With all the various Halloween festivities, themes and bar décor that occurred over the past week, it seemed appropriate to review East Williamsburg’s new watering hole, The Pine Box Rock Shop, that is in its fourth week and erected in a former casket factory. While the establishment’s former occupants might give you with a haunted feeling, this bar is far from scary and proved to be a grand ol’ time. Located a block off the Morgan-L stop on Grattan Street, this spacious spot has something to offer everyone which includes 16 well priced draft beers, cheaper canned beers, a basic but satisfying spirit selection and a few home-made modifiers to create a list of interesting and fun cocktails or drink combos.
Drinks aside, the bar is very open and refreshing – high ceilings, bare wooden walls that stretch to the back of the building where you can find bench seating and metal barrels converted into low-laying cocktail tables. The long ’L’ shaped bar is decorated with concert tickets spanning back twenty-years that would muse the eye‘s of music fans alike. Blending with the rustic vibe, this spot is also outfitted with two HD flat-screen Tvs at each of the bar, a DJ station and a Big Buck Hunter video game.
Another fun and amazing aspect of the bar’s design are the two gender non-specific washrooms decorated in a beautifully collaged spread with images showcasing iconic characters, real and fictional from the past four decades, making each visit an odd and inebriated game of ‘Where’s Doc Brown?”
Once I had taken a seat at the bar, the friendly staff pointed me in the direction of the various menus that adorned the walls. The first, a draft beer list, the second was the “Drinks to die for” menu which is six cocktails/combos uniquely created by the bar while the third was the “Friends of the House” cocktail/combo list; a fifteen item “menu dedicated to the awesome friends & animals that helped build Pine Box Rock Shop.” All of which vary in price from $5-12. Furthermore, for snacks they offer empanadas, vegan jerky and other small bites to nibble on.
Another aspect of this Rock Shop spot is the soon-to-be-finished venue located in the back of the bar and up the ramp (which was formerly used for transferring caskets). They plan to frequently have shows in the hopes of becoming one of the neighborhoods premier venues (and bar).
Being that I live only a short walk away from this location, I foresee myself attending this establishment frequently, especially for its friendly and warming personality, its great and fun drink selections and the dollar-off draft beers happy hour. Even if you’re not in the neighborhood, it is most definitely worth the short trip.
Pine Box Rock Shop is open at 4pm Monday thru Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. They close at 4am Wednesday- Saturday and 2am on Sunday thru Tuesday.
12 Grattan St,
Brooklyn, NY, 11206
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