Union Pool

Union Pool

Bar, Rock Club, and Taco Place$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RuedaJune 3, 2016
    do you want to dance, to hang, to eat but also you want bar ambiance and street fair ambiance but also disco ambiance? well, union pool is the best doing all that at the same time!
  • ShortandSweetNYC
    ShortandSweetNYCJanuary 29, 2011
    Been going her for years. Not huge bar when you go in, but the outdoor area has a fire pit in the winter, a taco truck all year round, and a small music venue, plus it's great for singles. Don't forge
  • Elke N.
    Elke NominikatAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Urban cozy, 3/4 closed blinds, great bar selection, attentive staff, always surprising music, outdoor space, taco truck AND an awesome music venue "next door' .
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 18, 2013
    Union Pool welcomes you to its series of free outdoor gigs, Summer Thunder! A spacious courtyard is packed with wooden benches, while bands strum away on the adjacent stage. Read more
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintDecember 25, 2015
    Cool spot. No fuss. Great happy hour ($5 draft and wine) About $3 to charge your phone in a secure machine by the door for as long as you want.
  • Stephanie Z.
    Stephanie ZhongJanuary 25, 2015
    A total casual place if you want a chill night out with friends. Drinks are eh, but omg there is a great taco truck tucked in the backyard! The backyard is a fun place to be in the summer.
  • Dmtiry R.
    Dmtiry RomantsovFebruary 12, 2016
    Great place to even visit in the winter when there is a fire pit outside. It has a great vibe and there's a taco truck in the back!
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 15, 2012
    Union Pool shows start late, but that’s okay – the patio is awesome, and the crowd is always friendly. Dip your feet in the pond in the summer, and bring your own marshmallows to roast in the winter. Read more
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiJuly 10, 2014
    Frequent the taco truck in the courtyard at the back and chill on the wooden benches or firepit rim. Dance to live music in the back room, and check out the photo booth.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 4, 2013
    A very eclectic spot to catch an outdoor show in Williamsburg - includes an El Diablo taco truck and a photobooth, along with a bonfire.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh H.September 27, 2016
    Order beers to take outside and get the al pastor tacos from the taco truck. Perfect place to start a night out in Brooklyn.
  • Raquelle J.
    Raquelle JessieApril 10, 2016
    get the beef or chorizo taco from el diablo tacos. AMAZE DJ on saturday nights , all around exquisite vibe
  • Bollare
    BollareJuly 18, 2012
    Taco truck and authentic photobooth machine? What more could a girl want. Center of Williamsburg and right off the L train so it's always a great meeting spot http://bit.ly/MJk450 -Running in Wedges
  • Indulgent Eats
    Indulgent EatsJune 13, 2016
    Dance all night, hang outside with some drinks and friends, grab some tacos from their El Diablo taco tuck that runs til 3:30AM, or do all of the above.
  • Vivian R.
    Vivian RamirezSeptember 26, 2016
    This will always be a Williamsburg staple and the epicenter of hipster Dom. Even two decades later- still offers a great time for a dive.
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineNovember 30, 2012
    Meet your Charlie here, fresh on the rebound & still wounded from his GF’s best friend’s diary. Maybe it won’t be that specific but you could definitely meet an emo musician at this live-music dive. Read more
  • Boris J.
    Boris JonesApril 8, 2015
    Affordable drinks, cheap tacos, and a great late night scene. Past 12am your likely to find a young and friendly crowd who are ready for a good time. Read more
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJune 28, 2016
    Maybe a scene but also a solid place to chill and get drunk and eat tacos and be outside or also inside, y'know, whatever.
  • Foursquare Insiders
    Foursquare InsidersOctober 29, 2015
    "Concert venue / huge bar / outdoor area / taco truck. Check out Reverend Vince Anderson and The Love Choir every Monday night—free show and a guaranteed good time." - Roy LaManna, Music Entrepreneur Read more
  • Daniela A.
    Daniela AsaroMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best served on a weeknight. Go outside. Get food from the taco truck. Photobooth - patience my loves. Takes a while for them to print.
