The Bedford 110 Bedford Ave., at N. 11th St.
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…)
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…)
Soft Spot 128 Bedford Ave., at 11th St.
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…)
Mama Joy’s 1084 Flushing Ave., at Porter Ave.
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…)
Counting Room 44 Berry St., at 11th St.
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…)
Heavy Woods 50 Wyckoff Ave., at Willoughby Ave.
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 702 Union St., (between Fifth & Fourth Avenues)
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…)
579 Meeker Ave., at Monitor St.
What is it: Stationed under the BQE is the ultimate of neighborhood bars: The Boulevard Tavern. Here you have one of the best drinkeries in the McGlorick Park area of Greenpoint. You can stop in for a quick beer after work, or stay raging into the night with a bunch of friends.
Why we love it: Besides their continuous BBQ, they have nights like ROCKUMENTARY Mondays and screen shows like Portlandia. They are usually just the right amount of crowded and the possibility of getting to use the pool table is high. (more…)