What it is: A cavernous Irish bar in Red Hook with a strong sense of community, clearly demarcated favorite local teams, two huge rooms and a menu that moves past your typical pub fare while still staying affordable.
Why we love it: Unlike Irish bars that are content with just hanging a flag and serving Guiness, Rocky’s hosts weekly Irish classes in case you wanted to learn and regularly host Irish bands of the traditional and contemporary variety. Also the “clearly stating what teams they like” thing is refreshing. In a town where sports bars try to appeal to every fan, Rocky’s proudly wears their Rangers, Mets and Jets colors. It helps too that it attracts a crowd that will talk hockey with you and offers a real sense of community, and that the bar has a staff that is endlessly hospitable. (more…)
Nice gams. Park Slope's St. Patrick's Day parade 2009.
If the news of this Grand Street Pub Crawl on Saturday whet your appetite for home field drinking this weekend, here are a few more spots that won’t require crossing the East River to get your shamrocks off. While you’re out pretending to be fake Irish this weekend, did you know a wave of actual Irish immigrants helped Brooklyn become the third largest city in the country by 1860? In 1855, a quarter of BK’s residents were from Ireland. To remember those who escaped famine, you can celebrate their triumphs with free corned beef and cheap green drinks (the kind you don’t have to dumpster dive for). (more…)
What it is: Authentically Irish, this pub serves as the perfect place to escape after spending too much money at Fairway. Why we love it: Everyone who works there is awesome, and let’s be honest: we’ve been dreaming of their roof deck since Thanksgiving. (more…)