This is the 4th installment of my "Brooklyn Beer Bars" series which began Last week. To read the first installment, including a write up of the Waterfront Ale House and a definition of just what constitutes a "beer bar", click here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604687. The 2nd installment, a write up of Cherry Tree, is here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604993. The 3rd installment covering Pacific Standard is here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605326
4th Avenue Pub
76 4th Avenue (between Bergen and St. Marks)
This bar is located about 4 or 5 doors down from Pacific Standard but it’s worlds apart. There were things about it that annoyed me so much that I only stayed for one beer. Earlier on one of the beer bar threads someone said that they liked this place. I can certainly understand that but it's not for everyone.
It’s dark. Very very dark.
The bartender was alert and took my order promptly.
Annoying and loud. This place is as loud as the Gate and I do not consider that a compliment. Honestly, I believe if you swapped out the craft beers with Bud Light and Corona these people wouldn’t notice. The place was about 80% full.
Rap, blasted at top volume.
I didn’t count the beers but they seemed to have a good number of them.
I ordered the Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard. What a great name. It sat in the glass looking dark and sinister. Once I tasted it I was reminded of the first time I had a dark ale at McSorley’s. It looked far tougher than it tasted, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s a pleasant beer but not particularly noteworthy.
I didn’t stay for a second beer. The combination of the screaming crowd and the loud rap music drove me out. A few weeks later I tried to make a 2nd visit. As I opened the door the sound hit me like a wave. I figured I'd cut my losses so I paid Pacific Standard a 2nd visit.
They have a free popcorn machine, an idea they may have picked up from the Waterfront Ale House. I don't mean that as a criticism - I wish more places did this.
Yelp says they have takeout menus behind the bar and you can order in from various local restaurants.
I’m probably being unfair to this place although based on some of the comments on Yelp I am not alone in finding this bar unpleasant due to crowding and the noise level. People who don't mind really loud bars should give it a try. The place was packed so obviously a lot of people like it.