9. The greater Harlem area has the first 100% African-American owned craft beer bar in New York City

East Harlem bottling company
Photograph Courtesy of East Harlem Bottling Co.

One of Harlem’s most illustrious areas is Sugar Hill, a National Historic District bounded by West 155th Street to the north, West 145th Street to the south, Edgecombe Avenue to the east, and Amsterdam Avenue to the west. The neighborhood has its very own beer named after it produced by the Harlem Brewing Company, which created its first batches of beer in a small studio apartment across the street from Marcus Garvey Park during the 1990s. The company was later formally founded in 2000 and has since gone on to win the People’s Champ Award for Best Brews NYC and Best Beer at the annual Beer and Bacon Fest at Citifield.

In East Harlem, the East Harlem Bottling Company provides a vibrant space for friends and family to grab drinks together. Located just a few blocks from the Central Park Conservatory Gardens and El Museo Del Barrio, it’s a great place to explore when visiting the area. Another important bar in the neighborhood is Harlem Hops — Manhattan’s first 100% African-American-owned New York City craft beer bar. Harlem Hops aims to create a relaxing and welcoming space perfect for tasting beers from around the world.