Pacific Standard

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Pacific StandardPacific Standard

Type: Bar

82 4th Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11217-1908
United States

(718) 858-1951 | map

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Added by slander on 09-18-2007

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Reviews by barrelman:
Photo of barrelman
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

After a long time coming, Pacific Standard opened to be one of the most comfortable bars in Park Slope. It's a college bar for grown-ups without being fratty. The beer selection's outstanding with many hard to find offers from the west coast and locals (always have a few Chelsea brews on tap). They also regularly have a cask rolling.

Watched some playoff baseball there last night in the library/gathering area with a nice crowd of watchers and grad students. It's situated on the fourth ave block that also contains two other beer bars. Instead of fierce competition between the three, there is camaraderie. This is turning into one of the best beer lover destination areas in NYC. A must-visit spot.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phigg1102
3.97/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jmdrpi
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Bar to the left, a couple of booths and then a back room. Bar has about a dozen seats. Theme is West Coast, with the decor, and the beers are split between local and West Coast.

The 16 taps are all craft, all solid but no limited releases.

Casual, fairly empty on a Saturday afternoon. Service is good.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rojapa
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of 2Xmd
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DRDAries
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of nickmantia
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of WheelsPSU
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mltobin
3.89/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

If you are looking for a spot to pre-game prior to an event at The Barclay`s Center, this could suit your needs. Pacific Standard is a moderate stroll away from it; or perfect if you live nearby or are in the neighborhood for other reasons.

Anyways, upon walking in, one soon notices photos and other decorations with California themes to go along with the name of this establishment. And I believe that the owners hail from the golden state. The vibe is low-key and friendly. For the beer, they have a tap list with 16 or so offerings. There were quite a few NYC area breweries that were available including Singlecut, Carton, etc.. Or you could go with the Cali theme and order something from Green Flash. The bottle list, I did not check, but I believe a small one is present. In the back, there are some couches and a big TV. Which if the bar gets crowded, gives you the option for a place to stretch out. All in all, a low-key bar with friendly staff members and some good beer options.

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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by here during a recent trip to Brooklyn.

This place doesn't look like it from the outside but it is surprisingly large. There is a decent sized seating area with tables and chairs the wrapped around the medium sized bar that's in the middle of the main room. Above the bar is the draft list and two small televisions that both had some college basketball games on. There is also a really cool back room with more seating and is decorated like a study/library. There are several book shelves filled with what look like used antique books. This place has a really cool vibe and was a very fun place to grab some beers.

The selection is pretty solid with a nice combination of east and west coast beers, locals and a few rarities. They had offerings from Stone, Ballast Point, Sierra Nevada, Green Flash, Brooklyn, Chelsea, Sixpoint and Goose Usland BCS all on draft. They also do growler fills at very reasonable prices. I was impressed.

I had a great time here and am looking forward to going back. Recommended.

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Photo of Nickls
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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Nice enough atmosphere when I popped in on a later Saturday afternoon, but it was clear that it was a college football day and the back room was pretty packed with fans. No biggie, as a few seats at the bar were still available. Pretty tidy place, if that makes sense, meaning there wasn't too much clutter or anything but had some character to it. Wood, brick, and a good amount of light which was cool.

The service was prompt and friendly. Nice tap list, and enjoyed a Racer X which is always fantastic to find. Nothing extraordinarily rare, but certainly one of the better selections I've come across in Brooklyn. Good place, and definitely a stop when in the area.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

They had only beer opened for a short time when I visited, but it was really great! John has the right attitude and a definite literary bent. Non-readers, beware!

Just as at Cherry Tree, the doorway sat in the center with flanking windows followed by a curtain, then a few booths on either side. The right wall was exposed brick with some stools and a rocking chair (!) culminating in a pair of stained glass windows. The stained glasswas reflected in a mirror which was beautiful. The laminated "U"-shaped bar was along the extended left wall. That was the front half of the space.

A pair of doorways bisected by a knotty-blonde wood panel (think Aunt Rita's basement), plus a few short steps, led up to the back half of the space. This was really the homage to the Pacific West. State flags, college flags, standard tables and chairs inlaid with trading cards of 1970's era players as well as postcards. The back wall was my featured attraction: three bookcases of Bring One, Take One books plus a big-screen projection in the center line. An English-style dartboard was on the left side. Lots of games and diversions, plus the OED. A skylight was installed in the ceiling.

Beer: 15 taps, 5 of which (actually 1/3) were PA beers. 2 casks. Schaeffer in a can, Miller, Bud Light and Hair of the Dog Fred in bottle. Wow.

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Photo of jxhill
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Disclaimer: When I dropped in on a Friday evening, the bar was mostly empty except for a small group of extremely drunk people screaming Journey and Bon Jovi. This may or may not have affected this review.

The front part of the bar reminded me of a cross between a hippie's living room and a typical bar, with stained glass windows everywhere and license plates on the walls. Through the back, there is another area which looks more like the common area in a frat house (not in a bad way) with lots of couches and collegiate-type momribilia on the walls. I also remember a Star Trek pinball machine. A pretty relaxing place.

The bartender seemed to be distracted, but I think may have just been trying to avoid the train-wreck at the end of the bar like the rest of us. The selection was great, with plenty of rare brews. I had a Maharaja and a Left Hand Milk Stout, both fantastic. There was also a cask offering, which is always a good sign.

