597 Manhattan Ave., nr. Driggs Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
no phone or website
Our Rating: ★★★★ Great
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Fri, 5pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 2pm-4am
Booze: Full bar
Subway: G at Nassau Ave.
Menu: Click here
The Lowdown: This easygoing dive on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint opened without a name or a sign, so the patrons just started calling it No Name Bar. The moniker stuck, and the “nameless” bar is quite popular with the hip boozehounds that frequents this ‘hood.
How to Find It: Although it doesn’t have a name, this joint is hiding in plain sight. Just look for the building clad in dark wood that’s tucked in between random mom-and-pop shops on this strip of Manhattan Avenue.
When to Visit: When it’s nice out. The big secret of this secret bar is its backyard garden. While knocking a few back in the dimly lit interior is just fine, daytime drinkers can soak up a few rays (and a few cigs) as they chill in the surprisingly large outdoor space.
NY Mag says:
Though it’s short a name, there’s no shortage of character at this upscale bar. Marked by an unpolished door nestled between the Greenpoint Gazette office and an industrial supply store, the space was styled by Jessica Lee Wertz and owners of Matchless to resemble a tavern in an ancient Chinese trading village. It’s nicknamed “Woodpussy” by Greenpointers for its cedar interior and the attractive women who frequent it; an in-house D.J. spins vinyl, energizing the crowd with eighties hits before mellowing out the scene with a slower alternative choice. Benches against burlap-masked walls form alcoves of intimate spaces, adding to the rustic Zen feel. But the real lure of 597 Manhattan Avenue lies at the end of the narrow bar, where stairs descend into an expansive backyard garden. Locals gather at large picnic tables or perch on a cement fire pit, $4 cans of Tecate in hand. When the garden closes around 1 a.m., the crowd shuffles back upstairs for more cheap drinks. Newcomers take mental note of the bar they luckily stumbled into that night, wishing they could remember its name. — Alice Urmey
The downstairs noodle bar, added in summer 2012, is a favorite