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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bonbini26:
4.26/5 rDev +9.8%
Rolled in on a Friday night after hitting up the Bklyn Brewery happy hour. Great vibe here, was crowded but not overcrowded. Has that old, wooden, dim light, chill music feeling to it even though its new. They have about a dozen taps and 3 cask lines along with 40 or so bottle from all regions. The draft selection was pretty varied something from east to west coast and some Belgian offerings. Beers were all around the $6 range Decent size bar with tables on the side and an garden in the back. All drink selections are on a chalkboard to keep things up to date. Also they had this concotion of apple cider, caption morgan, apples, and who knows what, brewing in front of me releasing the most amazing aroma. I had a taste of it (served warm) and its pretty amazing a cold winter night for a night cap (which is saying a lot because I only drink beer when i go out) Great addition to an already great neighborhood, will def. be stopping in again.
02-14-2009 16:22:39 | More by bonbini26
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3.92/5 rDev +1%
Vibe: This bar has the same feel as d.b.a. in Manhattan, but is more laid back and usually isn't as crowded. There are a couple of tables in the front and back but more tables are available in the outdoor seating area. I came in one Saturday night and was really interested in watching the live music because a woman in the band was playing a washboard instrument.
Quality: Beers were served at the correct temperate in the proper glassware.
Service: There's no waiters or waitresses for tables, but service from the bartenders is usually pretty good. When they have cask festivals, the casks are located at the back behind the bar with a separate person pouring drinks so there aren't long lines to get beers. The bartenders were knowledgeable about the beers that were available.
Selection: The bar has 16 beers on-tap and usually a few beers on cask so there's always a few interesting selections. Like its sister bar in Manhattan, an extensive bottle list is available, all writing on the chalkboards and organized by country—the draft beer list also includes the date that the keg was tapped. There have been some occasions where I've ordered a bottled beer but it wasn't available in stock.
Value: Prices seem reasonable compared to other bars in the area. If you really want a discount, you can drink beers from the keg that's been on-tap for the longest and they are trying to get rid of.
07-07-2013 21:37:12 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +3.1%
I have been coming here on and off over the last 5 or so years (at first when visiting NYC and since moving to the area a little more frequently). They also host a cask festival or two each year that are really great. d.b.a. does not serve food but for about the last year they have had a local food vendor that has set up at the bar and selling food there (though as a completely separate business).
The bar has an old school blue color kind of vibe and is nothing really special from a decor perspective. Since the bar is in Williamsburg, it is filled with the normal crowd including quite a few hipsters but also has a regular following of craft beer folks (including Alex Hall - Gotham Imbiber). They have a really nice outdoor seating area behind the bar which is great during the spring and fall - feels like you are in someone's backyard in the suburbs not in the city.
The beers are always fresh and well poured into the proper glassware. The dates of when the beers are tapped is available on the chalkboard menu so you have an idea of exactly how fresh the beer is.
The bartenders are always friendly and seem to really appreciate craft beer (and know something about it). Service can be a touch slow when it is real busy but no worse than any other place.
They have a decent selection of styles available on tap, though that is subject to the season (not a lot of heavy stouts in rotation during the summer). There is a fairly extensive bottle list broken down by country. They also generally have available a couple of casks.
07-05-2012 20:28:32 | More by dbrauneis
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
We visited on a Saturday afternoon after leaving the "cattle call" at the obnoxious Brooklyn Brewery. It was a pleasant atmosphere, especially in contrast to BB.
The old-time, typical blue collar style bar atmosphere is quite nice. They have a good sized bar and outdoor seating available in the back. The standard chalk board draft selection contained about 10 high quality beers. The variety was good but the selection was not extraordinary. We ordered, Arrogant Bastard, Founders Centennial, and an IPA pumped from the cask. All were fresh, tapped late last month according to the dates posted on the board.
The scotch, tequila and bourbon selection was extraordinary but we didn't imbibe.
We ordered a pretzel (the only thing on the menu) and it was hot, fresh, served with mustard and salt. Good enough.
The service was good but it wasn't crowded.
I would go there again, but with so many beer bars to choose from in the NYC area, probably won't.
09-05-2011 14:52:17 | More by brew4health
3.86/5 rDev -0.5%
Sputen Duyvil was too crowded so I wandered on over here with my wife on a Saturday night. Good music and atmosphere. The place is large enough that it would take a bit to become too crowded. There's a bar, and some tables, nice outdoor space in the back.
Chalkboard above the bar angled well, so I don't kill my neck making a selection. I was upset they were out of Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere, but they offered a replacement and it was a good one.
Tap selection wasn't impressive, three cask lines, but two were down for maintenance. I'd definitely come back here
04-02-2011 13:31:11 | More by wcintula
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
The wife and I stumbled upon this place on our way to an art gallery. I had heard about d.b.a. so we decided to check it out.
