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A friend dragged us here a few weekends back, and we weren’t sure what to expect. A sports bar with enormous TVs, right off the Bedford stop? Turns out, this place is a hidden gem, with a surprising amount of space (unless there’s a big game on), dirt-cheap drink specials, and a back room full of arcade games.
170 N. 4th Street, Williamsburg.
This small, attractive corner spot is “silent,” which means it plays no music. Otherwise, it has two rather large television screens switched to sports channels, which sort of makes it a sports bar? Except it doesn’t feel like one, in that it’s more like a bar we like to talk and drink in that just happens also mostly to show games of American football and what the rest of the world calls football.
1002 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park.
When you walk into this below-street-level barroom and sit down, there’s a larger binder waiting for you, containing page after page of Scotch offerings—from all regions of Scotland (and beyond!), with all manner of flavor profiles. If whiskey is your thing, Isle of Skye is your bar.
488 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg.
Picture this: you’re busy downing a rainbow of $1 jello shots when you notice “Mambo No. 5” has not only come on the jukebox but that people are also actually dancing to it. Really dancing. Next up, some masochist has queued up “Imagine,” and as quickly as it began, the dancing stops, and 95 percent of the bar evacuates. Love it or hate it, this could only happen at Capri Social Club.
156 Calyer Street, Greenpoint.
Now that Jackie's 5th Amendment is gone, and Timboo's before that, and O'Connor's (for eternal renovations) long before that, and Snooki's even longer before that, Park Slope has a dearth of dive bars. All that's left is Smith's, down the block from where Jackie's was, though don't expect to see the old regulars there—we hear many of them were Jackie's regulars because they kept getting kicked out of here.
440 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope.