Fourth Avenue Pub

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Fourth Avenue PubFourth Avenue Pub
Fourth Avenue PubFourth Avenue Pub

Type: Bar

76 4th Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11217-1908
United States

(718) 643-2235 | map

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 44
Photo of bgold86
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Love Fourth Ave Pub! They always offer an A level draft list with some very nice bottles as well, bartenders are always great and friendly. Nice outdoor area in the back, unlimited free popcorn and really close to the train and the Barclays center. What more could you ask for?

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Photo of Frustaz
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

You wait your whole lifetime; you travel around the world, and you try the best bars in the best cities, and then one day the thing you're looking for is found right in your own neighborhood.
4th ave is as good as it gets. Like Harry's New York Bar in Paris, the crowd is made up of locals, travelers, derelicts, cowboys, poets, and pop stars. If you can't make conversation with a stranger here, you have social problems.
Bartenders are fun and knowledgeable and the beers are copious and rather epic.

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Photo of rorjets
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great neighborhood bar, just a few blocks from the Barclay Center, with an exceptional list of beers on tap (27 all told). We went early on a Monday afternoon, and enjoyed some amazing local NY brews such as War Flag Pilsner, Threes Arboretum Pale Ale, Other Half 'Doug' Cascadian Dark Ale, Peekskill Eastern Standard IPA, and Rushing Duck 'Kroovy' Red DIPA. Topped it off with Bruery's "
'7 Swans ' Quad Ale. Enjoyed the free popcorn and the comfortable booth in the back overlooking the beer garden. Hope to return often, and look forward to checking out the garden when the warm weather returns.

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Photo of greenmanwl
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Super fantastic gotta say.... Staying in "The Slope" visiting and was impressed. Not just more than one Flemish Sour but something called "Goze"; not Gueze, but I guess you'd call it a salty sour...
Also had another sour bottled, which I have to say "Monk's Flemish Sour", which I can't remember who makes but it's been my fav has just been supplanted by this one: Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge Flemish Sour", mmm. Also had and this crazy but wonderful "Old Monk's Ale", from Pannepeut. Wow, just went and went and went and went and well, it was quite nice...
To boot the server was very personable, knowledgable, yet unpretentious. Overall quite a nice experience as we traverse a few of the Belgian Beer hot spots as we find out about them, primarily here... We've mapped out apparently "the big 3", but they are a bit north in brooklyn from here and unless they are subway accessible and easily so, we might not get to em since there really appears to be great options right here. Ahhh, New York, we'd be happy for one place in northern arizona/sedona area (other than the wine loft, but that's in Flagstaff, check em out if ever there; tweny or so Belgian's always) that has what most every decent bar does here... Yeah...

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Photo of socon67
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Went here before heading to the Barclay Center to see the Brooklyn Nets

A - 6pm on a Monday and there is a happening crowd and plenty of craft beer hobbyists. Good vibe.

Q - Glasswarewas on point, menus updated (including their Beermenus site), and taps appeared to be taken care of from what little I could gather.

Serv - You need to go tothe bar to order anything. But the place is small enough that ts no biggie, and the bartender knew his stuff.

Sel -top notch. Stillwater Saison, Ommegang Art of Drakness, and plenty of other goodies. 27 taps and a cask, plus a 50+ bottle list.

Food - none but they do have free popcorn.

V - Pricing was okay. $6 a pour seemed very fair for what they were tapping.

I'd go back here. One of the many really good spots in Brooklyn for rare releases and old favorites.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Fourth Avenue Pub is an unassuming storefront bar on, huh, 4th Avenue near the Atlantic Avenue transportation hub. Great view of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower before you enter!

A cramped entrance, with the bar literally "right there" and a narrow hallway with some high-top tables by the wall. But then the joint expands and offers some comfy booths and a patio out back.

Cool, chill ambience with tame 80's punk music playing and just the kind of quiet the wife and I seek on a Friday evening at 5:30 pm. You couldn't walk into a Midtown Manhattan at this time!

