Union Hall

Union Hall

Bar, Karaoke Bar, and Rock Club$$$$
North Slope, Brooklyn
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  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkMay 18, 2016
    Prefer classic summer jams from Ace of Base over Rihanna and Drake? You are in welcome company at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Shameless 90's sing-alongs are accompanied with $7 drink specials all summer. Read more
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerJuly 31, 2015
    I've seen some great concerts and had many a "last" shot. It's never really your last shot. One day, Mike Birbiglia served me a beer. I did a triple take. It was a good beer.
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 26, 2012
    beer, bocce ball, and bands. what more could you ask for?
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RenaudMay 10, 2016
    A big space, with cheap drinks, bocce ball courts, an outdoor courtyard, a downstairs venue that hosts dance parties, and even a cozy, leather-chair covered section for hanging out by the fire.
  • Sara K.
    Sara KafkaMarch 23, 2015
    It's easy to spend the whole afternoon here. Wait for one of the couches to open by the fire and lounge around while ordering drinks, snacks, or real food. Bocci leagues occupy courts on Sunday's
  • Saphryn S.
    Bocce (traditional Italian bowling), Bronx Double IPA, and amazing friends. The three defining experiences here at Union Hall.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Caro
    CaroApril 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    John Hodgman (of Daily Show and Mac & PC fame among other things) has been hosting a somewhat weekly show downstairs called Secret Society. Catch it if you want cheap smart funny comedy.
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineNovember 16, 2012
    Bar menu expanded from signature beer-cheese on Ritz to deep-fried Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and wild boar sausage. Good selection of beers on tap, hops always goes well with kitsch. Read more
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaJanuary 13, 2015
    Get there early to grab a seat! Also, this may make me sound like a wimp but they have really tasty ginger ale for those nights you just can't stomach alcohol.
  • Thomas E.
    Thomas EdwardsSeptember 24, 2011
    Between the bocce, downstairs indie club & the outdoor beer garden, you won't know what to do with yourself. My tip: Have one of their 40+ beer selections. Cool fact: downstairs bathroom is coed.
  • Natalie T.
    Natalie TimoteoJune 16, 2012
    Quite possibly my favorite Brooklyn bar. Bocce courts on the top floor, decorated like a library, concert/dance parties in the basement, and weather permitting an outdoors area.
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RhoadesMay 7, 2011
    This place is the be-all end-all in Brooklyn bars - from live music to bocce ball, taxidermy to comfy sofas and roaring fires, it symbolizes everything that's great about drinking in this borough.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkSeptember 13, 2010
    Sit upstairs where the walls are covered with leather-bound books and a fire roars in front of comfy couches. It’s sort of like the library-meets-bar you wish you had when you went to college.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyFebruary 17
    Super cozy spot that's as intimate as it is spacious. Safe bet when you have friends visiting who want a taste of Brooklyn without getting too weird.
  • Stacy H.
    Stacy HFebruary 12, 2012
    A great, cozy bar where you can curl up on big, leather-tufted couches next to a fire; get social playing bocce ball or partake in their rotating events downstairs.
  • Adrianna G.
    Adrianna GrężakAugust 16, 2013
    Refreshingly large bar for NYC with a relaxed, neighborhood atmosphere. Enjoyed the Union Hall Iced Tea. Lots of couches, small courtyard, and bocce ball!
  • Kat
    KatDecember 29, 2012
    For a chilled out night by the fireplaces next to the humongous bookcase or a fun night out with friends playing pétanque
  • Michelle
    MichelleMarch 6, 2015
    This looks like a library! Got a negroni (well my bf did...I got a whiskey ginger and it wasn't much to talk about) and that was perfectly made. Good atmosphere!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 10, 2011
    This place is huge—15,000 feet, former warehouse huge. It’s so cavernous that it becomes like a dozen private bars. Just watch out for couples getting…a little too cozy on the couches.
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightOctober 2, 2015
    The cozy fireplace area is perfect on cold Brooklyn nights. (If you can grab a seat.)
