The inventive cocktails at Livingston Manor draw in crowds from all over Brooklyn. Made with fresh fruit garnishes and combinations with vermouth and dry bitters, you’ll want to try all of their cocktails. With names like Pomme Freake and The Rum Banana Project, expect a cocktail that’s one of a kind. They even have a cocktail called The Secret History, inspired by Donna Tartt’s 1992 novel. Also try their variety of small bites and cheese plates if you get hungry.
Livingston Manor, 42 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 987 3292
The Brooklyn Inn
Local favorite Brooklyn Inn offers a diverse selection of beers, standard cocktails, and a lively atmosphere. This inexpensive and unpretentious bar boasts a pool table and jukebox for a classic bar experience. Bring your friends and let the drinks flow all night long.
The Brooklyn Inn, 148 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 522 2525
St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe
St Gambrinus Beer Shoppe is a great local spot with a Belgian background. The owner is originally from Flanders, Belgium, and inspired by the American craft beer movement, he decided to start his own beer shop. With 16 beers on tap for reasonable prices, this is the ideal spot for both dedicated beer lovers and those looking for a beer education. If you’re a fan, you can become a member of their beer club and get discounts on bottles and growlers. Enjoy their cozy ambience inside year-round or their outdoor garden until November.
St Gambrinus Beer Shoppe, 533 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 763 2261
4th Avenue Pub
Another neighborhood spot, 4th Avenue Pub offers all the charm of a classic pub with a large selection of craft beers, both bottled and on tap. Located just a few blocks away from Barclays Center, 4th Avenue is the perfect place to grab a drink before heading to your event. They have a backyard picnic table area to sit and enjoy a drink while it’s still nice outside. Definitely check out their happy hour specials and complimentary freshly popped popcorn.
4th Avenue Pub, 76 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 643 2273
Building On Bond
Building On Bond’s casual eclectic vibe and killer happy hour turn this triple threat restaurant into a hot spot bar after hours. Their selection of drinks ranges from handcrafted cocktails to draft beers to foreign and domestic wines. Try one of their house cocktails like The Beehive with fresh lemon, ginger and honey or the Sparkling Berry with gin, berries, falernum and prosecco. Also try their house wines for only eight dollars a glass. Their happy hour occurs from 4-7pm daily, and you can get half off draft beers, house wine for five dollars, and cocktails for seven dollars.
Building On Bond, 112 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 853 8687
If you find yourself getting nostalgic over summer camp, Boerum Hill has just the place. Camp is the themed bar of your dreams if you’re looking for that cozy cabin atmosphere. Bring your friends and enjoy the spiked hot drinks, make-your-own s’mores, and old board games. The kitschy decorations, complete with a mounted deer head, make this venue feel authentic and unique.
Camp, 179 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 852 8086
If you’re looking for a cheap spot near Barclays Center, pay a visit to Hank’s Saloon. This ‘honky-tonk’ dive bar features live bands every weekend, making it a local spot for small-time entertainment. Hank’s friendly bartenders draw in loyal customers and new ones alike, not to mention their selection of inexpensive beer. Just be sure to visit the ATM before you head to Hank’s because they only accept cash.
For those with refined tastes, Grand Army hits the spot. This classy but casual bar serves a variety of cocktails from their house cocktails to brunch and dessert specialties along with beer and wine. With names like Alabaster Caverns and Honey Creek, the cocktail menu compares the spirit of American explorers with Grand Army’s ambition to craft superior cocktails. If you’re a seafood fan, be sure to try their daily oyster selection complete with eyedropper sauces.
Grand Army, 336 State Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 422 7867
This Persian-inspired restaurant will surprise you with its excellent happy hour and fun array of cocktails. From Monday to Friday, stop in between 5-7 pm and get two-for-one medicinal cocktails, like the Persian Kiss with prosecco and pomegranate nectar or the Bijan with pineapple vodka, mint, and elderflower. Bijan’s has a colorful and quirky interior, with exposed brick walls and modern art all around. Be sure to check out their live music events and art shows.
Bijan’s, 81 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 855 5574
Bar Great Harry
With 20 beers on tap and 19 bottled beers available, Bar Great Harry is another great spot for beer lovers. From craft stouts and lagers to seasonal beers like Horseheads Pumpkin Ale, there’s a beer for everyone here. The pinball machines in the back complete the casual vibe at this dog-friendly pub. Check out their happy hour from 2-7 pm on weekdays and their special events like trivia night.
Bar Great Harry, 280 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 222 1103