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This just opened in my neighborhood.

Bavaria Returns to the Upper East Side


Friends whose short memories did not register that the Yorkville section of Manhattan was once home to numerous German and Eastern European beer halls tried to discourage Pamela and Alan Rice from opening a beer store there. “They said that the Upper East Side is too upscale for beer, and people drink wine,” Ms. Rice said.

The Rices, both career-changers, went ahead anyway, with happy results. Since opening about two weeks ago, their shop and bar, City Swiggers, has been a magnet for beer-lovers — many of them locals, to be sure. “We have people coming in with strollers,” Mr. Rice said.

The growing inventory offers close to 400 choices. Refrigerated cases line one wall, shelves of domestic beers are opposite and imports reside in the back. A bar with 14 taps (including one for cider) is in the middle and provides growler service for those who bring in a jug.

They also sell empty 32-ounce growlers ($3) and empty 64-ounce growlers ($5) to take home and keep. There is a small selection of vegan snacks (the law requires that places serving alcoholic drinks offer food as well) and sandwiches made by the V Spot Cafe in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

City Swiggers, 320 East 86th Street (Second Avenue), (212) 570-2000; open 1 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 1 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Prices range from about $2 to just under $30 (for a 750-milliliter bottle of ice cider from Normandy).

From The New York Times.

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  1. AAK

    Just went in here for the first time today, and it’s fucking awesome. Extensive and well-chosen selection and reasonably priced.

    Although, while I was checking out, a chick did come in looking for Captain Lawrence Pale Ale for her boyfriend, only to loudly proclaim that she prefers to drink wine. No she doesn’t, she only thinks she does because of the false belief that it makes her appear sophisticated (which she was NOT).

    Oh, well. Hopefully her boyfriend will come in and spend money.

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