Kings County Saloon – now open in Bushwick

Kings County Saloon,

Kings County Saloon, 1 Knickerbocker Avenue, 347-987-3751, credit: Bushwick Daily

If you miss Bushwick’s short-lived 1 Knickerbocker or the former staple Kings County Bar, they’re BOTH back. Well, sort of:

Kings County Bar was a beloved watering hole for Bushwick locals since its inception in 2004. A rent-hike forced owner Jesse Levitt and general Manager Aimee Arciuolo to re-locate and it was then that idea for Kings County Saloon was born. The duo sought to keep the former bar’s one-of-a-kind vibe while also utilizing the new surroundings and larger setting to foster an element of novelty. All the while, they will aim to harness the same local attitude and lack of pretense that had helped make Kings County Bar a part of the neighborhood fabric for the last decade. “We like to think of it as the ultimate beer and shot bar,” Levitt said. “No frills, just fun.” Home to the celebrated “Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Pageant,” the rebirth of this local favorite will offer patrons snack-able bar bites along side familiar refreshing cocktails with the promise of an unforgettable good time.

high quality comfort food that pairs perfectly with booze including, melted ham and cheese bites served with house-made mustard; Buffalo-style wings; a ground brisket and beef short rib burger stuffed with sharp New York cheddar cheese on a sesame bun served with hand cut fries and house-made pickles; two flavors of hummus–olive and sun-dried tomato and tahini-based lemon and zucchini; a kale salad for the more health-conscious made with an almond-curry dressing, apples, rye berries, dried sour cherries and carrots and lastly, homemade ice cream sandwiches with alcohol flavored ice cream.

The beverage program at Kings County Saloon is the antithesis of “mixology,” offering deals such as a can of Busch beer and a well shot for $5 all day long. However, the more advanced drinker may also find an impressive selection of high-end whiskeys and craft beers. Some ample whiskey options include: Woodford Reserve, Basil Hayden, Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel and Kings County Whiskey made by Kings County Distillery, the bar’s neighbor. Craft beer selections include: Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA, Alagash Black Stout, Allagash White Ale, Lagunitas Pilsner and Brooklyn Lager. A specialty drink is featured each season, such as the Summer 2000 Flushes cocktail–a blue, rum-based drink served in a giant fishbowl and garnished with a Swedish fish, which is designed for two but often enjoyed by one.

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