New Gypsy bar is the hole-in-the-wall you crave

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Roaming bar-hoppers look no further — your new favorite hole in the wall is in Greenpoint.

The fittingly named Gypsy beer bar on Greenpoint Avenue is one of those dark, no-frills secrets that Brooklynites pine for. No neon signs. No pinball. Just good beer and great munchies in a bar world filled with flashy nonsense.

“It’s a real drinker’s bar,” said Gypsy’s owner Steve Duffy. “From the look and feel of the place to the craft beer, we’re sticking to our guns.”

Duffy co-owns the new joint with management from the location’s predecessor, Sabor — a Latin restaurant that you hadn’t heard of because its food and atmosphere were bland. When that five-month stint didn’t work out, Duffy came in with better fare and a mission to cater to drinkers.

That could be where the deals come from. Gypsy’s beers, well drinks and restaurant-quality bar food are all half-price during happy hour until 8 pm. Seriously, try the gooey chicken quesadilla ($7) or the fresh and loaded tacos ($5) with a Harpoon IPA or a Founders during happy hour, and you’re going to be falling all over the place for about $10.

Gypsy is still in its “soft opening” right now, but Duffy promises to expand the menu when the place gets rolling after Labor Day. Regardless, this place is bound to be a destination bar, so head there before Williamsburg does and you can say you “knew it before it was cool.”

Gypsy (159 Greenpoint Ave. between Manhattan Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard, no phone). Open every day.

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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