The Brazen Head | Brooklyn, New York
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The Brazen Head
Good based on 21 ratings
Type: Bar

228 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, New York United States 11201 [ print map ]
718 488 0430

brazenheadbrooklyn.com

Hours: TUES- SAT 12PM TO 4AM SUN & MON 12PM TO 2 AM


Taps: 20 | Bottles: 20


The Brazen Head

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21 reviews for The Brazen Head
 Ambiance  72%
 Service  70%
 Selection  64%
 Food  65%
 Value  68%
 Overall  69%
 Rating  73%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (667) The íSham, England | February 16, 2013
Visited a few times over the years - most memorably in Dec í07 when I was on my own for a night in Brooklyn and literally propped up the bar for more than a few hours! Friendly locals place, they give out free food on certain nights. On my íseshí here at Xmas it was a cheese board, big generous portions - help yourself 5 or 6 different ones. Had chicken wings on another more recent visit - crap by comparison. 20 taps and at least one cask line - I think Alex Hall may help maintain this? Solid enough selection but nothing too rare just the usual mix of NY and east coast micros you tend to get in this area. I do like the vibe and feel of this place though and although not a beer destination - if I have time in my schedule Iíll make an effort to get out here!
68
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream  (90) | January 8, 2012
A nice pub with a friendly atmosphere pretty close to the heart of downtown Brooklyn. This was probably the first place I experienced a real craft beer event, at one of their cask festivals. There is a backyard with tables, and the interior is attractive, with pink curtains on the windows and a few couches and small televisions (with the sound turned off, sports fans). Prices were reasonable and the service was fine. They offer regular food freebies, like bagels and spread on Sunday afternoon. However, the everyday tap selection is not spectacular - there are a number of NYC bars with bigger, better lists. They seem to be as into, or perhaps more into, whiskey. But this is still a cool place to visit from time to time, and their cask festivals are definitely worth a look.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown  (270) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | April 6, 2010
Buzzing pub on Atlantic Avenue. Crammed full of 40-somethings enjoying some live music and good beer. Much like a British pub on a Friday night. Nice range of beers, but my chum and I wanted somehere darker and more lo-fi, so onwards we went.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
bonbright7  (39) Jacksonville, Florida | April 19, 2009
I suppose that this bar serves its community well with its decent selection and a cask item, but aside from the semi-comfortable surroundings, it was a little better than average to me. I liked the clam special that was running when I showed up yesterday. I also noted most of the mainstream craft brews were present in the darkened place.
52
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 4/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
keithk  (11) brooklyn, New York | January 12, 2009| Updated June 2, 2011
Cozy, friendly, comfortable place with two small tvís. Great place to hang out, unless you like to watch sports; usually on the quiet side. Often some free food is available, wings, whatever. They are very generous in this way. Downfall is the taps are not that carefully selected and out of the 15 relatively few will surprise or excite. Often dissapoint. I often walk in, check the chalkboard, and walk right back out. Their cask festivals, thrice annually, are *awesome* and not to be missed.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
ParkSloper  (3) New York | November 4, 2007
The Brazen Head is really all about the beer everything else is atmospherics. The TVs are mostly a distraction (unless a big gameís on) but thankfully they donít add up to a sports bar ambience. The tap selection, including a couple of casks, is always well thought out. The service varies quite a bit depending on whoís working, but itís generally good. The food, it must be pointed out, is not from any menu but rather the freebies the owner puts out to attract peckish happy hour and Sunday drinkers. All in all, an appealingly laid-back place that will do karaoke one night, jazz the next, and a food-and-beer festival on the weekend.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee  (508) Toronto, ON, Ontario | October 1, 2007
A divey bar right around the corner from the bars/stores of Cobble Hill. Long wooden bar with a small patio in back. Usually a decent selection, although not the greatest. Good prices though and they have a real commitment to cask ale. The cask ale fests are not to be missed.
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
BREWMUSKCLES  (112) New Jersey | August 30, 2007
decent service. not really much of a place, kinda small. regular old time NYC bar. the patrons and staff are not particularly friendly. they arenít assholes either. they have some really decent beers. i had a nice hop angel on cask. being that the area is so flush with the nouveaux riche, you might think a little better could be done.
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | May 28, 2007
Cute old friendly pub that is more a pub for locals than a beer-tourist destination. The long bar sits about 20 people and thereís about 25 more seats in the place. About 15 taps with a mix of local micros and boring stuff (Stella, etc.). The day I was there the music was very old stuff, like golden-age-of-radio type of oldies. Nothing special but a cozy place for a quiet chit-chat while drinking a pint of local micro.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
sheatripper  (13) Brooklyn, New York | April 10, 2007
Basically my "local hangout," along with Waterfront a few blocks over. Selection of two hand pumped casks and several micros that are decently selected if not particularly rare or exciting. Thereís frequent rotation of kegs and each new one is dated on the slate of fare. While thereís no food they do put out free wings on Mondays and cheese and crackers on Wednesdays. Friendly service. Overall unassuming and unpretentious. A cozy place to drink and finish up extra work. Watch out for the cask festivals, which are always a fun time.

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