Spuyten Duyvil

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Type: Bar, Eatery

359 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11211-3309
United States

(718) 963-4140 | map
spuytenduyvilnyc.com

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Reviews:
146
Ratings:
199
pDev:
11.01%
 
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 146
Reviews by slander:
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4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Cat's out of the bag. This coulda been, shoulda been, our secret bar. Someone talked. No sign or indicative marks outside and we even got it set up here with the wrong address but you managed to find it anyway. And everyone knows you can't keep your big trap shut. Now everyone knows. I hope you're happy...
A welcome surprise to our beloved Brooklyn. Located down Metropolitan Avenue between Havermeyer and Havermeyer, just off the BQE, it makes the Friday night Williamsburg walkabout completely doable on foot and the L train stands conveniently in the middle of all this.
There's roughly upwards of a dozen stools along the "L" shaped bar, and an array of tables and chairs of all sizes and shapes along said bar, with a love seat in one front window and a pair of chairs in the other (elevated so that I may survey all that is mine), a few more tables to the rear and out that back door that doesn't seem to close right, they've got a bunch of tables out there, too. Hey!! There's a cozy little patio seating area back a-there. Alright, back inside, you.
6 great taps on a single tower on the bar, a handpump just off that, and a collection of amazing bottles. Belgians broken out by Flemish, Lambic & Walloon. I haven't seen such a selection of Cantillons since Moan & Dove. They had the Cantillon Fou Foune on tap last week, this week they replaced it with my favorite in the Cantillon line, her name is "Iris" ("You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be and I don't want to go home right now").
They also had the Fantome Pissenlit, musty, interesting, interesting, interesting. Smaller boards list Germans, English, a few US and other worldly goods. Other boards on the end list wine selections. Shelves of appropriate glassware on the bar back, tulips, snifters, pints, mugs, whatever the beer needs. Jars of different teas on the other side above the espresso maker.
Great jukebox. Pink Floyd "More" for christsake. What more do I need to say? He rolls the selection quarterly, always something Pink Floyd. A good selection of cheeses, meats and pates lend some very interesting choices, plus pickles, beets and other jarred things, and hopefully, the dark Belgian chocolate. The decor is all for sale, the healthy tooth poster, old maps of the world, the framed sorority composite from a school in the 50's, the mounted vintage girls Schwinn bicycle, the old books, the wall of ashtrays, and enough 2 and 3 prong pitchforks for us to successfully take the castle after the next beer, or certainly the one after that. They had a scythe over there in the corner but someone bought it right around Halloween, and I'm glad too, because I joking held it over Phil's head and well, you know, so I think we all learned the "The scythe is not a toy" lesson.
Staff treats me well, service jams. There's just nowhere else I'd prefer to spend my time. Okay. so I know, and you know, and all them people you told, but that's it. Don't tell anybody else.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jp11801
2.48/5  rDev -43.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of smithj4
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -41.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.75

I really don't get it. I recently decided to check this place out based on reputation, only to find that it's a total joke. Simple layout, kind of old-fashioned, and small. So far, so good. I planted myself at the bar; a decent crowd in front but not too busy. I started perusing the draught list and really had trouble picking a beer, mainly because the selection really wasn't that great. There was not a lot to choose from, and the prices were too high for the quality that was being offered. The bottle & can list was equally uninteresting. The bartender was pretty quick to ask what I wanted, but when I told him I just needed to look the list over for a minute, he basically disappeared. He went over to a table and sat down and started joking around with whoever was sitting there. I took the opportunity to sneak out...yeah, left without even ordering one drink, that's how bad it was.

Wasn't feeling the vibe, wasn't digging the taplist, and the service was essentially non-existent. Maybe this bar had a glory day once, but it's apparently long gone.

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Photo of mafuellison
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of EdrickCS
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of barleywin
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of PopnLoads
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of lauad
3.24/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Top notch beer bar in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY.
But let's start with website... pay no attention to it as far as beer listings. Tap list is 5 years old, and bottle list is (get this) 10 years old. The place is a remarkably cool and wonderful throw back, euro style beer bar with a tree covered courtyard in the back. But no one is doing the website thing. Not a knock...just be forewarned before going.
Bar room was small but full of comfortable seating. No beer menus...just chalk boards. Which work well if you can get close to see them. Inside vibe is fun upbeat. Courtyard is super cool, relaxed and a prefect spot on a warm evening to really sit back and enjoy good beer.
Beers were all at correct temperature, and served in varied and appropriate glassware.
Meats and cheeses as well as breads were excellent, and matched well with the beers we ordered.
Beers were somewhat limited, Selection was esoteric and many off the beaten path brews. Very impressive, and each of the 3 beers we had was very good. But relatively small list of about 3 dozen beers in taps and bottles combined.
Service was excellent. Despite fairly busy Friday night, one of the 3 bartenders (Will) took the time to be extremely helpful and great guy to speak with. He made thoughtful recommendations which we all enjoyed. He made it a special visit.
Overall, they are not claiming to be the "white whale" of beer stops, but are providing an excellent setting, great beer people, really good interesting beers and food. This is place for beer and beer drinkers. As great a place to relax and enjoy beer as you're going to find.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Super cool craft beer bar with lots of options. There is a nice garden in the back, tables and a bar. Good service . Six brews on tap but more bottles. All of good quality and many local. (I enjoyed and lived the Evil Twin Yang) relaxed, cool and chill vibe . I will definitely go back soon!

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of destruise
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of oldn00b
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place opened right before I moved out of the city but at the time I lived down the street. It's cozy, has a fun retro vibe with things like a barber chair for a seat in the window.

I make a point to stop by every time I'm in town. Staff is friendly enough and the selection of bottles includes some tough to find brews. Nice garden area in the back, comfortable seats at the bar. Very decent offerings on tap. Definitely recommend popping in.

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Photo of shoretaxi
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jammery
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of tobelerone
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of slasich
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
4.23/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djgoodwi
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ChipChaight
4.23/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Place rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 199 ratings
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