I counted 27 taps plus one cask (Greenport/Bierkraft Supeh Freekeh). A bunch of rarities on tap, including Allagash Saison, Bruery Mischief, Cisco Woods Monomoy Kriek, Clown Shoes Claw Fist, Laughing Dog Barrel-Aged Dogfather, Oskar Blues Deviant and Mikkeller/Three Floyds Boogoop. Also a bunch of German lagers if you care for that.

Reasonable prices, $6-$7 for most beers except Delirium and Boogoop which are $8 or higher. One dollar off during Happy Hour, and our four beers came to sixteen dollars! Can't complain at all.

There is no table service you have to order at the bar, but they're pretty chill in there. And while there is no food, they do have a great popcorn machine with fresh stuff and Old Bay to sprinkle on top.

Yeah, I will be back!

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Photo of brystmar
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Conveniently located near almost every single subway line for anyone not in the immediate surrounding area.

Solid craft beer selection, and consistently so. First time I went was to meet some friends without knowing much about the place. I walked in to see a mostly empty bar with KBS on draft (among other treats) and fresh, free popcorn to munch on.

Reasonable draft prices plus a frequently updated tap selection make me a happy camper. Bottles can get pricey though, particularly their vintage bottles.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I checked this place out because they were hosting a Founder's breakfast stouts tasting and I wanted to check out the KBS, as I had never had it before. The place is cozy, definitely with the extra guests for the tasting. There was not ticket or lottery system. At 7pm they started pouring and selling what they had and nobody complained. I was able to try the CBS and KBS and meet some nice beer drinking compadres for the evening. They were giving out free baskets of cereal which I thought was a nice touch, since they normaly have free popcorn. I like food with beer as much as the next guy, but when a beer bar passes on that it is nice when they offer snacks. 4th Ave did just that and for that reason alone, I like and respect them. There are two other bars very close that I will have to check out next time I make it around there, but lends itself to a nice place for a pub crawl. I will be bac to this place, the owner seems like a good guy. He had a wonderful mustache.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

One of my favorites Brooklyn joints.

A: A quiet laid back place. Kind of rough on the outside and inside. You do get some suits in this place, but they are not obnoxious. Chalks boards on the wall announce the brews on tap.

Q: No problems here, turnover happens, but they are quick to replace it and there are no issues with the freshness or quality of the brews.

Ser: Attentive and prompt. Decent knowledge of beers and spot on with the changing tap lists.

Sel: There are about 25 brews on tap and about twice that in bottles. The bottle prices were for the most part reasonable. Had a bottle of Cantilion since it had been awhile, then hit the taps. They had some Hill Farmstead Edward which was quite tasty.

O: One of the top places to go. Reasonable prices and one of the most diverse but still relaxing places. The crowd is usually 25+ but all there having macho tough guy BS. A must visit.

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Photo of bpalfrey10
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I adore this bar, one of several amazing beer bars in north Park Slope on 4th and 5th Avenue. They keep their draft and bottle list very up to date 25 or so beers on tap plus a dedicated delicious cask ale line. the selection is amazing, i've had some incredible one offs and rare batches like the superfriends IPA and an oak aged espresso yeti.

they have a nice backyard and a free popcorn machine with old bay seasoning available. bartender i'm used to (during the day) is very knowledgeable and friendly. there is also a nice backyard (although I haven't been out there yet). one nice feature is a small chalkboard above the bar that lists coming attractions.

EDIT: prices are great, pretty much $6 across the board, and they have an excellent happy hour which in my previous review I listed as $1 off and wished that it was $2 off. turns out it actually is $2 off! all the more reason to check this place out.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Noisy neighborhood bar of conventional exposed brick and wood rectangular interior - didn't go around the corner though. Didn't want to penetrate any deeper into the noise cavern.

Bartenders were nice and did a standard competent job that every bartender should. Selection was good, with plenty of local offerings, but really nothing to make this a destination for any but those who live nearby.

