The Brooklyn Inn

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80 Good

Boasting a monumental carved-wood bar and a certain dusty allure, the Brooklyn Inn has persisted for over a century and will doubtless outlive you.

148 Hoyt St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201


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The lowdown

A monumental carved-wood bar transplanted from Germany in the 1870s (and rarely dusted since then) imparts a sepulchral allure to this high-ceilinged drinking relic. Yet the Brooklyn Inn also surprises with its enlivening, truly eclectic jukebox: Cream please meet Art Tatum. A pool table in the back room provides relief from elbow-jostling 20-somethings and hoary regulars nursing pints, but you’ll need to be patient. Games tend to be heavy on the banter and light on the climatic eight-ball shots. As to the well-leafed pile of takeout menus augmenting the 12 taps of high-end brews, unless you’ve snagged a place at the bar or one of the window seats, be sure to order something you can eat standing up.

What you need to know

Insider Tips Cash only.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!