting these spots regularly, yeah!

Pros: beers beers beers & whiskey!!

Cons: packed in the summer (but thats kind of a good thing)

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i generally love the LES bars for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere but THIS BAR WAS NEITHER OF THE 2, I have never met any more ruder waitresses/bartenders in my life. To get a drink by the bar you had to wait over 15 mins (and it wasn?t because the bar was overly crowded) I will never be going back to this bar again.

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★☆☆☆☆

i generally love the LES bars for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere but THIS BAR WAS NEITHER OF THE 2, I have never met any more ruder waitresses/bartenders in my life. To get a drink by the bar you had to wait over 15 mins (and it wasn?t because the bar was overly crowded) I will never be going back to this bar again.

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I have been reading these reviews for awhile but have never been compelled to write one until now. I went to d.b.a last week just looking for a low key place to have a drink. The bouncer at the door was beyond rude to me for no apparent reason. After I entered not saying a word in response to his comments, although now I wish I would have, he came back to find me to now humiliate me in front of my friends and complete strangers. I will never go back and even though this rant won't do much I just needed to put the word out there. What a mean, miserable person and I am beyond angry that he ruined my night.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been reading these reviews for awhile but have never been compelled to write one until now. I went to d.b.a last week just looking for a low key place to have a drink. The bouncer at the door was beyond rude to me for no apparent reason. After I entered not saying a word in response to his comments, although now I wish I would have, he came back to find me to now humiliate me in front of my friends and complete strangers. I will never go back and even though this rant won't do much I just needed to put the word out there. What a mean, miserable person and I am beyond angry that he ruined my night.

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I have been going to this bar for a year now and what I've noticed is that people get impatient when the weather gets warmer. This place gets ridiculously packed b/c of the outdoor garden; this means new people come by the hordes and they expect fast food style service (my way, right away). A couple of days ago I waited in the busy bar (five people deep) no longer than ten minutes for a drink and I saw people behaving terribly towards the bartenders. It's no wonder some of the staff loses their temper. I saw one drunk guy yell "hey b***" to a bartender after only waiting about two minutes for a drink. I know this place before the summer rush and I really like the staff and know they are doing their best. I will go back every time with patience and understanding.

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★★★★★

I have been going to this bar for a year now and what I've noticed is that people get impatient when the weather gets warmer. This place gets ridiculously packed b/c of the outdoor garden; this means new people come by the hordes and they expect fast food style service (my way, right away). A couple of days ago I waited in the busy bar (five people deep) no longer than ten minutes for a drink and I saw people behaving terribly towards the bartenders. It's no wonder some of the staff loses their temper. I saw one drunk guy yell "hey b***" to a bartender after only waiting about two minutes for a drink. I know this place before the summer rush and I really like the staff and know they are doing their best. I will go back every time with patience and understanding.

Pros: Great selection.

Cons: Very crowded at peak hours and days so be prepared to wait.

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My wife and I went to this place over the weekend and sat in the garden. It was extremely busy, but the service was fine. In fact, we were very impressed by how much our waitress knew about the beer selection and even more impressed by how many beers she could carry on one tray. The bad part about this place were the group of drunk men sitting at the table next to us. They were extremely loud and rude. One guy ran into the waitress, spilling an entire tray of beers on her and then not did not even apologize for his behavior. From reading other reviews on here I really wonder if it is the employees with the problem or the clientele. We probably will go back, but we will avoid the fraternity tables.

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★★★★☆

My wife and I went to this place over the weekend and sat in the garden. It was extremely busy, but the service was fine. In fact, we were very impressed by how much our waitress knew about the beer selection and even more impressed by how many beers she could carry on one tray. The bad part about this place were the group of drunk men sitting at the table next to us. They were extremely loud and rude. One guy ran into the waitress, spilling an entire tray of beers on her and then not did not even apologize for his behavior. From reading other reviews on here I really wonder if it is the employees with the problem or the clientele. We probably will go back, but we will avoid the fraternity tables.

Pros: Great outdoor area, knowledgeable staff.

Cons: Drunk and loud people everywhere.