Had to shout my conversation and that's not good. Mixed crowd of decent folks and macho meatheads. Meatheads + alcohol = no good.

Drunk girl fight outside. I can't believe the staff let them back inside to drink more and shout/sob; ruined the vibe. bad decision on the staff's part. Geeze Louise. Adults only at the bat please.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A friend took me here on a recent trip to Brooklyn. What a great neighborhood bar! We hit it during a very busy happy hour and with those prices I know why it's busy...$2 off drafts...$3 for a Blue Point Oatmeal Stout or a Turbodog and $4 for a Ramstein Winter Wheat, Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly, Gaffel Kolsch amongst others. 27 taps and 1 cask. I didn't notice if they do any food there or not...which means that there beer kept my attention!

Bottle selection was good too - not large but but nice.

Will definitely seek a out again next visit to Brooklyn.

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Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by during a recent trip to Brooklyn.

My buddy Paul told me to check this place out and since I was two doors down at Pacific Standard I figured I would stop in. I was very pleasantly surprised by this place and was very happy I decided to drop in.

I was there in the middle of the afternoon and it was quite dark with only natural sunlight illuminating the room. As soon as you walk in there is a long bar on the left and several chalkboards on the right announcing what was available on draft and in bottles. Past the bar there is a small seating area in the back of the room with several tables set up. The vibe was very laid back and it was quite crowded consideringthetime of day.

They had a very good selection of American craft beers as well as offerings from Germany, Belgium, England, locals and Japan. They had about 30-40 beers on draft including some nice west coast beers, locals and rarities including Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier! The bottle list was extensive as well but lacked anything rare except that Pretty Things 188? Mild Ale which I was shocked and very excited to see.

The bartender who served me was very friendly and knowledgeable and he and I talked for a while about all things beer. He was knowledgeable about the local breweries as wellas those that aren't even distributed in NY. He provided samples, answered questions and gave recommendations based on my preferences. One of the best bartenders I've come across yet.

Overall I had a great experience here and would highly recommend it to anyone who lives in the area or is just town visiting.

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Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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This place is definitely worth a stop when in the area, and given that it's so close to several others, why not? Solid selection at the time of my visit, and had a nice surprise (not a regular occurrence of course) for the Oktoberfest time period which was a wooden gravity keg of Schneider Edelweiss. Way better tasting than the bottle IMO, but that's a different story.

It's a bit cramped around the bar area, but a really nice tap list as well as several quality bottles definitely make up for this. Kinda dark, with dark wood, and mercifully not dominated by blarind TVs everywhere. Good atmosphere, and definitely seemed like a local place. Prices were reasonable for the selection, and the service was good. Offered samples even, which was a nice treat that is not often provided in most beer bars when they are busy (which was the case when said samples were offered).

Definitely worth a stop!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A change from the previous two! A wide window left with the doorway right, but still with a curtain. 26 taps, one cask. An impressive bottle list in the format of a wine list. The ceramic pink elephant above the Delirium Tremens tap made me shiver.
A wide "U"-shaped wood bar was to the immediate left after entering. The right wall was exposed brick with a couple of chalkboards listing "Drafts" and "Bottled Beers/Big Bottles", followed by a couple of CD jukeboxes. All of the way aft, on the right side were a series of booths. Oft to the left were the lavs.

A small space, but with Johnnie Walker Blue available.

Beers: lots of Belgians.

