Liberty Heights Tap Room

7 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

36 Van Dyke Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11231
United States

(718) 246-1793

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Reviews by sleazo:
Photo of sleazo
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I didn't realize this was Rocky Sullivans. So now a review is forthcoming.

The bar itself sits right next door to the Sixpoint brewery. Basically it is a classic irish style wooden bar with darts and a pool table. The back room is set up for live music and they tend to have interesting diverse bands play. Enough to make this a destination bar in a somewhat barren stretch of old red hook waterfront.

Beerwise they have six brews, mostly Sixpoint. While the selection is not large, it is fresh as all the beer but the Sweet Action comes from right next door.

Foodwise they serve some excellent thin crust pizza which is actually reminescent of what they sever in Italia.

A good place in an off beat hood. If you are going to Ikea or the Red hook ballfields for the excellent Latin food, swing by here for a brew.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This was our first (and only unplanned) stop of the Philly Does New York pub crawl. We arrived to a cheering ovation from native New Yorkers for our pub crawl, which pretty much set the tone for the day. We were a tad early for our tour of Sixpoint, so we fell into the Rocky Sullivan tap room for a pint.

They had a couple of Sixpoint beers on tap, which was crucial for us, as Sixpoint wasn't going to serve us beers. I imbibed their IPA, Cream Ale, and Wheat Beer both before and after the Sixpoint tour.

We did not eat here, so I cannot comment on the food. Great little corner bar next door to a great brewery. I can't see not hitting up both places when in the area.

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Photo of sholland119
4.16/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Now called Rocky Sullivan's Tap Room.

We stopped in here for a beer before and after our Sixpoint brewery tour. This place has a great neighborhood corner bar feel. About a 15 stool bar with some tables lined up opposite. There is also a separate room that look like it does, or could be a live music venue. Hard to tell on a Saturday afternoon.

Selection consisted of a half dozen taps, most if not all fresh from the Sixpoint brewery. We had the wheat, the Bengali Tiger and the Sweet Action. All fresh, all delicious. Normally 6 taps would not rate a 4 for selection in my book but when they are as fresh and delicious as Sixpoint it is well deserved.

Service was prompt and friendly. Prices were reasonable. Did not try the food this time as we had other stops to make but the menu looked good.

Next time I find myself in Red Hook, I'll make more time.


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Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

An autumn weekend visit to NYC produced an amazing trip to Sixpoint brewery for a tour and a respectable session at Liberty Heights.

It was my first time to the Red Hook area of Brooklyn and I felt like we were somewhat isolated and secluded from the typical NYC pulse and energy. We arrived on time for the 1 PM Saturday tour at Sixpoint and after the tour had concluded, it was a natural decision to sit down at the bar and enjoy some fresh pints.

I noticed five taps and they were strictly Sixpoint with offerings that included the Sweet Action, Brownstone, Lady Liberty Ale, Righteous Rye and Bengali Tiger. I was hoping for a random or unique Sixpoint beer, but the five available are more than enough. I asked if they had any of the Sixpoint bottles and one of the bartenders appeared clueless. There were some odd bottle selections like a Polish Euro-Lager or Pilsner and Czechvar.

The food was good, we enjoyed a salad and pizza. The pizza was spot-on. Flat bread style with quality ingredients and cooked to perfection in the brick oven.

Rather typical bar set up, with a nice dartboard and pool table to help pass the time. Very comfortable vibe in the air. Music was solid with an unassuming mix of music that included some good reggae. Our bartender and service overall was solid and helped up get us a cab so we could proceed to Spuyten Duyvil for more hedonism.

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Photo of bultrey
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is the real deal -- a true neighborhood hangout that is not to be missed, despite the difficult trek (if you're sans car).

Usually start with the beer, but let me talk up the extremely delicious thin-crust brick-oven pizzas first. Some of the best I've had in NY, or anywhere for that matter, and trust me, I don't throw out complements like that lightly. I likes my NY-style pizza. Inexpensive, too. My companions enjoyed a HUGE burger and a ham and cheese calzone, which they also really enjoyed.