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...and not in a "NY attitude" kind of way. THE WORST SERVICE IN NYC. The meanest bartender I have ever had in 10yrs in NYC. I like their garden and have been repeatedly. The last time I went, the skinny little bartender with the beret was not just rude, she was horribly mean. She yelled at the men next to me when they raised their hands to get her attention and told them not to tell her how to do her job. When I asked for my bill a second time (15 mins after I asked the 1st time) she screamed at me and said that everyone was yelling at her. Honey pie- we all have bad days at work. And clearly you think yours is the hardest. However, in our society most people aren't crazy enough to take it out on all of the customers. As long as they have a psychotic bartender with a nasty temper, I will not go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

...and not in a "NY attitude" kind of way. THE WORST SERVICE IN NYC. The meanest bartender I have ever had in 10yrs in NYC. I like their garden and have been repeatedly. The last time I went, the skinny little bartender with the beret was not just rude, she was horribly mean. She yelled at the men next to me when they raised their hands to get her attention and told them not to tell her how to do her job. When I asked for my bill a second time (15 mins after I asked the 1st time) she screamed at me and said that everyone was yelling at her. Honey pie- we all have bad days at work. And clearly you think yours is the hardest. However, in our society most people aren't crazy enough to take it out on all of the customers. As long as they have a psychotic bartender with a nasty temper, I will not go back.

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There seems to be a theme on this page that the bartenders at DBA score consistently low marks. It's NYC, so I don't have a problem with rude, but I do have a problem with someone being inattentive and at the end of the day simply not doing their job. I'd read the review of the bar mainly to get the location and had planned to ignore the other negative reviews once getting to the bar. I remained invisible to the bartenders for at least 15 minutes which is hard to achieve for someone who's 6'4". They passed the time by serving themselves drinks and avoiding eye contact as they walked from one end of the bar to the other while I stood clearly in the center, next to the taps, where drinks come from. It was as though the bar was being run by bitter ex-girlfriends. A paragraph already and I haven't once mentioned the drinks they serve. From what I saw they have a great selection of beers, but that means f-all if I can't buy any of them.

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★★☆☆☆

There seems to be a theme on this page that the bartenders at DBA score consistently low marks. It's NYC, so I don't have a problem with rude, but I do have a problem with someone being inattentive and at the end of the day simply not doing their job. I'd read the review of the bar mainly to get the location and had planned to ignore the other negative reviews once getting to the bar. I remained invisible to the bartenders for at least 15 minutes which is hard to achieve for someone who's 6'4". They passed the time by serving themselves drinks and avoiding eye contact as they walked from one end of the bar to the other while I stood clearly in the center, next to the taps, where drinks come from. It was as though the bar was being run by bitter ex-girlfriends. A paragraph already and I haven't once mentioned the drinks they serve. From what I saw they have a great selection of beers, but that means f-all if I can't buy any of them.

Pros: Good beer selection

Cons: Indifferent service

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Yes, I must say, I agree with the reviewers about rude bartenders. I like the ambience of this place, but there's a deep contradiction between the friendly, low key, decor and the attitude of some of the bartenders. Who needs to be hassled when you are paying 6 dollars plus for a beer. I don't know if it starts with hthe bartenders or the management or what, but here's something seriously wrong with this bar somewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

Yes, I must say, I agree with the reviewers about rude bartenders. I like the ambience of this place, but there's a deep contradiction between the friendly, low key, decor and the attitude of some of the bartenders. Who needs to be hassled when you are paying 6 dollars plus for a beer. I don't know if it starts with hthe bartenders or the management or what, but here's something seriously wrong with this bar somewhere.

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I have going to d.b.a. for many years now. I concur with the reviewer below that their service has completely gone down hill, for a long time now. The bartenders all seem to feel like that have to show the customers that they're "oh so cool." They give you attitude from the moment you walk in the door. They ignore you when you come in and you wait ten minutes for them to even acknowledge you presence. This is true even though they are not serving anyone else. They wil stand and chat to the person right next to you, while ignoring you, or just walk around, but not take your order or even look at you and say they're going to help you in a minute. Even if the bar is empty, they'll come up with a way not to take your order, for ten minutes (literally, this is not an exaggeration).

