Last call for beloved Park Slope dive bar Jackie’s 5th Amendment

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It’s last call for legendary Park Slope dive bar Jackie’s 5th Amendment.

The long-standing watering hole on Fifth Avenue at Seventh Street is set to serve its last round of brews on Sept. 14 — but not because the old-school joint cannot keep up with the affluent neighborhood’s skyrocketing rents. Owner Harold Costello has fallen ill and is ready to throw in the bar towel.

“[Costello’s] health isn’t great,” said bartender Rebecca McCarthy. “He just wanted to see [the bar] go out on his own terms.”

The bar will leave behind a dedicated clientele who come for the cheap prices — a bucket of a half dozen seven-ounce “pony” beers will run you $10 — and the odd hours. Jackie’s has long opened at 8 am, making it a destination for morning barflies getting off of work on the night shift.

“The shift workers are not happy,” said longtime bartender Linda, who declined to give her last name.

Jackie’s beer-and-a-shot vibe has come to feel out of place in Park Slope as the neighborhood has become a mecca for mixology and puppy pedicures, so much so that the dive bar petitioned in 2011 to secede and become its own neighborhood.

The Slope saloon is named for Costello’s late wife, Jackie, who suffered a fatal heart attack in 2005. The couple took over the bar from her parents in the 1970s when it was called Tyson’s, renaming it Jackie’s 5th Amendment because what happens at Jackie’s stays at Jackie’s.

Bereaved Jackie’s barflies may have to go elsewhere for grandpa’s cough medicine, but the doctor kind will still be close at hand. Slope Drugs & Surgical Supply, the next-door pharmacy, will be expanding into the pub space, which is said to have been operating as a bar since the end of Prohibition.

Calls to the pharmacy’s owner were not returned by press time.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Stomping Soyboys says:
Make way for artisanal craft brewery!!!! Theres a brand new, unheard of, one of a kind, refreshing idea to help Brooklyn thrive! YAAAAHHH DEEEEEEEED!
Aug. 22, 2013, 9:27 am
T-Bone from DoBro says:
Yeah, the hipster haven of Park Slope. Go back to your loser circle jerk blog. It's been nice around here since you started it back up. I thought you said you were done for good. That did not last too long. I guess you miss being the shepherd of a flock of losers - most of whom post from the flyover states that you hate. Write another parody song, Jerome.
Aug. 22, 2013, 10:03 am
ty from pps says:
Umm... so, this has absolutely nothing to do with Jackie's feeling "out of place in Park Slope" -- that's just a stupid statement. It's all about the owner getting old and sick.
Aug. 22, 2013, 12:32 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
OK, lets put some math to this. 6 beers at 7 ounces each for 10 bucks. So thats 42 ounces of beer for $10 right? So when the "Ironic Paperclip" opens up in it's place $10 will still buy 42 ounces of beer , right? Read the Bartoonist to find out what $10 buys you in a hipster bar. Like Yah!
Aug. 22, 2013, 1:50 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
and thats for bottled beer. Draft is probably cheaper. Have to walk on over and have a couple of drafts. Hipsters couldn't buy 42 ounces of organic, artisinal, hand crafted, gluten free, free ranged, cage free, gluten free, cruelty free water for $10
Aug. 22, 2013, 1:55 pm
ty from pps says:
$10 gets you 32 oz of quality beer at most bars in Brooklyn ($12 at most, less during happy hour).

Do you really think tiny bottles of p*ss yellow beer is that awesome?

Again, you can buy this bar and keep it the same. The reason it is closing is because the owner is old and dying. The only reason this will become something different is because all of you "real locals" don't care enough to take on the challenge of running this bar. If the "authentic" Brooklyn is so important, why aren't you trying to keep it alive (ya know, other than whining on the internet)?

