Tag: Commonwealth

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.

Commonwealth mosaic
1. Commonwealth front, 2. Commonwealth draft board, 3. Commonwealth drafts, 4. Commonwealth patio

The Deal:

$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.

Commonwealth guest check
faux receipt by mylifeoncraft


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

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