The Pencil Factory

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels
The Pencil Factory
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels
The Pencil Factory
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels
The Pencil Factory
The pencil factory? It’s across the street. The bar that shares its name was actually the Miltonian Social Club—a longshoremen’s hangout during the neighborhood’s shipbuilding heyday. Now a local haunt for artists and musicians, this exposed-brick watering hole offers a solid selection of whiskey and Scotch and 24 beers on tap, including $5 Radeberger pilsners.
Venue name: The Pencil Factory
Address: 142 Franklin St

Cross street: at Greenpoint Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 2pm–4am; Sat, Sun 1pm–4am
Transport: Subway: G to Greenpoint Ave
Price: Average drink: $4. AmEx, MC, V
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Go here for: a stiff pour, super cheap drinks, friendly crowds and great people watching.  Now that it's warm out you can sit outside, unpressured to drink-and-go because of servers.  Inside, they play sweet music and have a full no-frills bar with plenty of space to spread out.  Divey but not hole in the wall filthy, The Pencil Factory is fun and centrally located among Greenpoint's bar & restaurants.

If you know what to expect, there's nothing not to like about The Pencil Factory.