Tue Oct 21 2008
Photograph: Talia Simhi
Time Out Ratings :<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5
Rock cred abounds at Daddy's. The six-year-old spot is owned by members of eccentric Brooklyn bands the Rogers Sisters and Oakley Hall, and staffed by musicians from groups like trancey Gang Gang Dance and the dub-reggae outfit Jah Division. Despite massive potential for music-snob attitude, the bar is surprisingly inclusive. The ethos falls somewhere between Billyburg's PBR-soaked dives and the 'hood's higher-end newcomers. A '70s-era basement look is expressed through wood paneling and Christmas lights (resist the urge to spark up a bowl). The high-low dichotomy can be best observed in the drink selection. The Margaveza—a signature nip devised by former bartender and Black Dice vocalist Eric Copeland—features a cold pint of Sol Mexican lager topped with four ounces of a radioactive-green frozen margarita, a crisp-tart and ridiculously addictive blend that can be yours for just $5. The draft lines are nearly as satisfying. Five-buck artisanal ales like Six Point Brownstone and the sharp and hoppy Great Divide Samurai anchor the lineup. If you must slum, Buds and hot dogs go for two bucks each during happy hour (daily 5--9pm). Oddly, Daddy's doesn't host live acts, but there's plenty in the way of tunes: An impressive jukebox pumps out old rock, country and jazz, and DJs (on the scene most nights after 10pm) are known to throw down anything from Willie Nelson to MGMT. It's that range that makes this spot a must for anyone with an interest in Brooklyn's music scene. For better or worse, once-gritty Williamsburg is barreling toward boutiquedom—here's one place where you can still straddle the line.