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Bar Great Harry

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Bar Great HarryBar Great Harry

17 Reviews
Reviews: 17
Visits: 34
Avg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 21
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
[ Bar ]

280 Smith St
Brooklyn, New York, 11231-4741
United States
phone: (718) 222-1103 | map

Place added by: PEBKAC on 09-18-2007

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Reviews: 17 | Visits: 34
Reviews by Billolick:
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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Yet another quality craft beer distribution point in the super BA worthy beer destination know as Brooklyn, NY. Not far from Atlantic ave, not far from Brooklyn Heights and just a bit further from 4th ave and then another short stroll to Park Slope. In short this place is surrounded by multiple worthy beer destinations in Bklyn. Cozy, corner location, real nice when they open things up, bringing in the street/neighborhood athmosphere. Always multiple high quality beer options, cant beat drinking fresh products from Brooklyn Brewing, or Sixpoint Brewing. Ample eclectic food options up and down the street.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Located in the Cobble Hill neighborhood, BGH is an atmospheric little venue, dark and cozy; there is the bar and the usual assortment of tables and such. (It kinda reminded me of the old Blind Tiger on Hudson Street.)
Low-key and inviting, to say the least. Excellent selection of taps, which include several local Brooklyn brews. Attentive bartender ready with a new pour or some more water. Be sure to include this on any Brooklyn Bar crawl.

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4.71/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of tabhill
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Even though I arrived during happy hour, the bartender was very quick and didn't mind describing some of the beers that I wasn't familiar with. She even gave me a discount on the growlers. Unfortunately the discount was more than made up for by the parking ticket I got for not buying a muni-meter coupon...something I'd never heard of before visiting brooklyn. I was really impressed with the wide selection and will definitely be back, but next time I'll look for the muni-meters.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A: A low-key evening having some Captain Lawrence on cask. The bar was not overly crowded and the poeple were quite friendly. As the night went on, it got more crowded with a diverse crowd. Most ages, 21-60.

Q: For as much as the taps turn over, there is never a problem with cleanliness or freshness.

Ser: Spot on service. No matter how crowded it was, we never went without brews. Our waitrress had a great knowledge of the ever changing tap list. Fun and friendly.

Sel: They have a really nice selection of locals like Sixpoint, Greenport, Captain Lawrence and Brooklyn. They also had some Mikkeller, Pretty Things, Bear Republic and Sierra Nevada.

O: A nice place to hit up. If you are looking for some NY state brews, they have a decent selection. The taps are always changing too. Definitely a cool vibe early, though it did get a little loud later on.

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Photo of beenitty
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by this place a ways back when I was tracking down the few places who still had a keg of Bitches Brew.

Stopped in at 2pm on a Friday because I was told by the waitress the day before that the keg would kick soon, so I got there when they opened the door. She even offered to shoo people away from ordering it the night before to make sure that I could get some.

As the only person in the bar, the atmosphere was cosy (lol) but the waitress was super cool. I got my growler of BB and she gave me a pint of Old Rasputin on nitro on the house. We chatted about beers etc and I put her onto Hill Farmstead (summer 2010) and I saw that subsequently they started getting kegs from HF soon after that.

Good spread of tasty brews and good prices as well. Firestone, Great Divide, Mikkeler, Victory, Captain Lawrence, Ommegang, etc. Typically dont visit this part of Brooklyn often but definitely a solid beer bar. Dont hesitate to stop in if youre around this area.

Great service. Great Beer. Great Prices.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My girlfriend and I stopped here for a couple of beers before heading over to Beer For Beasts. We got there right as it opened so it was pretty empty but it filled up pretty quickly.

The bar area is pretty nice. The windows are fairly large, so there's a good deal of natural light inside. There are some random things on the walls. Three pinball machines in a small room in the back. The crowd is kinda what you would expect to find at a beer bar in Brooklyn. The music was pretty much all classic rock.

We had no complaints about the tap lines or anything like that. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable and even referred us to another beer bar nearby when we wanted to get something to eat.

The fact that this place doesn't have food is a knock against them, though.

You can see their tap list on their website, which is nice. All to often, you look at a bar's taps online and none of them are current. They have an interesting line up with plenty of fun things to try.

This place is certainly worth a visit if you're in the area. Cheers!

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Photo of nathanlovesipas
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is one of the coolest bars I've ever been to. It's in a great neighborhood. It's located on the corner of one of those intersections where there isn't a lot of traffic and so the crowd spills out into the street and sidewalk as the night goes on. There is a Turkish/mediterranean/middle eastern restaurant right across the street where you can get cheap falafel or whatever after every couple rounds. Anyway, the actual bar is clean and quaint, with knowledgeable and personable staff. The tap list is great. It's full of stuff that's hard to find on draft (they had Old Rasputin and Flying Dog Schwartz on draft when I went. Try finding these elsewhere!), so if you're the kind of person who likes to try a ton of different beers throughout the night (as opposed to sticking with old standbys--BORING), then this is a great place for you. They do have a cask as well. Prices are decent for this part of town, and as long as you don't mind the hipsters (they're not all bad), you will love this place.

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Photo of NighthawkSU
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

A new review, in celebration of the recent second Anniversary of BGH.

My how they've grown! From a slightly shabby small, friendly if somewhat quiet place they've exploded to become one of the premier beer locations in Brooklyn. Taking full advantage of their explosion in popularity, the boys at BGH have invested smartly and expansively in the little beer bar that could, and the results show.

BGH now sports a full twenty lines and a pulled cask, all frequently rotated. They also took over an adjacent room, knocked down a wall and effectively doubled the seating available in what was a pretty cramped (but still pleasant) venue. Offering-wise, they've taken on a more regional flair than when they first opened, and part of the expanded lines appear to be reserved for Belgian and German offerings (which is just fine with me). More frequent appearances from NY and other regional brewers dominate the lineup, no doubt partially a result of their commitment to locavoreism and partially as a side effect of the frequent featured brewery nights. These have become a staple, and patrons are plied with free meat and cheese as well as discounted pints of whomever is featured that night. Which is quite good, because...

An unfortunate side effect of their success (coupled with the likely rising operation costs) is the inevitable slow but steady creep upwards in pricing. When they opened, almost every pint on the menu was $5; even heavy offerings that were selling for almost twice as much (per oz) at neighborhood establishments. A glance at the price list today will definitely give regulars a double take...only the ubiquitous Yuengling can still be guaranteed to be in that range. Almost everything else has seen a $1-2 increase, a decrease in pour or (sadly) both. I didn't think their pricing was sustainable for long, but it's a shame as it really set them apart from the competition. Another somewhat unfortunate development (although subject to point of view, of course) is the frequent overtaking of a pretty laid back crowd by hordes of, while not quite popped-collar youngsters, something close to it, particularly on weekends.

That said, the essence of BGH is the same, just amped up a bit for my tastes. The lineup is solid, the owners and bartenders are fantastic and still are as welcoming and beer-loving as ever. I'm thrilled with their success, and wish them well.

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Bar Great Harry in Brooklyn, NY
93 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.