A block south of Washington Square Park in the West Village resides a pub that is very serious about beer. The Half Pint, at 76 West 3rd Street, serves up an impressive 200 types of brews from around the world in addition to the full range of spirits. In a neighborhood with a large selection of bars, this one stands out.
Victoria Delaney and her partners opened the Half Pint in 2007. An attractive Irishwoman, Victoria does not fit the stereotypical image of the burley pub-owner with the beer gut. In fact, she used to be a social worker in her hometown of Dublin, but soon came to discover a different passion after coming to America. “I came over here and got into the restaurant industry,” says Victoria, “I just realized it was something I was good at and something I thoroughly enjoyed. And I just decided to open a pub for myself rather than work for other people.”
Since then Victoria and her partners have expanded their operations to include Amity Hall (just a couple doors down from the Half Pint), and another pub that is scheduled to open later this year in Brooklyn.
Aside from the polished dark wooden floors and gorgeous red-brick walls, you immediately notice the bar when you walk in. It is not that there is anything too extraordinary about the bar itself, but then you glimpse the row of beer taps running along the length of it. The variety of the drafts on tap is impressive: Stella Artois (Belgium), Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier (Germany), Bluepoint (NY), Boddingtons (UK), Brooklyn Lager (NY), Bud (Missouri), Chimay Triple (Belgium), Delirium Tremens (Belgium), Guinness (Ireland), Lagunitas (CA), Goose Island IPA, Leffe Blonde (Belgium), Duvel Green, Sierra Nevada, Hoegaarden (Belgium), Magic Hat Vinyl, and Ommegang Hennepin.
There are also a number of rotating drafts such as Coney Island Lager, Speakeasy Tallulah Blonde, and Harpoon India Pale Ale.
Then there are the bottled beers. The extensive menu of domestic and imported brews makes the Half Pint truly the United Nations of pubs. For instance, there are 4 brands from Australia, 21 brands from Belgium, 2 from Canada, 1 from Croatia, 4 from the Czech Republic, 13 from England, 14 from Germany, 4 from Ireland, 1 from Italy, 1 from Jamaica, 2 from Japan, 4 from Mexico, 4 from the Netherlands, 4 from Scotland, 1 from Singapore, 1 from Sweden, and 58 from the good ol’ USA.
Additionally, there are 13 of what the bar calls “Esoteric Brews,” which are basically brands that only locals and beer aficionados would know of. These range from Brooklyn Local #1 to the eccentrically named Green Flash Le Freak (CA) to Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Nectar.
The Half Pint is also home to one of the few “Hand-Drawn Cask Engines” in New York. As Victoria explained, cask has a different taste from the average draft beer. It is usually served at a different temperature and is either lightly or never carbonated. The Engine itself uses an old-fashion pouring system rather than the hoses and pumps found on regular beer kegs. “We are definitely a beer destination for a lot of people and the cask engine definitely is a draw that pulls people in,” says Victoria.
The Half Pint also has a second bar located in its “Ha’Penny Room,” serving the same drafts and spirits as the one in the front. The Ha’Penny Room is a recent extension and has become a hideaway for NYU Law School and Stern Business School students who come in to unwind and talk after a day of rigorous study.
Lastly, the bar has a kitchen open to midnight during the week and 4am during the weekend. It serves up a large and tasty variety of appetizers, entrees (including ribs and pizzas), salads, and even brunch on the weekends. You can even design your own sandwiches, from the bread type to the condiments.
The Half Pint is a classy pub that offers a rich variety of beers in a nice atmosphere. The staff is attentive and professional. The food menu is also not to be overlooked. The prices are very decent, especially in today’s economy. If you are serious about beer or just want a nice Village bar to hang out at, the Half Pint will not disappoint you.
4pm-6pm Every Day
$4.00 select domestic beers
$5.00 well drinks
Weekend Brunch Special:
Unlimited Brunch, All you can drink Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas.