09/16/14 12:30pm
lowlands bar

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Lowlands Bar   Food Games Outdoor Space Wifi

543 3rd Ave
(Between 13th and 14th)

Gowanus
347-463-9458

 

What it is: The spot for the locals of lower Gowanus, and anyone staying at La Quinta around the corner.

Why we love it: This low-key bar has one of the best backyards in Brooklyn and an awesome old time music jam every Monday night that brings folks in from all over New York, plus Thursday night trivia. The drinks are cheap, the bartenders are friendly and they’ve got a Checkers that’s open till 3am across the street.  What else could you ask for?

Who to bring: Definitely a place to unwind with friends, or catch some sports.

What to order: Lowlands has 12-taps featuring a rotating selection of craft brews as well as old standbys like Guinness and Miller Lite. Cheap cans and bottles too. Hungry? They have pressed sandwiches!

Fun fact: The name comes from its position at the bottom of Park Slope’s….slope.—Rachel Eve Stein

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09/16/14 12:00pm

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This could be you! Every day!

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It’s all…it’s just too much, man.

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