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Downtown Bar & Grill
Taps: 21 / Bottles: 850
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
160 Court St
phone: (718) 625-2835
(Place added by: bklynbeerbaron on 07-11-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Meetings in Brooklyn afforded me a 2 day pass from Yonkers strike detail, which was nice because I hadnt seen my desk in months. Not a pretty sight. There were food things stuck to my desk blotter and cigarette butts in my garbage pail, my docking station was trashed, they stole my goddamn printer, and Eddies stank boots and work gear were parked under my desk. Not the homecoming I was hoping for. Still, a day of meetings in Brooklyn smokes the dust of the Yonkers yard, and I got to do a bit of fact finding, a start at cleaning up the beerfly queue some
After a painful visit to a place that aint gonna made the cut, I slalomed across Park Slope towards the Heights to see what Downtowns about. Strangely familiar, Ive been here before, years ago, when it used to be some other place, all about the Stella. Now, changed hands, over to the former owners of Happy Deli, pushed out of Manhattan after 22 years of outstanding community service.
Corner store location on Court Street. L shaped bar seating 15 or so. Candles in small glass holders live in a handful of punched holes in the brick bar back wall. Wood arch units with shelves of glassware to both sides of center, where lie a pair of flatscreens. Various 750s, mostly imports on a shelf running the length of the bar, with another shelf holding booze running below and a whole lot of bottled beer in fridges below barback, The far wall done up with a large jazz mural and a flatscreen above. Large windows to the front and side over Court Street and the corner, with small potted cacti and palm trees in the windows and basketed plants on the bar. 4 candle lit raised bar tables in the front windows and a seating corral forward the bar holding a dozen tables. Neat tile floors, matching bar stools & chairs throughout, red cone drop lighting over the bar and track spots over the seating areas, ceiling fans, neat wood trim, nice place.
A dozen taps on a single tower on the bar. Local (Sixpoint Righteous, Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, Blue Point Blueberry), regional (Magic Hat Circus Boy & #9, DogFishHead Aprihop), beyond (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), imports (Guinness, Pilsner Urquell, Carlsburg, Sapparo), and Bud. They advertise as having over 200 bottles, although the bottle list lists well over 350. Over 5 dozen Belgians (Cantillion, Fantome, Orval, Rochefort, De Dolle, Achel, Caracole, Boon, Westmalle, Saison DuPont, Chimay, Kasteel, Maredsous, Chouffe, Kwak, Liefmans), a dozen dozen US micros, 3 dozen Germans, 3 dozen English, and another 7 dozen beers of the world. A whole lot of inventory from the store in Manhattan.
Good tunes, beers were fresh (went with 2 of the 3 locals, guess which ones?), and we sat with the owner for a while shooting the breeze. Good addition to the neighborhood.
08-14-2006 01:53:26 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This a nice addition to an already very BA worthy neighborhood, it basically is located near the middle of a triangle made up of American beer, Brazen head and the Waterfront Ale hse and the nice chip shop over there. Corner location, big windows looking out onto the Coble Hill nabe, exposed brick, nice wooden bar, 12 quality taps and a bottle list that goes on for about 10 pages. PLENTY of high quality brew, 120 Min, Old Rasputin, Chimay, Prima Pils etc etc on tap when we visited. Friendly service, food looked tasty, but we had just filled up on Belly bomb burritos down the block....well worth a stop for beer and food or as part of a downtown BKLYN crawl...
11-05-2006 19:15:48 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located on Court Street in Brooklyn at a nice corner location. Walking distance from The Brazen Head.
Nice open aired bar and cafe with comfortable lounge seeting as you walk in on the right. The cafe seating is on the left and the bar is along the right wall. The bar was rather long with plenty of seating. The draft list featured about a half dozen selections, highlighted by Brooklyn Summer Ale and Sierra Nevada IPA. The bottle list featured some 300 or so selections from around the world. All bottles were overpriced in my opinion. I paid $7.00 for a Wolaver's IPA bottle that was three years old!
The menu seemed decent. I had the Cuban sandwich which was good.
A nice overall place, however the beer list gets a bit too much play in my opinion. The beers we saw were overpriced and mostly out of date. I'll go elsewhere.
