Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Red Hook

by Michael Hsu, 07/16/2013

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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 remain, 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 gamut from blues infused with jazz and heavy metal to old-time tunes played by a fiddle, banjo and guitar trio. Right next door, Brooklyn Ice House boasts a beer list with over 60 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 their signature pulled-pork sandwich, which is served on a fluffy bun with pickles and sweet BBQ sauce. Another Red Hook institution, Sunny's Bar, the neighborhood’s oldest continually operating bar, suffered severe damage after Superstorm Sandy, but locals have been volunteering to help get this Brooklyn treasure back up and running, and fundraising efforts have contributed to help the bar complete much-needed repairs. Keep an ear out for its reopening, possibly later this summer; its comeback will be worth a special trip. 

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