This is my go-to for beer drinking in
Greenpoint. It’s just north of McCarren Park and fills a GIANT space.
There’s tons of seating, two large bars, and 25 taps with 4 being
seasonal rotations. My favorite is the Green Flash IPA. They also do a
great pretzel with chipotle aioli dip and have other food options like
brats and fries. The bartenders are great! Very easy going and friendly.
It can get super loud on weekends with all the long tables full of
groups and the squeals of people losing at Jenga. In nice weather they
offer outdoor seating and open up giant garage style windows, and in the
colder months they always have a big fire going inside.
2. Berry Park
This is a large bar as well, just down the
road from Spritzenhaus 33. They offer indoor seating on the first floor
and show European leagues’ soccer matches on weekends, along with major
sporting events throughout the year as deemed relevant (like when the
Brooklyn Nets were in the playoffs this year). Their major claim to fame
though is their beer garden upstairs. It has a cool view of Manhattan
over the East River and lots of seating. It gets very busy though, so
come early. They specialize in German and Belgian beers with about 13 on
tap at a time, but they also do a pretty fabulous frozen alcoholic
3. One Stop Beer Shop
Despite it’s name, this is a
bar-restaurant and not a beer store. Though, you can buy growlers of
their beers on tap. Hidden on a quiet street near the BQE and the
Staples of Greenpoint/north Williamsburg, this intimate bar delivers a
nice selection of rotating taps and a huge selection of bottled beers
from around the world. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable
about the beer, and the food menu is fairly extensive and not limited to
just pub food or brats like most of the other bars in the area. It’s a
great place to go if you’re looking to catch up with a friend over some
drinks and actually want to hear each other. They offer some cool beer
cocktails as well, and I can personally recommend their Cucumber My Ace
as a refreshing summer beer cocktail.
4. Rosamunde Sausage Grill
We nicknamed this the Sausage
Bar, not because of an all-male clientele (which is not the case at all!
Very equal female-male ratio), but because they serve up TONS of
sausages, including several veggie sausage options that are quite
affordable. They have 24 craft beers on tap with a regular rotation. Bar
staff is friendly and efficient and they seem to always have a cult
classic film on, last time we went it was The Goonies. It’s located in
south Williamsburg and definitely worth a go for the sausages and curry
ketchup dipping sauce.
5. The Keg & Lantern
This is a neighborhood-y sports
bar at heart, with a nice mix of older Polish regulars and twenties to
thirty-somethings. Located just by the Nassau stop on the G, the
bartenders for the most part all speak Polish (and English, don’t
worry). They have 32 taps and 2 casks, and there’s an amazing Power Hour
special from 11pm-midnight
on Mon-Thurs for $3 pints. If you need to catch a game, this is a good
place to go as they have tons of TVs and the seating is set up for TV
viewing. It’s also not a bad place to catch up with a friend, as the
seating options are good for groups of 2-4. There’s a back patio in the
summer months and some restaurant style seating in the back for larger
groups. They serve a full menu, including some Polish foods, and it’s
decent eating for dinner offering up really large portions at good
Oh, and did I mention that all of these except Spritzenhaus offer brunch, too? Stay late, come early! 🙂
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Today’s Friday 5 comes from Lorena of the blog Song in the City. Lorena is a Northeast blogger living in New York who loves writing, Dr Who and random street music.