Taps: 24 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by SiepJones:
4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This Brooklyn bar is a personal favorite of mine. For starters it was one of the first bars that pushed me over the edge from being a part time to a full time craft beer fan and drinker. This is a great place to hang out, listen to some good tune, play arcade classics and try out some great American craft beers.
Upon entering one can see this bar was converted out of an old garage/warehouse space so there is plenty of room to move around or mingle. To your right when you walk in is the bar and keg fridge. There are 25 taps (including Cask and Nitro) all American craft, no imports, no bottles. Some wine (I think maybe just a red and white offering), a full bar (liquor) and snacks for the non beer drinker or the really hungry. The walls above the bar are covered in chalkboard on which the beer is listed. Above that are some windows into the keg fridge with Anchor and Sierra Nevada neon beer lights in them.
When you sit at the bar you will find a print out detailing all the brew on tap, including description, ABV, and origin. The staff is also very friendly and helpful as I have watched them time and again help macro drinkers who have no clue what to order. At busier points during the weekend the staff may not have time for small talk but seeing them move quickly around the bar, serving people promptly and accurately is impressive.
There is no television in this bar (I am not counting the unplugged Zenith in the corner) but the walls are lined all the way around with classic arcade games. It's a quarter to play any game and there is a quarter dispenser on the end of the bar so don't worry about loading up beforehand. You can find me frequenting a few favorites: Tapper, Dig Dug, Frogger, Mrs. Pacman, and Contra. Keep in mind when its crowded certain games are harder to get to so you will have to wait your turn. The music is generally pretty good (classic rock, 80's, punk, post punk, alternative, etc. etc.) although most of it I can't identify.
This place won't crush your wallet as all video games are a quarter, the beers are $5 and $6 and there is a great variety as the tap list changes quite often (especially during the weekends). They also have $1 off happy hour every day, and keep an eye out on Thursday nights as they will have special events focusing on certain brewers.
Overall this is a great bar, and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys good craft beer or video games.
02-20-2010 05:09:21 | More by SiepJones
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