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Canal Bar

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270 Third Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215 40.677812 -73.985824
nr. President St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-246-0011 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    9 out of 10


    2 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: After Work, Classic NY, Dive Bar, DJ, Neighborhood Bar, Outdoor Area, Pet-Friendly
Photo by Patrick Siggins

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Mon-Fri, 3pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 2pm-4am

Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 3pm-8pm; $4 select draft beer, $5 Jack Daniels and Jim Beam shots
Sat-Sun, 2pm-4am; $5 Bloody Marys

Nearby Subway Stops

R at Union St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


Named for the nearby Gowanus, this tiny, homey little place is removed from the scene on Fifth Avenue or Smith Street, instead tucked away in industrial Brooklyn. The clientele is a free-flowing hodgepodge of construction workers, writers, firemen, and hipsters, and the vibe is just so gosh-darn friendly you’ll need to expect a little conversation along with your drink. The space is pretty narrow, with old-school backless bar chairs running down the length of the bar; the walls are busy with beer advertisements, a few American flags, and photos of servicemen and black-and-white New York scenes. D.J.’s spin every few weeks and the owners grill on the patio, which feels lifted straight from the suburbs. One of the meanest jukeboxes in the borough cranks out Sinatra and the Clash, and even your dog can come.