Mon-Thu, 5pm-3am; Fri-Sat, 1pm-4am; Sun, 1pm-3am
5pm-8pm; $4 for beer, $6 for selected cocktails, $7 tap wine
S at Park Pl.; 2, 3, 4, 5 at Franklin Ave.
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Crown Inn is a study in simplicity. Call it what you will—stripped-down, no frills, or bare bones—the space is intent on cultivating a neighborhood scene. The owners—the same group behind Soda, Doughboy, Southpaw, Hanson Dry, Dutch Boy Burger, and Franklin Park—carved this place out of an old bodega, refitting it in the classic repurposed Brooklyn look: banded wood, black leather, ancient brick, and light fixtures ripped from salvaged ships. If the craftsmanship is too much, there’s a gorgeous patio out back that stays open until midnight (on Fridays and Saturdays, 11 p.m. on all other nights), and a kitchen offering cheeses, charcuterie, and other sundries until 2 am. The scene caters to those on the Hipster frontier—young, bearded, and happy to sit outside with a hand-rolled cigarette. The bar itself features 40 types of bourbon, wines on tap, and enough craft beers to appease the snobbish. The bar offers a generous happy hour, with $4 beers and $7 wine, which is how a neighborhood bar acts neighborly.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.