Hot Bird

Hot Bird

Bar and Beer Garden$$$$
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
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  • Callie P.
    "Great for meeting friends around the firepit on a spring evening."(15 Tips)
    Aleah N.
    "Fun and casual, picnic tables outside with a food truck."(6 Tips)
    Emily
    "delicious BBQ next door"(6 Tips)
    Alex N.
    "great beer selection and also some really nice cocktails."(12 Tips)
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  • Ty M.
    Ty McMahanAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm always happy with hot bird. The interior is like a clean, comfortable, well-lit 1950s machine shop. That reclaimed cool vibe. Huge patio. Good cocktails. Good pour. Usually a good crowd.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 22, 2016
    This bar boasts an outdoor fire pit, which makes its massive patio a welcome spot no matter how fierce the weather. Grab a few beers and gather 'round this rare and welcome bonfire. Read more
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 11, 2013
    Hot Bird's outdoor space, built in a former auto-body shop facing Atlantic Avenue, is best experienced on a sunny day, when you can crowd around picnic tables on the expansive patio and sip drafts. Read more
  • Marius W.
    Wonderful beer garden (that also does cocktails and has an indoor bar) in a slightly out of the way spot, making it less likely to be overrun by hordes of people. A favorite.
  • Bailey
    BaileyNovember 1, 2016
    They've got a decent selection of cocktails but the taco truck outside is really the best part. Great decor inside, very retro with a large patio outside and lots of benches for communal sitting.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinApril 28, 2014
    The outdoor area is one among the best you can find in Brooklyn on a warm summer night. Snag a picnic table, impress all your friends.
  • Kaitlyn R.
    Kaitlyn RocheSeptember 12
    Beer and tacos. Enough said. $5 craft beers before 8pm on weekdays. Also the back patio is amazing and has a fire pit going when it's cold!
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJune 29, 2016
    Beers and cocktails inside, tacos and tables outside. No children, bikes, dogs, or outside food allowed.
  • Pepe
    PepeAugust 27, 2013
    If you're lucky the #burritodudes might come by w delicious burritos & quesadillas. #bklynburro #burrosontherun #ourmissionisbrooklyn
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LonsdaleOctober 22, 2015
    Awesome yard with giant picnic tables. Great place for a birthday gathering. Cocktails and beer selection are great! Be warned, Cash only!
  • Zach Aarons
    Zach AaronsJune 1, 2012
    Super fun place to grab drinks and sit outdoors on a summer nice. You can also order BBQ from next door! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerJune 21, 2015
    It's gotten a lot more manageable since they kicked out all the kids. Less toddlers to trip over, less free range parents to roll your eyes at. The beer selection is consistently well-curated.
  • Katie L.
    Katie LJune 7, 2011
    Killer patio, but get there early if you want a table on a Saturday night. Starts filling up around 10 and can get a smidge sceney, but not a big bother. Also a great place for bday parties.
  • Silent K P.
    Silent K PiasekJune 22, 2010
    Hotbirb is Clinton Hill's own micro beer-garden. Just enough picnic tables outside for an intimately robust party and plenty of room inside too. Great craft beers and soon they'll have food too. New f
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome fire pit. Great cocktails and beer selection. You can get food delivered and no one cares. (also good bbq next door).
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenJune 8, 2015
    great beer selection and also some really nice cocktails. outdoor patio seating gives this place a really down to earth vibe.
  • Callie P.
    Callie PeckMarch 18, 2011
    Leave the hatesters in the Burg and the Village and get real with some of Clinton Hill's finest folk. Great for meeting friends around the firepit on a spring evening.
  • Aleah N.
    Aleah NicholeSeptember 19
    Best spot for beers in the summer. Fun and casual, picnic tables outside with a food truck. What more could you want?!
  • Whitney B.
    Whitney BaxterAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Quintessential neighborhood bar, but with a large outdoors and strong, rotating draft selection. Patio open to close = summer gem
  • Mike B.