And I thought hipsters drank PBR, not fancy beer... Oh, RIGHT. I forgot. "Hipster" is the label for everyone that doesn't live in Swampdouche's inherited house. Hipster includes anyone that isn't a "real local" -- whatever that means.
Aug. 22, 2013, 2:24 pm
ty from pps says:
Hey Swampy.
Don't worry you can still get your yellow beer in a styrofoam cup at Farrell's and shout racist and homophobic slurs at people passing by... fun local entertainment.
Aug. 22, 2013, 2:26 pm
T-Bone from DoBro says:
We know that Jerome is a big fan...
Aug. 22, 2013, 3:02 pm
norman from Park Slope says:
There are seats reserved for the drinkers (old-timers and hipsters) at the AA meetings in Park Slope. AA gets a big crowd in Park Slope. So sad folks have been enticed to choose such a deadly poison.
Aug. 22, 2013, 3:17 pm
old tme brooklyn from slope says:
great place to get laid too!!!
Aug. 22, 2013, 3:43 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Well truth be told I don't frequent bars so much. Can't defend Budweiser either, it's true swill, but I have been to the Jackie’s a few times and mixed drinks are $5 dollars with a generous pour....except if you are a which case you get charged more. Happens all the time. Don't believe me? Check Yelp. Hipsters pay more. My type of place. Now if you are telling me hipster bars charge $5 dollars a well then I will say your are simply full of ——. Again, check Bartoonist at this fine web site you are reading now. Hipster bars charge $10-$12 for a mixed drink. No thank you. I would rather pay less and watch the beardos pay more. They watch me pay one price, get charged another and simply nasly honk that they will pay. Sheep. Happens every day
Aug. 22, 2013, 5:39 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
I may be stating the obvious but the problem hipster bars is that they don't pay for quality - they pay for perceived quality. And when it comes to bars it's amateurish local brews and spirits - but they have a cool logo, the tatted up bartender/mixologist is dressed like the general store owner on "The Waltons" and the place looks like a speakeasy. They can't even stomach a shot and a beer locale without the trappings: moonshine, artisanal booze. It's about the journey.
It's like hiring a carpenter to cut a 2X4 for 35 bucks an hour VS getting some HGTV personality to do it for 6000 bucks.

I can buy a burger at 5 guys for a few bucks. Why do I have to pay more for the same thing at Johnny Rockets?

As some of you may know, When I took a marketing class, my professor said that the only difference between foreign and domestic cars (other than price) is perceived quality. Domestic cars go for the line worker wearing the trucker cap and flannel and the BMW/Volkswagen line worker wears smart glasses and a white lab coat.

The biggest rip off phrase other than gourmet and artisanal is "German Engineering".
Aug. 22, 2013, 6:52 pm
Pat I. from brooklyn says:
Another thought: hipsters whine about cookie cutter, suburbia, chain stores, etc. But do they look at each other? they spend a sh*tload of money to make a bar to look "unique" - AKA like the 50 other bars on the block. They all have the same tattoos...I mean - c'mon!

All Brooklyn bars and restaurants are turning into hipster versions of chain restaurants.
Aug. 22, 2013, 6:56 pm
ty from pps says:
Pat I. That was a whole lot of ignorance crammed in there... and on so many topics. Well done.
Aug. 22, 2013, 7:09 pm
Pat I. from Brooklyn says:
No. But then you defend the f*ckheads to the death. But my screed affects normal people too.

I could never get a table at say - PF Chang's on a Friday night. The wait is too long and people tend to let their kids run rampant The takeout menu is expensive. But the nice family owned place down the street has far better food at half the price.

I could get a great Manhattan in Brooklyn at a (now closed) bar on the corner of court and carroll streets for a song. But in the heights, in a loud crowded bar I got a crappy drink ..surrounded by douchebags...for twice the price.

One place has got this down to a science: HOOTERS.
Aug. 22, 2013, 7:21 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Here is how it will go down. The Fifth Amendment closes. 2 or 3 hipster joints or vegan-tofu-gluten free fusion places open and fail. Maybe a Prospect PArk yuppie mom and baby place comes and goes. Then some lumber-jack beardo tries to recreate what is closing and tries to make it an authentic faux dive bar and calls it Caleb's Sixth Amendment and since the place has changed hands 4 times beers are 10 bucks and mixed drinks $13. Anyway, Calebs closes in 6 months and the place ends up being a Brooklyn Industry store just like the one 3 blocks away
Aug. 22, 2013, 7:23 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
Exactly. My father-in-law used to work in commercial real estate. He said that when a building goes up the first tenant sets the tone for the success of the property. If it closes in three months, something even less plausible moves in and closes in three months. After 4 or five turnovers, the place is near impossible to rent. It's like it's cursed. and a lot of these are great locations (out here the only turnarounds that work are Korean buffet places or chain stores.

It's kinda like the life cycle of a gas station: American owned, indian owned. Shuts down and re-opens as a place that sells rugs and giant stuffed animals. Finally it goes seasonal and finds a new life as a place that sells Xmas trees.
Aug. 22, 2013, 7:37 pm
ty from pps says:
Hmm... I guess you see what you want to see.
Aug. 22, 2013, 8:29 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
years ago it was fern bars. pretty much a shot and short beer works for he day to to day but you want a place to take a date and I don't mean snooky's you may want something a bit more fern
Aug. 22, 2013, 9:39 pm
Swampyankee from Ruined Brooklyn says:
Hey Ty, why don't you check out today's Bartoonist and then come back and continue to educate all us real New Yorkers about beer prices in Brooklyn. Facts are troublesome things Ty
Aug. 23, 2013, 6:25 am
ty from pps says:
I was referring to your "business cycle" fiction, Swampdouche. You like to see the failures, but there seems to be lots and lots and lots of restaurants and bars (specifically the ones you find oh so objectionable) that have been in business for years and years and years.

