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20+ Best Bars in Park Slope

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Looking for a good watering hole in one of New York’s most desirable neighborhoods? Check out our guide to the best bars in Park Slope, some of which have great happy hours too!

Whether you’re looking for your next spot for a pre or post-dinner drink with a hot date, a place to socialize and play board games with friends, or a lively sports bar, we’ve got you covered in our Park Slope bars guide. And if you’re looking for a place to eat before/after bar hopping, don’t miss our guide to the best restaurants in Park Slope.

Also, there are tons of great Park Slope happy hour options, save money on your next drink and appetizers! Cheers!

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Amazing Park Slope Bars to Check Out

Ginger’s Bar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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363 5th Avenue

Located in the heart of 5th Avenue, Ginger’s Bar is not only one of the best bars in Park Slope but it is also one of the last remaining lesbian bars in the United States. In the 1990s, Park Slope was known for being a great place for the LGBTQ+ community and Ginger’s Bar continues to be a wonderful example of that.

Decked with random decor like an old dentist chair, an ATM looking machine that’s actually a jukebox and photo booth, plus other fun quirky items to admire while you’re enjoying a drink at this Park Slope bar.

Like several Park Slope bars, Ginger’s Bar has regular events, mostly found on their Instagram page, and a pool table in the bar. They also have a great outdoor patio that feels like a neighborhood community garden.

Ginger’s Bar opens every day at 2 PM but Monday (when they open at 5 PM) and has a great Park Slope happy hour. They have both indoor and outdoor seating and gives all the best neighborhood bar vibes in an unpretentious, casual and very fun setting.

Reservations are not accepted but there tends to be always be a place to sit and enjoy one of the great beers they have on draft. Cash only.

Union Hall

 

 
 
 
 
 
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702 Union Ave

One of the best places in Park Slope for nightlife is the event and entertainment venue, Union Hall. With all kinds of things going on here all the time you can find plenty of great options for things to do here.

Union Hall has two levels, the lower level has live music, dance floor, karaoke nights, and comedy shows. In the upper level of Union Hall, there’s a full bar with two bocce ball courts that’s the perfect hangout spot.

During the warmer season, there’s an outdoor bar and area to also hang out.

Hungry? There’s also food, be sure to check out their website for their latest events. And, if you want to throw your own party you can rent out the space.

Park Slope Happy Hour Spot

Union Hall offers specials on buckets of beers and they have a beer and a spot special.

Logan’s Run

375A 5th Avenue

Another great bar in Park Slope located on 5th Avenue is Logan’s Run. This classic neighborhood bar tends to teeter between a dive bar and a nice cocktail bar, which is one of the best combinations around.

Logan’s Run has multiple levels, an upstairs level that tends to get more crowded and a downstairs area that feels much more spacious. They also have a great outdoor area and like other Park Slope bars, the outdoors is always the place to be. Live music seems to be a regular occurrence at Logan’s Run and the food and cocktails are some of the best around.

Logan’s Run has both indoor and outdoor seating and they have a great Park Slope happy hour that runs Monday – Friday from 4 – 7 PM.

They do not accept reservations so make sure to get there early because it does get crowded. Also, do not be deceived by how small it looks when you walk by. There is plenty of seating and worth the visit!

Barbes

376 9th Street

One of the most popular and best bars in Park Slope is Barbes, a cozy French bar, and venue for live music performances. They are most notably famous for their diverse and eclectic live performances in their small space back behind their bar.

In the front of Barbes, you can find a full bar for drinks pre or post-performance in this intimate, lively spot for music. You can find anything from indie rock, jazz, to music genres you may never knew existed.

Barbes is run by two French musicians who are long-time residents to Brooklyn and call themselves a neighborhood community center and gathering place.

Besides being a popular small music venue, you can also catch public readings and film screenings here from time to time, be sure to check out their events page to see what’s upcoming before your visit.

If you’re looking to try new things or experience something different, check out one of their live performances or showings here, it’s one of the most popular things to do in Park Slope.

Skylark

477 5th Avenue

This Park Slope bar has a fun retro feel and vibe to it and is a fun spot to grab a drink right on 5th Avenue. This 70s inspired bar offers great beer on draft and a full bar with a fun cocktail list as well as bar snacks and sandwiches.

Among the vintage furniture and dark ambiance here you’ll find fun games to enjoy from old pinball machines to games, and other fun retro furnishings that make you feel like you’re on That 70s Show.

This is one of the best bars in Park Slope if you’re looking or a laidback, easy-going, non-pretentious place to grab a drink with a homey feel to it, one that the owners particularly note as “looking like your Mom’s living room in the 1970s.” They also have snacks if you get hungry, including chips and nacho cheese.

