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Driftwood Inn

114 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222 40.724259 -73.949129
at Eckford St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-383-9427 Send to Phone

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Hours

Daily, 8pm-2am

Nearby Subway Stops

G at Nassau Ave.

Payment Methods

Cash Only

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This venue is closed.

Long before kids drag-raced up and down Nassau Avenue and invading artists turned Greenpoint's warehouses into studio-lofts, this corner bar served the neighborhood's working-class Polish and Irish residents. The Czech-born bartender, an over-30-year-veteran pourer, claims that the Driftwood has been around since at least the mid-1930s; until a decade or so ago, it also occupied the neighboring space which is now a barbershop. And if it's survived this long without many creature comforts, there's little point in changing things now. Coors (for a buck and a half) rules the day; eight TVs are tuned to ESPN or pay-per-view boxing; old ceramic statues huddle in groups next to the fish tank behind the bar; and the multicolored chandeliers come courtesy of Michelob. The jukebox hasn't progressed much past 1978, although the inclusion of Music for All Occasions, which contains the unexpectedly utilitarian "Birthday Song," is a nice touch. Since the bar runs on no one's terms but its own, expect lax hours and the possibility that, because the door is locked late in the evening, you'll need to bang on the windows to get in.

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