  • Megan M.
    Megan MezaAugust 25, 2013
    Photobooth takes awhile to print pics - but be patient, it's worth the wait! Shrimp tacos at the taco truck are also phenomenal :)
  • Scott K.
    Scott KoehlerJuly 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gotta hit up the taco truck parked in the open back patio area to the left of the fountain. Reasonably priced and helps soak up da booze.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchuitDecember 2, 2015
    One of the best bars in Williamsburg with something for everyone. Check out the dance floor and food truck in the backyard
  • eme
    emeFebruary 21, 2015
    Another great summer bar, decent sized outdoor space. Have never been here for drinks, just tacos. Strongly prefer fish/shrimp tacos here.
  • qwertney
    qwertneyJune 19, 2012
    Amazingly huge outdoor deck and seating, with a bar and a taco truck. Inside, there's a photobooth and usually a dance party.
  • CMJ
    CMJAugust 29, 2012
    The show area at Union Pool is decorated like an old vaudeville theater, adding to its charm once you've passed by the taco truck and beer garden.
  • Byron B.
    Byron BrewerAugust 17, 2011
    Great spot that's open late. Don't miss the taco truck in the back. Perfect place to cap off a long day/night of boozing in Brooklyn.
  • Laura
    LauraMay 1, 2016
    So many different rooms and spaces to hang out - both inside and outside. Stuffed with beards and plaid, it's a fun spot
  • Nik A.
    Nik AndresenJune 9, 2012
    Pretty cool place with as much space. U can get cheap drinks (friday night 2 for $5 buds) and fuckin tacos!! Definition of dive
  • Justin C.
    Justin CanettiOctober 19, 2016
    Good place to chill and grab a beer and a taco on a weekday night or nice day. I'd stay away on weekend nights if you're over 26
  • k l.
    k lNovember 29, 2009
    this bar is great for so many reasons. it can be a bit of a shitshow on a fri or sat, but it is a lot of fun on almost any night. monday nights with reverend vince anderson will cure a case of the m Read more
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissJune 18, 2011
    Outdoor summer concerts free every Saturday. Starts at 4pm. Tacos from El Diablo. See the lineup at http://unionpool.blogspot.com/.
  • Kodi M.
    Kodi McKinneyMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    So seedy, but you know it's fun. Go during warmer months and hang out near the taco truck, and be careful not to catch the Brooklyn Herp.
  • Bing
    BingJuly 6, 2012
    Outdoor bar space that has a fire pit that they light in the winter (reflection pond in the summer).
  • Pennylane Y.
    Pennylane YilmazNovember 17, 2011
    Honestly one of my fav bars ever, has everything you want! People watching, tacos, disco, and cheap good drinks
  • Kien N.
    Kien NguyenAugust 2, 2015
    When did his place become so basic. Essentially a spot for tourists and Manhattanites to flock to because it's a quintessential Williamsburg spot.
  • Nora B.
    Nora BensonMarch 19, 2016
    Great combination of seating and dancing areas. Plus the food at the taco truck is on point
  • Julien P.
    Julien PerrièreJuly 19, 2015
    Quite spacious venue, good vibe, young & beautiful people coming from all over the world. You'll meet new faces.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LambertOctober 8, 2014
    Be sure to sample one of the incredible tacos and sit outside in the beer garden.
  • i.am. a.
    i.am. a.m.e.February 19
    Loved the Monday night converts of the Reverend and the taco truck at the back.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Listen to the latest and greatest indie soundtrack or live music as you check out backyard views of the BQE at Union Pool.
  • Adriana V.
    Adriana VariscoOctober 13, 2012
    Look to your right when you walk in the door. You can charge your phone for 2 bucks at the Brightbox. Try it!
  • SPIN
    SPINOctober 15, 2013
    The taco truck is not only permanent, but delicious. Try the queso.
  • Jackson I.
    Jackson IsaacsonApril 8, 2016
    Great tacos, decent vibe, basic crowd though.
