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The Levee

Not Rated.
The LeveeThe Levee

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.01%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

212 Berry Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11249
United States
phone: (718) 218-8787

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(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum on 06-28-2005)
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Reviews by Sixpoint:
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Sixpoint

New York

4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Awesome neighborhood bar. Housed in the previous home of "Kokies," which I hear was an appropriate name for it; you may now make your own assumption.

Nowadays, there is "The Levee." Run by Texans Howard and Susan, this bar most impressed me because of the Love put into it. Everyday, Howard and Susan cook up fresh (Texas) chili, hot dogs, and peanut butter and jelly upon request (vegan friendly!). Also, there is a great selection of bottled brews, with a special focus on regional and domestic micros. Currently, there are only half a dozen taps, but Howard is looking into adding another six. He also alluded to adding two beer engines for cask ale...

What really impressed me about Howard and Susan is their enthusiasm towards good beer. Howard loves to talk about and serve beers that he enjoys, and you can tell his years of service with the Ginger Man has given him an appreciation of a wide range of styles. Him and I had a discussion of how all American pale ales have stemmed from two schools of thought: Liberty Ale from Anchor and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

In addition to friendly, knowledgeable staff, I have to remark about the stunning atmosphere. Beautiful tin ceilings, awesome hardwood floors, and classic brick walls give this place a great vibe. Furthermore, the place is impeccably clean, and you can tell Howard and Susan have a lot of respect for their new business.

I encourage everyone to stop by this bar if you're in the neighborhood. It's only a short walk from the L stop at Bedford, and there's a good chance you might just see me there...

06-30-2005 02:56:44 | More by Sixpoint
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Ant4711

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-08-2014 15:51:12 | More by Ant4711
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Rachel1978


3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

07-03-2014 20:34:01 | More by Rachel1978
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $

I’ve walked by this place so many times and have never stopped. With all the great beer bars in Williamsburg, why would I? But this last time, I thought, “heck, let’s check it out”. And there I went, along with the wife.

This is a certified hipster hangout. Like, dude! Word. I’ve never seen more hipsters by square foot in my entire life. Roomy place, with two areas and two bars, booths, pool table… a total dive. It almost needs smoke. Tables lined with PBR signs, tattered sofas and by-the-book skinny hipsters drinking Bud, Corona and PBR (I hope, even though I didn’t see it).

Five taps only (why is this joint even on BA?): Sixpoint Sweet Action, Founders Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, Guinness, Harpoon UFO and Yuengling. A chalkboard menu shows some bottled goodies, like Blithering Idiot, Duchesse, Fin de Monde, Abita… plus a lot of good bourbons and whiskeys at great prices (Evan Williams for $5-$6??). My Blithering bottle was five dollars, I don’t think it gets any better… and the drafts are $4 and $5.

Didn’t see a food menu, but they do have some greasy bar grub like ruffles-and-dip, cheese balls, popcorn and shit. Fancy!
Considering d.b.a. is four blocks away, I’m not sure I would come back here, but hey, it ain’t bad…

02-10-2012 06:46:54 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Well The Levee certainly is an ineresting place. We've got a good juke box and several board games on top of it to pass your time with. In the back we've got Buck Hunter if you want to hone your hunting skills in a more humane way. This is a neighborhood, hole in the wall, dive kind of place. Not only can you partake of some fairly nice beer, you can also have your PBR in a can cooler if you so desire. And for food, why not have some cheese balls or Ruffles with onion dip? I mean who needs "food, food" when you've got this "food". Right? It was a bit later at night and there was only one bartender, so there wasn't much to speak of as far as service. But I didn't have to wait very long at all for drinks.

Selection is interesting. There were 8 taps if my brain is serving me right. Brooklyn Pennant Ale, Yuengling, and Guinness were a few available. The better stuff was on bottles though as there was a much greater variety. Though I have to wonder how thought out it all was actually. Seems kind of thrown together.

