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4.58/5 rDev +14.2%
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
4.34/5 rDev +8.2%
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
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
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
4.14/5 rDev +3.2%
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
District of Columbia
4.14/5 rDev +3.2%
Nice enough atmosphere when I popped in on a later Saturday afternoon, but it was clear that it was a college football day and the back room was pretty packed with fans. No biggie, as a few seats at the bar were still available. Pretty tidy place, if that makes sense, meaning there wasn't too much clutter or anything but had some character to it. Wood, brick, and a good amount of light which was cool.
The service was prompt and friendly. Nice tap list, and enjoyed a Racer X which is always fantastic to find. Nothing extraordinarily rare, but certainly one of the better selections I've come across in Brooklyn. Good place, and definitely a stop when in the area.
12-28-2009 22:31:55 | More by Nickls
4.14/5 rDev +3.2%
They had only beer opened for a short time when I visited, but it was really great! John has the right attitude and a definite literary bent. Non-readers, beware!
Just as at Cherry Tree, the doorway sat in the center with flanking windows followed by a curtain, then a few booths on either side. The right wall was exposed brick with some stools and a rocking chair (!) culminating in a pair of stained glass windows. The stained glasswas reflected in a mirror which was beautiful. The laminated "U"-shaped bar was along the extended left wall. That was the front half of the space.
A pair of doorways bisected by a knotty-blonde wood panel (think Aunt Rita's basement), plus a few short steps, led up to the back half of the space. This was really the homage to the Pacific West. State flags, college flags, standard tables and chairs inlaid with trading cards of 1970's era players as well as postcards. The back wall was my featured attraction: three bookcases of Bring One, Take One books plus a big-screen projection in the center line. An English-style dartboard was on the left side. Lots of games and diversions, plus the OED. A skylight was installed in the ceiling.
Beer: 15 taps, 5 of which (actually 1/3) were PA beers. 2 casks. Schaeffer in a can, Miller, Bud Light and Hair of the Dog Fred in bottle. Wow.
12-07-2009 23:23:13 | More by woodychandler
4.06/5 rDev +1.2%
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
4.06/5 rDev +1.2%
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
4.06/5 rDev +1.2%
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
4.06/5 rDev +1.2%
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
Pacific Standard in Brooklyn, NY
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.