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Beer ATMs are popping up all over New York City

Tired of waiting 20 minutes at the bar for one pint of beer?

You don't have to rely on swamped bartenders for your suds now that self-serve beer walls are a thing in New York City.

You can call the machines you'll find at Duke's Original Roadhouse, Paloma Rocket, Randolph Beer's Williamsburg location and Clinton Hall's South Street Seaport outpost "beer ATMs." (They're manufactured by the Chicago-based company PourMyBeer.) Customers typically load up a special card with a set amount, then head to a wall of taps where they slide the card in and tap a screen to pour themselves a serving of craft beer by the ounce.

But the self-serve experience definitely differs by bar.

If you want to pour and drink your beer outdoors...

...head to Clinton Hall's self-pour station at the
Photo Credit: Clinton Hall

...head to Clinton Hall's self-pour station at the South Street Seaport. The station debuted Tuesday outside the pop-up craft beer and burger bar, a summer project from the owners of the FiDi establishment by the same name. It serves the same 20 craft beers as those on tap inside the bar, and it's open seven days a week, from noon to 10 p.m. Prices average 50 cents an ounce. Pour yourself a $8 pint and you can carry it along as you stroll down the block.

19 Fulton St.,

If you want beer with your brunch...

...make your way to Randolph Beer in Williamsburg
Photo Credit: Kyle Kensrue

...make your way to Randolph Beer in Williamsburg on a summer Friday, where $37 gets you an entrée -- selections include breakfast nachos and challah French toast -- and 90 minutes of unlimited brews from the self-service wall, brunch punch, Bloody Marys and mimosas any time before 7 p.m.

Roughly half of the 24 beers on tap here are brewed in-state, and most are priced in the 40 to 50 cent-an-ounce range.

"Where we really like to say we're different is how our staff interacts with our guests," said Kyle Kensrue, the bar's general manager and a certified cicerone, or beer expert. "We actually encourage our bartenders to get out from behind the bar, acting like sommeliers, helping customers pour."

A warning to the beer aficionado who might get swept up in the novelty of sampling as many brews as possible: you pay as you go at Randolph, rather than in advance, so a bartender will cut you off if your thirst proves insatiable.

104 S. 4th St., Brooklyn,

If you're looking for an excuse to ride the Second Avenue subway...

...take the Q to Duke's Original Roadhouse, an
Photo Credit: Duke's Original Roadhouse

...take the Q to Duke's Original Roadhouse, an Upper East Side sports bar managed by the same team as the Duke's in Murray Hill. The selection of booze here includes a rotating list of domestic, imported and craft brews, as well as specialty cocktails like the Southern Hurricane or the Duke-A-Rita. Feeling indecisive? You're welcome to free samples before you commit to a full pour.

1596 2nd Ave.,

If you're looking for the widest selection...

Paloma Rocket, which opened in April 2016, has
Photo Credit: Facebook / Paloma Rocket

Paloma Rocket, which opened in April 2016, has 30 rotating drafts on tap, and they tend to be niche. Screens on the bar's beer wall offer tasting notes, so you know exactly what you're getting when you pour yourself the Green Flash Sea to Sea, the Zero Gravity Madonna or the Sloop Confliction. "Beer ambassadors" circulating the floor can help you choose, too. Brews currently range in price from 51 to 86 cents an ounce, and doors open most evenings at 6 p.m.

This fall, the bar is moving to a larger location in the East Village, where it will also be serving spirits and mixed drinks, according to manager Kenny Taylor.

"At least until then, we'll be here," he said.

7 Clinton St.,


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