Sometimes, all you’re in the mood for is a beer and a shot. This, the first in a series of weekly posts on “Beer & Shot” bars across NYC, will introduce you to those bars that specialize in just that. To begin, let’s head to the Bronx, shall we? – By Jonathan Pogash
The Bronx Ale House has more special beer nights than we can count on two hands. Join their Beer Club for various member incentives, or stop by during Can Night, every Monday night, where a can of beer and burger is $10. Fancy a brew to go – The Bronx Ale House now does growlers.
Bronx Havana Cafe is our choice for local beer and far from local spirits. Order a bottle of Bronx Beer (from The Bronx Brewery), and a glass of any one of their aged rums (like Zacapa 23 yr old or Brugal 1888). Although they look like a shot when served, please, do us a favor and savor the liquid.
With a happy hour consisting of $2 off all beer from 4-7pm, Bruckner Bar & Grill can’t be beat. Order a pint of Lion’s Head (from Pennsylvania) or Sixpoint (from neighboring borough, Brooklyn), or a bottle of O’Hara’s Irish Red or Sam Adams Honey Porter. Step out of the box and order a $5 “Bartender’s Special” shooter…if you dare.
Brush up on your pool skills and watch the NFL playoffs at Park Billiard Cafe on White Plains Rd. Tuesdays and Thursdays are ladies night, with half price martinis and free pool. And they have beer and shots, too. Order one of each, along with a Philly Cheesesteak, and shoot the breeze with your pals.
We couldn’t write a piece on bars in the Bronx without giving a shout out to a Yankee Stadium staple. Stan Martucci founded Stan’s Sports Bar in the 1970s, and the place is still going strong today. Whether it’s baseball season or not, you can take our word Stan’s will be a safe bet for good times and good drinks.
Although they don’t serve shots, we’re listing the Bronx Brewery as an Honorable Mention. They do produce Bronx Pale Ale, the borough’s only locally-produced beer. The Bronx was once home to nearly a dozen breweries. The Bronx Brewery was founded in 2011 with the hopes of producing traditional, high-quality beer. (Side note: They plan on offering tours and tastings in the next year or so).
Jonathan Pogash, aka The Cocktail Guru, is a beverage consultant, author, and educator.