Rattle N Hum
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 141
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon
Pretty quiet inside for a weekend, not crowded at all, jukebox was playing mostly rock from the 70's. As they advertise on their menu, "only good stuff, no crap". They even have a chalkboard when you 1st walk in....if you drink ___ then try this ___ to try to get people to try different things then they would normally drink. Pretty diverse selection, almost every style and region is represented. There are 6 cask lines, (4 of which where Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40, 30, 16, 12 year) which is a plus, also a gravity cask (Weyerbacher Double Simcoe). The bartenders are friendly and pretty quick, not the most knowledgeable. Right down the street from the Ginger Man if you are doing a bar crawl, and only a few blocks away from Penn Station and the (B, D, F, V, N, R, Q, W) and the Empire State Building. The Rattle n Hum is def. a staple on the NYC beer bar list now. The food was so-so, had boneless buffalo wings that were overcooked (sent back and same result) and not spicy at all, nachos were so-so also. Prices are reasonable for the area, $6-7 for a beer and $1 off pints during happy hour during the week
02-08-2009 19:28:17 | More by bonbini26
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to the Rattle 'N' Hum a few times and enjoyed it every time. The first was for a cask festival, the morning after the premier night. The bar looked huge as we were the only ones in there at 1 pm. The second time was after work for a bite to eat and a few drinks. At 4:30 the bar was fairly hopping and then around 5:30 it was densely packed with the happy hour crowd. Not my ideal, but that is how it goes. Just thankful for the extra space the bar had to pack in everyone else.
As mentioned above, for a New York beer bar, this place is considerably spacious with a few seats by the entrance, an extensive bar with seating, seating along the side wall parallel to the bar and a larger seating area in the back. Clever quotes and beer suggestions cover the walls and make a beer advocate feel at home.
The service is good. Bar tenders don't rush back make sure you feel like you're not totally forgotten in the din of orders coming from the pack behind you.
The selection. Awesome. They have 40 taps and there wasn't a bad beer on the list. Southern Tier Chocolate, Unearthly, Rogue Double Dead Guy, South Hampton Double White come to mind. Something for everyone. They had a few bottles on display including Black Ops, Founders Breakfast and Nugget Nectar. I stuck to tap.
The food is good. Calamari is delicious, and the turkey club with fries was a solid, hearty sandwich.
Prices are reasonable. Happy hour gives a $1 off all drafts. I got a 13 oz. pour of Double Dead Guy for $6. Not bad at all.
Overall, a really great bar. The location isn't my favorite (mid-town) but, for a midtown bar, this place is a beer safe haven, in the midst of the shitty faux Irish pubs that line this part of town.
02-07-2009 16:22:03 | More by astrasday
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
'No Crap On Tap' is the slogan of Manhattan's Rattle 'N' Hum bar. I think that says enough.
Located on East 33rd right between 5th Ave and Madison, the bar is situated in an excellent location. Right downtown, it is a mere five minute walk from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden and makes a convenient springboard point for any planned sightseeing. Another big convenience is that it is open from 10am until 2am or even later.
I stopped in on a Sunday afternoon and discovered on weekends they offer an all-day brunch menu. Since I had missed lunch I opted to go with a more hearty choice. The menu offers typical pub fare and the food was good but nothing better than expected. It's worth noting that they also offer lunch and prix-fixe dinner specials every day.
The atmosphere is also sort of just typical of a sports bar, although I suppose the fact that I dropped in during the NFL playoffs helped further along that impression. Regardless, there is no shortage of TV's. The walls are actually fairly bare and I didn't sense much of an ambiance. Luckily, the menu was more than long enough to keep me preoccupied.
40 taps, 20 or so bottles, and 2 casks ensure an outstanding selection. Rattle 'N' Hum offers only micro (no macro!) choices from a wide range of American breweries. Although there is some West Coast and other US representation, the strong majority of the offerings are from the East Coast. This includes a lot of the amazing local NY breweries that scarcely distribute outside the city (Chelsea, Capt Lawrence, Sixpoint, etc).
Something I found rather interesting was that along with the name of the beer, its brewery, home of origin, alcohol percentage and style, the menu also included it's Beer Advocate rating. Of the forty or so offerings only one was listed as a B rating and the rest were all B+ to A+ rated. That is a highly rated menu - 'No Crap on Tap' is right!
The general price of $7/pint is considerably reasonable for Manhattan and considering the quality of the beer. They also offer a great deal on a flight of 8 ounces of any 4 beers for $16. The staff was also quite attentive and very friendly. Conversation with the waitress made my afternoon there just a little more memorable. I enjoyed my visit.
