Trending: Fancy Beer & Shot Combos

By Kelly Dobkin  |  March 18, 2015

Beer and shot combos have been a barroom classic since the dawn of time, but lately, they're getting elevated at craft-cocktail spots all over town. Here are five places to test out this refreshingly lowbrow trend. 

Photo by Paul Wagtouicz

Holiday Cocktail Lounge

This classic East Village dive that served the likes of Keith Richards and Frank Sinatra recently got a facelift with new digs and a fancy cocktail menu. As part of its refreshed menu, they offer a small beer & mini-cocktail pairing as a way to test out new drink options. Right now you can taste-test a Victory Prima pilsner with the Snow Leopard vodka cocktail (Aperol, sugar, lemon, Snow Leopard vodka and salt solution) or Ballast Point Soulpin IPA with a Tincup Bourbon cocktail (Granny Smith apple juice, cardamom, Mexican cinnamon, lemon and TINCUP Whiskey), both $8 each (pictured above).

75 St. Marks Place; 212-777-9637


This East Village bar named for the infamous whiskey and beer combo naturally has a long list of beer and shots, including Amaro Never Dies (North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian-style dark ale with Amaro Montenegro, $13) and the All-American (Narragansett and Ancient Age 80-proof bourbon, $6). Or for a crowd, order up a bucket featuring a six-pack of Miller High Life and six shots of Buffalo Trace bourbon ($40).

13 First Ave.; 212-995-5400

Photo by Paul Wagtouicz

The Third Man

The Edi & the Wolf team's nearby cocktail hot spot puts their take on the beer and shot with creative shandy pairings like the Radeberger Rhubarb, a shot of Jameson alongside a Radeberger Pilsner shandy (pictured below) made with rhubarb juice and fresh muddled tarragon ($12).

116 Ave. C; 212-598-1040



Subterranean hot spot NItecap, from cocktail world vets and Zagat 30 Under 30s Alex Day and Natasha Ryan, proffers a menu of "shorties" featuring shots with various options for washing 'em back. Options like the classic OG Shorty pairs Point Lager with Old Grand Dad 100 ($8) or for non-beer-drinkers, the Follow the Leader Shorty features Ocho Plata Tequila and pickled pineapple brine ($15).

​120 Rivington St.; 212-466-3361

One Fifty One

Down the street and from the same owners as Nitecap, this classic dive gone fancy stays true to its roots by offering cans of Mexicali beer paired with shots like Evan Williams bourbon ($8), Jameson Irish whiskey ($10) and Del Maguey tequila ($12).

151 Rivington St.; 646-490-4338