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Since opening its doors in Crown Height in 2014, the founders of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg have managed to turn a massive 9,000-square-foot industrial space — located at 899 Bergen Street — into a friendly community hot spot that strikes a perfect balance between beer hall and food court.
But above all its accommodating. Looking for a coffee first thing in the morning? There’s a coffee bar. Want to take a client to lunch but don’t know their dietary preferences? They’ll have four diverse food vendors to choose from (the Cremini Pizza by Charlie, the Jianbing with smoked bacon, brisket from Mighty Quinn’s, and the fried chicken sandwich from LandHaus are all worthy of chef kisses). Stuck watching the little ones but still want to meet the besties for happy hour? No worries, Berg’n is kid friendly til 9 pm!
There are no reservations and on a typical afternoon the tables are packed with enough freelancers, birthday groups, dates, and the casual dinners to entice even the most seasoned people watcher. Those in the know show up for comedy shows, guest lecture series, Trivia Tuesdays, Friday DJ sets, and viewings projected onto their big screen. For the gamers, there’s also three pinball machines and some board games.
But at the end of the day, like any bar, Berg’n is all about the drinks.
Berg’n is stacked with a rotating draft line and over 40 bottled/canned beers, a full bar, a stellar $12 each cocktail list, and a natural wine selection, priced at $13 a glass. They’re blessed with long-lasting happy hour, weekdays from noon-7pm, featuring $2 off select draft beer, wine, and well drinks, and on occasion, they also have other drink specials, such as $9 Moscow Mules and 5/$25 Rockaway beers buckets throughout the week.
Handsome Prince and Berg’n bartender since their opening almost five years, Timothy Magdison highly recommends his favorite house cocktail, the “Cult of Persephone” (Laird’s Apple Jack, Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Lofi Sweet Vermouth, Lemon and Maple Syrup).
“It’s boozy, but still balanced and delicious with just the right touch of sweetness,” Magdison says. “Plus it’s named for the original goddess of vacation living; six months on earth and six months in the underworld. A dream!”