136 Metropolitan Ave.
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 Saul Bolton—features the same
comfort food and re-booted cinematic staples that you can order in the
theaters: tater tots, burgers, housemade beef jerky, popcorn with inventive flavors like truffle butter and citric acid, and queso, 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.