132 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Tue 2pm – 2am; Wed-Fri 2pm – 4am; Sat 8am – 4am; Sun 8am – 2am;
Price: Moderately Priced
Subway: J,M,Z to Marcy Ave., G to Metropolitan Ave., L to Bedford Ave.
Food/Menu: Bar Snacks
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: No
Time Out New York says:
Soccer fans find common ground at this airy saloon, which joins the borough’s slowly growing ranks of footy-focused clubhouses. The bar eschews sports-bar stereotypes, with craft beer and natural light instead of boring swill and dingy quarters. Twenty-four taps attract the most attention for drinkers, dispensing a well-balanced rotation of European classics (Harviestoun, Old Speckled Hen) and American microbrews (Founders, Sixpoint); those looking for something stronger can peruse a reasonably priced list of whiskeys and bourbons. During early matches, temper the booze with a simple menu of panini, including an excellent pairing of peppery smoked turkey, fresh leeks, Gouda and goat cheese. When there’s no game on, Banter takes its cues from pubs across the pond, dialing down the music to accommodate the sort of repartee that gives the bar its name.
NY Mag says:
TAGS: Bar Snacks, Bars, Good for Groups, Lounge, South Williamsburg, ★★★★ Great
From three of the guys that brought you Iona, Banter, the 60-seat, self-dubbed “public house” in Williamsburg, revels in beer, whiskey, and soccer. European footie fans gather on weekday afternoons and early weekend mornings to watch the matches live on three screens above the copper-plated bar, which in turn satiates them with daily (until 8pm) happy hour specials and breakfast sandwiches and coffee for the morning games. Beer comes in a selection of 40 bottles, from Corona to Chimay Blue, and a similarly well-rounded 24 on tap, a mix of local brews like Sixpoint and Brooklyn Lager and imports (served in true 20 oz pints) like Bitburger Pilsner and Weihenstephaner Vitus. Whiskey lines the bar, namely Jameson and Michters bottles with single malt options like Glenfiddich. Soak up the booze with one of four $8 paninis, like prosciutto and mozzarella or Portobello mushroom and fontina. For quieter conversation, high backed wooden booths and seats tucked away in the back offer some privacy, and when there isn’t a match on, old-school games Sorry and dominoes pick up the slack.