229 Front Street
New York, NY
Designer: Studio DB
Downtown beer lovers have something to celebrate this new year with the recent opening of Keg 229, a self-serve beer bar near New York’s South Street Seaport. After all, “everyone likes to play bartender,” said co-owner Calli Lerner. (Lerner and Sandra Tedesco also co-own the wine bar Bin 220, just up the street.) Keg 229 is the first bar in New York State to have this kind of metered pour-it-yourself system, manufactured by the Atlanta-based company Table Taps. The four self-serve stations each have two local craft beers on tap. A bartender of sorts oversees the taps, swiping a card to count out the amount of beer dispensed. Each customer is able to get two pints before the bartender has to reswipe.
According to Lerner, the 200-year-old Greek Revival building once belonged to the United States Congressman and one-time New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert. The interior, designed by StudioDB in New York, has a raw historic charm of sorts, thanks to touches like the original exposed brick and tables made of reclaimed wood. Even the newly hung yet faded, black-and-white patterned wallpaper looks as though it wouldn’t have been out of place in the days when fishing boats still filled the nearby South Street Seaport.