08/28/14 12:37pm
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Hope and Anchor  Food   

347 Van Brunt St. at Wolcott
Red Hook
718 237 0276

 

What it is: A restaurant and bar that somehow makes the combination cozier than most. The coastal Red Hook spot is filled with maritime decor, maritime friendliness and maritime comfort food.

Why we love it: Hope & Anchor somehow pulls off being cool, too. Two awesome ladies run the bar, there’s drag queen karaoke Friday and Saturday night and if you’re feeling a little classier, Wednesday evening Jazz Jams pull in talent.

Who to bring: Hope & Anchor is a place for the nostalgic, the easy going, the queer friendly and the generally decent human beings of Brooklyn who either live near or are enthusiastic enough to travel to this fun-loving apple of Red Hook’s eye.

What to order: Take your pick of eggs any style, shrimp po’ boys, hoagies, good ol’ grilled cheese (an actual menu item) or international touches like tortilla soup and falafel, or peruse the neverending burger menu that even has a list of six of non-beef options, two of which are vegetarian and one of which is vegan!

The beer list includes 15 tasty bottles, mostly American crafts, which even have handy craft-beer-for-dummies descriptions to help you figure out what’s what.

Fun fact: Feel like a party? You can rent out the whole bar for as little as $20 a person and have veggie apps, hummus platters and cheese plates passing around like it’s nothin.—Cat Wolinski

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08/26/14 12:31pm
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Sycamore   Food Outdoor Space 

1118 Cortelyou Rd.
between Stratford Rd & Westminster
Ditmas Park
347-240-5850

 


What it is: Sycamore has been called the “coziest bar in Brooklyn,” and while we aren’t ready to throw Brokelyn’s editorial might behind that assertion, we’ll put it squarely in the running, with its bricky, whiskeyed, wool-sweatery feel, friendly bartenders and one’s tendency to get sucked in and never leave.

Why we love it: Sycamore is like a Catskills bar because it’s mostly locals during the week but Saturday nights it gets packed—and we mean that—with weekenders from parts unknown, ie, not Ditmas Park. In warm weather, the backyard is made for letting lost afternoons spill over into the wee hours. Plus, there’s a sweet flower shop named Stems in the front of the house—what other bar has that?

Who to bring: Whiskey and craft beer lovers and everyone else. Hard to find anyone who doesn’t like this place.

What to order: Flatbush Food Court is a weekly pop-up food series featuring a different local vendor every Sunday from 12 to 6pm. Beer-wise, choose from eight rotating draft lines and 20 cans and bottles, from $3 Genesee up to a 25oz bottle of Bruery White Oak for $28. Daily Specials, in addition to a lengthy happy hour, include Bloody Mary pitchers on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sycamore fun fact: One afternoon in May, The National popped by and played an unannounced set because they live in the neighborhood and what else does The National do on Tuesday afternoons?—Faye Penn


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08/21/14 11:13am
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The Emerson Cash Only Games Outdoor Space 

561 Myrtle Ave.
Clinton Hill
347-763-1310

 

What it is: The Emerson transports you the moment you walk in to what they accurately describe as a glittering deco wonderland. Prepare to be confused about why you’ve never been there before.

Why we love it: This bar can accommodate any mood you are in, from a cheap beer and pool night to wine and an art show.

Who to bring: While you could always pop in on your own or with a friend, The Emerson is a spacious bar that allows you to bring in a large group.

What to order: Choose from any one of its 12 draft beers, we are partial to the currently listed Ithaca Flower Power IPA. You could also stop in for their Monday through Friday happy hour from 4-7pm and order one of their drafts or well drinks for $2 off.

Fun Fact: The bar hosts rotating nights for things like trivia, DJs, sports games, art openings, comedy, bingo and more.—Emily Berninger

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08/19/14 12:34pm
One Stop

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One Stop Beer Shop  Food Games  

134 Kingsland Ave. (at Beadel)
Greenpoint
(718) 599-0128

 

What it is: Overwhelmingly more beer bar than beer store, the upscale spot is both in the middle of and far enough away from the hustle of Williamsburg’s trendier spots and bustle of Greenpoint’s city-like avenues. The venue focuses on (and succeeds at) bringing unique ales, lagers, lambics and everything in between from around the world into one friendly but smart neighborhood spot.

Why we love it: Where to begin? The beer selection is wider than you’d imagine, with a tap list of 16 drafts ranging from casual to connoisseur favorites with a few talked-about seasonals sprinkled in, a draft line of kombucha (which is, in fact alcoholic at a whopping 1.3 percent) and a bottle list so deep you won’t know where to begin (an 82 bottle mix of domestics and imports ranging from 12 oz to large format bottles).

