The best thing about drinking in Brooklyn is how incredibly diverse the options are. You can belly up the bar in an old sailor’s hangout, or a place where they make their own bitters, a spot with 19-century charm, or one with no charm at all. A stellar Brooklyn bar might be a neighborhood time capsule; a comfy place with ultra-cheap beer; a hang-out with a superior jukebox; a place where the bartenders know you; a cultural touchstone; a mecca of craft beers; or just a great cocktail joint with a pool table.
In putting together this list, we didn’t consider food. We’re talking about bars—not wine bars, not pubs—places that are primarily drinking establishments. We did place a premium on atmosphere, company, value, and the quality of the beverages. Turn the page to see our list of runners up.
Our 14 runners up, in rough order of preference:
Irish Haven (5721 Fourth Avenue, Sunset Park, 718-439-9893) Clover Club (210 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens, 718-855-7939) Denny’s Steak Pub (106 Beverley Road, Kensington, 718-435-2156) Ruby’s Bar and Grill (1213 Boardwalk West, Coney Island, 718-372-9079) Quarter (676 Fifth Avenue, Greenwood Heights/Sunset Park, 718-788-0989) Weather Up (589 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights) Beer Island (3070 Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island) Barcade (388 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, 718-302-6464) Botanica (220 Conover Street, Red Hook, 718-797-2297) Franklin Park (618 Saint Johns Place, Crown Heights, 718-975-0196) Union Pool (484 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, 718-609-0484) Beer Table (427 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope, 718-965-1196) Moonshine (317 Columbia Street, Red Hook, 718-852-8057) Sycamore Bar (1118 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park, 347-240-5850)
Soldier on to find out which establishments made the top 10.
10. Palace Cafe (206 Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint, 718-383-9848) 9. KeBeer Bar and Grill (1003 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brighton Beach, 718-934-9005) 8. Smolen Bar and Grill (708 Fifth Avenue, Greenwood Heights/Sunset Park, 718-788-9729) 7. Freddy’s (485 Dean Street, Prospect Heights, 718-622-7035) 6. The Brooklyn Inn (148 Hoyt Street, Boerum Hill, 718-625-9741)
Which bars will make the top five? Click through for the big reveal.
5. Tip Top Bar and Grill (432 Franklin Avenue, Bed-Stuy, 718-857-9744) 4. Sunny’s Bar (253 Conover Street, Red Hook, 718-625-8211, open Wed., Fri., and Sat.) 3. Brooklyn Social (335 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens, 718-858-7758) 2. Montero’s Bar and Grill (73 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Heights, 718-624-9799) 1. Spuyten Duyvil (359 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, 718-963-4140)
Did we miss your favorite bar? Tell us in the comments and we’ll put it in the readers’ recommendations section.
Turn the page to see readers’ recommendations.
Pencil Factory (142 Franklin Street, Greenpoint, 718-609-5858) 4th Avenue Pub (76 Fourth Avenue, Park Slope, 718-643-2273) Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue, Park Slope, 718-858-1951) Total Wine Bar (74 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, 718-783-5166) Kili (79 Hoyt Street, Boerum Hill, 718-855-5574) The Gate (321 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, 718-768-4329) The Gutter (200 North 14th Street, Williamsburg, 718-387-3585) Mug’s Ale House (125 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, 718-486-8232) Brazen Head (228 Atlantic Avenue, Cobble Hill, 718-488-0430) Bar Great Harry (280 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens, 718-222-1103) The Jake Walk (282 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens, 347-599-0294) Brooklyn Ale House (103 Berry Street, Williamsburg, 718-302-9811) Hank’s Saloon (46 Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, 718-625-8003) Moe’s (80 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, 718-797-9536) Washington Commons (434 Park Place, Prospect Heights, 718-230-3666) Soda Bar (629 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights, 718-230-8393) Rhythm and Booze (1674 Tenth Avenue, Windsor Terrace, 718-788-9699) Bar Reis (375 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, 718-832-5716) Commonwealth (497 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, 718-768-2040) Starlite Lounge (1084 Bergen Street, Crown Heights, 718-771-3340) Farrell’s Bar (215 Prospect Park West, Windsor Terrace, 718-788-8779)