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d.b.a. Brooklyn

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Type: Bar

113 N 7th St
Brooklyn, New York, 11249-3021
United States

(718) 218-6006

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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Vibe: This bar has the same feel as d.b.a. in Manhattan, but is more laid back and usually isn't as crowded. There are a couple of tables in the front and back but more tables are available in the outdoor seating area. I came in one Saturday night and was really interested in watching the live music because a woman in the band was playing a washboard instrument.

Quality: Beers were served at the correct temperate in the proper glassware.

Service: There's no waiters or waitresses for tables, but service from the bartenders is usually pretty good. When they have cask festivals, the casks are located at the back behind the bar with a separate person pouring drinks so there aren't long lines to get beers. The bartenders were knowledgeable about the beers that were available.

Selection: The bar has 16 beers on-tap and usually a few beers on cask so there's always a few interesting selections. Like its sister bar in Manhattan, an extensive bottle list is available, all writing on the chalkboards and organized by country—the draft beer list also includes the date that the keg was tapped. There have been some occasions where I've ordered a bottled beer but it wasn't available in stock.

Value: Prices seem reasonable compared to other bars in the area. If you really want a discount, you can drink beers from the keg that's been on-tap for the longest and they are trying to get rid of.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I have been coming here on and off over the last 5 or so years (at first when visiting NYC and since moving to the area a little more frequently). They also host a cask festival or two each year that are really great. d.b.a. does not serve food but for about the last year they have had a local food vendor that has set up at the bar and selling food there (though as a completely separate business).

The bar has an old school blue color kind of vibe and is nothing really special from a decor perspective. Since the bar is in Williamsburg, it is filled with the normal crowd including quite a few hipsters but also has a regular following of craft beer folks (including Alex Hall - Gotham Imbiber). They have a really nice outdoor seating area behind the bar which is great during the spring and fall - feels like you are in someone's backyard in the suburbs not in the city.

The beers are always fresh and well poured into the proper glassware. The dates of when the beers are tapped is available on the chalkboard menu so you have an idea of exactly how fresh the beer is.

The bartenders are always friendly and seem to really appreciate craft beer (and know something about it). Service can be a touch slow when it is real busy but no worse than any other place.

They have a decent selection of styles available on tap, though that is subject to the season (not a lot of heavy stouts in rotation during the summer). There is a fairly extensive bottle list broken down by country. They also generally have available a couple of casks.

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Photo of brew4health
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

We visited on a Saturday afternoon after leaving the "cattle call" at the obnoxious Brooklyn Brewery. It was a pleasant atmosphere, especially in contrast to BB.

The old-time, typical blue collar style bar atmosphere is quite nice. They have a good sized bar and outdoor seating available in the back. The standard chalk board draft selection contained about 10 high quality beers. The variety was good but the selection was not extraordinary. We ordered, Arrogant Bastard, Founders Centennial, and an IPA pumped from the cask. All were fresh, tapped late last month according to the dates posted on the board.

The scotch, tequila and bourbon selection was extraordinary but we didn't imbibe.

We ordered a pretzel (the only thing on the menu) and it was hot, fresh, served with mustard and salt. Good enough.

The service was good but it wasn't crowded.

I would go there again, but with so many beer bars to choose from in the NYC area, probably won't.

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Photo of wcintula
3.86/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Sputen Duyvil was too crowded so I wandered on over here with my wife on a Saturday night. Good music and atmosphere. The place is large enough that it would take a bit to become too crowded. There's a bar, and some tables, nice outdoor space in the back.

Chalkboard above the bar angled well, so I don't kill my neck making a selection. I was upset they were out of Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere, but they offered a replacement and it was a good one.

Tap selection wasn't impressive, three cask lines, but two were down for maintenance. I'd definitely come back here

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The wife and I stumbled upon this place on our way to an art gallery. I had heard about d.b.a. so we decided to check it out.