    Mike BurkeApril 30
    Make sure you order from the "center" of the bar or else you get scolded at by Chris Angel.
  • Amanda D.
    Amanda DAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour until 8p. Cash only, ATM near the bathrooms. Bring in delicious BBQ from next door!
  • Erin G.
    Erin GFebruary 13, 2016
    Funky hipster bar with great cocktails and lots of outdoor space and a fire pit. Super cool place.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonJune 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great outdoor space for drinking beer in the summer. Also, they make a great Kentucky mule.
  • Meg L.
    Meg LewisApril 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab some BBQ next door and bring it on over! They have the best vegetarian bbq around. My carnivorous friends love it too.
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedMay 29, 2012
    The BBQ joint next door will deliver to your table here. Turn left out the patio entrance. It's almost too good to be true
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaJanuary 19, 2016
    It's completely chill, nice, rarely packed, and amazing happy hour. The staff is always cool too.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 27, 2015
    Fire pit! Cash only! Order BBQ from Little Brothers as you sip on a draft beer :)
  • Shanika G.
    Shanika GunaratnaJune 19, 2015
    My perfect bar. In the winter there's a firepit and in the summer you'll miss it. 
  • Olivia V.
    Olivia VindenSeptember 3, 2012
    The pulled pork sandwich is out of this world. Eat it in the beer garden with a Brooklyn Lager.
  • Andrea
    AndreaMay 26, 2012
    about to be my summer spot b/c if the bbq next door. Meat plate and collards and chili chase fries..so good.
  • lovethesecities.com
    Not many better outside spaces for groups in BK. Solid drinks selection and a perfect bar to wind down at as it is never too crazy.
  • Nicole W.
    Nicole WilliamsMay 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Surprisingly happy with this neighborhood local. Great beers, ideal for a Summer's evening and not too crowded on a saturday night.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaMay 9, 2016
    Large patio and smaller indoor area. BYO pizza from next door (also, BYO McDonald's from across the street).
  • Michael D.
    Michael DJuly 25, 2013
    Go during happy hour 4-7 or 8, but just go for happy hour. First time having the Peach Weiss.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneSeptember 20, 2015
    Spacious patio area with respectable beer menu. The bar's can only, so plan accordingly.
  • miles l.
    miles lennonJuly 21, 2016
    Very nice outdoor drinking spot with the taco stand outdoors for when you get munchies
  • Dens
    DensJanuary 6, 2014
    If for some reason you find yourself in nearby and it's FREEZING COLD, swing by and check out the outdoor fire pit with a bourbon old fashioned.
  • Vince C.
    Vince C.July 22, 2015
    Blood orange pale ale is on tap. If you're a fan of magic hat #9, give this a whirl.
  • Jake D.
    Jake DayApril 30
    This is such an awesome place to hang out - very friendly spot with great atmosphere
  • Kyle Dean R.
    Kyle Dean ReinfordApril 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    best bar. cash only. great outdoor seating and good beers on tap.
  • Michael
    MichaelDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask them to fix the fire if it dies down, and they'll make it big and warm.
  • Emily
    EmilyApril 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A great outdoor space and the delicious BBQ next door is delivered to your table.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonJanuary 11
    definitely a spot to take some friends--probably the standard for ambiance and setup for bars in Brooklyn.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 15, 2013
    Beer and whiskey neighborhood bar with a spacious patio.
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DanellaMarch 23, 2016
    Cool outdoor area to hang with a group. I don't think the taps are very clean though, two different draft beers I had tasted really bad.
  • Harry R.
    Harry RaymondMarch 22, 2016
    Great outdoor spot for summer drinking.
  • Alex S.
    Alex StillMay 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop next door at Little Bros. BBQ and have them bring over a heaping tray of 'cue. Wash it down with something hoppy.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SoloveMarch 16, 2013
    If you take care of the bartenders, they will take care of you. Great spot for a weekend night out.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    Next door, Little Brother BBQ keeps things low and slow and serves take-out sandwiches for those keeping the Hot Bird crowing until last call. Read more
  • Carl C.
