the lowly location of 124 Rabbit Club Craft Beer bar
in Greenwich Village, it is a bright spot in New
York's craft beer scene.
YORK ó While visiting here, I found myself on MacDougal
Street in Greenwich Village looking for a bar. After
surveying my surroundings, I determined that avoiding a
touristy college bar was not an option, so I admitted
defeat. But then something caught my eye.
was a large white rabbit painted onto a solid black door
set below street level, accessible by a rather
dangerous-looking staircase with steep, narrow steps.
small letters that looked like something plastered on a
mailbox were the words "Rabbit Club Craft Beer
Bar." Off to the side, it said, "6 PM." It
was after 6 p.m., and I was intrigued. The lack of windows
triggered an instinct to pull out my phone and hunt around
the Internet to see what was behind that ominous black
door. But then the explorer in me perked up and said,
"Just open the door." So I did.
fellow travelers and I entered a narrow, dark room that
was only slightly longer than the bar within. The beer
list was impressive, to say the least. It was clear that
whoever ran this place knew beer. Enter Drew Bushong,
owner of 124 Rabbit Club (124 MacDougal St., 212-254-0575)
and former manager of the CBGB bar.
out he had just returned from Belgium and has such a well-curated
bottle list ($6-$24) that you could close your eyes, point
your finger to a random spot and undoubtedly be very
pleased with your selection. Rabbit Clubís menu is
categorized by country with a focus on Belgian beers.
Gaverhopke / Tired Hands Bittersweet Symphony, De Ranke XX
Bitter, Rodenbach Grand Cru and Ichtegemís Grand Cru
were just a few of the beers we sampled.
a few moderately strong Belgian beers, we began chatting
with the barís regulars, who all asked one question when
they found out we were from Chicago. "How the heck
did you find this place?"
things were looking down, then suddenly ...