Visiting Proletariat, NYC: Rare, new, and unusual beer


“pro·le·tar·i·at, noun 1. workers or working-class people, regarded collectively (often used with reference to Marxism).” – Google Search Engine Results

Also, the name of the bar I went to a few weeks ago visiting my friend Lex after dinner. This bar was chosen because I mentioned I was in the mood to drink beer, and it definitely fits the bill.


Being a fan of marketing I love the name, logo, and business cards of this bar. I pocketed the card in my Moleskin NYC notebook, receiving questioning looks from my friend, and added their name to the bar section I keep for places I have enjoyed in the city. On one side of the card lies a sketchy drawing of the building, the other side their wolf logo and corresponding old-time font face.

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This branding echoes in the bar itself. Pictures of tattoos, as well as people getting and giving them, cover the wall. It’s an unusual display, and in some cases perhaps a little odd–it depends on what makes you tick–but I can appreciate how they fit in with the bar’s theme. Too often you see things hanging up in bars, restaurants, and the like that have no logical rhyme or reason behind being chosen (besides, essentially, to cover up the wall). Like an editor who hates bad grammar and spelling mistakes, I always feel an eye-twitch coming on when I see mindless decorating in establishments like this (which is essentially mindless branding). Hey, we all have our own little quirks in life.

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The actual bar itself has an old-style look, with aging worked into the edges. Despite the low-key feel, there is still a sense of neatness. Glasses line up purposefully, and pictures are arranged in frames giving them a more polished-look than just plastering on posters or pictures themselves might have. Red candle holders are spaced out evenly along the bar counter, adding a splash of color.

There isn’t much room in Proletariat. If you don’t have a seat, you’ll find yourself standing quite close to those that do should you choose to stay. We were lucky to be there when it wasn’t too busy. There are the hooks you see so often under the counter, and as a girl I can’t stress how much I love this. Between carrying a purse and a jacket, it’s hard to enjoy a bar that doesn’t include such a simple thing.

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Now for the beer. Proletariat is nothing if not true to its word. They indeed carry some interesting variations of craft beer. Being rather new to this wonderful, tasteful side of beer I cannot say to those beer-geeks out there whether it was truly worthy of you. But for the barely initiated, and maybe even for the regulars, it’s a great stop. They have a decent menu, and multiple volume options. You can actually check out their website to see what’s currently available.

The guy behind the bar who was helping us was probably one of Proletariat’s best assets. It’s one thing to have rare, new, and unusual beer–but what is that if you don’t have friendly and helpful bartenders? You could tell by how he talked to customers that he was passionate about beer. He was happy to explain to you all the fine details into what makes each beer the kind it is. Hearing him talk was making me excited to try some. We let him know the kind of beer we liked, and he would suggest ones based off that. I tried around 3 small beers in total, and each one I loved.

If you like beer, casual bars, and friendly staff this is a great place to check out.


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