While I did like the selection, I wondered whether or not there should be more West Coast offerings in a Pacific Northwest themed bar. Just a thought, since I had great beer anyway.

I wouldn't travel cross-boro to stop in, but it's certainly a good stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Nice bar, with a nice selection of draughts, several bottles. Beer was served in a pint glass, a bit cold, but clean tap lines. Bartender was friendly, though not quite an expert, and the board was very outdated - at least 4 beers on it had kicked, including Ithaca TEN, always a downer.

Oriented towards the west coast, big screen TV in the back often shows west coast football/baseball, basketball games. The bar seems to often advertise an array of hard-to-find-in-NY West Coast beers, but never seems to deliver - they advertise long after they run out, it seems.

All in all, a nice stop, recommended.

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Photo of nramsburg
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I gladly make the trip to Pacific Standard whenever possible and trust me when I say I live nowhere near it. Not even the same borough -- though for all intents and purposes it's really quite accessible given its proximity to Atlantic Ave and its wide selection of subways. If that won't get you close enough, the F train also services Park Slope near here.

To begin with, the atmosphere of the place is great. It manages to attract a low-key, welcoming bunch of people and, if you're lucky, their four-legged friends. Having an open policy for dogs really speaks volumes about a place. Both the back area and front are great and distinctive and effectively turn the place into two bars, one traditional "bar" and a second informal back lounge area. Seating abounds.
The beers are incredibly reasonably priced and well chosen. The servers always know exactly what they're serving and will offer candid reviews. Great selection with lots of taps -- Southampton, Avery, Sixpoint and Troegs to name a few. Taps rotate every week.
I have yet to enroll in the frequent drinker program but intend to very soon. Google their blog: the tone and layout of the "frequent drinker program" is a telling indicator of the bar's character.
This bar alone might elicit my move to Park Slope.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Decent enough, with reasonable prices and a very good selection of beers you won't find close by. Friendly bartenders. It's got a little bit more of an open layout, and it's kind of like a library at the back. Relaxed. Even energizing. I like the feel of this place much better than the closed spaces at the Cherry Tree or the Fourth Avenue Pub. But back to beer. Each of the three pubs on the block have their strengths and weaknesses. Thankfully, they all have cask! What I tried here was fresh and clean (I forget what it was, but it was fairly common). And the service was friendly and efficient even when they were pretty busy. Worth trying, especially since they're so close to two other decent bars.

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Photo of SCW
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The North part of 4th Ave in Brooklyn in the past couple of years has all of a sudden sprouted dozens of new bars, restaurants, and delis. In my opinion, Pac Standard has established itself as one of the best bars in the neighborhood.

I think the real reason I like it so much is because of its honesty. The owners, John and John, are liberal laid-back west-coast dudes, with a ton of intellect and no pretense. As a result, their bar is a manifestation of their personaility - kind of has a collegiate and academic vibe, but more a place where the cool nerds would hang out - not the frat boys.

They keep it hype and interesting with lots of events, parties, trivia night, cask beers, frequent drinker club, etc. One of my favorite zen moments is chilling in the back under the skylight on a couch, dog by my side (its dog-friendly), having my first pint after work while reading a magazine. Classic!

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Photo of plaid75
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located on Fourth Avenue in "beer bar row" just a few blocks from the Flatbush Avenue LIRR station and the Atlantic Avenue subway hub.

The bar is a railroad style structure. Upon entering, there is plenty of booth bar seating as you make your way to the bar. The bar itself is very nicely appointed with a clean vintage decor. The draft list was about a dozen in scope and featured many hard to find west coast selections.

To the rear of the building, and up a few steps, is the rear lounge area. The walls feature several maps and other vintage touches and there are shelves of books and board games to pass the time.

Overall a unoque place and another winner in Brooklyn.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Friendly, neighborhood feel kind of place. Roomy, music at a reasonable level, friendly staff, comfortable tables up front, relaxed bar feel, and a very relaxing rear seating, huge TV, smaller tables, couches, board games, book filled shelving. Nice, very un-NYC type athmosphere, which I generally find a refreshing change. So to recap I like the place physically and athmospherewise. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the beer choices. I gave a "4" cuz they do have plenty of respectable and drinkable offerings, but I was a bit disappointed not to find much in the way of exciting and out of the ordinary/widely available offerings. C'mon how about something from Green Flash? Alesmith (bottles) Ballast Point? Too many from Troegs, offerings from Red Hook, Mendicino, Harpoon, to name the main clunkers, not quite balanced by Anchor, Avery, DFH, Legacy, Penn, Stone (RIS, nice) and Sierra Nev. Hey call me a beer snob, but I didnt get the sense this place was taking many chances beer wise or trying to stretch even a small envelope much.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice laid back atmosphere, but just know that this is a total yuppy zone here. Cool staff is keeping it real and there really isn't any pretense going on. Quality of brews is good as is the selection. They had the Hop Obama, Petes Brown (Bear Republic), Avery Salvation, and two casks among many others. There wasn't anything mind blowing going on really, but there was plenty of good stuff to work on. Bottom line is this is a nice bar, but just expect to see some suits and a good swarm of the yuppy Park Slope crowd.

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