Tap A Cask at Rattle N Hum
If you like to eat, chances are you like to drink (read: a lot of you are freakin’ lushes), so every week our Happy Hour Correspondent “Mamacita” will post about a different bar in Midtown that fits the Midtown Lunch mentality: unhealthy food, not lame (unless it’s lame in a cool way), and most importantly… cheap.
Cherry Tree bar in Brooklyn has been one of my weekend hangouts for many years now. I’d be there on an early Sunday afternoon playing darts and talking to the bartender when, like clockwork, owner Patrick Donagher would stumble down from his apartment -upstairs of the pub, looking like a handsome hungover train wreck, then order a drink. Sometimes a young lass or three with tousled bed hair would follow him. Times change and he’s branched out and started his second bar Rattle and Hum in midtown. Last I heard he even got hitched! But one thing remains the same, his bars have a love for cask ales, excellent draft beers, and predilection for having young beautiful waifs bartending.
With about 40 beers on tap, a well chosen bottle selection, and cask ales just begging to be tapped, this is definitely a hop and barley lovers pub.
Happy hour is 11am to7pm and then again at 11pm to1am. It’s not the best deal in town by any means, only $1 off select drafts, and $5 well drinks, cosmos and margaritas.
The bar gets a mix of young professionals, and a group of the owners hard drinking cronies.
Part of the draw of Rattle N Hum are the brewery events. Next one up is the meet and greet with Geary’s Brewery on February 15th. Expect a huge crowd, so if that’s not your cup of brew stick to an off night.
The Plus + (What someone who does like this place would say)
- Cask ale brewery events
- A beer lovers selection of drafts
- Rustic bench seating works well for small happy hour get-togethers
The Minus – (What someone who doesn’t like this place would say)
- $1 dollar off? That’s all!?!
- Happy hour ends much too early and I’m not even a beer lover
- It’s a man-fest in there during beer events
Rattle N Hum, 14 E. 33rd Street, (btw. 5th/Madison Ave,) 212-481-1586
Post by Mamacita, photos by the fabulous UltraClay.