    Upvoted Mar 31
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineDecember 14, 2012
    Whoever gets to the center fountain/firepit first gets the girl with the plaid sweater and the gold hair pin. Steer clear of the Diablo taco truck for anything beyond 1st base. Read more
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonFebruary 26
    loved ending my 21st birthday here--great backyard, tacos, overall vibe. Hope to catch a show here at some point.
  • jon f.
    jon ferrerAugust 23, 2014
    Crowded but fun. Especially if you get drunk beforehand and go straight to the back room to dance.
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayJune 15, 2014
    Head to the back for some taco truck fun, but make sure you have cash! Fear not, there's an ATM by the outside bar.
  • ⭐️Leslie H.
    ⭐️Leslie Horn⭐️December 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go here on weekends if you like long bathroom lines and crowded places where you a decent chance of seeing a sweaty stranger naked.
  • Raffa E.
    Raffa EllaAugust 26, 2014
    Reverend concert is great on monday night! And there is a good atmosphere!
  • Nancerella
    NancerellaDecember 2, 2011
    Love sitting by the outside fire pit, but will smell like burnt wood!!! gotta love the crowd though... Never a dull moment...
  • Rafaela C.
    Rafaela ComunelloNovember 8, 2014
    Cool place to watch intimate and small concerts.
  • danielle m.
    danielle mApril 27, 2011
    get a beer, go to the taco truck, and enjoy the view of fine looking gents roaming around the back HUGE patio.
  • Daan V.
    Daan V.November 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is so awesome. Catch a band in the basement or sit in the library themed bar upstairs.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BradshawSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ladies, watch your drinks. Union Pool has (rightfully earned) a reputation as a hook-up bar. That means creepy dudes during peak hours. Mess with them. It's fun.
  • Nadia K.
    Nadia KazmiApril 7, 2013
    Total meat market but can have great bands in the back if the vocals aren't completely muffled
  • Kwam B.
    Kwam Brew-HammondAugust 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    That taco truck is probably W'Burg's best kept secret! Free dirty gospel concert on Mondays!!!
  • Ed
    EdJune 16, 2015
    Local hipster bar, cool backyard, obnoxious bartender at the front bar. Now, charging me $3 for a club soda (tap water+ Co2) while ordering "real" drinks?!Congratulations you lost my business.👎🏻
  • Danny T.
    Danny TrejoAugust 23, 2015
    The outdoor space is always packed. Great music. Always fun.
  • Teddy
    TeddyMarch 6
    Been here 5+ times
    If you go late on a weekend it's a sweaty mess. During the week it isn't so bad though. And the taco truck is totally decent.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Guyon E.
    Guyon EssedSeptember 2, 2014
    Great vibe, nice garden with a taco truck in the back.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerDecember 9, 2015
    Two areas for dancing - one is rowdy and the other is trippy. Choose your poison.
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MMay 15, 2015
    Best small room in town - courtyard is great
  • Ivie C.
    Ivie CFebruary 27, 2011
    Delicious shrimp tacos and good picante sauce. Nice venue for dancing and mingling
  • J S.
    J ScottDecember 4, 2012
    There's a crew here made of cheekbones and an attempt at coolness. Be them or be the opposite of them
  • J S.
    J ScottDecember 4, 2012
    There's a crew here made of cheekbones, leather and an attempt at coolness. Be them or be the opposite of te
  • Chez S.
    Chez StockMay 16, 2015
    your standard hipster bar made epically better by having an in house taco truck.
  • Robin F.
    Robin FitzgeraldFebruary 12, 2012
    Veggie quesadilla is awesome, get it with sour cream and salsa
  • Sean S.
    Sean SalmonSeptember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This former pool supply has an outdoor patio, a taco truck and a photobooth but alas, no swimming
  • Andy ⚓.
    Andy ⚓December 30, 2013
    Try the veal tacos. off menu but soo good
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierJuly 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Too crowded on the weekends but if the weather is nice the backyard works for all occasions.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelFebruary 16, 2016
    Really fun place for dancing, also tacos!
