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Top Hops Beer Shop
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 166
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
94 Orchard St
phone: (212) 254-4677
(Place added by: DoubleSimcoe on 02-05-2012)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Stopped in while on a mini beer tour of NYC while on town in business.
Really liked the fact that you could do flights of draft beer. Also had a great selection of bottles. Of all the beer places I visited, Top Hops had the best selection of NY-area craft beers. I found myself drinking west coast beers at most of the other places. First time in all of my craft beer travels I saw "tap line cleaned" as part of the draft board info.
The only downside is they had Bud (and I think Stella) on tap because the owner worked for that distributor. To me, Bud does not belong in a craft beer bar not because of the worthless nature of pre-prohibition industrial domestic lager, but because they suppress the true craft industry and confuse consumers with pseudo craft (think the shockingly bad shocktop line). Off soapbox.
Certainly a place I would recommend and return to even with the mentioned shortcoming.
11-19-2013 20:02:14 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
Top Hops really gives new Beverage Distributors and Whole Foods Bowery a run for their money. They have a great year round selection and get limited releases on a regular basis. The Owner Ted is a great proponent of good beer and hosts fantastic bottle shares. The tap list is solid, but seems to have a slow turnover, so many beers stick around for a few weeks. They date when lines were last cleaned and when beer get tapped, which I feel is a great service. This place make no effort to hide its affinity for the beer geek. I really like this spot.
10-21-2013 14:49:42 |
More by unclejazz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wonderful stop while out touring the neighborhood. Amazing selection of beers. Great atmosphere to sit and hang out, people watch, and get ready to go back out and hit the lower east side. I wanted to take a growler back to the hotel in Midtown but knew it wouldn't make it back full.
09-04-2013 14:03:10 |
More by panchoreed
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
One of my favorite bottle shops i visited. Cool overall vibe and atmosphere, all beers in refrigerated cases, long bar with quite a few beers for pints, growler fills or tasters (My biggest gripe was that you had to get 4, and there was only one beer I really wanted to try and I didn't want to drink a lot as I was flying out that day and still had to pack).
All around solid selection, most of the stores carried a very similar selection, but there was a couple things that i didn't see anywhere else.
Will make a point to visit earlier in the trip next time.
08-22-2013 06:51:52 |
More by drewone
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75 | $$
Decent size spot for NYC with a 8-10 stool bar setup and wrap around coolers in the back.
For the area, they pretty much get everything available, limited releases, standard stuff, everything you could want, but you have to be quick, because this is Manhattan.
The guys/owner that work there are amazing, couldn't be more helpful and fun to hang out. I attended an organized bottle share there a year ago and it was one of the best "beer" events I have ever been to.
I ate a pretzel that was there that was sub-par for the price,but that's what I get for ordering a pretzel at a bar, so just eat before you go, or afterwards.
06-20-2013 22:04:48 |
More by claspada
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | $$$
A really cool inside, reminds me of a modern bomb shelter
Q everything was fresh, nicely rotated.
S the bartender was awesome! The shelf stocker and the owner were a little rude...
S fair, kinda small... Nothing special
V a little pricey... But normal for the city
06-20-2013 21:10:46 |
More by Lare453
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$
Visited this place today. Cool storefront and vibe. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Got a flight because they had some stuff I wanted to try. Nice selection of beers from all over the country and abroad. Highly recommend if visiting the city. I picked up a couple of bottles I cant get back in Los Angeles.
06-10-2013 21:15:36 |
More by ficklenicholas
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Overall, my favorite beer bar in NYC. I love how the feel is not so bar like that you feel odd coming in just to shop the bottles (weekends/evenings can be a bit crowded, but outside of special events it's still reasonable), but it's not so bottle shop like that you feel odd sitting at the bar and having a few pints.
Service has always been excellent. The owner Ted is a wealth of knowledge about the industry (he was a former AB employee for many years). I've had excellent experiences with all bartenders, but Eric and Scott stand out. Eric really helped me break into some styles I wasn't as familiar with, especially sours and the more obscure Belgian offerings. They do a good job handling the double duties of bartender/cashier for the bottle shop and always have a welcoming, fun attitude, without being snobbish when answering questions.
Food is not the main attraction here, but the free hard pretzels are great, and the small snacks have been good, if nothing remarkable.