The last time I was there (which is the last time I'll ever go there) the friend I was with tried to say something to the doorman, just to pass on to the management or whatever. He didn't care at all. Gave us more attitude. And then a couple customers came up behind us and instead of asking politely to get by, they just immediately started being rude: "come on, no conversation, out of the way." Um, what's wrong with just asking if you can get by?

Anyway, so apparently rudeness is a quality consistent from bartenders, to the doorman, to the customers. There's no reason to go here. There are plenty of nice places in the neighborhood.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have going to d.b.a. for many years now. I concur with the reviewer below that their service has completely gone down hill, for a long time now. The bartenders all seem to feel like that have to show the customers that they're "oh so cool." They give you attitude from the moment you walk in the door. They ignore you when you come in and you wait ten minutes for them to even acknowledge you presence. This is true even though they are not serving anyone else. They wil stand and chat to the person right next to you, while ignoring you, or just walk around, but not take your order or even look at you and say they're going to help you in a minute. Even if the bar is empty, they'll come up with a way not to take your order, for ten minutes (literally, this is not an exaggeration).

The last time I was there (which is the last time I'll ever go there) the friend I was with tried to say something to the doorman, just to pass on to the management or whatever. He didn't care at all. Gave us more attitude. And then a couple customers came up behind us and instead of asking politely to get by, they just immediately started being rude: "come on, no conversation, out of the way." Um, what's wrong with just asking if you can get by?

Anyway, so apparently rudeness is a quality consistent from bartenders, to the doorman, to the customers. There's no reason to go here. There are plenty of nice places in the neighborhood.

Pros: Extensive beer and liquor selection (but often don't have things listed on the board)

Cons: The rudest bartenders in the city, horrible service. Also very loud atmosphere.

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Ok, I have really tried to give this place a chance. I mean, it's a cool bar with an outdoor patio and one of the most impressive selections of beer from all around the world......but honestly, anyone who has been here once or twice will agree that the staff is among the worst in the city. I suppose I believe my opinion should especially count because I myself am a bartender and have lived in the city (and dealt with the restaurant industry here) for many years. I can't figure out if they are just incapable or completely unconcerned with making money because every time I've been there it's the same story, you will wait an average of 5 to 10 minutes before any of them so much as acknowledge your presence-even when it's not busy-- at all. Then, if you order a bottle of beer advertised on the chalkboard and they'll try to give you whatever other beer will not require a trip to the basement to find. They never smile or act the least bit interested in any customers that are not part of their rock-n-roll too-cool-for-school clique. In addition, go in on any Friday or Saturday night and you'll see the bartenders disappear for 10 minutes and reappear bouncing off the walls and dancing to no music at all. Draw your own conclusions though it seems so obvious it's embarassing. Where is the owner of this place and why don't they care about their bar?? Their staff have ruined d.b.a.'s reputation and I am sad that the owner could care less. In short, only go to this place if you are genuinely into masochist mistreatment from pretentious staff. Sorry to be so harsh but really my words are deserved. Go there and you will agree. Actually, spare your self-dignity to Spuyten-Duyvil instead.

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★★☆☆☆

Ok, I have really tried to give this place a chance. I mean, it's a cool bar with an outdoor patio and one of the most impressive selections of beer from all around the world......but honestly, anyone who has been here once or twice will agree that the staff is among the worst in the city. I suppose I believe my opinion should especially count because I myself am a bartender and have lived in the city (and dealt with the restaurant industry here) for many years. I can't figure out if they are just incapable or completely unconcerned with making money because every time I've been there it's the same story, you will wait an average of 5 to 10 minutes before any of them so much as acknowledge your presence-even when it's not busy-- at all. Then, if you order a bottle of beer advertised on the chalkboard and they'll try to give you whatever other beer will not require a trip to the basement to find. They never smile or act the least bit interested in any customers that are not part of their rock-n-roll too-cool-for-school clique. In addition, go in on any Friday or Saturday night and you'll see the bartenders disappear for 10 minutes and reappear bouncing off the walls and dancing to no music at all. Draw your own conclusions though it seems so obvious it's embarassing. Where is the owner of this place and why don't they care about their bar?? Their staff have ruined d.b.a.'s reputation and I am sad that the owner could care less. In short, only go to this place if you are genuinely into masochist mistreatment from pretentious staff. Sorry to be so harsh but really my words are deserved. Go there and you will agree. Actually, spare your self-dignity to Spuyten-Duyvil instead.

