The Gate

Bar, Eatery

321 5th Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11215-2808
United States

(718) 768-4329 | map

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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere - A pleasant little joint that is open enough and bright enough to not feel like a dive but a bit more like a pub. It's kind of got a half-ass / not willing to commit gothic feel to it but mostly it looks like an open pub. Seating for 30 or so without feeling crowded.

Quality / Selection - Beer wise that had 15 or so on tap beers and a few bottles to choose from. Mostly small macro to large micro breweries. Some domestic some imported. Sierra Nevada, Pauliner, Guinness. The day I went I had some NH Smuttynose. Not bad. Full bar available.

Service - Average but pleasant. This part of Brooklyn is mostly younger educated *cough hipster cough* people so there is a pleasant feel to it.

Value - Average for the area. Three pints and a tip will probably set you back $20.

Jul 24, 2011
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WheelsPSU from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Jan 14, 2016
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bgold86 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

A neighborhood favorite! Great outdoor patio area, always a stocked board with great selections. Staff is fantastic (shout out to Jeff), been frequenting for 4-5 years. No food, but they have a large binder type stack of menus for you to order.

Aug 01, 2015
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rojapa from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jul 17, 2015
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Spreetaper from New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jun 25, 2015
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mltobin from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Sep 07, 2014
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HoppyBeerSista from New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

Sep 06, 2014
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mattyrubes from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jul 21, 2014
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Ant4711 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jul 08, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

I walked down to The Gate from Bierkraft during a mini-tour of Park Slope beer joints. It was pretty damn busy and crowded during the Belmont Stakes, with people enjoying the patio tables and filling up the dark bar inside.

Some cool beers on tap: Smutty Wheatwine '09, Dogfish Raison d'Etre, Avery Maharaja, Elysian Super Fizz, Two Bros Atom, Maine Mo, Westbrook, Against the Grain, Hitachino Espresso (vintage)...

The joint was sweaty hot and lively but not loud. It's a neighborhood bar with good beer, with that old-school feel to it. And why not?

Jul 06, 2014
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DRDAries from New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Jul 01, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Jun 24, 2014
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hoppymcgee from Maine

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Feb 19, 2014
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VaTechPhilly from New York

4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Feb 13, 2014
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sirsteve42 from New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Jan 29, 2014
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Chris_Coughlin from New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Oct 21, 2013
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bpalfrey10 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Either my favorite, or second favorite bar in Brooklyn. There's a big open room when you walk in with the bar on your right (narrow bars annoy me). Incredible, out of this world selection. Full of delicious craft beers and they don't waste space on mass produced beers. They usually a nice selection of vintage beers. No dedicated cask lines but they'll bring in casks every once in a while. There is a great outdoor space with benches and tables for summer time drinking (can't wait for it to open). Bartenders are extremely knowledgeable. Prices are pretty good, largely $6.50 across the board and I wish they were just $6. Still good prices for this quality beer. Nice little nook in that back with darts.

I wish I lived closer!

Mar 22, 2011
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

There's not much to say about The Gate at this point. It's a small, comfortable Irish themed neighborhood bar with some outdoor seating (the bar itself is pretty small), a great tap selection, and good barstaff. What may not have been mentioned is that it's close to Bierkraft, Union Hall, and Mission Dolores. But be careful if you're going to plan a pub crawl because they don't open until 3 during the week, and 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday (it took me about 4 attempts to finally visit The Gate).

Feb 09, 2011
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fastpass17 from New York

4.66/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A: Dark wood, and low lighting, very communal, great happy hour crowd. There is a wealth of personality abounding. Nice outdoor area. Good music selection not played to loud. One can wait at the bar and strike a conversation with the bartender or any of the regulars whom are very nice.
Q: Great rotating selection, 24 taps. Super fresh, and some great aged brews. There is a focus on American craft which is incredibly vast, covering both brewery's and styles. A number of nice foreign gems from time to time. Gravity cask from time to time, very fresh and usually gone very quick. Good bottle selection with some hard to find bottles, also some macro beers for those who are so inclined.
S: Most of the bartenders are a wealth of beer knowledge. Buy backs are much appreciated, even people who sit outside enjoy this courtesy. Generosity is most certainly reciprocated.
F: There is a menu book filled with lots of great local food.
V: Great value for the quality of the beers. One can be served a beer here that is more expensive at the local beer store? Why is that? For this reason, and for the aged gems pulled from the cellar this is very reasonable bar.
Love this bar.

