Freddy’s Bar and Backroom
627 5th Ave (between 17th and 18th Streets)
What is it: A Brooklyn staple and one of the major casualties of the Atlantic Yards, Freddy’s has found a new home in South Slope, and is already back to its fame without missing a beat.
Why we love it: Whether you’re there for the acid-tavern experience (TVs run bizarre video art collages on a loop) or to see a music, comedy, or storytelling show in the backroom, Freddy’s always has something to fix a stale night.
Who to bring: This neighborhood favorite hosts a welcome mix of locals and more far-flung visitors, thanks to its event space and bustling vibes. Equal parts people watching and performer watching seals the deal for anyone’s night.
What to order: Aside from the craft beers, Freddy’s boasts a solid menu of standards, including burgers, patty melt style burgers, local Polish kielbasa (meaning that they’re actually across the street from two great Polish butchers), and a curious twist on a BLT sandwich. And if you show up for the right free comedy show, you’ll score tater tots and buffalo wings completely gratis.
Freddy’s fun fact: Besides being voted one of the best bars in the country by the likes of Esquire and others, the crazy video collages you’ll see all over the bar are actually edited/created by owner Donald O’Finn.