Sun-Wed, noon-10pm; Thu-Sat, noon-midnight
C, E at 23rd St.
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The Chelsea Brewing Company manifests multiple personalities. The indoor bar affects a chummy sportsmanship via amateur golfers from the adjacent driving range and corporate softball teams. Outdoors, a rowdier crowd of professionals on the cusp of 30 cruise with a nouveaux-riche demeanor substantiated by the spillover from the nearby marina. Upstairs, the mezzanine-level lounge, with its cigar lounge and its two-story glass windows overlooking the river, may even trigger a sense of noblesse oblige. Whatever your delusion, master brewer Mark Szmaida has your poison—over 30 brews, some dispensed from the copper-ringed barrels over the bar. (The Solstice Wheat won gold in the Great American Beer Festival.) Late in the evening, the captivating view of New Jersey, coupled with a menu of salads, pizzas and, deserts, may even have you waxing romantic. A fourth personality?Extra
Private tours of the brewery can be arranged.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.