The fall season is in full force; temperatures are dropping, our fave television shows are back like they never left with new seasons and restaurants are throwing a little bit of pumpkin spice into everything on their menu. Fall is also known as a good time to indulge in a nice cup of brew—and we’re talking beer, not coffee. Although we can all agree that beer season is all year around, beer often takes the spotlight in the fall because of the hype surrounding Oktoberfest. Even though Oktoberfest originated in Germany, it’s evident that Harlem has embraced the beer culture.
There are several places throughout the neighborhood that offer up a variety of great beers—internationally, nationally, and locally brewed. Check out our list of dope places to grab a beer in Harlem!
Located along Harlem’s famed Restaurant Row, Bier International is the first beer garden to open up in the neighborhood. The restaurant gives off a very chill and relaxed vibe. It serves a variety of different beers, some of which were internationally imported and others that were locally brewed in Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Some of the draft beers include German favorites like Hofbräu beer, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, and Duvel Single. The bottled beer selections include Sugar Hill beer, which was made in Harlem; Red Stripe, a beer that was imported from Jamaica; and Tusker, a beer from Kenya. Bier International is known for rotating its beer selections every season; keeping the menu fresh. Learn more about Bier International.
Bierstrasse NYC, a German-inspired beer garden located along Harlem’s iconic viaduct, has become a go-to spot in the neighborhood ever since it opened earlier this year. It’s the perfect place to catch a sporting event. The beer garden, which features outdoor seating and an upper deck, serves up a flavorful selection of brews. The menu includes tasty beers like Pilsner Urquell, which has a malt sweetness and a caramel finish, and Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen, a beer that encompasses both a grapefruit flavor and smell. As far as the bottled beer options, try the Harlem Renaissance Wit or the Dyckman Pilsner. Learn more about Bierstrasse NYC here.
Aside from it’s delicious bites, Harlem Public is known for it’s awesome drink selection—especially when it comes to beer. It has become a hotspot in the Hamilton Heights area. The beer options are from all over the world. One of our favorites is the Fruli Strawberry beer, a fruit beer from Belgium. Another imported beer that is featured on their menu is the Not Your Father’s Root Beer, an herbed spiced root beer that was brewed in Illinois. If you’re looking for a drink that screams “fall,” we suggest that you opt for the Ace Pumpkin Cider or Doc’s Hard Apple Cider. Learn more about Harlem Public.
Mess Hall Harlem
Mess Hall is a small and cozy bar located along Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The neighborhood spot, which has an eye-catching light sign that reads “bar,” has a very fun and relaxed atmosphere and often hosts open mics and game nights for locals. Mess Hall, best known for its “spirits & brews,” offers a nice selection of craft beers. Some of the choices on their beer menu include Coney Island IPA, Downeast Cider, and Six Point Sweet Action Ale. Learn more about Mess Hall Harlem.
Harlem Tavern is a neighborhood staple. With countless beers on tap, a delicious menu, a huge projected screen, and several flat screen TVs; the outdoor beer garden has become the go-to spot for game night. Harlem Tavern serves up everything from Bluepoint Blueberry to the fall-favorite Long Ireland Pumpkin Ale, which consists of pumpkin puree, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Check out Harlem Tavern’s beer menu.