    Carl CollinsNovember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place in all seasons - special bonus the kitchen (destroyed in a blizzard a few years back) is back open!!
  • Linnea C.
    Linnea CovingtonSeptember 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    They have a delicious lobster spring roll and if Young's Chocolate Stout is on tap, GET IT! It's like choco milk.
  • Kass
    KassMarch 21, 2016
    The fire pit is awesome, plus the bar has a great feel
  • Emily M.
    Emily MalanApril 6, 2013
    its a chill summer drinking spot. And a nice casual date spot.
  • thea
    theaSeptember 2, 2016
    Hang outside under the umbrellas all night drinking delicious cocktails and affordable beer. 👌🏼
  • Wade V.
    Wade VetiverOctober 4, 2015
    Great $6 beer pints. Lively environment. Cash only.
  • Neely M.
    Neely MooreOctober 27, 2011
    In the winter they have a fire pit outside. I love seeing a man in flannel chop wood at my local BK bar!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 17, 2014
    You must try the delicious hot toddies that are sure to warm you up from the cold weather.
  • J. David W.
    J. David WilliamsOctober 9, 2012
    You can't run a tab and they don't have any martini glasses (?) otherwise, nice atmosphere.
  • Loren H.
    Loren HnksnApril 27, 2016
    Chill bar with decent beer selection. Fire pits are 👌. Don't order delivery.
  • David B.
    David BrahlerOctober 26, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Great dive bar but they have a firm no strollers and kids policy.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughMay 24, 2015
    Great outdoor seating. BBQ next door is supposed to be good.
  • Isaac S.
    Isaac ShabotMay 19, 2016
    Great atmosphere with good cocktails in former body shop
  • Erin H.
    Erin H.April 19
    The "no smoking permitted outside" signs do not hold true AT ALL 🚬🚬🚬🚬 ! Do NOT go here to enjoy the fresh city air ;)! If smoking doesn;t bother you they have a decent beer selection!
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyAugust 5, 2014
    Hungry? Go next door to Little Brother and bring back some BBQ (sandwiches and mac n cheese).
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RhoadesMay 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of Brooklyn's best patios, plus a killer beer selection and (maybe this doesn't matter to some, but) charming bathrooms.
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WhiteDecember 13, 2015
    Great spot to warm up (by fire pit and booze) in Clinton Hill.
  • Jillian S.
    Jillian SwitzerAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    $4 drafts Mon thru Fri until 8pm. Cash only.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KimApril 9, 2015
    The honey bee is my favorite. There's a fire pit outside
  • Carrie L.
    Carrie LongsdorfJuly 15, 2013
    Order the South Side for a refreshing summer cocktail!
  • Erin J.
    Erin JonesOctober 20, 2015
    Good food, good drinks. Be warned, cash only
  • asha c.
    asha chagoyenOctober 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot Bird is union pool's less douchier little brother. Plus it has better beer.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MilbergerDecember 10, 2011
    Ask for the BBQ menu for the joint next door. Tasty.
  • Justina F.
    Justina FrankSeptember 13, 2015
    Came for a quick beer. Was really crowded and lively atmosphere
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerAugust 12, 2014
    Outdoor seating - bring in your food. Laid back vibe.
  • Luke
    LukeNovember 6, 2016
    A fine place to drink beer outside. Still cash only
  • David S.
    David SequeiraJune 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Cool venue. Great atmosphere. Nice outside patio. Drinks a lil pricey, but worth it.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HakimiSeptember 10, 2015
    They have plenty of outdoor seating, if you're into that.
  • Sahadeva H.
    Sahadeva HammariMarch 9, 2014
    If you're feeling feisty after dinner and drinks on Vanderbuilt stop by here for a nightcap.
  • Erik F.
    Erik FahrenkopfOctober 26, 2015
    Good for parents when grandparents are watching the kids. Fireplace outside.
