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Taps: 7 / Bottles: 110
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
359 Metropolitan Ave
phone: (718) 963-4140
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by slander:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Cat's out of the bag. This coulda been, shoulda been, our secret bar. Someone talked. No sign or indicative marks outside and we even got it set up here with the wrong address but you managed to find it anyway. And everyone knows you can't keep your big trap shut. Now everyone knows. I hope you're happy...
A welcome surprise to our beloved Brooklyn. Located down Metropolitan Avenue between Havermeyer and Havermeyer, just off the BQE, it makes the Friday night Williamsburg walkabout completely doable on foot and the L train stands conveniently in the middle of all this.
There's roughly upwards of a dozen stools along the "L" shaped bar, and an array of tables and chairs of all sizes and shapes along said bar, with a love seat in one front window and a pair of chairs in the other (elevated so that I may survey all that is mine), a few more tables to the rear and out that back door that doesn't seem to close right, they've got a bunch of tables out there, too. Hey!! There's a cozy little patio seating area back a-there. Alright, back inside, you.
6 great taps on a single tower on the bar, a handpump just off that, and a collection of amazing bottles. Belgians broken out by Flemish, Lambic & Walloon. I haven't seen such a selection of Cantillons since Moan & Dove. They had the Cantillon Fou Foune on tap last week, this week they replaced it with my favorite in the Cantillon line, her name is "Iris" ("You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be and I don't want to go home right now").
They also had the Fantome Pissenlit, musty, interesting, interesting, interesting. Smaller boards list Germans, English, a few US and other worldly goods. Other boards on the end list wine selections. Shelves of appropriate glassware on the bar back, tulips, snifters, pints, mugs, whatever the beer needs. Jars of different teas on the other side above the espresso maker.
Great jukebox. Pink Floyd "More" for christsake. What more do I need to say? He rolls the selection quarterly, always something Pink Floyd. A good selection of cheeses, meats and pates lend some very interesting choices, plus pickles, beets and other jarred things, and hopefully, the dark Belgian chocolate. The decor is all for sale, the healthy tooth poster, old maps of the world, the framed sorority composite from a school in the 50's, the mounted vintage girls Schwinn bicycle, the old books, the wall of ashtrays, and enough 2 and 3 prong pitchforks for us to successfully take the castle after the next beer, or certainly the one after that. They had a scythe over there in the corner but someone bought it right around Halloween, and I'm glad too, because I joking held it over Phil's head and well, you know, so I think we all learned the "The scythe is not a toy" lesson.
Staff treats me well, service jams. There's just nowhere else I'd prefer to spend my time. Okay. so I know, and you know, and all them people you told, but that's it. Don't tell anybody else.
10-14-2003 02:56:53 |
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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
A nice little pub with a welcoming feel and a fantastic beer garden out back. They have an interesting tap list along with a list of pricy rare beers available for a splurge. I was just in for a quick scouting visit but I plan to come back for a longer stay.
09-23-2013 11:32:34 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I finally made it out to Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg - Brooklyn NYC. It's right next door to the Knitting Factory music venue and a short walk from several L-train Subway stations. Unfortunately I got there past 11 and their spacious back yard area was closed for the night. the bar itself is very unassuming, the door leading one to believe that behind it lies a secondhand store or a residence of some kind. The bar itself is long and narrow, with a divy and European charm to it. Reminds me of places like Cafe Belgique in Amsterdam or some of the bars in Antwerp, BE.
The bartenders that served me were very friendly, eager to make suggestions, comment, and make conversation with me. Awesome. I did not have to wait long between beers, either.
The selection is the main draw here. It's is one of the most phenomenal, jaw-dropping menus in all of New York City, perios. Simply check their website for the current lists. One notable example they had was Cantillon Iris in bottle for $45. This would be great to share amongst some friends, and the markup on it is not so bad.
Although I did not eat, they do serve meat and cheese dishes, which is authentically Belgian and is definitely the perfect snack for quality beer tastings. No need to fill your stomach with greasy pub food elsewhere and become all bloated. We're hear to taste beer.
Overall this is well worth it value wise - I will be coming back again and again. I hope this place stays around for years to come.
08-18-2013 05:36:05 |
More by Neorebel
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2 | $$
Went there on June 12th, 2013.
Selection of beers is far from the greatest. They were all served at the same warm temperature, although some styles demand something different. No water is regularly served to clean your palate, which is a must to a decent craft beer place. Bathroom would not lock its door, because of poor maintance. No food faire, just a cold cut, and cheese plate (though I must confess the spicied chorizo thing was fantastic - though I paid the price next day). And to put a cherry on top of it, this was the worst service I got in NY. Slow and very unfriendly and rude even for NY standards (it was not really busy). They should hire beer lovers, not just someone that wanted to bring home the bacon because they had no other choice in life. The girl was ok, but the gent was a piece.
Also, my impression is that most of the beers were past due date or its prime. It is hard to tell once in the US even worldwide breweries that usually have a date stamped, here they don't. And some sellers take advantage to this.
Come on, just because a place looks dirty and dark, does not necessarily is good, you may consider it is "cool", but It is really just a dirty and dark place. That some day had some merit to bring some Belgian Ales, but that is past over.
Take your business to Torst, or Gingerman with a much better selection (in drafts, bottle service and food).
07-03-2013 17:15:06 |
More by FLima
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Went here yesterday as part of a Brooklyn pub crawl with some friends.
A - Has the typical hipster vibe of Brooklyn. There is certainly an appreciation of craft beer among the patrons. The small size of the place makes it tough to be comfortable; we ended up grabbing a table outside.
Q - Taps all appeared maintained. Glassware was appropriate for the beer styles.
Ser - Service was prompt and the bartenders know their stuff. Was kinda busy, so no conversation which was understandable.
Sel - The day we went they had selections from Franconia Germany. Mahrs Bock, Weissenohe, and others on cask. Certianly unique!
F - Meats and cheeses are avilable to have with the beer.
V - Pours were pricey, but not too outrageous.
I liked the place, but I don't think this was much better than a few of the other places we visited.
03-10-2013 17:34:13 |
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