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Nitehawk Cinema

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136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11249 40.715975 -73.962565
nr. Berry St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-782-8370 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, Brunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Bar, Restaurant & Bar
Photo by Emily Bennett-Coles

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

Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 4pm-6pm; $5 draft beer and well drinks

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Bedford Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


The Nitehawk Cinema’s bar may play second fiddle to the movie theater upstairs, but despite the novelty of (legally) drinking while watching a Terrence Malick movie, the downstairs watering hole is a worthy establishment in its own right. Snug, warm, and friendly, the bar hosts a strong neighborhood scene, couples waiting for their show to start, and folks in from Manhattan checking out the buzz around Brooklyn’s gastro-theater. The menu at the bar—overseen by executive chef Kurt Applegate—features the same comfort food and re-booted cinematic staples that you can order in the theaters: tater tots with queso, burgers, housemade beef jerky, and signature Nitehawk popcorn with truffle butter and citric salt, all make for some tasty snacking. There’s a nice mix of craft brews—Brooklyn, Sixpoint, Goose Island—and some specialty cocktails and entrees based on the films screening upstairs (e.g., Bitter End Pale Ale in honor of Melancholia). The bar is all leather booths, dark features, burnished metal, and far less movie paraphernalia than you’d expect. Sure, the Nitehawk plays mostly indie flicks, but the bar itself is a certified blockbuster.

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