LocalBozo.com correspondent Link Cromwell vowed to have a drink at every bar in Hoboken before running the 2011 New York City Marathon. With every bar visit in the “Sixth Borough” now completed along with a successful race now finished, it’s time to reel our reporting back toward the City. And as such, every single Friday we’ll be taking over where Link left off, showing you distinctive bars in each borough perhaps for the very first time, perhaps to refresh your memory of a fun place you’ve ducked into, or perhaps to suggest a new spot for you to check out. You can follow our travels as we approach each weekend on Friday mornings with LocalBozo.com’s “Drink Here Now.”
444 7th Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn
Getting There: F, G to 7th Avenue
The corner neighborhood bar is a mainstay of Americana. It’s that trusted stop where you go to get your favorite cold brew or a heavy handed pour of whiskey. Basically, it just feels right. Located in the South Slope section of Park Slope you’ll find a watering hole that fits this ideology like a glove. It’s Bar 4, a no nonsense, laid back spot from the owners of such popular spots as Matchless and Greenwood Park. “4′s” charm extends beyond it’s cute corner locale once you enter through the large black door. I discovered this joint roughly six years ago when I first started frequenting the area and since then things have only gotten better.
Step inside any night of the week and you will find out why Bar 4 is unlike any drinking spot you will find in any NYC borough. Your first glance will offer up a cozy, dimly lit space featuring an amply sized bar space, perfect to seat a small crowd. The boozing selection fits every imbibing personality. With innovative cocktails like their ”Fresh Basil Gimlet,” local beers (Six Point, Brooklyn Brewery, Kelso) and tasty wines, everyone has something to sip on. Grab your drink and spin on your seat to view the other more relaxed side of the room. While you may think you’re inside of a Bushwick art gallery or even someone’s cool apartment, you find youself in a pub that just happens to featuring an infinitely comfortable setting.
Order a cocktail at the bar and join your friends on the Davenport for hours of funny or insightful chit chat (I believe either is acceptable). Tired of small talk? No problem! Bar 4 is the home to daily live performances on their very own stage. Seven nights a week patrons can watch the likes of local bands, DJs, and comedians strut their stuff in a very welcoming and friendly space with some of the best acoustics around. Sundays at 9:30pm, comedian Yannis Pappas takes over for “Ditch Comedy Night,” a free comedy show hosted by the extremely funny and raw Pappas doing sets of his own, while sharing the stage with his fellow up and coming comedy brethren. For a few hours you can enjoy what’s left of your weekend with a cold drink in a cool space while you laugh your ass off. If you are into the arts on any level, this is the bar for you. It’s always fun to arrive not knowing what type of entertainment will be presented that evening, giving yourself a fun little surprise. Just be sure to not let the booze get the better of you especially when someone is on stage. So grab a brew and a comfy seat, and let the bar and it’s talent do their job. We swear you’ll leave happy and tipsy.
Bar Type – Highly laid back bar featuring an always revolving line up of comedy, live music and DJs on a daily basis.
When to Visit – Bar 4 is perfect for literally any night of the week to kick back in its warm candle light space. But if you really want to make the most out of your visit, head over on Sunday for “Ditch Comedy Night hosted by Yannis Pappas.” Pappas is a seriously funny comic who is going to blow up any day now.
Value – Besides the bar’s reasonable prices to begin with, patrons can enjoy daily Happy Hour specials as well as beer and shot combos.
The Lowdown – We truly feel there is a bar for any personality. Sometimes you like to rage all night, and sometimes you like it mellow and cool. The latter is exactly what you will find during any visit to Bar 4. The low key atmosphere, paired with a fine selection of beers, cocktail, and entertainment makes the corner watering hole a true Brooklyn star.
- Alex Corrine