The Brazen Head

★★★★★
A place for regulars.
  • 228 Atlantic Ave A

    Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Cross street: nr. Court St.

    Map & Directions
  • 718-488-0430

About The Brazen Head

Hours
Sun-Mon 12pm-2pm, Tue-Sat 12pm-4pm

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I was there the night the bartender who always smiles alot was working. I put my pet waterbug on the bar to give him a little drink and he hopped over the bar and scurried away. I have not seen him since.

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★★★☆☆

I was there the night the bartender who always smiles alot was working. I put my pet waterbug on the bar to give him a little drink and he hopped over the bar and scurried away. I have not seen him since.

Pros: Great Beer selection

Cons: there are no women here

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darts, patio out back, great beer selection, whatelse could you ask for. a great spot to go for your last drink as there are always some people here until 3 or 4am.

excellent selection of beers on tap and always some new ones.

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★★★★☆

darts, patio out back, great beer selection, whatelse could you ask for. a great spot to go for your last drink as there are always some people here until 3 or 4am.

excellent selection of beers on tap and always some new ones.

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Dropped by on the night of August 16, 2008 after watching "Tropic Thunder" at the UA Court Street. What a let down from other reviews I've read elsewhere. It was a tiny space, with an awkward layout and very uncomfortable wooden lounge seating. On the night we were there, there was a general lack of decent seating altogether. The bar is understaffed/overworked and the only bartender that night was frazzled; warm and gracious at first, but then pushy about a tip for one bottle of beer and one glass of Cabernet. Ruined the mood of the evening. We finished our drinks and gladly moved on to one of the other numerous bars on Atlantic Avenue.

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★☆☆☆☆

Dropped by on the night of August 16, 2008 after watching "Tropic Thunder" at the UA Court Street. What a let down from other reviews I've read elsewhere. It was a tiny space, with an awkward layout and very uncomfortable wooden lounge seating. On the night we were there, there was a general lack of decent seating altogether. The bar is understaffed/overworked and the only bartender that night was frazzled; warm and gracious at first, but then pushy about a tip for one bottle of beer and one glass of Cabernet. Ruined the mood of the evening. We finished our drinks and gladly moved on to one of the other numerous bars on Atlantic Avenue.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Service

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I love going to the Brazen Head. Every time I have been there - I've had a GREAT time. I love that they constantly have food & beer festivals. Worth checking out for sure!!!!

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★★★★★

I love going to the Brazen Head. Every time I have been there - I've had a GREAT time. I love that they constantly have food & beer festivals. Worth checking out for sure!!!!

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Atmosphere is always pleasant, as is the staff and the owner is a solid, likeable guy with a smile and a warm hello for everyone. Lou's also a great cook and he shares his food with his customers ... chicken wings on a Monday night, assorted fruit, cheese, and crackers on Wednesday. The music is whatever the working staff is currently enjoying, the 3 TV's are usually turned to a sports channel but the place is definietly not a sports bar. Folks come in, chat, sip, read the paper or a book, watch TV, eat and just generally enjoy themselves. There's also a lovely garden in the back. There's an enormous selection of beers on tap, along with cider. There are many many scotch, vodka varieties and there is also a great selection of wines.

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★★★★★

Atmosphere is always pleasant, as is the staff and the owner is a solid, likeable guy with a smile and a warm hello for everyone. Lou's also a great cook and he shares his food with his customers ... chicken wings on a Monday night, assorted fruit, cheese, and crackers on Wednesday. The music is whatever the working staff is currently enjoying, the 3 TV's are usually turned to a sports channel but the place is definietly not a sports bar. Folks come in, chat, sip, read the paper or a book, watch TV, eat and just generally enjoy themselves. There's also a lovely garden in the back. There's an enormous selection of beers on tap, along with cider. There are many many scotch, vodka varieties and there is also a great selection of wines.

Pros: Service, staff, drinks, atmosphere, food

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Lets start out with this is NOT a sports bar?.Yes you can watch a game with friends on the three tv?s but it?s not a sports bar, no wanabe ball players here!
The place is warm and inviting, the bar tenders are the kind of people you want to have as friends, the hand pulled cask ale?s are the best you can get in the city and always changing a shot glass size taste is yours for the asking.
The crowed is that nice mix of locals, lawyers, law students, working people and just stopping by types. If you want to chat you can find someone, if you want to just sit and down some suds? ($2 PBR?s ) that fine too.
There is a special every night (check the web site), Monday is free wings and not that out of the bag junk you get at most places these are real home made wings, Saturday night is stew with Lou (the owner) for a $5 it?s all you can eat (get there early) you?ll think there is a kitchen here but NO (menu?s from the area if you want to order in) it?s all dun by the Lou at home just for that night.
The place is well maintained if you ever see something that?s not right you wont see it the next time your there, this is not a CBGB?s bathroom.
The Tri-annual cask ale festival is not to be missed 25 cask-conditioned, hand pulled, microbrews over three days is a treat for the taste buds and easy on the wallet.
The back yard garden is great and you can smoke and drink your ale in peace.
There is NO juke box and at first that sound strange but you will be in for a treat it?s all IPOD and CD the staff sets the tone for the place but if your band just cut it?s first CD ask the ?tender to give it a try, thy usually will.
You just cant go wrong with a trip to The Brazen Head