Service is friendly, down-home, real, and, when the girls are working, easy on the eyes. Atmosphere is fantastic. Long bar on the left, dvider in the middle of the room separating a bunch of small picnic tables on the right, pool table in the back, dartboard in the front. A few TVs here and there. Cool open view into the kitchen and that awesome brick oven behind the pool table. But wait, there's more -- Another huge room around the corner in the back, with a dozen tables or so and a stage for live music. And all this is not to mention the breathtaking and huge roof deck from which you get a wonderful view of Manhattan. Oh yeah, did I mention that in the back is also Sixpoint's brewing facilities, of which they give a tour every Saturday at 1 PM.

Which brings me to the beer. Selection is small but tight. Six or so Sixpoint beers, and you can bet your ass that they're all as fresh as can be, considering the brewery is right there. Typically their best sellers, including Brownstone, Bengali Tiger, Righteous, Sweet Action, and I think the Porter. Awesome, every one of them. There are also a few other beers in the bottle, probably a macro or two, and a couple of interesting Polish brews.

I spent last Saturday afternoon here with my Dad, uncle, and sister's boyfriend while the girls did their thing, and man, it was heaven. Racked up a few games of pool, watched the Mets, ate ourselves silly, and drank ourselves just short of silly. Had the whole place to ourselves, almost, because everyone else went on the tour.

I would spend alot of time here if I could get there more easily (read: If I had a car). As it is I only live a couple of miles away, but it's a pretty long bus ride. Nevertheless, I will be making a point of coming back on multiple occaisons.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

wow, this place needs a re-review! as eloquent as the previous reviewers words are, they are extremely out-of-date. this place has gone through a major change of focus, due mostly to their new neighbors- sixpoint brewing.

for a new york city bar, this place manages to be very spacious yet mellow.thru the front door, you're greeted by a main room with large bar which seats 15 or so and a partition that runs parallel to the bar, separating a section of tables and booths. on the far wall, a large window-space opens into the pizza-making area givin you a nice view of the wood oven. tv's for sports hang in the corners and on the bar. photos on the walls of the owners and various celebrities to make their way through this out-of-the-way tavern. off to the rear of this room is a beer hall/stage area. one long table through the middle, smaller loungey tables around it. in the front, a stage big enough for a full band. sounds big but it doesn't stop there. from the concert area, past the bathrooms, is a smoking courtyard. the courtyard is peppered with oddities.. an antique bottling machine, beautifully conceived flower boxes, and the front door to sixpoint brewery. but wait, there's more! up the courtyard stairs to the roof, and around the corner, is a wooden-plank rooftop bar and seating area which can roughly accomodate 30. a trellis has recently been erected for five varieties of newly-planted hop vines. vegetables grow near every table and brewery signs nicely dot the fence that surrounds the area.

suffice it to say, there's never a real lack of places to sit.

the beer here is strictly sixpoint. regular bar varities of booze are also available, but draftwise this place is aka a sixpoint tap room. after all, this bar plays a big part in the weekly brewery tour and is your final destination for the obligatory free pint. the beer is probably the freshest sixpoint you'll ever have, including one (lady liberty pale ale) which is produced exclusively for this bar. usually five other flavors. on my most recent visit, they were pale ale, ipa, cream ale, rye and brown ale. would be nice if they pushed for a full line-up here (other bars in the city were pouring porter, stout, double ipa and wheat.. where were they?) still, enough to try a new flavor in every pint and leave the place a happy man. and at under $5 a pint, its possible.

service? hmm. well, the waitress was friendly and didn't leave me with an empty glass. the pizza making guy ian is always very friendly and an interesting chat to boot. not beer-savvy individuals, but certainly personable.

