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Duke's Original Roadhouse brings a self-serve booze wall to the Upper East Side

Ever envy your bartender? At Duke's Original Roadhouse, you can be your own.

Duke's -- a barbeque joint that already has a location in Murray Hill -- has opened a new spot on the Upper East Side that features what they're calling a "self-serve beer wall." That's pretty much just what it sounds like: a giant wall of taps where you can pour your own drink. And it's not just beer that's on tap; there are cocktails, too.

Here's a look at the wall of booze.

Start out by grabbing a glass

Grab a glass and head to the wall,
Photo Credit: Duke's Original Roadhouse

Grab a glass and head to the wall, where more than 20 beers and cocktails will be on tap. The selection will be a rotating list of domestic, imported and craft brews, as well as specialty cocktails like hurricanes or the Duke's A Rita.

Then head for the taps

Once you have your glass in hand, head
Photo Credit: Duke's Original Roadhouse

Once you have your glass in hand, head for the taps, which are activated by pre-paid cards that you put into a handy slot above them. Once you're all paid up, pour away. While you can't just head over and pour yourself unlimited booze while nobody is looking, you can get a free taste of anything on the wall before committing to a full pour. Who doesn't love free samples?

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., dukesnyc.com

Order some food and hang out

While the beer wall is new, Duke's isn't.
Photo Credit: Duke's Original Roadhouse

While the beer wall is new, Duke's isn't. The restaurant first opened up at 19th Street and Park Avenue South in 1995, and opened its Murray Hill location in 2000. The original spot closed in September 2015 when Danny Meyer relocated Union Square Cafe into that space, leaving just one location until its parent company decided to re-open Duke's in a vacant space that formerly hosted another one of their restaurants, Big Daddy's.

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