  • Tommy K.
    Tommy KaneApril 24, 2011
    Great vibe, nice people. Best photo booth in New York City area.
  • Deena L.
    Deena LeighJuly 18, 2012
    Check out The Moon Show - awesome comedy and musical acts, once a month on Tuesdays!
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanJuly 21, 2015
    Outdoor seating and cheap beers, but can get super packed
  • John S.
    John SwanDecember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I love bouncing btw pool and Loreley! The best spots in the area!
  • Lee L.
    Lee LawrenceJune 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It turns into a nasty brawl of sweat and face-sucking after 2 am, but it's all part of Union Pool's charm.
  • GreenShoelace GSL
    GreenShoelace GSLFebruary 1, 2010
    Midnight Masses, $TBA/ Ages: 21+, Weds 2/3/10 @ 9:00 PM; "Residencies are all the rage in NY lately. Be sure to make it out to see MM at their haunting show."-Melissa, Click The Link Below To Get Tix! Read more
  • Will S.
    Will SchollSeptember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here if you want to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 500 people who are all convinced they're better than you.
  • Mariko N.
    Mariko NakataniMay 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The taco truck is now offering burritos. GAMECHANGER.
  • Phillip J.
    Phillip JohnsonMarch 1, 2015
    Cute design. The food truck in the back in cool.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BremmerJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The DOH needs to shut down the clientele, but the tacos are a solid late-night option.
  • Peter E.
    Peter EdgeFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pro tip: this place has alcohol, make sure to order some
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GerardAugust 7, 2014
    Outdoor seating, music, parties
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 12, 2015
    Crowded fun outdoor space. There's tacos in the back
  • Andy D.
    Andy DJuly 5, 2011
    cool patio outside for chilling in the summer! Love the pond
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachMay 20, 2015
    The Jameson lemonade goes down incredibly easily.
  • Brooke F.
    Brooke FlowersMarch 12, 2016
    $5 canned beer is pretty good but when it's crowded the bar tenders are rude. Won't go back for Friday night drinks.
  • Dorian M.
    Dorian MariéAugust 11, 2014
    Space to seat. Beers and good food. Very relax
  • Josh M.
    Josh MateoMay 18, 2014
    Get the fish taco. Your life will change forever.
  • Tim M.
    Tim McClureAugust 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice big outdoor area with a taco truck.
  • Ana S.
    Ana SallesMarch 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the garden! Lots of hipsters, cheap beer, and good indie music.
  • William C.
    William CarnesMarch 11, 2012
    The DJs can be assholes if you have requests. We requested Biggie 15 years after he died, and he was like "Do you need Biggie to dance?" yeah. Yeah I do.
  • Anastasia E.
    Anastasia EnotSeptember 14, 2014
    Great bar and they have tacos in the backyard.
  • Mindy T.
    Mindy TomJune 11, 2016
    Great atmosphere and awesome taco truck in the courtyard
  • Marcela E.
    Marcela ErazoFebruary 21, 2016
    Taco truck is on point and they have a decent beer selection
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsFebruary 2, 2016
    Good beer selection, good taco truck in the back
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniJune 15, 2015
    Get something from the taco truck and hear a cool band.
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxJanuary 23, 2016
    Check out the room on the back with concert and live DJs
  • Damien B.
    Damien Basile 😈August 9, 2009
    Take crazy photo booth pics but wait for them- it takes a bit. Also, get tacos from (& check in at) the taco truck El Diablo Tacos in the backyard.
  • Goatav S.
    Goatav San HelvetiaApril 25, 2014
    Avant un concert intimiste, prend un petite canette de bud à 3 bucks et un "El Diablo Taco" special dans la cour arrière. La salle concert est toute petite, super son et du Ricard au bar.
  • Natália
    NatáliaSeptember 7, 2015
    Balada incrível. Rock e gente bonita. Não deixe de comer no food truck mexicano, a torta é sensacional. 🎉
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