Hot ‘Dram’!

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“Did you just walk in off the street?” a bartender at Dram Shop, a new Park Slope bar, asked me when I walked in the door. On that day, he explained, the bar wasn’t officially open yet, but he invited me to stay as long as I wanted and drink free Brooklyn Lager.

This was my kind of place.

In addition to 12 taps, a full bar and a menu of simple grub like burgers and hand-cut fries (courtesy of former Grocery sous chef and Martha Stewart Living editor Lesley Stockton), the now open-for-business Dram Shop has the feel of a mellow, inclusive frat house.

It’s no surprise since owners Clay Mallow and Wade Hagenbart have both already cut their teeth with successful independent establishments — Angry Wade’s bar on Smith Street and Sweet Melissa patisseries in Cobble Hill and Park Slope.

“We were both born and raised in Brooklyn, and we want this to be a real neighborhood bar,” said Mallow. “You don’t have to get all dressed up to come here. It’s the place you can hang out and drink all day without getting hassled.”

Despite the laid back vibe, the name — a unit of measurement equal to one-eighth of an ounce, used in parts of the distillation process — is clearly an appeal to whiskey connoisseurs.

With activities like shuffleboard and pool, and a spacious outdoor area, there is plenty here to occupy you for hours at a time. Bathrooms are unisex, too, with full-length doors on individual stalls, so you could totally hook up if you wanted to.

We’re not saying you should, but isn’t it exciting to know it’s a possibility?

Dram Shop Bar (339 Ninth St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope) accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. The bar is open Sunday through Thursday, from 3 pm to 4 am, and Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 4 am. For information, call (718) 788-1444. 

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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anonymous from PArk Slope says:
This wretched new addition to Park Slope is located between a YMCA, a CVS and a supermarket. It is on a formerly quiet block in a building that used to house an Aquarium visited by families. People who go to this bar stand outside on the street and smoke and make noise until late at night, often until 3AM. While those of you who frequent this establishment are getting sloshed and having a good time, those of us who are working people, many with families, have to deal with the fallout from your good time. I can only hope some economic disaster befalls this place, it shuts down, and something civilized goes back in the store. I wonder what the zoning laws say about all this?
March 13, 2008, 1:37 am
Anne from California says:
Fried lumps of mac and cheese! I'm starving! I live in California and I don't think I can fly to Brooklyn just to try the fried macaroni and cheese, so PLEASE, does anyone have the recipe? I read that they use Wisconsin cheddar, but what kind of breadcrumbs, and what kind of oil is it deep-fried in? And, what's in the ketsup to make it spicy? Help! Anyone?
Nov. 27, 2008, 12:26 am

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