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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 5.98%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

43 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11222
United States
phone: (718) 383-5030

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(Place added by: sleazo on 09-18-2007)
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I went to the The Diamond on Wednesday night during a recent NYC trip to visit my good friend. We went to a show earlier in the evening at Williamsburg Music Hall. The music was awesome and we had an ample amount of Sixpoint beers at the show, so this may not be my most coherent or detailed review.

It was late in the evening when we arrived after a pleasant 10 minute walk from the music hall. The weather was comfortable for an August night in the city.

The Diamond has an unsuspecting exterior and a nice design inside with a comfortable vibe. The bar has a half-moon shape and a good amount of seating in the back. The bathroom walls are decorated with vintage cassette tapes that looks pretty cool. There is also a back patio area as well.

Beer selection was really solid with a nice cross representation of different styles of beer. The selection of bottles and drafts included Southern Tier Hop Sun, Stone Levitation, Two Brothers Long Haul, Schneider Weisse, Otter Creek Copper Ale, Orval and Saison Dupont. Tons of other good selections and wines as well.

My buddy and I shared a tray (eleven 7oz glasses) of the Riessdorf Kolsch, that we found refreshing and mighty quaffable.

I thought The Diamond was a very cool neighborhood bar with a chill vibe that showcased an excellent selection of quality brews.

We ended playing a bunch of shuffleboard as the night went on and had a lot fun (Cue up 'fuzzy memory').

I would like to re-visit next time I'm in Brooklyn.

08-13-2011 23:28:24 | More by Hibernator
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AmyfaceNYC

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

04-08-2014 00:56:49 | More by AmyfaceNYC
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$

Pretty interesting place with the shuffleboard table inside, the gondola outside, and the interesting bathroom decor (60s ski brochures in one and cassette tapes in other). Not super large but a nice space with indoor and outdoor areas.

We only had bottled beers due to an issue with the refrigeration for the draft beer - the bottles were pretty good. Hope they get that worked out soon as I would like to go back and get some interesting drafts.

Bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and was dealing well with the draft crisis.

Decent bottle selection (as well as some cans) where we found a couple of beers I don't see many places - both English beers.

Prices were reasonable.

07-16-2012 18:25:18 | More by dbrauneis
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

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

A: This place offers a pretty low-key atmosphere. Used to sit on in the back, but alas it was cold, we we hung at the bar. Nothing overly obnoxious going on here, which is great.

Q: Never had any problems with the freshness on tap. I did not have any bottles so I cannot speak to that.

Ser: The service was really great. Quick prompt and knowledgable.

Sel: There are about 9 brews on tap. They are labeled nicely and easily on the menu. It is good for newbies to brews. They have 30+ bottles too on the menu. Was able to have some Goose Island Pere Jacques.

O: A nice low key vibe with some interesting bews on tap and in bottles. Not as expensive as some think, IMO, a nice place that has lots of locals, no tourists.

12-20-2011 00:12:33 | More by IronCitySteve
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sketchpunx

New York

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$

As a resident of Greenpoint, I find myself at the Diamond rather frequently. They seem to have just the right mix of tradition and ingenuity to fit the trendy neighborhood beer crowd.
The Diamond is Usually busy on the weekends, but not jam packed the way Radegast, Berry Park or Spyten Dyvel are. The Diamond is still a little hidden in a weird spot on the river with little other business real close to it. This means I can still get exceptional service on the weekends, and not deal with trust-fund yuppies up to my neck. This is a real nice local joint.
The decor is quirky and interesting with odd little paintings all around the place. The Patio is great in the summer and sports a game similar to horseshoes. The Music is always good, mostly rock. (the owner has a thing for Van Halen).
The Real Draws of This bar are Its beer (of course) and the vintage shuffleboard table. The Beer List is not the most extensive i have ever encountered, but extremely well thought out, covering a large range of styles and countries in about 30-40 bottle offerings. The Taps change regularly and everything is high quality. This is a spot that prides it self on a pristine product and everything from the taps to the lines to the bottles to the kegs are all well maintained, cared for and serviced.
Shuffleboard is both addictive and really fun. Anyone can play and most of the customers are only semi-serious about it.
This is really the spot to go for good beer in North Brooklyn if you are in the know, but I didn't tell ya...

07-07-2010 04:05:57 | More by sketchpunx
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Not far from the Gutter, and I guess Brooklyn Brewing for that matter. Come to think of it, dba's not really that far either.

Cute place. A little too plain for my tastes, but OK. It's clean and neat. And I like the half-circle bar. The exposed brick is always nice, and the juke box was welcome.

I was turned off-that the bartender was more interested in her personal stuff than attending to me, and also that I couldn't get a sample of the Southern Tier Creme Brulee (this was a while back). She told me I could have a sample for $2 in a shot glass. ??? That's $1.33 and ounce. I ordered it figuring it had to be at least OK, but then I paid $7 for a "12 oz" glass that was actually a 10 oz. glass. Ahhh, it's still OK, but why act so cheap? Anyway, OK, grief aired, let's move on.

