161 Montrose Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Mon-Sun 4 pm – 4 am
Subway: L to Montrose Ave., J,M to Lorimer St.
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 5 pm- 8 pm: $1 off bar; 2-for-1 Rolling Rock; 2-for-1 well drinks
Though it resembles a garage sale, don’t look for any price tags on the mismatched, second-hand chairs and couches at this off-the-beaten-path East Williamsburg destination, where locals are drawn in by cheap shot-and-beer combos (and which was a former garage, incedentially). The namesake waterfowl—in rubber ducky, wooden mallard, stuffed and hand-drawn varieties—litter shelves behind the small bar, while a stairwell that ends halfway from the ceiling to the floor and other works from local artists add to the colorful vibe. DJs and occasional live bands lay down the soundtrack to a cast of regulars in attendance.
Bushwick Daily Says:
Housed in a converted garage, Duck Duck expanded to 2x its original 2006-era size, offering more than just the opportunity to make a few fowl-related puns. The décor’s irony factor is high, with a mix of tongue-in-cheek art, mismatched sofas, and a winding ceiling staircase to nowhere. But let’s focus on the important stuff: alcohol. Along with their infamous beer and shot specials (ex: the Dirty Sanchez, a Modelo Especial + shot of tequila, $6), they also pour seasonal cocktails ($8-$10), craft beers ($5-$7) and the classics, including a killer Moscow Mule ($8). Happy hour is seven days a week… a waste since you only work five. Cash only.
Safely east of the Williamsburg bar scene circus, this local dive features $2 beers and a lack of attitude.