The place has got a nice appearance to it, a mixture of cool industrial-looking bar and cozy woodsy Brooklyn-hipster retreat. Very roomy, with a long bar, lots of tables, a back area with more seating and even a garden. A bit too dark, but romantic for sure... music is not too loud, just right for conversation, and the place is not crowded at all on a Saturday night, how nice is that!
Service is OK, not bad, not great, just there. Average indeed, but not in a bad way.
There are booze lists hand-written on boards above the bar. Tequila, scotch, bourbon, beer of course... Good (if small) selection of beer bottles, 35 from the US and lots of Belgium and Europe. Nothing earth-shattering, but just fine.
Draft beer list is, unfortunately, a bit disappointing. For a self-styled "beer bar", offerings here are kind of lame (at least when I visited):
Old Speckled Hen, Fullers ESB, Lagunitas IPA, O'Haras stout, Troegs Hopback... not superb. I came back one week after my first visit and they had better shit: Anchor Old Foghorn, Meantime IPA (straight from the UK), Storm King stout.
So, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and rate their selection with a "4", just because I love their casks and that Old Foghorn.
The casks, "curated" by Alex Hall, sure are something! Peche Mortel and two casks from Brü Rm. at BAR, New Haven's own brewpub (Jacobites Revenge and Wood Porter, which I've never seen at BAR or listed anywhere). On my second visit I saw Double Simcoe and Oak-aged Yeti on cask. Sweet!
Food is only pretzels, didn't try. But... how amazing can a pretzel be?? :-)
I would go back, despite the low scores and blah drafts. The ambience and casks make it worth.
02-19-2011 18:14:01 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4/5 rDev +3.1%
This sister outfit to the other DBAs has been open a while now and I have been many times. Located in Williamburg it is close to the Bedford L stop so it makes a good post Brooklyn Brewery stop or part of a larger Williamsburg/Greenpoint bar crawl. The bar itself is good enough to stop for on its own though and it has a nice back garden for nice weather.
The set up is similar to the other locations as is the theme of quality taps and quality liquor all written on the overhead chalkboard. A nice thing I like about this and the Manhattan location is they list the date of when they tapped the beer. Gives you a good idea of its freshness and allows them to sell "kick the keg" specials for $4 a pint.
Beer wise they have a good mix of British and Belgian beers as well as a wide variety of US craft styles. You can be guaranteed to find something interesting on tap. They usally have a couple of cask beers available as well. Bottle selection is great as well with a similar focus broken down by origin. The same can be said for the extensive selection of Scotch, Whiskey, Tequila and Rum.
Usually not too crowded, Brooklyn DBA can be nice with a large or small group. They have board games as well for your amusement. Definitely worth the visit.
One last thing, the bathrooms are a thousand times cleaner than the Manhattan location
Pricewise pints run $6 for regular and $7 for Imperial.
10-01-2010 16:45:48 | More by sleazo
3.89/5 rDev +0.3%
I've visited this place twice now and each time I had a great time.
The bar itself is styled similar to the one in Lower Manhattan, long and narrow with an outside space in the back. Chalkboards above the bar list what is available on tap along with other forms of alcohol. Unlike the Manhattan location, this place serves food but it is limited to cheese, meats and wraps. You can order food from any of the local spots and have it delivered right to the bar. This is one of my favorite features of the place. Rarely, do I come across an excellent bar (in terms of the beer selection) that also has terrific food. Being able to enjoy both at the same time is great and a real selling point for me.
There is a single HDTV set up near the front entrance. I watched a World Cup game there during my last visit and thought it was a cool place to watch a game.
The beer selection is mostly local; Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Kelso, Southern Tier, Climax, Stoudt's, and Victory. A few West Coast brews as well including North Coast and Bear Republic. The tap lines appear cared for and the bartenders seem to be fully aware of how to serve the beer (room temp glasses that are the right style such as tulip or pilsner glass).
Overall, I really like this place and hope to visit regularly.
07-14-2010 23:29:04 | More by jaluria
3.16/5 rDev -18.6%
They have a large selection of beer. Some I saw were de Ranke XX, Hoegaarden, Brooklyn, Fullers. I saw 16 draft handles including, St Feuillan Saison, Sierra Bigfoot, Stella, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. I ordered Scaldis in the bottle and the bartender didn't even give me a glass. The decor is like being in a hotel bar with the exception of the raw concrete floor. Not much on the walls but mirrors and a few lights. Maybe there were some promo posters for up coming special events. Large selection of scotches bourbons and whiskeys. Tequilas galore. We didn't have any food because they were out of everything that we wanted. It was tequila fest and they were out of a lot of food. The tattooed bartender was lacking on any suggestions for my friends that were overwhelmed by the beer selection. One friend ended up getting frustrated due to the lack of knowledge and service. So, he ordered a Tequila shot and nothing else. Maybe it was an off day there. But I doubt I'd go back.
05-04-2010 14:47:45 | More by Mudstone
d.b.a. Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY
89 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.