34 E. Fourth St.
New York, NY 10003
Like its beer-bar brethren, Swift Hibernian Lounge requires multiple chalkboards to lay out their entire beer selection. The tastiest things, though, sometimes aren't on the list. Inquire about the Edelweiss, an Austrian white beer, and the Irish bartender might just tap the keg right then and there. The room itself, the walls hung with images from an 18th-century study chamber, pays tribute to legendary satirist Jonathan Swift: As soon as you walk in, you'll see a mural of him smiling and raising a pint. Nothing made him happier, apparently, than seeing another satisfied microbrewery customer.

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