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Friday
Nov112011

Open for Business: Uncle Barry's Bar, 58 Fifth Avenue

At 7 PM last night, Brooklyn's newest bar officially opened for business, right on schedule. Uncle Barry's, located on Fifth Avenue near Bergen Street, is a roomy, no-frills drinking establishment run by cousins Josh Ellis and Jake Treback (Barry is Jake's father), with a quality selection of beers, some snacks, and very dim lighting.

There's a small seating area up front, a 35-foot long bar, a small back room with some additional standing room and a Mortal Kombat 2 arcade game, and a back yard that'll open up when it starts getting warm out again. The 18 draught beers range from American craft ales to Belgians, and just about everything in between (beer snobs will feel at home here, right along with shot-and-a-Bud types). There are also some specialty drinks, like the Can-hattan (Canadian Club Whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters), and a hot spiked apple cider.

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Thursday
Nov102011

161 Wine Bar Closed "For Renovations," Probably For Good

Thanks to a tipster for forwarding along the above photo. It appears as if 161 Wine Bar, which opened a little under two years ago on the corner of Seventh and Garfield, has closed for some "renovations."

I could always be proven wrong, but my money is on this place never re-opening. Not only is their phone disconnected (never a good sign), the place simply wasn't very good, in my (and many Yelp reviewers') opinion.

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Wednesday
Nov092011

A First Look at Die Koelner Bierhalle, Coming to 84 St. Marks Place

It was a couple weeks ago that we first got word that a German beer hall would be opening in a former lumber shop on St. Marks Place near the corner of Fourth Avenue, and now the hall, which will be run by a manager at the popular Fort Greene watering hole Der Schwartze Koelner, is officially under construction, judging by photos posted to their Facebook page.

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Tuesday
Nov082011

First Look: Uncle Barry's Bar, Opening Thursday

Uncle Barry's has been under construction on Fifth Avenue between St. Marks and Bergen for a few months now, and owners Josh Ellis and Jake Treback are planning on opening the doors (and the taps) to the neighborhood this Thursday at 7 PM. Let's take a look at what we can expect.

The first impression is that it's a no-frills space, and that's exactly what the owners, who are first cousins, want. "You don't need to convince people to get drunk in a dimly lit room," said Ellis, who will be behind the bar Monday and Wednesday nights and Friday during the day (Treback will bartend Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights). There's a seating area up front, a classic wooden bar that seats 20, a small back room that's home to a Mortal Kombat II arcade game (good choice), and a small backyard down below.

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Wednesday
Nov022011

It's Official: Beauty Bar Taking Some Space from Ozzie's on Fifth

It was first rumored back in May, hinted at when Ozzie's Coffee, on Fifth and Garfield, closed "for three to four weeks" a couple weeks ago, but now it's officially confirmed: The 11th outpost (third in NYC) of the popular East Village bar/salon hybrid Beauty Bar will be opening soon in the northernmost end of Ozzie's, shown above.

I spoke with an Ozzie's barista yesterday, who told me that they'd sold off a chunk of the multi-storefront space, which currently takes up over half of the block, to the bar. Construction is underway to build a wall separating the two establishments, which will operate as two completely separate entities (a bar/coffee shop/salon hybrid would have simply been just too much, I suppose).

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