Apr 30, 2010
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StonyB from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

So you're in New York City and you want to hit some good bars. You've been to Manhattan of course, and you've probably found out that Williamsburg in Brooklyn is great for craft beer. But you're looking for something different. Park Slope, perhaps?

You do some research. Park Slope is in West Brooklyn, very easy to get to by subway or the lower East River bridges in Manhattan. It's a nice community, both historical and residential. Let's go...

The Gate. On the corner of 5th Ave and 3rd St. You get there a couple of minutes before 3:00, and since it's a Friday, the bar hasn't opened yet. It opens 3:00 weekdays, 1:00 weekends.

The bearded and heavily-tattooed bartender decked out in denim invites you in a few minutes later. That's fine, we're in Brooklyn. You snag a seat near the far end of the L-shaped bar and check out the blackboard. Several Goose Island brews up there since they just had a brewery promo two days before. Two Brothers Bitter End, Stone Old Guardian, Troegs Sunshine Pils, Dogfish Head Festina Peche and Southern Tier Creme Brulee some of the notables among the 24. You can get either 16 ounces or 12 on most of the choices, and $6-6.50 seems to be the average price on the pints. Since you're just getting started, you settle on a pint of the Goose Island Honkers, a nice and sessionable bitter that hits the spot...

A few sips in and you get the itch to explore. You're in the main room, so you start there. The worn wooden bar you're sitting at squeezes in 13 drinkers; there's also several tables including a coupla big ones, room for maybe 35. Some smallish blackboards sprinkled around with different reasons for existing - drafts, bottles/cans, wines, booze, upcoming events. 2 little flatscreens at either end of the bartop for your boob-tubery. Architecture very much old-school Brooklyn, lots of dark wood and brick. Beer and non-beer knick-knacks scatttered about, mostly behind the bar. Hard rock, punk and metal playing on the stereo and dominating the CD jukebox...

There's a room in the back that has 2 tables and some chairs by the wall. Pretty dark back there, a little more intimate. At the end is a nice touch; a mostly enclosed dart room with seating. Cool.

The john is down a somewhat precarious flight of stairs. Watch your step, for real...

Back upstairs, you also notice an outdoor patio and briefly check it out. It looks inviting, and you decide to re-visit this area later.

Meanwhile, over the next hour and a half you order two more beers; a pint of the Old Guardian (big and tasty barleywine) followed by a 12 oz Creme Brulee (malty dessert). One thing that leaves you a bit disenchanted is the service. The two bartenders on duty definitely know their beer, no problems there. But there's no real attempt to make you feel welcome, even before the crowds get there. You're left with this impression; if you're a regular they'll be friendly and chat you up, but if they don't know you it's "What do you want, here's your beer, leave me alone"...

You've been paying cash as you go, and your three beers set you back $17.50. That's partially because it's happy hour until 7:00pm - $1 off most but not all of the drafts.

You drop a few bucks for the barkeeps and head on your way. In the end, you decide that The Gate is a pretty decent neighborhood bar and definitely has some quality beer. While it's not a true destination stop, you could see yourself going back as part of a Park Slope pub crawl...

**Stony's Biscuit** - I mentioned the outdoor patio. Aside from the beer of course, it's probably the best thing about this establishment. It's pretty large with about 10 tables, and it's right on the corner of an attractive intersection. Perfect for some quality people-watching or casual conversation on a nice day...

Jul 12, 2009
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m1ked from California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

So I have recently moved by this place, albeit temporarily. I have been seeking out other beer bars, but find myself wanting to end up at the Gate.

A- Dark on the inside, smallish length of a bar, with lots of seating on the inside, and a large outside patio. Great for the warm/hot days/night. Good local bar feel, as opposed to a destination bar, although I think it could be. Dog friendly, bring in outside food friendly, just friendly all around.

Q- Great selection of locals, west coast occasionals, midwest at times, definetly new england beer heavy. They have frequent beer "fests" which means they dedicate their taps to a certain brewery for the night/until it blows. So sometimes you don't have to go to the crowded "fest", you can go the day after and enjoy the same beer without the crowd.

S- No floor or patio service. You want a beer, you go get it yourself. Getting to the bar can be tricky when it is busy, but the bartenders are always chill once you get to them.

S- Like I said above you get alot of "fests" rotating through here, so you get an opportunity at different breweries often. They also have a nice selection of beer that rotates prety often. Usually a cask or two too. I have actually never sought out the bottle list so no comment there. What can I say I am satisfied with the fresh stuff.

