Lenora's Way

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

303 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11211
United States

(718) 963-3435

// CLOSED //

Formerly Wells Ales & Lagers

Added by saltydog on 06-25-2007

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by atigerlife:
Photo of atigerlife
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We went on a Saturday afternoon. Only a few people in the bar, which was good because it is a small place with limited seating. A narrow rectangular place in which you walk in on the narrow end of the rectangle.

The place is very clean and obviously quite new. In fact, they were building an outside area in the back. This outside drinking area in the back will be a great addition and probably double the seating area.

The service was very good. The bartender came over and asked what we wanted, offered some suggestions and then left us alone to make our decision. Very friendly and informative.

About a dozen craft beers on tap and +/- 150 bottles to choose from. Very nice. I would like to see more on tap, but such is life.

We didn't try the food, so nothing to add about that.

Overall, a nice place to go for a beer or two.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Interesting design choice. It looks almost like someone's home kitchen with a cedar topped bar and multiple colored green glass bar back. Small bar. At least there's some space out back in the garden. I do really like the two paintings on the wall beside the bar with all of the flowers and birds in front of the almost black background. Very nice.

10 taps including Ayinger weisse, Kostriker Schwarzbier, Kaffel, Kolsch, Allagash White, Avery IPA, Lieffmann's Framboise, and Sierra Nevada Summer, Keenan's Mother's Milk. Tons of bottles: over 100!

Food is decent and reasonable - panini's are $7.

Overall, worth a shot.

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Photo of slander
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wait wait wait. Bars are now opening down past Metropolitan Ave? Really? Gringos are expanding their turf, brazenly wandering the sout' side? I think back a half dozen years to the loud fiery passionate drunken "the neighborhood's going to come back" debates out front the Brewery on Friday nights (when you could still drink out front on the sidewalk and in the street there). Rico and his misguided assertion that, this wave of tripling and quadrupling rents swelling from Manhattan eastward across the river and sweeping the long time residents here out, would engulf Williamsburg and then pass and continue on towards Bushwick and beyond, the rents dropping back to where they were in it's wake and Williamsburg at low tide would be just as it was before the wave came through. The other kidspanics from the neighborhood looking at him like "Dude, you're on your own here". They knew. Gentrification, and the neighborhood as you know it is most definitely not coming back...

It's the small gated place on Bedford easily identifiable by the Well's Ale's & Lager sign probably not hanging out front anymore. A sharp "L" shaped laminated slat wood bar with a wraparound barback counter sits off to the left, with small branded glass candles on and around, and seating for a baker's dozen. Along the back side there, a row of 10 taps on a stainless steel panel, a few wines displayed and vased flowers, and glassware below. 2 long shelves holding roughly 4 dozen bottles each, run end to end above the bar, over a tile wall done in many shades of green. On the end, a large angled unit holding 2 shelves of the big bottled selections, and a "Wines by the glass" board mounted above.

Wood slat wall upper trim and ceiling over painted whiteish lowers, block floorings, exposed ductwork, protruding spots & a sizable glass lamp on a ceiling fan. The far wall is big brick end to end with a pair of large floral paintings tucked nearly together, a "new board" listing recent arrivals just past there, and 5 bar tables running its length; 4 raised bar tables adjacent to the bar and beyond and a shorty to the rear, near the doorway to the outdoor garden, a slightly raised brick courtyard of sorts with benches and tableings built in, one bench being built right around a tree there. Up front, glass paned paneled windows opening over Bedford, and 2 small tables sitting below. To the rear, 3 spacious glass front coolers not long for the place displaying singles, 6's and big bottled selections for here or to go, and a pair of horizontal boards above listing the food menu items. One board shows salads, olive plate, melon & proscuitto, stuffed peppers, hummus & flatbread. The other board lists cheese & meats and about a half dozen panininininini. I usually, and what I mean by usually is always, go with the French Ham & spicy mustard panini, aged cheddar, tomato and apple. The spicy mustard clears my soul, killer panini.

