“The staff is very friendly, the crowd is the definition of "mixed," it doesn't try to be a faux-dive bar, and there are cool events (Scrabble on Sundays, Drinking Liberally on Wednesdays, and the debate-watching parties were great fun).”
“great neighborhood bar.”
“The incredible variety of bourbons is also a real treat.”
“The interior is nice, if a bit generic for Brooklyn bars, but the real draw for this place is its sizable patio, complete with a number of tables for gatherings of many sizes.”
“Amazing Jukebox, great bartenders, great lighting, and fantastic customers.”
“great prices, the staff is lovely.”
ehhh... The service was ok and the bartender was friendly but it is not what i expected. After reading some of the reviews i checked it out and found it a bit different from what i expected. For one, it is not a mix crowd. Also, the music seemed to all sound the same. I'm not sure what it was called but it just wasn't of my taste. There were a few people in there and as soon as me and my friends walked in it seemed as it got quiet and all eyes were on us. weird. Overall it's not that bad, if you fit in with the crowd.
Music, Booze and Cheese, how can you lose?. I never thought I could drag myself off my barstool at the Royale, but Commonwealth is becoming my second home away from home. Killer juke, wonderful cheese and a very nice relaxed crowd/staff. A really wonderful addition to the neighborhood.
post-post-college heaven. This bar is a perfect fit for those who grew up left of the dial; the jukebox is as comprehensive as you can get without resorting to mp3s. The staff is very friendly, the crowd is the definition of "mixed," it doesn't try to be a faux-dive bar, and there are cool events (Scrabble on Sundays, Drinking Liberally on Wednesdays, and the debate-watching parties were great fun). The incredible variety of bourbons is also a real treat.
Commonwealth smells good. Great tunes. Great drinks. Good looking crowd. Clean. Warm. Good chesse platters. Abusive towell dispensers. Grafittit that mentions Voltaire. Sex is in the air. Go, go, go.
Great hang for grown up rock n rollers. My friends and I call it "The Clubhouse". We meet there before and after almost any evening activity, and frankly it usually is the evening activity. The staff are like pals, the decor is warm and tasteful and the bar itself is quite handsome (it actually features a bar: some places forget you need to put your foot up when you bell- up.). Commonwealth's renowned Juke is stuffed full of Indie Rock, Garage Rock, Punk Rock and Rock Rock - plus real soul, R&B, and rockabilly. It comes with its own throne! My fun is grazing through the array of bourbons. For weekend afternoons I recommend the Texas style Bloody Marys. Sundays feature a Scrabble tourney, though I can't make that applicable to my hungover and dog-haired head. Never too crowded, definitely not trendy, and they allow dogs. They sell "Kentucky Beer Cheese". What else do you want?
They Named It Well. The bartender brought in his TV for election night, and despite the outcome it was a really good time. These folks are smart, and they care -- the bar was packed with hopeful liberals, and when Ohio went Bush some people cried; the bartender bought them shots. When the glorious jukebox finally got turned on, the first two songs played were "Fortunate Son" and "Gimme Shelter". Brilliant. I've gone there pretty much every night since then, and it hasn't failed to be fun. There's a great mix of people, straight and gay and black and white and young and old and otherwise. And the chalkboard is always good for a chuckle.
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