Brooklyn Social

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Keep your eyes open, because you might miss it. And believe me, you won’t want to. To get your cocktail or beverage fix in a dimly lit, yet inviting, bar, look out for Brooklyn Social in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. 

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At 335 Smith Street, you’ll find an all black facade, tiny slits for windows and an unassuming, recessed door. What started out years ago as a Sicilian men’s social club, is now open to “non-members”, serving up some really great, potent drinks. Through the first room, toward the back, you’ll walk into another smaller room with a private couch and pool table. Just past that, walk out and enjoy the outdoor patio on a nice night. How amazing do all of these things sound? 

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For my drink, I ordered the Neapolitan (citron vodka, lemon, Italian triple sec, pomegranate juice). This was great. The drink is a little sweet, with a great citrusy quality and nice subtle tartness from the pomegranate. You won’t even notice how pleasantly strong it is until you’re about half way through. Cheers. 

The Shorts:
Name: Brooklyn Social
Location: 335 Smith Street, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. It’s a great place to grab a seat at the bar, or weather permitting, enjoy the summer air at night. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, come one, come all…as long as you’re over 21. 

The Royal Palms

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When you hear shuffleboard, what do you think? Florida, the elderly, cruise ships. Sure, maybe, but how about an indoor shuffleboard club and bar in Brooklyn? Well, you can find just that at The Royal Palms in Gowanus, Brooklyn. 

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This 10 court shuffleboard club is open to walk-ins, and they even host league nights on Mondays and Tuesdays. The club is open and spacious and almost mimics an outdoors shuffleboard court with booths set in the back covered by canopies. They also have a rotating group of some of NYC’s most popular food vendors like Luke’s Lobster and Mexicue. But, in the center-back of the room is where you’ll easily find the bar.

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I ordered The Jim Allen (Herradura Silver, Creole Shrub, Fidencio Mezcal, mango nectar, lime juice). This mason jar served cocktail was so delicious. You get the nice smokiness of the mezcal, and then the sweetness of the mango comes right through. 

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See you on the courts. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Royal Palms
Location: 514 Union Street, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. Anyone want to start a league?
Would I recommend it? For sure, it’s a really great place to hang out for a drink, learn to play shuffleboard (or amp up your game), and grab a bite.