An afternoon of bar hopping in Williamsburg

On a recent afternoon, I decided it was time for another jaunt around Williamsburg to look for more bars to include on my next Williamsburg NYC bar crawl.

Anchored Inn (57 Waterbury Street at Scholes)

Just northeast of the Montrose Avenue L train stop in an Industrial section of East Williamsburg, The Anchored Inn is WAY off all of Williamsburg’s beaten paths.  A laid-back spot with a 12-person bar on the left and booths and hightop tables to the right, Anchored Inn has paintings over the bar and on the opposite wall and, as the name suggests, has a nautical theme (what is it with me visiting nautical themed bars of late?).  The bar serves six quality tap beers and 14 bottles and cans.  Most taps costs $6, which is a bit high for a bar this far off of Bedford Avenue.  Also a limited menu of bar snacks.  A good spot if you live nearby, but probably not worth going way out of your way for.

Bruekelen Bier Merchants (182 Grand Street, between Bedford and Driggs)

More of a beer store than a bar, this place offers dozens of bottled beers for sale and 16 beers tap beers sold by growler.  In addition, you can also buy the bottled or tap beers for on-premises consumption.  There are three picnic tables in the back and a small seating area in the front.  In between lies the bar and a small kitchen, which serves paninis, cheese plates and hot pretzels.   The bottled beer for sale in the coolers is sorted by region.  Going from left to right, the first cooler holds New England beer, the second cooler holds New York State beer, then mid-Atlantic, the south and the western U.S.  The last two coolers have beers from overseas.  The friendly staff informed me that a small outdoor area for tasting beer will be open later this summer.  Except Sunday when it closes at 8pm, the store is open everyday until at least 10pm.

Clem’s (264 Grand Street at Roebling)

Clem’s feels as though it has been around forever.  A well worn bar with dark wood takes up most of the space.  Taxidermy abounds above the bar.  Stools along the windows opposite the bar allow for patrons to people watch along the Roebling street side of the establishment.  There are a few outdoor seats available along Roebling as well.  There are ten quality tap beers, with all three Brooklyn breweries represented.  Definitely a good candidate for a Williamsburg Grand Street NYC pub crawl.

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