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Essex Ale House

179 Essex St. , New York, NY 10002 40.721582 -73.986678
nr. Houston St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-505-6027 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Work, Breweries/Beer Gardens, DJ, Neighborhood Bar

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Happy Hour

Daily, 5pm-8pm; 2-for-1 domestic beers; $1 select imports

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


This venue is closed.

Quirky 12" Bar never quite won over Lower East Side nightcrawlers with its Mad Dog jello shots, so owner William Putnam decided to trim the fat and reopen it as a straight-up ale house (well, not a house— more of a SRO apartment given the room’s diminutive size). D.J. Leona still hosts the Friday-night drum and bass party and her photos of women in headphones remain on the blue walls, but now tin PBR ads have joined them and behind the tiny bar there are coolers full of beers by the bottle (everything from prodigious bottles of Dirty Dick's Ale to the syrupy, hoppy Dead Guy Ale to Belgians like Orval) and by the can (blue-collar favorites like Hamm's, Piel's, and the cult classic Dale's Pale Ale) while the taps dispense creamy blonde ale Allagash White and others. When the DJ is blasting cuts off the "Breakfast Club" soundtrack, this can feel somewhat like a scaled-down version of a Long Island beach-town bar, especially when someone saunters in wearing mandals. Happily the prices of the beer-drinker's beers are likewise outerborough.