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Mission Dolores

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Reviews: 9
Visits: 26
Avg: 4.11
pDev: n/a
Taps: 21
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249 4th Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11215-1008
United States
phone: (718) 399-0099 | map

Place added by: meguiar on 04-07-2010

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Reviews: 9 | Visits: 26
Reviews by Sammy:
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Photo of jjboesen
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I really like this place! It has all the criteria necessary for a beer bar to be great. First, the atmosphere: Mission Dolores is the least pretentious place in Brooklyn. There are some games in the courtyard, through which you pass upon entry. The bar area is homey; there are a few tables and a small bar that seems to have enough room for everyone. The patrons are eclectic: beer lovers, local bar flys and couples with kids - who were well mannered (unlike booger ranchers in other area venues.) It must be the atmosphere.
The beer selection was superb, offering a wide variety of local crafts. The bartender was attentive, professional and knew her craft. Plenty of water with nary an empty glass. While the only food offered were potato chips, this was not an issue, since you can get food anywhere on Fourth Avenue.

Definitely worth a stop. To quote Jerry Seinfield: 'DELORES!"

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Photo of Spreetaper
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection and service. Bartenders are also up to speed on most everything they have and willing to offer good suggestions. Previous review over the years seem to note lack of Brookyn beers - well mainly because there were very few breweries in Brooklyn 5+ years ago.. now that has changed and the menu reflects it.

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Photo of bgold86
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

They always have a great selection, really nice vibe, bartenders are always great. Their tap takeover/events are always fantastic, a must visit and you'll see why!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Interesting setup, I walked into the bar after walking through what seemed like a persons apartment yard or something. Nice divey feel with top quality beers.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of markgugs
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jlabs
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of StoutBoi
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.44/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Mission Dolores was the last stop on my little tour of Park Slope beer bars. It's a cool space on 4th Avenue, sort of like an old garage... you enter through a hallway with tables, then there is a patio and finally the bar. Lots of different areas for seating and chilling. They accept dogs here, be warned!

The Mission was chill on a Saturday evening at around 8pm, and I enjoyed my time there. I love going to a bar that is not impossibly crowded like I'm used to in Manhattan.

On tap: Empire Cream, Port City Wit, Sierra Keller, Other Half, Dogfish Positive, Thornbridge Jaipur cask, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Founders Pale... nothing crazy, but alright. I went for spirits (bourbon!)

Beers are six dollars except for rarities, but their twenty-dollar minimum on credit cards blows. They have no food except for potato chips.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of corysmith01
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This is my local bar and the bar I've easily been to the most, even with other suitable options in the neighborhood. The reason I always come back is I know there's going to most likely be something on tap that I've not yet had. They do an excellent job of rotating their beers, and while doing so, always managing to have a few on there that are curveballs, in the best possible way...beers that you've not seen or perhaps not heard of. Two beers that ended up being at the top of my list of favorites were discovered here. The bartenders are always personable, but what's more, they're knowledgeable about the beer they're serving, they can answer your questions. Really solid place to consistently try new brews.

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Photo of markb33
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Overall, it's a really solid bar in a spot with several other great beer options in the area (the Gate and Bierkraft are a short walk away). The day-drinking scene on the weekends seems to be a little busier, and although it certainly draws a decent crowd on a warm night, you can usually find a table after 8 w/o a problem.

The 3-room railroad layout is actually kinda nice as it keeps the noise level down and lets you hear what your buddies are saying. It's a great place to sample a solid selection of American craft brews with a few solid imports thrown in. Prices are pretty standard for the neighborhood and what you're drinking.

I've been there several times and will certainly continue to go back.

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Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Not open on a Sunday. Or are they? Time & Tacos will tell, meaning that we'll hit that sick taco place Moono knows and do a drive by on the flip side, which we did, and they were (open). You can tell 'cause the black garage door of an entranceway is up. You know, I could probably drive right in...

