97 South 6th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Sun-Thu, 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-4am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 5pm-8pm
NY Mag says:
Before becoming the East River Bar in early 2004, this venerable space was an illicit Latino speakeasy, and before that, an underground biker bar. Its first incarnation, though, was as a paint factory, and the giant main room retains a great industrial feel, with beautiful pressed-tin ceilings and weathered floorboards. Instead of accentuating such things, though, the owners have opted to camp it up, putting up a disco ball and a cowboy-themed mirror behind the bar. The resulting comfortable dive is complete with the standard handful of beers on tap, and a number of games—Big Buck Hunter and a pool table. If the weather’s nice, the concrete patio becomes a family-friendly haven, where hipster tykes buzz about while parents cook BYOBBQ on the grill. These meaty treats compete with the beefy fumes emanating from nearby Peter Luger’s.
TAGS: Bars, Bedford, Billiards, Dive, Garden/Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Live Music, Notable Beer, Open Late, ★★★ Good
At this lofty former after-hours spot, red-painted brick walls, poured concrete floors and a custom Western-themed stained-glass mirror define the space, adding a soulful, personal touch without appearing to try too hard. The laid-back crowd gravitates to the elevated pool table and neat pairing of couches in the rear, kicking back outside when the weather permits. On sunny weekends, groups of neighbors spill into the lively patio, which is decked out with garden furniture, canopies and free-for-all grills–just bring your own meat. Among the eight beers on tap are a rich Hacker-Pschorr wheat beer and a well-priced, fruity Flying Dog, which add extra zest to the barbecue spirit. For dessert, the bartender can pour you a homemade shot, like the Caramel Apple with apple and butterscotch schnapps.