The place has got a nice appearance to it, a mixture of cool industrial-looking bar and cozy woodsy Brooklyn-hipster retreat. Very roomy, with a long bar, lots of tables, a back area with more seating and even a garden. A bit too dark, but romantic for sure... music is not too loud, just right for conversation, and the place is not crowded at all on a Saturday night, how nice is that!

Service is OK, not bad, not great, just there. Average indeed, but not in a bad way.

There are booze lists hand-written on boards above the bar. Tequila, scotch, bourbon, beer of course... Good (if small) selection of beer bottles, 35 from the US and lots of Belgium and Europe. Nothing earth-shattering, but just fine.

Draft beer list is, unfortunately, a bit disappointing. For a self-styled "beer bar", offerings here are kind of lame (at least when I visited):

Old Speckled Hen, Fullers ESB, Lagunitas IPA, O'Haras stout, Troegs Hopback... not superb. I came back one week after my first visit and they had better shit: Anchor Old Foghorn, Meantime IPA (straight from the UK), Storm King stout.

So, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and rate their selection with a "4", just because I love their casks and that Old Foghorn.

The casks, "curated" by Alex Hall, sure are something! Peche Mortel and two casks from Brü Rm. at BAR, New Haven's own brewpub (Jacobites Revenge and Wood Porter, which I've never seen at BAR or listed anywhere). On my second visit I saw Double Simcoe and Oak-aged Yeti on cask. Sweet!

Food is only pretzels, didn't try. But... how amazing can a pretzel be?? :-)

I would go back, despite the low scores and blah drafts. The ambience and casks make it worth.

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Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This sister outfit to the other DBAs has been open a while now and I have been many times. Located in Williamburg it is close to the Bedford L stop so it makes a good post Brooklyn Brewery stop or part of a larger Williamsburg/Greenpoint bar crawl. The bar itself is good enough to stop for on its own though and it has a nice back garden for nice weather.

The set up is similar to the other locations as is the theme of quality taps and quality liquor all written on the overhead chalkboard. A nice thing I like about this and the Manhattan location is they list the date of when they tapped the beer. Gives you a good idea of its freshness and allows them to sell "kick the keg" specials for $4 a pint.

Beer wise they have a good mix of British and Belgian beers as well as a wide variety of US craft styles. You can be guaranteed to find something interesting on tap. They usally have a couple of cask beers available as well. Bottle selection is great as well with a similar focus broken down by origin. The same can be said for the extensive selection of Scotch, Whiskey, Tequila and Rum.

Usually not too crowded, Brooklyn DBA can be nice with a large or small group. They have board games as well for your amusement. Definitely worth the visit.

One last thing, the bathrooms are a thousand times cleaner than the Manhattan location

Pricewise pints run $6 for regular and $7 for Imperial.

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Photo of jaluria
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I've visited this place twice now and each time I had a great time.

The bar itself is styled similar to the one in Lower Manhattan, long and narrow with an outside space in the back. Chalkboards above the bar list what is available on tap along with other forms of alcohol. Unlike the Manhattan location, this place serves food but it is limited to cheese, meats and wraps. You can order food from any of the local spots and have it delivered right to the bar. This is one of my favorite features of the place. Rarely, do I come across an excellent bar (in terms of the beer selection) that also has terrific food. Being able to enjoy both at the same time is great and a real selling point for me.

There is a single HDTV set up near the front entrance. I watched a World Cup game there during my last visit and thought it was a cool place to watch a game.

The beer selection is mostly local; Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Kelso, Southern Tier, Climax, Stoudt's, and Victory. A few West Coast brews as well including North Coast and Bear Republic. The tap lines appear cared for and the bartenders seem to be fully aware of how to serve the beer (room temp glasses that are the right style such as tulip or pilsner glass).

Overall, I really like this place and hope to visit regularly.

