108 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
nr. Wythe Ave.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All Major
Hours: Daily, 4pm-4am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Daily until 9pm
NY Mag says:
This ’n’ That, a project from the team behind Sugarland and Metropolitan, is the first new flag-waving gay bar to open (and stay open) in North Brooklyn since 2008. Long, dark, and narrow, TNT, as regulars call it, is cut from the same dive cloth as the ten-year-old Metro but attracts a younger, more adventurous generation of partygoers. Patrons might sit for a drawing class one night and grind through a funk dance-off the next, while a stage hosts drag-queen karaoke. Cheap beers ($3 drafts till 9 p.m., for instance) keep the frowzy, skinny boys—not to mention occasional wayward heteros—flirty in the black leather banquettes.
NY Times says:
The bar occupies a former dive known as the Cove. The owners said they liked the space so much, they barely changed a thing. It remains long and tunnel-like, with an unusually low arched ceiling. The only notable additions are rainbow-colored lights behind the banquettes, giving the room some flair while making it brighter than the average gay bar.
This N That certainly lives up to its name, drawing gay and straight customers. Around midnight on a recent Saturday, there were boys in droopy tanks and short shorts clustering by the bar, dudes in baggy cargos being dragged to the dance floor by their girlfriends, and four vogueing drag queens.
The music is straight-up gay, no chaser: Kylie, Katy and Kiki (as in “Let’s Have a Kiki” by Scissor Sisters). On the weekends, spinning duties are handled by Haruca Salt and a rotating roster of guest D.J.’s.
In case you missed the rainbow flag and the window display of a unicorn sitting under a disco ball, the friendly doorwoman informs everyone who wants to enter that this is a gay bar. “You don’t have to be gay to get in,” she adds. “Just gay-friendly.”
Like the space itself, nothing too fancy behind the bar: just a basic list of bottled beers at $5, tap beers at $6 and premium brews at $8. Mixed drinks start at $6.