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Rattle N Hum
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 141
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
14 E 33rd St
phone: (212) 481-1586
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2008)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
New York is blessed with at least half a dozen great beer bars, and Rattle N Hum is one of them. When this place first opened they had a problem keeping the tap list updated - Southern Tier beers in particular always seemed to be on the menu but never actually on tap. They've fixed this problem for the most part, although with 40+ taps or whatever there is a good chance that one or two of the kegs on the board are actually kicked. This is really my only complaint about the place, and its a small one since if your first choice beer is not available you will always have something else to choose from.
Several other reviewers have noted that the place can get crowded at times, and when this happens service slows down a bit. This is true, but wouldn't it be true of any (successful) bar? The only time service was actually a problem was one Sunday afternoon when about 40 people on a pub crawl came in. One other time there were a bunch of frat boys hanging around, but service didnt suffer. Too bad the management cant remove rap/hip hop from the jukebox but fortunately that crap is only rarely heard.
Anyway, aside from 40+ interesting beers, this place boasts enough seats to actually sit down most of the time, one of those internet jukeboxes with every song ever recorded (hence the rap problem), several big screen TV's (a nice touch, you cant watch the game in most beer bars) and there is often a huge friendly labrador walking around. They used to have a mural of the Empire State Building but that got painted over. I hope they do something else interesting with that wall. Also, they have a brunch on Sundays and I've never gotten it but it looks good.
Anyway, Rattle N' Hum is one of my favorite NYC bars, second only to the Blind Tiger probably because the Tiger was my first. Highly recommended either for serious beer fans or for anyone just looking to have a good time.
06-15-2009 19:30:41 |
More by ComicalAli
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I started off with a Bear Republic Racer X Imperial IPA. While I usually drink DFH 90 I wanted something along the same lines, but different. The Racer X did not disappoint. Very hoppy and flavorful, with a full body, it was a bit heavy but definitely drinkable. After that I went with a Southern Tier PumKing Imperial Pumkin. This was actually the VERY first pouring of this beer for the new season. I reviewed the beer itself as well. Long story short, one of the best beers I have ever had. If you get the chance to drink this then do it. The bartender was very friendly and chatted with me and my wife for a while. She also gave me several samplings. All in all, a great experience.
09-09-2009 05:09:28 |
More by TheDude469
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Rattle is like the perfect blend of Ginger Man and Blind Tiger. It doesn't have the crowdedness and obnoxious college crowd that BT has, and it doesn't have the uppity yuppy microbrew aficionados that Ginger has. It's perfectly set up with several long picnic-like tables, really nice decor, unisex personal bathrooms instead of stalls (always a plus), and it's conveniently located for both car commuters and train commuters. In fact, it's so close to Ginger Man that it makes a great alternative to those crowded nights being relegated to the backroom couches at Ginger. I've been to Rattle on busy nights and slow nights, and it's set up in a way that no matter how many people fill it up, there is usually a place to sit or spread out a bit to get comfortable. Foodwise is delicious; they cook almost everything in beer, and I have yet to have a bad meal there. The hefeweizen turkey sandwich is a personal favorite. The beer selection and presentation is infinitely more efficient than Ginger, and much more organized than BT. The one female bartender I always see there is sweet as can be...incredibly attentive to whenever I'm out of a drink and she doesn't get frustrated when I have trouble deciding. Cask selection is diverse, limited edition brews are plentiful, and the build your own flight is such a refreshing treat compared to a lot of beer bars prescribed flight medleys. All in all, Rattle is a fucking great establishment, from my first visit to my most recent one last week, I have always felt welcome and tended to, and I highly recommend going.
04-15-2010 21:56:36 |
More by fyrespritetryst
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here before making our way over to the Bronx for the Yankee game. Was pleasantly surprised how close it was to Penn Station. I had read about this place on BA and looked up the tap list before as well so I was expecting a pretty solid craft beer bar. Rattle & Hum exceeded even lofty expectations.
First and foremost, the tap list was excellent. Ordered a Cigar City Jai Alai for my first drink which I've been wanting to try for awhile. Also, was very happy with the flight that I ordered. No limitations on what could be included in the flight and was able to get Devil Dancer and Union Jack which I havn't seen on tap before. I thought $10 for a 4 pour fight in the city was very reasonable and the waitress was very helpful and understanding with our table who ordered probably about 6 or so flights.