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Photo of Mudstone
3.16/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5

They have a large selection of beer. Some I saw were de Ranke XX, Hoegaarden, Brooklyn, Fullers. I saw 16 draft handles including, St Feuillan Saison, Sierra Bigfoot, Stella, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. I ordered Scaldis in the bottle and the bartender didn't even give me a glass. The decor is like being in a hotel bar with the exception of the raw concrete floor. Not much on the walls but mirrors and a few lights. Maybe there were some promo posters for up coming special events. Large selection of scotches bourbons and whiskeys. Tequilas galore. We didn't have any food because they were out of everything that we wanted. It was tequila fest and they were out of a lot of food. The tattooed bartender was lacking on any suggestions for my friends that were overwhelmed by the beer selection. One friend ended up getting frustrated due to the lack of knowledge and service. So, he ordered a Tequila shot and nothing else. Maybe it was an off day there. But I doubt I'd go back.

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Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Had the chance to visit here one evening after hitting up the Brooklyn Brewery happy hour. This first thing that stuck out about this location vs the East Village one is that it was pretty dead quiet at midnight on a Friday night. Not sure if that's just Williamsburg, or what. In any case, the atmosphere was pretty solid. It's like a scrubbed up, more spacious, and newer feeling version of the EV locale. Hate to keep comparing the two, but it's difficult not too.

At any rate, the selection is more than solid with the taps and the brews were fresh and handled well by the staff. Prompt service, prices were reasonable enough relative to the selection and area. I don't think it's my favorite spot in the roundabout area, but it's certainly worth a stop for any beer enthusiast.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Not too far from the Bedford stop off the L train, but far enough away (block and a half) that it puts it out of the rush of foot traffic. Starting with the vibe of the place, I can say that it is the one thing I think is lacking. In comparison to the NYC location, this is a very clean setup. Which is good when we're talking about bathrooms (if you've seen the ones in the city, you know what I mean), but not the same when we're talking about bars. Just a bit too clean, but who cares.

Quality of beers is good. Everything is at is should be. Selection is quite nice as well with the chalk boards listing a quite wide variety of things to feast on. Rarities and standards alike.

I will say the biggest improvement here has definitely been the service. You mean we have, like, pleasant people serving us? Really? No more stuck up, indifferent a-holes? Wow. Thank you.

Overall it's a good spot to hit up. If you are in the area, why no. It certainly trumps a lot of other bars in the area off selection alone.

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Photo of slander
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Did you know, did I tell you, that d.b.a. Manhattan was one of my first hangs in my early days of beer? Yeah, me and Mike the Fool (his actual name) ditched Peculier Pub in early '95 after wandering over to d.b.a. just once, that's all it took. A dozen plus years on now, and they're talking a Brooklyn location, in Williamsburg no less. Doing business a while now, it's time to get the pen on...

Long "C" shaped laminate wood bar losing its varnish quickly with an opening down on the end or just before it. More like an "L" and then an end piece, seating for more than a dozen and a half in all. A single 16 tap tower sits on the middle of the bar, and 3 handpumps up front on the end greet you on entering. Large mirror panels on the bar back wall, over 4 tiered booze running the length of the counter to both sides of a center register. Initially, the bottles were positioned to every other space, but they're filled those gaps in over the last 3 months or so. Still, the liquor selection seems a bit slight as compared to that of the 1st Ave location, most notably to me the tequila board, and it's absence of the lovely Cuervo Reserva de la Familia. A vertical blackboard listing draft selections and their tap dates sits over the center of the barback and angled blackboards way up high run from end to end; 7 on each side, listing cask ales, single malts, bourbons, other whiskeys, tequila, wines, special drinks (cider, coffee, egg creams), and 6 boards listing bottled selections (2 for Belgians and then 1 each for UK, German, US & beers of the world), and one more on the far end listing the slight food menu (Muffalettas). The beer boards acknowledge that some of the content is "coming soon", I just wish it wasn't listed there while it hasn't. I don't wanna know what they're gonna have, hope to have, but rather what they've got, and it's kind of hard to tell with everything and not up on the boards, but that's just a-me. Shelved glassware on one end next to the casks and below the bar, alongside glassfront coolers housing said bottled selections.

