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The 10 Best Bars In Crown Heights, New York City

The 10 Best Bars In Crown Heights, New York City

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Crown Heights is having a moment. Having shed its reputation for violence and crime following the 1991 race riots, this New York neighborhood has emerged as a vibrant and diverse community now enjoying an exploding bar scene; we crown the neighborhood’s best places for a drink.

Beer and Food Hall Action at Berg'n | © Courtesy of Berg'n

Beer and Food Hall Action at Berg’n | © Courtesy of Berg’n


Little sister to open-air market Smorgasburg, Berg’n brings a scaled-down version of the popular food market to Crown Heights. Indeed, this beer and food hall is the brainchild of the same minds that brought us the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. A first glance around the industrial-chic aesthetic of the warehouse space housing local, artisanal food vendors quickly confirms this common heritage.

Berg’n, 899 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 857 2337

Martini | © Alex/Flickr

Martini | © Alex/Flickr

The Crown Inn

Fans of the Brooklyn bar scene will find a home in his Franklin Avenue outpost, The Crown Inn. Featuring a selection of rotating taps, including 12 craft brews and four local wines, The Crown Inn really shines in the bourbon department with over 40 types. The stripped-down feel of the dark brick and aged wood paneling lends itself perfectly to sipping on a classic; think martinis and Manhattans.

The Crown Inn, 724 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 347 915 1131


Miami Beach Vacation | Image Courtesy of King Tai Bar

Miami Beach Vacation | Image Courtesy of King Tai Bar

King Tai Bar

The soft cream and pastel pinks and blues of King Tai Bar recall an old-time ice cream parlor, replete with chrome diner barstools and a 1940s Miami Beach vacation vibe. Stop by before 8pm for King Tai’s killer happy hour.

King Thai Bar, 1095 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 513 1025


Nostrand Avenue Pub

The low-key Nostrand Avenue Pub is the perfect neighborhood hang-out, complete with friendly bartenders, solid happy hour specials, and a shaded back patio. With 20 seasonally rotating beers on tap plus a selection of bottles, wines, and spirits, it’s easy to spend hours cozied up to the bar. It doesn’t hurt that the brick and wood interior and tin ceiling impart a snug atmosphere that lends itself to cold-weather drinking.

Nostrand Avenue Pub, 658 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 483 9699

The Tooker Alley Manifesto | © Olivia Edwards

The Tooker Alley Manifesto | © Olivia Edwards

Tooker Alley

Come to Tooker Alley for the cocktails, stay for the menu. Beginning with a brief history of the Chicago Prohibition-era speakeasy from which Tooker Alley draws its name, the menu delves into a range of eclectic subjects, from the biographies of notable Brooklynites to drinking poems to hobo symbols. Leave your mark in the Don’t Yelp Me Bro section, where patrons can write feedback and doodle.

Tooker Alley, 793 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 347 955 4743


Catfish Bar & Restaurant

Catfish offers a taste of New Orleans on a quiet corner of Bedford Avenue and Prospect Place. NOLA-inspired cocktails include concoctions like the Lady Laveau; absinthe, St. Germaine, cucumber lemonade. There’s also a great beer selection with 16 rotating drafts and close to 40 domestic and imported bottles/cans. Grab one of the long picnic benches on the rustic back patio and order some New Orleans-inspired dishes to share with friends.

Catfish Bar & Restaurant, 1433 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 347 305 3233

Calling All Whovians | © Courtesy of The Way Station

Calling All Whovians | © Courtesy of The Way Station

The Way Station

The first thing you’ll likely notice about The Way Station is the big blue police telephone box that doubles as the bathroom. If you’re confused by this, then this might not be the bar for you. If, however, the sight of the TARDIS sends you into a fit of Whovian fanboy hysterics, grab your sonic screwdriver and get involved. To experience the ultimate in nerd culture, go on a Sunday when there are screenings of sci-fi flicks.

The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY USA +1 347 627 4949

Beer Flights |© Lauren Topor/Flickr

Beer Flights |© Lauren Topor/Flickr


Covenhoven delivers on choice with 16 taps and over 150 bottles and cans. The narrow interior is sparsely decorated with vintage brew memorabilia, and though it doesn’t offer much in the way of seating, there’s plenty of room out back on the cute grass patio. Challenge your friends to a game of Scrabble or any of the other communal board games available.

Covenhoven, 730 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 483 9950

Mmm... back to basics - grilled ham and cheese | © jeffreyw/Flickr

Mmm… back to basics – grilled ham and cheese | © jeffreyw/Flickr

The Bearded Lady

The turquoise floor and lemon yellow diner barstools around the horseshoe bar at the Bearded Lady shout retro diner vibe. If the old school luncheonette look isn’t really your thing, the bar’s offerings are sure to win you over. It’s a cash only joint, so be sure to bring dollars.

The Bearded Lady, 686 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 469 232 7333


Butter & Scotch

Smorgasburg devotees might recognize Butter & Scotch from their bakery stand, but the outfit has now expanded into a full-fledged bakery/bar on Franklin Ave. You can see the @DrunkBakers in action in the adjoining storefront, where all the delicious magic happens before that bourbon ginger pecan pie ends up on your plate. Outside of boozy shakes and dessert cocktails, Butter & Scotch also whips up a pretty sweet weekend brunch menu.

Butter & Scotch, 818 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 347 350 8899