Red Hook Bait and Tackle

2 Ratings

Type: Bar

320 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, New York, 11231-1472
United States

(718) 451-4665 | map

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Added by Sixpoint on 06-06-2005

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4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Most folks probably don't end up in Red Hook, unless it's by accident. But a stroll down Van Brunt St. will lead you to this great bar.

It's a kitchy bar, cluttered with old fishing relics that seem to be hijacked from vintage stores and rummage sales. But it adds charm to the place, and it keeps people coming back on a nightly basis.

Then there's the beer... there's about 16 taps in all, and there are a lot of domestic micros. Smuttynose, Ommegang, Fisherman's Brew, and others.

The owners often are hanging out here at night, and you can see them conversing with customers and even buying them pints. A great "hole in the wall" place, and I definitely recommend it.

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3.48/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

So here goes the first review of Bait & Tackle since the good folks of Sixpoint added this place to BA eight years ago!

Finally made it to Red Hook, after ten years in New York City! Beautiful, low-key neighborhood with some serious galleries, eateries, shops and bars. A great ferry ride from Manhattan as well, particularly in a gorgeous autumn afternoon.

Bait & Tackle is listed on BA so I had to check it out. The atmosphere wins here, with all the taxidermy, tchotchkes and what not. Weasels, squirrels, rabbits, deer, pheasants, coyotes and woodchucks are among the animals stuffed and exhibited all around the joint. Dark and moody, punk and weird, this place looks like it never recovered from the 80’s (or perhaps 70’s).

A couple of local hipsters and musicians hanging out at the bar and a convivial bartender who has lived in Red Hook for probably three hundred years. The wife had fun talking to all of them.

The beer is a little lacking: seven taps (NOT 16 like the BA listing says) including Bronx Pale Ale, Guinness, Victory Prima, Captain Lawrence Kolsch, Kelso IPA and Allagash White. Their only bottled beer is Green Flash West Coast, so I went for a whiskey (the local Van Brunt Stillhouse American Whiskey). Their selection of spirits is very good indeed.

I wouldn’t come back, but I’ll note that my wife and one of my best friends adore this joint.

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Red Hook Bait and Tackle in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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