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Top Hops Beer Shop
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 166
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
94 Orchard St
phone: (212) 254-4677
(Place added by: DoubleSimcoe on 02-05-2012)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Top Hops- yet another bottle shop-growler station-bar-food joint in NYC. No better or worse than any other bottle shop-growler station-bar-food joint in NYC...
Clean and spacious, with a bar and some tables upfront and coolers on the back with all the bottles to take home. The coolers are all dark to prevent damage, believe it or not. This has got to be the ultimate in beer nerdism. Selection is quite right, with some rarities including Rogue Voodoo, Kill Devil, Dark Horse (new in NY), Bourbon County ($6.99 per bottle), Estrella Galicia (fuck yeah), craft Italians and a ton of Belgians.
A good amount of taps at the cool, chill bar: Stone Ruination and IRS, Victory Feistbier, Goose Matilda, Midnight Sun Panty Peeler. Pricy growlers! ($28 for Stone RIS).
Service alright, good ambience... but whatever. I've seen this before. I like Good Beer better.
11-21-2012 23:07:10 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wonderful stop while out touring the neighborhood. Amazing selection of beers. Great atmosphere to sit and hang out, people watch, and get ready to go back out and hit the lower east side. I wanted to take a growler back to the hotel in Midtown but knew it wouldn't make it back full.
09-04-2013 14:03:10 |
More by panchoreed
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | $$$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
One of my favorite bottle shops i visited. Cool overall vibe and atmosphere, all beers in refrigerated cases, long bar with quite a few beers for pints, growler fills or tasters (My biggest gripe was that you had to get 4, and there was only one beer I really wanted to try and I didn't want to drink a lot as I was flying out that day and still had to pack).
All around solid selection, most of the stores carried a very similar selection, but there was a couple things that i didn't see anywhere else.
Will make a point to visit earlier in the trip next time.
08-22-2013 06:51:52 |
More by drewone
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
Top Hops really gives new Beverage Distributors and Whole Foods Bowery a run for their money. They have a great year round selection and get limited releases on a regular basis. The Owner Ted is a great proponent of good beer and hosts fantastic bottle shares. The tap list is solid, but seems to have a slow turnover, so many beers stick around for a few weeks. They date when lines were last cleaned and when beer get tapped, which I feel is a great service. This place make no effort to hide its affinity for the beer geek. I really like this spot.
10-21-2013 14:49:42 |
More by unclejazz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In NYC for business, figured I would explore the beer scene. I went to Top Hops on a Tuesday evening. Really impressed by this place - more than a dozen quality draft beers and a huge selection of bottles you can drink on premise. Service was ok, prices for drafts are reasonable, some of the bottles were over priced.
01-30-2013 03:33:51 |
More by 2dogbrew
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Lower east side NYC. Just a few blocks from NY food and beer institutions, New Beer, Whole Foods Bowery, and Katz's Deli. This is a new place that has it all...multiple growler fill taps, 100's of bottles (kept in growler units w/o lights to preserve the integrity of the beer), artisinal foods available while you enjoy a tasty draft at the bar...1/2 bar, 1/2 growler fill station..is the this the new model for craft beer distribution spots? Not sure but this is a well worth checking out location...Craft is appreciated and celebrated, mid sized spot, with a sleek and comfortable arching bar, friendly, gracious and knowledgable owner adds to the experience...go check it out..places like this are the future and deserve to be supported
03-02-2012 02:56:18 |
More by Billolick
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