  • Kyle Dean R.
    Kyle Dean ReinfordApril 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    bocce and beers, but gets a bit brotastic on the weekend. they have great music in the basement and the burger with fig spread is delicious.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 18, 2010
    Grab a comfy chair by the fire and have a pint and an order of sliders. Or enjoy a game of bocce. Or venture downstairs for a live show or a spelling bee.
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerAugust 10, 2014
    Good place to take the parents, when visiting. Something for everyone and a bit out of the ordinary.
  • Collette S.
    Collette SNovember 17, 2015
    Library, bocce court, bar, lounge, club - this place has it all. Well worth the trip to Brooklyn - will be back for sure.
  • John S.
    John SheffieldJanuary 3, 2016
    Bocce ball, fireplace, books everywhere, plush leather furniture, good vibes and music, nice bartenders, aesthetic is basically Dumbledore's library.
  • Karin R.
    Karin RendelmanMarch 27, 2011
    Love this spot!! $4 original sin so that I can feel like I'm havin' a beer while my friends really are! Indoor bocce ball...and a faux library with comfy seats. Good for drinkin' and people watching<3
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    Browse the vintage tomes that line this bar's walls with a bookish date, or head downstairs for one of the venue’s music or comedy shows, such as Eugene Mirman’s weekly Pretty Good Friends. Read more
  • Meg L.
    Meg LewisApril 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a seat on a weekday after work and checkout a comedy show afterwards. You'll appreciate the quietness as opposed to the noisy weekend crowd.
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurMay 7, 2015
    One of my favorite bars in the slope. Good amount of space and perfect for a first date—not fancy but not horribly divey.
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan ManzoNovember 14, 2012
    Catch the great comedy show , cheap date, every second Tuesday. The hosts are great and the guest comedians are always really funny!
  • Tamara D.
    Tamara DOctober 1, 2016
    Cool place. Mostly young people, great little place downstairs to hear local bands and they were great too! Great vibe.
  • Spork T.
    Spork ThrowerSeptember 6, 2014
    Fantastic bar to hang out in. Cavernous yet cozy with plenty of seating, couches, a fireplace and 2 Bocci courts!
  • VH1
    VH1July 22, 2010
    If you happen to love bocce ball and live music, you’re in luck. Roll a game up top and head downstairs afterwards for a live set from a sure-to-be-cool band. - Jim Shearer, Top 20 Countdown
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CMarch 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a load of great beers here. Grab a seat and read one of the books in the cozy fireplace nook.
  • Sonika H.
    Sonika H.April 9, 2012
    Love the faux library atmosphere, the bocce games in the back. Seems like there were mosquitoes or something serious in there tho, got bit like crazy!
  • Pamela T.
    Pamela ThompsonFebruary 28
    Indoor bocce, beautiful people, cozy couches, and a music/dance venue downstairs. What more can you ask for?
  • Adam W.
    Adam WishneuskyMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Avoid the crowds and the noise - go Saturday or Sunday for an afternoon beer and actually get a spot on the couch by the fire. Mmmm cozy :)
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchuitDecember 2, 2015
    Bocce ball! Great vibes at this Park Slope bar. Nice place to come in the winter with the fireplaces going
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineDecember 14, 2012
    Hipsters playing bocce. Hipsters in the library. Hipsters by the fireplace. Hipsters in the garden. You could write a 'Muppets Take Manhattan' movie on this place - hipster style. Read more
  • Percy C.
    Percy CockswainSeptember 14, 2015
    Excellent bar with a ton of space and a comfy feel that makes getting drunk feel just a little more awesome.
  • B N.
    B NNovember 28, 2010
    The crowd is strangely hip, not hip, not hip-hop and hoppy (like beer). Bocce ball is legit-avoid on weekends though. Entertaining events in the basement and a literary aesthetic. Prob good for dates.
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole ReganFebruary 7, 2016
    Fun and cozy, but if you want a good spot or to play bocce definitely get there early.
  • Wesley S.
