The Nets have done pretty well since moving to Brooklyn. And, as Brooklynites pair emotions best with craft beer, whiskey shots and public urination, fans need to find a few bars around Barclays for some celebratory pre-and-post-game boozing. But if you're not planning on selling your firstborn for a glass of cognac at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club, where can all this drinking be done?
Luckily, the brave souls over at the Times were intrepid enough to set foot in a part of Brooklyn far from the settled shores of Wythe Avenue. And on this journey, they managed to uncover a number of game-friendly bars within a stones' throw of the Barclays Center, or, as now forever cemented in readers' lexicons, "the great rusty turtle."
A few bars found by the Times pioneers included Cyprus Avenue, a casual drinking hole on Fifth Ave that served a "Brooklyn happy-hour perk": a Jameson shot and a Bud Light can for $6. They also checked out Sugarcane, a decade-old bar on Flatbush Ave, Mullanes Bar and Grill on Lafayette, trendy beer spot 4th Avenue Pub, Die Koelner Bierhalle on St. Marks Place and Freddy's, a once-popular Prospect Heights bar that was relocated to South Slope/Sunset Park during Barclays' construction.
Some bar owners said the arena's helped draw crowds, though others noticed Nets fans were still just trickling in. After all, "this is a Knicks town," Derick Mayers, a Crown Heights resident who was watching a Knicks game at sports bar 200 Fifth, told the Times. And the real sports bar test will probably come in 2015, when the Islanders move to Barclays and the streets of Prospect Heights are lined with hockey fans beleaguered both by games and LIRR delays. Say goodbye to your rose gardens, neighbors!