Best bars in Park Slope: The essential drinking spots

The best bars in the neighborhood range from craft-beer destinations and specialist spirits spots to neo dives.

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Whatever your poison, Park Slope offers plenty of worthwhile drinking options. Among the best bars in the neighborhood are several excellent beer bars and the Kings County outpost of oenophile hangout Terroir. You'll also find some standout gay bars in the area.

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Beer Table

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The mood is akin to a wine bar (minus the hauteur) at this brew enthusiast’s dream. The friendly staff can guide you, sommelier-like, through the menu of rare and obscure beers, including Hanssens Kriek—a tart, bright red lambic fermented from sour cherries and served from the cask. The Swiss Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes’ La Meule, meanwhile, goes down like a spice box of sage and thyme. Many of these beers shock on first gulp, and you may wonder whether your curious

  1. 427B Seventh Ave, (between 14th and 15th Sts)
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The Dram Shop

Microbrews and copious amounts of Scotch, whiskey and bourbon are the poisons of note at this woodsy, two-floor watering hole—though a frosty mug of Smuttynose IPA is an
ideal match for Dram’s solid griddle-cooked double cheeseburger. Settle in at the 33-foot bar or bring your brew to a spacious booth. Attractions like pool, darts and shuffleboard, favored by the postcollegiate crowd, stand to give the bocce courts at nearby Union Hall a run for its money.

  1. 339 9th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
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Excelsior

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Excelsior is one of the nicer gay bars in Brooklyn, and it’s a friendly, down-to-earth alternative to the Manhattan scene. Kylie Minogue is in the juke, but so is ’80s band Sisters of Mercy, plus a wide variety of current, often obscure artists like the Eels and Interpol. Things heat up on weekends as boys and girls from this borough and beyond show up to socialize. When it’s warm, a deck and a peaceful, roomy garden are open.

  1. 390 Fifth Ave, (between 6th and 7th Sts), 11215
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Fourth Avenue Pub

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Beer lovers belly up to the bar to munch on piping-hot popcorn and sample coast-to-coast suds at this former nail salon. Twenty-four draft beers—including Maine’s lemon-slice–topped Allagash White and California’s Arrogant Bastard Ale—are poured alongside nearly three-dozen bottled beers and vintage Scotches and bourbons. Chitchatty locals sit at low tables to tipple during the daily 4 to 8pm happy hour, when the drinks are two-for-one.

  1. 76 Fourth Ave, (between Bergen St and St. Marks Pl)
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Ginger’s Bar

  • Price band: 2/4

Not many lesbian bars are as welcoming to men, gay or straight, as Ginger’s is. Two rooms and a spacious garden accommodate everyone, even decompressing softball teams from nearby Prospect Park. Small tables are a good place to chat and listen to the juke; the back room draws cue-carrying pool sharks, but skill-free shooters are welcome, too.

  1. 363 Fifth Ave, (between 5th and 6th Sts)
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Pacific Standard

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Two Californian dudes infiltrate the Slope with this sign-making shop turned brick-walled microbrew mecca. Fans imbibe 16 Calicentric drafts like hoppy Stone IPA ($5) over heated battles of Connect Four, or watch West Coast sports on the rear room’s projection TV.

  1. 82 Fourth Ave, (between Bergen St and St. Marks Pl)
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Pork Slope

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Good dive bars, attracting regulars from all walks of life, are as integral to the fabric of the city as rent control, bodega flowers and angry cabbies. Many serve food, but that’s rarely the draw. Occasionally, though, the boozing takes a backseat to the kitchen. The Corner Bistro’s burgers long ago put that West Village hole-in-the-wall on the map. And some people swear by the hot wings at Wogie’s nearby. Those places, and many others just like them, have one thing in

  1. 247 Fifth Ave, (between Carroll St and Garfield Pl), 11215
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The Sackett

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Antiques, exposed brick walls and gold-print wallpaper aim to give this neighborhood watering hole an intimate, bygone feel. Four taps dispense quality suds like Troegs and Sixpoint, while cocktails include lesser-known classics such as the Income Tax (Hendricks gin, vermouth, orange juice and bitters) and new creations like the Sackett (Johnny Walker Red, Cointreau, amaretto and orange bitters).

  1. 661 Sackett St, (between Fourth and Fifth Aves)
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Terroir Park Slope

  • Rated as: 3/5
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Sometimes, when a good thing blows up, a little street cred is lost along the way: Indie bands forfeit their edge when they hit the big time; talented chefs turn out duds as their empires grow too vast. In 2008, Terroir was an anomaly—the trailblazing wine bar, from pedigreed toque Marco Canora and sommelier guru Paul Grieco, brought genuine East Village cool to the high-minded world of wine by way of an offbeat selection, loud music and a tatted-up staff. But in the past few

  1. 284 Fifth Ave, (at 1st St), 11215
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Union Hall

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Upstairs in this bi-level bar, boozers chomp miniburgers and nip at microbrews like Sixpoint in the gentlemen’s-club–style anteroom (decorated with Soviet-era globes, paintings of fez-capped men, fireplaces)—before battling it out on the clay bocce courts. Downstairs, spectators are treated to a rotating roster of live talent, such as blaring bands, comedians and a monthly science night.

  1. 702 Union St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
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Woodwork

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Vanderbilt Avenue’s position as one of Brooklyn’s emerging bar strips just got stronger with the addition of this soccer-oriented drinkery. Fans of the other football can catch all the games on three 50-inch flat-screen televisions—including early-morning broadcasts. Those with less of a passion for the sport will find other reasons to visit: Chef-owner Ross Greenberg (Aquavit) has an ambitious food menu, including homemade pickles, five-cheese truffled macaroni and cheese,

  1. 583 Vanderbilt Ave, (at Dean St)
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