924 Manhattan Avenue (at Kent)
Why we love it: The Brew Inn may not have the plethora of distinctive domestics or intriguing imports as some other Brokelyn approved bars, but what they purposely lack in geographical range, they make up for in a list of 30 local drafts, a great looking bar-food-gone-fancy menu and the unexpectedly unique interior. Details like a retro bar, recycled doors, old street lamps, pendant lighting made out of antique pictures frames and our favorite: beer tap everything (tap handles double as decorations, door handles and sink faucet knobs–quick, someone call Pinterest!) are everywhere you turn, and it’s great.
Another nice touch is the beer flights, which you can purchase to take home with you (we recommend drinking the beer first), and a special something they call a growler locker, for those times you want to get lots of beer but just don’t feel like carrying your jug all the way down Manhattan Ave. Genius!
Who to bring: Someone who appreciates and has genuine interest in New York breweries, or could stand to learn a little more about them. If a friend lives in the area, this is a great meeting point to knock back a few just-brewed pints before heading down toward busier streets. Just make sure it’s not someone who’ll shake their fist at not being able to get a Coors Light or cranberry vodka (no liquor here yet).
What to get: There’s a brunch menu, a burger and beer deal for $10 and $2 off any beer for happy hour every day from 4 to 7. Every Tuesday, grilled, boiled or fried pierogies are just 50 cents all day. The Brew Inn pairs “craft beer with crafty grub” and the food looks freakin’ delicious. Other “bistro” staples like shrimp po-boys, grilled sardines and meat and cheese plates are a few standout items. Polish food, fancy food and bar combine for the best.
Fun fact: The space was acquired by its owners when one of them, a Greenpoint local, took over his mother’s traditional Polish restaurant and made it his own — and, quite obviously, made it Upper Brooklyn’s. Its beer is locally sourced, its furniture repurposed, its walls (and pretty much everything else) charmingly decorated and allegedly, they’re only hiring Brooklyn residents.—Cat Wolinski