Who to bring: Brunch goers who would be pleased with an unlimited beer brunch for $18 (every Sunday until 4); anyone who loves beer; anyone who likes cocktails; anyone willing to try the bartender’s inventive beer cocktails or one-of-a-kind Bloody Mary’s.

What to order: If you’re hungry, the soft pretzels are melt-in-your-mouth and can be paired with a variety of choice dipping sauces (the chipotle mayo is a winner). The pulled pork sandwich is big, moist and hard not to devour like a monster and the grilled cheese is pretty good, too. But the main goal should be to try a few of the 16 drafts and 82 bottles ranging from local and state-side favorites to selects you’ve never heard of from around the world. There is a beer and shot deal, but the bar keeps it quiet to keep from disturbing the loyal locals there to try some good beer.

Fun fact: One Stop has a card club, called the Beer Society, that rewards you for your loyal patronage and beer guzzling tendencies. If you’re really into the beer scene, get a card (free) and try to get through the select list of 40 bottles – you’ll get your name on a plaque on the wall, and if you’re really ambitious, you can continue on to phase two, which challenges you with a list of 20 large-format bottles. For that, the managing partner will take your prize down of the wall to the plaque making station in the basement and add gold bottle cap with a “II” insignia that he hand paints himself.—Cat Wolinski

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08/14/14 12:56pm
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Skytown   Food Wifi

921 Broadway (Melrose St. and Arion Place)
Bushwick
347-921-2911

 

What it is: A self-described as a café with a drinking problem.

Why we love it: The people that work there are super awesome. They make the place like stepping into a friend’s apartment only they make better food. It has been incredibly renovated to have a rather… I’m going to say it… rustic feel.

Who to Bring: It’s a chill enough place to stop by on your own, go in with a couple of friends or even bring the parents when in town (I did, and they were all like, woah, Brooklyn is so kewl).

What to Order: Their Skybowl with feta and bacon is pretty much my fav. They have a beer and a shot combo for $5 and some totally affordable, totally delicious cocktails.

Fun Fact: Every Friday, Skytown has a menu of homemade cheeses. Cheeses, that are homemade. Yes.—Emily Berninger

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08/12/14 12:46pm
Photos by Sarah Bibi Gainer.

Photos by Sarah Bibi Gainer.

The Double Windsor Cash Only Food Wifi

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What it is: The Double Windsor is a mainstay in South Brooklyn, as famous for its beer selection (and growlers) as it is for its burgers. With a gorgeous long bar, spacious interior and table sections, it’s long been a great spot for anyone grabbing a drink after some quality time spent in Prospect Park, whether after a Celebrate Brooklyn concert or aninformal frisbee game in the Long Meadow.

Why we love it: Though it doesn’t have an outdoor area, there’s something that double windsor 3says “summer” about Double Windsor. It could be all those trips to try any of the 14 rotating craft beers on tap, or to grab some food after a concert at the bandshell, or Prospect Park in spitting distance from the front door. This is the kind of place you head over to for a couple rounds after a hard run with Team in Training, or just to get your day drink on, knowing you won’t have any issues getting through their food menu.

Who to bring: Anyone who made it down to the park to hang with you beforehand. Or really, any fun group of friends who may not all know each other. The Double Windsor has a fun “the more the merrier” vibe to it with a combination of ample long, communal tables with wait service and a good standing area.

What to order: The burger. It has a reputation that precedes it as just one of the more solid burgers in the area. And of course, the sriracha honey chicken wings are probably not a bad bet.

Fun fact: Double Windsor has a trivia night the first Monday of every month, with “boozy” prizes. Given that that they’re a bar, that’s a good sign you have a chance to try some of their quality beers for free. -Eric Silver

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08/07/14 12:27pm
Photo by Sarah Gainer

Photo by Sarah Gainer

Bedford Hill   Food Wifi

343 Franklin Ave. (Lexington Avenue and Greene Avenue)
Bed-Stuy
718-636-7650

 

What it is: Neighborhood coffee shop by day, relaxed spot to get a beer by night, great place to sit and read the paper in the afternoon.

Why we love it: Welcoming locals and newcomers alike, Bedford Hill provides a relaxed atmosphere in a neighborhood increasingly seen as the next big thing. Of course, even with its relaxed vibe, the bar manages to squeeze the most out of its modest size, hosting the occasional reading or dance party. Plus, its 6pm to 10pm happy hour helpfully straddles the line between when most happy hours end and late night happy hours start.

