02/20/17 9:02am
Come by for a game of shuffleboard. Photo: Georgia Kral

Come by for a game of shuffleboard. Photo: Georgia Kral

Chef Dale Talde and the Three Kings Restaurant Group may have just closed two Brooklyn establishments–Pork Slope and Thistle Hill Tavern–but they haven’t turned their backs on the borough.

Instead, they have opened Atlantic Social, a massive restaurant (130 seats) and sports bar (50 stools) that they hope will appeal to Brooklynites and guests visiting the nearby Barclays Center.

“We want this place to be for the die hard sports fan but also the people who could give two shits,” said Three Kings partner David Massoni. But “at the end of the day, you can’t deny there’s a sports bar element. There are 16 TVs.”

Sixteen televisions, indeed. Atlantic Social also boasts a game room, which Massoni says they are calling “the parlor,” with a shuffleboard table and classic arcade games like Ms. Pan-Man and Big Buck Hunter. There are leather couches and an inviting gas fireplace in the room, too. A pool table is on its way. The game room is open to anyone but can also be rented out for parties.

“We want it to be feel like a friend’s parents’ basement,” Massoni said. (more…)

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09/26/16 12:50pm
Photo: Seth Piracci

Photo: Seth Piracci

Typically when you read about a new bar, the review lingers over the carefully crafted cocktail list, the house-made bitters, the collection of rare mezcals the owner traveled to Oaxaca to get. There’s no shortage of exotic concoctions lit by Edison bulbs in Brooklyn. But the neighborhood bar, the place you go to run into people you know, with solid drinks, a good happy hour, and a comfortable vibe, those we could use a few more of around these parts. Welcome to The Starliner.

Opened in January of 2016 in a former tae kwon do studio a short walk from the Myrtle-Wykoff train station in Bushwick, the well-appointed space is roomy enough to comfortably accommodate big crowds on weekends, but warm enough that you’ll feel just as comfortable settling in for a quiet early evening cocktail. The Starliner’s interior design could be described as fifties diner-meets-Brooklyn-hipster, with oversized red leather booths–including one built into the bar–against tiled walls and clean hardwood floors and matching ceilings. The spacious backyard area has ample seating in the open area as well as a converted garage boasting a giant American flag wall mural which signals Starliner’s work-hard, play-hard ethos. (more…)

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03/13/16 8:41pm
Yes, you can get a Guinness at Hartley's. Photo: Spencer Starnes

Yes, you can get a Guinness at Hartley’s. Photo: Spencer Starnes

Americanized Irish pubs in New York all have the same basic blueprint: giant spaces with loud TVs, greasy fish ‘n’ chips, and an array of faux-vintage “Lovely Day for a Guinness” signs hung on dusty exposed brick walls. When Mike O’Sullivan and Jim Dunn, who worked together at Sláinte in downtown Manhattan for several years, along with Dan Grace, a rugby teammate of O’Sullivan’s from back home in Ireland, opted to open their own pub in Brooklyn, they set out to do something decidedly different. (more…)

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01/18/16 2:10pm
At Yours Sincerely the cocktails come out of the tap and into a beaker. Photo: Yours Sincerely

At Yours Sincerely the cocktails come out of the tap and into a beaker. Photo: Yours Sincerely

The newest chapter in New York’s continuing obsession with all things boozy is the draft cocktail. They’re pre-mixed and then poured, either straight up or over ice, from a tap system, quickly delivering a fancy cocktail that has also had ample time for its flavors to mingle. Yours Sincerely, a booze-forward venue that opened next door to its sister bar/restaurant Dear Bushwick on New Year’s Eve, has cornered the market on this prep-intensive style of bartending, and while the conceit may seem a wee bit precious, the prices are definitely not.

Your Sincerely offers a mind-boggling array of high-octane cocktails on tap–close to two dozen–along with cocktail shots and build-your-own concoctions, all for $8 or less. The Morgantown speakeasy isn’t the first Brooklyn bar to feature draft cocktails, you can find them at Loosie Rouge, Donna and King’s County Imperial, among others, but it is the first to showcase pre-mixed poison as its main draw. Though a ton of work goes on behind the scenes to make this happen, draft cocktails mean a short turnaround time between order and first sip. But it can also mean a hangover if you’re not careful. (more…)

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06/08/15 9:00am
El Cortez' tiki-infused entrance. (Photo: El Cortez)

El Cortez has a tiki-infused entrance and a Mexi-inspired menu. Photo: El Cortez

There are probably more authentic Mexican holes-in-the-wall to be found in Bushwick than in any other North Brooklyn neighborhood. The much-anticipated new El Cortez is, um…not one of them. A carefully crafted new nightspot from Chris Young and Stephen Tanner of The Commodore in Williamsburg, the vibe at El Cortez is less “I was inspired by an immersive foodie exploration to a remote town in the mountains of Puebla” and more “inspired by that rager my parents’ weird swinger neighbors threw after they redecorated their basement and invited everyone over for tiki drinks and taco salad.”

