1037 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Mon. – Fri. | 5pm – 4am
Sat. & Sun. | 4pm – 4am
Subway: L to Morgan Ave.
Food/Menu: Bar snacks, oysters (menu)
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: choose bud & jameson or sol & jalapeño infused tequila for $6
The Narrows, a new 1920’s inspired bar is a welcomed addition to Bushwick’s hip and thirsty crowd. With barely a handful of other spots in the hood, this joint has been well attended since opening night not even two weeks ago. With a brand new chic and classic interior and beautiful outdoor patio, it’s a comfortable place for friends to gather for great drinks. They offer a thoughtful and delicious selection of beer and wine, and outstanding cocktails.
Based on classics The Narrows’ cocktail list is clean and well designed, each fun-named cocktail offers balance and depth with a distinct personality. The Que Bonita, with tequila, cucumber, lime and a Cava float has quickly become my summer drink of choice. While people who are just looking for a good buzz among good people are welcome (and aplenty), The Narrows also satisfies the more discerning cocktail aficionado, with fresh mixers, house infusions, professional ice and all. Priced with their neighbors in mind, it’s easy to go out for a night of drinking with friends without breaking the bank.A true neighborhood spot, The Narrows is a must for any Bushwick-dwellers, and worth the trip for the rest of you.
L Magazine says:
It’s a pity that summer is over. I could have used a few more nights sitting in the leafy back garden of The Narrows, a relatively new bar tucked away on a barren stretch of Flushing Avenue in Bushwick. It was built by owners Keith Cochran and Matt Webber, the man who owns the Soft Spot, aka the two-for-one happy hour joint where all good Williamsburg drunks have kicked off many a regretful bender.
The backyard is among the nicest in Brooklyn, sequestered from the drab industrial surroundings by tall wooden walls. Sitting back there with a cold beer in my hand, I almost forgot I was in my old neighborhood, where, back in the day, the only places to drink were on rooftops and improvised bars the SLA wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. Now you can sip specialty cocktails made with the very herbs growing all around you in pots and planters scattered along the walls. Wooden benches and a hodgepodge of outdoor furniture provide plenty of seating, with enough standing room to accommodate a Department of Buildings-sanctioned 75 people (wink, wink). The bar serves eight beers on tap, mostly from American craft breweries, which range from $6-$10. Not exactly Bushwick prices, I know, but if you want to save some cash you can always order a $4 Bud or take advantage of the Jameson and Bud or tequila and Sol duo for $6.
If you are sitting inside, a cocktail might be more appropriate. The Narrows is what you might call a classy joint, all smooth, curved lines, lacquered surfaces and Art Deco details, with a classic black-and-white color scheme that suggests a jacket and tie might be more suitable than a thrift store flannel. The house specialty is the Caulfield’s Dream, made of rye whiskey, syrup and sprigs of spearmint straight from the garden. Bartenders start their shifts by cutting fresh fruit and juicing—that is, making juice, not taking steroids. Settle into one of the black banquettes or a stool along the brass bar, both because it’s comfortable and also, as the bar’s name would suggest, because there isn’t much standing room in the narrow space.
I guess the only complaint one might have is that the place just might be too nice for its surroundings. Is a recent art school grad living five-to-a-loft really going to want to pop in for a Manhattan or two? Of course, nowadays you can go down the street and order a plate of foie gras or diver scallops from Roberta’s. I guess there’s no fighting change and, with places like these, why would you want to?