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41 First Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.724259 -73.987752
nr. 2nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-475-5097 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    4 out of 10


    9 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: After Work, Notable Beer Selection, Outdoor Area, Singles Scene, Whiskey Bar
Photo by Youngna Park

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Daily, noon-4am

Happy Hour

Daily, 1pm-7:30pm; $1 off all drinks

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


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. Sixty single-malt Scotches and more than fourty tequilas round out the list. 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 the leather-clad ladies behind the bar.


d.b.a. hosts regular beer, Scotch, tequila, and whiskey tasting events, which are well-attended, friendly introductions to the art and science of good drink.

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