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Union Hall

Bars, Pubs Park Slope
4 out of 5 stars
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42. Play bocce at Union Hall
42. Play bocce at 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.


Venue name: Union Hall
Address: 702 Union St
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 4pm–4am; Sat, Sun 1pm–4am
Transport: Subway: F, G, N, R to Fourth Ave–9th St; R to Union St; 2, 3 to Bergen St;
Price: Average drink: $5. AmEx, MC, V
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4.7 / 5

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This place is great and very multi-functional! A good spot for a first date or a 100th! You can grab a drink, some above average bar food, and play bocce (if you can snag a spot!) They also have some of the best and funniest shows in the basement RIP Karaoke Killed the Cat. Although the downstairs space is a bit small, many of the most popular shows end up moving to The Bell House. But you can catch something here before it hits it big! The bar tenders sometimes have a bit of attitude I feel, but overall, a great spot. I'm glad they are making a come back after the fire! 


south brooklyn may be a bit of trek for some but trust me, this place is worth it. the upstairs bar is large but cozy with a fireplace and bookshelves but what i love most are the storytelling and comedy events they have downstairs. the shows are cheap and well curated—i always leave laughing my ass off and i prefer them to upright citizens brigade shows.

Fireplace.  Bocce.  Burgers.  I rest my case.

This conveniently located (Union and 5th in P Slope) two-level bar is so laid back and cheap and all around awesome it's a crowd favorite.  Check out their website for cool events like trivia, guest DJs, jukebox bingo and comedy shows.  That's right, I said jukebox bingo.  Test your musical knowledge and win some prizes in the process.  Plus, the bocce-playing, beer-drinking crowd is always friendly-Brooklynites.

If you are ever trying to track me down and its a Saturday afternoon, you can most likely find me at Union Hall.  I'm part of the Bocce league there and its one of my favorite things about living in NYC.  The bocce courts are flat out gorgeous, and its hard to believe they are inside a bar.  Whenever I have friends or family visit and I take them to Union Hall they are always blown away by how cool it is.   Combine that with the always laid back crowd, and you have the perfect Brooklyn bar. 


This is my favorite bar in New York. Period. I will come here any night of the week for any reason, whether it's for karaoke, bocce, a comedy show, Christmas sing-alongs, 90's DJs, drinking, chilling by the fireplace, drinking by the fireplace, pretending I'm in an awesome library in some forgotten castle, etc. It's one of those rare bars where there's space to move around, even when it's packed. 

I'll warn you, it's kinda divey, so if you would rather spend your entire salary in the Meatpacking District, this is not the place for you. It's also in Brooklyn, so those unwilling to travel into the better boroughs won't like this place either. That's ok with me, because the crowd is one of the best parts about this place. People are friendly and usually local. Drinks are reasonably priced and they have really good food too--get the burger. The bartenders have been the same for years and they have a bocce league, which I'm on. 

It's less than a 10 minute walk from Royal Palms and Barclay's Center, so if you're in the area, it's worth checking out.