128 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-4am; Sat 2pm-4am; Sun 4pm-2am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 draft and well drinks until 8pm except on Tuesdays when it is 2 for 1 Draft and well drinks until 2AM. Pint sized Margaritas for $6 and $7 Mojitos anytime. Set Specials: Mini Bud and a Jameson Shot OR a Coronita and Cuervo Shot for $5 all night every night
Calendar/Events: Trivia first Tuesday of Every Month. Special Monthly events. See Bar’s Event Calendar. (Examples: Metal Mondays, “Beat The Gunman” Movie Trivia, Drunken Spelling Bee, Weekend Barbecues, and more
The beautifully lit storefront bar comes from a longtime New Yorker and bartender Matt Webber (most recently of The Cutting Room). Because Webber isn’t Chris Noth, he hasn’t brought beautiful blondes behind the bar (yet) and is doing everything himself, from fresh juices to choosing the art (hint: look carefully at the provenance of the reclining nude near the front door).Okay. While his candor is refreshing, on one side of us was a cute, skinny guy showing off his star tattoo and on another a girl who looked like a Scarlett Johansson circa her mullet fascination. We wonder what these cute kids could be called disparagingly instead of hipsters. Soft Spot is close to the Bedford L train stop but unlike many of the bars and restaurants that price drinks like they are really still in Manhattan, the cocktails here top out around $7. With fresh pomegranate juice and orange slices, the pomegranate margarita was a good choice, especially for sipping in the beautiful back garden, and strong and our friend opted for a house special, the Soft Peach. The bar was offering two options- one for $6 or 2 for $10, clearly working on a similar principle of the 4-8pm happy hour (2 for 1 on all beer, most $4). And the Soft Peach, with Absolute Peach, Triple Sec and a “secret” lemon lime sour mix does go down easy, so much that we wonder if the 2 for $10 should be changed to give us a twenty and we’ll give you a pitcher, though you won’t be able to walk far when it’s empty. Our friend thought the special tasted like “like homemade peach ice cream but not sweet” but it just tasted like summer to us. The place can serve a good drink under good lighting and employs a good piano player (though billing him a starving artist and actually having the tip jar foisted upon everyone at the bar is a little much). Check it out while there is still prime garden drinking time and enjoy the drinks, however they were conceived.
TAGS: Bars, Bedford, Fancy Cocktails, Garden/Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Karaoke, Live Music, Lounge, Music Club, Notable Beer, Notable Whiskey, Recommended, ★★★★ Great
Soft Spot is an unassuming, low-lit piano bar that’s half hip watering hole, half grandma’s living room, complete with a fringed lampshade. Piano karaoke and jazz bump from the joint almost every night, so you can sing (or sip) Olivia Newton-John on their dainty patio—the namesake beverage includes sugar-free Red Bull, vodka and triple sec. In a city of pricey potables, Soft Spot offers one of the ultimate deals: free booze on your birthday, all night. All you need is ID and a buddy to carry your drunk ass home. Drafts and well drinks are two-for-one every weeknight from 5–8 p.m. and weekends from 2–8 p.m.