  • Lee L.
    Lee LawrenceJune 23, 2015
    Outdoor patio! Plus, good brews.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanJuly 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer on tap in the summer is fresh
  • EatMeDrinkMeNYC
    EatMeDrinkMeNYCOctober 19, 2010
    Yes, yes, I know the rice crispy treat dessert sounds simple but I think it will surprise you!
  • Mike M.
    Mike McVicarMay 29, 2014
    Great vibes and outdoor space.
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CooperJuly 8, 2015
    Great space, great staff, great drinks.
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WangJuly 16, 2011
    HaPpy hour until 8 even on the weekend. 4 for beers. 5 for wells
  • Pratheeksha K.
    Pratheeksha KSMarch 26, 2016
    Fire pit! Nice for dates
  • Matt R.
    Matt RaoulAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mourn the loss of the food truck with some Hudson Baby Bourbon. And, maybe a trip to McDonalds across the street.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MayesOctober 7, 2012
    A-mahzing. Order BBQ from next door and grab the corner table.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CrowleyFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They serve a great hot buttered rum in the winter!
  • Ginny J.
    Ginny JenningsAugust 7, 2014
    Craft beer, outdoor seating
  • a. h.
    a. hirataMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I like anyplace with left hand milk stout.
  • Brandpn F.
    Brandpn FaceJune 11, 2010
    This is an awesome bar. Good out door area and Friendly staff
  • Andy ⚓.
    Andy ⚓March 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the fire roasted veal
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BMay 11, 2013
    More "no smoking" signs per square foot than any bar in NYC.
  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaJuly 11, 2012
    #TREATYOSELF to... getting hand-delivered BBQ from Little Brother's next door as you sip on a cold one.
  • Kushal D.
    Kushal DaveAugust 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer, well dressed veggie dogs, outdoor space!
  • Logan F.
    Logan FinlayJune 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order BBQ from Little Brothers next door. Enjoy at a picnic table.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour 5-8pm Monday-Friday
  • Spencer
    SpencerAugust 11, 2013
    The bbq was awesome next door
  • Brette C.
    Brette C. 😎🎶June 16, 2011
    I want to steal the sign behind the bar and hang it in my living room. ;)
  • thm
    thmMarch 12, 2014
    Very cool space. Check it out.
  • J S.
    J ScottFebruary 6, 2011
    so your self a favor ask for Heather to make you a Manhattan.
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioJuly 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only, hottest birds in the hood. $5 happy hour
  • Luisa A.
    Luisa AnconaMay 23, 2015
    Strawberry lager!!!! Delicious
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CarambulaMay 8, 2010
    Amazing space, great outdoor drinking (on Atlantic ave!)
  • Mary K.
    Mary KApril 24, 2015
    Beer selection is off the hook
  • Qbertplaya
    QbertplayaFebruary 27, 2011
    Went on a Sat. night in Feb. at around 6pm. No food! The bar is pretty at least.
  • Anna H.
    Anna HoushangiOctober 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have the best coasters.
  • Lindsay
    LindsaySeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great bartenders. Never a dull evening.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KaufmanSeptember 28, 2014
    Great outdoor space.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 3, 2014
    Check out Hot Bird as seen on Chopped Read more
  • Derek P.
    Derek PanJune 22, 2011
    The girls here are #unusallygorgeous on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CikanekJuly 14, 2012
    Ask for a Bud Light!
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KronovetApril 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    $2 off beers before 8pm!
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangJuly 13, 2016
    Come sit outside and grab a beer with friends but skip the food, it's mediocre at best.
  • Julie A.
    Julie AvraSeptember 15
    vape life! Bartender gave me free club soda
  • Angie G.
    Angie GannonAugust 6, 2010
    such rude bar staff, we left after one drink and didn't try the food. Disappointing. I'd like to go back because I'm sure it would be different if the staff had any level of customer service. We'll se
  • John D.
