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13 First Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.723369 -73.988519
at First St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-924-8153 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Bar Food, Neighborhood Bar, Singles Scene
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Mon-Wed, 5pm-2am; Thu-Fri, 5pm-4am; Sat, 4pm-4am; Sun, 4pm-2am

Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 5pm-8pm; $8 classic cocktails, $4 Brooklyn lager, $7 house wine, $6 well drinks

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.

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Even in the nightlife-heavy East Village, New Yorkers still need a neighborhood bar. Boilermaker, named after the classic beer-and-shot combo, replaced the kitschy 1970s retro-cocktail bar Golden Cadillac with more populist offerings and gentle pricing for the area. Some of the same partners are still involved, including Gregory Boehm from Cocktail Kingdom, a company that makes high-end bar tools, bitters and syrups, so expect well-made drinks like La Piña Verde, made with green Chartreuse, fresh lime and pineapple juices and coconut cream, creating the perfect marriage of herbal and tropical. This isn’t a precious bar for cocktail geeks, though. The beer and bourbon lists are solid, with the boilermaker combos ranging from the straightforward All American (Narragansett with Ancient Age Bourbon) to the more esoteric Beer Eye for the Straight Rye (Two Brothers Cane & Ebel Red Rye Ale and Sazerac Rye). Early in the evening, the bar is low key with tables ordering the better than they need to be burgers, wings and fries by the chef from the Filipino restaurant Jeepney. Later in the night, the rock music gets louder and the bar fills up with a younger crowd as the beer and shots flow.