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317 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11231 40.681462 -74.004362
nr. Hamilton Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-858-8088 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Billiards, Neighborhood Bar, Notable Beer Selection, Outdoor Area, Singles Scene, Smoking Area, Theme, Waterfront
Photo by Patrick Siggins

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Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 3pm-4am

Happy Hour

Daily, 4pm-7pm; $3-$4 drafts, $1 off well drinks and bottled beer
Sun, 3pm-6pm; $3-$4 drafts, $1 off well drinks and bottled beer

Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at Carroll St.

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa


This venue is closed.

Brave the journey over the BQE, past some abandoned lots, to the end of the road where exhaust from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel looms large, and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best beer deals in all of New York. Don't be fooled by Moonshine’s well-worn, salty-dog atmosphere: The honky-tonk saloon opened in 2004 when owner Nick Forlano bought up the whole derelict building, christened his two French bulldogs as mascots, and beefed up what was formerly Rocco’s, a popular longshoreman's hangout whose remains include the original bar, a telephone booth, and wood-slat walls. Forlano added an internet jukebox, two pool tables, a cigarette machine, and a dusty upright piano where local rockers can often be heard hammering out an impromptu tune. The real reason Red Hook’s young artsy types come here, though, is for dirt-cheap specials like four cans of beer served in an ice bucket for $7. After one or two of these, your smiling face may just make it onto the wall o’ regulars.


The outdoor patio boasts a barbecue grill with a generous BYOM policy (that's "bring your own meat"). Coal and condiments are on the house.

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