A weekly post on craft beer happy hours in NYC. I’ve added a page listing the happy hours I’ve covered which is accessible from the top menu bar.
$4 drafts and well drinks, $1 off everything else, from 3-7 pm Monday-Friday
What We Drank:
Beers, normally $6, were only $4 and all beers were served in American pint glasses.
The bartender: awesome!
The music: I somehow took no note of this but know that they have a killer jukebox
The crowd/atmosphere: Very low-key crowd. The bar was not crowded at 6:30 pm on the Tuesday evening after Memorial Day. Chill, comfortable atmosphere – lots of wood, brick walls, booths & tables and a sizable patio out back, partially shaded by a huge umbrella.
Overall: I haven’t been to Commonwealth for a few years. I always enjoyed it but found their beer list lacking. No longer – they added four more draft lines last weekend and now have a total of 16 draft beers. The owner told me that he is planning on rotating 6 of them. They had a solid craft selection, including the brand new Newburgh Brewing Saison, which I didn’t even know existed. I was also happy to see Brooklyn Radius on the list as well as a few other local selections. They have DUB pies for sale, a free popcorn machine, free wifi and 2 vintage pinball machines, including a 1988 Cyclone which has a serious fan club here. The $4 happy hour is a great one and Commonwealth has been added to my list of favorite Brooklyn bars. Check it out for yourself.
497 5th Ave at 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Mon – Fri: 3 pm-4 am
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm-4 AM
nearest subway: R/F/G to 9th St/4th Ave