2
★★★★★

Lets start out with this is NOT a sports bar?.Yes you can watch a game with friends on the three tv?s but it?s not a sports bar, no wanabe ball players here!
The place is warm and inviting, the bar tenders are the kind of people you want to have as friends, the hand pulled cask ale?s are the best you can get in the city and always changing a shot glass size taste is yours for the asking.
The crowed is that nice mix of locals, lawyers, law students, working people and just stopping by types. If you want to chat you can find someone, if you want to just sit and down some suds? ($2 PBR?s ) that fine too.
There is a special every night (check the web site), Monday is free wings and not that out of the bag junk you get at most places these are real home made wings, Saturday night is stew with Lou (the owner) for a $5 it?s all you can eat (get there early) you?ll think there is a kitchen here but NO (menu?s from the area if you want to order in) it?s all dun by the Lou at home just for that night.
The place is well maintained if you ever see something that?s not right you wont see it the next time your there, this is not a CBGB?s bathroom.
The Tri-annual cask ale festival is not to be missed 25 cask-conditioned, hand pulled, microbrews over three days is a treat for the taste buds and easy on the wallet.
The back yard garden is great and you can smoke and drink your ale in peace.
There is NO juke box and at first that sound strange but you will be in for a treat it?s all IPOD and CD the staff sets the tone for the place but if your band just cut it?s first CD ask the ?tender to give it a try, thy usually will.
You just cant go wrong with a trip to The Brazen Head

Pros: Great hand pulled ale's, 8 beers on tap, fantastic staff

Cons: a bit small if its crowded

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The Brazen seems to always stay open later than the other bars in the area which is GREAT. That means there's always good beer and fun atmosphere still available when other places are shutting down and kicking people out.

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★★★★★

The Brazen seems to always stay open later than the other bars in the area which is GREAT. That means there's always good beer and fun atmosphere still available when other places are shutting down and kicking people out.

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Yes, the Brazen Head has a great selection of beers on tap and single malt scotch, but that's not why I go there. I go for the ALWAYS ICE COLD $3 bottles of Bud Light. Mmmmm delicious. The service is top notch and *when there is food there, it is delicious. Free wings on Monday and $5 All-you-can-eat Lou's Stew-B-Que Saturdays are not to be missed. When there is no food there, the bar has about 100 menus from local places and is more than happy to let you order in. This isn't a single's bar by any means. It's a bar for people who enjoy drinking. Yes, as other people have mentioned...the crowd is mixed. There are locals, law students, DA's and such so the law crowd can be annoying at times especially if there is a law school function. It can be extremely difficult to make it from the front of the bar to the back on a very busy night. However, 95% of the time, the crowd is at a manageable number. A previous poster put that flying darts are a con. Yes, the dart board is in the back of the bar, but most people that frequent the Brazen Head understand that walking in front of someone getting ready to throw a dart is not only a bad idea, it's rude. If you like low-key local bars with much more of a down-to-earth vibe opposed to a stuffy one, I'd highly recommend checking out Brazen Head.

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★★★★★

Yes, the Brazen Head has a great selection of beers on tap and single malt scotch, but that's not why I go there. I go for the ALWAYS ICE COLD $3 bottles of Bud Light. Mmmmm delicious. The service is top notch and *when there is food there, it is delicious. Free wings on Monday and $5 All-you-can-eat Lou's Stew-B-Que Saturdays are not to be missed. When there is no food there, the bar has about 100 menus from local places and is more than happy to let you order in. This isn't a single's bar by any means. It's a bar for people who enjoy drinking. Yes, as other people have mentioned...the crowd is mixed. There are locals, law students, DA's and such so the law crowd can be annoying at times especially if there is a law school function. It can be extremely difficult to make it from the front of the bar to the back on a very busy night. However, 95% of the time, the crowd is at a manageable number. A previous poster put that flying darts are a con. Yes, the dart board is in the back of the bar, but most people that frequent the Brazen Head understand that walking in front of someone getting ready to throw a dart is not only a bad idea, it's rude. If you like low-key local bars with much more of a down-to-earth vibe opposed to a stuffy one, I'd highly recommend checking out Brazen Head.

