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102 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009 40.727167 -73.984562
nr First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-777-6707 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Breweries/Beer Gardens, Dive Bar, Neighborhood Bar, Notable Beer Selection
Photo by Liz Clayman

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Daily, 5pm-2am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.; L at First Ave.; F at Second Ave.

Payment Methods

Cash Only


A sign that reads “Rare, new and unusual beers” hangs on the wall at Proletariat, and the East Village spot delivers on that promise. The narrow space—its walls covered with framed postcards and newspaper clippings featuring tattooed muscles—was formerly occupied by Jane’s Sweet Buns, but is now home to hard-to-find craft brews brought to the neighborhood by the minds behind Death + Company. The menu rotates through obscure beers as they become available, and the adjustable plastic letter board menu changes throughout the night, depending on what’s still left. Beer nerds who settle in on one of Proletariat’s ten stools are sure to geek out over the obscure German brews most folks have never heard of: Mahr’s Bräu Mastodon, Engelszell Gregorius Trappistenbier, or perhaps Professor Fritz Briem, all rarely found in other bars in the city. Meanwhile, a modest list of edible options includes upscale bar food like a beer braised brat sandwich, and a lamb burger. Well-informed bartenders pour water from rinsed Colt 45 forties and are happy to make recommendations or offer tastes from the tap. But all this comes at a cost, and some eight-ounce pours can price in the double digits.

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