Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Red Hook

by Michael Hsu, 05/07/2014

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  • Red Hook Bait and Tackle
    320 Van Brunt St., 718-451-4665
    Brooklyn Ice House
    318 Van Brunt St., 718-222-1865
    Sunny's Bar
    253 Conover St., 718-625-8211
    During the heyday of the local shipping industry, there were around 40 bars in Red Hook—today, only a handful of drinking spots exist, but they’re well worth a trip. Red Hook Bait and Tackle, as the name suggests, is located in what was once a bait shop frequented by local fishermen. Hang your coat on the deer-foot hooks and enjoy one of the numerous beers on tap. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights runs the rootsy gamut: honky-tonk, blues infused with jazz and heavy metal, old-time bluegrass and the like. Right next door, Brooklyn Ice House boasts a beer list with over 50 domestic and international brews, some from far-flung locales (Skull Splitter from Scotland, Samichlaus Classic Bier from Austria, Hitachino Nest from Japan). Be sure to head to the backyard garden to sample their menu of classic, well-priced bar food, like the cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped Dirty Dog or the signature pulled-pork sandwich, which is served on a fluffy bun with pickles and sweet BBQ sauce. Sunny's Bar, the neighborhood's oldest hostelry, is a true Red Hook institution that has been in the proprietor's family since 1890. Between the homespun interior (the owner, Sunny Balzano, is a painter), bluegrass jams and convivial cast of regulars, it makes for the kind of destination that could hold you until late in the night. 

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