The Hollow Nickel
494 Atlantic Ave.
(between Third and Nevins)
What it is: A neighborhood watering hole that serves up clever cocktails, craft beers and keeps the kitchen open late for your after-hours snacking.
Why we love it: In addition to a friendly bar staff and intimate booths that make for good date spots, its central location near the Atlantic/Pacific station makes it a great meeting spot. When it’s nice out, the landscaped backyard is easily one of the best hangout spots in the neighborhood. You can catch a game or other special event on the TV.
Who to bring: Your late-night hungry friends, and your after-concert/basketball crowd. The bar is a popular after-party spot for Barclays Center events, but on regular nights, you can hang out in the candlelit back area and have intimate conversation. Bring your singer/songwriter friends for the weekly open mic on Mondays.
What to order: The kitchen stays open until 1am on the weekends and offers burgers, soups, dips and specials like fried pickles.The craft beers on tap rotate frequently and feature East Coast favorites from Sixpoint, Queens brewery and other local favorites.
Fun fact: Before it was a bar, the Hollow Nickel was a coffee shop that was Brokelyn’s unofficial meeting spot/office. The name Hollow Nickel comes from a famous and fascinating local Soviet spy case, which you can read about here.—Tim Donnelly