Explore the unique charm of the bar scene in Park Slope, a Brooklyn neighborhood that skillfully combines modern vibrancy with historic allure. Tucked away on tree-lined streets, Park Slope’s bars have a distinct vibe and appeal to a wide range of palates. Every location, from vibrant craft beer havens to quaint speakeasies, adds to the neighborhood’s diverse social fabric. Come along with us as we explore the warm ambiances, inventive concoctions, and neighborhood spirit that characterize Park Slope’s bars. Our guide highlights Park Slope’s vibrant and changing bar scene, whether you’re a local looking for your new favorite spot or a visitor keen to see Brooklyn’s social hub.
Union Hall is a hip, industrial-chic music venue, cocktail bar, and gastropub in a large industrial-chic space a quick walk from Thomas Greene Playground. They offer an extensive list of spirits, craft cocktails, wine, and beer to accompany tasty American bar fare. I went for a comedy show and a pint, choosing from one of their 12 beers on tap.
Located one block from Park Slope Playground, Blueprint is a classy yet cozy kitchen and bar with a romantic atmosphere. The marble, candle-lit tables in the dimly lit dining space offer a romantic setting to grab a high-end cocktail or bottle of wine with a sophisticated dinner. I loved their espresso martini and delicious house cheese and charcuterie board.
High Dive is a funky and casual dive bar with a cute backyard patio lined with hanging plants. Located a block from the Union St. Metro, High Dive may have a dive-bar feel, but its 19-beer tap list is the height of sophistication. I had a great night at High Dive, savoring a local sour ale and free self-serve buttery popcorn to accompany a few rounds of pinball.
Skylark embodies the laid-back, casual feel of Park Slope with its wooden floors, mismatched lounge furniture, quirky art pieces, and miniature arcade. Skylark is South Slope’s favorite local hangout for budget-friendly beers and cocktails, tasty bar fare, and a welcoming atmosphere. I recommend their fresh street-style tacos in thick flour tortillas to soak up a mojito.
Brookvin is an elegant, urban-chic wine bar in a beautifully designed space with exposed brick walls, bright blue accent walls, industrial light fixtures, and a charming outdoor patio surrounded by greenery. Located in the heart of South Slope, Brookvin has received OpenTable’s diner’s choice award. Their perfectly curated wine list features bottles and by-the-glass pours from around the globe to pair with gourmet old-world bar fare. I had a glass of rosé with homemade ricotta tartine.
Park Slope Ale House is a lively, urban-chic ale house and gastropub a few blocks from the beautiful Prospect Park. Park Slope Ale House is family-friendly, serving amazing American pub fare and mocktails for the kids and cocktails and craft beers for the adults. Park Slope Ale House has a rotating tap list of 12 beers and ciders, and a creative cocktail list with novel takes on the classics.
Teetering between Prospect Park and Gowanus, The Sackett is a comfortable pub with live music, a vintage jukebox, and a warm, chilled-out vibe. Their tap list changes seasonally, offering local craft brews to accompany a tasty sandwich or bar snack. I especially loved the jukebox’s amazing music list. Every song was a hit and created a fun, nostalgic atmosphere.
Greenwood Park is a large indoor and outdoor beer garden overlooking the massive Greenwood Cemetery. Greenwood Park boasts numerous flat-screen TVs to watch your favorite sports games, a huge tee-light-lined patio, and a family-friendly kitchen for lunch and early dinners. The tap list features 60 beers, not to mention a full cocktail bar and a seasonal food menu with everything from salads to sandwiches.
Black Horse is a friendly South Slope neighborhood pub with a local vibe, its various exposed brick walls sporting flags from around the world and TVs broadcasting global sports games. They serve extravagant global bar fare along with a tap list of international beers and cocktails. I was especially impressed by the food. Whether you want pulled pork empanadas or fish and chips, every culture’s pub fare is in attendance!
Located a block from Washington Park and Old Stone House, Ginger’s Bar is a colorful, all-welcoming LGBTQ bar with friendly service and a high-energy atmosphere. Ginger’s Bar is an Irish and Queer-owned bar that’s been a Park Slope favorite for all sexualities since 2000. I went for a hilarious Trivia Night hosted by stand-up comedian duos. I’ll be going back for the weekend dance party!
The Dram Shop Bar is a family-friendly Park Slope sports bar owned by a Texas native whose menu honors the famed family recipes served at the family’s Dallas, Texas, grocery store over 60 years ago. TimeOut and New York Magazine have lauded The Dram Shop Bar’s burger as one of the Best in New York. That’s no small feat! I went for Caribbean Music Night on Wednesdays to serenade an award-winning burger and margarita with tropical music. It’s also the perfect night to go if you’re craving a hurricane cocktail.
Teetering between South Slope and Park Slope, Barbes is a longstanding artsy space and bar founded by two French expats. The bar has evolved from a community art and performance space to one of Brooklyn’s coolest music venues. They even have their own record label! Whatever music you’re into, you’ll surely find a show that fits your taste at Barbes. They also have a bottle shop to stock up on all your favorite French wines.
The Owl Farm is a high-end, edgy beer bar a block from the 4th av-9th street metro stop. Their minimalist, urban atmosphere and impressive beer list have won The Owl Farm praise from Village Voice, L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, and Thrillist. They are a brewery offering a unique tap list of European-style brews and ciders, plus a list of domestic bottles and cans.
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