Another big plus is that the owners keep their website updated. This means finding out what's on tap ahead of time is possible. Or, if you don't happen to live in NYC, it means you're capable of teasing yourself by staying up-to-date with all the great beer they offer.
Judging by the number of posters on the walls it would appear that the bar hosts a great number of tastings and events. I think that speaks to a committed and enthusiastic group of staff and owners. If you ever find yourself in Manhattan in the mood to drink good beer then Rattle 'N' Hum is a great place to drop in on.
02-03-2009 20:10:25 | More by biegaman
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
A nice addition to the NYC bar scene and one in which i figured I would review once they got the kinks out. First off, it is in a good location geographically as it is close to many attractions and neighbourhoods. Easily accessed off of the 6 Line, RnH is near Grand Central and the Empire State Building. What I really like it for is as a place for good beer before a Rangers game
The bar itself has some tables up front, followe dby a narrow bar and a bigger seating area in the back. Some interesting murals adorn the wall and there are some TVs behind the bar. It is usually has a good crowd, especially after work but this tends to thin out after that. A good mix of people as one would expect out of a bar in this locale. Definitely beats out the wall to wall suits at the Gingerman but it too can get a bit crowded.
On to the important stuff for a beer bar, the beer. There are 30 something taps filled with a good mix of locals(Bklyn, Blue point, Sixpoint, Capt Lawrence), west coast(Bear Rep, Rogue, Stone, Green Flash) and interesting imports. The owner seems to be going out of the way for interesting selections. A good mix of quality old standby micros and one offs and new releases. Aside from the occasional cask festivals, they have two gravity casks generally on at all times. A Sixpoint offering has been one of them most of the times I have visited. There seems to be good turnover on the kegs and the lines appear to be clean.
The printed menu is up to date which is nice so you don't have to squint up at the chalkboard. Good descriptions and BA ratings are nice additions as well.
Foodwise, I admit I havent had much but it is decent Irish food mixed with the typical pub grub. They have black pudding which makes me happy. The proximity to Curry hill, and Korea town usually means I end up eating after the bar.
Service has been good, the bartenders are friendly. I haven't had much chance to chat em up about beer but they get you beer quickly. The beers themselves are a little bit pricey but it is Manhattan. Still $7 beers can add up quickly.
All in all, a good place to grab a beer and one that is recommended, especially over what else is in the Midtown area.
01-28-2009 15:48:40 | More by sleazo
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Stopped in after a business meeting since it was around the corner. The place is long and narrow and is quite dark. First thing I see is a wall that states "If You Like This <list of macros>" then Try This <list of micros in the style>". Very cool. The bar seats about 15 or so and there is a countered wall behind it with about 10 shorter stools. There are a few hi-tops in the front and a few tables in the rear.
I was greeted warmly and handed a beer menu without asking for it. The list is well ordered by style with a BA grade, alcohol percentage, and price. The nice selection of taps is easily visible at the bar if you want to select your beverage that way. There were 40 beers on tap with 2 casks sitting on the end of bar. The casks beers were Troegs Hopback Amber and Smutty IPA. Too many other beers to mention, but since there was a Southern Tier tasting party the night before 10 of the ST beers were on tap including Chokolat, Krampus, and Creme Brulee. Some other beers from Sixpoint, Ommengang, DFH, Green Flash, Troegs, Stone, Victory, and Brooklyn were on too.
The bartender was quick and responsive. The food which I have had on two seperate visits is pretty bad and expensive for pub grub as even some basic chicken fingers were overcooked and the personal pizza is awful.
But come here for the great beer selection. They have a weekday happy hour with $1 off drafts from 11am - 7pm and 11pm - 1am. Drafts are from $7-8 dollars and four 8oz tastings are $16.
01-22-2009 13:04:06 | More by Gavage
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Got to this place on a Saturday for lunch at around 1 pm it was empty. Expected since its in Midtown and it was Sat. The place looks great inside, very cozy a lot of wood everywhere ad the bar is pretty long. The beer selection is very nice tried three different beers all on tap and had sip of a Bear Republic Cask that they had. I tried the Bear Republic ESB, the Lagunitas Censored American Amber/Red Lager an the Allagash White Witbier and all were very good well chilled and nicely maintained. My GF tried the He'Brew Jewbealtion and a Belhaven Scotish Ale. The food was ok i guess my Turkey Club was a little small and the bread was kind of soggy but the fires were delicious. Overall i would love to come here again for bar (finger food) ad obviously the beer.
