46 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Daily 3pm-4am
Subway: L to Grand St.
Food/Menu: Bar snacks/sandwiches
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: No, but they have free pizza!
NY Mag says:
The folks behind favored Brooklyn pubs Harefield Road and the Pencil Factory don’t mess with success: Matt Torrey’s is a similarly cozy, dimly lit bar with reasonably priced drinks and zero contrivances. The twenty beers on tap all hail from New York State (with two exceptions: Guinness and a draft cider), including a Brewmaster’s Reserve selection from the Brooklyn Brewery. Huge rows of glass windows encasing the main bar room facilitate both people watching and being watched. They also make this place a prime spot for a rainy day camp-out. Observant eyes will notice flat screen TVs hanging high in the room’s corners, but fortunately they’re turned off most of the time. Behind the enormous bar, a large and even darker back room has even more tables.
If there’s one thing that Bushwick residents love it’s their beer. Even so, the walk to Metropolitan Avenue’s brew spot Harefield Road seemed too daunting for some neighborhood booze hounds. Yes, it’s only two blocks away from newly opened Matt Torrey’s, but that is the Sahara when you’re jonesing for some suds. The same owners are behind both bars, and they’re doing their damndest to make sure this neighborhood never runs dry. This spacious hall of beer skews local, with over sixteen Empire State varieties on draft. The tin ceilings, picture windows and ash wood floors all create a laid-back vibe—nobody will judge you here for knocking back nine pints in a single sitting. Food is not available yet, but the owners plan to install a kitchen down the road. Perfect, as if you’re too lazy to walk the couple extra blocks to Harefield, then you’re probably not too keen on stumbling to the pizza shop after a night of heavy drinking.