Pig Beach

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79 Solid

A beer hall and massive bar disguised as a barbecue restaurant, all on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.

480 Union St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231


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The lowdown

This is not the best barbecue in Brooklyn, and if you arrive expecting to find it, you will no doubt leave disappointed. Pig Beach is more like a great backyard cookout where everyone is invited: A massive outdoor yard is filled with rows of picnic tables. Huge TVs hang inside the equally massive indoor space, tuned to whatever sporting events are on at the time. Two full bars — one outside and one inside — supply a steady flow of good beer, decent wine, and quickly made cocktails served in plastic cups. Strollers, parents, and toddlers are everywhere. The food is a pan-regional mix of smoked brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and the like; burgers; hot dogs; and standard-issue sides like coleslaw or mac ‘n’ cheese. Grab some friends, get some drinks, order as much food as you think you can handle, and enjoy.

What you need to know

Insider Tips The space is a big destination for birthday parties, thanks in part to the staff’s very relaxed approach to BYO decorations and cakes.

Recommended DishesBaby back ribs; brisket; Pig Beach burger; hatch vinegar wings.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!