Our Brooklyn Bar Crawl Guide

Each month, one of us on staff takes the Gowanus Hospitality team on a food & beverage tour of our home neighborhoods. So far we've covered Greenpoint, Crown Heights, Red Hook, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Bed Stuy, Dumbo, and of course Gowanus. Next up: Bushwick! Follow along on our adventures below, and let us know where we should go next. 

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GOWANUS

To cap off our year of bar crawls, we celebrated our annual holiday party with a tour of our very own neighborhood. These are just a few of our favorite spots and sources for mid-day ice cream breaks, after work happy hours, and even our winter 'exercise'.  Given the chilly December weather, we kept this route pretty close to home, but come sun and shine, we'll be venturing out to the rest of Gowanus's offerings.

Photo courtesy of Lavender Lake

Photo courtesy of Lavender Lake

Photo courtesy Brooklyn Walking Tour

Photo courtesy Brooklyn Walking Tour

Lavender Lake 383 Carroll Street
If you're attending an event with us, and the lights have come on but you've still got that warm itch for a nightcap, make your way in the direction of Lavender Lake, dearly named after our favorite Superfund site. 

Photo courtesy of Ample Hills

Photo courtesy of Ample Hills

Ample Hills 305 Nevins Street
Rent out their roof deck, BYOB (and in our case, pizza), and serve up an ice cream bar with some of our favorite flavors like "It Came From Gowanus" and "No Sleep Til' Pumpkin."
 

Canal Bar 270 3rd Avenue
A down and dirty dive bar as quirky and beloved by locals as its namesake. Stop in for cheap drinks, and on certain days, break out the artist inside you for figure drawing with Drink N Draw. 

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Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club 514 Union Street
Step off the streets of Gowanus and enter a Floridian paradise where drinks are sweet, the flamingos pink, and the biscuits and tangs run wild. 

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GREENPOINT

Hosted by Brooke, Director of Marketing and Events for all of our venues. New Yorker for ten years, six of which have been spent on the top floor of a brownstone built in 1850 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

We did this bar crawl during New York City's record breaking low temps, so you can do it too. 

Photo courtesy of @genevajuniper

Photo courtesy of @genevajuniper

Peter Pan Donut Shop 727 Manhattan Ave
First stop, load up on donuts. No alcohol here, but we've got our priorities in order. Yes, we did the entire crawl with bags of donuts in our purses. Yes, I ate mine on the G train at 2am. 

Photo courtesy of Ramona

Photo courtesy of Ramona

Ramona 113 Franklin Street
Sweet spot for a hot date. And if your date is a snore, Ramona's signature cocktail Handsome Grandson (gin, bay leaf syrup, pomegranate, basil, lime) will surely liven things up.

Photo courtesy of Dandelion Wine

Photo courtesy of Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine 153 Franklin Street
Continue the booze tour with a wine tasting. The staff are very knowledgable and shared some backstory to each of the wines we tried. And for you lucky locals, free delivery after 5pm! 

Photo courtesy of @beforemyeye

Photo courtesy of @beforemyeye

Pencil Factory Bar 142 Franklin Street
It was now 8 degrees, -10 with windchill, -50 for being two blocks away from the East River. But it was nothing a round of whiskey shots at this intimate gem couldn't cure. 

Photo courtesy of River Styx

Photo courtesy of River Styx

River Styx 21 Greenpoint Avenue
Our dinner stop. If you call three rounds of nachos dinner. The menu is packed with kind of self-explanatory shareable small plates, like 'Anchovies that have been sitting by a fire' and 'Clams in sticks.'

Photo courtesy of @icekerim

Photo courtesy of @icekerim

Achille's Heel 180 West Street
This is the home stretch. Five blocks had never felt so far. The wind just about broke us, but the lure of hot mulled cider and a wood burning fire kept us moving onward. 

 

CROWN HEIGHTS

Hosted by Megan, Sales Manager at the Green Building. Brooklyn born and raised. Crown Heights since 2013.

Corrin of Starling on Bond announced her pregnancy at Barboncino! Now we know why she passed on that tequila shot.. 

Photo courtesy of Mayfield

Photo courtesy of Mayfield

Mayfield 688 Franklin Avenue
We rushed out the door for this one. $1 oysters and happy hour from 5-6:30 every single day. Jen tried her first oyster here and gave it two thumbs up. 