06-18-2007 15:30:28 |
More by plaid75
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Downtown bar and grill is about a 5-10 minute walk from American Beer Distributors in Cobble Hilln Brooklyn.
Atmosphere here is rather good. There is an outside seating area and the inside walls are covered in craft beer labels. Pretty trendy. Area is also quite large and provides a great place for people watching.
Not impressed with the quality. My buddy ordered a beer here and they brought him a dirty glass. He went to exchange it, only to get another dirty one... don't know what that was all about.
Service is pretty good. The waitresses are relatively quick with the orders and they come by periodically to see if there's anything you need.
Selection is really what sets DBG apart from other places. They have an ok tap selection but a bottle selection that'll really blow anyone away. Bell's Kalamazoo in NY? Also they had crazy stuff like westy 6,8, and 12 along with Sam Adams Utopia and Millenium.
Food was pretty good. The muscles are pretty tasty along with the chicken tacquitos and fried calamari.
I guess you get what you pay for. DBG is definitely one of the more expensive places I've been to and even compared to nice bars in the city like GingerMan and RattlenHum, their bottle prices are $1 or $2 more.
11-01-2009 02:14:31 |
More by SpeedwayJim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Although I cannot comment on the Happy Deli, for it was before my time and not in my neighborhood, I definitely can see why people are excited about this reincarnation. From the outside, you would not guess this to be such a haven for good local brews. Once you are inside, you find out...
Blue Point, Captain Lawrence, Sixpoint...few bars can claim they carry these three beers. Their bottle selection is endless... top Belgian imports and plenty of domestic specialties. One long bar running the length of the establishment, and tables and booths along the left-hand side. Food is served, but I did not try, I just stopped by for a few pints after work.
The owner is friendly and has a great sense of humour. He teased me about being a Brewmaster. He said, "how do you earn that title." I said, "Exactly. How do you EARN it???" He said, "I think you sent in a check and they mailed you a certificate!" Yeah, something like that...
Definitely check this place out, you will be pleasantly surprised...
10-09-2006 02:49:08 |
More by Sixpoint
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
OKtoberfests from Paulaner, Wurburger, Harpoom, Ayinger,
Pumpkin from Dogfish & Four Plus IPA- Goose Island & Smuttynose Belgian- Kwak Red, others of note, Sixpoint Esmaculator, Brooklyn Flemish Gold, and a few other pilsners and wheats...no BMC except for Guiness, but they did have Saranac Imperial Stout. Some prices were reasonable, some werent (sixpoint dopplebock $9 for 8oz, $11 for Kwak for 12oz, mostly everything else was in the $7 range.
Was freakin ridiculous...500-600 bottles id say at least, pretty much every bottle that you can get in NY with a few exceptions, they even had bottles of vintage Utopia.
Food- came in for lunch had a turkey burger ($12) was pretty good...mostly Sandwiches ($11-$18) and Appetizers ($10) and a few entrees ($17-$34)....thought the appetizers were a little overpriced ($10 for hummus, wings or mozz sticks??)
Overall an awesome beer bar, tap list is pretty diverse, something for everyone, bottle list goes without saying. would like to come back on the weekend to see what knida crowd is here and how crowed it gets
10-09-2008 02:21:06 |
More by bonbini26
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Heard so much about this place, I ended up there with ~10 ppl for my birthday.
Got there on a Saturday late evening, around 730. Pretty chill place, mostly people eating dinner and watching sports games. Only a few tables seemed to really be enjoying the incredible cellar this place has to offer.
It was georgous to see the bottles sitting there for consumption!
The service defininitely left something to be desired so be prepared. Its not that they're rude, its just that there are two servers for the entire place so just make sure you let them know if you want something or else they'll forget about you.
They had very nice stuff on tap that you wont see everyday, 2009 Old Stock Ale,2010 Odyssey. But I'd say ~3/25 taps are worth getting when I visited even though I've seen the list be a bit better especially the stuff that lingers around after tap takeovers.
The bottle list is nice, a bit pricey, but be selective. Some stuff you would never pay for but 20$ for 2006 22oz Insanity seemed like a decent deal.
