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Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Bar

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10 Ratings
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 28.4%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
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Terminal C Newark (Liberty) Int'l Arpt. (Opp. C132
Newark, New Jersey, 07114
United States
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Reviews by ToasterChef:
Photo of ToasterChef
2.05/5  rDev -36.7%

I stopped in here because of the Brooklyn Brewery name on the sign. I shouldn't have. I find it shocking that Brooklyn associates with this place. The place was small and dirty. There were holes in the wall patched with tape. The tables and chairs were mismatched, scratched and desperately needed a new coat of finish. It reminded my of the crappy furniture I had in my dorm room in college. The staff was slow and rude. One guy wouldn't even respond when we asked him a question (and I don't think he just didn't hear us, he looked right at us). The selection is good because it has three Brooklyn ales (Lager, Brown and Weisse), but the other too taps were Heineken and Guinness, standard go to imports for an expensive airport bar. I gave a low rating in the selection category because there was way more real estate given to liquor and macro bottles than the Brooklyn beers; plus, the Sam Adams themed bar in the same terminal had way more taps (if the Boston Beer Company can manage 8 taps of interesting beer, Brooklyn can as well). The food felt like it was microwaved. My wife's burger tasted like fast food. None of it was worth the $10/plate price. Also, we were there at 6:15pm, right as the dinner rush began. Some one who sat down 10 minutes later was told the kitchen was closing and was refused a menu. Lastly, the beers were way too expensive. We ordered a round of lagers, and the server brought out huge glasses that cost us $10 each. I know airports are pricey, but he didn't even give us the option of ordering a 16oz pour. Oh, and for a jazz club, the jazzy muzak was a real let down. This bar was a terrible disappointment. Don't let the Brooklyn name fool you. If you find yourself in this airport, get a drink somewhere else.

ToasterChef, Jan 15, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
1.58/5  rDev -51.2%

My wife and I travel to Europe once or twice a year, usually through Newark. Finding a good (not even that, just "decent") place in that airport (or any airport, for that matter) to kill some time and drink a good beer is akin to searching for the Holy Grail.

We knew there was this "Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Bar" somewhere around the terminal, but our departure gate just never coincided to be near it. Until one day, latest flight to Europe, and suddenly we just walk by the Brooklyn Bar. Let's check it out...

This is associated to the Brooklyn Brewery but it might as well be associated to Chili's or your local Mexican cantina. I would be ashamed if I were Garrett Oliver and had the name of my fine brewery in this shameful airport hole. It looks like any other airport bar, generic, small, crowded, understaffed, dirty. Terrible service, if at all.

No atmosphere, except for multiple TV's with sports on and lots of tourists looking slightly lost and weary. No jazz. No class. Nothing to see here, move on.

But if the beer is good, maybe it'd be worth! What if they have Brooklyn Chocolate Stout?? Even Monster Barleywine!?

Dream, oh dream, you silly boy... when I visited, they had TWO Brooklyn beers on tap: Lager and Pennant. The rest was, as is common in airport bars, BMC.

If you dare to eat food here, be prepared to pony up big bucks for nasty nachos and sandwiches that would barely pass a New York City Department of Health inspection.

We got a large Brooklyn Lager, served in plastic cups and priced as if you had just ordered a hand-crafted Manhattan at the 52nd Floor New York Bar of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, sat outside and wondered about the heinous, vile nature of airport dining.

I hear they are closing. The beer gods are listening!

DoubleSimcoe, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Nay
2.11/5  rDev -34.9%

So I'm at the airport gate and see Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Club. Grab. Seated, I note that the canned music is decidedly NOT jazz. Whitney Houston, smooth sounds, wretched. Next, taps are down: No Brooklyn or micro products at all, just the usual schwag (Bud, Coors, Heinekin). So I numb myself with Jim Beam (only $3 more for a double shot). Crooklyn! Better selection at re non-beer restaurants down here near Gate 136.

I must say that the 500 wordinimum is absolute bullshit. Yo bros., have you ever read Hemmingway?

Nay, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%

This place has to get some respect right off the top as it is in the airport. Just having a place to get solid craft brews in the airport alone is a blessing but this is actually a really cool place. Six good taps if I remember correctly greeted you and there seemed to be a nice mellow crowd here, but then again it was an odd time of the day that I passed through. Friendly staff, they did not really go out of their way or anything, but seemed friendly enough. Overall if you are killing time for a flight you really dont have much of a choice anyway, so it becomes a quality stop.

mikesgroove, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%

Heading to Florida to visit some relatives, I happened to come by a real sleek, nice looking place in the terminal.... having some time on my hands before my flight took off, I decided to give this attractive and clean looking place a try, being a big fan of the Brooklyn Brewery... as expected, crazy airport prices were the order of the day with a pint going for about eight bucks... they had Brooklyn lager on tap, the Weisse, Pennant Ale, and some other regular Brooklyn names... the bartender was really nice and helpful and had a pretty good hold on the different beers on tap and was quick to recommend her favorite... typical bar appetizers were available, but were also pretty expensive just as I had thought... Overall, this is a nice place to kill time and down a pint if you have some time on your hands before a flight,,, although it was pricey, would probably go back if I had the chance... Recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Yetiman420
4.16/5  rDev +28.4%

To be specific, Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Bar is located in the far left coridor of terminal C at Newark Airport. This is the Continental terminal that goes up to gate 110 or something close to that. There are at least three wings in terminal C and this has the best options for food and certainly beer. There is a Maui Tacos and a pizza place that serves pretty good NYC-style pizza just around the corner (along with a number of other places to eat). If you're flying out of another terminal, you do have to pass through security to get into terminal C. I've noticed the securty at the far end (left as you enter the councourse from the street) usually has the least amount of traffic.