Who to bring: The candlelit bar and tables, plus the small space that’s way more cozy than cramped, translates into a great place for a relaxed date. Especially when the windows get fogged up in the winter, and give the bar a sense of romantic isolation on a cold night.

What to order: Seasonal mixed drinks, like the Sake Toddy (sake, cider and tea) will do you right, as will the full sake selection itself. If you’re feeling peckish, grab a sandwich like the pork on black bread ($9), that piles pork, daikon, shredded carrots and hoisin between two perfectly toasted slices of black bread.

Fun fact: For those of you unafraid of cream cheese experimentation (some Team Brokelyn members are terrified of it), Bedford Hill has new “weekly schmear” concoctions every week, like roasted garlic mushroom.—Dave Colon

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08/05/14 12:45pm
Photo by Sarah Gainer

Photo by Sarah Gainer

The Castello Plan   Food   

1213 Cortelyou Rd. at Argyle
Ditmas Park
(718) 856-8888

 

What is it: The snazzy, woody bar and restaurant is a pillar of “the new Smith Street,” as Marty Markowitz has called Cortelyou Road.

Why we love it: Rustic but not pig-farmy, trend-conscious but not precious, Castello Plan is highbrow modern Brooklyn but not achingly so. Castello’s wide-ranging  menu has an adventurous side (gazpacho with white peach and seared squid) but doesn’t thumb its nose at updated classics (tagliatelle with tomato pesto and pecorino.)

Who to bring: Dates, for sure. Old friends you want to catch up with while feeling like you’ve done well for yourselves. Uninformed people who ignorantly equate your fantasy of moving to gorgeous Ditmas Park with words like “finished,” “suburbia” and “Queens?”

What to order: All-you-can eat mussels on Monday nights ($11), oysters for $1 on Saturday afternoons, the charcuterie platter any time. Choose from 16 beers including seven European craft labels. At daily happy hours from 4 to 8, beer is $4 and cocktails and wine are $6. Also, brunch.

Castello Plan Fun Facts: The name refers to Jacques Cortelyou’s first map of lower Manhattan. Delightful owners Ben Heemskerk and Mauri Weakley also own the richly curated Collyer Mansion home store on nearby Stratford Road and Lea, a new Italo-terranean place where Vox Pop used to be.—Faye Penn

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07/31/14 12:30pm
Photo by Sarah Gainer

Photo by Sarah Gainer

Mission Dolores  Dog Friendly Outdoor Space Wifi

249 Fourth Ave.
Park Slope
347-457-5606

 

What it is: This former auto shop has turned into an awesome funky bar with outdoor space that is indoor. Does that make sense? You may think not, but it is truth.

Why we love it: You can go there and get the best of both worlds having yourself an indoor/outdoor bar experience. We love their selection of drafts and the fact that the bartenders are always super chill.

Who to bring: The openness of the space lends itself to larger groups or events. However, we’ve popped in with a friend or two and had a total blast. Two pinball machines provide some fun while you’re working through the beer list.

What to order: Grab a pint of the rotating cask beer.

Fun Fact: Mission Dolores loves to update their 20 taps and one cask beer regularly. Be sure to follow their blog in order to monitor when your favorites are coming out.—Emily Berninger

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07/29/14 11:30am

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Rosamunde   Food Wifi

285 Bedford Ave
Williamsburg
(718) 388-2170

 

rosamunde 3What it is: The west coast outpost of a California institution, Rosamunde is known for it’s impressive selection of sausages and craft beers.

Why we love it: Walking down Bedford, you’d never know this unassuming, laid-back bar serves about a billion different types of sausages and beer. Ok, not a billion, but they have more than two dozen artisanal sausage varieties (including a handful of vegan options), 24 rotating craft beers (with 2 nitro taps!), and bartenders who will wait patiently while you mull over the perfect pairing. They also have a build-your-own bloody mary bar, which means they give you a glass with vodka and ice and then usher you over to a table stocked with over a dozen types of bloody mary mixes.

Who to bring: Rosamunde is neutral ground for vegans and meat-lovers alike, so bring your militant vegan friend and your meat snob friend and have them make peace over a communal table.

What to order: Get the grilled sausage on a french roll–the cheddar bratwurst does not disappoint. When you’re done, get another. Be sure to visit the condiment bar to ensure maximum topping satisfaction. As for beer, get a flight and try them all.

Fun fact: Rosamunde also offers cask beer, otherwise known as “real” ale, which probably gets your “real” drunk, right?—Thea Blise

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