Pricing is in line with NYC pricing for the most part. $6.50 a pour is very reasonable, they simply offer a smaller pour of the pricier beers. Bottle prices are some of the better ones for rare releases, and rarely get silly.
Bottle selection is always quite excellent. Tap selection is slightly less so, I keep an eye on their FB page for updates. Sometimes the tap list will be average. But overall that is a very slight issue in what overall is my favorite beer bar in NYC.
05-21-2013 17:28:51 |
More by BKBassist
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Made my first visit in NYC last April (2013) with my wife. I was impressed with the interior design of that place and it gave that warm feeling for anyone who wants to shoot the breeze about craft beers. Nice tap listing but didn't see anything special. Solid beer selection in coolers and saw Alesmith Speedway Stout and Black OPS. However, they were $22 and above each. Bit too pricey but hey, it's New York City, right? Would definitely stop by this place again in the future.
05-12-2013 17:19:49 |
More by cw577enfield
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
To could grab a few shortys before dinner with Witz, et al. Lower East Side, I so never play down here, and as such, struggled ever so slightly with the parking and where to, finally finding muni meter feed in that lot where that pickle event ran that time and probably other times since. Walking now which way where. Oh, Orchard is that way; recoil & return...
Storefront in a bit of a strip just south of Delancey. Glass front wall, concrete floors, & black slat ceilings with single filament bulbs alternating across. Logo piece walled on brick just inside the door, and wood post alt high shelving past there, running down to the end of the bar behind me on walls of pale blue, and adjacent to the bar up front. Bottles & books for the buy and display; yeah, Black Butte, no (sad face), Hill Farmstead, Westy 12, a Tired Hands growler (if only they knew), Pliny, New Glarus, Lawsons, Heady Topper; I suspect some of the display play stuff is from the bottle share events. And shirts, gift boxes, beer making kits, magnums, & all sorts of all sorts of glassware.
Off to the left, a double crescent shaped swirly brushed stainless steel panel topped bar with a wood trim & slat vertical base; seating for 15 on stools of the similar but not quite so. The barback holds a set of horizontal black boards spruce lined, one over the other, listing beer, brewery, origin, style, tapped date (like!), ABV, IBU, 32 & 64 oz growler pricing, and ‘draft line cleaned date’ (very much so like!) Eats listed on the end (cheese plate, evil olive bowls, mixed cheese & meat, soft pretzel, a bit of chocolate, and my old friend, jerky). Flight pricing (4 for $8.75) listed below the foodings.
Down past the bar, a small secret kitchen space behind beaded curtainness, and then a futuristic curved tunnel ceiling with cooler play to both sides; their sills lined above with house growlers. The cooler wares are sorted by country (It is a beer store first & foremost, after all). 3 high roundtop tables in the center of the room, and more display play on the wall to the rear.
4 towers of 5 along the bar, 17 beers currently up. Roughly 2/3 of it is American craft; the local (Rockaway Pale Ale, Blue Point Mother Pumpkin, Greenport Harbor Anti-Freeze), the regional (Stillwater Folklore, Victory Yakima Glory), the from beyond (Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale, Founders Breakfast Stout, Goose Island Matilda & Christmas Ale, Lagunitas Sucks Brown Sugar Substitute Ale, Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale, Bruery Mischief). The remainder a mix of imports (Het Anker Dentergems Wit, Kulmbacher Eisbock, Stella), the macro (Budweiser), and the mead (Rogue Farms 19 Original Colonies Mead). I drank Lagunitas Sucks Brown Sugar Substitute Ale, Goose Island Matilda, & Founders Breakfast Stout.
We may have returned for another or two post dinner. ‘We’, being me, and a different cast of characters as Ben bagged, but Denis & Moono were up for mischief. Beer was served in cool Goose Island glassware we wanted to guilt steal but didn’t. The guy, we will call him ‘Ted’, seemed to know the coming & going of his Goose Island Cherry Rye & Cantillonables. Moono commented that he would have liked the Cascade Blueberry, so I asked on his behalf. Only one to be had; sadly, for he and not me. Solid store and the bar more. And they serve you hard pretzels of the awesome.
02-21-2013 19:16:16 |
More by slander
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