629 5th Ave.
What it is: A neighborhood joint that serves up 40 beers, varying types of grilled cheeses and a whole lot of friendly vibes.
Why we love it: This is a great place to stop in, grab a beer, eat too much free popcorn, realize you’ve only had 1/40th of their beer menu, get some more beers, realize your are at 5/40th of their drink menu, go eat a grilled cheese in their backyard and then go back in for you 6/40.
Who to bring: Any beer snob who is not pretentious would love this place. Get them a few deep into the beer list at South and then challenge them at Buckhunter for who pays the next round.
What to order: Seriously, go in and have the bartender take the reigns. They have a great list of craft beers to accommodate anyone. They also have a timed appropriate happy hour with $1 off beer, wine and liquor from 6pm to 9pm seven days a week.
Fun Fact: Rosie Schaap, The New York Times drinking columnist and author, is a regular bartender here.—Emily Berninger