683 Grand St
(between Manhattan Ave & Graham Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Sun 4pm-4am
Subway: G, L at Metropolitan Ave.-Lorimer St.
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: None
At this musically inclined bar in the less-trafficked Grand Street area of Williamsburg, locals can stop by for cheap beer (most hover in the $5 range) or try their luck with two pool tables. The real draw hits the ears, though: A well-stocked jukebox and monthly open-mic nights (on the first Thursday of the month) get even the most awkward folks moving and grooving. Fortunately, there’s plenty of floor space to cut loose alongside the long, dark bar, plus a small garden in the back. Expect more live performances in coming months..
The “LP” in Williamsburg’s LP & Harmony stands for “Love, Peace,” but it would more appropriately stand for “Long Play” given the records that adorn the bar’s walls, or even “League Pool” for that matter. It appears to be a typical neighborhood sports bar—tall bar tables, flat-screens in every corner, and pool tables so front-and-center you have to wait until a player is finished shooting to even properly enter the bar (league nights are three times a week). Meander your way farther along, though, and a harmonious marriage of music and sport becomes more evident. LP records make their way into all the décor—the walls, the bar top, even the chandeliers—and a tiny dance floor beside a DJ booth gets going every night after 10pm. Wondering about the hippy-dippy name? Just order a “Love Potion” cocktail (cranberry, ginger, and an aphrodisiac herb-infused vodka) and see if you don’t find a little peace on the tree-filled patio, or—dare we suggest—a little lovin’ in the psychedelic-muraled bathroom? And while the “recession special” shot of booze plus a PBR for $5 may help you feel a little more lovey-dovey, you may have to start anew on the whole “self-betterment” business in the morning.