I've been to the Jazz Bar twice. The first time the service outside the immediate bar area was miserable. I hung out at the small, sometimes crowded bar. The good news about drinking at the airport is the crowd with cycle through every 30 minutes. It could be swamped and clean out a couple minutes later. They have the Weisse, Lager, IPA, Winter, and non Brooklyn Heinekin, and Guiness on tap. They did have the chocolate stout available in bottles.

A nice way to kill time/brain cells/money while waiting for your flight. Beers in a 20 oz class are $8. I think Brooklyn IPA is one of the best MASS-produced craft IPA's available (along with Goose Island).

Yetiman420, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%

A Reasonably Priced Beer at the Airport?
(Fer-getta-bout it!)

There's really only one good place to get a beer in Newark Airport's terminal C, and the Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Bar is it. Now keep in mind that you’re in an airport, in NJ, so it’s not like you’re going to find Pat Metheny playing his Gibson in the corner.

On my way to St. Louis, on President’s Day 07, I decided to walk down to the newer section of Newark's terminal C, where the better food court and the Brooklyn Jazz Bar reside (down by gate numbers in the 130s). On tap they had Brooklyn’s Weisse, IPA, Brown Ale and Lager, as well as, Guiness and Amstel lite. In bottles they carry Heineken Lite, Sam Adams Lite, Michelob Ultra Lite, Corona, Amstel Lite, Yuengling, and according to the blackboard behind the bar, a Pumpkin Ale.

For food they offered Chicken Quesadillas, Nachos, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Chicken Fingers, Chicken Caesar Salads and a Chef Salad, all ranging about $7 - $9. Sandwiches included Tuna Salad, a Corned Beef Reuben, Roast Beef, a Grilled Chicken Sandwich, a Cheeseburger or a Veggie Burger, all around $8.50 - $9.50. Sandwiches are served w/cole slaw and a pickle, and if you want some fries with that, add another $2.25. The cheapest thing on the menu was a Sabrett Hot Dog, and even that’s going to cost you almost six bucks.

The service was fast, friendly and, from what I saw, patient with the tourists. The place was crowded (it usually is) and the bartenders seemed to be doing a pretty good job of keeping the beer flowing.

The atmosphere was decent, certainly better than average for EWR. Jazz music does play in the background, but it was barely audible against the noise of the bar. Look out the back and you're staring at a Boeing 737, bigger than life through the floor to ceiling windows of the bar. CNN plays on one flat screen, and BET on the other (sound off). It has a tiny bar, that's typical in size for an airport, and a moderately small dining area that has several small tables.

I had a large (20oz) Brooklyn IPA, which was very good, but for $8 (plus a tip) it’s a good thing I only had time for one.

Overall, the Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Bar is definitely the only cool place to enjoy a good beer in terminal C.

86sportster883, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%

As I always fly Continental, this is my standby place when waiting for departures from Newark. It is far from a great bar but better than 99% of what's out there in terms of airport bars.

There's a pseudo-jazz theme here (with jazz music unfortunately rarely playing), that everso slightly sets this one apart from other airport bars in terms of atmosphere, but it's pretty much cookie cutter overall.

Bottles and taps seemed fresh to me, although one complaint is that they don't know how to wash a glass. I had to send mine back twice before getting a serviceable one, and even that one was questionable.

Selection consists of Pennant Ale, Lager and Brown Ale on tap (and these rotate slightly every now and again), with BCS, India Ale and maybe one or two others that are escaping me at the moment in bottle. Of course, there is the unfortunate prerequisite Bud, Corona, Heineken, Stella, etc also available.

The service was at least somewhat up to speed on the Brooklyn brews. The bartender couldn't give a seminar on them but at least was able to get by with the basics, and was quite friendly and helpful overall.

The food is pricey and not that great. It's edible and clearly a giant step up from airplane food, but don't expect much from a limited menu to begin with.

As mentioned, this place is far from perfect, but is the place to be and a must visit if you're killing time in the C Terminal @ Newark.

SixpointJMH, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%

This palce is located at the end of Terminal C at the huge Newark, NJ airport. Typical airport bar type place, views of the jets/runways, expensive food available , decent sized and comfortable bar and a host of tables in this medium sized brew spot. They had Bklyn Pilsner, Brown and lager on tap, BCS (!) in bottles, taps of Stella and Heineken and ten bottles of the typical macros. Pleasant enough place if you find yourself in the airport with some time for quality Bklyn beers. I could see how this would be a beer score for Bklyn deprived folks who live west of wherever they stop dstributing to. The only drawback was the typical airport rip off rates of $8 for a pint.

Billolick, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of tommy78
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%

I was very surprised to see this joint as a listing in the directory. Props goes to the person who suggested this listing! Since I fly Continental constantly, my arrival gates are usually near this bar. One night, with a three hour layover, I decided to check it out with one of my colleagues. The place is small, and a bit dark. The taps consisted of the Brooklyn Lager, Wheat, Pilsner, and a couple of others. I was bummed to hear that the Stout was unavailable. The highlight was the service. The bartender was extremely friendly. She had that "Jersey girl" look, but minus the attitude. We asked how much the pilsner glasses would cost if we bought it off of her. In the process, she hooked us up with free glasses. Also, she allowed my colleague, who never had Brooklyn Brewery beers before, to sample all the drafts. The food server was incredibly personable and helpful. I told her about my food allergies, and she went and prepared a fresh new meal for me. I was shocked to see such great service and hospitality at Newark Airport. The food itself is average, though it is better than that dinner in the 100s. Considering it is Brooklyn Brewery beer, I expect nothing but good beer. In reality, I got both good beer and good service.

tommy78, Apr 02, 2004
Brooklyn Brewery Jazz Bar in Newark, NJ
82 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.