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There was a time when Brooklyn wasn’t a top New York City destination. Tourism would come to an abrupt halt somewhere around halfway on the Brooklyn Bridge, yet daring travelers were rewarded with a neighborhood of tree-lined streets and gorgeous brownstones. We profile the best bars to discover while you’re discovering Brooklyn Heights.
Montero’s Grill is the epitome of the dive bar. Founded in 1947, it was the spot for sailors on their way to the nearby docks. Today, Montero’s is still going strong, as a new generation has embraced this ramshackle legend. The bar is cluttered top-to-bottom with nautical memorabilia and buttressed by old-fashioned wooden phone booths. The drinks are relatively cheap, the patrons are an eclectic bunch, and who can’t resist a karaoke night?
Montero’s Grill, 73 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 646 729 4129
Floyd burst onto the scene in Brooklyn Heights back in 2006 and became an immediate hit. Its claim to fame back then, aside from its wonderful interior and tasty finger food, was its indoor bocce court. Over time, the flavor of the bar has become more European. Floyd regularly broadcasts games from the likes of The Premiere League, The World Cup and beyond, a must for both European and American sports fans.
Floyd’s, 131 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 858 5810
O’Keefe’s has long been known as the neighborhood watering hole for local colleges and Borough Hall office employees. In the past ten years, O’Keefe’s has undergone a major face-lift, having converting itself into snazzy, two-floor sports bar. The result has turned O’Keefe’s into the ultimate local destination for weekend warriors and stats junkies. The abundance of flatscreen TVs makes it the perfect spot to watch any sporting event.
O’Keefe’s, 62 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 855 8751
This newest addition to the burgeoning Brooklyn Heights nightlife scene is presently the must-go hot spot. The Long Island Bar has been a big hit with the cool kids ever since its reopening in 2013. Armed with a classic neon sign, a dash of Art Deco atmosphere, and classic wooden booths, it’s a wonderful throwback 1950s bar. One might even imagine Mad Men’s Don Draper walking through the front door at any moment and ordering a Manhattan.
The Long Island Bar, 110 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY +1 718 625 8908
The Henry Street Ale House is a no-frills, no-nonsense watering hole with very good pub food. They have 16 wonderful beers carefully curated on tap, and rotated more regularly than the New York Mets’ pitching staff. The Henry is just steps away from the Heights’ gorgeous promenade, scenic Dumbo, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Henry St. Ale House, 62 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 522 4801