To their credit, they have deals, or at least had a deal on the day that I visited '08 750mL Schlafly Barleywine, '08 750mL Schlafly Imperial Stout both for 14$. Whether you feel like these beers are amazing or not, I thought the pricing was very reasonable considering all of the other overpriced bottles.
The food was less than stellar but the beer was awsome.
I dropped some coin, but overall it was worth it, I'll definitely be back.
06-21-2012 17:07:29 |
More by beenitty
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
The wife and I stopped by this bar for a beer during football yesterday. I was very much impressed with the draft Six Point Express. Mighty tasty beer. As for the establishment, it was very clean and spacious, with a beautiful wood bar and new fixtures. They had 6 flat screen TVs playing the various football games via Sunday Ticket. We did not try the food.
The draft beer list was pretty good with several locals being served. The highlight of the place is definitely the bottled beer list. Hundreds of bottles available, some with a few vintages. As impressed as I was with the list, I was equally appalled at the prices. They were easily the highest prices for bottled beer I've ever seen, let alone in Brooklyn. Had they been a few dollars cheaper, we would've stayed much longer. I'm not cheap when it comes to beer, but I felt insulted by the prices that they expect to get at this place.
10-02-2006 17:29:55 |
More by blgianbeer
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
I've been to this place a couple of times over the past few years - If I reviewed this place based on the my last 2 night's visits it would get 5's across the board - I stopped in on a Wednesday afternoon to check out their draft list when I noticed a little poster showing that they were changing the taps over @5pm for some 'event' - I came back around 7pm and the place was pretty crowded, but I squeezed into a seat at the bar in front of the taps - well, the change-over of draft beer was phenomenal - Allagash Curieux '07, Peche Mortel, DFH 120 '09, KBS, BCBCS, Evil Twin Naked Lunch, Founders Breakfast Stout and 12oz bottles of FFF Zombie Dust !! ($7) - I went back the following night to see if they kept the same brews tapped and yes! they did !(except no more Zombie Dust) - 8pm and the place wasn't crowded at all, and they had live music ! not too loud and sounding good - I got a few work buddies to join me and we had a great time -
8oz pours for $8.50 is a bit pricey but we got buy-backs on our third round - cool !
Incredible bottle selection in the back in coolers and on shelves - the food I saw coming out looked pretty good but I didn't try - an outdoor seating area wraps the corner - there's a small 'lounge area' in front by the bar - bartenders were on the ball and attentive - there's a single one-holer restroom - this 'corner bar' feels open and airy, while maintaining a good ol' beer pub atmosphere.
05-24-2013 12:28:14 |
More by JoeBloe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
So this is where the famous Happy Deli has landed - in the neighborhood of my youth, where it's replaced the old Cousins II Bar & Grill. Saw a blackboard advertising their tap selection outside while visiting my parents one night and decided to check it out.
Looks like an nice, upscale bar and grill - with a large, handsome, wooden bar and tiled floors. One problem, where was the air conditioning? Another problem, where was everyone? It was basically empty on a Saturday night.
The bar boasted just one set of about 10 taps, but there wasn't a macro in sight. Local micros (Sixpoint, Brooklyn, Captain Lawrence out of Westchester) and beers that reflected the summer weather. I settled on a DFH Aprihop ($5).
But it's the bottle selection that is truly astounding; literally hundreds of brews to choose from, from all corners of the world. Unfortunately, the one I wanted to try (Fuller's 1845) wasn't available. But one of the owners came over to my table and suggested a 2004 Fuller's Vintage Ale as an alternative - he even poured the first glass for me. The $10 price tag gave me pause, but I certainly can't fault his recommendation - that was one superb beer.
Didn't try the food, looks like it's of the upscale pub variety (and priced accordingly). Overall, it's on the pricey side for Brooklyn. But the staggering selection and quality make it a must stop if you're in the area. A stop among many - Waterfront Ale House, Thrifty American and Cobble Hill Distributors are mere blocks away.
Hmm...wonder if my parents would mind if I moved back home...
07-12-2006 05:03:02 |
More by bklynbeerbaron
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