It wasn't busy when we got there but it was around 4 on a Wednesday so it was expected. The atmosphere is great, loved all the artwork covering the walls, and can definitely see this place filling up. Food was also very good. I had the Fish & Chips which were very traditional (with the exception of IPA fries!) and well prepared. Everyone I was with enjoyed their food as well. Overall, a great experience and I look forward to having a reason to go back here.
08-25-2011 13:35:04 |
More by DSlim71
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Saturday night after not being able to stay at the Blind Tiger because it was so crowded. Light crowd here, so it was a relief. 40 quality beers on tap along with one on cask. Cask was Blue Point Winter Ale which I had. Also had a Stone Double Bastard & a Ommegang Hennepin. Drafts range from $6-$9, with most in the 6-7 range, which I guess is reasonable for Mid town. Had some Hummas, which was different, didn't seem to have as much of a bean taste like it should. Owned by a young husband/wife team who hail from Ireland. Spoke with them both & they both were very friendly & went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The beer menu says they have 50 taps, which they will at some future date. This place has been only open 6 weeks and they only stock craft beer. They don't waste any of their taps on big brewery beer here, no Guiness or Stella to be had. On their wall & beer menu they have a beer cross reference, which says things like, if you like Blue Moon, we don't have it here, so try Troegs Dreamweaver, Chimay tripel or Ommegang Henepin. Good mix of beer, with most from the East coast, though they do have some good stuff from the West coast as well as a few Belgians mixed in. All of their beers on the menu have their respective BeerAdvocate rating. Lots of A's, lowest being a B, so it's quality stuff.
Overall a great little place with a quality selection. Only ding was the food, not crazy about their Hummas, but didn't try anything else.
11-17-2008 03:22:16 |
More by FLBeerGuy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
First, I must say that I don't review very often. Recently though, my husband and I have come here often and I thought I should voice my thoughts.
Atmosphere is a nice, fun, young vibe. It can get a little fratty during Husky games, but overall they're harmless.
I'm the beer drinker in the family, but my husband always feels comfortable in this place! The last few times I received my service from a server (Aneeta?) and she was very knowledgeable, patient and had good on-spot recommendations!
Prices are reasonable, especially for being located in midtown.
The only concern I have is over the food. It seems repetitive and I wish they'd change it up a bit.
Overall, I love my experiences here!
12-29-2009 00:25:59 |
More by BarbieMitchelson
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
So my flight into New York was impressively late, but my wife managed to outdo me with her cancelled flight from the Minneapolis conference. I have time to kill and I'm at a bar near the hotel. My wife really shouldn't let me choose the hotel - its a mere 5 minutes from Rattle n Hum and a couple more from The Ginger Man.
Its a Friday night and I'm at the bar. No doubt the evening's storms have kept a lot of punters away, but its still pretty busy, and I've grabbed one of the few free seats in the house. I'm confronted with a wall of taps - 40 in all, and I have to note all of extremely high quality. Its East versus West IPA Fest with all the fantastic connotations that provides. Prices are New York style, but not too extravagant, and a deal is to be found in the $4 for any 10oz IPA option. I start with a Victory Hop Devil, and note that its exceedingly fresh. All the follow-up beers are in the same exceptional condition. The bottle menu has some great choices, but with such a high-quality tap list I deem it unnecessary. At the back of the room is a small cask bar, with a constantly rotating set of real ales. The Otter Creek Imperial IPA I had was certainly well kept, if not the wisest selection of serving format for the beer by the brewery.
Meals were voluminous. There's no getting away from the size, and its far too much for this Canadian. Standard pub food it may be, but like everything in this bar the quality is sky-high. Likewise the service, which is friendly, prompt and helpful, without being intrusive. But my cell is ringing, and my wife is minutes away from Grand Central. I have to go, but as I leave and find myself thinking that maybe flight delays aren't all that bad after all.
08-06-2009 18:23:36 |
More by bobsy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Impressive selection with decent prices. Enjoyed a variety of rare for us finds with my wife during our NYC visit. Ithaca Flower Power, Bengali Tiger IPA, Hoppin Frog Oatmel Stout. Knowledgable staff, food looked delisicous and beer lines seemed clean and so did the bar. cool atmosphere and decorations.
