This 90-year-old neighborhood bar is favored mostly by the local Borough Hall crowd; non-regulars might not even notice the spot, since it doesn’t prominently display its name. Once inside, patrons chew on standard but dependable appetizers like buffalo wings, tasty French onion soup, and well-done mozzarella sticks. At the wall-length wooden bar, lawyers, paralegals, and the rare robed judge order pale ales and Brooklyn lagers. 15 TV sets are tuned in to sports and news, and the bar crowd—usually sizable—grows even larger (and louder) on game days. But despite filling up early and placing an emphasis on beer and bar food, O’Keefe’s maintains its charm, serving tired neighborhood folks and commuters who manage to ask one another how their days went over the din.
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