Overall this is a neighborhood bar by far and probably not a place a beer geek should make a trip to. With so many places in the area, this is more a place to get blitzed than go hang out to enjoy some quality brews.

05-26-2008 16:32:30 | More by RblWthACoz
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plaid75

New York

4.16/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $

Located amongst the glory that is Williamsburg, this corner pub is a great little bar.

Upon entering, the long bar is to the right, with a few window seats to the left. Follow the bar to the end and hang a right and you will find yourself at the other side of the place that features a poll table and a few pinball/arcade games.

The draft list included Brooklyn Penant, Sixpoint Diesel, Stone Pale Ale, Yuengling, Guinness, UFO, etc. The bottle list was lengthy and impressive, and featured several inexpensive Belgian selections.

During the daily Happy Hour, all drinks are a dollar off. That means that a pint of Brooklyn Penant is 3 bucks from 5-8 everyday - Yuengling 2 bucks, the rest - 4 bucks. Hell, if you are so inclined, you can get a can of Carling Black Label for a buck. Pitchers available as well. I love a place that offers pitchers - it just seems so unpretentious.

The food was a hodgepodge of cheese balls, chili, hot dogs and bologna sandwiches.

Friendly hipster crowd.

02-19-2008 19:01:03 | More by plaid75
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I was in NYC for the weekend of 09/21/07 and we decided to check out The Levee in Brooklyn. We went on a Friday night and it was packed. Difficult to move around crowded. There is a good jukebox and the atmosphere is solid overall. Dim lighting with a chalkboard displaying the beer selection which had some good options, but nothing overly exciting. I had a couple of Brooklyn Lagers before we moved on. This place kinda reminded me of d.b.a minus the bad customer service.

I was hoping for more and the scene was just too much on the night we visited - I would like to come back at a different day/time.

10-05-2007 22:30:06 | More by Hibernator
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Have I never reviewed the Levee? How can it be? I guess I tend to concentrate more on beers and not on places. Oh well. As far as Brookyln goes there's not too many choices, so The Levee deserves a shot. It's just my kind of place. It's more of a local spot than a beer destination, but they've got a solid line-up and good service. And you can bring your dog :) It's great for hanging out on a weekend afternoon, or early weeknight. The main bar area is right off the street - it's on a corner; and there's a second room in the back. The bathrooms are kept well, which gives you a good idea of how it's run overall. Service is good too. I've found it to be frequented by a younger crowd, 20-somethings, but they were cool and hip and not all crazy-in-your-face or just out to get liquored up and laid. More of a hip, semi-art school crowd. You can always find someone to talk to. And there's a lot of interesting stuff going on as well. Worth a trip!

12-21-2006 23:24:11 | More by NeroFiddled
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Billolick

New York

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

This little two room joint is about 2 minutes from Barcade and maybe 3 minutes from Spikehill/Muggs. Greenpoint has so many options and this place seems to attract a young, fun crowd. Lively, crowded place. Short bar on the right upon entering and then a short walk to the rear small room. Beer selection extensive, but nothing amazing. Servers seemed overwhelmed and not real friendly, annoyed actually. Plenty of worthy selections, and cheese balls are a fun/funky addition. Worth a visit afternoon or eve or as part of a neighborhood crawl

11-23-2006 01:34:16 | More by Billolick
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $

Okay, first of all: Connect Four? Hell yes. This place is awesome, and an especially good place to take folks who might not be as interested in the beer as you, as there is plenty to keep them entertained. Board games, pool, a pet cat, cheese puffs, Twizzlers, and a really friendly and energetic barkeep make for a great night out.

As for the beer, the selection is very good but not enormous; I'd guess they had around 40 beers, most of them in bottles except for 5 or 6 on tap. I was very happy to find the Duchesse on their menu (and to have it served in the proper glassware), but if that's not your thing, they have plenty of other options with at least one representative from many different styles. And the prices are great; they could practically compete with liquor stores. Highly recommended.

07-16-2006 22:58:05 | More by soulgrowl
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