Photo courtesy of Chavelas

Photo courtesy of Chavelas

Chavelas 736 Franklin Avenue
Split a few pitchers of spicy and traditional margaritas over a round or three of housemade guacamole and tortilla chips. 

Photo courtesy of the Crown Inn

Photo courtesy of the Crown Inn

The Crown Inn 714 Franklin Avenue
Follow up the margaritas with a shot of tequila at the Crown Inn. Waiting on the weather to try the Spring Kiss made with lavender infused vodka, raspberries, St. Germain, and lemon juice.

Photo courtesy of Barboncino

Photo courtesy of Barboncino

Barboncino 781 Franklin Avenue
By this point, you're going to want to soak up all that tequila with some pizza. Get the meatballs and split some pies. Or eat them all yourself, whatever. 

Photo by @sincerely_megs

Photo by @sincerely_megs

Butter & Scotch 818 Franklin Avenue
Top the night off at this new dessert bar with s'mores pies and jello shots chilled in a blood orange. 

Photo courtesy of Franklin Park

Photo courtesy of Franklin Park

Franklin Park 618 St. John's Place
We didn't quite make it here, but Franklin Park is your go-to bar year round. In the colder months, curl up with a stout by the fireplace, and as it gets warmer, their courtyard's beckon gets louder. 

 
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RED HOOK

Hosted by Tracy, Private Event Coordinator at 501 Union. Doesn't actually live in Red Hook, but is too crazy about it to not take us on a tour. Dumbo living for 4 years with lots of stories of Iowa. 

We bid farewell to our beloved Tracy who is off to pursue her own entrepreneurial endeavor. To send her off right, we challenged her to a round of Deer Hunter. Of course Miss Iowa knew her way around a shotgun. 

 

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Brooklyn Ice House 318 Van Brunt Street
A no nonsense dive bar to fulfill all your backyard day drinking needs. Great spot for large groups with an extensive beer list. Bring a group of 50, and there's a different beer for each of you. 

Photo courtesy of Red Hook Bait & Tackle

Photo courtesy of Red Hook Bait & Tackle

Red Hook Bait & Tackle 320 Van Brunt Street
Head next door to this former fisherman's bait shop turned welcoming and fun dive bar. Take your time with a ice cold beer, look around at all the decor, and play a round of Deer Hunter. 

Photo courtesy of Fort Defiance

Photo courtesy of Fort Defiance

Fort Defiance 365 Van Brunt Street
Flaming tiki and cachaça drinks. You must go here on a Thursday to catch the Sunken Harbor Club, "a weekly celebration of all things tiki."

Photo courtesy of Hometown BBQ

Photo courtesy of Hometown BBQ

Hometown BBQ 454 Van Brunt Street
If you venture to Red Hook for anything, it's this. A no-fail menu: ribs? good. chicken wings? good. mac & cheese? goooood. 

Photo courtesy of Sunny's

Photo courtesy of Sunny's

Sunny's 253 Conover Street
There must be something in the air here that just sets the mood right, no matter what mood you're looking for. On our particular night, a singer-songwriter swooned the hearts of many in the back room, chill vibes brewed in the backyard, all while we nestled into a booth up front laughing over nothing. Sunny's is a legend, and if you miss it while you're in Red Hook, you've done wrong.  

Good luck, Tracy! We love you and are so excited to follow along your next adventure. Thank you for all the laughs and inspiration. 

 
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WINDSOR TERRACE

Hosted by Melanie, Private Events Manager at the Green Building. Landed in Brooklyn four years ago with the last 15 months in Windsor Terrace. 

We were on this bar crawl longer than we were in the office that day. 

Photo courtesy of @cyndiramirez

Photo courtesy of @cyndiramirez

Krupa Grocery 231 Prospect Park West
Begin with happy hour and light bites in Krupa's open air backyard. The menu is packed with fun, shareable snacks like boiled peanuts, blistered shishito peppers, and curry fried fingerlings. 
 

Photo courtesy of @rludvigs

Photo courtesy of @rludvigs

Farrell's 215 Prospect Park West
Farrell's may be the most unexpected stop, but we would be disrespecting the neighborhood if we skipped past this legendary Irish bar where you can get 32 ounces of Budweiser in a styrofoam cup. 

