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Bar Review: Beer Table

May 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Beer Table

  • Address: 427 7th Avenue (between 14th and 15th Streets) – Park Slope
  • Website: www.beertable.com
  • What to get?  Ask the owners.

Beer Table is the teeny, tiny bar located in the part of town the real estate folks currently call the “South Slope.”  Get there early if you want a seat.  There are only three small communal tables and a bench in the front window that could accommodate 2 people (maybe 3 hipsters, or at least their skinny jeans).

The beer menu changes daily.  The limited food menu of small plates, charcuterie and pickled items are meant to complement the beers.  The owners are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in your decision making process.

Most of the complaints I have heard about Beer Table concern some of the prices for the beers.  Yes, $9 for a beer is expensive.  But the beers being served are specialty beers that are not likely to be found in any other bar and they are constantly being switched out.  If you are looking to get hammered on cheap beer, Murray Hill is about 30-45 minutes away by subway.  If you are looking to try some unique and interesting beers that often pair well with food, give Beer Table a try.

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Bar Review: Mission Dolores

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Mission Dolores

  • Address: 249 4th Avenue (between President and Carroll Streets) – Park Slope
  • Website: http://missiondoloresbar.com/blog
  • What to get?  Anything on draft, handmade margaritas.  For food, go across the street and bring back tacos from Oaxaca.

Located in part of the space that housed the now-defunct lesbian bar Cattyshack, Mission Dolores is becoming a popular destination for those seeking outdoor drinking space.

Brought to you by the folks behind Smith Street’s Bar Great Harry, Mission Dolores has a relaxing atmosphere where a wide variety of people — from Brooklyn hipsters to Park Slope moms to suits, artists and everyone in between — meet up for craft beers that change out regularly.  I am a fan of the selections from the brewers at Captain Lawrence (Westchester County) and Sixpoint (Red Hook).

The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones pinball machines naturally inhabit this nerdy part of Brooklyn provide for a nice distraction from the usual outdoor bar scene.

On the occasions I’ve been at Mission Dolores, some people had their dogs along, much to the delight of their pooch-less drinking neighbors. 

Given its convenient location close to the Atlantic/Pacific subway stop and decent outdoor seating, look for Mission Dolores to get busier and busier as the weather gets warmer and warmer.