Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 102 St. Mark's Pl.
If you love craft brews but don’t vibe with the rustic-chic gastropub/fancy-pants sports bar aesthetic that reigns at many beer bars, Proletariat may be your new mecca. Decorated with framed tattoo flash art along one wall, the skinny barroom is a temple to “rare, new, and unusual beers” from around the world. While prices are a bit steep, and pours tend to be small, you’d be hard-pressed to track down a more exciting list of suds. The ever-evolving stash covers everything from gypsy breweries and European classics to local breweries (Wandering Star, Barrier) and cutting-edge trends, like barrel-aged pours and new-school session brews. With newly-expanded digs and plans to add a seafood menu from chef Sother Teague (Prime Meats, Booker & Dax), it looks like things will only get better at Proletariat.