The Whiskey Brooklyn

The Whiskey Brooklyn

44 Berry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon-Sun Noon-4am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Food/Menu: Bar Snacks
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri Noon-8pm
Thrillist says:

The brohams behind Whiskey Town and Whiskey Tavern have teamed up with another set of bros (origin: Tulsa) to turn a former tonic water factory into a massive adult rec room/rathskeller time machine, with concrete floors, old brick walls, dark wooden booths, and a central U-shaped bar (“for eye [sexing] across”) dimly cast in an orange glow alongside modern touches like seven huge LCDs, and a DJ booth siding an elevated stripper pole (though whether your pole’s elevated depends on who’s on it). For gamesmanship, a pair of hand-built shuffleboard tables nestle in one corner, while an adjacent room’s filled with foosball, Buck Hunter, mini-basketball, and an Arcade Legends machine housing 100 classics from Rampage to Street Fighter II, so you don’t get Shunned Li by your Guile-less friends for Blanka-ing out. Suiting the vibe’re gratifyingly manly beer options — domestic cans, Hi-Life bottles, and McSorley’s-esque “light” and “dark” drafts — but it’s the brown that steals the spotlight, showing up in Pickle Backs, ‘tails made from family made Tom Lawless American whiskey, and straight pours from a 50-plus-strong collection broken down by provenance, including America (Colorado, Michter’s…), Japan (Suntory Yamakazi), and Scotland, whose Famous Grouse is just upset it can’t get into Canadian clubs.

Sustenance need not require braving the light of day, as the kitchen’s handling variously topped mini dogs called Coneys, deep fried bacon w/ blue cheese, a Bowl of Meatballs, and gravy-cheese smothered tots — smart kids, as absent love, it’s nice to be smothered in something.

Shecky’s says:

At first glance, Whiskey Brooklyn seems to have all the ingredients of your typical hipster’s paradise—whiskey cocktails, Pac-man, Miller High Life-logoed light fixtures, and shuffle board tables so revered, they were bestowed their own room. But spend a few minutes at the bar nursing an Grandpa Tom’s Lemonade (Lawless whiskey, lemon, sour, soda, $9) and some interesting additions catch your eye—a camouflaged DJ booth, deep corner booths hidden in dark lighting, and, wait for it, handlebars attached to the ceiling whose only conceivable purpose is for grabbing onto while dancing atop the bar. Now we’re talking! Okay, okay, so over half the bar patrons have beards (bar owners included), but even residents of the ‘burg need to get wasted and take their tops off every now and then. With dozens of whiskeys and scotches available for your sipping pleasure, ending the night on top of the bar seems a more-than-likely outcome. Luckily, Whiskey Brooklyn’s team has done this before and they know exactly what you need when you’ve been, ahem, over-served—a Bag O’ Bacon ($5), of course.