Lighthouse Tavern, The

Bar, Eatery

243 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
United States

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SCW from New York

4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

As of right now, I can't understand why so many people are sleeping on this place. If you live in Park Slope, it's hard to find a better neighborhood bar than this.

It reminds me of the marine bars in Ireland and England. When you walk in, it is one long continuous bar that lines the left side of the wall. Dimly lit with dark wood tones, the decor is reminiscent of lighthouses and other sailing memorabilia.

Quality? Unbelievable. The pints are poured at the perfect temperature. Too many times I get a beer that is damn near freezing. The pints at this place are poured with a perfect two fingers of foam and a very quaffable 45-50 degrees F.

And every time I've been here I've had nothing but stellar service from very friendly and approachable bartenders.

The selection puts this place as a true diamond in the rough. Beneath the standard taps, there lies gems. About 16 taps in total, look for nice ones like Victory Hop Devil, Blue Point Oatmeal Stout, Avery Brown Ale and IPA, and others.

And the best part: one of the greatest happy hours in town! Went there on a Tuesday afternoon, and was pleasantly surprised to find all pints were only $3. Geah!

Nov 19, 2005
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AChamberlain from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This is a good bar. It's a good bar to watch a baseball game. It's a good bar to drink beer. It's a good bar to hang out at while waiting for a table in a restaurant nearby.

Marine decor abounds in this spot. They have a pretty respectable selection for a small bar. It's chill, I've never seen it too busy, maybe only on Fri/Sat night. Quality has never been an issue, always good. The crowd is mixed and unpretentious. I've never had the food, but I have seen people enjoying it.

Sunday afternoons, this is where I will be.

Oct 20, 2006
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Billolick from New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Comfortable, low key, friendly, relaxed, neighborhood type place. Nice carribean type music, played nice and low, so you can talk, ( a nice touch, sadly lacking in some NYC spots) 12 taps, Bklyn, Blue Point, Six Point, Ommegang, Smutty etc and 20-30 bottles, one cask, but it was kicked, they said they were waiting for the Imbiber to hook up the next one. Best thing on the menu was the Costa Rican appetizers, stay away from the fish and chips...Great place to enjoy a pint or two, well worth a visit

Apr 15, 2006
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ChuckD from New York

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

Stopped at the Lighthouse last night. Stayed for 5-6 pints. Stayed mainly with the BP Oatmeal - but I finished with a Hop Devil.

I always love this place. It might not be fancy enough for the PS crowd - but it's just right for me. The atmosphere is layed back - but after a week of getting your ass kicked, the Lighthouse foots the bill. The service is fine - it's never too crowded, but seems to have a fairly respectful beer drinking crowd. I think they have at least 10-12 different taps, each one pretty good.

Feb 12, 2006
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The fifth stop on a great days imbibing in Brooklyn, or rather Park Slope to be more topigraphically correct. By now the assembled throng of BA’s had depleted slightly after the exit from The Gate. The remnants included my good self (surprised I was still awake at this point), djgonzalez & Rokotgirl, but aided by the carefully guiding hands of Imbiber and his lovely wife felice, we were soon on our way to The Lighthouse Tavern.

The exterior is a dark blue wooden affair with a centrally located door and a large American Flag that flies proudly. The nautical theme is continued on the inside too, it is all about, erm…, no don’t tell me, it was getting late when I was here… really don’t tell me, no clues please, it’s a sea faring theme, lets see if I can remember properly…oh yeah, it’s all about Lighthouses and it feels like I am in Maine! The interior is welcoming and something different, far from clichéd it is actually well appointed and furnished with quality materials it seems.

A nice thick wooden bar, that is about 20 or so feet long, clings to the back wall on your left hand side. High chairs line the bar whilst on the right hand side high stools fit neatly against a wall mounted shelf counter. Nice stone floor at the front. A sliding door separates the long thin rectangular front room from the wider back room which contains some well furnished booths on the right hand with a Dartboard and Pool Table on the left; all sit neatly in a room with an immaculate looking wooden floor. A pair of multi-window paned wooden doors opens out into what seems like a small beer garden at the rear. All-in-all, nicely furnished with a low key theme and high quality materials.

