41 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.724363 -73.988061
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
Dont Waste Your Time.... – I love beer, and love beer bars.
I'd never read the horrible reviews about the service at this place, sadly they are all true.
In a city as great as New York, there are a myriad of places so much better than this to spend money.
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Avoid the tattooed bus "boy" – I've been going here off and on since the mid-90s but it's definitely seen better days. The selection looks great on the chalkboards, but good luck hearing if it's actually in stock. But the cask ales are great.
Unfortunately the bar staff hate their jobs and are notorious slow. Worse, the bus "boy" (who's in his 30s and look pretty burned out for a job that requires no brain power) who I accidentally bumped into when it was crowded physically threatened me in front of tons of people. They really don't care for your business one way or the other.
That said, try their new Williamsburg branch which is very relaxing. Too relaxing perhaps as there's never anyone in there and it might not last long.
Don't bother – 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.
5 Stars For Selection, ZERO Stars For Service – 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.
great selection, poor service – 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
Beer lovers dream – 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!
AVOID AT ALLL COST!!! – 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.
Disgusted – 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.
Excellent selection, very drunk people. – 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.
Great beer and hardworking staff. – 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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