Park Slopers have long regarded Third Avenue as depressing — but now there’s finally a place to drink away those blues.
On Nov. 10, Draft Barn, an old-fashioned “beer haus” for modern brew fanatics, hung its Habsburg-inspired flag and threw open a massive beer cellar that contains more than 250 varieties of suds.
“We personally tasted every beer we pour,” said owner George Mitelman, who also operates a sister establishment on Avenue X in Sheepshead Bay. “We went through 3,000 bottles and we’re still going.”
Highlights from the six-page beer list include Thomas Hardy’s Ale, a vintage brew from Devon, England; and Goose Island Matilda, a strong, Trappist-inspired Chicago ale. Draft Barn also pours from a rotating selection of 14 kegs, and most pints are just $5. The bar plans to host tastings for local breweries Kelso and Sixpoint.
In the comfort of its all-wood sitting area, customers can drink while watching all the major sporting events — even pay-per-view fights! — on flat-screen TVs. The kitchen offers traditional fare from Mitelman’s native Hungary. Try the goulash or the hand-made sausages (or, if you’re adventurous, the pig knuckle).
Draft Barn [Third Avenue between 12th and 13th streets, (718) 768-0515]. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 am-1 am; Friday-Saturday, 11 am-4 am.