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Pacific Standard

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Taps: 14 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 5.47%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]

82 4th Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11217-1908
United States
phone: (718) 858-1951

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(Place added by: slander on 09-18-2007)
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nramsburg

New York

4.34/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $

I gladly make the trip to Pacific Standard whenever possible and trust me when I say I live nowhere near it. Not even the same borough -- though for all intents and purposes it's really quite accessible given its proximity to Atlantic Ave and its wide selection of subways. If that won't get you close enough, the F train also services Park Slope near here.

To begin with, the atmosphere of the place is great. It manages to attract a low-key, welcoming bunch of people and, if you're lucky, their four-legged friends. Having an open policy for dogs really speaks volumes about a place. Both the back area and front are great and distinctive and effectively turn the place into two bars, one traditional "bar" and a second informal back lounge area. Seating abounds.
The beers are incredibly reasonably priced and well chosen. The servers always know exactly what they're serving and will offer candid reviews. Great selection with lots of taps -- Southampton, Avery, Sixpoint and Troegs to name a few. Taps rotate every week.
I have yet to enroll in the frequent drinker program but intend to very soon. Google their blog: the tone and layout of the "frequent drinker program" is a telling indicator of the bar's character.
This bar alone might elicit my move to Park Slope.

11-27-2008 05:04:23 | More by nramsburg
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Decent enough, with reasonable prices and a very good selection of beers you won't find close by. Friendly bartenders. It's got a little bit more of an open layout, and it's kind of like a library at the back. Relaxed. Even energizing. I like the feel of this place much better than the closed spaces at the Cherry Tree or the Fourth Avenue Pub. But back to beer. Each of the three pubs on the block have their strengths and weaknesses. Thankfully, they all have cask! What I tried here was fresh and clean (I forget what it was, but it was fairly common). And the service was friendly and efficient even when they were pretty busy. Worth trying, especially since they're so close to two other decent bars.

10-23-2008 02:53:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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Sixpoint

New York

4.3/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

The North part of 4th Ave in Brooklyn in the past couple of years has all of a sudden sprouted dozens of new bars, restaurants, and delis. In my opinion, Pac Standard has established itself as one of the best bars in the neighborhood.

I think the real reason I like it so much is because of its honesty. The owners, John and John, are liberal laid-back west-coast dudes, with a ton of intellect and no pretense. As a result, their bar is a manifestation of their personaility - kind of has a collegiate and academic vibe, but more a place where the cool nerds would hang out - not the frat boys.

They keep it hype and interesting with lots of events, parties, trivia night, cask beers, frequent drinker club, etc. One of my favorite zen moments is chilling in the back under the skylight on a couch, dog by my side (its dog-friendly), having my first pint after work while reading a magazine. Classic!

08-30-2008 13:33:24 | More by Sixpoint
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plaid75

New York

4.06/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Located on Fourth Avenue in "beer bar row" just a few blocks from the Flatbush Avenue LIRR station and the Atlantic Avenue subway hub.

The bar is a railroad style structure. Upon entering, there is plenty of booth bar seating as you make your way to the bar. The bar itself is very nicely appointed with a clean vintage decor. The draft list was about a dozen in scope and featured many hard to find west coast selections.

To the rear of the building, and up a few steps, is the rear lounge area. The walls feature several maps and other vintage touches and there are shelves of books and board games to pass the time.

Overall a unoque place and another winner in Brooklyn.

07-23-2008 18:18:55 | More by plaid75
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Billolick

New York

4.06/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Friendly, neighborhood feel kind of place. Roomy, music at a reasonable level, friendly staff, comfortable tables up front, relaxed bar feel, and a very relaxing rear seating, huge TV, smaller tables, couches, board games, book filled shelving. Nice, very un-NYC type athmosphere, which I generally find a refreshing change. So to recap I like the place physically and athmospherewise. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the beer choices. I gave a "4" cuz they do have plenty of respectable and drinkable offerings, but I was a bit disappointed not to find much in the way of exciting and out of the ordinary/widely available offerings. C'mon how about something from Green Flash? Alesmith (bottles) Ballast Point? Too many from Troegs, offerings from Red Hook, Mendicino, Harpoon, to name the main clunkers, not quite balanced by Anchor, Avery, DFH, Legacy, Penn, Stone (RIS, nice) and Sierra Nev. Hey call me a beer snob, but I didnt get the sense this place was taking many chances beer wise or trying to stretch even a small envelope much.

04-21-2008 15:23:26 | More by Billolick
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Nice laid back atmosphere, but just know that this is a total yuppy zone here. Cool staff is keeping it real and there really isn't any pretense going on. Quality of brews is good as is the selection. They had the Hop Obama, Petes Brown (Bear Republic), Avery Salvation, and two casks among many others. There wasn't anything mind blowing going on really, but there was plenty of good stuff to work on. Bottom line is this is a nice bar, but just expect to see some suits and a good swarm of the yuppy Park Slope crowd.

03-19-2008 15:43:13 | More by RblWthACoz
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slander

New York

4.06/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Standard? What's standard? You know, if not for having trucked out to the Oregon Brewer's Festival these last 2 years, I wouldn't have believed that there even was a Pacific Ocean or Pacific anything for that matter. Yeah, I'm maybe probably definitely not qualified to talk about what's "standard" there. Except for hoppiness and the sun setting in the wrong damn direction, I suppose...

