The Brazen Head
228 Atlantic Ave
What it is: Named after Ireland’s oldest bar, Brooklyn’s version is a spacious neighborhood place with an outdoor space for the warmer months. Fifteen beers on tap and one cask, but no judgment if you want to stick to cheap can + whiskey shot combo.
Why we love it: Brazen Head is many bars in one: On a regular weeknight it’s a casual, relaxed local with the friendliest bartenders for a wide radius. They open early and have free wifi, so during the day it’s perfect for some freelancer day drinking. Then, for drinking occasions, they always throw a rollicking fun party for major sporting events and drinking holidays and Atlantic Antic.
Who to bring: Your kickball/softball/dodgeball social sports team after a big win or loss. Your dart nemesis.
What to order: Chelsea Hop Angel IPA. Medium body, fruity, not too hoppy. Only on tap a few places around New York.
Fun fact: Brazen Head believes in lining patrons bellies with free grub. The put out a bagel spread every Sunday, wings for Monday dart night, chili for the Super Bowl, corn beef sammies on St. Patty’s, etc. It’s like your mom runs this place in the coolest possible way.