Pros: beer selection if the staff feels like searching for the bottle or changing the keg.

Cons: service- pretentious, apathetic, incapable service.

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It'll take you 15 minutes to pull the bartender's attention away from his friends, and another 5 to get served. If you go there with a group of friends, and don't mind waiting, they have a great selection of beer and scotch. It's always crowded so make it an early destination on one of your east village bar-crawls. That way you can order your drink and by the time your friends arrive, so will your beverage. Okay, I'm being a bit harsh. (Just a little) But just know what to expect when you go there. If you're prepared, it can be a great time.

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★★★☆☆

It'll take you 15 minutes to pull the bartender's attention away from his friends, and another 5 to get served. If you go there with a group of friends, and don't mind waiting, they have a great selection of beer and scotch. It's always crowded so make it an early destination on one of your east village bar-crawls. That way you can order your drink and by the time your friends arrive, so will your beverage. Okay, I'm being a bit harsh. (Just a little) But just know what to expect when you go there. If you're prepared, it can be a great time.

Pros: beer, well made drinks, spacious

Cons: sometimes rude staff

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While the drink selection looked promising enough, I couldn't justify spending any money here b/c the staff was so rude from the moment we walked in, starting with the miserable, moody bouncer who set the tone for the rest of the limited time we ended up spending here. If you've resigned yourself to working in a crowded, loud space, don't take it out on the patrons.

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★☆☆☆☆

While the drink selection looked promising enough, I couldn't justify spending any money here b/c the staff was so rude from the moment we walked in, starting with the miserable, moody bouncer who set the tone for the rest of the limited time we ended up spending here. If you've resigned yourself to working in a crowded, loud space, don't take it out on the patrons.

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Really bad service....
The bartenders care more about talking to there friends than working!!!
Great beer choices - if you can ever get one!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Really bad service....
The bartenders care more about talking to there friends than working!!!
Great beer choices - if you can ever get one!!

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the place is really cool, diverse crowd hanging out, tons of beer, although very few on tap, u can get a bottle of pretty much anything belgium or german. the patio was kick asss. i sat out there and smoked a couple of cigs. aparently the service is bad- they did seem like a bunch of grumpy moody bitchy unfriendly ladies but they got me my beer when i asked for it, but again the place was not very busy at 2pm on a sunday, but by 3pm the garden was filling up, it was 65F outside and sunny. the garden is truly a little quiet oasis in the city. i'm coming back for sure.

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★★★★☆

the place is really cool, diverse crowd hanging out, tons of beer, although very few on tap, u can get a bottle of pretty much anything belgium or german. the patio was kick asss. i sat out there and smoked a couple of cigs. aparently the service is bad- they did seem like a bunch of grumpy moody bitchy unfriendly ladies but they got me my beer when i asked for it, but again the place was not very busy at 2pm on a sunday, but by 3pm the garden was filling up, it was 65F outside and sunny. the garden is truly a little quiet oasis in the city. i'm coming back for sure.

Pros: sunday 2pm- $5 pints

Cons: unhappy bartender chicks

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I took a first date here and we had a great time over our pints. However, the time spent at the bar to get the bartender's attention could have been spent out in the garden with my date. Sit at the bar for faster service and a friendlier disposition.

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★★★☆☆

I took a first date here and we had a great time over our pints. However, the time spent at the bar to get the bartender's attention could have been spent out in the garden with my date. Sit at the bar for faster service and a friendlier disposition.

Pros: great beer selection

Cons: slow, miserable service

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Great to go back every week to try new beers. They always have the best selections and of course the best of the usual... They dont serve any food, but you can bring in your own food, or order it from behind the counter, just ask your waiter/waitress.
It's one of our favorite spots to hang out. But avoid Thursday nights and the busier times as the service can get pretty slow.