01-10-2009 21:49:38 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in late afternoon Sunday and sat at the bar. The woman tending bar was the owner's wife. She was very friendly and knew the beer. It wasn't too busy at first, so we chatted with her about craft beer, BA..etc.
The selection was great...lots of really good west coast beers on tap....40, I think ?...also, a good selection of local brews and a few Belgians.The printed tap list had BA ratings on it...all A's and B's. We had Green Flash Red, Racer 5 and Tripel Karmeliet. They did have a cask on. Tough choices !
I ordered the mini pizza , which was pretty good; my girlfriend had the curry chips and they were fantastic..I will order them next time.
The place is spotlessly clean; really nice atmosphere; good vibe. A quote from Alex Hall on one of the chalkboards welcoming patrons to the world of craft beer.
We will definitely return next time we're in NYC.
12-29-2008 20:37:00 | More by Hautacam
4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Since RNH is relatively close to my office, I decided to treat some of my employees to a night of good beer last night. I must say that we had a great time. Spacious, clean bar with great atmosphere and a warm feel.
Draft list was outstanding with many remnants of the previous night's Avery tasting. I had the Avery 15th Anniv, Czar and Maharaja. ALso tried the Brooklyn Savoir Faire and some others. Complimentary shots of Patron and other mixers were given to us. Wait staff was very friendly, attentive and eager to both give recommendations when needed and learn from/humor an annoying, slightly buzzed beer geek.
This will be my new after work spot. Kudos to RNH!
12-11-2008 17:16:59 | More by blgianbeer
4.14/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in at Rattle 'N' Hum over the Thanksgiving day weekend and was surprised to find it pretty empty. (snobbishly)... I guess some people are just too busy to go out and have a beer!!! Kidding. Anyway, I was greeted by a pleasant lass from the north of Ireland named Marianne, and given a beer and lunch menu to peruse.
The place has a very comfortable feel to it with a wood plank floor, brown and black walls, and a copper colored air duct. The bar is long and it has nice stools, and above it hang what look like electric-light "Edison" bulbs but actually have several LEDs inside. Beyond the bar area is a smallish dining area with church pews and high top tables. Very nice. There's a cartoonish painting of the building of New York on the long wall, and quotes throughout, including some from Alex Hall (interesting). There are also 4 TVs that I noticed, but there may have been more.
It was a bit early for food for me, but the menu looked pretty enticing, and I thought that the prices were reasonable given the area.
The beer selection was fabulous. 30 taps? ...maybe more... it seemed like 50! Mostly local and regional, but with some interesting twists thrown in (Bear Republic for example). No Guinness here, by the way, but some very good craft stouts. I had a Chelsea Gotham Stout ($6.50) followed by a Deviant Triple ($7), neither of which I've ever had the pleasure of tasting before. There are three hand pumps, or is it 4? There was only one available at the time, Sixpoint Righteous Rye which I've had many times before and didn't try. I'm not sure if they're pouring "cask" or regular keg, but with the Alex Hall connection I'd go with the former rather than the later (although I know that most breweries producing "cask" beer these days are not really producing cask beer, but some kind of semi-cask that's got a lower carbonation level and may or may not be filtered and might or might not be dry-hopped).
They promote craft beer here, and on the wall they offer suggestions for substitutions of your favorite brands (ie. Guinness vs the local stouts, or Bass replaced by American amber ales). And I love that idea! To me it seems almost silly, but I do often run into people who are just learning and need a little help, so kudos to Rattle 'N' Hum.
All of that said, I quite enjoyed myself and they've made my list of places to return to - not an easy feat! However, I am also very eager to see what they're like on a busy night.
12-03-2008 22:16:40 | More by NeroFiddled
3.44/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
So two friends and I went to Rattle N Hum Friday night for the cask ale festival. The place was tightly packed with surprisingly loud music. We were lucky enough to get a table, but unlucky that it was near the door and got a gust of cold air every time someone came in. The waitress took orders on a little hand-held device that automatically sent them to the bar. Somewhere in the aether, though, our orders for half-pints were changed to orders for full pints (which were brought to us by a second waitress). Fine, you might say, that's more beer. Well, yeah, but this happened three times in a row, even after we'd pointed it out to the (second, rather surly) waitress, who was up front about intending to charge us for what we hadn't ordered. Eventually a third waitress took responsibility for bringing our drinks, and things went much more smoothly. The bartender, the one time I went up to fetch drinks, was very helpful. And the cask beers themselves were, for the most part, delicious -- I took notes and will be reviewing them soon.
11-25-2008 20:15:30 | More by gory4d
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