Fort Greene is one of New York City’s coolest neighborhoods, with its streets lined with trees and mid-19th Century architecture. Whether you’re looking to nosh, dine, or enjoy some late-night cocktails, this charming Brooklyn area has it all. We profile the best bars in Fort Greene.
Owned by a husband and wife duo, this bar’s name is a combination of their two favorite cities, Berlin and Brooklyn. Berlyn was opened to give New Yorkers a new perspective on German food and culture. The menu focuses on food inspired by regional and seasonal German dishes with a Brooklyn accent. Try the Betty Carter, a tribute to the great jazz singer and Fort Greene resident, made with bourbon, amaro, lemon juice, and sherry. Or opt for the Pirate Jenny, named after a character in The Three Penny Opera written by Bertolt Brecht in Berlin, made with tequila, aperol, grapefruit and lime juice, and topped off with an Austrian sparkling rosé.
Berlyn, 25 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 222 5800
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Habana To Go
Bar, Market, Mexican, Cuban, $$$
Habana To Go
Packed almost every night, Habana To Go is an aesthetically pleasing bar with an attractive outdoor seating area. The interior is vibrantly colored and filled with a lively crowd of young professionals drinking frozen margaritas. The perfect after work watering hole with delicious, inexpensive drinks, Habana To Go offers free film nights every Sunday from May through October, as well as live DJs on the weekend from and a market featuring a live DJ, frozen margaritas, and New York designers.
Habana To Go, 690 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 858 9500
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila | © KittyKaht/Flickr
Manny’s Wine Bar
After a long day, Manny’s Wine Bar is the place to unwind. Having settled into the Fort Greene neighborhood over the last six months, Manny’s features a wide variety of wines for your drinking pleasure. Buy by the bottle or by the glass, and pair it with a delectable snack from their menu. This cozy wine bar is the perfect solution to your manic day.
Manny’s Wine Bar, 99 South Portland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 858 6821
Dick and Jane’s Cocktail / Courtesy of Dick and Jane’s
Dick and Jane's
Bar, American, $$$
Dick and Jane’s
Dick and Jane’s is the not-so-well-kept secret of Fort Greene; it’s snug, it’s secure, it’s relaxing. By day it looks almost abandoned, but at night it comes alive. Happy hour cocktails start at $8, and the summer drinks list is varied. Dim lights, exposed brick, and industrial pendant lamps suspended above the bar set the mood. With a diverse crowd and intimate ambiance, you can’t help but get lost in conversation. Needless to say, Dick and Jane’s will turn you into a repeat customer.
Dick and Jane, 266 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 917 652 1835
Dick and Jane’s Cocktail | Courtesy of Dick and Jane’s | Courtesy of Dick and Jane's
Frank's Cocktail Lounge
Frank’s Cocktail Lounge
Founded in 1974, Frank’s Cocktail Lounge is the family owned cornerstone of the bar community in Fort Greene. Serving standard cocktails and beers, you are sure to find the right bevvy. Wednesday night karaoke is not your average sing-off-tune music party. Here, real singers come to belt out your favorites. On Friday and Saturday, you’ll find a DJ playing all the R&B classics. In short, Frank’s Cocktail Lounge is the home of good vibrations.
Franks Cocktail Lounge, 660 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 625 9339
Strawberry Martini | © daspunkt/Flickr
Bar, Restaurant, American, Irish, $$$
The first Irish sports bar in Fort Greene, Mullanes specializes in good food and a cozy atmosphere. Whether you come in to watch the game or try one of their amazing burgers, and you can’t leave without a cocktail. The Henny Pineapple Sour is a Hennessy-based cocktail with pineapple juice and a splash of sour mix, while The Fulton Daiquiri is a twist on the classic Daiquiri, made with coconut rum and a splash of orange juice. Then, there’s the 16-ounce margarita for only $11. Be sure to stop by for happy hour Monday through Friday for drafts, mixed drinks, and house wines, all for $5 each.
Mullanes, 71 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 797 7606
Higher Ground Cocktail | © Michael Korcuska/Flickr
Bar, American, $$$
If you love hip hop, then you’ll love Mo’s. This two level bar has a loyal crowd, but newcomers are always welcome. Mo’s houses a full bar replete with signature cocktails like the Mo Henny Mo Tea, made with Hennessy, amaretto, pineapple juice, and sour mix. The Mo’s Apple Tini is made with vodka, amaretto, Apple Pucker, lime juice, cranberry juice, and sour mix. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to find the right potion for you. Come out on Tuesday nights for karaoke, Fridays and Saturdays for the live DJ, or the nightly happy hour that features two drinks for just six bucks.
Mo’s, 80 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 797 2849