5,000-Square-Foot Houston Hall Beer Bar Set to Open This Weekend

By Andrea Swalec on December 3, 2012 2:27pm 

WEST VILLAGE — Bottoms up! 

A cavernous new watering hole on West Houston Street just east of Varick Street is set to open this weekend. 

Houston Hall, a 5,000-square-foot beer hall on the border between the West Village and Hudson Square is on track to open Friday if workers can put the finishing touches on the bar on time, a manager said Thursday. 

As DNAinfo.com New York first reported, Heartland Brewery chain owner Jon Bloostein signed a 21-year lease for the 222 W. Houston St. space in March, city Department of Finance records show. 

The spot — built inside a former garage — will move in alongside the Brooklyn-themed bar The Brooklyneer, Film Forum and the music venue SOB's. 

Community Board 2 supported a liquor license application for the bar in September 2011 with the stipulation that the restaurant use doors on Downing Street only as an emergency exit. The board also insisted that Houston Hall close at 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 a.m. Sunday and Monday. 

CB2 rejected an initial proposal by the restaurant to have rooftop dining, citing concerns about excess noise.

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