Harefield Road

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7 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

769 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11211
United States

(718) 388-6870 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2006

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Photo of StoutBoi
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped into Harefield Road yesterday. The patio was fairly full so my friend and I grabbed a seat at the mostly open bar. It's a nice looking place and we were greeted fairly promptly. It's got a laid-back, homey kind of feel.

We were hungry but we passed on the $12 brunch as we were more interested in beer than coffee, mimosas, and bloody mary's. What I saw and smelled looked really good though. On the other hand, how can you really screw up breakfast? And I am a sucker for home fries.

The bartender gave me a fairly good description of the one beer on tap that I'd never had, but there was no offer of a sample. It was good - a fairly rare German lager. Budweiser's Shock Top was on special, which says something (at least it's a decent wheat beer); and the tap selection was pretty good in roughly the same way.

I enjoyed the look of the bar with its wide-plank flooring, stonework, and dark wood. It's kind of a European rustic/modern look. Maybe like a re-done Alsatian ski chalet. Very nice. Somehow, however, it bothered me that it looks so nice on the inside, and right out on the street you're on a part of Metropolitan that looks like hell.

Overall, this is a place I'd go back to even if they don't have a really interesting draft list. I could enjoy myself with the few good beers they do have. Worth a stop.

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Photo of Amalak
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I really enjoy Harefield because it is not your typical hipster bar in Williamsburg. The floor is wood, the walls brick, fairly quiet place, even when busy. The bar is beautiful. Comfortable, spacious booths. Nice outside patio.

The beer selection is incredible. 25 or so beers on tap and a wide variety from US Micro brews to hard to find German, Irish and English taps and bottles. Also, if your a Scotch fan, they have a huge selection of single malts.

They usually have a ballgame, or futbol or rugby game on one of the two, smaller-sized TVs.

They just recently started serving food there in the evening, and it is solid.

Overall, it's a very chill place to go and down a couple pints with real beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Yet another fine destination in the ever expanding Greenpoint area beer zone of Brooklyn. Just another 5 minutes down Metropolitian Ave away from Barcade and SD, this is a relaxed and comfortable stop. Wide wooden floor boards, exposed brick, dark and softly lit, good place for a date or a few relaxed brews. Extensive/Typical good, but not amazing selections on tap. an added bonus is the small/medium sized rear patio. mostly smokers out there when I visited, but would make for a pleasant spot for an outdoor brew in good weather. Worth a visit, I'll be back

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A great gem right off the L-train Graham Avenue stop in Brooklyn.

You'd might not guess it from the outside, but this place is a great beer bar. Upon first glance, it looks like a standard English Pub. In such places, you'd be lucky to find any good American micros - you usually get Guiness, Newcastle, Bass, Stella, Harp, etc. But not here..

I believe there were 15-20 total taps. Awesome American micros on draft - a selection of 4 different Brooklyn beers - all for $4 a piece. Lagunitas IPA, Sixpoint Sweet Action, and Blue Point Toasted Lager. I also believe I saw a Victory Prima Pils line.

Both of the bartenders that served me were quick and attentive. My pints tasted flawless - clean tap lines abound. I left a good tip.

There were several plasma tvs scattered throughout the place. I watched the Yankees lose game 3 against the Tiger amidst 20-30 people on a Friday night.

The crowd was relaxed, chill, and mellow. It was a great place to stop as my first destination on a Williamsburg pub crawl. Definitely check it out.

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Photo of slander
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Day 100.
“It’s awfully considerate of you to think of me here,
And I’m most obliged to you for making it clear that I’m not here…”

I received a handful of emails this morning about the passing of Syd Barrett. I guess everybody thought to email the Floydhead. Got to spend my second day of a 2 day sabbatical from the Yonkers yard in Brooklyn. A productive day of meetings, reclaiming my work space from evil doers, an hour or two of training for the new hires, and enough want to grab a beer…

“And I never knew the moon could be so big,
And I never knew the moon could be so blue,
And I’m grateful that you threw away my old shoes,
And brought me here instead dressed in red…”

Oh cool, they’re located like right next to the White Castle on Metropolitan, just in case I want to bop on over for a sack of pain with cheese and some onion rings. Old Bowie (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars) playing from an Ipod as we enter and park ourselves mid way down the long shiny stained wood bar, “L” shaped, seating a dozen and a half with hard wood stools. Brick bar back wall, wood panel ceiling with dark beams, large wide plank floorboards, paneled glass front cupboards holding whiskeys & scotches at both end of the bar with cool apothecary drawers below, glassware to both sides of a central wine fridge below, and standard booze choices lining the bar back. A large 4’ X 6’ blackboard behind the bar lists the tap and bottle selections, and a smaller board lists the single malts & wines.

And I’m wondering who could be writing this song…”

They switched over to Pink Floyd (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn), and it was new again. Syd still sounds good and in the game. 3 small picnicish tables with shortie matching stools and a bar counter with mirrored trim run the adjacent wall. Walls paneled dark wood lowers and painted beige uppers, massive front windows with beer counters below, pub lanterns & drop lighting, a center skylight, flatscreens mounted to the front & rear, ceiling fans, and lots of clean neat wood. 4 tables of various lengths in a nook to the rear and 9 small tables in the outdoor brick courtyard.

“I don’t care if the sun don’t shine,
And I don’t care if nothing is mine,
And I don’t care if I’m nervous with you,
I’ll do my loving in the Winter…”

Now they’ve switched over to the second solo Syd Barrett disc, which was just sublime. Hanging in a bar after work, having a beer and singing along to “Barrett”. Sat combing through the bartender's Harvest label 5 disc box set sampler booklet. Lots of old Floyd pics. It’s all good. 21 taps split over 2 towers, 1 at each end of the bar, half here, half there, on non descript handles below. More than 1/3 of the taps are local; Sixpoint Sweet Action, Bluepoint Toasted Lager, and a six pack of Brooklyns (Lager, Pilsner, Weisse, Brown Ale, Pennant Pale Ale, Blanche), some regionals (Victory Prima Pils, Stoudts Maibock, Yuengling), beyond (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Widmer Hefe, Lagunitas IPA), and the unfortunate imports (Stella, Hoegaarden, Radeberger, Boddingtons, Guinness, Smithwicks & Blackthorn Cider). And then a half dozen bottled macros & ciders. Tap beers were $5, except for the Brooklyns which were $4, except during the happy hours from 4-8, where the Brooklyns are $3.
Another “Something good” this side of the BQE.

“And the sea isn’t green,
And I love the queen,
And what exactly is a dream?
And what exactly is a joke?”

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Harefield Road in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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