142 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-4am; Sat-Sun 1pm-4am
Subway: G to Greenpoint Ave.
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3pm-9pm: $3 rotating beers, $4 well
A beautiful, out-of-the-way bar in Greenpoint with a great selection of drafts. Ten beers are on tap. Named for the enormous ex-pencil making warehouse directly across the street, this bar is the perfect place to go to relax, have a drink, and a quiet conversation. With its classic look (tin ceiling, wood floors, oak tables) you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another era where Brooklyn was actually known for its pencils. Wines, spirits, and some great single malts are available too. (The owners also own Harefield Road).
NY Mag says:
Long before hipsters outpriced from Williamsburg flocked to Greenpoint, longshoremen looking to tipple found refuge at the neighborhood’s many bars. The Pencil Factory-the namesake factory is actually located across the street-was once the Miltonian Social Club, a bar catering to said dockworkers. The old moniker is now etched in glass at the back of the bar, serving as a reminder to those days of yore along with the original wide-plank floors, apothecary cabinetry, and weathered, exposed brick walls. Since much of Greenpoint’s nightlife now consists of Polish social clubs, young newcomers to the area usually settle at “the Factory” for single malt scotches priced by the year, as well as 10 beers on tap like perfectly poured Guinness.