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416 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY 11231 40.675948 -74.014567
nr. Van Dyke St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-360-0838 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Type: Gourmet Marketplace
  • Products & Services: Wine
Photo by Jeremy Liebman

Official Website


Mon-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-9pm

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, F, R at Jay St.-MetroTech; F, G at Smith-9th Sts.


Take B61 or B77 bus to Van Brunt St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide


  • Wine

Special Features

  • Open After 9pm (at least 3 days a week)


This venue is closed.

Spirits shops can be soulless places. LeNell’s is just the opposite: a reflection of owner Tonya LeNell Smothers’s particular passions, which range from bourbon (the city’s widest selection) to the sort of obscure bitters that make a mixologist’s heart race. Gin bottles are displayed in a claw-foot bathtub, and wines are arranged by theme rather than grape or country, with shelf space devoted to women winemakers, black winemakers, organic grapes, and labels that feature cats and dogs (both of which, as you might imagine, are always welcome). Smothers stays open till midnight daily (except Sunday, when she closes at 9) and hosts a series of special events that celebrate all things booze-related, from New Orleans cocktails to arcane grapes like rkatsiteli, a Russian varietal that thrives in the Finger Lakes. She even organizes bourbon-sampling field trips to Kentucky—in case you were thinking Red Hook was too far afield.

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