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★★★★☆

Great to go back every week to try new beers. They always have the best selections and of course the best of the usual... They dont serve any food, but you can bring in your own food, or order it from behind the counter, just ask your waiter/waitress.
It's one of our favorite spots to hang out. But avoid Thursday nights and the busier times as the service can get pretty slow.

Pros: Beer selection the atmosphere

Cons: Service during busier times

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Lets get it straight d.b.a. is not a dive bar by any means. It's a great East Village bar with hundreds of different drinks from beer to whiskey to single malts, to vodka's etc. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the lighting is brown/amber, great on the eyes when drinking. ?- On the other hand, the bar staff, on too many occasions, expressed disinterest in us, the customer(s), as if we were inconveniencing them. While they appear to be "cool east villagers" their tantrums made them out to be pretentious Upper East Side trust-funders. -- Other than the staff, the place is a great place for good beer (changes weekly) and other great drinks as well. -- They do not server any food, but have a take-away menu binder behind the bar, restaurants will deliver.

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★★★★★

Lets get it straight d.b.a. is not a dive bar by any means. It's a great East Village bar with hundreds of different drinks from beer to whiskey to single malts, to vodka's etc. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the lighting is brown/amber, great on the eyes when drinking. ?- On the other hand, the bar staff, on too many occasions, expressed disinterest in us, the customer(s), as if we were inconveniencing them. While they appear to be "cool east villagers" their tantrums made them out to be pretentious Upper East Side trust-funders. -- Other than the staff, the place is a great place for good beer (changes weekly) and other great drinks as well. -- They do not server any food, but have a take-away menu binder behind the bar, restaurants will deliver.

Pros: Great meeting place, good for parties, great beer and booze selection, good neighborhood

Cons: bartenders

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Although the beer selection is awesome and relatively reasonably prices for the city, the quality of the service can suffer during the busier hours. The bartenders are pretty knowledgable though and don't mind if you ask for samples.

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★★★☆☆

Although the beer selection is awesome and relatively reasonably prices for the city, the quality of the service can suffer during the busier hours. The bartenders are pretty knowledgable though and don't mind if you ask for samples.

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Love all the new and unique beers available. Prices, although increased lately, are still great for what you are getting - just avoid the overpriced Corona's & Amstels which help keep the good stuff inexpensive. Great vibe on Sundays - Fri/Sat nights can get a little crazy. Bartenders are generally very knowledgable when not overwhelmed by the crowds and will let you try any of the drafts first before buying.

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★★★★★

Love all the new and unique beers available. Prices, although increased lately, are still great for what you are getting - just avoid the overpriced Corona's & Amstels which help keep the good stuff inexpensive. Great vibe on Sundays - Fri/Sat nights can get a little crazy. Bartenders are generally very knowledgable when not overwhelmed by the crowds and will let you try any of the drafts first before buying.

Pros: Rotating new beers, BYOF(food), Daily Happy Hour

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they have an amazing menu and do it so right here they even have a backyard garden when the weather is nice. i used to live right near here--this place has a super cool vibe....can't wait to go back

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★★★★★

they have an amazing menu and do it so right here they even have a backyard garden when the weather is nice. i used to live right near here--this place has a super cool vibe....can't wait to go back

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You'll wait while they talk. You'll wait while they do very little. It's almost laughable that they ever secured jobs. Seriously, go elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

You'll wait while they talk. You'll wait while they do very little. It's almost laughable that they ever secured jobs. Seriously, go elsewhere.

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I went to d.b.a. on a rainy Sunday for a beer or two with a friend and the place was empty. No wait, no problems with service and a huge beer selection made it one of my favorite bars from the first time I went.

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★★★★★

I went to d.b.a. on a rainy Sunday for a beer or two with a friend and the place was empty. No wait, no problems with service and a huge beer selection made it one of my favorite bars from the first time I went.

Pros: Beer Selection, Alcohol Selection

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This place is not only a dump but the service is horrible. Bartenders are extremely rude and feel entitled to a tip. Tips are earned not given and they don't seem to understand that.

