A huge new bar quietly opened last Thursday on Fifth Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, in the space last occupied by a bodega, and before that, a butcher shop.
Called Prospect, it's the brainchild of a few Irish ex-pats who own several other bars and restaurants throughout the city. It's spacious, well-designed, has a gorgeous backyard, a solid beer selection, and is far and away one of the largest watering holes in the area.
There are 22 taps, with beer averaging about $5, as well as a wide selection of bottles that include a few rarities like Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. There's an emphasis on brown liquors, with a large variety of Bourbon, Rye, and Scotch, and a cocktail menu is in the works (along with a Happy Hour). Also in progress is a food menu (there's a full kitchen), and they'll serve brunch as well as a small selection of what will most likely be elevated pub food.
It's a simply appointed space, with a long, 20-seat bar and several booths dominating the front room, a back room with a few sturdy picnic-style tables made of reclaimed wood, and a bi-level backyard that's a real showstopper. The floors and ceiling beams are also reclaimed wood, and there's already a lived-in feel that makes it hard to believe that it's only been in business for five days.
2012 has so far been a banner year for South Slope barflies. With the opening of The Monro, Skylark, The Owl Farm, Greenwood Park, and now Prospect, the area is shaping up to be one of the city's finest when it comes to top-notch drinking establishments.
Prospect will be open daily from noon to 4 AM.
Prospect Bar, 545 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 347-599-1087.