The Diamond

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 Regularly has real ale

43 Franklin Street
Brooklyn NY 11222



Open 1700-0100 Mon-Thurs, 1700-0230 Fri, 1400-0230 Sat, 1400-0100 Sun.

Handpumped Cask Beers: 1
Craft Keg Taps: 8
Craft Bottles/Cans: 30

Beers: Beer range varies

Nearest subway: Nassau Ave(G)


Characterful bar with a small but well chosen tap list – and a cable car in the yard!

G train to Nassau Avenue, exit at the north (Norman Avenue) end, walk west on Norman Avenue, turn right on Banker Street, when you get to the triangle turn left very briefly on Calyer Street, and immediately turn left on Franklin Street and cross the road.

Alex says

A slightly eccentric (in a good way) and characterful smallish beer bar with a back yard, which bizarrely contains an old retired cable car. When installed this had to be lifted over the roof by crane! There are eight changing taps divided into session and stronger (4 each), plenty of good bottles also. The bar surface is built in a semi-circle, and there’s an old style straight handled cask handpump mounted opposite the door (no cask in summer though). Occasional trivia nights and other non-beer related events. Shuffleboard is played. Bar snacks such as hot pies and cheese plates are prepared and served from the bar. The owner, Dave, plays in a semi-retired Van Halen tribute band called ‘Van Heusen’, who reunite for a gig every so often. Check out the framed photo of actress Julianne Moore holding the owners' dog Chopper for a photo shoot, and the framed chunks of wall plasterboard bearing wacky murals. (3/2015, updated 11/2015)

Jezza says

8 drafts, and a cask (not summer). $2 off happy hour 5-7p.m. c.50 bottles. Selection of US craft beers could be better, but its a good pub and there should usually be something interesting on. Avoid Saturday evenings after about 8pm as it gets rammed.

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