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  • Lavender Lake

  • 383 Carroll St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
  • Neighborhood: Gowanus
  • Phone: 347-799-2154
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Although the name might remind you of a pastoral country setting, locals know that the owners cheekily christened their bar after an unpleasant nickname for the Gowanus Canal (“lavender” refers to the waterway’s murky hue, a result of years of pollution and sewage build-up). Inside the large, airy space - which used to be a former carriage house and now sports a minimalist look, all exposed brick and wooden beams - you'll find a rotating menu of cocktails plus house-made sodas (lemon-lavender, ginger-lime, and lemon-lime-mint) that can be served with your choice of spirit. While you sip, take advantage of their full-service kitchen, which offers dishes such as fried brussels sprouts with a lemon aioli dipping sauce and mignonette pickled oysters along with heartier fare like hangar steak and fries. If you come on a weekend, however, exercise a little restraint when it comes to heavy eating and drinking: DJs spin Motown tracks and other classics and you may find yourself wanting to join in on an impromptu dance party inside the main room or out on the bar’s patio. Weekends are their busiest times and often see a changing of the guard – in the summer, the light-strung, 1,600-square-foot outdoor patio also features a station serving wine, beer, and frozen drinks.

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu, 4pm-midnight Fri, 4pm-2am Sat, noon-2am Sun, noon-10pm

  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Features

    Bar Food Neighborhood Bar

  • Happy Hour

    $5 draft beers, $5 well drinks, $7 house wine; $12 cocktails Mondays

  • Happy Hour

    $5 draft beers, $6 well drinks, $7 house wine; $12 cocktails Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays

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