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78 Solid

Perennially popular East Village pub with specializing in beer and whiskey.

41 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003


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The lowdown

There’s a long-running debate as to whether the name stands for “doing business as,” “don’t bother asking,” or “drink better ale.” We’ll argue for the latter: d.b.a. boasts more than 60 varieties of beer, from hand-pulled ales and seasonal boutique microbrews to fruit-infused lambics. A hefty list of single-malt Scotches and tequilas are also available. A giant, covered back patio does a convincing impression of a Bavarian beer garden — and creates breathing room. After work and on weekends, the crush of khaki can be unbearable, as can the wait for attention from behind the bar.

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized