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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
212 Berry Street
phone: (718) 218-8787
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
I’ve walked by this place so many times and have never stopped. With all the great beer bars in Williamsburg, why would I? But this last time, I thought, “heck, let’s check it out”. And there I went, along with the wife.
This is a certified hipster hangout. Like, dude! Word. I’ve never seen more hipsters by square foot in my entire life. Roomy place, with two areas and two bars, booths, pool table… a total dive. It almost needs smoke. Tables lined with PBR signs, tattered sofas and by-the-book skinny hipsters drinking Bud, Corona and PBR (I hope, even though I didn’t see it).
Five taps only (why is this joint even on BA?): Sixpoint Sweet Action, Founders Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, Guinness, Harpoon UFO and Yuengling. A chalkboard menu shows some bottled goodies, like Blithering Idiot, Duchesse, Fin de Monde, Abita… plus a lot of good bourbons and whiskeys at great prices (Evan Williams for $5-$6??). My Blithering bottle was five dollars, I don’t think it gets any better… and the drafts are $4 and $5.
Didn’t see a food menu, but they do have some greasy bar grub like ruffles-and-dip, cheese balls, popcorn and shit. Fancy!
Considering d.b.a. is four blocks away, I’m not sure I would come back here, but hey, it ain’t bad…
02-10-2012 06:46:54 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Well The Levee certainly is an ineresting place. We've got a good juke box and several board games on top of it to pass your time with. In the back we've got Buck Hunter if you want to hone your hunting skills in a more humane way. This is a neighborhood, hole in the wall, dive kind of place. Not only can you partake of some fairly nice beer, you can also have your PBR in a can cooler if you so desire. And for food, why not have some cheese balls or Ruffles with onion dip? I mean who needs "food, food" when you've got this "food". Right? It was a bit later at night and there was only one bartender, so there wasn't much to speak of as far as service. But I didn't have to wait very long at all for drinks.
Selection is interesting. There were 8 taps if my brain is serving me right. Brooklyn Pennant Ale, Yuengling, and Guinness were a few available. The better stuff was on bottles though as there was a much greater variety. Though I have to wonder how thought out it all was actually. Seems kind of thrown together.
Overall this is a neighborhood bar by far and probably not a place a beer geek should make a trip to. With so many places in the area, this is more a place to get blitzed than go hang out to enjoy some quality brews.
05-26-2008 16:32:30 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Located amongst the glory that is Williamsburg, this corner pub is a great little bar.
Upon entering, the long bar is to the right, with a few window seats to the left. Follow the bar to the end and hang a right and you will find yourself at the other side of the place that features a poll table and a few pinball/arcade games.
The draft list included Brooklyn Penant, Sixpoint Diesel, Stone Pale Ale, Yuengling, Guinness, UFO, etc. The bottle list was lengthy and impressive, and featured several inexpensive Belgian selections.
During the daily Happy Hour, all drinks are a dollar off. That means that a pint of Brooklyn Penant is 3 bucks from 5-8 everyday - Yuengling 2 bucks, the rest - 4 bucks. Hell, if you are so inclined, you can get a can of Carling Black Label for a buck. Pitchers available as well. I love a place that offers pitchers - it just seems so unpretentious.
The food was a hodgepodge of cheese balls, chili, hot dogs and bologna sandwiches.
Friendly hipster crowd.
02-19-2008 19:01:03 |
More by plaid75
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was in NYC for the weekend of 09/21/07 and we decided to check out The Levee in Brooklyn. We went on a Friday night and it was packed. Difficult to move around crowded. There is a good jukebox and the atmosphere is solid overall. Dim lighting with a chalkboard displaying the beer selection which had some good options, but nothing overly exciting. I had a couple of Brooklyn Lagers before we moved on. This place kinda reminded me of d.b.a minus the bad customer service.
I was hoping for more and the scene was just too much on the night we visited - I would like to come back at a different day/time.
10-05-2007 22:30:06 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Have I never reviewed the Levee? How can it be? I guess I tend to concentrate more on beers and not on places. Oh well. As far as Brookyln goes there's not too many choices, so The Levee deserves a shot. It's just my kind of place. It's more of a local spot than a beer destination, but they've got a solid line-up and good service. And you can bring your dog :) It's great for hanging out on a weekend afternoon, or early weeknight. The main bar area is right off the street - it's on a corner; and there's a second room in the back. The bathrooms are kept well, which gives you a good idea of how it's run overall. Service is good too. I've found it to be frequented by a younger crowd, 20-somethings, but they were cool and hip and not all crazy-in-your-face or just out to get liquored up and laid. More of a hip, semi-art school crowd. You can always find someone to talk to. And there's a lot of interesting stuff going on as well. Worth a trip!