(And, yes, drinks can be pricey... and p*ss yellow beer and generic booze can be cheap. I don't think the world can handle all of these shocking revelations!)
Aug. 23, 2013, 8:50 am
Bendrix says:
A hipster is anyone under the age of 40. These Baby Boomers just won't give up. They'll hold onto their adolescence till their very last breath and resent anyone who tries to claim any territory on their plot of "cool" culture. They invented everything!
Aug. 23, 2013, 3:17 pm
The Chooch from Morgantown says:
Aug. 23, 2013, 5:57 pm
The Chooch from Morgantown says:
I'll take a hot thing with tattooed thighs over a guy in a Yankees hat any day. I don't care what the beer costs.
Aug. 23, 2013, 6:01 pm
Jay from nyc says:
too funny, bunch of people who have no idea at all what will be eventually happening with this space calling each other names like they are in the know. To paraphrase Boss Tweed, I can always get half the stupid people to kill the other half.
Aug. 23, 2013, 9:04 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Pat I:

They all have the same tattoos

Tattoos are the uniform of the non conformist.
Aug. 24, 2013, 1:29 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
If I had the dough, I'd buy the place. And I wouldn't change a damn thing.
Aug. 24, 2013, 5:14 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
Hey Nancies, Park Slope is not a hipster neighborhood. It's a wholesome family neighborhood with great restaurants, great stores, and great parks. Why do you hate children, fine food, excellent wares, and fantastic public spaces? Why do you hate capitalism? Why do you hate America?

Please keep your children-hating, commie-loving, America-bashing noses in your own business in your own pitiful neighborhoods.

Does that generous helping of vitriol taste as good when others are serving it back to you?
Aug. 24, 2013, 5:19 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
I will miss Jackie's 5th Amendment. Though I'm not a barfly it was a neighborhood anchor. And losing it after Timboo's closed and O'Conner's went upscale, well, the area feels less well-rounded. Perhaps the patrons will migrate to the Monroe--they have fairly cheap beer. The old Irish guy who's been hanging out in front of Timboo's for the last 15 years (and probably longer) made the transition to its successor Skylark, so anything is possible. After all the Thirst transcends all barriers and cultures.
Aug. 24, 2013, 5:27 pm
old time brooklyn says:
swamp and pat - spot on - it is all perception. there is a place near my summer estate that was a kmart for years and when they moved out it turned over 3 times in a year - been sitting empty over 2 years now.

and if a girl has tats she may as well heave a beard - the tramp stamp. even worse on guys - get your wife beaters on.

bring back the gaslight and the iron horse (later nick named the toy bar)
Aug. 25, 2013, 12:11 pm
BklynBabe123 from The Real Park Slope says:
For everyone's info the pharmacy next store has bought them out and is expanding. Thank God for small favors we do not need another pretentious god awful yuppie haven/cafe/bar
Aug. 26, 2013, 1:03 pm
DeadBallEra from Park Slope says:
I've lived in and loved my nabe for over 20 years. I am also living the "gentrification" effects. The diversity of shops, the organic/gluten-free availability, awesome (if one is aware of current events, one might discover the onslaught of toxins/contaminents in our mainstream food supply... just saying...). What I have not appreciated is the lack of commitment to the neighborhood from our new neighbors - they don't stay too long. Used to be that families grew up here, married, raised children, all from the same address. It kept things stable financially, created a sense of belonging, kept the greed out of the equation. For those of us who remain through the years, we miss the familiarity of seeing someone and comfortably asking 'how's your mom doing' or 'did you get that car fixed with the fella I sent you to'. Too many faces coming and going, creating a metropolis, not a nabe. Just an opinion from a "long-timer" who raised kids here and holds priceless memories close to heart. Feel free to twist and slander, seems to be the new approach to coping...
Aug. 28, 2013, 11:12 am
norman from ParkSlope says:
"For everyone's info the pharmacy next store has bought them out and is expanding. Thank God for small favors we do not need another pretentious god awful yuppie haven/cafe/bar"

Three cheers for the expanding pharmacy. Good health is so much better than alcoholism. It is alcoholism which kept the 5th Amendment alive. Let's get real people. Alcoholism kills!!
Sept. 3, 2013, 9:37 am
MR T PARK SLOPER 50 years says:
all you hipsters from everyware else go back to Utah and mars youmade park slope like living in the twilight zone
Sept. 14, 2013, 4:06 pm

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