Beige painted walls & panels over wood slat lowers and trim; blush colored walls to the rear. Concrete floorings, and painted ceilings with spinning fans down the center of the room. Drop lamps over the bar in a row, wall mounted lanterns, spots above the bar shining on the boards, and some lit holiday lighting animated animals. They move, they pivot; white deer over the bathroom to the rear, and a red lobster up front checking ID's along the large windows over North 7th. A table Ms. Pac-man game sits amidst the half dozen and more small glass candle lit 2-seat tables running to the rear looking over a bit of a backyardy space, all snowy just now, and a pair of tables up front below the single TV in the front corner. Bar counter space up front and to the rear of the bar, and a stretch across from the bar some.

16 taps, about ½ of which are American micros (Kelso Hop Lager, Avery Hail to the Chief, Stone IPA, Southampton Christmas Ale, Captain Lawrence Nor'Easter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stoudts Pils, Doc's Hard Cider), and ½ are imports Belgian, UK, German (De Ranke XX Bitter, Franziskaner Weisse, Fullers ESB, Old Speckled Hen, O'Hara's Irish Stout, Mahr's Unfiltered Lager, Jever, Hoegaarden). Generally, all of my time here has been spent bouncing back and forth between the DuPont Foret and the De Ranke XX Bitter, with the occasional Southampton Christmas Ale or Captain Lawrence Espresso Stout thrown in the mix for good behavior.

And while I haven't had a problem with the beer being fresh, I do have to comment on the cask beer being up in excess of 3 weeks from the tap dates shown on the boards, on 2 occasions now. I don't know what to say about that except, please take it down to a single cask or do a Friday firkin event until you've got the regular foot traffic to go through them quick quick quick quickly.

Service is always attentive and prompt, let me taste a bit of this, bit of that. Sometimes, they lay the lights low and with the tunes not overloudish (I just heard Nico "The Fairest of the Season" and Joni "Both Sides Now"), it's cool. Comfortable enough overall, and waaay great bathrooms by d.b.a. standards.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Rolled in on a Friday night after hitting up the Bklyn Brewery happy hour. Great vibe here, was crowded but not overcrowded. Has that old, wooden, dim light, chill music feeling to it even though its new. They have about a dozen taps and 3 cask lines along with 40 or so bottle from all regions. The draft selection was pretty varied something from east to west coast and some Belgian offerings. Beers were all around the $6 range Decent size bar with tables on the side and an garden in the back. All drink selections are on a chalkboard to keep things up to date. Also they had this concotion of apple cider, caption morgan, apples, and who knows what, brewing in front of me releasing the most amazing aroma. I had a taste of it (served warm) and its pretty amazing a cold winter night for a night cap (which is saying a lot because I only drink beer when i go out) Great addition to an already great neighborhood, will def. be stopping in again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place had just opened in Brooklyn's world class beer destination neighborhood of Williamburgh when I visited. Another quality beer spot in an area with an embarrassment of beer riches and options. Just a short stroll from Bedford Ave, about 5 mins from Bklyn Brewewry and also Muggs. Rectangular room with the wooden bar to the left as you enter. Five or so table in the rear and a mid sized garden out back, which will be great when the warm weather returns.Dim lights, cam music and a mellow feel when I visited. Similar to the city location, black boards listing beer options hung over and behind the bar. 12 taps and about 35 quality bottles. Draft were: Saison Dupont, Stone IPA, Taras Bulba,Julius Echter. Jever, Bklyn BCS, Petrus Blond, Anchor Liberty and Xmass, O'Hara's Irish stout, Belhaven Scotish, SHMPTN French Country xmass, Rogue Dead guy, Six Pt. Righteous,Fullers ESB. Friendly bartender always a plus. Still brand new, the character of the NYC and NO locations will take a while to cultivate, but I'm confident it will appear and and this place is sure to flourish.

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d.b.a. Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 14 ratings