The five of us all sat on the high stools opposite the bar, giving me ample opportunity to check out the beer range. Around 15 brews on tap; I don’t recall the exact range but I do remember offerings from Anchor, Blue Point, Dog Fish Head, Harpoon and Heavyweight. The rest of the taps include favorites from the big boys such as Guinness, Bass, Stella, Amstel and Hoeey with I think Jever and Chimay. In addition to the draft, about 25 bottled beers, half of which are nothing special, with the remaining being mainly NY craft brews with probably about 10 of interest to those with discerning tastes. I also noted a decent list of Single Malt Whisky and Bourbons too.

Has a Kitchen that opens late at weekends it seems and which produced some great smelling snack like bar food items which caught my interest during my late night visit, although I didn’t take the opportunity to get any.

I enjoyed the last pint of the night in here with some good friends. Not a place I would frequent all the time, but I would certainly consider popping in here for a few brews once in a while for a change, or even if just passing by - it is a great idea to couple this with a visit to The Gate.

Thanks to Alex & Felice and Dave & Sabrina for and the late night company, plus the latter duo for the ride home, when I did finally fall asleep!

Last Visit: Saturday 25th June, 2005

Jul 04, 2005
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PopeJonPaul from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

If you want to escape to grandma's Cape Cod cottage without leaving Park Slope, this is the place. The lighthouse theme is cool and the decor looks like some of the stuff I've seen in lighthouse museums. The little dining area in the back is nice but its jammed right next to the pool table, beware getting a cue in the eye to go with your hamburger and fries. I heard three songs off the jukebox while I drank my pint: Johnny Cash (good) New Country (awful) and Guns and Roses - Axl Rose sounds to me like Carol Channing sucking a helium-filled crack balloon, I slugged my $3.75 pint of Harpoon Hibernian (that's right, $3.75) and bailed halfway through the song.

15 taps of good but not special stuff: Sam Adams, Anchor Liberty, Harpoon Hibernian, Brooklyn Lager, Hoegaarden, Stella, etc. Bottles were pretty cool though: Chimay (in da big bottle) Heavyweight Lunacy, Weyerbacher Hops Infusion, a couple other oddballs. And Aspen Edge (oof)

Overall a pretty good place with potential, has a cool corner bar feel that is normally lacking in a neighborhood full of "so hip I can't see beyond my pelvis" places.

Apr 21, 2004
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slander from New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Nice joint.
A few blocks down the Avenue from Bierkraft, it's a good hit if you're in the neighborhood. The bar's on the left side, seating for a dozen and change. Low lighting and deep dark blue walls. As you're sitting at the bar, there's a blackboard behind you listing the tap offerings and to the front are these great modern windows that pour out onto 5th Avenue. There's one on each side of the doorway with a pair of chairs at their sills. On a nice night, there's a good cross breeze through.
They've got 15 taps, some that stay and some that go. A good mix of locals (Brooklyn, Blue Point) and regionals (Smuttynose, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Magic Hat). Additionally, Anchor, Guinness, Bass, Stella, Hoegaarden, and Chimay. A dozen bottles, mostly macros, nothing to really talk about there.
A good jukebox in the corner and you mosy down the hallway to the back room for a darts and the pool table amongst the booths. Beyond the back room, there's some backyard area I didn't get to, but I will. Service was friendly and attentative and I spotted a teeny tiny little kitchen there too, so I know they do food. Good warm weather hang, I'm sure.

Mar 10, 2004
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Imbiber from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This new bar opened September 2003, and is situated close to both The Gate and Bierkraft. A smart, friendly, two-roomed bar with a still new-looking wooden floor; the walls are dark blue. A corridor separates the front and back rooms, between which nestles a small kitchen. The bar is on the left as you walk in.

15 taps serve up brews from the likes of Anchor, Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Harpoon - plus a small token collection of the usual macro blands. Some beers are evidently permanent fixtures, and some evidently will change from time to time. Bottles are mainly uninteresting, except I did spot some Harpoon, a couple of the more interesting Saranacs, and a few half-decent Belgian and German imports. There is talk of some additional taps being put in soon.

The food menu is not extensive in general, but impressively many of the dishes listed are suitable for vegetarians. Pool and darts are played in the back room, but one at a time as you have to aim your darts over the centre of the pool table!

Plenty of special offers and promotions - usually something different every day, even the odd 'theme night'. Opening times: Mon-Fri from 3pm; Sat from 11am; Sun from 12 noon.

A welcome addition to the local bar scene.

Dec 16, 2003
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