By this point, you probably already know that Greenpoint is a great place to eat. (And if not, you need to get to Paulie Gee's immediately.)
But what you might not know is that it's an even better place to drink. This neighborhood is filled with excellent bars to suit any mood or occasion.
No plans tonight? Allow us to suggest a drinking adventure in Greenpoint. Use this as your guide for guaranteed success.
Greenpoint’s very own bar on a boat - kind of like Grand Banks, only less fancy, and kind of like Frying Pan, only less horrible - Brooklyn Barge Bar is the absolute best spot in the neighborhood when it’s hot. Between the skyline views of Manhattan and the ability to pretend you’re on your own personal yacht, it’s easy to spend an entire day here - and you should.
Don't like piña coladas? Then you've never tried one at Broken Land. If that isn’t enough reason for you to give this place a try, you should know they also play great music and have an excellent back patio. And if you're nice, they'll let you bring in pizza from the slice place next door.
Five Leaves’ sister bar has a lot more alcohol, and a lot fewer humans lining up to eat ricotta pancakes. It’s a laid-back spot to grab drinks with a friend where you can hear each other talk, but you still feel like you’re somewhere happening. The bar snacks will do you right, too.
As fancy as cocktail bars in Greenpoint get, Ramona is a stunning space serving a long menu of excellent drinks. The two-storied room is giant, with super-high ceilings, so even when it’s busy it’s still comfortable even for a big crew. If you’re really trying to impress someone, the ultimate one-two punch is dinner at Paulie Gee’s followed by cocktails at Ramona.
Tørst is what you wish that cabin you'll never rent on AirBnB looked like. Whether or not you’re super into craft beer, you’ll appreciate the rotating cast of excellent drafts and the Scandinavian-ish space that makes you feel like you’re sitting in an extremely well-appointed sauna (minus the sweaty people). This is also a very under-utilized day drinking option.
No Name Bar feels a bit like the inside of an abandoned ship, and thanks to the Pirates of the Caribbean vibes it’s a festive setting for any kind of drinking. That said, there are lots of nooks and cozy spots for two.
Wrangling a big group that might involve dogs, children, or just people who act like children? Spritzenhaus is an excellent meetup spot. With garage-style doors that open up in the warmer months, this giant indoor/outdoor space is perfect for all kinds of crews and has enough beer and sausage to satisfy for hours. Plus, you’re a few steps away from McCarren park if you feel the need to run around in the grass.
Keg & Lantern has won our title for Best Greenpoint Sports Bar for a few reasons. They brew their own beer (and it’s good), the bar menu is surprisingly big, there are plenty of TVs, and - most importantly - you can watch sports outside on their back patio. People who get excited about wings get excited about their half-off-at-happy-hour deal.
Entering Capri Social Club is the closest thing you’ll get to a time-space warp. But despite feeling like you might be in Kansas City in 1978, the crowd here is full of young people. There is no better place in the neighborhood to buy a beer and a shot.
Alameda is a great date spot. It’s a cocktail bar that serves the kind of food that you could either share/pick at as you get to know one another, or actually sit down to eat for a full meal. The cocktails are interesting enough to give the two of you something to talk about should your conversation take a turn for the worst. And as for the atmosphere: there’s a big, beautiful u-shaped bar, good lighting, and plenty of tables for two.
Looking for something a little less cute, a little more cool? Achilles Heel is your spot. It’s a cozy corner tavern that’s best for a drinks and oysters kind of night, or a low-key day drinking hang.
The Diamond is a craft beer and wine bar that would make for a great spot for a coworker hang. It’s not that this place is boring – it just has an extremely friendly, borderline wholesome vibe. Maybe it’s the lack of hard liquor or the shuffleboard. That said, they do have an old gondola sitting on the back patio that’s the perfect size for two. Do with that information what you will.
If you love craft beer, you’ve probably been to Torst. But you probably haven't been to Brouwerij Lane, a tiny little craft beer shop and a small but mighty back patio.
This place gets busy on weekends, but that’s why you left the comfort of your bed anyway, right? Come to Manhattan Inn, be with the people, and hang out either in the cozy front room or make your way towards the larger back room where you might be treated to a performance on the big white piano.
A couple doors up from Manhattan Inn is Lake Street, another great neighborhood bar that has the added benefits of a back patio, sports on TV, and frozen negronis.
Hanging solo in Greenpoint? You can’t do yourself better than to grab a seat at The Brew Inn and order yourself a burger. Need to watch sports? You can do that here too.
There are never not people at this bar. Which isn’t to say that it’s a rager - it’s far from it. But it is a place that the people of Greenpoint use for any and all of their needs: having a glass of wine with a book, meeting friends for happy hour, taking shots before going out, drinking a beer outside. You don’t need us to keep listing reasons why people drink, but know that Pencil Factory is here for you when you need it.
If you’re the kind person who can easily rattle off twenty different types of whiskey, you should get yourself to Moonlight Mile. It’s a spot dedicated to brown liquor, and there’s enough material here for you to geek out on it for days. We like it best in the summer, when they open up the garage-style doors and the place becomes an indoor/outdoor drinking oasis.
Black Rabbit might not be the coolest bar in Greenpoint, but it may be its most versatile: there’s a fireplace for peak winter coziness, there’s a big back garden for summer hangs, there are authentic-feeling pub vibes inside, and there’s a consistently packed weekly trivia night. This is one of those bars that feels like it’ll be around forever.
Greenpoint’s best rooftop, Northern Territory is an excellent choice for any summer drinking situation. There’s enough space to accommodate your crew of 10, and there’s enough vibe for a proper date night. But while there is food should you need to soak up your alcohol intake - there are better places very nearby we’d tell you to go first.