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266 Adelphi , Brooklyn, NY, 11205
nr. Dekalb Ave.
Expensive, unfriendly, and a tacky crowd
By parksloperie on 4/20/2008
Several friends and I went to this bar last night and found it easy to get past the two doormen. The crowd, though, was small and kind of tacky: a few women in leopard prints, a few men who weren't friendly or chatty, and oddly no white people at all. We were quickly approached by a brusque waiter who accused two of us of being intoxicated (none of us were), angrily discouraged one of us from placing our orders at the bar, and insisted we place all our drink orders at the same time to him directly. He seemed visibly upset that one of us wasn't going to drink (but the other five were). Another member of our group scooted around him and went directly to the bar, where she found the bartender friendly and quick. For the waiter (the owner Kasim) who took our orders, he gave us the check with our drinks -- a clear sign we were expected to leave thereafter. Overly expensive drinks compared with similar, and better, offerings from Weather Up and Milk & Honey and flat-out hostile treatment from the owner garner Hideout the lowest rating.
By malta on 2/21/2009
they try so hard to be exclusive -- to what end, i ask? drinks are drinks and a bar is bar. fort greene is an exceptional neighborhood with true authenticity, which makes this pseudo authentic speakeasy truly pathetic. and the drinks are double the price of any place in the vicinity. why bother?
By Kothario on 12/17/2008
Decent, if a bit overpriced. One expects these prices in Manhattan, what with the higher rents. But in Fort Greene? Surprising. Really - the drinks Apotheke cost less on average. And a correction: There is no such thing as 150-year-old Grand Marnier. Grand Marnier "Cuvee du Cent Cinquantenaire" is not 150 years old, but a special blend to commemorate their 150th Anniversary. Big difference.
Let's Be Real
By jspjr42 on 5/2/2009
The review here is correct, right up until the recipes of the signature drinks. The Poison Rose has no elderflower liqueur or simple syrup in it, and the Snow Mosquito has no tequila. The "150-year-old Grand Marnier" is actually a 150 Year Anniversary bottle, with a blend of different cognacs UP TO 50 years old. There are no bar snacks, and the co-owner (and SOMETHING distributor... definitely not records, however!) is responsible for all the misinformation here in the review, not Pervaiz. He was simply reporting what the complete imbecile Qaseem told him, I'm sure. Aside from Qaseem (who thankfully isn't around much!) this bar is fantastic. They have an amazing selection of spirits, creative and welcoming bartenders, and some really great tools. They do a really cool Molecular Monday night, where the limits of physics are tested, and they are always sure to excite with their testing of the norm.
By lystinec on 1/21/2008
Aptly named, The Hideout offers those seeking respite from the city the opportunity to do just that...hideout. From the moment you've gained entry, you are transported back to the 1920's and stricken with the urge to order up a bottle of moonshine. I instead opted for one of the many alluring specialty drinks, Snow something-or-other, a tantalizing mix of vodka, mint and blueberries. The decor and music selections, while not necessarily representative of the era, adds a certain je ne sais quoi to its inimitable ambiance. Suffice it to say, this is somewhere you absolutely must drop into at least once. Although, I'd prefer you not, that way it can forever remain my own clandestine new haunt...
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