188 Berry St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat 5pm-4am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Yes
Do not resist, join the team, and step inside the big new double-decker Mexican restaurant-bar-mechanical bull destination that opened earlier this week next to Radegast Hall in Williamsburg. We’re not in Kokie’s anymore, Toto. Called Viva El Toro, the massive space boasts the only mechanical bull in all of Brooklyn, according to the owner, who is extremely proud of her salsa. (Pictured here.) This is now the ultimate place to load up on Mexican food, pound tequila, ride the bull, lose your lunch, rinse, and repeat. Alternatively, it seems like a pretty great place to laugh at others doing all that. On Mondays whoever rides the bull the longest gets free margaritas! The menu includes all the standard items such as Carne Asada ($17), Fajitas ($14-$16), Tacos ($9-$10), Chile Rellenos ($13), and Quesadillas.
TAGS: Bars, Bedford, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Mechanical Bull, Mexican, Moderately Priced, Open Late, Restaurants, ★★ Meh
Paging Four Square: It’s about time to add a mechanical bull badge. Manhattan has two of the robotic beasts, and now Williamsburg will be able to take part in the faux-rodeo. Viva El Toro isn’t the most notable bar in the neighborhood, except for what they have tucked away in the back. Up front it’s a typical wooden bar with a bunch of sports fans hanging out and watching the multiple televisions. But in back, up a small staircase, behold: The inanimate creature is ready to take you on. Expect hipsters to line up at their chance to throw down (aka get thrown). If you want to go for the ride, here’s a crucial tip: drink lots of tequila first.