    Wesley ScanlonNovember 6, 2014
    Bocce ball, karaoke, large bar, downstairs events, great atmosphere, library and comfy couches
  • Queen A.
    Queen AphroditeOctober 31, 2012
    A bar with books and a fireplace? Yup it's pretty much one of the best laid back bars I've ever been to.
  • Meg V.
    Meg VelinMay 26, 2013
    Keri is the best bartender! Treat her nice & tip her well - she'll take great care of you.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJuly 13, 2013
    their burger is made w/ beer cheese, fig and currant compote, and a crispy sesame bun
  • Foursquare Insiders
    Foursquare InsidersOctober 29, 2015
    "Go downstairs. Order a beer as the mixed drinks are served in small cups." - Roy LaManna, Music Entrepreneur Read more
  • Mariesa
    MariesaJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to the 90s dance party every first Saturday of the month and have a blast from the past. The DJs are the best!
  • Compass
    CompassMay 20, 2014
    Bocce ball courts, wall-to-ceiling bookshelves and fireplaces, and an underground music and comedy venue make Union Hall a destination favorite.
  • Julia Kwan
    Julia KwanJanuary 19, 2015
    Such a great, cozy bar! Go play bocce with your frandz
  • Nam N.
    Nam NguyenSeptember 7, 2011
    Happy hour here is peace on earth. Good cheap beer. Great tunes that fit the vibe. The sounds of bocce is therapeutic.
  • loran j.
    loran jonakMay 31, 2015
    Nice place! Watch for muppet themed nights each month in the downstairs area.
  • Conrad G.
    Cozy leather sofas upstairs and cheap standup comedy in the basement on weekends.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great year-round spot: fireplaces lit in winter & the bocce is always a win.
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨March 9, 2016
    Cozy bar with good drink combo deals. AND they have fireplaces! 🔥✨
  • Taiowa W.
    Taiowa WanerDecember 23, 2016
    Bocce and drinks upstairs. Downstairs has a small venue where you can see comedy
  • Michael G.
    Michael GreelishMarch 1, 2011
    Avoid on friday and saturday nights unless you're seeing a show in the basement, as the main floor gets packed, and it's a douchebag-a-rama complete with bouncer. Other nights or afternoons, it's ok.
  • Jeff N.
    Jeff NamnumApril 12, 2012
    Say hi to Renata at the bar and trust her suggestions on beer. Great service.
  • Bonnie E.
    Bonnie EisenmanMarch 13, 2015
    Boccé is just plain fun. Beer selection is decent, corn dogs were surprising (not on a stick??) but tasty.
  • Mary K.
    Mary KMarch 29, 2015
    Bocce courts are free to play and they have a great beer selection.
  • E M.
    E MurrayJanuary 21, 2015
    The coziest bar in the winter. Sit near the 🔥place, but not right next to it or you'll fry.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Karaoke kicks off every Friday at midnight and is free to attend; wear a tank top and be prepared to sweat. Read more
  • Clyde Kelly J.
    Clyde Kelly J.November 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Curl up next to the fireplace, have a chat with no TV blasting. Or see a show downstairs. You never know what will be on display.
  • Emma C.
    Emma CramerApril 21, 2015
    FYI there's an outdoor area to the right at the end of the bar
  • Jim H.
    Jim HanasMay 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Adult Education, Brooklyn's favorite "useless lecture series," is here the first Tuesday of every month. (Except for July and August, when school is out.)
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IJanuary 29
    Go for the comedy, stay for the warm bookcase setting afterwards.
  • TJ G.
    TJ GarganDecember 11, 2011
    This bar is fucking awesome. Bartender downstairs is amazing! 12/10/11.
  • Kat
    KatNovember 26, 2011
    Be sure to enjoy some petanque with the Park Slope hipsters in the back room. Great ambiance!
  • DeRose Method USA
    DeRose Method USAFebruary 15, 2012
    No trip to Brooklyn is complete without some Bocce. Go early (before 8pm) if you want to play.
