312 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cuisine: Sports bar with pub fare
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ Good
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Wed 4pm-2am; Thurs – Sat 4pm-4am; Sun 12pm-12am
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: L to Lorimer Ave.; J,M,Z to Marcy Ave.
Brooklyn Paper says:
On a recent Monday night, Williamsburg’s newest sports bar was packed. Everyone in Mulholland’s had one thing in common: a thirst for free beer. Free beer may, in fact, be the only explanation for beefy fraternity types in football jerseys and the neighborhood’s trademarked bespectacled hipster to be mingling; when I returned the following Wednesday, the bar had lost the grandeur of its opening and was nearly empty. Far from the energetic nightspots that Billyburg is known for, Mulholland’s felt more like a bar in a strip mall. But Sean Mulholland, who owns the watering hole along with his brother Bill, insisted that the neighborhood’s chic, young residents are really “closet sports fans.” The Mulholland brothers spent years working in bars, clubs and restaurants — most recently Eugene, a glossy lounge in Manhattan — and had been looking to buy their own spot for the past two years. Although they initially looked at Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Williamsburg’s cheaper rents and less commercial vibe won them over. “We just fell in love with the neighborhood,” said Sean. “It’s like a small town — everyone’s really sweet. It’s almost like there’s a Midwest feel, which we think is awesome!” Local residents might quibble with his assertion that they’re akin to Midwesterners, but the Grand Street corridor is quickly becoming more high-end, and therefore more open to a wider variety of nightlife options.
Rule no. 1 at Mulhollands: “ALL WE ASK IN RETURN IS THAT YOU DON’T COME IN HERE AND START ACTING LIKE A FOOL!” If you Stick to that and you should have a grand old time watching the game (on 10 hi-def plasma screens) and getting deep into your cups (22 brews on tap, plenty more by the bottle) or surprisingly classy cocktails (designed by Alchemy Consulting, the same team behind Milk & Honey’s drinks). And if you get hungry, the pub grub’s a step above. As in, the steak’s fresh, never frozen. Go your team!