12-21-2006 23:24:11 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This little two room joint is about 2 minutes from Barcade and maybe 3 minutes from Spikehill/Muggs. Greenpoint has so many options and this place seems to attract a young, fun crowd. Lively, crowded place. Short bar on the right upon entering and then a short walk to the rear small room. Beer selection extensive, but nothing amazing. Servers seemed overwhelmed and not real friendly, annoyed actually. Plenty of worthy selections, and cheese balls are a fun/funky addition. Worth a visit afternoon or eve or as part of a neighborhood crawl
11-23-2006 01:34:16 |
More by Billolick
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Okay, first of all: Connect Four? Hell yes. This place is awesome, and an especially good place to take folks who might not be as interested in the beer as you, as there is plenty to keep them entertained. Board games, pool, a pet cat, cheese puffs, Twizzlers, and a really friendly and energetic barkeep make for a great night out.
As for the beer, the selection is very good but not enormous; I'd guess they had around 40 beers, most of them in bottles except for 5 or 6 on tap. I was very happy to find the Duchesse on their menu (and to have it served in the proper glassware), but if that's not your thing, they have plenty of other options with at least one representative from many different styles. And the prices are great; they could practically compete with liquor stores. Highly recommended.
07-16-2006 22:58:05 |
More by soulgrowl
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I can't tell you how many times I've heard that at The Levee. This is one of the most socialfun bars in Williamsburg. The atmosphere is old-school bar all the way, with lots of board games, a pool table, a rotating pinball machine, some solid taps that rotate regularly and a good bottle selection (they have the Duchess, for goodness sake.) The bar is an old punch-through where it's on both sides of a brick wall that divides the main bar from the gamelounge area. There's sort of a SouthernTrailer theme going on, with some trademark Southern cocktails - like the Gatorita (Gatorade Margarita [shudder]) and of course Southern brews (Abitas, Blackened Voodoo, etc.) Service here is always good, the owners are cool, and the crowd, though sometimes tragically hip (it's WIlliamsburg after all) is usually quite friendly, especially when people start grouping up to play games in the table area. When was the last time you had a Connect Four tournament while drinking your Sixpoint IPA? Hoo-ha.
They serve a microwave Frito pie, hotdogs and stuff too, but so far I've just stuck to the free cheesy poofs and an occasional PB&J...
04-21-2006 21:33:41 |
More by PopeJonPaul
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Alex "Imbiber" Hall brought me here following a chance meeting last weekend (Sa, 03 Dec 05) at Mugs and I was glad that he did.
The first thing that jumped out was the Lone Star neon in the window and the second was Lucinda, a pretty B&W cat that keeps the place mostly vermin-free except for when the odd Beer Pest wanders in.
I was really impressed by the bottle beer blackboard, which detailed ~ 30+ beers. They also have blackboards for "Grub", "On Tap", "House Drinks", "Specials", and "Buy a Friend a Drink". The latter is further deliniated by "Who", "From", and "What" and can be done for even those in absentia. Feel free to put "Woody" up there under "Who" - I'll be back eventually.
It is a rather unique bar in that it is slightly open and bisected by a brick wall. Still, it is a standard rectangular shape. I was impressed, as an EngLit major, by the literary quotations that abound. Further, a pressed-tin ceiling and an abundance of exposed brick always turns me on.
The back half of the space is more of a combination of bar plus lounge plus restaurant tables and billiard tables. Against all of my preconceived prejudices, it works. Take my word for it, or don't. It also houses two video games, a pinball machine, numerous borad games, and a blown-out gold upholstered couch that was probably rescued from a local fraternity. I am now a true believer.
I should also mention the unisex lavatories with the plumbing digrams on the doors with chandeliers in the overhead once you go inside. Yow.
Howard Hunt and Susan Surdacki are the owners and they originally hail from Texas, hence the Lone Star neon. It was a good thing that I had my denim patch jacket with me to show off my excellent taste in beer. Ha!
12-07-2005 02:19:41 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A great bar that has a traditional waterfront pub atmosphere. This corner brick and wood decor establishment has a friendly environment to enjoy a pleasant pint, or delve into their diverse bottle selection. Transplanted Texans Sue and Howard are knowledgeable beer folks. Drafts by Sixpoint, Brooklyn, and Heavyweight, as well as bottles such as Heavyweight Old Salty, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, and Achel Brune can be savored here. The Levee is an unpretentious place, where both beer geeks and local Williamsburg hipsters can drink side by side. They offer various hotdogs and chilli, as well as some bar snacks, such as cheesy poofs. If you are in Williamsburg, the Levee should not be missed. A definite a stop on a well thought out Williamsburg/Greenpoint pub crawl.
11-27-2005 22:55:55 |
More by wbthink
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