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Hot Bird – A Mystery Comes Full Circle into a Magnificent Bar

June 1, 2010

Hot Bird, yes.

It seems I may have a thing for bars setup in old auto garages. It may be the non-stuffy vibe, the manly and dirty feel, or possibly even the magical powers that take me away from the city and put me in a happy place. Regardless, Hot Bird is a hot bar.Hot Bird started off as a mysterious sign (see previous post on mysterious sign) proclaiming heavenly BBQ in New York that fellow Brooklynites would see off of Atlantic Avenue, and in good time evolved into a bar.

Hot Bird come to fruition (on Clinton Avenue between Atlantic and Fulton) boasts a spacious inside area that was once an auto shop and now outfitted with wooden tables and chairs, and a “gigantic” by NYC standards outside seating area fit with picnic benches and grills, which for this past Memorial day were available by reservation.

I love old garages...

...and I love outdoor seating

The beer selection is obviously hand picked by a genius. When I had the pleasure of visiting they had Six Point Otis Oatmeal Stout, Pretty Things Jack D’Or, Dogfish Head Aprihop, Nectar Pale Ale and Kostricker Black Beer. The small but quality selection of beers was caused by the busy Memorial Day weekend where the bar experienced large crowds.

Their lovely bartender handed me their normal beer list and it added Hofbrau Original Lager, Southern Tier Hop Sun, Weihenstephan, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, and Six Point Righteous Rye to their tremendously strong aforementioned beer force. All the beers seem to range from $5-$7 with most being $6. That in my book is awesome.  And, for the non-beer drinking patrons they did have Alamos Malbec and Saumur Blanc for wine, as well as a full bar at your disposal.

The well picked beer selection

If you are hungry, the bar does not currently serve food, but alas that will be solved by the Alan Harding Food Truck (Village Voice) that will be arriving some time in June and conveniently parked in their courtyard. Sweetness, my friends, sweetness!

So, Hot Bird… it seems you are a fantastic neighborhood spot that will most likely blow up into the next hip bar. Please allow me to welcome you with open arms to Brooklyn.  The people of Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill shall rejoice.  Come on down, Brooklyn… come on down!

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