10 taps. Used to be 5 domestic and 5 imports but that's shifted to 6 and 4 as of late. No matter. The domestic micros are solid (Allagash White, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Victory Prima Pils, Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy, Stoudts Winter Ale, Blue Point No Aplogies), as are the imports (Liefman's Kriek, Troubador Blond, DeKoninck Ale, Well's Bombardier Ale). I'm generally drinking the Liefman's Kriek, although I'd mixed it up with the Abbaye Des Rocs Triple and the Brooklyn Schneider Hopfen Weisse when they were on.

They've expanded their beer menu to 2 pages now. The bottled list shows nearly 100 bottled selections in all; 3 dozen US, 2 dozen Belgian, more than a dozen each UK & German, and the remainder being from the rest of the world. The other page lists the tap selections, wines (3 white, 5 red and a sparkling), and the "cork finished and large representations" (I like that); 3 dozen or so US micros, imports, ciders and seasonals.

Good tunes, beers are fresh, never crazily overcrowded (maybe because beer & wine only knocks out the cool cocktail crowd), no goddamn TV's, and did I mention the killer panini. Yep, they took a change of hands for New Years but everything seems to be the same, and as long as I can get a Kriek and there's a guy out back pressing a panini with my name on it, we's cool.

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Photo of sleazo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had a chance to stop in here over the weekend and was impressed. When you walk in to the left there is the bar to the right some tables. They have a bunch of bottles which they sell to go as well above the bar. The atomsphere was pleasant enough. There were about ten beers on tap, no macros. I got an Allagash white, a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and a Shakespear stout.
Bottle selection was good as they had a big menu with foreigns and domestics. Nothing mind blowing but there were some interesting finds. The owner and bartender were very firendly accomodating. They even went into their stock to get me a 90 Minute that was not even in the computer.
Food is limited to meats and charcuterie but everything i had was of good quality
Very worth while, a great place to stop when in the neighourhood.

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Photo of wbthink
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A great place to enjoy a tasty bottle, and/or draft. Their bottle list is very appealing, with a way array of styles, countries of origin, and ABVs. I enjoyed North Coast, Allagash, and several Belgians in 750s. Wells' bar is neat! Made out of bowling alley, highly polished, wood flooring, it is one the widest bars I've seen. That's handy, due to the anticipated cask pins expected to be there, started this Fall. The draft selection is balanced, with 10 beers to please most geeks looking for a pint. I have not tried the food, however I have been told of, and have smelled, the terrific aromas and enticing flavors emanating from their kitchen. Finally, but not of least importance, Jeff Wells and his staff were very friendly, and extremely generous on the several occasions I've been there. Terrific new addition to any Williamsburg/Greenpoint pub crawl, and certainly a destination onto itself!

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Photo of chrisssm
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

went in on saturday afternoon with a few people from the bus trip that we were on. We had made up a pub crawl map for everyone as we would have too many for one place. This was the place that we wanted to go first. From the first look, we had a feeling that this was going to be a very nice place. There were only a few people present when we first walked in so we were all able to get seats at the bar. The bartender greeted us we sat down and quickly helped anyone that wasn't sure as to what they wanted (or needed).

the place isn't very big, so you felt comfortable as soon as you entered. While we were sitting there, the owners came over and started talking to us. This is one thing that i like about a place. To me, it shows that they really care about their establishment. They showed us what was to be a beer garden (september-ish?) in the rear. I will have to go back and have a couple sitting out there.

They have about 10 taps and a nice size bottle selection. The beer list is very nicely done as the draught selections have a small write-up and the bottles are alphabetical and broken down by style and region. Another nice feature is that they sell bottled beer to go. We ordered a cheese and fruit platter and the mixed spanish olives. A very nice companion to the beer that we were drinking. This place is worth the trip and will go back again.

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Photo of saltydog
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This new bar in South Williamsburg opened in June of 2007. It is a very nice looking place, very comfortable...I am not one for detailed descriptions of surroundings, someone else here later on can do that. I will stick with the meat and potatoes; the beer selection. There are about a dozen drafts, all craft beers, with a good selection. For my taste, though, where they really shine here is in the bottles, about 70 including excellent selections from US craft breweries, England, Germany and Belgian among others. You can also buy beer to go at a substantial discount. They will have cask pins on the bar in the fall. Anyway, they are off to a very impressive start. The also have food here, but I have not eaten here so far.

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