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The Best Bars In Park Slope

We imagine that a large portion of drinking in Park Slope happens in brownstone living rooms after parents have sent their kids to bed, while they play Ziggy Stardust on a turntable that costs more than the Volvo they have parked out front. But this huge neighborhood also has some great bars. Whether you’re looking for high-end cocktails, someplace where you can bring kids, a date spot, or a dive bar, you’ll find it in Park Slope. Here’s our guide to all of the Park Slope bars worth knowing about.

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This is the best place to drink cocktails in Park Slope. It’s unpretentious enough that you could walk in on any weeknight for a casual drink and light bite (get the big charcuterie plate), but cool enough to continue a date night after hitting Al Di La. This is the kind of place where you can tell the bartender what you’d like your drink to taste like, and they’d know how to make exactly what you have in mind. Take that negroni out onto the back patio for maximum enjoyment.

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Wolf & Deer is a wine and cocktail bar that should be your first choice for a drink before or after a show at the Barclays Center. All the action takes place around a big u-shaped bar, which gives the place a social feel. Oysters and cheese plates are on hand should you also need sustenance.

Because it falls just slightly to the west of 4th Avenue, Threes is technically not within the bounds of Park Slope. But we’ve always been rule breakers, especially when spreading important information to the people. And that important information is this: Threes is the best group hang/day drinking option in Park Slope, and even better if you come hungry - they serve sandwiches from the Meat Hook (a butcher in Williamsburg).

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200 Fifth is one of the best pure sports bars in the city. They don’t do trivia nights and there’s no vodka-soda day drinking scene. They just have a ton of TVs (multiple ones at each table), and they’ll play any event that you can think of. This place is at its busiest during NFL games, but the viewing experience is always good, and if you want to watch a game on the early side, they do half-off Happy Hour till 7pm.

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For a low-key drink in Park Slope, you have many choices. For a high-key drink? Not so much. But the next time you find yourself post-dinner or Prospect Park day drinking excursion (not that we’ve done that) and want to keep the party rolling, head to Union Hall. It’s a big space, with cheap drinks, bocce ball courts, an outdoor courtyard, a downstairs venue that hosts dance parties (or comedy shows on weeknights), and a cozy, leather-chair covered section for hanging out by the fire. This place has you covered no matter what kind of drinking experience you’re looking for.

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Brookvin is a casual wine bar in South Slope that’s a pretty ideal early-in-the-game date spot. You can share small plates and charcuterie at a table or the bar in the the narrow, dimly-lit space, or in the back garden under hanging lights and some greenery. They have a lot of wines by the glass and the half bottle, and if your conversation is becoming a series of awkward silences and glances around the room, ask the knowledgeable bartenders for some tastes of wines they recommend.

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If your first question when you walk up to a bar is, “What kind of IPAs do you have on tap?,” then Pacific Standard should be in your rotation. This Park Slope beer bar has 16 beers on tap, mostly from California. They do trivia night and book readings in the back room, and have Happy Hour till 8pm.

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You know you’re in Park Slope when you’re drinking flights of beer at a brewery, and the table next to you has a Two Boots pizza, a tricycle, and a little dog on a leash. Strong Rope isn’t as well-known as Threes Brewing a couple blocks away, but this microbrewery is a good spot for low-key drinks in the neighborhood, and you can also bring in outside food. Ask the bartenders to help you customize a tasting flight of the rotating house beers.

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Come for the open-air space, stay for the beer selection, pinball machines, and dogs. Mission Dolores allows them, so you can expect to see equal amounts of four-legged and two-legged creatures here.

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The name pretty much says it all - if there is such thing as a high-end dive bar, this is it. High Dive’s main assets are free popcorn, a solid rotating beer selection, and a solid back patio.

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Park Slope
477 5th Ave
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Park Slope, land of straightforward, friendly neighborhood bars. This is one of South Slope’s best, with a homey feel (as in, you might be in your grandma’s living room), reasonably- priced drinks, and outdoor patio situation.

A daydrinking dream, Greenwood Park is 13,000 square feet (we don’t really know what that means but it’s a lot) of indoor/outdoor beer garden glory. Whether you’re looking for a daytime birthday party venue or need for a place to convince your lazy friends to leave their apartments on a Sunday afternoon, Greenwood Park will do the trick.

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