557 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-4am; Sat-Sun 2pm-4am
Subway: G to Nassau Ave.
Food/Menu: Click Here
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 5pm-8pm: two-for-one well and select drafts
Calendar: Click Here
NY Mag says:
The preserved “Shocks & Struts” sign outside this classy Greenpoint joint has become a neighborhood beacon. Narrower and darker than Enid’s (across the street), this former auto shop feels more like a refuge for Greenpointers who find an extensive beer list (including 16 on draft) more impressive than a full evening of listening to Badly Drawn Boy’s oeuvre. The back den of booths contains a Foosball table, a side room features impressive canvasses from local artists, and the gorgeous, amoeba-shaped copper bar in the center hosts old men of dubious sanity staring at post-collegiate girls deep into meditations on spirituality. Matchless needs more time to cement its identity, but an increase in bookings of local bands could call into question locals’ allegiance to the bar on the opposite corner. What’s more, the owner has already gotten in a street fight with high-schoolers on PCP, which in this neighborhood counts as an initiation ritual.
TAGS: Bar Snacks, Bars, Cheap, Fancy Cocktails, Good for Groups, Greenpoint, Happy Hour, Live Music, Notable Beer, Open Late, Pub Fare, ★★★ Good
Housed in a former auto repair shop beside a fully functional motorcycle shop, this simple but artfully decorated and roomy bar brings in gearheads, wannabes and kids from the neighborhood. Working hard to lure patrons from wildly popular neighbor Enid’s, it ups the ante with darts, foosball, billiards and a wide selection of rotating beers on tap and in bottles–not to mention themed nights like Motocross races on Monday nights, Tuesday Trivia and Tacos and a monthly eating contest.