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113 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY 11222
between Greenpoint Ave. and Kent St.
HOURS: Daily, 3pm-4am
CARDS: All Major
HAPPY HOUR: Daily, 3pm-8pm; half-priced drinks
DIRECTIONS: G to Greenpoint Ave.
MAP: Click Here
CITY SEARCH SAYS: For those willing to venture to this quiet corner and those living around it, a giant carnival-like bar awaits. The knock of skee balls, ringing of arcade games and tunes from the jukebox and DJs create amusement park music throughout the airy three levels, which are plastered in worn license plates, piano keys and old circus posters. Even a moose head overlooks those resting at the bar, as they dig into the real draw--free hot dogs.
From New York Magazine
Psychedelically colorful carousel fixtures and oversized posters of circus attractions distinguish this capacious converted warehouse from the surrounding neighborhood bars. Clearly, the three-tiered space is meant for partying, although during early hours the ground floor’s shiny vinyl booths and chrome tables are just as suited to sipping quiet pints à deux. Lulu’s shares co-owners with nearby Capone’s and Alligator Lounge, but in lieu of the free pizza that made those bars such hits there are greasy bar snacks for sale like po’ boy sandwiches before 8 p.m. In addition to two pool tables and several arcade games located on the first balcony, two antique but mostly functional Skee-Ball machines compensate for the standard-issue selection of beers on tap; D.J.s spinning from a perch on the uppermost balcony make the generic array of albums in the jukebox a matter of indifference.
Years ago, we had fond memories of the horrible service, questionable food but strong drinks and lovably off waitstaff -- remember the midnight drag shows that usually ended with them eating your fries? -- all at Stingy Lulu's. The space, now inhabited by Hop Devil, a bar with twice as many beer options and half as much, on a good day, personality makes us miss Lulu. And Ivo & Lulu's isn't the same, all focused on eating and such.
Maybe the owners of the Abbey, Capone's, and the Alligator Lounge in Williamsburg had the same nostalgia when they opened LuLu's in Greenpoint late last month. The bar, a former warehouse with huge windows onto a stretch that includes The Queen's Hideaway and several other bars, is carnival style fun, three levels of it. Remnants from the now-defunct Brooklyn Carousel line the walls advertising sword swallowing girls and horses hang from the rafters, all for sale. The ground floor has the bar itself, many tucked away booths, including a nearly private on in the corner-- private to the rest of the bar but tucked into the window onto the street, in case you want to have your date in a fishbowl, we guess. The mezzanine has two pool tables, two skee-ball machine, and a Fun-E-Ball, suspiciously like (and as much fun as) pinball, and the top level (pictured) has a great view and two long bars of the super shiny, and fun, diner style stools.
Mondays the bar hosts Greenpoint's only real karoake and the whole bar is crazy for it. Happy hour is 5-8 and drafts are half off, so the normally five-dollar Newcastle left us with change in our hand. There's no pizza here, free or otherwise, but po'boys are available til 8pm. LuLu's is pretty much Coney Island if the freakshow had heat in the winter, the chrome still shone and a rockabilly girl carded you.