Bar Spotlights Grub/Spirits — 11 November 2011
Uncle Barry’s Bar: A Bar Spotlight

Uncle Barry’s Bar
58 5th Avenue
(Between Bergen Street and St. Marks St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Getting There: Take The B, D, N, R, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic-Pacific

Like many of us city dwellers, the idea of opening a bar is just a dream. We would all love a cool place to call our own, modeled after an image in your mind since your college days. But in this economy it’s imperative to set any new business- especially a bar- apart from the competition. The recently opened Uncle Barry’s Bar in the popular Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope has done just that. Owners Josh Ellis and Jake Treback have created a joint that is laid back, but at the same time great for different groups of people just looking to have a good ‘ol boozy time. 

It may have been Uncle Barry’s Bar’s first night, but I could already tell that it will become a popular Park Slope hang out. Uncle Barry’s layout is minimal yet cool. The bar looks like it has been in the neighborhood for years with its exposed brick, and wooden bar and tables. But only a few short months ago it was a shop that sold travel supplies, sporting a very different interior. The owners and construction team painstakingly demolished and rebuilt with the fantastic results you will see whenever you enter.

There is plenty of seating surrounding the classically designed bar which is filled with reasonably priced beers ranging from craft ales all the way to your Sunday football go-to’s like Miller High Life and Genesee Cream Ale. Fans of liquor will have a great selection to whet one’s whistle with as well. But if you’re looking to try something different may we suggest you go for a Hot Apple Cider with Bourbon on their house cocktails list. This great seasonal beverage is slow cooked in a crock pot behind the bar, perfectly blending the bourbon with the cider. More seating can be found at their collection of tables which can accommodate any sized group.

Since we like to keep you looped into all the goings on, many of you will be happy to hear that Uncle Barry’s will host trivia night on Wednesdays, and have a working arcade version of Mortal Kombat II in the back. So, while guzzling down a pint you can show your buddies all the moves and fatalities you remember from your youth. Owner Josh Ellis originally resides from the great state of Wisconsin, so cheeseheads unite because Uncle Barry’s will be showing all Green Bay Packers games. Looks like we have a new favorite uncle.

- Jay Rubin

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