Best Neighborhood Bar - 2013
Red Hook Bait & Tackle
Is there such thing as a destination neighborhood bar? Red Hook Bait & Tackle makes a compelling argument for the affirmative. This decade-old joint—with its taxidermy-bedecked walls, Christmas ornament-adorned ceiling, and a soundsystem that spews old country tunes—certainly nets a local crowd for its lineup of local brews and bloody marys with house-made maple-pickled ramps. But even if you're not from the area, you'll be treated like a regular by fourth-generation Irish barman and owner Barry O'Meara , who'll likely have befriended you by the end of your second pint. That camaraderie is what we look for in our beloved neighborhood institutions, and we'll happily call this place our local watering hole—even if we live a subway or bus ride away.