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Lock Yard, 9221 5th Ave. (between 92nd and 93rd), Bay Ridge,  718-333-5282
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What it is: A Midwestern-themed beer garden off the last stop on the R with artisanal sausages and 14 rotating craft lines.

Why we love it: When owner Tommy Casatelli (also behind Kettle Black and Ho’Brah) first opened the Yard in 2012, it was declared Bay Ridge hipster bait. But really, it’s a come one come all bastion of Americana that Casatelli envisioned as looking and feeling like being in somebody’s backyard. The Eisenhower quote “Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and dogs” is the bar’s unofficial mantra. Bring your friend who’s never been to Bay Ridge, craft beer connoisseurs who also love outdoor day drinking and sausage enthusiasts.

What to order: The taps are always changing, so take advantage of the microbrews at hand. If you like one enough, you can fill up a growler and take it home. To eat, share Cory’s Fried Pickles ($6) or the potato and cheese pierogies ($8) and have your pick of the dozen hot dogs and sausages on the menu. Why not indulge in a Brooklyn Egg Cream ($3) while you’re at it?

Regular tip: The bar is located at the site of former Bridgeview Locksmith shop owned by bar proprietor Casatelli’s uncle, and where he once worked.

Lock Yard is featured in the 2015 South Brooklyn & Rockaway Beer Book, on sale now. Sign up here to be alerted when the next books go on sale. 

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