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Photo of Mark
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

We went to this pub every evening during a recent one week trip to NYC. The pub seems like it's on a crappy street but looks aren't everything and it turned out to be better than it looks. Long and narrow building with lots of brick. Nice selection of beers including some west coasters. Exceptionally friendly staff was a big plus.Ralph the bartender is a tremendous guy and I consider him a friend. Just a nice place with a good loyal clientele. Two doors down from Pacific Standard, another bar with a good reputation and we actually went there first the day we got there. When P.S. was playing rap that was it for me. Over to 4th Av. and we never looked back. Enjoyable place with a great happy hour and yes the popcorn is good too!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I stopped at the Fourth Avenue Pub for a spot of beer the night before a wedding in the area. The wedding party was having a little shindig at a place called something or other Farms, but that seemed a little too yuppie and polished for me. This was just right. It's smallish, but not tight. Kind of darkish, but warm. Good beer selection - now we're talking!!! 24 taps and a hand pump for cask (unfortunately what I tried on cask was a miserable interperetation of cask ale and barely resembled beer - something barleywine-ish by Cape Ann). They had a decent selection of bottles as well, but I always go for draft. Some fairly interesting characters came and went, and it was a pleasant evening. Apart from that, it also happens to be across the street from The Cherry Tree, a few doors above Pacific Standard, and not that far away from Bierkraft or The Gate. Worth checking out.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located on 4th Avenue (duh) a few blocks south of the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues and the Atlantic Avenue train terminal (LIRR, 4,5,1,2,3, etc.).

The bar has a railroad style layout with a rather long bar in the front of the building and table seating in the rear. There is a tiny back deck type area as well. The place smells of fresh popcorn from the old fashioned popcorn machine.

The tap list is good - with local, west coast and imported craft brews. The happy hour special if I recall was $2 off draft beer.

Another plus is it is across the street from the Cherry Tree (or as I like to call, Bar Obama) and just a few doors down from Pacific Standard.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Damn good locals spot. Prices are one of the high points, besides the selection of course. Whereas you probably won't be finding hardcore rarities here, you'll always find a well rounded and good selection. The atmosphere is fully a local joint. No pretension, no BS. Service is unobtrusive, but there when you need it. I don't live in the area anymore, so I don't get there beyond once on a blue moon nowadays. But if you're looking for a chill spot that's good to relax on, here's one for ya.

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Photo of soviettelecast
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

i'd been walking around looking for an after work beer in park slope when $2 off drafts caught my eye. the whole beer list is priced from reasonable to "how on earth are they making money?!" at least 20 drafts, mostly craft with a few imports (guinness, stella) and a cask (green flash ipa when i went). its been slow both times that ive visited, but im sure the service would be just as good when it gets crowded. there is a full bar with a hand full of tasty wines and single malts if you happen to go with a non beer drinker. no food, but there is a movie theater style popcorn machine. there were a few trappists, thomas hardy, allagash, dogfishhead 120, and hair of the dog adam on their reserve list. also, the outdoor seating is a perfect way to spend summer in brooklyn.

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Photo of brooklynsandman
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Been there twice and neither visit was great. Last night the cask had kicked already so I ordered a Delerium Tremens which was flat and just off. Jacob (the owner) told the bartender to offer me a different beer but basically scoffed at the idea that there could be anything wrong with their beer. Ordered an Arrogant Bastard Ale and it was not quite right either. Didn't finish the AB either and finally got Captain Lawrence or some other East Coast Pale Ale that tasted right. The selection is very good but when there is a problem with the beer it's OK to acknowledge it and fix it. Neither bartender that served us seemed very beer-savvy. The owner does know beer but he treated me like dumb college kid rather than a sophisticated Beer Advocate. The place is a nice environment for drinking great beer. The service is just o.k. I see that other BA's have liked the place so we will probably give it one more try.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Ah , Fourth Ave in Bklyn, on the fringe of Park slope, narrow bar area as you enter, lots of exposed brick and a smallish rear siting area. Nice little outdoor garden area, outdoor space, always a nice addition in the NYC area. 24 quality taps, about 30 mostly quality bottles and a cask, nice....Pleasant environment, plenty worthy options, friendly staff when I visited...this place is pretty much in the middle of the downtown/Atlantic ave spots and all of the Park Slope options, also Cherry tree x the street. Easy to include on a Bklyn crawl or for a casual brew or enjoyable session, nice casual place, worth a visit if in the area

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Photo of blgianbeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I should have reviewed this place a long time ago, but I sort of wanted it to be a secret. It's right in my hood and I wanted it all for myself!

