This is the nineteenth in our series on the venues featured in the second Brooklyn Beer Book. This week we spotlight a Beer Book newcomer, Macri Park, a gem of a bar/lounge tucked between less-chattable Barcade and Union Pool.
462 Union Ave., Williamsburg
What it is: Semi-quiet Macri Park that’s set up to flop — with seating outside in front and behind, booths, and vintage flicks playing.
Why we love it: Besides the offbeat movies and music playing, should your companions prove less than interesting, this bar has one of the all-round friendliest staffs in Williamsburg (less machine-like efficiency, more consideration and smiles). Sitting on the front patio and watching people walk by adds to the charm of this airy space that still feels like an offbeat yet quaint lounge (with, yes, velvet wallpaper). There’s a big patio in the summer, a fireplace in the winter. Extra bonus: the people behind the bar are generally as hot as the clientele
Who to bring: Romantic-types, old friends, after-work meetups, pit stops on a night out.
What to order: In the winter, hot toddies and other warm drinks are the boit du jour. Fresh margaritas and craft beers in the summer.
Macri Park fun fact: Every second Sunday beginning in July, the crew serves up free BBQ (along with necessary DJ jams) until midnight in their backyard.