  • Allan B.
    Allan BeaufourSeptember 25, 2011
    Great atmosphere, good beer, and two indoor bocce courts. What's there not to like? :-)
  • Mutlu Ü.
    Mutlu ÜzümcüMay 7, 2015
    Cozy!! Outdoor area is lovely.. Looks like it is gonna be my second home!!
  • Samantha K.
    Samantha KellyJanuary 20, 2013
    Fun place! Best is when they have The Story Collider downstairs!!
  • joe b.
    joe brinsonOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    There is nothing wrong with this super-bar. Bocce + great micro-brews - did I mention a fireplace and dumplings?
  • Lizzie B.
    Lizzie BApril 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the ky bourbon beer. So smooth, so high in alcohol content.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HornFebruary 28, 2010
    Such an awesome spot. As I recall, there is live music downstairs and skeeball in the back. The bar looks like an old library.
  • Laura G.
    Laura Grow-NybergJune 24, 2015
    Wonderful event space with excellent cocktails.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniAugust 6, 2014
    Come for the Bocce. Claim a couch by the fire in the winter.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DunlapFebruary 27, 2010
    If you're there for the band, get downstairs a little early and nab one of the church pews along the side to store your stuff under.
  • Judy L.
    Judy LuoOctober 19, 2016
    super unique, friendly, casual, and teeming with fun events.
  • Julie A.
    Julie Avra3 weeks ago
    decor like a living room--something about the fanciness prevents it from being truly comfy
  • Crunch Gym
    Crunch GymSeptember 17, 2010
    Bocce Ball isn’t considered one of the most strenuous of activities, but you can burn up to 250 calories an hour playing this ancient old sport.
  • David H.
    David HuertaJune 16, 2013
    Read a book in dim light and loud noise after having three beers. This is how a man reads.
  • M. Silver Associates
    M. Silver AssociatesFebruary 24, 2012
    Kiki and Jinners' Oscar Party: Free (at least it was free last year). Creative drink specials.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SoloveNovember 27, 2012
    Happy Hour 5-7pm. $1 off beer, wine and well drinks
  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaFebruary 28, 2012
    Karaoke Killed the Cat on Friday nights at midnight is why I love Park Slope
  • Angie G.
    Angie GannonAugust 15, 2011
    If you can, reserve a bocce lane before you go. Also, grab dinner with your beer. It's good pub food.
  • Staci
    StaciOctober 6, 2011
    Small and intimate place to catch a show at!
  • Erica T.
    Erica TurnerMarch 25, 2013
    Vanessa the bartender is amazing! !!
  • Mary C.
    Mary CrosseAugust 2, 2016
    I once was their age. And I thought this was kind of a sophisticated bar back then.
  • Jen T.
    Jen TarpinianAugust 10, 2014
    Keith is the most friendly bartender in THE world
  • miles l.
    miles lennonSeptember 28, 2016
    I come here for beer, coziness and Jon Ronson
  • Mel
    MelOctober 31, 2013
    The pomegranate margarita is dangerously delicious.
  • Kirsten A.
    Kirsten AlanaSeptember 8, 2011
    Go for the triple Bs: beer, bocce ball and burgers. Read more
  • Bee L.
    Bee LPMay 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Vanessa and Keith are my favorite bartenders in the world. <3
  • Chris T.
    Chris TMay 27, 2013
    Good special: 5/27 Shot of Alibi Whiskey & a 'Gansett Tall Boy
  • Joe G.
    Joe GruchaczAugust 22, 2011
    Bocce ball and good prices. What more can you ask for? Read more
  • ben f.
    ben fullertonDecember 23, 2009
    beer and bocce. also, the fireside seats are magical in the wintertime. just don't steal any of the books...
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaAugust 7, 2015
    It can get crowded when people are playing bocce
  • Shannon W.
    Shannon WidmanApril 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for the bocce, stay for the beer :) (and fries!)
  • Lillian
    LillianJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Floyd Burger is the only thing worth eating. It's delightful.
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