1025 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4am; Sun Noon-4am
Subway: G to Nassau Ave.
Food/Menu: Bar Snacks
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Daily 10am-8pm: $3 drafts, well and call drinks
NY Mag says:
Some bars are about sports or music or romance or classy decor. This neighborhood favorite is about dirt-cheap booze with more than 65 varieties of beer and seasonal cocktails, all costing less than a five-minute cab ride. The specialties are bourbon-based classics; the mint julep that will make you forget the word mojito. As to the setting, it’s reassuringly standard. There’s plenty of comfortable seating, a weathered pool table, a jukebox full of mid-90s rock, and amateur art and ephemera on the walls. Homesteaders with dogs and babies in tow sip nightcaps alongside sexy young things just starting their evenings. After a couple of those and a bowl of freshly-popped corn from the vintage machine barside, you’ll nod your head in agreement when the jukebox declares that “Today is the greatest.”
Among the many dive bars in this Polish neighborhood, the Mark distinguishes itself with a selection of 50 bottled and 15 tap beers, from Germany to Japan, as well as a classic cocktail menu, including caipirinas and mint juleps. The Mark’s art deco mahogany bar, jukebox with tunes from flamenco to grunge, and pool table draws a largely male clientele on weeknights. The bathrooms are noticeably clean, and the ladies room has a bidet.