Downtown Bar & Grill

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Downtown Bar & GrillDowntown Bar & Grill

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

160 Court St
Brooklyn, New York, 11201-6244
United States

(718) 625-2835

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Added by bklynbeerbaron on 07-11-2006

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4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Day 99
Meetings in Brooklyn afforded me a 2 day pass from Yonkers strike detail, which was nice because I hadn’t seen my desk in months. Not a pretty sight. There were food things stuck to my desk blotter and cigarette butts in my garbage pail, my docking station was trashed, they stole my goddamn printer, and Eddie’s stank boots and work gear were parked under my desk. Not the homecoming I was hoping for. Still, a day of meetings in Brooklyn smokes the dust of the Yonkers yard, and I got to do a bit of fact finding, a start at cleaning up the beerfly queue some…
After a painful visit to a place that ain’t gonna made the cut, I slalomed across Park Slope towards the Heights to see what Downtown’s about. Strangely familiar, I’ve been here before, years ago, when it used to be some other place, all about the Stella. Now, changed hands, over to the former owners of Happy Deli, pushed out of Manhattan after 22 years of outstanding community service.
Corner store location on Court Street. “L” shaped bar seating 15 or so. Candles in small glass holders live in a handful of punched holes in the brick bar back wall. Wood arch units with shelves of glassware to both sides of center, where lie a pair of flatscreens. Various 750’s, mostly imports on a shelf running the length of the bar, with another shelf holding booze running below and a whole lot of bottled beer in fridges below barback, The far wall done up with a large jazz mural and a flatscreen above. Large windows to the front and side over Court Street and the corner, with small potted cacti and palm trees in the windows and basketed plants on the bar. 4 candle lit raised bar tables in the front windows and a seating corral forward the bar holding a dozen tables. Neat tile floors, matching bar stools & chairs throughout, red cone drop lighting over the bar and track spots over the seating areas, ceiling fans, neat wood trim, nice place.
A dozen taps on a single tower on the bar. Local (Sixpoint Righteous, Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, Blue Point Blueberry), regional (Magic Hat Circus Boy & #9, DogFishHead Aprihop), beyond (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), imports (Guinness, Pilsner Urquell, Carlsburg, Sapparo), and Bud. They advertise as having over 200 bottles, although the bottle list lists well over 350. Over 5 dozen Belgians (Cantillion, Fantome, Orval, Rochefort, De Dolle, Achel, Caracole, Boon, Westmalle, Saison DuPont, Chimay, Kasteel, Maredsous, Chouffe, Kwak, Liefmans), a dozen dozen US micros, 3 dozen Germans, 3 dozen English, and another 7 dozen beers of the world. A whole lot of inventory from the store in Manhattan.
Good tunes, beers were fresh (went with 2 of the 3 locals, guess which ones?), and we sat with the owner for a while shooting the breeze. Good addition to the neighborhood.

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4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

So this is where the famous Happy Deli has landed - in the neighborhood of my youth, where it's replaced the old Cousins II Bar & Grill. Saw a blackboard advertising their tap selection outside while visiting my parents one night and decided to check it out.

Looks like an nice, upscale bar and grill - with a large, handsome, wooden bar and tiled floors. One problem, where was the air conditioning? Another problem, where was everyone? It was basically empty on a Saturday night.

The bar boasted just one set of about 10 taps, but there wasn't a macro in sight. Local micros (Sixpoint, Brooklyn, Captain Lawrence out of Westchester) and beers that reflected the summer weather. I settled on a DFH Aprihop ($5).

But it's the bottle selection that is truly astounding; literally hundreds of brews to choose from, from all corners of the world. Unfortunately, the one I wanted to try (Fuller's 1845) wasn't available. But one of the owners came over to my table and suggested a 2004 Fuller's Vintage Ale as an alternative - he even poured the first glass for me. The $10 price tag gave me pause, but I certainly can't fault his recommendation - that was one superb beer.

Didn't try the food, looks like it's of the upscale pub variety (and priced accordingly). Overall, it's on the pricey side for Brooklyn. But the staggering selection and quality make it a must stop if you're in the area. A stop among many - Waterfront Ale House, Thrifty American and Cobble Hill Distributors are mere blocks away.

Hmm...wonder if my parents would mind if I moved back home...

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