Abilene

Lounge, Breakfast Spot, and Dive Bar$$$$
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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  • John P.
    "Cool bar with board games!!"(5 Tips)
    Alexandra J.
    "Yummy cocktails, especially the Kentucky Lemonade !"(2 Tips)
    Jory C.
    "Spiked Cider + Scrabble = snowy day heaven at Abeline."(2 Tips)
    Kaitlin U.
    "Love the veggie burger and the dark & stormies!"(4 Tips)
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  • Amy J.
    Amy JacobsMarch 30
    This burger ain't bad. Good value.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CJanuary 23
    Love this bar. Very unpretentious and a great spot to wind down your night.
  • Gideon O.
    Gideon OlshanskyFebruary 15, 2016
    The $6 deal for a beer and a shot is worth it
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyFebruary 15, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    You can tell how divey a bar is based on its bathroom graffiti. Man, I love this place.
  • Maxwell F.
    Maxwell FoxmanDecember 17, 2015
    Interesting cocktails
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerNovember 28, 2015
    They have an excellent music selection--great classic rock (or at least they did on 11/27/15)
  • John P.
    John P.October 11, 2015
    Cool bar with board games!!
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerOctober 5, 2015
    Good burgers, good cocktails and Genesee in cans.
  • Jenn T.
    Jenn TurnerSeptember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Very cool atmosphere here. My fave Pimm's Cup so far.
  • BK
    BKSeptember 5, 2015
    Had high hopes, but this place ended up being a high end dump. Good luck.
  • Alexandra J.
    Alexandra JenkinsAugust 30, 2015
    Fantastic bartenders, generous and fun. Yummy cocktails, especially the Kentucky Lemonade !
  • Yelena
    YelenaAugust 30, 2015
    Free refills on sodas and lemonades, quaint outdoor seating, mediocre food.
  • Basak H.
    Basak HaznedarogluAugust 9, 2015
    Get a marg, grab a table outside and enjoy people watching.
  • Austin O.
    Austin OgilvieJuly 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try one of their well selected and frequently rotating craft beers. Or grab a rail dark and stormy for like 3 bucks.
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngJuly 4, 2015
    Punt you out abruptly at 2
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertJune 30, 2015
    mayfield mule - jim beam rye, fresh lemon juice, ginger beer
  • Meg L.
    Meg LewisJune 21, 2015
    Great brunch with grits and cornbread!
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakMay 23, 2015
    comfy, spacious lounge with board games, bar snacks, and friendly bartenders
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteMay 10, 2015
    This place is for Carroll Gardens locals who like to sit outside and enjoy a beer - the brunch food is god awful, so just come for drinks!
  • Dens
    DensApril 2, 2015
    Great bathroom graffiti. Look out for the *old school* Foursquare sticker in the men's room. I think I may have actually put that there in 2009.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelMarch 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good neighborhood dive bar. Great to visit in nice weather, can sit outside and they open the windows. Good fried bar food too.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 27, 2015
    everything is only $9-10
  • William D.
    William DalasioJanuary 10, 2015
    Nice Kentucky Lemonade & biscuits & gravy
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyJanuary 10, 2015
    Decent old fashioned.
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LonsdaleJanuary 4, 2015
    Great atmosphere. Good drinks.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyNovember 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best late night bar in Carroll Gardens. No matter what night of the week, you'll always find a crowd. Outside seating when it's warm and tons of board games in the back.
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaOctober 21, 2014
    The Bloody Mary was perfectly executed as well as the rest of the food, especially the pulled pork and grits.. The service though wasn't up to par unfortunately.
  • Jon P.
    Jon PeersAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    At least one of the customers here is a huge nerd.
  • Barbara O.
    Barbara OAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good bar food, jalapeño poppers, quesadillas, chicken Parmesan sandwich.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PAugust 8, 2014
    Solid beer selection. $6 a pint.
  • John W.
    John WoodsAugust 7, 2014
    Beer and sandwiches, and plenty of room on the sidewalk.
  • Jinathin K.
    Jinathin KrewleyAugust 3, 2014
    Great beer selection
  • Smash D.
    Smash DembugsAugust 3, 2014
    Board games in the corner
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good spot to grab a High Life and people watch. One of the few places with outdoor seating on Court St.
  • Kaitlin U.
    Kaitlin UgolikJuly 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the veggie burger and the dark & stormies!
  • J.c. B.
    J.c. BrillantJune 9, 2014
    The food was surprisingly good!!! I had the Chicken and waffles... The key ingredient is the gravy... Very good!!!
  • David R.
    David RosenbergMay 20, 2014
    Order frokra, frickles and a non fried alcoholic beverage of your choice. Snag a table outside. You're winning the weekend.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 14, 2014
    Plenty of seating, street-facing bar tables, and convenience to in-demand fine dining spots keep this Court Street standard packed from happy hour until the wee hours.
  • L B.
    L BMarch 27, 2014
    I absolutely LOVE loud rock concerts. However I do not love loud rock concerts from the stereo at my local. Come when you can sit outside.
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AndersonMarch 27, 2014
    Holy poop the music is awful. So loud, so alienating. Go back to Long Island in the 80s, bartender.
  • Robyn
    RobynOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always super nice servers. Great neighborhood bar with solid bar food + outdoor seating.
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DOctober 11, 2013
    Try the Lagunitas - Really starting to like what this brewery is producing.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PhillipsSeptember 14, 2013
    Classic BK dive bar. Dying breed around here. Thanks for not turning into a wine bar or Starbucks.