    John DeCiccoFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Oh Lord Jesus There's A Fire
  • Lily G.
    Lily GompertsAugust 25, 2016
    Outdoor space!
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan ChapmanApril 28, 2012
    Cash only, but they have an ATM.
  • Tani Y.
    Tani YeeApril 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    bonfire, good beer selection, great music
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DilleyApril 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great beer,great service!
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannJuly 10, 2016
    Pickles looked bomb
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YeagerJune 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy a craft beer on the patio!
  • Clare
    ClareJune 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring food to cook on their grill. (Advance reservation encouraged.)
  • Cros B.
    Cros BeeAugust 27, 2012
    Service was pretty bad. It was a little overpriced. Atmosphere is same as all over Brooklyn. Nothing special.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 8, 2015
    Good beer selection.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BurkeApril 30
    Bartenders are wack
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HakimiSeptember 10, 2015
    Whiskey. Hipsters.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SOctober 18, 2013
    Prepare for epic waits for a drink
  • Feather L.
    Feather LRNovember 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The bartender Don is the bomb!
  • KDKA M.
    KDKA MAugust 8, 2010
    Nice indoor/outdoor space. But too cold! Turn down the a/c!
  • Jarel H.
    Jarel HillAugust 10
    Sweet outside spot
  • Mike F.
    Mike FraiettaMay 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A line to get in?! Hot Bird is over!!
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MaverickNovember 27, 2012
    Bulleit on the rocks
  • Michael A.
    Meatball sandwich
  • Siena C.
    Siena ChiangAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order BBQ.
  • Willy
    WillyApril 26, 2013
    World's smallest bathroom.
  • Joseph G.
    Joseph GonzalesApril 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Check Little Bros BBQ next door...
  • Aimee K.
    Aimee KibbeOctober 17, 2010
    The shorty foreign owner of this place is a SUUUUPER dick. Got all up in my friends face about his Arizona ice tea, cussing right off the bat, grabbing at him and everything. How rude!! Never again!
  • Mr.Grey
    Mr.GreyAugust 31, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Unusually good burger for 6 bucks.
  • seanivore
    seanivoreAugust 17, 2014
    Patio game 👍
  • Maggi P.
    Maggi PppppppJanuary 10, 2012
    Yay Firepit !
  • Robert
    RobertJuly 15, 2011
    Anthony is the best.
  • Erin S.
    Erin ScottbergMay 1, 2011
    So the Hot bird sign has been replaced...
  • Leo N.
    Leo Newball, jrOctober 23, 2011
    this was an old gas stop before it got converted to a bar
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsApril 10
    Keep the bar clear
  • Charles B.
    Charles BJuly 14, 2012
    this place is the shit on a nice night.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GoldAugust 28, 2012
    DO NOT GO HERE. Rudest bartenders I've ever seen. Watered down drinks. Rude people. Just don't go. Ever.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RMay 3, 2012
    They don't allow dogs out in the patio - wtf?
  • EatMeDrinkMeNYC
    EatMeDrinkMeNYCOctober 19, 2010
    You'll love the rice balls!
  • Clay W.
    Clay WilliamsFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Closed on Sunday afternoons. Tragic really.
  • 🆗🆒Lindsey W.
    🆗🆒Lindsey WeberJune 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They don't have a food truck anymore :(
  • Todd M.
    Todd McKinneyJuly 11, 2010
    Most outstanding!
  • Sam R.
    Sam RosenbergJuly 26, 2011
    More hot sauce.
  • Marques S.
    Marques StewartAugust 12, 2010
    Bartender was rude and the place doesn't have a friendly atmosphere.
  • Joey X.
    Joey XOctober 14, 2011
    WiFi p/w: 825hotbird
  • nana
    nanaAugust 29, 2010
    O_O
  • H C.
    H CApril 18, 2010
    Opening April 20th, can't wait!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LightfieldOctober 14, 2014
    Outdoor fire pit! Need I say more?
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