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★★☆☆☆

This place is not only a dump but the service is horrible. Bartenders are extremely rude and feel entitled to a tip. Tips are earned not given and they don't seem to understand that.

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The choice of beers is excellent and the bar tenders are knowledable. The bar isn't overpriced either. However, the service is slow; some of them are downright rude. If you are sitting in the outdoor garden, which is a nice backyard, expect to wait for your drink.

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★★★☆☆

The choice of beers is excellent and the bar tenders are knowledable. The bar isn't overpriced either. However, the service is slow; some of them are downright rude. If you are sitting in the outdoor garden, which is a nice backyard, expect to wait for your drink.

Pros: Beer selction

Cons: Slow service, Large crowds, Rude service

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I agree with many of the people who have written in to say that this bar has turned awful. I used to come here regularly, and liked it. Recently, however, I had a really bad experience. The staff was not only inattentive but just plain rude - the bouncer at the door especially so - shining his flashlight in faces and being, well, just plain rude. No need to go here - there's about a million other great divey beer bars in the east village and this one is not only nothing special, but likely to leave you feeling like you've paid money for rude service and mediocre atmosphere.

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★☆☆☆☆

I agree with many of the people who have written in to say that this bar has turned awful. I used to come here regularly, and liked it. Recently, however, I had a really bad experience. The staff was not only inattentive but just plain rude - the bouncer at the door especially so - shining his flashlight in faces and being, well, just plain rude. No need to go here - there's about a million other great divey beer bars in the east village and this one is not only nothing special, but likely to leave you feeling like you've paid money for rude service and mediocre atmosphere.

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Despite a mostly indifferent & cliquish staff, DBA is an excellent place to go with friends to enjoy spectacular beer, scotch and conversation. The cat and patio add to the outwardly divy, but welcoming atmosphere. The jukebox is very good as are the monthly whiskey tastings. The clienele tends to be quite friendly despite the trendy location and high drink prices. It can get very crowded at times making even standing room a prized commodety. To be fair, when business is slow you can have a friendly conversation with the staff and some generous pours, but don't count on it. Overall, this IS one of my favorite bars in Manhattan, so consider the source. I give the joint 4(biased) stars out of 5.

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★★★★☆

Despite a mostly indifferent & cliquish staff, DBA is an excellent place to go with friends to enjoy spectacular beer, scotch and conversation. The cat and patio add to the outwardly divy, but welcoming atmosphere. The jukebox is very good as are the monthly whiskey tastings. The clienele tends to be quite friendly despite the trendy location and high drink prices. It can get very crowded at times making even standing room a prized commodety. To be fair, when business is slow you can have a friendly conversation with the staff and some generous pours, but don't count on it. Overall, this IS one of my favorite bars in Manhattan, so consider the source. I give the joint 4(biased) stars out of 5.

Pros: Selection, clientele, location

Cons: , no buy-backs, inattentive staff

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I've been coming to dba for about three years. I've always loved this bar and will continue to love this bar. I like places that are a little bit divey, so this fits the bill. Management: Look, I'm sure your bartenders are nice people, but there are times when I'll stand there at the bar waiting for a beer and they're chit chatting, BSing, moving *very*slowly and basically ignoring patrons. Not just me. And it happens all the time. When this stops, income will increase, they'll get better tips, and everyone will be happier. Oh, and a buy back now and again wouldn't hurt either--this is, essentially, a pub after all.

2
★★★★☆

I've been coming to dba for about three years. I've always loved this bar and will continue to love this bar. I like places that are a little bit divey, so this fits the bill. Management: Look, I'm sure your bartenders are nice people, but there are times when I'll stand there at the bar waiting for a beer and they're chit chatting, BSing, moving *very*slowly and basically ignoring patrons. Not just me. And it happens all the time. When this stops, income will increase, they'll get better tips, and everyone will be happier. Oh, and a buy back now and again wouldn't hurt either--this is, essentially, a pub after all.

Pros: Great beer, Nice atmosphere, Smoking on patio

Cons: Indifferent service

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The bar staff in this place is pretty stupid and slow but the beers are fairly unusual. Overall, it's sort of a dump but good for a dirty night out on a whim.
Dont wear nice clothes b/c they'll probab;y et ruined by either the chairs or some "Real World" hopeful spilling 'some weird beer' on your trousers.