F- I actually don't think they have food, but I have no real idea. I gave them a 3 for the great food options abound in the neighborhood that you can bring in to eat, no prob.

All in all, I really like this bar 1) great selection of beer 2) neighborhood feel 3) Patio 4) You can but small beer pours....thats cool 5) Great Jukebox

Jun 07, 2009
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JohnQVegas from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Nice place, fairly small area inside with a few tables and a nice deck outside that's great in warm weather. Always good beer on tap, and fantastic events. Anyplace where I can get Cantillon on tap is an A or higher for me. Beer is always served at a reasonable temp from clean lines. Bartenders haven't been too talkative, but that's understandable. I imagine this place gets packed at night, but I always go during the afternoon, and thus am treated to a nice, calm, relaxed environment, just like I like it. Reasonable prices all around.

Apr 21, 2009
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drseamus from New York

4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

DISCLAIMER: My review may or may not be biased by the fact that Pat invited several of us back to his flat and fed us CRAZY good beers after the rosso e marone release.

Located in a great part of Brooklyn, The Gate is a nice little bar. The inside is small although they have a decent patio for when the weather is nice. Their tap list is a mix of decent beers, great beers, and a handfull of shitty macro beers for "those people." it seems that they have a ton of special events that results in special taps and no one will argue with that. I was fortunate enough to arrive after a Bruery event so I was treated to a Melange #3.

The Gate is most certainly the best under the radar bar in Brooklyn.

Mar 12, 2009
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henkster from New York

4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My wife and I recently moved from Brookline, MA to Brooklyn. It was hard to move away from the Publick House, which we frequented nearly every week. However, we were pleasantly surprised to discover The Gate two blocks from our new apartment. Brooklyn is full of great beer bars, with many of them concentrated on Fourth Ave and a bunch in Williamsburg. I would rank The Gate right up there with any of them.

What always strikes me about The Gate is the very comfortable vibe when I walk in. There's always cool music playing, whether it's the bartender's chosen cd or something from the great jukebox. There are usually a few dogs in there, which contributes to the homey vibe (unless you're allergic to dogs, or as happened last night, one dog attacks another dog)

They have about 25 taps, which are constantly rotating. On our most recent visit (last night), they had about 10 Dogfish Head drafts carried over from their DFH event Wednesday night. The DFH drafts included a 2003 Worldwide Stout, a 2004 Olde School, a 2003 120 Minute, a Palo Santo Marron. The Gate seems to have a special event at least every other Wednesday featuring a brewery or style of beer. Recent events we have enjoyed included: Holiday beers; Two Brothers; and Arcadia.

The bartenders have always been friendly to us and willing to give samples (often without us even asking).

They do not serve food, but you can bring your own.

Feb 07, 2009
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PEBKAC from New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I hate taking the train into Brooklyn. There is normally one train, the G, that can get direct from Queens across the border without waddling through Manhattan. Luckily, double dipping at the Blind Tiger earlier meant I was able to just get back on the F & go a little deeper. One stop in reverse to get to the G meant an easy ride home too. :D

A Bear Republic banner flapping in the wind just outside for the Wednesday event, doors facing the walk up to the place, easy enough to find. Seating available outside, looking... cold.

Brick bar back, airy feel & not much furniture to trip over. A few rounded tables, a tighter section of seating in the back, near yet another accident waiting to happen(a bathroom with stairs). My eyes didn't take in the usual descriptives, as the Bear Republic dominated tap handles soon caught my eye. Quiet place on a Wednesday night. Saloon style silence, where everyone notices the sound your spurs make walking in.

Behind the bar, a more vibrant version of Uma Thurman, Joe with the beard o' bees, & a younger guy who looked like me before I started getting all awkward & growing hair in funny places. He twice mentions the $20 minimum on the AMEX. I must of really been dressed like a bum that night.

I start off with the cask Hop Rod. Tasty & slightly chill. A full pour too, thank you. I then go up & down the list, getting closer with my inner beer geek. Pint after full pint. A pint of barleywine(!), a half of IPA, a couple sessioners in between, & I'm struggling. It all tastes wonderful. Joe takes a picture of me slouching & I feel my way to the bathroom before I ask for the check. I nearly roll my ankle on those tiny stairs, but barely broke $20 with the tip.


Dec 30, 2008
The Gate in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 39 ratings