Brooklyn >Arts & Entertainment > Bar Matchless
557 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1122240.722223 -73.949990
Matchless is a bit of a Rubix cube -- recently I witnessed gals boogying down at a magazine party in the back, burly bearded dudes chowing wings by the bar, two couples having dinner at a table, and your garden variety coed hipster flirting in the center of the bar. Good dj's and 2-for-1's on Tuesdays mean a packed, loud, friendly place.
Great Place. Found totally by accident. – Last night after enjoying Dr. Claw's Lobster Rolls (thanx again Doc), we were in the area and looking for a spot to get some suds.
We found a parking spot and right across was a nice sit down spot with tables and such outside... but right next to the car was this line of bikes... and what looked like a cool place so we walked in...had it been a biker bar where we would NOT fit in, we'd have likely left, but it isn't and its very chill. Its not fancy, but its far from run down-looking. Its kinda trendy in design without being over-the-top. On the TV's and the projector they were showing some MotoGP (Motorcycle Grand Prix) racing and the whole crowd was into it... with nary a peep unless you'd see a sick pass or overtaking. Everyone there was just into the racing. Drinking, laughing, having a good time, not really much yelling... kind of odd to be in any bar and not feel the need to yell to converse with your friends. But thats exactly how it was.
Good beer choices, great prices, and the food looked damn good too.
The place is supposedly a former body-shop/bike shop. The main area of the bar is presumably where the main shop was. Once you go to the side opposite the door, you come to a door that leads you to what must have been the bike yard or parking lot for the shop... today its an outdoor seating area. And if you walk down the hall where you had come upon the first door you'll find a second door that leads you to a back room with a stage and a DJ spinning. The setup is really nice.
I'll definitely go back. Its a very cool place.
One thing that came off as funny to me was one of the writings on the window said "BRUNCH SERVED Saturday & Sunday", and I thought "ain't that something, Brunch at a Biker Bar".
Check it out.
A Brooklyn biker bar for hogless hipsters and Hell's Angels alike. – Housed in a former auto repair shop beside a fully functional motorcycle shop, this simple but artfully decorated and roomy bar brings in gearheads, wannabes and kids from the neighborhood. Working hard to lure patrons from wildly popular neighboring bar Enid's, it ups the ante with darts, foosball, billiards and a wide selection of rotating beers on tap and by the bottle--not to mention themed nights like Motocross races on Monday nights, Tuesday Trivia and Tacos and a monthly eating contest.
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