Pros: General Atmosphere and Staff

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I've been going to the B'Head since moving into the neighborhood back in November. The beer selection is good. The blackboard even tells you when the keg came on so you can tell what's fresh. There's always a special - a few nights ago it was a Rogue Ale. Getting old but delicious; and at $3.75 a steal. The crowd is mixed - students, locals, lawyers, karaoke wannabes, actor-types, etc. The regualrs are a combination of the same. It's not exactly a swinging singles scene, but the outside garden area attracts vibrant sweet young things when the weather's warm and sunny. Oh, and you can smoke out there, too, if that's your thing.

When the bar is packed it can become unamangeable and the claustrophobic ought to leave, stay away or run outside for mental relief.

Love the poster hanging in the men's room - something about a woman's shoulders.

Bartenders are for the most part a very compelling reason to come. Most remember you, if not your name, then by what you drink or when you come in for one. There has been some turnover in staff since I've become a weekly regular but so it goes in the greater Manhattan bar scene.

If you're in Brooklyn and don't want to venture to Spuyten Duyvil, Mugs or someplace equally out there where you're more likely to get lost and not get a cab, come to the 'Head. You'll be glad you did.

fram

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★★★★★

I've been going to the B'Head since moving into the neighborhood back in November. The beer selection is good. The blackboard even tells you when the keg came on so you can tell what's fresh. There's always a special - a few nights ago it was a Rogue Ale. Getting old but delicious; and at $3.75 a steal. The crowd is mixed - students, locals, lawyers, karaoke wannabes, actor-types, etc. The regualrs are a combination of the same. It's not exactly a swinging singles scene, but the outside garden area attracts vibrant sweet young things when the weather's warm and sunny. Oh, and you can smoke out there, too, if that's your thing.

When the bar is packed it can become unamangeable and the claustrophobic ought to leave, stay away or run outside for mental relief.

Love the poster hanging in the men's room - something about a woman's shoulders.

Bartenders are for the most part a very compelling reason to come. Most remember you, if not your name, then by what you drink or when you come in for one. There has been some turnover in staff since I've become a weekly regular but so it goes in the greater Manhattan bar scene.

If you're in Brooklyn and don't want to venture to Spuyten Duyvil, Mugs or someplace equally out there where you're more likely to get lost and not get a cab, come to the 'Head. You'll be glad you did.

fram

Pros: Good baretnders, Excellent FREE food, Clean taps

Cons: A bit too lawyerly at times, Karaoke Thursdays draw a bizarre crowd, Watch out - DARTS A FLYING!

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There is a reason that the last review is over 2 years ago. The GAP (locals know) needs more advertising. Perfect location. However you need to promote; bands, events, etc.

Support the neighborhood!

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★★★★★

There is a reason that the last review is over 2 years ago. The GAP (locals know) needs more advertising. Perfect location. However you need to promote; bands, events, etc.

Support the neighborhood!

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The Brazenhead is why there is no reason to leave Brooklyn. Great selection at a great price.

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★★★★★

The Brazenhead is why there is no reason to leave Brooklyn. Great selection at a great price.

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The Brazen Head is a very nice Brooklyn beer bar on Atlantic Ave. The beer selection is good, with the best beer usually being a hand-pumped cask-conditioned ale (they have Victory Hopdevil at the time of this writing.... mmmmm). Stew with Lou on Saturday is fantastic (5 bucks all you can shovel in). I just wish they had more variations and possibly some more Belgian beers available on draft. Often taps are wasted with too many examples of the same style (i.e. 4 IPAs at once). Overall though the price is right and since they date the kegs, you can always be certain the beer is fresh. A great Brooklyn bar.

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★★★★☆

The Brazen Head is a very nice Brooklyn beer bar on Atlantic Ave. The beer selection is good, with the best beer usually being a hand-pumped cask-conditioned ale (they have Victory Hopdevil at the time of this writing.... mmmmm). Stew with Lou on Saturday is fantastic (5 bucks all you can shovel in). I just wish they had more variations and possibly some more Belgian beers available on draft. Often taps are wasted with too many examples of the same style (i.e. 4 IPAs at once). Overall though the price is right and since they date the kegs, you can always be certain the beer is fresh. A great Brooklyn bar.

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Cool place... Lou cooks up some good grub on Saturdays and for $5, it's all you eat - hungry cheap Scots should be pleased. The crowd is mixed: lawyers & DA's; softball players; locals; dogs; Irish chicks; chess crowd; dart crowd; couples chilling. The cute blonde barmaids offer you something to focus on other than your scotch. Cool jukebox selections. There always seems like it's either happy hour or some other drink special is going on so, thirsty cheap Scots should be happy too.

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★★★★★

Cool place... Lou cooks up some good grub on Saturdays and for $5, it's all you eat - hungry cheap Scots should be pleased. The crowd is mixed: lawyers & DA's; softball players; locals; dogs; Irish chicks; chess crowd; dart crowd; couples chilling. The cute blonde barmaids offer you something to focus on other than your scotch. Cool jukebox selections. There always seems like it's either happy hour or some other drink special is going on so, thirsty cheap Scots should be happy too.

Pros: Blonde barmaids, Plenty o' space, Air not smokey

Cons: Lawyers and DAs, Can't live there, Juke needs Hank Jr.

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This is definitely the spot for beer lovers to sample the finer brews and enjoy that old renowned Brooklyn ambiance.

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★★★★★

This is definitely the spot for beer lovers to sample the finer brews and enjoy that old renowned Brooklyn ambiance.

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This joint is the best cure for Smith Street ennui.
The Brazen Head was a delightful surprise on Atlantic Avenue. It looks unassuming from the outside, but within beats the heart of a true artist's hangout. Lou Sones has created the perfect combo of utterly convivial with effortless hip (not to mention excellent beer selections!). This is the perfect place to meet and discuss your next screenplay or the possibility another Subway series.

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★★★★★

This joint is the best cure for Smith Street ennui.
The Brazen Head was a delightful surprise on Atlantic Avenue. It looks unassuming from the outside, but within beats the heart of a true artist's hangout. Lou Sones has created the perfect combo of utterly convivial with effortless hip (not to mention excellent beer selections!). This is the perfect place to meet and discuss your next screenplay or the possibility another Subway series.

Pros: Really cool!, Easily accessible, Affordable drinks

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The Brazen Head has one of the best beer selections in all of New York City. From domestic to international microbeers, the bar is the ideal haunt for any beer connoisseur. Plus, the owners are the coolest people to talk to.

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★★★★★

The Brazen Head has one of the best beer selections in all of New York City. From domestic to international microbeers, the bar is the ideal haunt for any beer connoisseur. Plus, the owners are the coolest people to talk to.

Pros: outdoor seating, juke box, darts

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Hands down the best place to get a good pint in Brooklyn. Plus they have a menu binder at the bar and you can order in from any neighborhood restaurant.

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★★★★★

Hands down the best place to get a good pint in Brooklyn. Plus they have a menu binder at the bar and you can order in from any neighborhood restaurant.

Pros: selection, service

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Outstanding staff -- good attitude, friendly and competent. The Stew with Lou is one of the great bargins of the area. A very appealing group of people gather on most evenings -- nice diversity and interesting backgrounds.

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★★★★★

Outstanding staff -- good attitude, friendly and competent. The Stew with Lou is one of the great bargins of the area. A very appealing group of people gather on most evenings -- nice diversity and interesting backgrounds.

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Brazen Head is a bar that shares the stylishness of Manhattan, with the down home familiarity of it's Brooklyn home. It features a juke box that includes a variety of tunes from Billy Joel and Madonna to Dusty Springfield, Radiohead, Lenny Kravitz and the Band. The bartenders are nice without phonyness, and the regulars embody everyone from the Costanza's to the Fraziers of the world. It is the all occasions meeting place in the County of Kings.

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★★★★★

Brazen Head is a bar that shares the stylishness of Manhattan, with the down home familiarity of it's Brooklyn home. It features a juke box that includes a variety of tunes from Billy Joel and Madonna to Dusty Springfield, Radiohead, Lenny Kravitz and the Band. The bartenders are nice without phonyness, and the regulars embody everyone from the Costanza's to the Fraziers of the world. It is the all occasions meeting place in the County of Kings.

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Spend a perfect afternoon or summer evening in the back garden drinking great beer or enjoying bloodies and bagels. I have bought 2 different groups of friends to Brazen head and everyone has always been happy with it. When we were there on sat night there was a birthday party for 40 people which still left enough room for the reest of us to relax and enjoy ourselves. Stew with Lou for $5 is a steal - BBQ with Lou over the summer is not to be missed... I love the Brazen Head

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★★★★★

Spend a perfect afternoon or summer evening in the back garden drinking great beer or enjoying bloodies and bagels. I have bought 2 different groups of friends to Brazen head and everyone has always been happy with it. When we were there on sat night there was a birthday party for 40 people which still left enough room for the reest of us to relax and enjoy ourselves. Stew with Lou for $5 is a steal - BBQ with Lou over the summer is not to be missed... I love the Brazen Head

Pros: Lou :)

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then this is the place. The special hand-pulled ales are amazing. So smooth you could drink them for days. The bartenders are welcoming and friendly. A great neighborhood bar, I only wish it were in mine.

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★★★★☆

then this is the place. The special hand-pulled ales are amazing. So smooth you could drink them for days. The bartenders are welcoming and friendly. A great neighborhood bar, I only wish it were in mine.

Pros: Great ales

Cons: Too far away

 

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