216 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-4am; Fri-Sun, 2pm-4am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Daily 2pm-9pm: $2 PBRs; $5 shot-and-beer specials; $5 margaritas; varying other drink specials
NY Mag says:
Like a homesteader who finally landed a house on Main Street, the owner of Williamsburg’s almost impossibly out-of-the way dive Rockstar Bar has set up a second joint just two blocks from the Bedford Avenue subway stop. Given the prime location, you’d think that this cozy, red-and-brown candy-striped room would teem with the young and fashionable. But Cyn, like its predecessor Rain Lounge, is a chasm in the middle of the swirling hipness that surrounds. Aside from the replacement of the former tenant’s hip-hop soundtrack with an internet jukebox and DJ’s spinning rock, little has changed. Amidst the dim red lighting and the modest crowds, you come here not because you want to join the see-and-be-seen carnival outside, but because you want to escape it with a $2 Pabst in the spacious back garden.
TAGS: Bars, Bedford, Dive, Garden/Outdoor Seating, Happy Hour, Open Late, ★ Blech
It’s not easy being the new kid on the block, but then again, if the new kid wore striped pants in a sea of plaid, it might be more difficult to fit in. Cyn Lounge, formerly Rain Lounge and now owned by the same guy who owns Rock Star Bar under the Billyburg Bridge, isn’t as cool as its über-trendy Bedford neighbors, but there is charm in going against the grain. Gone is the hip-hop image, or anything with the word hip, really. Inside, there’s a DJ spinning in the middle of a low-key, drama-free crowd. During happy hour (2pm-9pm), grab a $2 PBR or $5 margarita, pull up a plastic lawn chair and head for the spacious back patio, where keeping it “real” means snuggling under red paper lanterns.