George and Jack’s

103 Berry Street
(Between North 7th and 8th)
Brooklyn, New York 11211
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(718) 302-9811

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All Major
Hours: noon to 4am Daily
Subway: L Train to Bedford Ave
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri noon-7pm: $1 off drafts, $3 Well
Gothamist Says:

The old Brooklyn Ale House, a popular Williamsburg dive that recently closed after 17 years in business, is now George & Jack’s, the latest pitch-perfect watering hole from the team behind Skinny Dennis, Rocka Rolla, and Lucky Dog. But unlike their recent high-concept ventures, owners Sal Fristensky and Bill Mack are taking an understated approach to George & Jack’s, subtly enhancing the no-frills essence of its predecessor while smoothing out the rough edges. And, of course, they’ve vastly improved the beer selection.

The biggest change to the decor is the disappearance of the pool table, which made room for an extension of the bar to the back corner. Farther back, what was once a small office/storage space was cleared out for pinball games and adorned with illuminated Breweriana signs. The old Brooklyn Ale House sign has been brought in and preserved along one wall, and there’s a Galaga/Pac Man game tucked away in one corner by the jukebox, which runs the gamut from Nancy Sinatra to Lou Reed to Joe Walsh to Steely Dan.

The walls are lined with beautiful vintage photographs of old New York, and high above the bar you’ll find a pair of well-lit portrait photos—that’s Fristensky and Mack’s eponymous fathers, George and Jack, who both passed away over the course of the past year. The bar, in Fristensky’s words, is “sort of our homage to an old school Brooklyn bar. It’s the kind of place our dads might want to sit and have a beer. It’s not an old man bar, but an old man would feel comfortable here. It’s not trendy, it’s like jeans and a T-shirt.”