Photo courtesy of Zagat

Photo courtesy of Zagat

The Double Windsor 210 Prospect Park West
Just off of Prospect Park, this gastropub comes with an impressive craft beer list, tasty menu, and cozy communal feeling. 

Photo courtesy of Le Paddock

Photo courtesy of Le Paddock

Le Paddock 1235 Prospect Ave
Charming little French bistro with kind staff who accommodated our boisterous party of 10 without question. We are fans of the wine list and brick oven pizzas. 

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The Adirondack 1241 Prospect Ave
A perfect nightcap. Escape Brooklyn to this warm and cozy pseudo-lodge that seems to be plucked straight from the bar's namesake.

 
 
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PARK SLOPE

Hosted by Quyn (hi!), Media & Marketing Coordinator. Fresh off the boat from Nashville, TN and has lived in 4 apartments since landing here July '14. Now settled in Bed-Stuy, but was in Park Slope for a solid 6 months at the time of this crawl. 

We came upon our scheduled second stop, Beauty Bar, to find that it had shuttered its doors just three days prior. 

Photo courtesy of Union Hall

Photo courtesy of Union Hall

Union Hall, 702 Union Street
Large but welcoming, my favorite haunt packed with dark wooded lounge furniture in the 'library', bocce ball courts, a basement stage for bands and comics, a semi-private lounge area, and side-yard outdoor seating. Catch Secret Formula's 90s sing-along dance party while you can. 

Photo courtesy of @algaller

Photo courtesy of @algaller

High Dive, 243 5th Avenue
A no-fuss neighborhood watering hole with good beer and great vibes. Everything a dive bar should be. 

Photo courtesy of Time Out New York

Photo courtesy of Time Out New York

Bar Reis, 375 5th Avenue
Don't size this place up upon first entry. Bar Reis may be small up front, but head up the spiral staircase to the lofted seating area or make your way downstairs to the basement and lush backyard. 

Photo courtesy of @empressinnead

Photo courtesy of @empressinnead

Sidecar, 560 5th Avenue
Southern fare with a touch of French, or as Sidecar self-proclaims, "French Redneck," a fitting name for a spot that serves fried chicken with a side of kale and root mash. I can surely say my Southern heart was right at home. 

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Magazine

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Magazine

Freddy's, 627 5th Avenue
Booted from its original spot after 70 years, Freddy's still stands strong as a Park Slope institution.

 

BED-STUY

Hosted by Elise of Starling on Bond and Sarah of Gowanus Art & Production. On this particularly special bar crawl, we surprised our fearless leader, Brooke, with a two hour roast where all 15 of us shared our favorite Brooke-isms and moments, and you can sure bet we did not go easy. 

Photo courtesy of Dough

Photo courtesy of Dough

Dough, 448 Lafayette Avenue
Does Dough really need an introduction? That hibiscus doughnut speaks for itself. Stop in this iconic doughnut shop and stock up for that late ride home. 

Photo courtesy of Chilo's

Photo courtesy of Chilo's

Chilo's, 323 Franklin Avenue
In the summer, is there much else to ask for besides a backyard to post up with a frozen cocktail and tacos? 

Photo courtesy of @stuartbrockington

Photo courtesy of @stuartbrockington

One Last Shag, 348 Franklin Avenue
For the young, wild, free. One Last Shag is here for you. Even on off nights when DJs aren't spinning, there's something in the air that feels the groove. You may even catch a drag show.   

Photo courtesy of @passionleger

Photo courtesy of @passionleger

Black Swan, 1048 Bedford Avenue
The bar for any occasion sure to please your visiting mother or  your date. In our case, a large dinner party roast. The kind folks at Black Swan perfectly accommodated our large group in the back room.

Photo courtesy of @kgahed

Photo courtesy of @kgahed

Dynaco, 1112 Bedford Avenue
Who can resist a bar with a fireplace? No one, I tell you. Which is why Dynaco is typically packed wall to wall on weekends and Tinder dates on weekdays. We counted five obviously first-daters on our Monday night here. 

Photo courtesy of Stop Time

Photo courtesy of Stop Time

Stop Time, 1123 Bedford Ave
The sounds of nightly jazz and blues dance off the walls of this classy, yet casual corner bar. They may not serve liquor here, but their beer and wine-focused cocktail creations are exceptional. 

DUMBO

Our team was invited to attend a private shopping event at the Baci Outlet store, so we turned it into an evening and stopped in a couple bars along the way!