The 31 Best Bars in Westchester County
By Jeanne Muchnick
December 20, 2011
Growlers Beer Bistro
25 Main St, (914) 793-0608
There’s no hard liquor sold at Growlers—only beer and wine—and that’s the way we like it. For, oh, what a selection there is, all in a lofty industrial setting (a former turn-of-the-century power station) complete with brick walls, an uneven concrete floor, and a narrow communal dining table. Sure, we want good food to go with our brown ale (try the Ithaca Nut), but we also want solid drinks that are so pure and wholesomely good, they can speak for themselves. Ask Gene Ciriello, the affable head bartender, for a sample before deciding on what you really want (New York State is well represented); half pints also are available. There are more than 20 bottled beers, as well as cans from Oskar Blues, 21st Amendment, Butternuts, and Sixpoint. The stars of the show—which
give the bar its moniker—are the growlers. Sold to go, they also help decorate the place, with jugs ready and waiting near the bar. And though there’s plenty of cushiony space along the back wall to sit and nosh, we like securing a spot at the bar, where you can see the blackboard list of what’s on tap and where it’s easier to get Ciriello’s attention to ask for another. Happy Hour every weekday from 4 to 7 pm means $1 off everything on tap. Tuesday night is trivia night, and there’s live music on Wednesdays. Check Growler’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date happenings.