Harlem Hops- a bar dedicated to bringing craft beers to the neighborhood- has hit the NYC beer scene in a big way. If you’re a beer lover, this could be your new summertime destination.
Harlem Hops is the newest of the many beer spots to step onto the NYC bar scene this summer. Opening just last month, the bar has already become a popular spot for beer enthusiasts both above and below 125th Street.
The space, which had been vacant for more than a decade, has been transformed into a welcoming bar with industrial touches like the giant, flashing “HARLEM” sign hanging from the ceiling above the bar and even a backyard garden with high top seating and a laid back atmosphere.
For those of you who are looking for new or hard to find brews, this is your spot. There are 16 rotating taps, many of which feature beers that are locally made. Co-owners Kevin Bradford, Kim Harris, and Stacey Lee explain on their website that a lot of the beers featured are made by local, small batch, family-owned, and small businesses, as well as by people of color.
The feeling of community is strong at Harlem Hops especially in prioritizing local breweries. At the moment there are offerings from Harlem Brewing Company and Harlem Blue at the bar. Education also plays a big role in establishing the sense of community at Harlem Hops. All three owners are graduates of HBCUs and according to an interview, hope to give back to the neighborhood by providing a scholarship to a graduating senior from Harlem this May.
With a logo like “Beers, Booze, Bites, Beats” this spot is bound to be a hit!
Address: 2268 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, b/t 133rd and 134th Streets
Hours: Sun-Thurs, 4pm-12am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-2am
More info: their website.
Featured image: harlemhops.com