First, Jacob, the owner, is a good guy and is always looking for new brews to bring in. He definitely keeps some standards on tap, but when I go in once or twice a week, there is usually something new. This week it was the Legacy Hedonism Red and Piraat. He also has Sierra Bigfoot at the moment. The standards are excellent: Dogfish head Raison, Smutty Porter, Delirium Tremens, Saison Dupont etc. I have yet to try something out of a bottle because of the outstanding tap selection and cleanliness of the lines.

The jukebox has some good stuff (Misfits and Bad Brains for me) and the free popcorn is always flowing. Jacob recently laid pavers down in the backyard and it looks beautiful. A little oasis in Brooklyn. Also, last Friday the grill was goin with dogs and burgers. Only cost was a tip to the grillman.

While I highly recommend 4th Ave, I'd prefer that you let me have it to myself. Although Jacob may disagree.

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Photo of slander
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Okay, here's another reason why nobody likes Phil. He goes and checks out bars that I ain't been to (like this one) during the day whilst pimping, and then when I want to see them, he's all "You knooow, been there, done that". Oh, and trying to get him to leave that place he practically lives at on any given night for fact finding missions, for me, for you, for the children, it's just not been going well, he's been difficult as of late and I can see I'll have to do this without him. Now, regarding the Fourth Ave Pub, I think I read in The Onion that cool bars were opening in this neighborhood specifically because Randy (who also hasn't been much help on the fact finding front and just last night pitched me some line of crap about his Tuesday availability for such) moved away. I think there was also something about how the Sau would finally open if he would just move again, although you shouldn't believe everything you read (unless you read it here...).

A small "J" shaped bar to the left seats upwards of a dozen, with a large mirror in a framed unit above the tiered shelved booze and bottled beer selections displayed on the barback counter. Single shelves of specialty liquors midway to both sides of center amidst some strung lighting and 3 raised bar tables sitting adjacent to the bar. TV's above in both corners. Drop lamps & ceiling fans above, and mounted brewery signage & framed coaster displays. To the rear, 4 low shiny candlelit tables with small benches and stools and a not so easy chair and very bad couch to the back back. Deep red painted walls and lots of brick here where one might speculate there used to be a fireplace cut where patchwork's been done. A decent jukebox , a (get your own damn) popcorn machine, and a small backyard for someday something.

24 taps across 2 separated towers of 12. A good mix, nearly half the taps American micros (Anchor Porter, Rogue Brutal Bitter, Smutty Pumpkin, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Victory Hop Devil, Allagash White, Keegans Mother's Milk, DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA, Sixpoint Brownstone, Lagunitas IPA, Bluepoint Toasted Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Yuengling), some decent imports (Saison DuPont, Chimay Triple, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Weihenstephaner Hefe, Delirium Tremens), and the other standard imports (Leffe Blonde, Old Speckled Hen, Stella, Guinness, Bass, Smithwicks).

Bottle selection is growing nicely, as well. Nearly 3 dozen in all, some good micros (Brooklyn Lager & Brown Ale, Rogue Dead Guy & Mocha Porter, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA, North Coast Red Seal, Flying Dog Gonzo, Magic Hat #9, Dales Pale Ale) and imports (Duvel, Fullers London Pride, Celebrator Dopplebock, Froach, Hitachino White, Kwak, Unibroue Maudite & La Fin Du Monde, Sam Smith Nut Brown & Oatmeal Stout, Kostritzer Black, Schneider Weisse), slowly growing, coming along nicely.

Beers were fresh and well maintained. Service was pleasant and attentive. It's late, I'm tired and I'm enduring great trouble with this last beer but it's well worth it. Nice vibe.

