NEW YORK — Well, it’s not surprising. These days you bag your own groceries at the market, pump your own fuel at the gas station, conduct your own banking at an ATM rather than deal with a real person. So, the chance offered at a new Financial District bar to draw your own drafts seems logical.
Keg No. 229, a new bar and restaurant on Front Street, has the city’s first customer-controlled taps — four self-serve stations with local craft beers such as Lake Placid Ubu Ale and Fire Island Lighthouse Ale. Customers simply pick a station, let the bartender swipe a card to get them started, then draw their own quaffs.
A video screen, such as the one shown at right, that is embedded in the counter top shows how much has been drawn and, when the toll hits 32 ounces, a bartender has to swipe the card again — a good way of keeping track of who’s drinking how much.
Keg No. 229 is owned by Calli Lerner. It is located at 229 Front Street, between Beekman Street and Peck Slip. Phone: (212) 566-2337.
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