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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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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

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
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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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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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GJ40

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-29-2014 22:52:06 | More by GJ40
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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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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped by here during a recent trip to Brooklyn.

This place doesn't look like it from the outside but it is surprisingly large. There is a decent sized seating area with tables and chairs the wrapped around the medium sized bar that's in the middle of the main room. Above the bar is the draft list and two small televisions that both had some college basketball games on. There is also a really cool back room with more seating and is decorated like a study/library. There are several book shelves filled with what look like used antique books. This place has a really cool vibe and was a very fun place to grab some beers.

The selection is pretty solid with a nice combination of east and west coast beers, locals and a few rarities. They had offerings from Stone, Ballast Point, Sierra Nevada, Green Flash, Brooklyn, Chelsea, Sixpoint and Goose Usland BCS all on draft. They also do growler fills at very reasonable prices. I was impressed.

I had a great time here and am looking forward to going back. Recommended.

03-22-2010 04:14:07 | More by corby112
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$

If you are looking for a spot to pre-game prior to an event at The Barclay`s Center, this could suit your needs. Pacific Standard is a moderate stroll away from it; or perfect if you live nearby or are in the neighborhood for other reasons.

Anyways, upon walking in, one soon notices photos and other decorations with California themes to go along with the name of this establishment. And I believe that the owners hail from the golden state. The vibe is low-key and friendly. For the beer, they have a tap list with 16 or so offerings. There were quite a few NYC area breweries that were available including Singlecut, Carton, etc.. Or you could go with the Cali theme and order something from Green Flash. The bottle list, I did not check, but I believe a small one is present. In the back, there are some couches and a big TV. Which if the bar gets crowded, gives you the option for a place to stretch out. All in all, a low-key bar with friendly staff members and some good beer options.

11-13-2013 22:17:26 | More by mltobin
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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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Nickls

District of Columbia

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

(From notes)

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
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Pacific Standard in Brooklyn, NY
90 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.