What it is: Real deal neighborhood dive with daily complimentary buffet, nightly karaoke and an Islanders fan base.
Why we love it: Free food! No peanuts or pretzels here, we’re talking hefty portions of pasta, chicken strips, lentil soup—hearty drinking food. Plus, a dive bar that also has karaoke is a dream of ours.
Who to bring: Your singing partner who is always on the hunt for a new spot to drop the mic; a friend who’s die-hard for dive bars.
What to order: Take your pick from four drafts and over 20 domestic and international bottles, and enjoy what’s for dinner that night!
Fun fact: Originally called the Log Cabin Bar, the watering hole is rumored to have been Brooklyn’s first karaoke bar—the owners purchased an early Japanese model of a karaoke machine for $6,000 at an entertainment expo at Javits Center in the mid 1980’s.
What it is: Red Hook dive bar supreme with an in-house meat smoker, 60 plus beers from around the world, a classic jukebox, a bevy of board games to play in snazzy red vinyl booths, a backyard in which to drink the day away and friendly bartenders and regulars to welcome you in every day of the year, holidays included.
Why we love it: We’ve got proof of our love: the Ice House has been a Beer Book participant for five years strong, harkening back to our 2010 debut with Beer Book 1.0! It’s the kind of place you don’t forget, where you’ll make the long haul out because you know it’s worth it.
What to order: One of the aforementioned sixty plus beers from around the world! Two pulled pork sandwiches for $5 and a side of onion rings.
Regular tip: Help yourself to Hershey’s kisses on the bar, because the Brooklyn Ice House loves you.
What it is: Fun-loving Irish take on the beer garden, on Bay Ridge’s 3rd Avenue stretch.
Why we love it: At the Harp Bar, there’s always some occasion to take part in, be it trivia nights every other Wednesday, holiday parties and barbecues throughout the year, even an annual July 4 booze cruise from Sheepshead Bay. On any night, it’s a cozy place to relax with friends. A fireplace and an outdoor beer garden make it a bar for all seasons. Bring a trivia wiz, an Irish-o-phile, an opportunist who wants in on that booze cruise, someone with whom you fancy sitting by the fire.
What to order: Take your pick from eight drafts and 10 bottles of international, domestic and rotating seasonal brews.
Regular tip: The bar is housed at the former site of Mooney’s Pub (wink).
What it is: Neighborhood sports bar and grill brought to you by the four Long brothers who formerly owned Manhattan sports bars Long Shots, Third and Long, and Turtle Bay.
Why we love it: A prime outdoor seating area with picnic tables makes for great people-watching. Inside, catch the game on one of nine screens, take part in pub trivia on Tuesday nights and enjoy Happy Hour from 4-7 every day of the week. Bring Notre Dame football fans. Your trivia associates. A friend you would like to comfort with comfort food.
What to order: Every night of the week the kitchen puts together a different special of classic comfort food—from Monday meatloaf to Sunday prime rib—and we know you could use a good square meal. Wash it down with one of the 12 rotating crafts on tap or one of 12 bottled selections.
Regular tip: “Yellow Hook” was the original Dutch name for the area of New Utrecht that is now Bay Ridge, so called after the color of the soil. The name was changed to Bay Ridge in the mid-1800’s after an outbreak of yellow fever.
What it is: Bay Ridge neighborhood bar and restaurant with an old -world charm.
Why we love it: Walking into Skinflints is like entering into another time. Quiet and cozy, with stained glass windows, vintage chandeliers, tin ceilings and dark wood paneling, it feels like being in an old movie set. Bring your parents, a date who shares your penchant for nostalgia, anybody who has a hankering for a big and meaty sit-down meal, old-school style.
What to order: Have your pick of the 12 taps and 16 bottles of international and domestic brews. For an appetizer that will take you the distance, go for the half rack of BBQ ribs ($8.95), simmered all day in house sauce and falling off the bone. Also, the entrée chicken is available in ten different ways—from Picata to Marsala to Pot Pie. Have a marathon!
Fun fact: The bar’s stained glass was preserved from 1917, when the space first opened as an ice cream parlor.
What it is: Family-owned bar and grill overlooking the Tamaqua Marina in the quiet community of Gerritsen Beach.
Why we love it: Having a beer and looking out at boats on the water, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon Brooklyn’s hidden fishing village. The 3rd generation family business, first opened in the 1930’s, is run by the five Sarubbi brothers who inherited it when their father passed in 2001. The bar functions as a community center, hosting fundraisers for residents in need, not to mention annual parties for Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s. A great area to explore on bike.
What to order: A pint from more than 10 domestic and international taps.
Regular tip: At the marina, you can rent out a fishing boat for a daily charter (inquire at the bar).
What it is: Year-round Coney Island mainstay and Irish pub located right next door to MCU Park.
Why we love it: Pride for amateur Brooklyn leagues Cyclones and the Bolts runs deep here, with pre and post game tailgates most game days. From live bands all day on Saturdays, to karaoke on Mondays, there’s a draw for everybody. Hit up the bar with your fellow Cyclones and Bolts fans before and/or after catching the game, or wander over at the end of the day with your beach-and-ride compatriots.
What to order: Coney Island lager on tap, and a sample platter of bar food classics like wings, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeno poppers.
Regular tip: The name is an homage to Irish lass Margaret “Peggy” Devaney, historic survivor of the Titanic.
What it is: Modern public house and event space catty-corner to McCarren Park; comedy hotspot and all-around creative event hub.
Why we love it: There’s something fun and engaging happening nearly every night of the week, whether it’s comedy nights “The Tuesday Special” and “Hot Crowd” on Wednesdays, “The Kings of Karaoke” every Sunday night, or a totally awesome one-off of live music, a literary reading, a movie screening—anything goes.
What to order: Have one of eight rotating craft beers on tap, or select from the menu of classic and signature cocktails. To eat, don’t miss the “Perro con todo” from the food truck Santa Salsa out back, named “Best Hot Dog” by the Village Voice in 2014.
Regular tip: Oh, and it’s also a great sports bar—with five projector screens, two HDTVS and NFL, NBA and NHL packages.
What it is: Iconic Coney Island boardwalk establishment since 1934.
Why we love it: It feels old-timey and festive, littered with throwback photos of historic Coney Island and Mermaid Parades past. Regulars sing along to Rat Pack hits on the famed jukebox. With over 25 beers, seafood and standard bar fare of burgers and dogs, it’s the perfect place to stop in for drinks and grub after a day of beach and rides. Bring your Coney Island day partner and Cyclone screamer; a grandparent (yours or maybe you can borrow one?) who hasn’t set eyes on the boardwalk in 50 years.
What to order: Ruby’s Amber ale on tap, and a dozen clams.
Regular tip: In 2012, Ruby’s tables, bar, walls and ceiling were renovated using wood from the original 1920’s Coney Island boardwalk; hence the saying, “Ruby’s is the last bar in Coney Island where you can still walk under the original boardwalk!”
What it is: The bar and museum on the ground floor of Coney Island USA headquarters; gateway and social lubricant into the world of all things “freak” and sideshow.
Why we love it: Having a beer in the kitschy fun house serves as a disarming pre-game to the sites you’ll witness next door at the Circus Sideshow ($10). You’ll need a beer after the show, too.
What to order: A local microbrew on tap, from Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint or Coney Island Brewery. Bring friends visiting from out of town who want to experience a real legendary Brooklyn attraction; circus freaks you have known; your boardwalk companion who’s ready for some post-beach-and-rides action.
Regular tip: Check Coney Island USA so you can make a trip out in conjunction with a Circus Sideshow, burlesque performance, or other special event.