226 Wyckoff Ave
Bushwick, NY 11237
between Menahan and Grove Streets
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash only
Price: $6 mug and shot all day, $7 pints & well drinks all day
Hours: 2:00 pm – 4:00 am Mon-Fri, Sat 12:00 pm – 4:00 am, Closed Sundays
Booze: Full bar
Subway: Myrtle-Wyckoff L and M stops
Happy Hour: No
Menu: No food
Bushwick Daily says:
Old Stanley’s is “an everyman’s bar….no pretentious bullshit,” said Bryan Quackenbush (yes, that’s the real name), one of the owners. He’s in cahoots with Ben Altman, Chelsea Altman, and Matt Weber. And he’s right, too. Old Stanley’s is not some dimly lit, wannabe dive, but they don’t hand crush their ice either. The beer selection is approachable. The jukebox is curated by the hand of an expert — someone who knows how to impress, but not pander to, a crowd with potentially discerning tastes.
A conscious selection of hodgepodgery creates a calm and engaged ambience.
Old Stanley’s is a collaboration between Bryan Quackenbush, Chelsea Altman, Ben Altman and Matt Webber—the gang’s independently been involved with other local spots like Allswell in Williamsburg and The Narrows in Bushwick. “We’re all native New Yorkers who were essentially just trying to open a bar that reminded us of the bars we grew up going to, and sneaking in to,” Quackenbush told us. Even the name is old school, taken from a Manhattan bar owned by the Altmans’ father in the 1960s and 70s. And though Bushwick might be the hippest of the hip these days, there’ll be no monocle-donning and #normcoring over here. “We thought about doing a speakeasy, tapas place,” Quackenbush joked. “But then we were like, why don’t we just open a bar?”
The Wyckoff Ave spot boasts a pretty extensive, low-key beer collection, with drafts like Bronx Pale Ale, Victory Prima and Miller Lite ranging from $3-$6. Bottled and canned beer runs $4-$7, with offerings including Dale’s Pale Ale, Red Stripe, Labatt Blue and Coors Light, if you’re yearning for a Silver Bullet. Rail drinks run $7 and come in pints for optimal boozing; there’s also a $6 frosted mug and shot deal. There are free shelled peanuts on the bar all day (and night) long, and bartenders can whip you up a hot dog or sausage if you’re hungry—Quackenbush says pretzels and other basic bar food will be available soon.