A November 2005 trip
to Brooklyn by albionvicar
Quote: A wander around some of Brooklyn's top bars.
Attraction | "The Brazen Head"
Led by lively landlord and occasional actor Lou Sones, this bar guarantees a warm welcome. It is listed in all good bar magazines, has just featured in NYC Time Out, and has even been mentioned in the Daily Telegraph in the UK.
A large selection of microbrews are on sale here with two cask ales. If hungry, there is no objection to ordering from a series of local takeaway menus thoughtfully provided on the bar, and eating in the bar. You could soon be tucking into Mexican, Indian, or a wide variety of other choices. (Recommended - New Mexicali)
The bar provides darts and has two televisions for sports, for those who wish to while away their time.
Opening Hours: 12PM - 4AM (2AM Sunday and Monday)Prices: Not more than $5.00 a pint. Specials often available.
Happy Hour: Monday to Friday 4pm - 8pm, Saturdays 2pm - 6pm. $1 reduction on pints)Food: Bring your own.
DirectionsF, G to Bergen Street - walk a few short blocks north to Atlantic Avenue,then turn left for just over one block.2, 3, 4, R (also M and 5 rush hours) to Borough Hall-Court Street - walkabout 5 blocks south to Atlantic Avenue, cross over and turn left.A, C to Jay Street-Borough Hall - walk about 6 blocks south to Atlantic Avenue, cross over and turn right for just over a block.Buses B61, B63 stop outside, B65 and B75 a block away.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 13, 2005
228 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Attraction | "The Levee"
Opening Hours: 2PM – Late??
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2005
212 Berry Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Attraction | "Spuyten Duvil"
Looking quite intimidating from the outside, with its bright red barred windows giving an image of an olde world apothecary mixed with an 18th-century jail - check out the seats in the window. This bar has recently been voted the second best beer bar in the U.S. Once inside, it is easy to see why. A long thin bar extends down one side with more extensive seating at the back. A choice from six ever-changing taps, and one cask. One of the main features, though, is an interesting range of around 150 Belgian beers, many quite rare and none mainstream. They even have their own (Brewed by Brassiere Cantillon in Brussels). Again, a good jukebox (eclectic and frequently changing selection) is available.
Prices: Varied $5 for a domestic pint, to $8 for a rare lambic (12oz) Opening Times: 5PM to late daily.Food: Cheese and meat boards.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2005
359 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Brighton, United Kingdom