Must-See Carroll Gardens
by Alexis Swerdloff, 10/26/2011
Brooklyn Social. Photo: Joe Buglewicz
While Carroll Gardens is by no means famous for its booming nightlife scene, it boasts several very beloved neighborhood bars that can get quite hopping come the weekend. Local favorite Brooklyn Social, like Black Gold, is housed in a former Italian social club. Black-and-white photos of its former members adorn the dark-wood-paneled bar, and its specialty cocktails, suspender-clad bartenders, pool table and stellar jukebox appeal to the magazine editors and book publishers who populate the neighborhood. On most weekend nights, you'll stumble on someone celebrating his or her twentysomething-th birthday at Abilene, a long and narrow low-lit bar on a sleepy stretch of Court Street that serves cheap beer and plays good indie rock music. The outdoor Gowanus Yacht Club, a tongue-in-cheek nod to the polluted Gowanus Canal down the way, is open only in the warmer months and features picnic tables, serves beer and hot dogs and attracts a boisterous crowd.