351 Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Wed 5pm-2am; Thu-Sat 2:30pm-4am; Closed Sun
Subway: L to Bedford Ave., J,M,Z to Marcy Ave.
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Wed 5pm-8pm: $1 off drafts
Thu-Sat 2:30pm-8pm: $1 off drafts
Rocky changes the name of his bar every few years, the perky bartender will inform you. Waterfront, Splash, On the Rocks, Ship’s Mast, Local and Rocky’s have been just a few of the monikers adopted by this spacious dive tucked under the Williamsburg Bridge. Loyal regulars brave the desolate locale for an antidote to Bedford Avenue’s self-consciously hip scene. Bright orange and yellow walls provide the backdrop for a large, octagonal black bar with a pair of ships’ figureheads in the center. Aside from that, the surroundings are set-piece dive bar: a jukebox, a beat-up television, pool and air hockey tables, and a sketchy mix of chairs and couches.
TAGS: Bars, Bedford, Billiards, Dive, Happy Hour, Live Music, Music Club, Open Late, Ping Pong, Video Games, ★★★★ Great
The name of this bar says it all. Punk, hard rock, and alternative bands take center stage in this quintessential dive bar nestled beneath the Williamsburg Bridge. Iron workers by day and young people looking to escape the scene that is Bedford Avenue by night frequent this place. There is little décor, just a pool table and some couches that may have never seen a vacuum or sponge. The mood is low-key at the octagonal bar encasing two mermaid figures perched within. Head out back to enjoy tasty soul food from the Pies n Thighs restaurant.