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Bar Great Harry

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Bar Great HarryBar Great Harry
BA SCORE
95
world-class

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 6.96%
Taps: 21
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

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

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(Place added by: PEBKAC on 09-18-2007)
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4.56/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

tabhill, Dec 03, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

IronCitySteve, Dec 17, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

beenitty, May 11, 2011
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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%

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!

SkunkWorks, Mar 27, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

nathanlovesipas, Jul 01, 2010
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4.06/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

Billolick, Jun 07, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

NighthawkSU, Aug 25, 2009
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4.16/5  rDev -3.5%

Made a quick stop into Bar Great Harry last night and was glad we did. We didn't plan to stop here, but in doing so we found one of the best selections on tap during my current trip to NYC. There were a few local things pouring and a few Belgian regulars, but mixed in with that were some surprising selections. Since there were so many great beers to try (JP Calabaza, Sly Fox Hop Project, Delirium Nocturnum, and more) we decided to get a few flights. The price was very reasonable at $6 for four 4oz pours.

I would love to go back to Bar Great Harry, but just don't have any more time. I'll have to try it whenever I return.

d0ggnate, Jul 27, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev -3%

Just discovered Great Harry over the holiday weekend. Though I bitched a little about going so far out of the way - I was pleasantly surprised. A great selection of beer and a great staff (cute too!) made for a good end to the night. Also happy to see that they weren't destroying my wallet. Looking forward to going again.

Good mix of beers too. Had IPAs, Lagers, Stouts, even a sour.
Some of the typical beers you find in New York, but nothing to scoff at.

Wish they had a good food menu though. This is where they are lacking the most. Maybe start with something small? Bacon wrapped anything is always good!

Goldfish, Jul 06, 2009
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4.78/5  rDev +10.9%

I came to BGH for a special brewery night: they had approx 9 different Allagash beers on tap. The night was stellar. Most importantly, the Allagash was fantastic. BGH gets proximity praise for deciding to host Allagash. They provided free cheese and ham to cleanse the palate. The bar is a little stuffy in back with no windows, but that reinforces the vibe (8 ft ceilings and plywood floors). It's not self-consciously DIY a la Williamsburg though: it's just a legit place.

Bartenders are friendly but more importantly fast. The regular tap list outside Allagash was solid: they don't forget the Yeungling to compliment the wide assortment of craft brews. Overall i will definitely go back here for another brewery event, despite the fact that it's an utter bitch to get here from uptown Manhattan.

nyuballer, May 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Popped in for the Sly Fox shindig which was also my first visit to BGH. Nice enough set up with a basic bar kind of feel and lots of games around to play. A dozen taps had a fairly nice selection of Sly Fox and others and the board on the wall listed all bottles available. I love the fact that Butternuts is cheaper than Bud and Amstel Light. Overall the selection is good. Nice variety leaning mostly towards American producrion if my hazed memory serves correct. Service was good. Kelly was the bartender on if my still hazed memory is working at least half way. Overall a nice spot for the area. Didn't get to try the pies, but I would if I had the chance.

I also have to say that I think it's a great idea that they are constantly updating their blog to list draft beers. Everyone should do that.

RblWthACoz, Jan 16, 2008
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

A Saturday afternoon whiskey tasting at LeNell's seemed like a perfectly good idea, right up until the time that I found myself wandering the Whole Foods down the street like a groggy bear. I can look at things, colors and shaped and textures, I can smell the smells, all right, I just know I can't touch nothin'. Phooey. Still, it afforded me the opportunity of new discovery. Apparently, not all of Red Hook is like the dodgy stretch between the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the brewery down on Van Brunt. It's almost kind of not so bad down here. Who knew? Anyway, soon afterwards, B (she) has some story about why she has to go home but B (he) is all game for a beer or three at a place or three, and maybe a backyard brick oven pizza too...