Exceeded my expecations and glad I followed kickbackssteve suggestion to visit RnH during my NYC visit.
We met a couple of nice folks at the bar, had a few good laughs and sipped on some nice rare to find brews for us Florida folks. Enjoyable place for sure, one of my most enjoyed beer bars while in NYC. A must visit for any beer geek while in NYC in my opinion.
12-03-2010 22:20:32 |
More by unclejimbay
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had the pleasure to try this fine establishment after much buzz in my thread in the NYC section.
A big thank you to all those that recommended the place!
Located just a few blocks from Penn station and subway stations very close by. If you are with a female companion, or in my case my wife and mother, dad was with too. Then the shopping district is nearby if you want to linger they can go do their thing.
I walked a few blocks rather then take the train to scope out the area and skip the subway for this one. Walked along the Empire State Building and down the block to reach my destination. As I walked up my eyes scanned the block looking for a sign or something that would help me find the place. I saw an Irish flag blowing in the wind and thought, is that it or is it a coincidence?
Well it was it, but it really isn't an Irish bar, but a good sign that a bar is present. :)
We arrived at 1pm, meeting my parents and kplynch.
A narrow door opens and as I walk in, wood panels galore and a ginormous bar with many many taps await my feasting delight.
At this point I new dinner would be drank and not eaten.
The only employee there was the bartender, the waitress and the secretary. She did a badass job at all these tasks on her own too. She was quick, only brought me the wrong beer once and did a tremendous job.
Beers were brought out quickly. Food as well, which also was very good. I had a few cask pours and the cask offerings were very good. The food was actually better then a couple nicer restaurants we had visited and for a much lower price.
There were only a few tables occupied and 1 or 2 spots at the bar. I can imagine this place gets really hopping at night. But seating at this time was not an issue. There were several tv's in the place to catch the game, or watch Seinfeld re-runs. You see, later that night around 1:00 am my wife and I accidentally walked by the place again. So I said hey, how bout a beer? We went in and there were maybe 4 other people sitting at the bar with the waitress, a new one this time. They were sitting there watching Seinfeld dvd's lol.
The server quickly got up and went behind the bar. I thought it was somwhat romantic of the place to have its late night locals in there chatting it up and watching Seinfeld as the waitress had a seat and watched with them.
All in all a great beer destination that I highly recommend visiting. Prices are great and selection is even better.
09-30-2009 22:44:29 |
More by Buebie
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was in NYC with the family and convinced the girlfriend to stop into a good beer bar. Thanks to BeerFly's "A" rating, I felt confident in my choice to walk 20 blocks down Madison Ave to patronize Rattle 'N' Hum near the corner of Madison and 33rd.
We walked into a very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and the first thing that excited me and had me patting myself on the back was the fact that the bar was currently having a Cask Ale Festival. There were over 20 casks sitting on wooden racks with signs that told the customer of the brewery, name of the beer, style of the beer, ABV, and price. There is nothing that I love more than bars than giving the consumer explicit information concerning price, style, and ABV.
The bartender was very welcoming and made my girlfriend feel welcome-- even though she wasn't interested in having any drinks-- by starting conversation with her concerning her Tiffany's bag and other shopping smalltalk. Very friendly and knew enough about the products.
Selections was very good! I'd say close to 40 taps in addition to the cask fest offerings. There did seem to be somewhat of a good bottle selection, too. They were offering 1 oz. samplings of 2009 Utopias for $10 and the bottle seemed to be for sale around $250. I went for Oskar Blues Brewing Company's Coconut Old Chub on cask and Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger IPA on cask; both stellar!
As for price, keeping in mind that the bar is located in NYC, it was very reasonable. The cask selection was priced from $5-$7 and the regular taps started at $7 and went up to $9 for some of the more rare belgians and special edition stuff.
All in all, I would run-- not walk-- back to Rattle 'N' Hum the next time that I visit the city. After spending 2 years in State College and having Zeno's mere blocks away, I hold all beer bars up to Zeno's and this place held its weight! I highly recommend!!
12-07-2009 17:37:39 |
More by ClassicBrad
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