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Handsome Drinks – The Half Pint in NYC

Enjoying fresh beer with old friends at the Half Pint

Nothing like a good beer with an old friend

When it comes to Manhattan bars, we’ve all had our share of nights/mornings rolling around old streets with loud folks until the sun is peeking up. New York is a great place to go out, but we didn’t want to get confined to the bars in Soho and $14 well cocktails. We’d had our fill of this sort of thing, so when we caught up with an old friend for some intelligent conversation we headed to The Half Pint. After the madness of the joint bachelor/bachelorette party of the weekend, it was nice to go to a low key bar and sip a draught beer beer from the list of 24 – especially since they’re reasonably priced.

The Half Pint had a few things going for it. The best part of the Half Pint was getting the opportunity to try some local beer. In this case we tried the lager from the Brooklyn Brewery just across the river from Manhattan. Their lager was what great American beers should be: a great balancing act between amber color, medium body, bitter flavor, and a slighty hoppy finish. We get plenty of opportunity to sit outside in Los Angeles, but it was nice to enjoy the East Coast fall air and watch the street scene from one of the small sidewalk tables just outside the pub. The bar is close to NYU, so we got an impromptu tour of the main campus and law school on our walk up from Nolita. Finally, the staff was comprised solely of cute girls from the UK. I have no idea why they were there, but we’re not one to argue with this sort of thing.

Could we have headed somewhere more divey or authentic? Probably, but nothing wrong with classing it up a touch and going someplace without sticky floors.

The Half Pint
76 W. 3rd St.
New York City, NY 10012
* cross street: Thompson

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  1. eeyun posted on October 1, 2008:

    Brooklyn Brewery beers are indeed handsome. They can be found (in botlle form only, alas) in British Columbian liquor stores the province over. I am particularly fond of the lager, which is infinitely quaffable. In the winter however, I’m more partial to their Brown ale which is only sparingly available up here.

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