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The Richardson

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451 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222 40.71888 -73.945158
at Richardson St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-389-0839 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    9 out of 10


    2 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: Bar Food, Neighborhood Bar, Outdoor Area, Swank
Photo by Konstantin Sergeyev

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Daily, noon-4am

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Graham Ave.

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This elegant Brooklyn drinking den is the sort of place one would expect to find mixologists, or bar chefs, or (God help us) apothekes muddling the mint. But the bartenders at the Richardson are still just bartenders—they just happen to take their vocation very seriously. Tucked under the BQE, this meticulously designed cocktail lounge has a familiar Prohibition aesthetic—rich gold brocade wallpaper, red oak floors, a stately mahogany bar. Old-time silver cash registers and a soundtrack of bluesy Americana dial back the decades. Remarkably unpretentious, however, the Richardson distinguishes itself from the recent rash of self-fashioned speakeasies. Table service for those on the varnished wooden benches is attentive and professional, while the friendly (and dashingly clad) bartenders mix a mean Manhattan or house sarsaparilla for less than a Hamilton. The fourteen beers on draft split between German imports (Gaffel) and local favorites (Southern Tier IPA)—all poured for a subdued but attractive neighborhood crowd that lingers over small plates and drinks, rather than putting them back between sets down the street.