Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Daily 5pm-4am
Subway: J,M,Z to Marcy Ave., G to Broadway
Food/Menu: No food available
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Daily 5pm-8pm: $2 off drafts, $3 well drinks, $4 margaritas and bloody marys
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On a bar-bereft stretch of Broadway, this sign-less storefront (look for the sidewalk awning) serves as an understated oasis for South Williamsburg denizens. Inside the vintage-themed room with slate-gray walls, black leather booths, a chandelier concocted from gramophone horns and, naturally, tons of trophies, you’ll find eight draft beers (including summery Hennepin and hoppy Lagunitas IPA), inventive cocktails utilizing fresh fruit, and a ’50s-era jukebox spinning 45s that span everything from Salt-N-Pepa to the Zombies to Earth, Wind and Fire. Hits: You’ll want to permanently camp out at the backyard’s picnic tables or snuggle into the leather booths and max out to the tunes on the vintage juke. Misses: Searching for the entrance to this sign-free spot may be a bit frustrating. There’s no need for Manhattan-style pretension in South Williamsburg.
NY Mag says:
Pinched between a dynamic junction of Hasids, Hispanics, and hipsters in South Williamsburg, Trophy Bar seems a little too polished. The coarse expanse of the building’s original red brick wall hints at an energetic, surprising neighborhood just beyond its doorstep, but the interior has few of the rough edges of more memorable post–Bedford Avenue bars. Dark oak tables are topped with tea candles, a jukebox plays second-favorite hits by Bowie and Prince, and a small backyard patio features picnic tables beneath strings of white lights. The eight beers on tap—including Dogfish Head IPA—are served from behind a white-tiled bar. While this little corner of Williamsburg has been parched for a viable nightlife, the creative and aesthetic forces behind this realization are sapped of juice.