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10/07/13 12:00pm

holly-photo-280x290Dear Holly,

I’m having a terrible time hiring. I’ve owned a small bar for about five years and need a staff of about 10 to help me run it. Just in this past year, I feel like I’m having the hardest time ever. It seems like I can rarely find a good candidate and if I do, it’s rare that they stick around. I feel like it didn’t used to be this hard to hire. Any advice on how I can make this process a little less painful?

Thanks,

Hiring Hang-ups
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07/23/13 1:00pm
Thu July 25, 2013
Carton Brewing takes to the taps at 61 Local in Cobble Hill this Thursday for a brewer's beer-tasting event.

Carton Brewing takes to the taps at 61 Local in Cobble Hill this Thursday for a brewer’s beer-tasting event.

Did you think that a backyard seafood cookout, where red and white checkered plastic tablecloths drape over picnic tables laden with lobster crackers and bowls of drawn butter were the only setting for steamed clams? Yeah, me too. On Thursday, July 25, Carton Brewing invades the taps at 61 Local to prove us narrow-minded quaffers wrong (RSVP here). The gentlemen at the helm of this independent, Atlantic Highlands, N.J. brewing company will be on hand with their standby brews and latest creations–including Digger, a summer ale inspired by the local New Jersey fishing industry–along with some seasonal seafood snacks to complement the suds. Digger brings the flavors of salty steamers and tangy lemongrass to your tastebuds; this is a small batch beer that won’t outlive the summer heat, so grab a pint before it’s gone.

07/01/13 9:56am

We’ve compiled all our favorite outdoor drinking spots in this full guide to outdoor bars.

What says summer better than a pink drink on a picnic table? Photo: BB

What says summer better than a pink drink on a picnic table? Photo: BB

Last summer we published a list of 16 bars with backyards, patios or rooftops we love. Friends and readers kept on suggesting bars we had to add to the list, some classics, others newly opened. Here are 17 more outdoor drinking emporiums to know and love.

GREENWOOD HEIGHTS-WINDSOR TERRACE

If You’re Looking for an Oasis on Fort Hamilton Parkway: Hamilton’s
Neighborhood: Windsor Terrace, 2826 Fort Hamilton Pkwy. (at E. 4th St.); 718-438-0488
Appeal: Until Hamilton’s opened, getting an outdoor drink in Windsor Terrace meant showing up to Farrell’s on St. Patrick’s Day and enjoying a Budweiser in a Styrofoam cup behind the police barricades on the sidewalk. Thankfully, Hamilton’s is here to class up the joint a bit. The bar/restaurant, which opened back in October, has 18 draft beers and ciders, wine on tap (and in bottles) and a list of inexpensive soju cocktails, as well as an extensive menu of small plates and entrees. The outdoor seating is made up of cafe tables separated from the sidewalk by a low fence decorated by Christmas lights. Enjoying a glass of lambrusco and people-watching in the so-quiet-you-can-barely-believe-it’s-New-York nabe is one of the more perfect ways to spend a summer evening. –Casey Acierno

Greenwood Heights has one of the most massive yards in the borough. And bocce. Photo: Greenwood Heights

Greenwood Park has one of the most massive yards in the borough. And bocce. Photo: Greenwood Park

If Your Idea of Heaven Is a Block-Long Beer Garden: Greenwood Park
Neighborhood: Greenwood Heights, 555 7th Ave. (between 19th & 20th sts.); 718-499-7999
Appeal: Since opening last summer, Greenwood Park’s tenure on the South Slope/Sunset Park border has been nothing if not controversial (see: complaints about ubiquitous strollers and drunk and disorderly types.) That said, from our perspective, the pros way outweigh the cons. First of all, it’s effing huge–13,000 square feet, a full city block long–with picnic tables aplenty and two bars. The beer selection is great; the pint-glass sangria even better; and there are plenty of warm-weather-friendly nibbles. You can be as sporty as you want to be, either by watching anything from basketball to baseball to European soccer on the indoor TVs, or by joining in on one of the two bocce courts. Perhaps most important: family-friendly hours end in the early evening, so you can enjoy getting your nighttime drink on without having to worry about tripping over strollers. –CA

CROWN HEIGHTS-PROSPECT HEIGHTS

If You Want a New Neighborhood Hangout: Nostrand Avenue Pub
Neighborhood: Crown Heights, 658 Nostrand Ave. (at Bergen St.); 718-483-9699
Appeal: The first bar to push Crown Heights’ hipsterfication this far east, N.A.P. comes on the scene with an impressive craft beer list, reasonably priced at $5 to $8 ($4 during happy hour), and a laid-back atmosphere that attracts a diverse array of locals. The main attractions are the roomy wooden picnic tables on the nicely redone redbrick back patio. Order in food from a nearby institution like David’s Brisket House or just grab a bag of some chili-spiced mango from the streetside vendor set up next to the bar. It’ll be closing time before you know it. (Good to know for night owls: they’re open ‘til 4am every night.) –Brendan Spiegel
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