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Owl Farm

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297 9th Street

Our next pick is this acclaimed beer and cider bar in Park Slope. This laid-back hangout has 28 rotating draft lines as well as an outstanding selection of rare beer, cider, and spirits to choose from.

This is the perfect late-night hang out as they stay open until 4 am and even have a few pinball machines for any pinball wizards out there in the back.

This old-school-looking bar has a tavern feel to it with low light, long wooden bar and tables and exposed brick walls, making for the perfect setting to grab a drink at the bar or meet friends. There is also a great outdoor seating setup that almost feels like you’re indoors (in all the best ways possible).

Dram Shop

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339 9th Street

Located down the block from the Owl Farm, this next fun Park Slope bar is not only a great watering hole but offers up a delicious menu, including their incredible burger. They also have tacos from Gueros and if you’re read the other guides, you know that is one of the best taco shops in Brooklyn!

If you’re a fan of fun drinking games like billiards, darts, shuffleboard, and other games you can find those here. They also have several televisions airing any big sports events or games going on. You can find a great selection of craft beer on draft and spirits at this lively neighborhood hang out.

Dram Shop offers both indoor and outdoor seating and is kid friendly without feeling like a bar that kids can come to. They even offer a special kids menu at the great Park Slope bar.

Monro Pub

481 5th Avenue

Another great bar in Park Slope on 5th Avenue is Monro Pub. This dimly-lit British inspired pub, which is also owned by a Brit, is where to go to see your favorite team’s soccer match. Monro Pub is focused to cater on the Liverpool fans, which tends to draw in quite the crowd. They also offer a low-key vibe making this the perfect place for a solo brew at the pub or meeting with friends.

Things get loud and lively during soccer matches, which is fun to be around. But if you’re looking for a quiet place to take a date, you might want to pop in to make sure there aren’t any soccer matches going on otherwise it might be hard to hear each other as rowdy fans cheer on their favorite team.

Besides serving up imported draft beer, you can find a menu of small pub dishes to snack on.

Grab a pint and hang out among the British-themed decor as well as their taxidermy collection on the walls and memorabilia from Britain. They also have pinball if you feel like having some entertainment (other than soccer matches) while you sip your beer.

In the warmer months, you can take advantage of their backyard seating area with picnic tables too.

Blueprint

 

 
 
 
 
 
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196 5th Avenue

One of the best bars in Park Slope if you’re looking for cocktails or a great date spot is the swanky Blueprint bar on 5th Avenue.

They offer an incredible selection of specialty cocktails as well as some of the classics made with fresh ingredients and their own infusions. Besides amazing cocktails, you can find a great selection of wine and beer here as well along with small plates (get the cheese plate) for the perfect drinking snacks and bites.

It’s also the perfect spot to hit up before or after you’re waiting for your reservation or attempting your luck for a walk in table at Al Di La.

We love the warm setting in here with their retro decor and old-time cocktail bar feel to the entire place. As always, the back patio is the place to be so make you sure you take your cocktail outdoors for maximum enjoyment.

High Dive

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243 5th Avenue

Another great spot for some Park Slope nightlife and best dive bar in Park Slope is High Dive. This is the type of friendly neighborhood bar you can come and play fun board games, grab a drink over some friendly chatter with the bartender, hangout with friends over a drink, or just come for this happy hour in Park Slope after work.

In the summer or warmer weather you can also take advantage of their intimate garden patio where you can enjoy the booze of your choice or sit out on of the many tables that they have set up on the sidewalk so you can people-watch as people stroll down 5th Avenue.

Enjoy their craft beers on draft, and even take your favorite home with you in growlers, or drinks made with their fully stocked bar.

Have to leave early or arrive before your friends? High Dive also offers you to buy your friend a drink, leave their name on the board and a friendly member of the High Dive staff will deliver it to them when they arrive. They also have pinball for you to enjoy inside.

Park Slope Happy Hour Spot

You can find their happy hour in Park Slope on Mondays through Fridays from 3:00 to 8:00 PM.

Freddy’s Bar & Backroom

627 5th Avenue

One of our favorite picks for best bars in Park Slope is Freddy’s Bar on 5th Avenue. This bar has even been called one of the best dive bars in all of Brooklyn and even one of the best bars in America by Esquire. Once you pop in for a drink you’ll see why.

This old-school bar is iconic and even has history dating back to the prohibition. Besides being a full bar, you can find tons of amazing events from comedy shows to music performances in the back room.

There’s a welcoming almost “Cheers’ vibe to this place with the antique mahogany bar from the 1950s and old wooden stools, stain glass light fixtures and old booths.

On the walls, you’ll find eclectic decor from taxidermy to a jackalope as well as a music video playlist in the main bar. Plus they have a unique tank with African albino water frogs here to check out.

This is your go-to Park Slope nightlife spot if you’re looking for a venue with something always going on and a comfortable, laid-back bar. There are also some great choices for some late-night bites here as well.

