Beer Authority
Beer Authority

Beer Authority

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.beerauthoritynyc.com/
  • Phone: 2125108415x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call our parties rep @ 212-510-8415.
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment every Saturday night. Trivia DJ quiz every Tuesday & Thursday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Port Authority.
    Grand Central.
    Penn Station.
    Path train system.
    NYC Subway system.
  • Parking: No
A word from Beer Authority
Beer Authority is a craft beer restaurant, serving gastro pub cuisine. With over 80 beers on tap and 60 bottled varieties , the Beer Authority is the perfect place to unwind after shopping, the theatre, heading home or simply hanging out. Ideally located in the Times Square district, the restaurant is located to all major transportation hubs.
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Beer Authority reviews from OpenTable diners
2 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3
  • Food3.5
    Service3
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • good, but not a gastro pub
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    one or two gastro items - but a cool pub, excellent beer list.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service Needs to Improve
    sheehy1125
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our party of two ordered an appetizer. Soon after our order was taken, our dinner arrived. No appetizer was ever delivered. Secondly, a beer I ordered was still one-quarter filled when the bus boy came and took it away. I called over to him, but he kept on walking. Our waitress, to her credit, did replace the beer, but still... I'd return for the beer selection, but the service was spotty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    My fiance and I went to this bar specifically because he is a beer aficionado. Beer Authority has such an impressive beer menu that we ended up dining here twice :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Surprise!
    JerseyGirl
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    My husband is a beer aficionado, so we decided to give this a try for a before show supper. Location is great. Do NOT be put off by the somewhat dingy bar when you walk in. You dine upstairs which is bright and fun & has large windows overlooking 8th and 40th. We had the Deviled Eggs appetizer and they're just like grandma used to make. We also had the Mac & Cheese and the Wild Boar Sausages, both were excellent. Of course the real draw is the beer selection. There is literally something for everyone and my husband thoroughly enjoyed tasting some beers he had never had. I would definitely recommend this and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good for groups
    charley19
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Since we were going to be 16 people and I knew they had room but what I didn't know is that when we got there the table was set up for only 10-11 people when I asked where are the chairs for the rest of the party they replied: Well they can stand - we don't seat that many people..my mouth opened?? I said that is unacceptable - I made a reservation for 16 for dinner - I am not going to have people stand and eat. They said that was the policy.. they do not expect people to eat but to drink and pick around they table. So don't go here if you want to actually sit for dinner - we did eventually get the additional chairs and a table added but to have to request this is not right. When you book a reservation on Open Table it is to sit and eat -
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great beer but very noisy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Met up with some friends that we see only annually and chose this because we are beer geeks. We had a 7:30 reservation but actually arrived an hour early. They were able to seat us, which was nice of them. Great beer selection (something like 70 taps) but sooo noisy it was hard to hear and catch up on the events of the past year. The nachos were only average and my mushroom mac and cheese was not memorable. I would not go out of my way to visit here again, but would stop by for drinks only if in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A happy surprise
    MSSSVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    We were looking for a place to meet friends in a very specific location, and we found this one. On Sunday noontime, it was not very bsuy, but the surroundings were pleasant, and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good nonchain in Times Square!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    As times square is overwhelmed with chains, beer authority is a great alternative. They offer a menu with a lot of variety - plus so many great beer options. Also, the roof deck is nice 'hidden' feature! Such a good alternative to the other options in the neighborhood if you're looking for something casual and 'normal' in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came here for lunch one day.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Came here for lunch one day. It wasn't very busy. I had high hopes for the pub/beer grub type of food. I went with the fish and chips. I was disappointed with the batter, it was more corn-dog breadlike than a crunchy, crisp shell. The entree wasn't very hot by the time it go to my table. My friends went with the Pat La Frieda burger at my suggestion and I felt bad when they didn't like it. They requested the meat to be medium but it came way more over done than medium. The bread was also a bit strange, too crusty and dry like day-old or stale bread. I can't vouch for any other food item but if they can't even get a burger right, I don't know about this place. Maybe better as a drinking place than an eating place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good 4 beer <3er, but over priced.
    SecretDiner
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    The location of this place is beyond terrible, right next to port authority, which is probably one of the sketchiest buildings in midtown west if it's not during rush hour. We came here to grab dinner before a show because it was convenient. We had 2 apps, 4 sandwiches, and an average of 2.5 drinks each. Dinner was over $200!! This is a bar next to port authority. We could eat for less on restaurAnt row in better block of the city. The beer selection was great. With a ton on tap and a ton more bottles. But 4 chicken fingers for $10 is a little steep, especially when the are just frozen and dropped in a deep fryer. Also, the baked potato fries were tasteless, so if you get the brisket sandwich, make sure you switch them for regular fries.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal beer selection
    NickVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    They have a terrific beer selection including a lot that you don't easily find, especially on tap, in NYC. Food was bar food - gastropub is a stretch for sure. Service was fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great beer selection. Good
    JohnD
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Great beer selection. Good food. Noise level on the loud side.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was a rattle n' hum regular,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    I was a rattle n' hum regular, till they got so popular that I couldnt stand the crowds. I mention rattle n' hum as if you look at Beer Authority's list, it'll look quite familiar. Either RnH opened a 2nd bar, or BA ripped them off, either way, it's not a knock, it's an always amazing selection. An amazing selection, AND reservations on Open Table. To me, that's a combo that cant be beat as I know i'll always have a spot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Came for a beer release party,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Came for a beer release party, otherwise would not have considered. Our server wasn't aware of the fact that the beer being released would be on tap, when I asked her about it her reply was: "these are the beers we have, I've been her all day and I know for a fact!". Despite her rudeness, I politely asked her to double check. Less than 5 minutes later a new beer menu was distributed with 5 new beers on tap. Again, had I not been there specifically for that beer, we would have walked out the door.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh. Great, great, beer selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Meh. Great, great, beer selection but I wouldn't eat there again. Very mediocre pub food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice midtown find.
    DaveHVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    This was a great find. Very nice selection of draft beers. Food was very good as well. I had the buffalo wings which were quite meaty and not too spicy, but just enough.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great option for an after-work
    FoodieKVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    A great option for an after-work drink and burger.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is perfect for
    NicadomiVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    This place is perfect for those living in NJ and take the bus in & out of Manhattan. The beer selection is extensive and the menu is definitely tailored for the beer drinkers. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DEEE-LISH TIMES SQUARE SPOT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Great view of Time Square in the second-floor seating area. Staff was super friendly but not artificially sweet. Good people. Good food. Great beer selection. The Seasonal Brew was awesome! I had the portabello macaroni and cheese - awesome and a huge portion. YUM! Will definitely be back! A little on the noisy side and if it had been packed I bet it would be even more noisy. So that's that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The place is nice, with a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    The place is nice, with a good atmosphere and a great selection of beers. The weak point was the poor service ...the waitress was not very friendly and she used to take too long to go to our table, even with the place empty. After some time she said in a very rude way the were closing the service. The others employees seemed to be much nicer and friendly.
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  • The beer selection is amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    The beer selection is amazing and the food was pretty good as well. The brisket sandwich was great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic