Brooklyn >Bars & Clubs > The Abbey
536 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.717467 -73.956143
Summer or winter, this bar is always comfortable. – The Scene
Step in and you feel like you've entered a tunnel, with the wooden bar that runs 30 feet back, through a wall partition and into the spacious back room. As in a casino, it's difficult to keep track of the time, with the only outside light coming from a small window up front, and numerous diversions including a TV (sometimes showing Japanese anime), two pinball machines, a pool table and jukebox.
The Abbey has a solid selection of liquor and seven beers on tap, which are a buck off during happy hour (Monday through Friday, 3pm to 8pm). The clientele ranges from edgy hipsters to Hasidic men and blue-collar townies, the latter of whom pile in Monday nights for the pool tournament.
Can't go wrong here – As long as you're not some high maintenance yuppie snob there's a lot to like about this place. Movies, good music, a pool table, and cheap drinks, especially at happy hour. What's not to love?
Gay Night Is Hoppin' – A group of friends had a get-together here on a Sunday night and the crowd was really quite amazing. Stuffed full of attractive, friendly guys -- a refreshing change from the typical men you run. I did notice that some straight couples seemed a little put off (and in fact, some just decided not to come in) after they noticed the place was filled with gay boys.
Let Me Use The JukeBox! – The Abbey would be a great neighborhood bar - and was not too long ago - until they posted that horrible sign on the jukebox that reads "no jukebox after 10:30pm". The bartenders play music of their own choosing and they always choose crap. It's a good jukebox and the patrons should be allowed to choose the music they want to listen to.
Williamsburg's best hangout – Super friendly bartenders. Good happy-hour specials. Definitely the best hang-out/meet friends bar in Williamsburg. Another plus: Sundays are gay, and it's always gay-friendly. If you have no other agenda besides talking and drinking, this is the place.
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