Mon-Fri, 3pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 5pm-4am
3pm-7pm; $1 off beer, wine and well; $5 margaritas, martinis and Long Island Iced Tea
D, N, R at Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center; 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q at Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center
This one-room tavern gets a boost from in-house entertainment like a jukebox, foosball table, and a bowling console. In some ways, it’s like a 16-year-old’s dream clubhouse, with some adult amenities like Sam Adams and Blue Moon on tap. Though the restaurant rows of Smith Street and Fifth Avenue are both close by, Brooklyn Tavern doesn’t make a play for their trendier clientele. Instead, the unassuming regulars come in for a game, a pint, and a chat with the bartender. The back patio and yard, strung with low-key Christmas lights and equipped with plastic picnic tables, is a great retreat for smokers and groups. You can almost imagine that the unstated slogan is "Always cozy, never hip."
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.