Bars are fun and it isn’t because of the alcohol, but more aboutthe overall atmosphere. I’m definitely a fan of my usual local and I can also appreciate kicking back in a new place once in a while. So when Mr. T said, “we should go to all the bars in Park Slope and then make a feature out of it for your blog” I thought that sounded pretty brilliant. And that’s what we’re doing with a little something called The Bar Beat in Park Slope. This week we’re featuring the Black Horse Pub.
(Read all the details about The Bar Beat here)
Side note: This is actually what I would consider my local. It’s the first bar that I ever went to in Brooklyn and has been a bar I’ve frequented for the past two years. However, I tried to still base this review on the time that I visited for the bar beat because I thought that was fair.
Location: 568 5th Ave (basically on the corner of 5th Ave and 16th Street) Map
Quality of Food/Selection: You’ll find your typical bar food here (and I mean that in a good way) with some English flare thrown in. They have a good selection of burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and salads. I definitely recommend the nachos. They also occasionally have 50 cent wings during various sporting events.
Quality of Drink/Selection: They have around 16 beers on tap and a good range of domestic and foreign including some that are uncommonly found. They have no bud or bud light on tap. They don’t really seem to have specialty cocktails, but they have a full bar and are willing to make anything. Ask them for the salty pretzel shot. It’s tasty.
Accessibility: It’s a couple of blocks from the R Prospect Ave stop. And about a 6-7 block walk from the 9th Ave FG stop.
Price: Beers run around $5-$6. Cocktails are around $8. Most food is around $6-$10. Here’s our bill:
2 beers, 2 cocktails, nachos, wings, mozzarella sticks = $52.46 total before tip
Service: That night it was kind of crappy. The bar wasn’t very busy, but the bartender took a long time to come over and get our drink orders. We also asked for food menus and she forgot to give them for us so we had to ask again, but couldn’t get her attention for a few minutes. But, again, I feel compelled to say that I have had amazing service here and usually the bartenders are amazingly fun and friendly.
Happy Hour: $1 off beer and wells and there are daily specials
Miscellaneous Fact: They make a great salty pretzel shots and I am pretty sure the owners are Tottenham fans.
Atmosphere: It’s a great place to watch sports. They have several TVs and will usually accommodate you unless there is a big game of some sort on. It doesn’t really feel like a sports bar though and it also makes a great place for just hanging with friends. It’s also a great place for English Premier games.