4 Best Bars in Carroll Gardens, New York City

Bar Great Harry

Carroll Gardens
Though it's named after a small cocktail bar in the Chinatown area of Yokohama, Japan, it feels like a college town hangout and the 24 taps make it the spot for rotating craft beers from all over, including Transmitter Brewing's Bar Great Harry sour ale. There's no pretension here between the friendly bartenders, pinball machines in the back room, and playlist that could be metal or hip-hop. Even kids are welcome (the under-10 kind).

Brooklyn Social

Carroll Gardens
From their black-and-white photos from the 1920s, former members of this erstwhile Sicilian social club watch over the clientele enjoying fancy cocktails at the laid-back bar with period tap, cash box, and clock that now seem enviably luxurious. Pressed sandwiches are on offer, too. A pool table and small but well-manicured backyard have long made this a popular weekend spot.

Gowanus Yacht Club

Carroll Gardens
Open May through October, this outdoor bar wedged next to a Carroll Street subway entrance is a favorite with fans of both cheap beer (like cans of PBR) and glasses or pitchers of craft brew. Picnic tables line the patio space belonging to the adjacent bagel shop. The menu is driven by the grill, which means hamburgers, hotdogs, kielbasa, and knockwurst. (There’s always a vegan option, too.)
323 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231, USA
Nightlife Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.--Apr.

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Other Half Brewing Company

Carroll Gardens
Founded in 2014, the Other Half brews its famous IPAs and a few other beers in a former warehouse near the Gowanus Expressway on the edge of Carroll Gardens. Despite the industrial location and small, spartan taproom, fans of hops regularly pack it in here with just enough room to bend an elbow. There are no flights but brews like Cheddar Broccoli, Ain't Nothing Nice, and True Green are poured in four-ounce samples.
195 Centre St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231, USA
Nightlife Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.--Wed.