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Emily Berninger

03/25/14 12:57pm
Photo by Sarah Bibi

Photo by Sarah Bibi

The Graham
151 Meserole St
East Williamsburg

What it is: The Graham opens its doors to the neighborhood with totally inviting bartenders and a pretty exquisite happy hour – $2 off everything 3-8 daily.

Why we love it: It’s not too common to walk into a bar and immediately feel like you are one of the crew’s gang.


01/31/14 4:10pm
the graham

The Graham: It’s new in the beer book, and it’s awesome. Photo by Sarah Gainer

In case you haven’t heard, the newest edition of our Beer Books are on sale now. Since we’ve split them between Upper and Middle Brooklyn, we thought we’d take a second to highlight some the awesome new bars in our Upper Brooklyn Beer Book. Specifically, bars in Bushwick and East Williamsburg, where you might live or you have friends you feel the need to begrudgingly visit. Whichever it is, these bars will provide plenty of entertainment for you. (more…)

10/01/13 9:49am
The backyard is in town too

The backyard is in town too!

Der Kommissar
559 5th Ave., at 15th St.
Park Slope

What is it: An Austrian bar in Park Slope that offers a variety of freaking awesome sausages (yes there’s a veggie one) and a bunch of great beers.

Why We love it: Because the beer is awesome, the bar is both a neighborhood bar AND interestingly different and the food they serve up is deliciously what bar food should be. (more…)

06/20/13 12:48pm


The Bedford
110 Bedford Ave., at N. 11th St.
(718) 302-1002

What is it: If you only go into the front room, with the entrance on Bedford, you may have missed this amazing back room bar. Beyond the gastropub is a speakeasy lined with dark wooden and round marble tables.

Why We love it: The bar is typically the perfect amount of crowded allowing you to order your drink, perhaps some appetizers, and sit down and relax. This is special because it seems most speakeasy bars tend to lend themselves to tiny cramped corners. It’s a beautiful room that serves as a respite from the Bedford Avenue craze. (more…)

06/04/13 12:30pm


The Gibson
108 Bedford Ave., at N. 11th St.,

What is it: A whiskey bar that although large enough for a ruckusing crowd, manages to stay on the side of being a low-key bar while going no where near dive status.

Why We love it: You can get anything from a really well made cocktail to a Bud Light Lime while hanging out with friends or playing some games. More of a whiskey drinker? They have over 100 different types. (more…)

05/31/13 2:46pm


Soft Spot
128 Bedford Ave., at 11th St.
(718) 384-7768

What is it: A relaxed bar on the Bedford strip where you can order a beer or six without being hassled. It’s less frantic than some of the nearby places and often screens TV shows like the Walking Dead.

Why We love it: For being a rather narrow bar there always seems to be room. The back yard is so large it kinda explodes with space when you walk outside. The bartenders are nice and quick and you can’t beat their 2-for-1 well and beer drinks until 8pm. Oh wait, yes you can, the 2-for-1 well and beer special on Tuesday which runs all night long. (more…)

Photo by Maria Gotay

Photo by Maria Gotay

Mama Joy’s
1084 Flushing Ave., at Porter Ave.
(347) 295-2227

What is it: Perfectly placed between the Morgan and Jefferson L stops, this Southern food slinging bar is home to a rotating selection of 8 drafts, a $4 beer and shot combo and 45 different whiskeys. The walls show off half exposed brick and half old wallpaper and wooden panels. The owner said that in the process of renovating, he decided he liked the pulled off wall paper look and left it as is – we like everything about it.

Why We love it: So many reasons. Spacious inside, backyard in the summer, knowledgeable bartenders, great southern food and again, 45 whiskeys and a $4 beer and shot combo. The owner and bartenders are knowledgeable about all things booze and super nice. They are what gives this bar a true neighborhood feel. (more…)

05/09/13 1:02pm

The Counting Room

Counting Room
44 Berry St., at 11th St.
(718) 599-1860

What is it: The Counting Room is two floors of hugeness without feeling like a warehouse/beer hall. It somehow masters the large but cozy feel. The rustic wooden upper level is great for eating some food and grabbing a glass of wine or a beer while the lower level has more of a cocktail feel with a really beautiful bar and the occasional dance party.

Why we love it: We like the mix of live music, DJs, great food and lengthy beer and wine list – not to mention that this place is seriously beautiful. (more…)

05/07/13 12:40pm

Heavy Woods

Heavy Woods
50 Wyckoff Ave., at Willoughby Ave.
(929) 234-3500

What is it: A new addition to the Jefferson Stop bar lineup, this whiskey haven is walled with windows, but not in a new condo in Williamsburg way. The windows resting above the wood walls are quite magical and give this lodge-like bar a bit of abandoned warehouse charm.

Why we love it: They have a great selection of beer. They also have different events from Pumpkin Carving Contests to Russian Dance Nights – which I’m hoping is a night where they just play t.A.T.u. over and over again. (more…)

Union Hall

Union Hall
702 Union St., (between Fifth & Fourth Avenues)
Park Slope
(718) 638-4400

What is it: With book-lined walls and antique nic nacs, Union Hall has established itself as a Brooklyn favorite for its classic down-home-meets beer-loving statesman vibe. Two indoor bocce ball courts hardly make a dent in this huge space.

Why We love it: The huge space means there’s nothing they won’t host here. That includes live music, karaoke, storytelling, games, DJs, bingo, comedy and on and on. Check out their calendar for upcoming events.   (more…)