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

Standard? What's standard? You know, if not for having trucked out to the Oregon Brewer's Festival these last 2 years, I wouldn't have believed that there even was a Pacific Ocean or Pacific anything for that matter. Yeah, I'm maybe probably definitely not qualified to talk about what's "standard" there. Except for hoppiness and the sun setting in the wrong damn direction, I suppose...

So, down on 4th off Flat, a few doors further past that one place and across the street katty from that other place, Pacific Standard. Just inside the front wall of windows, a little forward area holding a half dozen tables with postcards cut into their centers under plexi tops, sharing common benches on both walls, the far one riding up on an ornamental vintage Maytag washing machine. Beyond that, an "L" shaped wood bar with a lip and a foot rail seating a dozen off to the left. 16 taps in a row over a stainless steel piece on the center of the bar back, 2 handpumps for someday to the right, shelved booze to one side, wines, growlers and coozies to the other side, and glassware below. An angled horizontal mirror sits just above and mounted up high, a large board with smaller chalkboards inlayed; 2 long narrow boards listing the tap selections and 2 more boards ½ their width listing the prices. They don't work. They're too small, too hard to read and you can't see what's on 'em unless you're front row center. They could easily replace it with a single board just listing the taps coherently. A bar counter seating 6 sits adjacent and a single raised table off to the right. Something fireplaceish down on the end with a bar counter mantle and a stage 2 mitosis framed mirror above, and on the rear wall, a few stained glass panels over a small bench there. Back around the bend in the far corner, the "Pacific Standard wager book" and "Questions for the wise & mysterious ethicist of Oakland" posted pages on the bulletin board, some good reading. The inside wall is painted blue, the other one's all brick, and wood slat over the bar. Various framed pics about, a Chez-Panisse print, a few license plates here and there, exposed duct work, large drop lamps in a row across the middle of the room, strung colored Xmas lighting lining the front benches and bar counter, and glass candles on the tables and bar counter. Rock'em Sock'em Robots being played at the bar just now, they're grinding at it pretty hard, although there's more rocking than socking from what I can see.

A raised room to the rear with a large projection screen; 4 couches around coffee tables, 3 mini booths on the far wall and tables at both ends. Good for taking in a pizza or sharing the unwelcome growler. Bookshelves full of literature, poetry, Taoism, a tiny print compact Oxford looking glass dictionary aft, darts in the corner, and drinking cards that enable you to win books. Blue painted and brick walls, and a skylight in the center of the room. UC Berkeley and Oregon & California state flags, sports and nature pics, a twisted pipe lamp with a glass cover and track spots.

16 taps, ½ of which were actually from the coast Pacific (Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Lagunitas IPA, North Coast Old Rasputin, Stone IPA, Pacific Rim Driftwood Ale, Rogue Mocha Porter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Anniversary), the other ½ mostly local (Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter, Chelsea Hop Angel & Standard Ale, Sixpoint Righteous Rye), and regional (Legacy Hedonism, Victory Prima Pils, DogFishHead 60), and a somewhere between here and there (Avery IPA).

That was 4 months ago, checking back in the other night, we find the west coast beers to be holding less than 1/3 of the tap space. But we find the 2 handpumps up and running (Six Point Righteous Rye & Chelsea Winter Wheat). A few bottled and canned macros, and light pub snacks (chips & salsa, Blue Diamond almonds, ice cream sandwiches, cheese & salami).

Been here a few times now. I'm still not sure what's so specific to the Pacific here but it's nicely comfortable, got decent tunage, and the beers were clean and fresh. Overall, I'd say it ties into the neighborhood scene well.

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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 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 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 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Sixpoint
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 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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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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

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 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 RichThatchr
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I visited the Pacific Standard for the first time with a small group of friends for the occasion of Sixpoint Ales having a special there on 11/5. I almost missed it as I walked down Fourth Ave as it wasn't well marked in an area that used to be run down. Upon entering the brightly lit bar with an additional room to the rear, I saddled up to the bar and noticed a good selection of Sixpoint, Chelsea, Smutty, and quite a few others for a great evening. I found the place to have a younger crowd and I was very comfortable there drinking $5-$6 pints all night.

The service was very good as the little bar in the front reminded me of Barcade, in terms of its tap set up, minus the games, though the food was limited to chips, cheese, and nuts.

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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 blgianbeer
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I've been to Pacific Standard about 4 times now.

The beer: solid list of harder-to-find draft beers. Last night I had the Pacific Rim Stock Ale, the Stone Smoked Porter and the Bear Republic Red. All were tasty, but I'll make one recommendation. If you go earlier in the evening, make sure your beer isn't one of the first few drawn from the tap. Twice now I've had beer that tasted like plastic. I suppose it's because the tap lines are new. That being said, the owners and wait staff are courteous and had NO PROBLEMS substituting or replacing my beer. Some places give you a hard time when the beer isn't right, but not here.

The vibe: fairly bright lighting, lighter wood and a younger crowd give the place a lot of energy. My personal preference is more dark and low-key but I've never felt uncomfortable or out-of-place at Pacific Standard.

If you're in the hood, I'd highly recommend stopping by for a drink. Who knew 4th Avenue would become a beer destination with Pacific Standard, 4th Ave Pub, Sheep Station and the Cherry Tree?!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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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