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The Diamond

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 5.75%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Reviews by ballewblake:
Photo of ballewblake
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%

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.):)

ballewblake, Jun 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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AmyfaceNYC, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

dbrauneis, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

IronCitySteve, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Hibernator
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Hibernator, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of sketchpunx
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%

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...

sketchpunx, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

NeroFiddled, May 16, 2009
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The Diamond in Brooklyn, NY
95 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.