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Photo of bultrey
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Re-reviewed 5-3-07 to reflect new information. New ratings assigned based on said info:

I've been looking for go-to place in the neighborhood and I have found it. The unimaginatively named 4th Ave. Pub, surprisingly located on 4th Ave. in Brooklyn, is a short walk from the massive Atlantic Terminal LIRR.NYC Subway hub. Get on almost any train and it will take you nearby. The neighborhood is still a little sketchy, but it is rapidly being swallowed up by gentrification from both the Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens side and the Park Slope side. 4th Ave., along with new bars Cherry Tree across the street and Australian pub Sheep Station down a few blocks, are the first outposts of an up-and-coming restaraunt/bar row, a la 5th Ave.

Walk in through the curtained entranceway, and there is about an eight-seat bar running along the left wall, with two/three additional seats at either end. Walking along the fairly narrow space on the right brings you to a larger space filled with cushy couches, chairs, and coffee tables. Beyond that there is a free old-timey popcorn machine (nice) and a door leading to stairs that bring you into the back yard. The back yard has about 10 smallish patio tables and seating -- one half of the yard is a wood deck, the other half is filled with small stones a la Spuyten Duyvil's backyard.

Bar features two towers with about 8 lines each. I've been there about 10 times now, and at first the beer selection merely showed promise, with about 10 "macros" or easy-to-find beers (Stella, Weihenstephan weiss, Magic Hat #9, etc) and about 10 more interesting selections from large or regional micros or imports (Anchor Porter, Hurricane Kitty's Mother's Milk, Rogue Brutal Bitter, Saison Dupont, Unibroue Fin du Monde). So I was happy to begin with.

But after talking with the owners Jacob and Kevin quite a bit about the beer, they have really taken suggestions to heart (getting in some Southampton), and started to spruce up the rotating drafts on their own. Right now on draft you can find, among other selections Captain Lawrence DIPA, Sierra Bigfoot, Bear Republic Brown, Smuttynose Robust Porter, Urthel Samaranth, Gaffel Kolsch, Spaten Maibock, Victory HopDevil, Southampton Secret, Sixpoint Brownstone, Leffe Bruin. Probably the most interesting thing I’ve had on draft so far was Hitachino Nest White Ale. But that’s all gone now, thanks in part to me. They also just started pouring one cask, for those of you who are into flat beer. Cask offerings have included Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA and Bluepoint Cherry Imperial Stout. Lastly, they also have a nice bottle selection, same M.O. as the drafts, which is interesting offerings from fairly well-known brewers: Rogue Mocha Porter, Flying Dog Gonzo Impy Porter, Köstritzer Schwarzbier, several decent Belgians (think Orval, Duvel, Chimay, etc.), all in all about 30-some odd bottles of decent beer.

They still mix in some stinkers or crowd-pleasers (Unibroue Ephemere, Delirium Tremens, Old Speckled Hen, Chimay Red), but the bar has a definite mixed clientele, so they've got the right idea in offering a decent selection of crowd pleasers to justify carrying things like the Urthel.

Best of all is the happy hour: Excluding the really special drafts (Saison Dupont, Urthel), it’s two for one drafts on weekdays from 4-8. Niiice. Earlier this week I had two 12 oz. pours of Captain Lawrence DIPA and two 12-oz. pours of Sierra Bigfoot for $10 plus $4 tip. That, my friends, is a bargain in NYC.

The scene really is a mix of area hipsters, blue collar folks getting their serious drink on (two Bud tall boys please, and a shot of your cheapest whiskey), beer geeks. The music has ranged from awful (usually when someone is controlling the digital jukebox) to excellent (usually when bartender Erin has her iPod plugged in). There are a couple of smallish TVs for watching the game. And the owners claim they’re going to get some sort of outdoor grill going for sausages and the like sometime soon. Nice place. I recommend going out of your way to visit if you’re in New York, and definitely if you’re in Brooklyn. Check out the Cherry Tree across the street for a less-stellar beer selection but some really good thin-crust coal-fired pizzas.

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Fourth Avenue Pub in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 44 ratings