295 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Daily 6pm-4am
Subway: L to Lorimer St., J,M,Z to Marcy Ave.
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Daily 6pm-8pm: $3 well drinks, $4 drafts, $1 off everything else
NY Mag says:
It’s easy to miss this underrated speakeasy located as it is down a long, concrete hallway demarcated by the lone word “Bar.” You wouldn’t be the only one to do so. Before 11 p.m., this cavernous loft is nearly always deserted; when it eventually does fill up, the post-grads in attendance are craving a quiet place to chat and smoke. (You can do the latter on the glassed-in upper-deck overlooking the bar.) A soundtrack of folkie-leaning rock reinforces the earthier aspects of the ski-lodge aesthetic that comes with warmly lit wood. And after a few dips into the small, curated menu of beers or wines by the glass, it’s easy to delude yourself into thinking that Larry Lawrence is your own private club. You may be inspired to make up your own password and secret handshake.
TAGS: Bars, Fancy Cocktails, Garden/Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Lorimer, Mini Golf, Notable Beer, Notable Whiskey, Recommended, Wine Bar, ★★★★ Great
A slim gray hallway leads passersby to a heavy wooden door with an impressive, lofty barroom on the other side. Exposed brick walls and solid woodwork distinguish the lofty space, which has a warm, golden look courtesy of tiny lit candles. On the ground level, smoothly carved bar stools and reclining wooden booths mark the perimeter, leaving plenty of floor space for bigger crowds. Get there early to grab the more secluded nook in the rear. Late arrivers compete for seats with a flurry of the area’s young, hip clientele. The bar’s most alluring innovation is its upper-level smoking area, glassed-in and on view from the floor below. The small section, decorated with potted plants, opens to the sky. Mixed drinks are nicely and cheaply done—with specialty cocktails on the way—and the small selection of red wines by the glass includes a luscious Rioja.