So, down on 4th off Flat, a few doors further past that one place and across the street katty from that other place, Pacific Standard. Just inside the front wall of windows, a little forward area holding a half dozen tables with postcards cut into their centers under plexi tops, sharing common benches on both walls, the far one riding up on an ornamental vintage Maytag washing machine. Beyond that, an "L" shaped wood bar with a lip and a foot rail seating a dozen off to the left. 16 taps in a row over a stainless steel piece on the center of the bar back, 2 handpumps for someday to the right, shelved booze to one side, wines, growlers and coozies to the other side, and glassware below. An angled horizontal mirror sits just above and mounted up high, a large board with smaller chalkboards inlayed; 2 long narrow boards listing the tap selections and 2 more boards ½ their width listing the prices. They don't work. They're too small, too hard to read and you can't see what's on 'em unless you're front row center. They could easily replace it with a single board just listing the taps coherently. A bar counter seating 6 sits adjacent and a single raised table off to the right. Something fireplaceish down on the end with a bar counter mantle and a stage 2 mitosis framed mirror above, and on the rear wall, a few stained glass panels over a small bench there. Back around the bend in the far corner, the "Pacific Standard wager book" and "Questions for the wise & mysterious ethicist of Oakland" posted pages on the bulletin board, some good reading. The inside wall is painted blue, the other one's all brick, and wood slat over the bar. Various framed pics about, a Chez-Panisse print, a few license plates here and there, exposed duct work, large drop lamps in a row across the middle of the room, strung colored Xmas lighting lining the front benches and bar counter, and glass candles on the tables and bar counter. Rock'em Sock'em Robots being played at the bar just now, they're grinding at it pretty hard, although there's more rocking than socking from what I can see.

A raised room to the rear with a large projection screen; 4 couches around coffee tables, 3 mini booths on the far wall and tables at both ends. Good for taking in a pizza or sharing the unwelcome growler. Bookshelves full of literature, poetry, Taoism, a tiny print compact Oxford looking glass dictionary aft, darts in the corner, and drinking cards that enable you to win books. Blue painted and brick walls, and a skylight in the center of the room. UC Berkeley and Oregon & California state flags, sports and nature pics, a twisted pipe lamp with a glass cover and track spots.

16 taps, ½ of which were actually from the coast Pacific (Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Lagunitas IPA, North Coast Old Rasputin, Stone IPA, Pacific Rim Driftwood Ale, Rogue Mocha Porter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Anniversary), the other ½ mostly local (Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter, Chelsea Hop Angel & Standard Ale, Sixpoint Righteous Rye), and regional (Legacy Hedonism, Victory Prima Pils, DogFishHead 60), and a somewhere between here and there (Avery IPA).

That was 4 months ago, checking back in the other night, we find the west coast beers to be holding less than 1/3 of the tap space. But we find the 2 handpumps up and running (Six Point Righteous Rye & Chelsea Winter Wheat). A few bottled and canned macros, and light pub snacks (chips & salsa, Blue Diamond almonds, ice cream sandwiches, cheese & salami).

Been here a few times now. I'm still not sure what's so specific to the Pacific here but it's nicely comfortable, got decent tunage, and the beers were clean and fresh. Overall, I'd say it ties into the neighborhood scene well.

01-22-2008 16:41:26 | More by slander
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bonbright7

Florida

4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I visited the Pacific Standard for the first time with a small group of friends for the occasion of Sixpoint Ales having a special there on 11/5. I almost missed it as I walked down Fourth Ave as it wasn't well marked in an area that used to be run down. Upon entering the brightly lit bar with an additional room to the rear, I saddled up to the bar and noticed a good selection of Sixpoint, Chelsea, Smutty, and quite a few others for a great evening. I found the place to have a younger crowd and I was very comfortable there drinking $5-$6 pints all night.

The service was very good as the little bar in the front reminded me of Barcade, in terms of its tap set up, minus the games, though the food was limited to chips, cheese, and nuts.

11-08-2007 02:34:08 | More by bonbright7
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blgianbeer

New York

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I've been to Pacific Standard about 4 times now.

The beer: solid list of harder-to-find draft beers. Last night I had the Pacific Rim Stock Ale, the Stone Smoked Porter and the Bear Republic Red. All were tasty, but I'll make one recommendation. If you go earlier in the evening, make sure your beer isn't one of the first few drawn from the tap. Twice now I've had beer that tasted like plastic. I suppose it's because the tap lines are new. That being said, the owners and wait staff are courteous and had NO PROBLEMS substituting or replacing my beer. Some places give you a hard time when the beer isn't right, but not here.

The vibe: fairly bright lighting, lighter wood and a younger crowd give the place a lot of energy. My personal preference is more dark and low-key but I've never felt uncomfortable or out-of-place at Pacific Standard.

If you're in the hood, I'd highly recommend stopping by for a drink. Who knew 4th Avenue would become a beer destination with Pacific Standard, 4th Ave Pub, Sheep Station and the Cherry Tree?!

10-19-2007 13:28:30 | More by blgianbeer
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barrelman

New York

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

After a long time coming, Pacific Standard opened to be one of the most comfortable bars in Park Slope. It's a college bar for grown-ups without being fratty. The beer selection's outstanding with many hard to find offers from the west coast and locals (always have a few Chelsea brews on tap). They also regularly have a cask rolling.

Watched some playoff baseball there last night in the library/gathering area with a nice crowd of watchers and grad students. It's situated on the fourth ave block that also contains two other beer bars. Instead of fierce competition between the three, there is camaraderie. This is turning into one of the best beer lover destination areas in NYC. A must-visit spot.

10-17-2007 15:58:43 | More by barrelman
Pacific Standard in Brooklyn, NY
90 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.