  • Hunter F.
    Hunter FradkinAugust 20, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Keith Ward
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SheppardAugust 19, 2013
    Good beer selection and awesome deep fried pickles. Nom!
  • victoria s.
    victoria sternJuly 23, 2013
    cheese fries are bangin bartender is super nice
  • William N.
    William NikoseyApril 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cobb salad is a solid choice but don't sleep on the buffalo chicken sandwich.
  • Danny H.
    Danny HillmanDecember 20, 2012
    Best bar in the hood.
  • Pete J.
    Pete JelliffeDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    No one can defeat me at Connect Four
  • Joe G.
    Joe GallagherNovember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Skip the lackluster food, just order more beer.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LandeNovember 25, 2012
    Bangin breakfast burrito! Add bacon and avocado on the side.
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MaulOctober 31, 2012
    Very chill, cool bar. Food is good and they have a nice selection of beers. Doesn't hurt that my best friend lives across the street.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CoursonOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Bonnie's wings? Yes please
  • Raptor W.
    Raptor WebbApril 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    BEWARE: If you are vegetarian and ask for a portobello sandwich you may be served pork. Sad.
  • Casey P.
    Casey PughJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Eat the spiked cider during a cold winter night.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SweeneyNovember 17, 2011
    Terrible dark & stormies. You don't make them with ginger ale, sillies!
  • Kristine B.
    Kristine BrabsonNovember 13, 2011
    Smells like grandma's house. Looks like it too.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 11, 2011
    Winner of Best People-Watching Bar in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! The outdoor tables and strong Bloody Marys make conversation easy.
  • Drinkopoly
    DrinkopolyNovember 11, 2011
    Drinkopoly is now available for all your merry amusement.
  • Ryan V.
    Ryan VetezeNovember 6, 2011
    Worst brunch on the planet. Everything looks and tastes like barf.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CummingsAugust 26, 2011
    Nice place later in the evening - baby-tastic earlier.
  • Raptor W.
    Raptor WebbAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Veggie Burger is yummy.
  • Raptor W.
    Raptor WebbAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The perfect place to sit and have a drink while you're doing laundry.
  • Katie C.
    Katie CovingtonAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best people watching on court street and the nachos ain't bad either.
  • Kristine
    KristineAugust 6, 2011
    kid-friendly bar. Bring the baby. Spacious seating outside leaves room for a stroller.
  • Bruce D.
    Bruce DuganAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're at Abilene, don't listen to Devin W. This place rocks, he's just bitter.
  • Devin W.
    Devin WinterbottomAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Man is the food here godawful, don't order any. Otherwise a pretty decent bar.
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HaasJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit at the bar and talk movies with bartender Keith. He's a walking IMDB.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SaboJune 26, 2011
    Cool spot in Carroll gardens, known for biscuits and gravy, some outdoor seating, windows open up for outdoor ambiance, rasberry vodka lemonade is the jam
  • Barbara R.
    Barbara RoseJune 18, 2011
    Bright & sunny? Doesn't matter, get the Dark & Stormy.
  • Karin M.
    Karin MearesJune 10, 2011
    No bloodies after six!
  • Sam R.
    Sam RosenbergMay 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    More hot sauce.
  • jake f.
    jake furstApril 14, 2011
    $2.50 Genny Screamers!!
  • Deanna Z.
    Deanna ZandtMarch 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Well-behaved dogs unofficially allowed when the kitchen is closed.
  • Deanna Z.
    Deanna ZandtMarch 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the pulled pork here.
  • Karlita
    KarlitaFebruary 19, 2011
    Love this bar!! Great staff, great drinks, fun people, wonderful atmosphere. <3
  • Timothy R.
    Timothy ReedJanuary 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fries are too salty. Ask for no salt - they'll still be salty but not too bad.
  • Timothy R.
    Timothy ReedJanuary 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I just get whatever sixpoint is on tap, even if I don't like it (looking at you, sixpoint ipa!)
  • James M.
    James MonaghanDecember 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Sixpoint IPA and buffalo chicken sandwich every time!
  • Stacey H.
    Stacey HankinsSeptember 17, 2010
    Come here to make out.
  • Danielle G.
    Danielle GentileAugust 21, 2010
    Happy hour on saturday. Enough said.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon MooreJuly 4, 2010
    saw keri russell hanging out here the other night.
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn PrzybillaJune 6, 2010
    Get the margarita!
  • Rod S.
    Rod SchecterMay 27, 2010
    Am I cool enough for abiline?
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AnzulewiczMay 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Pullpork sandwich and a bud. Do it.
  • Mimi S.
    Mimi ShellerMay 1, 2010
    Don't order food if yer in a hurry on a sunny afternoon
  • Jill F.
    Jill FilipovicApril 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite local bar. Kind of like being in someone's basement.
  • alissa s.
    alissa sFebruary 1, 2010
    bomb ass chicken and waffles. that is all.
  • Jory C.
    Jory CunninghamDecember 20, 2009
    Spiked Cider + Scrabble = snowy day heaven at Abeline.
  • waisum t.
    waisum tOctober 25, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    You must have a Bloody Mary.
  • Florent P.
    Florent PeyreAugust 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    get there around 5-6 PM on Sunday afternoon right after a movie and sit outside in Spring and Summer to do some people watching while drinking a wheat beer
  • J O.
    J OlsenMay 14, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    ask keith about jay schneider or dot peterson
  • Isabel B.
    Isabel BaylorDecember 13, 2015
    Shot and a beer $6 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾
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