Williamsburg’s long overdue first gay bar. I know, with hipsters sometimes it’s hard to tell. And this joint certainly is nothing like Chelsea’s gay scene, but rather uberly mixed. The perfect place to bring hetero gay-shy friends. Regardless of your sexual or social preferences, you can have a fun time here. And what’s not to love, there’s a friendly dancefloor, 2 fireplaces and even video bowling. For the warmer months there is a good-sized backyard with free barbecues on summer Sundays.
Happy Hour: Daily, 3pm-8pm; two-for-one well drinks and domestic beer
559 Lorimer St., btwn Metropolitan & Devoe, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211 tel. 718.599.4444
This once bait shop, now serves as one of Redhook’s laid back neighborhood bars. There is taxidermy, an Extreme Hunting video game and Blue Point beer. The bar is made from a tree that fell in a nearby church’s garden. Bloody Sundays go on from 2 pm to 8 pm and have what else, but their house special Bloody Marys and bloody good live music. This is where redneck aesthetics and neighborhood artists seamlessly come together. It works because this is not Williamsburg. Redhook is a working class neighborhood where the gentrifiers and the old timers are basically in the same tax bracket. Will it change? Well, there is the new Ikea… But, don’t expect too many hipsters to be willing to trek the 20 minute walk from the Carroll stop in order to get here.
Directions: To avoid the long walk , take the A, C, or F to Jay St.-Borough Hall and take B61 bus, which will drop you off right outside.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 2pm-4am
320 Van Brunt St., at Pioneer St. Brooklyn, NY 11231 718-797-4892