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Middle-aged couple seeking bar in Brooklyn

Wanna go somewhere where we can sit at a table, drink decent beer or wine, eat if we want (but don't have to) and hear ourselves talk. Does it exist?

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  1. I highly recommend Black Mountain wine house if you are around Carroll Gardens. It is almost like taking a vacation somewhere, you feel you are not in NYC. http://www.blackmountainwinehouse.com/

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    1. re: monicagtz

      Agree with Black Mountain. Chestnut also has a new little bar next to their main restaurant that is quite lovely. Of course, depending on when you go, you might also enjoy bars like Clover Club or Sheep Station (just don't go during peak time)

    2. Flatbush Farm has a pleasant bar right next door. They're owned by the same people who own the restaurant. Most of the crowd is in their 30s but very well behaved.

      The bar at Tempo is pricier but a bit more elegant. The crowd there is a bit older than FF but certainly not geriatric.


      Flatbush Farm
      76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      1. Pete's Waterfront Ale House: Atlantic Ave between Clinton and Henry on the very south side of Brooklyn Heights. Better than average bar food (sometines very good), excellent beer and spirit selections, short and modest -- but well-chosen -- wine list, and definitely not a kids place or a scene.

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        1. re: deepyarn

          Second the Waterfront Ale House for all the reasons mentioned in your post, deepyarn, and also for the great homemade hot sauce you can try right there and you can buy and take home, if you wish. And don't forget the free popcorn.

        2. Char No. 4 on Smith St. - weekdays only - weekend nights are very busy and loud. They mostly serve whiskey/bourbon/scotch and all their incarnations, but you can get beer, wine and other liquors too. Plenty of great food, too, if you like.

          1. What neighborhoods are convenient? There are lots of options all over.

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            1. re: Puppimus

              Clover club in the early afternoon.

              1. re: tabs

                2nd Clover Club, Jake Walk as well.

                1. re: MShapiro

                  Jake Walk = free cheese plate on Sundays, 2 to 4 P.M.

            2. Thomas Beisl (or Beisel?), Austrian (or German?), across from BAM, has both a restaurant and a bar. I was surprised at the top notch espresso when I was there.

              Pit Stop - I would recommend except I have only eaten in the garden area.

              Vox Pop, The Farm on alderly(?), Picket fence, Cortelyou near CIA

              If I suggested Denny's on Chuch and McDonald would I get flamed?

              "sit at a table, drink decent beer or wine, eat if we want (but don't have to)" - Booze is usually a big money maker, I don't think any place will object to drinkers. But whereever you go you will have to pay the piper.

              1. My wife and I (on the, um, shady side of middle-aged, thank you) dropped into Union Hall on Saturday for the first time, around 3:00 in the afternoon. We had no idea what to expect, just wanted to check the place out.

                It was a chilly day and seeing the large fire roaring away in the fireplace as we walked in was very welcoming. The bar had plenty of seats available even though there seemed to be a bocci ball tournament going on just a few steps away, and there were available seats in the overstuffed furniture area near the fireplace and the bookshelves. It's a large space overall.

                So we planted ourselves on one of the sofas, and I went to the bar and ordered a couple of beers from their large and varied beer menu. There were bar food menus on the bar and I took one, and Maureen and I perused it as we sipped our beers. We were able to sit and talk quietly for as long as we wanted, as there were no waiters or waitresses. It was up to us to go to the bar and get another beer if we wanted. No rush, no pressure.

                All in all, a very enjoyable experience, somewhat unexpected but very welcome. Of course, I have no idea what the ambiance might be at, say, 10 PM on a Saturday night, but at mid-afternoon on a chilly Saturday, it was a great stop for us.