Mon-Thu, 5pm-4am; Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat, 10am-4am; Sun, 11am-4am
5pm-7pm; $1 off well, wine and beer
2, 3, 4, 5 at Borough Hall; R at Court St.; A, C, G at Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.; F, G at Bergen St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Named after a beloved bar in the owner’s wife’s home state of Iowa, this neighborhood spot is modest Middle America meets cool Brooklyn Heights. Turn-of-the-last-century portraits and worn upholstery trim the libraryesque front corner, and the jukebox is equal parts honky-tonk and indie rock. A menu features housemade beer cheese, but you’re also allowed to BYO food, so you won’t catch flack if you come bearing cupcakes (unlike many snootier Manhattan spots). It’s an easy place to entertain or host a birthday party—reservations for larger parties are accepted, an indoor boccie court serves as your token birthday “novelty recreation option,” and multiple subway lines nearby mean your friends can toast you at Brooklyn prices while steering clear of the bane of the borough—the G train.Bocce League
While the alley is available daily for play, call for specific tournament info.
During soccer season, the bar opens early for games.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.