108 Bedford Avenue.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ Meh
Cards: All Major
Hours: Daily 5pm-4am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave., G to Nassau Ave.
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3pm-8pm: $1 off drinks
NY Mag says:
The Gibson takes over the space of Triple Crown, a contentious hip-hop lounge whose sound system once shook irate neighbors’ floors for blocks. In bargaining for a liquor license, new owner Geoff Weber pledged a mild-mannered watering hole, sans live music or rowdy happy hour. He’s kept these promises. Softly lit and tasteful, with earth-tone walls and rich wooden accents, the Gibson ranges from low-key to lifeless; regulars have at least a decade on the L-train set further south, and the 1,200-square-foot space dwarfs even its modest weekend crowds. But service is friendly, and an eclectic soundtrack doesn’t overwhelm conversation. With eight beers on tap, competent classic cocktails, and more-than-ample seating, it succeeds as a welcoming, unpretentious neighborhood bar—a rare thing on Bedford Avenue.
With an extensive array of libations, comfy seats and low lighting, The Gibson is an excellent under-the-radar joint for after-work drinks or late night fun. It’s also been the default venue for many a successful birthday party, being one of only a few NYC venues that adheres to all the following criteria: lots of room, not too expensive, good-looking and not too far away. A thoughtful handful of local and craft beers are on tap (and written up on the mirror behind the bar), while a strong selection of bourbon and Scotch is front and center.