303 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ Good
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-4am, Sat-Sun Noon-4am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Food/Menu: Bar Snacks
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 2pm-7pm: $1 off draughts, $2 cans of PBR and Schaefer, $3 cans of Miller High Life
Sun, noon-7pm: $1 off draughts, $2 cans of PBR and Schaefer, $3 cans of Miller High Life
NY Mag says:
There’s truth in advertising at this breezy neighborhood beer bar (formerly Lenora’s Way, double-formerly Wells Ales)—dogs are always welcome, leashes are optional, and there’s even a bubble-gum machine in the corner that dispenses dog treats for free. There’s plenty on hand for the humans as well, including a small deck in the front, a shuffleboard table, and a sweet back deck featuring wooden tables, low-hanging trees, and high, city-concealing fences. Oh, and twenty beers on tap—including the likes of Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Troegs, and Reissdorf—ten more bottled options, and a cask-beer engine. The staff is beer-knowledgeable and willing to give up samples if you’re really torn. There are bar snacks served, but you can also bring your own eats, and as far as that goes, there’s plenty of solid options on this stretch of Bedford Ave. And if you happen to meet a friendly bear of a man named Moonshine behind the bar, ask him to chug a pint—he’ll do it as quick as you can down a shot.
Taking up residence in the former beer bar Lenora’s Way, LuckyDog keeps the focus on brew with 20 on tap, from high end to low (like a 24-ounce pour of Genesee Cream Ale for $4). If everyone behaves themselves, the pretty backyard—all strung with lights and filled with rustic-style benches and such—will stay open until 11 p.m. in the summer, although the interior is just as pleasant, with an artsy-industrial slapdash vibe, lots of bar stools and a kooky doggie painting directly on the exposed-brick wall (LuckyDog himself). A vintage shuffleboard table offers hours of fun for anyone who knows or pretends they know how to play. (There’s no food, but you’re encouraged to bring your own.)