The Brazen Head

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Photo - Alex Hall

 Alex Honorable Mention WiFi available Regularly has real ale

228 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11201
(Boerum Hill)



Open 1200-0400 Tue-Sat, 1200-0200 Sun/Mon.

Handpumped Cask Beers: 2
Craft Keg Taps: 12
Craft Bottles/Cans: 2

Beers: Beer range varies

Nearest subway: Bergen St(F / G), Borough Hall(2 / 3 / 4 / 5), Court St(R), Jay St-Metrotech(A / C)


Friendly locals’ bar that narrows into a triangular shape.

Directions - F / G train to Bergen Street, walk north to Atlantic Avenue, turn left. Alternatively, R train to Court Street or 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 (some) train to Borough Hall (same station complex), walk south on Court Street, turn left on Atlantic Avenue after crossing to the south side of the road. Alternatively, A / C train to Jay Street-Metrotech, walk south on Jay Street, which becomes Smith Street, turn right on Atlantic Avenue after crossing to the south side of the road. From the ferry at Atlantic Avenue, walk east (passing The Atlantic Chip Shop and Brado, q.v.).

Alex says

An almost triangular shaped community bar with exposed brickwork, one of the earlier places to embrace craft beer (opened in 2000). There are two cask handpumps, though it is more common for just one to be in use. The taps are mainly craft beers, focusing on what’s popular with the locals rather than seeking anything too uncommon. This was the birthplace of the local cask festival in NYC back in 2003 latterly with a purpose built cool box, but the unit was dismantled when the back part of the space was remodelled. Service is friendly, and the atmosphere is civilized. Darts can be played. There’s a small back patio area, pleasant in good weather. No food, but you can order in from a nearby restaurant – there’s a menu folder behind the bar. (3/2015)

Jezza says

Beer bar with a good selection of drafts and a cask, though sometimes just an ok selection. They follow the policy of dating the tap selections, like dba.

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