Pairings of wine with cheeses or desserts is perfect for a classy girls’ night out or intimate date night. Switch up your usual routine with beer pairings at one of these NYC bars, specializing in craft beer pairings. By Sarah Shaker.
Idle Hands Bar
Every Wednesday from 7-9 pm, take advantage of Idle Hand’s Beer & Bourbons Tastings. For only $10, enjoy 2 full beers, a 3 beer tasting flight, 1 whiskey or bourbon taste and 1 order of tots with a themed sauce from That Burger. Hang with a representative from the select brewery and distillery of the week – get educated while you imbibe! Reservations aren’t necessary but encouraged, so check out their upcoming schedule and enjoy this ultimate deal of a beer tasting.
Head to the back room of this East Village craft-beer bar to sample six three-ounce pours for $10 on Tuesday nights. An in-house expert leads the evenings, revolving around niche themes like sour brews and can accommodate up to 40 tasters, so bring along your whole crew.
Blind Tiger Ale House
Move over wine, and indulge in beer and cheese pairings every Wednesday at Blind Tiger, starting at 6:00PM. Taste a selection of different cheeses from Murray’s (along with fresh baguettes) for free to enjoy with your favorite beers. The cheeses rotate every week, for fresh choices, just like their beer menus. It is first come first serve, so arrive early to indulge in the ultimate deal in cheese and beer pairings.
508 Restaurant and Bar
This Greenwich Village gastropub boasts a special pairing menu of gourmet bar food (like their slow roasted goat “sloppy joe” sliders and Portobello sea salt pizza) with select craft beers. On Sunday and Monday evenings, pair three menu items with unlimited hops for $39.
When stuck late at the office in Midtown, The Stag’s Head offers beer events and tastings to make you forget all about the pile of work on your desk. Their most recent tasting event featured free pours and mini corn dogs for a cheap night of brews and bites.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.