This is the fifth in our series on the venues featured in the second Brooklyn Beer Book. In light of the continued brutal onslaught of winter, this week we’re spotlighting an old favorite: Union Hall, the huge Park Slope bar with cozy couches, warming fireplaces, friendly faces and plenty of free and cheap comedy, music and other events downstairs to keep your toes warm until the snow mounds melt away.
702 Union St., (Fifth & Fourth avenues) Park Slope
What it is: A reconstituted 5,000-square-foot warehouse turned bar/library/bocce court/music, performance, educational venue. Basically, a total Renaissance bar.
Why we love it: The bar is the definition of something for everyone: a bocce league for serious bar gamers, a full menu for an after-work nosh, cozy nooks for canoodling by the fire and an outdoor patio for smokers. The downstairs venue features weekly comedy shows hosted by Eugene Mirman, movie screenings, adult lecture series, buzzy bands and way more.
Who to bring: Everyone from dates to co-workers to parents. It’s conducive to both intimate conversations and raucous parties.
What to order: The beer selection rotates frequently, but for now try the Left Hand Milk Stout for a meal in a glass.
Union Hall fun fact: Before his stint living in a Macy’s window, comedian/storyteller Mike Birbiglia hosted a five-night run at Union Hall in December.