They have (or had) 33 bottles and 8 taps. Cask as well! They have a limited selection of wine (8), cider (1), and sake (2), but their choices are good.

The food is limited but pretty good as well. A fresh corn salad is $5, pickles and olives are $4. A beer pie is $7. They have cheeses though, which is great. Apparently they get them from BierKraft. They break them down into cow/goat/sheep to make it easy for you. I forget what cheese I had but it came with honey and almonds and crostini.

If you're in the neighborhood it can't hurt to stop in.

05-16-2009 00:53:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

Stopped in for a few as part of this years "Slanderpalooza". Yet another interesting, slightly different,high quality, very BA worthy spot in WBurg, Gpoint, whatever you want to call it in the international beer destination borough of Brooklyn, NY. Nice mid sized place. Light and airy, funky off beat art all around the palce. I especially got a kick out of the cassette case wall paper in the bathroom. Curved wooden bar, shuffle board table in the mix. Nice outdoor area with a vintage gondola unit from Gore Mountain. Quality taps numbering about 10, extensive bottles, again high quality with many interesting and not widely seen choices. For the tap/bottle details, go to their website. Beer availability is well kept and up to date. Limited food options. Quite friendly and very well informed barkeep. Well worth a visit and/or as a part of a neighborhood crawl.

11-16-2008 15:15:42 | More by Billolick
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

Stopped in a Friday night, on accident. We were on our way to the Brooklyn Brewery but i wasn't sure what stop it was on the G. Ended up getting off at Greenpoint Ave and started walking through an industrial/little on the seedy side neighborhood. Saw the Diamond Sign lit up and know i heard of this place.

Wasn't too crowded mostly 20-30 crowd. People either playing shuttleboard or hanging out in the backyard area, which is pretty cool and it was nice out that night which made it even better.

The quality of taps are all microbrews, foreign and domestic about 16 of em. We had Southern Tier Pumpking and Avery IPA. Beers were $4-$6. The bottle list was also of high quality about 20 offerering, again foreign and domestic available, something for everyone (JW Leeds i remember seeing also)

Food- The kitchen consisted of a toaster oven on the side of the bar. only cheese and meat platters really...ordered the cheese platter...$12 for 3 different selections, with honey covered almonds and toasted bread pieces. the Chevre du miel...WOW awesome stuff

Overall a pretty cool hang out bar if ur in the area with great beer on tap, would def come back on a warm weather night and for some shuffleboard

10-12-2008 01:56:32 | More by bonbini26
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ballewblake

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Last stop on my NYC beer trek. First off I would recommend figuring out if there is a bus that hits close to this place if you are the walking/subway type, if not, late at night take a cab. In the middle of what seemed to be an industrial warehouse hood about 20 minute walk from the Bedford Ave stop is the Diamond. Not really hard to find, just not easy to reach... and probably not the safest to walk to alone at night. :) Anyway, I hit the place on a Monday evening so my accounts are from what I guess were a slow night, just how I like it. Maybe 20 people there from 10ish to 1ish. Bartender was down to earth and mellow, willing to pour quick samples and offer small/beer talk. Vibe of the place was chilled on the night, a few games and a small patio out back. Selection was about average here, prices not too bad given what you are supposed to expect with NYC. The music was I think from the bartenders ipod which I personally was digging; nothing overly obnoxious and mainstream, pretty much indie tunes. I could see this as my local neighborhood bar easy... if I lived in a loft warehouse. (thats what I gathered from my wondering walk at least.):)

06-28-2008 02:21:26 | More by ballewblake
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Until the day that every person puts The Diamond as a top 5 bar in NYC or Brooklyn, I will be designating it as under-appreciated.

I wonder if bars are kind of like starfish. If I cut off a piece of it and put it next to my apartment, would it grow into a whole bar??

The atmosphere is not showy here at all. Just nice and laid back and chill. Quality is very very good. Everything I have had here tastes just as it should be. Service is great. Dave is a gem in the Brooklyn beer scene. His descriptions of the beers on the chalk boards are not only well thought out but informative. Several times I have found myself reading them and learned something new. I mean, he just knows his stuff. Hands down.

Going along with his vast knowledge is the selection. He gets a lot of great beer, and numerous things you would never expect to see, because you just didn't know it existed. I have seen things more than once here that surprised me.

Food is limited to cheese and meats, etc. as well as some meat pies and rolls.

Prices range from typical to cheap (by NYC standards). $4 for a Brooklyn Extra Brune? That is one of the strong beers too! (8.5%) And it isn't the only $4 one up there.

I have been giving The Diamond far too little attention over the past few months and absolutely need to devote more time and effort to hang out there. I suggest you do the same, especially if you are going to be at The Gutter or the Brooklyn Brewery...or anywhere within a 50 mile radius for that matter.

02-26-2008 11:36:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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The Diamond in Brooklyn, NY
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