Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Brooklyn Tavern
31 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.685536 -73.980195
Sat & Sun 5pm-4am
Neighborhoods: Boerum Hill
Brooklyn Tavern Too Loud – The noise from the garden of this bar is terrible for the community. The patrons are out directly under hundreds of people's windows until 2:30 a.m. every night of the week talking and yelling at the top of their lungs. It's unnecessary and unfair. The owner completely refuses to work with the community. Our children can't even get to sleep at night. And the noise gets worse all the time. A community group has been formed for the purpose of getting this bar's liquor license revoked. We are working with local officials and the Community Board. Please join us if you are looking this bar up because you are one on the many tortured by this.
Great Nieghborhood Bar – This is what a nieghborhood bar should be. It is small and friendly --all locals, great conversation, cool bartenders from the area, and great prices. It has some off the coldest tap beer I have found and some great drink specials. You can drink all night on twenty dollars, if u want to. Bud light tap is only $ 3 for a 16oz pint $2 dollars at happy hour 3-7, $5 bloody mary specials and long island iced teas at happy hour and sometimes all night. Sports on TV, great jukebox, clean bathrooms and a great outdoor backyard with plenty of seating and cover from bad weather. U cannot go wrong making it your hangout. Food is available from dozens of restaraunts close by who deliver in 15 min- just ask bartender for menus- BBQ s in warmer weather. Not trendy just laid back a great place to spend time.
Promising neighborhood pub once, now just a college kid dump – As someone who was first coming here during the first few weeks after it opened in the late '90's, I'd love to refute some of the criticisms offered here, but I can't. In the beginning, it was linked to the diner next door, and you could order food from there, but the door between the establishments has been locked for years, and no one seems to know why. The quality of the bartenders and the regulars has declined considerably. Bartenders in the beginning were dedicated "old school" types who showed up on time, always bought back, and looked out for you. The last time I was here, about two years ago, a surly Asian lady was behind the bar and never bought back after five rounds and refused to do anything about a homeless guy coming in and hassling customers for change.
In the early days, the crowd was a nice mix of blue collar workers, young professionals, and local hipsters, but as is pointed out here, it's mostly been taken over by college kids and the BT has developed a reputation for allowing underage consumption and pot smoking in the backyard. Hence, all the complaints from the locals about the noise. Within the last month I observed the cops being called due to some raucus college party on a Tuesday night, no less, and only yesterday (a Sunday afternoon in the fall), I just shook my head to walk by the place on a Sunday afternoon, with football logos in the window, yet the place was closed shut.
Love the Thursday - Friday Bartender – Love the back yard and the patrons seem interesting on Thursday and Friday nights. But I have occasionally been there on early weeknights and I do not care for the young bar rep there. I had to literally scream to get her attention to order me and my friends drinks. Need more mature bar staff on the week nights and besides it was empty when I got there and when I left. That should tell you something....
Loved it – After few mins of horror at the junk yard across the street (hanks) it was very nice to sit on clean chairs, enjoying the beautiful backyard, while sipping on a good drink. I really liked the atmosphere here, they seemed to all know each other here. Think of it as the new "cheers" lol. I didn't really like the music in the jukebox and that when I came back inside all 4 or 5 tvs were set on sports channels. Besides that everything else was good..especially the bathrooms..they have 2 for men and women..and they keep them clean. This is my new neighborhood bar.
GREAT BACKYARD AREA TO RELAX – This is a great bar to just order a beer, take it to the back patio, light up a cigarette, and just relax after a long day. You'll feel like your'e in your own backyard. I went there with a friend recently after a concert at Hank's Saloon (across the street). This is a great place to mellow out before or after a show at Hank's. The draft beer prices weren't bad. The jukebox had a somewhat nice music selection, mostly rock and southern rock. My only grief with this place is that they keep the music too soft and the patrons tend to all know each other and keep to themselves, so you may feel left out if you're not from the area.
About that last review – I read they charged you $6.00 for a Bud light, but that was a bad bartender that no longer works there, I have been there a few times and the prices are very cheap, the Bud Light btl is $3.50, I have been there on fri, sat and sun and I can tell you I had a good time, the bartenders working both days are cool and professional and the patio is perfect for smokers..give it another try, you will change your mind.
friendly, quiet, but not cheap – My wife and I checked it out after watching the 4th of July fireworks. Quiet, very casual, and all of the customers, including the bartender, were hanging out on the back porch. Seems like it draws a very friendly close-knit crowd. The only problem is, at $6.00 for a Bud Light, it's hard to see this place competing with the more hip draws around the neighborhood.
Cheap but clean – This is a pretty nice bar located in Boerum Hill. Prices are reasonable $3.50 for a bottle of Coors Light. It has a Trivia Machine, Jukebox and several large TV's, however they all were tuned to the Bravo Channel when I was there (Friday Night). There seems to be an outdoor patio to sit however it was closed due to the weather.
Unfriendly to neighbors – I am sure the bartenders and staff are friendly to their customers, but when it comes to being nice to their neighbors they're almost as bad as their patrons. I live right above this bar, which has a back garden (if you can call it that, because it's all cement), and have been unable to sleep well for the past 4 months because of the noise . Phone calls, and even visits and conversations with the staff, seem to do nothing to improve the situation. The customers are totally inconsiderate, loud people who are turning what could be a cozy neighborhood bar into a nightmare for the community. I have gone to many other bars and restaurants in both Brooklyn and Manhattan that have back gardens, and all of them have a curfew for customers to move inside and not disturb the neighbors. Is it really so hard to do? I would love to make this my regular hangout since it is so conveniently close to home (and cheap!), but given the circumstances I will never spend any money there, nor encourage anyone else to do so.
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