12 Grattan Street, Bushwick
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Mon-Tue, 4pm-2am; Wed-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat, 2pm-4am; Sun, 12pm-2am
Subway: L to Morgan Avenue
Food/Menu: Bar Snacks
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: No
NY Mag says:
Another massive house of rock rises from Bushwick’s warehouse foundations. Despite its DIY aesthetic and bare concrete frame, the Pine Box (named for the casket factory that once occupied its space) makes for an impressive feat of salvage-yard engineering: rusted, bisected oil drums form low-lying tables; the re-appropriated ribs of wooden shipping pallets line the walls; and the massive factory ceilings provide natural reverb. Big rock sounds best with a well-poured pint, and Pine Box’s craft-heavy draft line (all domestic, vegan, micro-brews) complements a house cocktail menu colored by eccentric ingredients like homegrown chili, nutmeg, and pickle brine. Lest anyone doubt that live music is the venue’s prime currency, the clear bar top reveals a collection of ticket stubs from hundreds of shows spanning the six-string gamut and reaching back to a time well before the average patron’s first call to rock. A corner nook removed from the enormous bar leaves room for conversation, but the music on hand will usually win out—just as it should.
NY Times says:
A former coffin factory on a warehouse stretch of Brooklyn, about a block from the Morgan Avenue L train station. Inside, there is plenty of elbow and head room, with a pine-and-concrete décor that could be called industrial cozy. The bar is plastered with old ticket stubs encased in poured resin. In the back, a nook of wooden benches and halved oil drums offers a quiet spot to chat.
The bar doesn’t wear its philosophy on its sleeve. As such, the clientele draws from the neighborhood’s various tribes. A recent Wednesday night found the space filled with a young, outdoorsy-looking crowd, including guys in rugby and flannel shirts, chatting with women in vintage dresses. At the bar, two bearded men had their noses deep in books.
Signature drinks ($7 to $12) include the Grim Pickle, made with the owner’s homemade brine, and the Doornail, which mixes Absolut Citron and grape soda. It might be best to stick to the excellent array of draft beers ($5 to 7), which include local brews like KelSo and SingleCut.