Lady Jays

Lady Jays

Why even contemplate Texas, when the heart of country folk music beats rhythmically right here in downtown Brooklyn? Lady Jays is possibly one of the only bars of it’s kind in the entire downtown district. With a convivial saloon boozer vibe and dollar-stretching prices, Jays forms the hub for natives of all ages in this up-and-coming Northern corner of Brooklyn. The rear garden carries on the cowboy charm with wooden decking and curious ‘horn-ornamentals’ cladding the walls. The decor might be quirky, but it’s the Lionshead Pilsner on a permanent two-for-one and the East Coast Oyster special putting Lady Jays on …continue reading

d.b.a.

d.b.a.

The epitome of chalkboard chic; this delightful downtown chill-out space has long held it’s own for ‘can’t believe your eyes’ prices and a friendly welcome. Rumor has it d.b.a offers the widest selection of bourbon, to be found in the immediate vicinity of Gotham Central and has a pretty extensive beer menu too. The garden is a distinctly pub-like affair with modest wooden picnic tables, evenly spaced patio heaters and a few perimeter umbrellas for those Mediterranean days. Weihenstephan and Ranch Beer are almost always on tap, while Dogfish Head Golden Era and Fantom Saison represent just some of the bottled …continue reading

Boxcar Lounge

Boxcar Lounge

A bijou haven for the post-work crowd, Boxcar Lounge is aptly named, since it’s interior is overwhelmingly narrow. The bamboo enclosed, lush beer garden to the rear is comparably larger and usually the place the majority of patrons hang out. Draft beers are rotational, however include a selection of local cask brews, coupled with several well-known European imports. Enjoy ‘2-for-one’ offers nearly every night after 6 pm, as well as the “Bring Your Own Brunch” deal at weekends, allowing up to 40% off your beer rounds.

Mission Dolores

Mission Dolores

It’s been dubbed the premier spot for craft ales and microbrewer efforts since it’s opening in 2009. With a rotational schedule of Smuttynose stouts, Scottish BrewDog and Genesee Cream Ale, it’s kinda obvious why. The drinks menu changes more frequently than the snack specials, yet rarely do the prices. The garden at Mission Dolores is essentially an extension of the bar; a quirky layout means you enter via a living room and the courtyard, prior to hitting the main room. Rustic tables flank either side of the paved courtyard, complimented by an ancient looking red-brick barbecue to the center. Cozy summer …continue reading

Maggie Brown

Maggie Brown

They call it the “Grandma of Brooklyn.” Needless to say Maggie Brown’s is one of your well-established, local haunts that would leave a gaping hole if it were ever to fold (it never has.) The interior embodies 20’s retro, right down to the domed mirrors on the walls and tiny lamps lighting each of the booths and it’s a style that practically everyone finds endearing. The twee vintage theme continues onto the rear patio, brought alive by humongous vine creepers and compulsively neat plant pots lined along the walls. Team your Hangar Steak and Eggs with any one of eight revolving …continue reading

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