Park Slope Happy Hour Spot

Freddy’s is a first come, first served establishment and does not take reservations. Their Park Slope happy hour runs Monday – Friday from 12 noon – 7 PM and includes $5 drafts and well drinks and the ever popular $6 draft & dog.

Smith’s Tavern

440 5th Avenue

This is one of those stops on your way home from work for a drink kind of Park Slope bars worth checking out. This classic bar even has a fully loaded jukebox full of different genres of music that you’d expect on a typical jukebox.

This is one of the more classic bars in Park Slope because it has pretty much stayed the same, or so we feel since it opened in 1931.

This place will make you feel like you’re having a beer at grandpa’s old hangout spot and a good place to watch a local game over a beer or drink of your choice.

Don’t come here looking for specialty cocktails or a large wine selection, this unpretentious, laidback bar is exactly that to its core.

Buttermilk Bar

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577 5th Avenue

By now you have enough Park Slope bars located on 5th Avenue that you can easily have a 5th Avenue bar crawl and another bar that should not be missed on said bar crawl is Buttermilk Bar.

This is another one of those low-key hangout spots perfect for your next small social gathering over beers and games. There are pinball machines, billiards, darts, and board games inside for their thirsty patrons as well as a jukebox. Not to mention, the drinks are also very affordable, making this the perfect spot for a group hangout.

Park Slope Happy Hour Spot

This is another one of those rare happy hours in Park Slope that’s 7 days a week offering $3 select draft beers and well drinks from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. They also have a beer and shot special daily.

Winemak’Her Bar

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492 5th Avenue

Every time I walk past Winemak’Her Bar, I always want to stop. There is something about it, just like so many other Park Slope bars, which feels like the perfect neighborhood bar to become a local. The best part? Winemak’Her Bar makes you feel like you are regular right off the bat, making this easily one of my favorite Park Slope bars.

All of the wines are from woman-owned winemakers and wineries and the bar is woman owned. The owners are there regularly and often suggest wines, always an added bonus. They have petanque as well if you want to enjoy a game over your glass of wine.

Winemak’Her Bar is the perfect place to stop for a glass of wine before dinner, have happy hour or even work! They have both indoor and outdoor tables and have regular events, all of which are advertised and kept up to date regularly on their website and Instagram page. They are open every day but Monday at 12 PM and the perfect Park Slope bar.

Commonwealth

497 5th Avenue

Another amazing 5th Avenue Park Slope bar is Commonwealth, a local neighborhood bar that has all the neighborhood feels. This laid-back bar stays pretty quiet so it’s a great place to have drink with a chat with a friend or colleague.

The bar is reasonably priced with all kinds of boozy options to choose from like draft beer, spirits, liquors, and other fun drinks as well as a jukebox for indie tunes, pinball machine for those pinball wizards, and a nice outdoor patio during those warmer months. They also offer a small food menu that is available until close every night. Make sure to order one of the pies that come from The Pie Shop/Down Under Bakery, which is also located in Brooklyn.

Park Slope Happy Hour Spot

This happy hour in Park Slope is on Mondays through Fridays from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm with $4 or less draft beers and everything else is $1 off.

Greenwood Park

 

 
 
 
 
 
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555 7th Avenue

I really don’t know if there is a better bar in Park Slope next to Greenwood Park and one of the best concepts for a bar in Park Slope is this old gas station turned pub. Greenwood Park on 7th Avenue is a giant space with bocce ball courts, pub grub, and 60 draft beer lines. They also have very good food and at over 13,000 square feet with both indoor and outdoor seating is the perfect spot for a large group.

In addition to beer, they also have their famous frose, other frozen and specialty cocktails and wine. Greenwood Park is family friendly until 7 PM and is dog friendly on certain days. As I mentioned above, it is the perfect place for a large gathering. They also have several TVs and show all the major sporting events, have trivia and bingo and other fun activities throughout the week.

Greenwood Park is perfect for the warmer months, offering shaded and unshaded tables, indoor and outdoor seating. Don’t let that deter you from coming during the winter though. The indoor is plenty big and spacious and the perfect place to cozy up in the winter. Greenwood Parks accepts reservations through Resy.

BrookVin

381 7th Avenue

One of the best bars in Park Slope, and definitely one of the best wine bars in Park Slope is BrookVin, a low-key wine bar on 7th Avenue. In addition to wine, they also have delicious cocktails and a rotating selection of beers.

In the warmer months, you can enjoy the quaint back garden with the perfect ambiance from their dangling lights to unique plants that, once again, make you feel like you are enjoying wine in a friend’s backyard. The rest of the year you’ll enjoy the seating inside with the romantic dimly lit intimate setting, long wooden bar and cozy corner tables. Check out more of the best wine bars in Brooklyn too!

