95 Best Bars in Brooklyn, New York City

The Way Station

Prospect Heights
Unabashed geeks flock to this cocktail bar–cum–performance space known for live music, cozy banquettes, a vaguely steampunk theme, and the Dr. Who–style Tardis bathroom (seriously). The actual barroom is small but welcoming, and you can bring your cocktail over to the ample side room to watch everything from local folkies to burlesque.
683 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238, USA

Three Jolly Pigeons

This institution has been serving the neighborhood since the early 1900s, and it's still a laid-back, welcoming place for a couple of drinks and perhaps a game of a pool. The pressed-tin ceiling and stained-glass details give the place more atmosphere than your average dive bar. There’s live music on Saturday nights and lively karaoke on Fridays.
6802 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11209, USA

Union Pool


A former pool-supply store now serves as a funky multiroom venue, complete with a bar serving beer and simple cocktails, a photo booth, DJs, and a backroom for up-and-coming music acts. It's been around for over two decades, and is still a popular spot on the Friday-night circuit, especially for late-night dancing. Permanently parked within its walled patio is a taco truck.

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Depending on whom you ask, Videology is a bar with a screening room or a screening room with a bar. The laid-back space is divided in two: locals drink craft beer and cocktails—like the Don Draper (a twist on the old-fashioned)—up front, and film screenings, trivia contests, and comedy events unfold in back. The place started as a video rental store and still loans out DVDs, including out-of-print films and new releases.

Washington Commons

Prospect Heights
With more than a dozen taps and many more bottles and cans, the rotating craft-beer selection is one of two major attractions at this friendly pub. The other is its large, concrete beer-garden space out back—ample summer seating for you, a slew of friends, and a bag of takeout (there is no kitchen, but outside food is welcome).
434 Park Pl., Brooklyn, NY, 11238, USA