90 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Thu 7 am – 2am; Fri 7am-4am; Sat 10am-4am; Sun 10am-2am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Food/Menu: Coffee Shop/Bar Snacks
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-8pm: $1 off all well drinks and tap beers
L Magazine says:
South 4th Bar and Café is not a trans-borough destination bar. It may not even be the kind of place where you’d want to have a birthday party or special occasion, even if you lived next door — it is, however, a nearly perfect spot to spend time by yourself… An inconspicuous corner bar on a quiet block, South 4th doubles as an early morning coffee place, ideal for playing hangover hooky from work (especially when it’s a hangover you earned at the very same barstool, only eight hours previous); as with everything else about South 4th, the coffee is not flashy, but is very good. And that’s just it about this place — unlike numerous other bars that have opened in Williamsburg in the last five years, South 4th doesn’t expect anything from its clientele, it doesn’t have a hook. You don’t have to be particularly fashionable, you don’t need to be knowledgeable about music or beer or wine — you can just relax and go about your business. In this respect, South 4th is a lot like a French café, serving the needs of its locals from seven in the morning all the way to last call in the wee hours. As for the details, they are easy to recount: a surprisingly good selection of beers on tap includes Belgian standout Three Philosphers (a dark, fruity pleasure), O’Hara’s Stout, Duck Ale, and, curiously, Molson Canadian.
NY Mag says:
In the day, this former social club transforms itself into a café for Irving Park coffees, Balthazar pastries, and free wi-fi. Then, after 4 p.m., the casks roll out of the basement and the barroom turns itself over to pints from small breweries like 3 Philosophers, Sly Fox, and Victoria. The beers and ales aren’t the only things that are specially crafted as paintings and photos from local artists adorn the unscuffed white walls. While old-timers stick to the high-gloss bar up front, whippersnappers favor the bare-bones backroom where they page through discarded sections of the Times or engage in impromptu battles of Yahtzee and Candyland on one of the many tables. (Games are stacked on a shelf beneath the digital jukebox.) Young and old alike appreciate the make–your–own–Bloody Mary weekend specials.