451 Meeker Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-4am; Sun 1pm-4am
Subway: L Train to Graham Ave., G to Nassau Ave.
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Sat 6pm-9pm: 2 for 1 beers; Sun 1pm-9pm: 2 for 1 beers
NY Mag says:
Now that Bedford Avenue has sold out to Tasti D-Lite, this friendly dive by the BQE cuts right through the area’s surge of vanilla flavor. Its interior is basic, with red walls, some garish paintings, and a solid jukebox stocked with the Pixies, Frank Sinatra and PJ Harvey. Other entertainment includes a big-screen TV (which comes in handy for “Sopranos” pizza parties), Big Buck Hunter II and a Top Gun Challenge darts game, as well as Scrabble, Jenga and Twister. Though most evenings the scene tends to be small and laid-back, the bar’s special events can bring out a raucous streak—particularly Tuesday nights, when Carter’s Boys Library encourages adorable men to strip down to their skivvies (for kicks as well as a free drink). The happy hour, which runs til 9 p.m. daily, offers a two-for-one deal on any of the eight tap beers, among them a pleasing Sixpoint ale.
TAGS: Bars, Billiards, Dive, Garden/Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Graham, Greenpoint, Happy Hour, Open Late, Sports Bar, Video Games, ★★★ Good
If you told someone you were going to open a bar under the BQE, they’d probably tell you were crazy, and they might be right, but the relatively new R Bar seems to be using the location to its advantage, offering a cool hangout in an area of crappy restaurants and gross delis-you know, the kind that smell like kitty litter? On the weekends, R Bar is bumpin’ with folks socializing, shooting pool, and sipping homemade sangria or infused vodkas. Other nights of the week, visit R Bar for karaoke (Wednesdays), free food (Sundays and Mondays), and a DJ (Tuesdays). Something’s always going on here, and if for some reason you get bored, you can always go play “kick the can” with the folks that live under the highway.