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Fort Defiance

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365 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY 11231 40.676721 -74.013542
nr. Dikeman St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
347-453-6672 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Bar Food, Neighborhood Bar, Romantic
Photo by Melissa Hom

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Mon, 10am-midnight; Tue, 10am-3pm; Wed-Fri, 10am-midnight; Sat-Sun, 9am-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at Carroll St.

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Former Pegu Club bartender and food writer St. John Frizell moves his potable expertise to Red Hook. Low-key décor and a friendly staff provide neighborhood ambiance, while the drink menu is as exceptional as one would expect—and, at around $10-$12 a drink, priced to make even the most jaded Brooklynites happy. A custom-built seltzer system (built for extra-cold fizzyness) pumps out Tom Collinses (including a 24-oz. size for the serious drinker and a smooth cucumber version available only in the summer). There’s also the butterscotch-smooth Venetian Spritz—prosecco and Aperol—while the Koffee Van Brunt, a warmed mix of rum, cherry heering, cream, and simple syrup, topped with grated orange and cinnamon. Everything on the small plates menu is well-priced and tasty, with standouts like spicy deviled eggs and raw oysters.