The 10 Best Bars In DUMBO, Brooklyn

Candice Mcleggan

Nothing beats a drink after a hard day’s work or a festive gathering of friends on the weekend. Luckily, New York City has no shortage of bars for every day of the week. One of the hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods in Brooklyn, DUMBO has a great selection of bars to explore. We profile 10 of our favorite bars in Brooklyn’s charming DUMBO neighborhood.

Brooklyn Bridge at night

1. Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar

Bar, American

Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar is a great bar option for those who wish to enjoy their drinks with a fantastic view. Sit amongst the trees in a quaint garden setting with Lower Manhattan in the background. Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar is perfect for a romantic date night or a casual gathering of friends. Recount your best summer stories over a glass of wine, and be sure to try one of their signature beef, salmon or lamb burgers.

2. Jack the Horse Tavern

Restaurant, American

Located on the corner of Cranberry Street, Jack the Horse Tavern offers something for everyone, with an array of eclectic cocktails (sporting names such as the ‘Viking Fogcutter #2’ and ‘The Long Bottom Bramble’) alongside a selection of wines and beers. Jack the Horse Tavern offers a happy hour, so it’s a great place to drop by after work. Pair your drink with a selection of tasty cheeses and small plates such as roasted shishito peppers with nori salt or bacalao croquettes with sweet pickle aioli.

3. AIMar

Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Vegan

For those seeking an Italian fix, AlMar is a beautiful trattoria best known for their brunch, but they also offer an extensive drink menu, from single malts to draft beers, specialty cocktails, and a vast wine selection that complements their delicious food. AlMar’s lunch menu features a special of the day, while the dinner menu offers the likes of red wine-braised rabbit and pan-seared swordfish.

4. Amarachi

Restaurant, Bar, Caribbean, American

This Afro-Caribbean bar caters to all tastes and preferences, offering a top-shelf happy hour, industry mixers on Mondays for artists of all types, and singles nights on Saturdays. For a unique bar experience, be sure to give Amarachi a try.

5. Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican

Burgers x Brunch
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There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding this Mexican hot spot, and with over 400 varieties of tequila, it’s easy to see why. This is the best place in DUMBO to indulge in a margarita, they even prepare their own sour mix on the premises. At Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, food and drinks are prepared with care. Pair your margarita with handmade corn tortillas and guacamole, made fresh right at your table. If you’re looking for delicious fare and authenticity, this is the place for you.

6. Henry Street Ale House

Bar, American

Henry Street Ale House is the perfect place to go for hearty bar food and an extensive liquor and beer selection. The food menu is simple but delicious with plenty of sandwich and burger options from classic to black bean and veggie, and their appetizers pair perfectly with their happy hour.

7. Atrium DUMBO

Restaurant, Bar, Juice Bar, American, Contemporary, French

The River Cafés Salmon Roll by Chef Brad Steelman
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Located just off of Brooklyn Bridge Park is contemporary French restaurant Atrium DUMBO. If you choose to visit this DUMBO favorite, get ready to make some tough decisions because choosing from their delicious and inventive cocktail list will be difficult. Try the ‘Ginger Hibiscus’ with house-made ginger syrup or opt for the ‘Toast and Marmalade’ with VSOP cognac, egg whites and orange marmalade. Atrium DUMBO is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, so you can enjoy a cocktail any time during the day or evening.

8. The Bridges

Bar, Restaurant, American

If you’re the type of person who enjoys watching the game at a bar instead of from your living room, The Bridges is a great place to try. Fully equipped with televisions and a pool table, this sports bar offers more than enough entertainment to go along with your drink selection and their menu of American fare. As football season kicks into high gear, grab your friends and grab a seat at this laid back DUMBO watering hole.

9. Dining Room Bar and Grill

Bar, American

A local favorite with the downtown Brooklyn crowd, Dining Room Bar and Grill features over 30 brands of beer, with some local labels on offer. In addition to the full bar equipped with TVs, they offer a happy hour Mondays through Fridays plus karaoke on Wednesday evenings. Stop on by to belt out a few tunes before heading home after a long workday.

10. Two8two Bar and Burger

Bar, Butcher, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub

Serving specialty burgers and hot dogs (a rarity on most menus), Two8two Bar and Burger is a great place to stop for a bite and a cocktail, bottled beer or wine. Cocktail menu highlights include the ‘Brooklyn Detention,’ made of Old Overholt rye, dry vermouth, Creole Shrubb, maraschino liqueur and bitters, and the ‘Cuzco Fizz,’ with Pisco, St. Germaine, lime juice, and sour cherries.

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