the food here is pretty good too, especially for a bar. the pizza is creative and made-to-order, although nyc pizza snobs won't be overly excited. i enjoyed a four-cheese pizza which showcased a couple less used on pizza, ie: gruyere. what really impressed me was the 'special of the day,' a grilled chicken breast with fresh mango salsa that we split as an appetizer. really top quality for a local red hook spot.

and speaking of the locals, man does this place have some color. i've never failed to meet wacky characters here. last time, it was the local lush who had to be scooped back onto his barstool to finish his pint of sweet action.. and the farmer, who proudly displayed poorly-printed digital photos of himself with his 'crops.' uh-huh.

overall, a great place to kill a day. come to the saturday (1pm) weekly sixpoint tour and leave a couple hours open afterwards. you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of slander
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a strange one, folks. I've known bits and pieces about this place for a while. They brewed the Park Slope beers next door once and ago, they make pizza, it's in Red Hook, etc.
Let me tell you what's going on there now. They've got 5 beers on tap, rotating slightly. Lemme see... Fullers ESB, North Coast Red Seal, Yuengling and 2 Red Hooks. Last time I was there, it was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale where the Yuengling is now sitting. They've got a handful of macros in bottle, as well.
I asked, "Didn't you used to make beer here?" and the bartender says, "Yeah, we've still got all the stuff in the back room. You wanna see it?" Suuure. Around the bend, through the back outdoor smoking area, down the hall, unlock the door, and... holy shit. There's a 20 barrel plus brewing system sitting idle back there, unused for just over 2 years now. An elephant's graveyard of brewing equipment. So damn sad, so damn sad, so damn sad. He says, "The owner's been talking about brewing again...". That'd be nice.
A white marble "C" shaped bar seating about 14 runs along the inside wall, with a large mirrored bar back unit, red with a teal offset. Shelves of bottles, glassware, wines and tiered booze there. TV's in both corners, and a bar counter on one side of a piece separating the bar from the seating area. Red walls and pillars and lots of brick here, drop lights over the bar, mounted wall lamps, ceiling fans, darts, old beer trays, panelled windows to the front and smaller ones to the side with exterior awnings.
To the rear of the room is an opening that looks on the area where they crank up outstanding brick oven pizzas (mmm, pee-tza) and do their kitchen thing. There's a large side room with a pool table and a very good cd jukebox and good New York City photos. Around the bend is an outdoor room? I almost can't call it a room, it's more like a 30' x 30' space that falls between 2 buildings, so it's kind of an alley but not. There's a fermenter sitting out there, I don't know why, and an old cog/sprocket style bottling machine with a few bottles of the previous owners' beers still stuck in there (they are Mountain Valley Ruffian Porter bottles). I've heard talk of a beergarden and was wondering if this little 30' x 30' was it. They've got some benches for the smokers to sit on while out there but this is not what I call a beergarden. Well, there's a staircase over there in the corner that goes upstairs to a beautiful wooden porch that's just huuuge. Table and bench seating for at least 30, a set up for a full bar, an outdoor barbeque and a little perch for a band to set up on. I guess we found the beergarden. Oh yeah, the view of Manhattan does not suck. Very very nice out there.
I suspect this was the deal in Red Hook when they were brewing, hope they get back to it soon.

Updated some 3 years later: Sixpoint took over the brewery space next door a little more than 2 years ago. As such, the tap selection has naturally shifted to the wares of them folks. The 5 beers on tap I saw here were the Brownstone, Bengali Tiger IPA, Sweet Action Cream Ale, Righteous (Rye) Ale, and the Lady Liberty Pale Ale, which I've never seen anywhere else. In such circumstances, it's a tough call between the the Brownstone and the Righteous, so I had both of them in turn. Beers could only have been fresher if I had walked the 75 feet to the brewery, kicked on the door some and had me one... okay, two, poured there.
The beer selection spruced up (and then) some, good renevations and the addition of the bar counter, and oh yeah, bonus points for the framed Buscemi pic.

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Liberty Heights Tap Room in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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