Mon-Wed, 5pm-1am; Thu-Fri, 5pm-2am; Sat, 10:30am-2am; Sun, 10-30am-1am
F, V at Lower East Side-Second Ave.; J, M, Z at Essex St.; L at First Ave.
You wouldn’t think the owners of the wine bar the Grape and Grain were primarily beer lovers, but then came this diminutive, unassuming annex to set the record straight. The menu of 70 bottled brews is grouped into categories of light, white, pale, amber, dark, and darker, and discoveries abound: Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye from Healdsburg, California, and irresistibly named cans like Porkslap and Old Chub. The house's favorite drafts are also used (along with rendered smoked pork) to flavor beer sausages served with gherkins and pickled cauliflower. Those who aren’t hungry enough for chorizo-in-a-poncho—fancy pigs-in-a-blanket—can sit down at the twelve-person communal table at the center of the tiny room, rightly called the Mingler.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.