484 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-4am, Sat-Sun 1pm-4am
Subway: L to Lorimer St.
Food/Menu: Taco truck year-round
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Daily 5pm-8pm: $3 draft beers, $4 well drinks, $5 PBR with a shot of Jameson
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There’s a 1950s, Vegas-Middle American Motel feel to Union Pool, and old pool supply and pest control shop. Plop your hiney into one of the big, cushy half-moon booths or hunker up to the boomerang-shaped bar. Only three taps (Guinness, Stella…) but there are some good brews in bottle (Duvel, Chimay). A modest liquor selection but it too holds some gems- Blanton’s, Woodford Reserve. Young, laid-back, hipster clientele come for the ambiance, DJ and bands, and the generous happy hour (5-8). Sport for the bored- sit at the bar and try to land lemon peels from your martini atop the bust of JFK on the ancient beer fridge. They also have a great backyard which is open during the warmer months. It tends to get a bit crowded when the garden is closed in the winter.
TAGS: Bars, Billiards, Cheap, Fancy Cocktails, Garden/Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Hipster Spottings, Live Music, Lorimer, Mexican, Music Club, Open Late, Restaurants, ★★★★ Great
In the grand tradition of Williamsburg bars, Union Pool transforms a defunct shop (generations-old A-1 Pool and Pest Supply) into an enticing place to kick back. Owners Alyssa and Zeb’s handcrafted touches, including deep blue booths, creamy pressed-tin walls, a smooth cast-concrete bar top and green tiles from the old Shaeffer factory, coalesce with nifty remnants of aquatic signage. “Chemical balancing,” anyone? Barflies bask in the glow of an old-time refrigerator, where lemons and martini glasses—plus the odd stalk of ginger—chill. Creative bartenders tinker with the sauce to mix up espresso martinis and pomegranate margaritas, while wildstyle DJs work the turntables. Summertime guests sip house sangria around the foot-ready fountain in the back lot.