Bars We Love: Get a taste of Wales at Longbow Pub & Pantry!

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Longbow Pub & Pantry, 7316 3rd Ave., (73rd and 74th St.), Bay Ridge, 718-238-7468
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What it is: A Welsh pub near the north end of Bay Ridge’s famed main drag, Third Avenue.

Why we love it: A bit like Wales itself (we imagine), this bar boasts some of the best scenery, sporting paraphernalia, food and friendliness that Britain has to offer, only in Bay Ridge. There is a welcoming ambiguity here that’s reflected in the staff (is that bartender English or Irish?), the menu (cobb salad, curry or cheeseburger?) and the beer, a precise selection of 12 draughts, 30 bottles and 2 cans representing English, Irish and European classics and American crafts alike. Bring UK expats, visiting Brits and friends who are inexplicably fans of Manchester United. Also people into British accents and other “charm” from across the pond.

What to order: We recommend the fish and chips because Longbow claims they make the best in Brooklyn and we believe them. Other traditional British fare options include shepherd’s pies, bangers and mash and “butty” (sausage, bacon or chip variety). All those chips, pies and bacon-draped delectables will likely leave you thirsty, but luckily you’ve got a selection of international drafts like Carlsberg, Strongbow and Old Speckled Hen and craft domestics like Chicago’s Two Brothers Brewing Co., Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing and the more obscure Nine Pin Cider of the Hudson Valley to choose from. The bottle selection is refined but long and leans English and Scottish, with options like Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer and Brew Dog Hardcore IPA making it hard not to stay after that first draught.

Regular tip: According to owners Michael and Jennifer,  Longbow is the only Welsh pub in New York City.

Longbow Pantry is featured in the 2015 South Brooklyn & the Rockaways Beer Book, on sale now.