Through the front enclosed (a corridor with a most incredible breeze, probably 'cause it's a bit of a wind tunnel. A bunch of tables on wall bench pieces to one side and spittoon through. That's what my notes say, I wonder what I meant by that. Bar counter space for 8 adjacent, beneath pressed tin).

Next comes the outside space (An undoubtedly retractable awning over ½ the outdoor seating area in center court, the space lined with colored bulb lighting strung, the walls decorated with old elevator doors mounted. 9 tables of mix & match, and a portion there most strangely somewhat brick penned, like it's an incomplete fish pond or something. "Please speak softly, our neighbors can hear you" chalked on the wall (If you don't want to know about Satan, don't eavesdrop is all I can tell you).

And back in to the back where the bar be. The space a seemingly previously enclosed room with a forward add on or something. Concrete floors and walls of the same done splotch with some brick pillars. Very new pressed tin ceiling over the bar and a glass ceiling on wood beams forward of that slanting down to a front wall of tall vertical folding windows over wood plank lowers.

"L" shaped wood bar to the rear of the rear with a piping foot rail seating a dozen on high backless stools. Slanted worn framed mirror suspended by chains over the barback, and an ammo belt lining its side with baby bottles of something called Underberg. They cost $2 a clip and are listed as being "good between beers". I highly doubt it. A pair of vertical boards to the left listing tap selections, and a fat plank shelf above holding an old soda crate, some Mission Beverages bottles, and speakers on their sides offering very background music the way we want it. Stacked pint glasses on the barback to one side, tiered booze to the other with more glassware types below. Meshed gatings off one side of the bar holds stock, with old beer trays exposed.

Phat wood benches on 1 wall for the small 2-seat slab wood split tables, and bar counter recessed wall space past there, good for holding your beer and for leaning onto, 6 stools & mine. A single table across the way, and a pair of pinball machines (Indiana Jones & Lord of the Rings. I'm trying not to make direct eye contact with the evil eye of Sauron but it's drawing me in and is totally warming my beer up). Randy's hatin' on them, and vice versa. On the wall above, plastered poster bill-like mug shots of all the owners, they all having met in prison. Juke adjacent to the bar with bar games atop for play and a "Tribute for Stephen Baldwin" poster on the side (with proceeds going to "the other Stephen Baldwin's parrot rescue charity"). We are trying to decide whether they are mocking him or not. We vote yes, and if not, yes. Track spots behind the bar, drop big mouth lamps tracing the bar seating, and single bare bulbs dangling from above and mounted on blocks. A few spinnys do just that.

20 taps on a single box tower on the bar. Nearly 1/3 of them New York State offerings although oddly nothing from the borough they reside in (Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold & Kolsch, Keegan's Kitty, Ommegang Hennepin, Genesee Cream Ale, Southern Tier Unearthly), a handful from our neighbors to the west (Sly Fox Saison Vox & O'Reilly's Stout, Yuengling), and more west of west (Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bierre, Goose Island Matilda, Lagunitas Pils, Avery Redpoint Ale, Lakefront White Beer, North Coast Brother Thelonious, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest), and a smattering of imports (Mikkeller Nuggest IPA, Aventinus, Rodenbach Red, Hitchino White). I drank the Matilda, I would again. Also a single handpump on the end of the bar pouring Nebraska IPA.

Basic space with dogs & kids. Comfortable enough, but they have like zero climate control. I'm thinking January & July are going to suck, more so January. Somebody said they have a heated floor via piping underground that will melt the snow in the outdoor area in the winter months. I think they may be just making that up, expecting that by then, I'll have forgotten about the, um, what were we talking about again? And the juke needs some help, the good play list we're listening to ain't coming from there.

Not a bad crowd for a post taco Sunday afternoon. We may be laughing at Mr. Neon and his friend, "What the fuck? hair" (who dresses you?). Okay, it's not a "we may be", we were. Servicewise, the bartender was a tiny person, polite and gave beer when asked. Solid selection and it's in good shape, that which is the important stuff. And craft beer pushes down 4th Ave...

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Mission Dolores in Brooklyn, NY
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.