Park Slope Happy Hour Spot

This happy hour in Park Slope is on Mondays through Fridays from 4 – 7 PM with discounts on beer, wine, and small bites (make sure you order the mac and cheese because it is some of the best around).

Black Horse Pub

568 5th Avenue

Another fun British pub and bar in Park Slope is the Black Horse Pub on 5th Avenue. If you want to feel like you’ve traveled across the Atlantic this is a fun place for that NYC escapism.

Decked out like a British pub covered with British pop icons this is the perfect place for a pint or to watch a soccer match for fans.

You can find a full bar and beer on draft both domestic craft breweries and imported. If you’re hungry, there’s a pub grub menu as well.

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Park Slope Ale House

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356 6th Avenue

Another one of the best Park Slope bars if you’re looking for a friendly neighborhood hang out with pub grub and drinks is the Park Slope Ale House on 6th Avenue.

They have 20 rotating beer taps and a fully stocked bar with great reviews on their food items. There is plenty of seating here and a low key enough vibe that this is a great place to hang out and chat with friends over drinks.

There’s also a pool table and in the warmer months you can take advantage of sitting at the outdoor patio.

This is a popular gathering spot on football Sundays because of their wing and drink specials!

Park Slope Happy Hour Spot

Park Slope Ale House has both indoor and outdoor seating and has a great happy hour during the week.

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Whisk & Whiskey

 

 
 
 
 
 
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259 4th Avenue

Whisk & Whiskey is newer to the Park Slope bar scene but it is quickly becoming a favorite to Park Slopers and visitors to Park Slope alike. This women-led, minority-owned bar, bakery and event space highlights delicious cocktails and a curated menu celebrating both Trinidadian and Cambodian flavors and is one of the best new cocktail bars in Park Slope.

The ambiance is also some of the best with inviting interiors on the inside and a great outdoor space. Plus, they host events on a regular basis (including drag brunch).

Whisk& Whisky is open every day but Tuesday. They do not accept reservations but is definitely one of the best bars in Park Slope to check out.

American Cheez

444 7th Avenue

Next to Greenwood Park, American Cheez tops my list for the best bars in Park Slope. This local Park Slope bar is the ultimate neighborhood spot that makes you feel welcome the minute you walk in. In fact, the minute we got done moving in, we walked over to American Cheez and finally felt like we had found our local watering hole (always been a goal of mine since moving to New York).

American Cheez is your classic kitschy dive bar with great beers on draft and a good selection of liquor for well drinks. They also have amazing pizza and probably my favorite garlic knots in the city.

The bartenders are some of the best and the friendliest around, so much so that this has very quickly become the bar we take every friend who visits. American Cheez offers both indoor and outdoor seating and has a great happy hour special during the week.

The Sackett

661 Sackett Street

Located on a side street, the Sackett is another great cozy and intimate Park Slope bar for a new spin on classic cocktails and creations as well as some beers on draft. They also have great snacks to enjoy and often have live music!

As you sip on one of their takes on a classic cocktail you’re surrounded by a warm dim ambiance with antiques around and other curious decor including a mounted goat head.

This is an awesome place to play games as well, they keep a nice stash of some classic games on hand here or you can bring your own or join their trivia nights every other Tuesday.

Park Slope Happy Hour Spot

The Sackett is another spot for happy hour in Park Slope daily from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Saint Eves Cocktail Bar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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475 12th Street

12th and 8th might be my favorite corner in Park Slope and Saint Eves Cocktail Bar is one of the reasons for that. Located on a corner next to one of the best restaurants in Park Slope (check out that guide if you haven’t already), Saint Eves has everything you want out of a good bar in Park Slope.

Saint Eves has some great outdoor seating and even better indoor dining. The outdoor seating feels cozy and is covered so you can enjoy it in rain or shine and during (mostly) any time of year. The indoor is extremely cozy, dimly lit and has all the best vibes. They also have some delicious food and some of the best cocktails in Park Slope.

Saint Eves is open daily and while they do not accept reservations, they often have availability with ample seating outdoors for one of the best bars in Park Slope.

The Gate

321 5th Avenue

Last but surely not least, another great Park Slope bar is The Gate on 5th Avenue. This favorite neighborhood bar has a dark and divey vibe going on that makes you want to stay for a while. Not to mention you can also find some hard to find and unusual beers on draft as well as the classics.

The Gate has one of the best outdoor patios and always seems to be busy but not too busy. It’s also very kid friendly if you have little ones but doesn’t make you feel like there are kids at the bar. The Gate does not accept reservations but is a great place to gather with friends or a solo beer at the bar making this one of the best bars in Park Slope.

Park Slope Happy Hour Spot

You better believe The Gate is one great place for happy hour in Park Slope on Mondays through Fridays.

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