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Gowanus Yacht Club

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323 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231 40.681017 -73.994152
at President St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-246-1321 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10


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  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, Neighborhood Bar, Outdoor Area
Photo by Gavin Thomas

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May-Oct: Mon-Fri, 4pm-2am; Sat-Sun, noon-3am; Nov-Apr: closed

Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at Carroll St.

Payment Methods

Cash Only


GYC lays the down-market BK ironica on thick: the name; cheap cans of PBR; food served on paper plates. But none of the neighborhood’s hipster-drinkers mind, and it’s no wonder. The low-key, beach-frontish vibe, the entirely open-air environs (on a corner where it’s easy to inadvertently enter the bar thinking you were descending into the subway), and the festive throng make this an ideal place to while away a sunny summer afternoon or warm evening slugging back beers without breaking the bank. Because it lacks any indoor space, GYC is open only from late-spring to early-autumn – which means locals make sure to cram in as much quality time here as they can during the limited schedule. The roster of bars in this hood is surprisingly segmented – one type hangs out exclusively here, another exclusively there – but everyone comes together at Gowanus Yacht Club, where the sand-in-your-flip-flops, sit-on-your-beach-towel-so-you-don’t-get-the-chair-wet aesthetic is utterly irresistible.

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