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565 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 40.680872 -73.967651
at Pacific St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-398-6662 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Bar Food, Lounge, Neighborhood Bar, Whiskey Bar
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Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 5pm-8pm; $1 Blue Point Oysters, $4 drafts
Sat-Sun, 3pm-6pm; $1 Blue Point Oysters, $4 drafts

Nearby Subway Stops

C at Clinton-Washington Aves.; 2, 3 at Bergen St.

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This venue is closed.

Just how this Prospect Heights drinking den pays homage to its namesake railroad magnate is unclear. (It’s hard to imagine the crotchety Commodore Vanderbilt ordering anything with muddled sage from a flannel-clad bartendress.) Minor identity issues aside, however, Cornelius—from the folks behind Soda and Franklin Park—brings a welcome varnished-wood vibe to a vacant-lot stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue. Leaning on the now-familiar bar trifecta—microbrews, artisan cocktails, and small plates—Cornelius does all with aplomb: Lagunitas IPA on tap, and Doc's Draft Hard Apple Cider by the bottle; ambitious seasonal drinks like the Cornelius Cocktail (gin, sage, honey, lime, club soda) or the apple-ginger margarita; and a seasonally-changing menu of comfort-food renditions from chef Alan Harding. Bistro tables line one long banquette, and a brick-backed bar shows off Cornelius’s dozen gins, two dozen whiskeys, and forty-odd bottles of Scotch, all available for the tasting.

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