New little modernish bar down on the corner in a neighborhood that's sloooowly becoming cooler than you. On the inside wall, an "L" shaped wood bar with coat hooks below seating a baker's dozen on red pleather stools. Tiered booze on the barback, and glassware on the end & below. Good booze, a nice selection, small but tight. Long framed horizontal mirrors to both sides of a center "new beer" blackboard and a smaller square board listing the tap selections. 10 square tables; 7 of them on the side wall sharing a common bench, the others up front along the paneled glass doors that open over Smith Street, and a corner coffee table where there's a couple playing Connect 4 very, very poorly (Diagonally!! Diagonally!!). Red painted and brick walls, wood plywood floors, a white ceiling with sunken spots hiding an old pressed tin ceiling ("It's a shame", says Ben). Small spots above the bar, baby speakers in all corners, and a juke box through the archway to the rear.

The bar, not the barback, but the bar itself, used to be lined with a portion of the bottled beer list, where if you were seated at the bar, you could just reach out and take 'em. They aren't there anymore as I suspect people who are not me used to just reach out and take 'em. But roughly 6 dozen bottles on the list when I counted, more than ½ of them US micros local and regional (Brooklyn, Middle Ages, Southern Tier, Butternuts, Ithaca, Ommegang, Allagash, Peak, Smutty, Long Trail, Wolavers, Stoudts, Victory, Sly Fox, DogFishHead), and regional to somewhere else (Avery, Great Divide, Flying Dog, Anchor, Rogue, North Coast, Bear Republic, Anderson Valley, Stone). The rest of the lot holds about a dozen and a half imports, Belgian (Saison DuPont, La Chouffe, Duvel, Piraat, Gulden Draak), German (Hacker Pschorr Octo, Schneider Weisse & Aventinus, Spaten Optimator & Octo, Paulaner Hefe, Kapuziner Schwarz Weizen, Franziskaner), a few from the UK, and about a dozen blah imports and macros.

12 taps on a copper tower piece at the end of the bar. Mostly US micros (Brooklyn Weisse, Octo & Schneider Hopfen Weisse, Captain Lawrence Double IPA, Victory Prima Pils, DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Avery White Rascal, Smutty IPA, Schmaltz Coney Island Lager) and Yuengling and O'Hara's Stout. The every Thursday cask started early with us on Sunday, we caught the Chelsea Gotham Stout on gravity pour at $7 each (Ouch!). In all fairness, it is a very tasty beer.

Food? Yeah, they've got a single food item, the local DUB pie, in 3 variations (Shepherd's pie, steak & cheese, and curry vegetable). Not for me as I'm still holding out hope for the aforementioned pizza.

Saw one of the owners, he's liking the beer thing, wants to do it right. Comfortable enough, especially when they can open out onto the street, and a nice selection tap & bottle. It's a good bar, Harry.

slander, Jan 09, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

BGH is a great addition to Smith Street. For a local in the area and an avid beer advocate, I could not ask for much else in a bar.
The draft selection (about ten taps) Is a good selection of local and craft beers. Each time I've been in there there has been something new and interesting to try. They really keep the rotation going.
The staff there is really great, Ben and Mike do a really good job of keeping the local feel, by learning the names of there customers and learnig what the like and don't like.
The cost is comparable to other beer bars in the area, nd if your luck you might hit a special or two.
Overall this is a great local beer joint, with a good selection, good service, in a comfortable atmosphere.

cs45977, Dec 28, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

I enjoyed my stay here just two days before Thanksgiving for a the Sixpoint Craft Ales' release of its new Tripel as the little place was very warm and inviting. This relatively small bar embraced an interesting mix of light and darkness surrounding the bar itself, which kept 12 taps at one end with a chalk board menu of the diverse 70 bottle selection. In my time there, I found the other patrons to be friendly and engaging. My guess is that the crowd was in its 20's to mid 30's.

I look forward to returning to this remarkable oasis in the growing Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn.

bonbright7, Dec 01, 2007
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Bar Great Harry in Brooklyn, NY
95 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.