New York Historical Society on the Upper West Side.
This cool, very-off-the-radar watering hole is an extension of the “Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History” exhibit that’s running at the museum from now until September 2. After you’ve looked at all sorts of interesting artifacts – from colonial-era bathroom graffiti to anti-Prohibition ads to 1960s beer cans – you can pop into the beer hall for a brew or two, plus unlimited free pretzels.
Different beers from different local breweries – including Brooklyn Brewery, Heartland Brewery, Blue Point Brewing Company and Keegan Ales – are available each day for $8 each (in addition to the cost of museum admission, but, hey, you learned something, right?). Every Saturday, the hall hosts special beer tastings guided by local brewers for $35/person, too.
Check out the tastings schedule here and don’t forget to write something clever on one of the chalkboard walls when you visit (170 Central Park W., 212-873-3400).