1
★★★☆☆

The bar staff in this place is pretty stupid and slow but the beers are fairly unusual. Overall, it's sort of a dump but good for a dirty night out on a whim.
Dont wear nice clothes b/c they'll probab;y et ruined by either the chairs or some "Real World" hopeful spilling 'some weird beer' on your trousers.

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I have been going to dba off and on for the last 8 years and it seems to have definitely taken a turn for the worst. I tend to agree with others who have given poor ratings recently to what was once a really good drinking and socializing bar. The staff is just downright slow, rude, and uninspired. Never heard of the word "buyback". Beer selection is tired......gotta rotate those taps now and again. As prices went up.......service and selection has gone. They've lost me as a patron.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have been going to dba off and on for the last 8 years and it seems to have definitely taken a turn for the worst. I tend to agree with others who have given poor ratings recently to what was once a really good drinking and socializing bar. The staff is just downright slow, rude, and uninspired. Never heard of the word "buyback". Beer selection is tired......gotta rotate those taps now and again. As prices went up.......service and selection has gone. They've lost me as a patron.

Pros: hard to find beers

Cons: poor service, poor value, unfriendly staff

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They have cask ale! They're friendly! They have a great jukebox!

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★★★★★

They have cask ale! They're friendly! They have a great jukebox!

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Best selection of beers, single malts and whiskeys in the city

2
★★★★☆

Best selection of beers, single malts and whiskeys in the city

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Great Selection of wierd and unknown beers and liquers. Go for the drinks and stay for the outdoor patio

2
★★★★☆

Great Selection of wierd and unknown beers and liquers. Go for the drinks and stay for the outdoor patio

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I was in love dba a few years back. Even before the garden. The garden was a lovely addition, but I believe it was also the beginning of the fall. The crowd sucks, the tap selection is no where near as good as it once was, and the wiatresses and bartenders are just mean and horrible, with the exception of the lovely Renée. I'm glad to see the owners making money, it's just too bad what was once the greatest bar in NYC had to die in the process.

1
★★☆☆☆

I was in love dba a few years back. Even before the garden. The garden was a lovely addition, but I believe it was also the beginning of the fall. The crowd sucks, the tap selection is no where near as good as it once was, and the wiatresses and bartenders are just mean and horrible, with the exception of the lovely Renée. I'm glad to see the owners making money, it's just too bad what was once the greatest bar in NYC had to die in the process.

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Huge selection of beers and i haven't even gotten to the bourbons and whiskys. Great location and I love coming here early in the week or on Sat/Sun afternoons to sit in the garden. That's when it's not overly crowded. I avoid Fri/Sat nights, because it gets packed and the garden must close at 10pm. Service has always been fine with me. No food though.

2
★★★★★

Huge selection of beers and i haven't even gotten to the bourbons and whiskys. Great location and I love coming here early in the week or on Sat/Sun afternoons to sit in the garden. That's when it's not overly crowded. I avoid Fri/Sat nights, because it gets packed and the garden must close at 10pm. Service has always been fine with me. No food though.

Pros: Outdoor garden, drink selection, fun crowd

Cons: garden closes at 10pm

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why do bartenders think a snotty stand offish attitude and bad service is somehow "cool?" I tried to like this place but the service is awful and the bartender was outright rude. I made a joke about the old timey pull taps and got a rude and uncalled for snotty come backer. I left no tip and I won't be back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

why do bartenders think a snotty stand offish attitude and bad service is somehow "cool?" I tried to like this place but the service is awful and the bartender was outright rude. I made a joke about the old timey pull taps and got a rude and uncalled for snotty come backer. I left no tip and I won't be back.

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huge beer selection -- fun place to go on a first or second date to 'test out' your new mate's ability to chill with different people in an interesting space.

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★★★★★

huge beer selection -- fun place to go on a first or second date to 'test out' your new mate's ability to chill with different people in an interesting space.

Pros: beer, staff, uniqueness

Cons: quiet, no-standing

 

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