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Maison Premiere

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298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211 40.714269 -73.961715
nr. Grand St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
347-335-0446 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Hours, Hot Spot, Restaurant & Bar, Theme
Photo by Liz Clayman

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Mon-Wed, 2pm-2am; Thu-Fri, 2pm-4am; Sat, 11am-4am; Sun, 11am-2am

Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm; $1.25 east coast, $1.35 Massachusetts and $1.50 west coast oysters
Sat-Sun, 11am-1pm; $1.25 east coast, $1.35 Massachusetts and $1.50 west coast oysters

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Bedford Ave.

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American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


Absinthe and oysters are the draw at this immaculately-executed, old world charmer from La Barricou’s Joshua Boissy. A U-shaped marble bar frames the room’s centerpiece: a Napoleon-topped absinthe fountain; the top-notch staff will be happy to explain the history of its laborious construction. There’s dollar-an-oyster happy hour (4-7pm, 25+ varieties), a dozen-plus absinthes, and an otherwise compact, yet superb beer and wine list (bottles available). Such popularity necessitates a maitre d’ (this ain’t no Coney Island buck-a-shuck) who efficiently get patrons seated, drink and oyster menus in hand. And while the real people-watching takes place up front, the tables in back offer a little extra elbow room and view of the oyster shuckers at work. True, the fixed-gear crowd is out-numbered here, but the democratizing happy hour and moderately priced drinks doesn’t make this just the purview of the Williamsburg Condo Club.

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