Historically an enclave for Polish immigrants, Greenpoint has become a haven for those fond of whiskey, craft beer and after-hours hotspots. Here are six of the neighborhood’s best bars to add to your next pub crawl itinerary.
If whiskey is your drink, The Moonlight Mile on Franklin Street is your bar. This cool local spot serves over 190 American whiskeys, and during the winter months, the bar offers a menu dedicated to hot cocktails. There’s also a small but solid selection of wine and craft beers and a few creative snacks. For added ambience, patrons enjoy playing the free jukebox and perusing the work of local artists.
Catoctin Creek at The Moonlight Mile photo courtesy of Facebook.
Victory Bon Vivant Saison beer | The Habitat via Facebook
The Habitat on Manhattan Avenue might be as popular for its $5 Mac & Cheese Mondays as it is for its weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring $4 beers, $3 well drinks and $2 off Sangria. The wood-accented bar offers 12 rotating drafts on tap, a decent wine and cocktail list, and a full menu of comfort food including burgers, sandwiches and empanadas, that’s available until midnight.
TØRST via Facebook
Also located on Manhattan Avenue, the minimalist and fully wood-paneled TØRST seems a bit out of place amidst a strip of bargain shops and Polish eateries. With a noted Danish brewer and a former Momofuku test kitchen chef at the helm, this Danish bar specializes in a revolving lineup of 21 brews, ambient music and decidedly Nordic snacks like smoked fish, cured meats and pickled vegetables.
Black Rabbit | Katie O. via Foursquare
Fall is the perfect time to get cozy in front of the fireplace with a hot toddy or Irish coffee at Black Rabbit, a Prohibition-themed bar that drips with historic details—from prewar light fixtures to small wooden booths with saloon-style swinging doors known as “snugs.” The soundtrack, however, is usually ‘80s new wave and the full kitchen delivers Frito pie and other delectable treats all day. Game lovers should come on Tuesdays from 8-10 p.m. for “the world’s nerdiest trivia night,” where the winner is awarded a $25 bar tab.
Hot bourbon cocktail | Milk and Roses via Facebook
Milk and Roses
The Southern Italian-influenced Milk and Roses is a good bet for their weekday happy hour at the bar from 5 to 8 p.m., and their $24 weekend prix fixe brunch that includes one breakfast or sandwich entrée and unlimited mimosas. All of the Manhattan Avenue eatery’s products are ethically and humanely sourced. And in warmer weather, the well-manicured garden is a scenic place to savor signature cocktails, craft beers and boutique wines.
The Diamond | Bill C. via Foursquare
The Diamond is a dive bar on Franklin that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Shuffleboard is the game of choice. And the name itself was inspired in part by the owners’ affection for Van Halen front man and ‘80s rock icon “Diamond” David Lee Roth. Expectedly, the jukebox, voted one of Brooklyn’s best, cranks out vintage rock and roll. Beer ranked by its strength (session, middleweight, strong) is the draw here, but the Diamond also has a thoughtful wine list.