2007_06_henrystreetalehouse.jpg“We don’t carry Coors Light,” said the bartender, quick as could be, as a lady patron sat shocked and surprised.

“Well, how about a Bud Light,” she said.

“Nope.”

What does the Henry Street Ale House, a little pub in Brooklyn Heights stuck between a cleaners and an ice cream shop, exactly have? Well, it does have 16 excellent beers on tap, which is not exactly a big deal anymore with places like 4th Avenue Pub pushing over 20. 4th Avenue Pub also has 35 bottled beers. How many does Henry Street Ale House have? This must be a joke, but they have one.

Not exactly vintage and certainly not trendy, the Henry Street Ale House coasts the cool line between irrelevance and neighborhood standby. During happy hour -- where you’ll also get $1.50 off all drafts -- the place seems more like a living room than a social gathering place, with people basically keeping to themselves. It’s the kind of no-nonsense pub of old that makes you surprised they even take credit cards.

Better hope you brought some of your own entertainment unless that pint in front of you is all you need. There are no bar games, no cocktail lists, and not a TV to be found. Luckily that beer is great, the atmosphere is perfect, and even the food is good. Other neighborhoods should be so lucky to have a bar that seems to care so little.

Henry Street Ale House
62 Henry St., Brooklyn, NY