Park Slope bar crawl
Go on a suds-fueled tour of the Slope.
Tue Feb 14 2012
Start: 321 Fifth Ave at 3rd St, Park Slope, Brooklyn
End: 474 Bergen St at Flatbush Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Time: 4.5 hours
Distance: 1.7 miles
Start at the Gate (321 Fifth Ave at 3rd St, 718-768-4329), a cozy bar that opened in 1997 and serves as a hub for the nabe's craft-beer zealots (as well as their dogs). Keep an eye out for freshly tapped rarities from the bar's frequent brewery nights: Speakeasy's Double Daddy ($6), a malty double IPA, was one such recent find, though less-boozy standbys like Guinness ($6) and Old Speckled Hen ($6) might leave you in better shape for the journey ahead.
Stroll through the spacious outdoor courtyard of Mission Dolores (249 Fourth Ave between Carroll and President Sts; 718-399-0099, missiondoloresbar.com) to find its dimly lit enclosed bar in the back, where you can camp out and play pinball when it's chilly. The bar, equipped with 20 taps and a cask, stocks plenty of adventurous brews like the Cuvee De Jacobins Rouge (12oz pour $8), a Flemish red ale that packs a sour punch.
Littleneck (288 Third Ave between Carroll and President Sts, Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-522-1921, littleneckbrooklyn.com), a New England--style seafood spot near the Gowanus, is outfitted like a fishing shack, with walls adorned with driftwood and nautical ropes. Order like an old-school quahogger and get a can of silky Narragansett porter ($4) to go with some raw oysters ($2 for East Coast, $3 for West).
Head back across Fourth Ave and pump a few dollar bills into the indie-rock-centric jukebox at the Sackett (661 Sackett St between Fourth and Fifth Aves; 718-622-0437, thesackett.com). Three-buck cans of Genny Cream Ale might seem tempting, but if you want to keep your standards high, opt for a satisfying glass of Greenpoint Harbor Red Ale ($6), a Chinook-hops-heavy red ale.
Make a pit stop at brew emporium Bierkraft (191 Fifth Ave between Berkeley Pl and Union St; 718-230-7600, bierkraft.com), where coolers of craft bottles line the entryway. After perusing the wares, gather around one of the picnic tables to enjoy your selection—maybe a bottle of sessionable Stone Levitation ($3.25), or a draft pour from the store's rotating lineup of kegs.
Gather your strength for the walk back to Fourth Avenue and head into Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Ave between Bergen St and St. Marks Pl; 718-858-1951), which matches its decor—the walls plastered with UC Berkeley swag—with West Coast--centric tap lines. It'd be rude not to order a Cali staple like the dank Green Flash West Coast IPA ($6), or a refreshing Anchor Liberty Ale ($6).
Almost there! Keep it moving to Fourth Avenue Pub (76 Fourth Ave between Bergen St and St. Marks Pl; 718-643-2273), a Park Slope stalwart with top-notch suds pouring from 27 taps and a cask. Grab a booth and a basket of gratis popcorn while you sip a malty pint of Founders Porter ($6).
Congrats, you made it to the final stop of the crawl! If you're still standing, reward yourself with a meaty dinner from Bark Hot Dogs (474 Bergen St at Flatbush Ave, 718-789-1939). We recommend getting one of their signature pork-and-beef franks, and cap off the boozing with a Bark Red Ale (12oz pour $4), a highly drinkable house brew crafted for the shop by Sixpoint. At this point, 12 ounces will be plenty.