Party Earth Review Opened by the owners of Park Slope staple High Dive, Commonwealth is a laid-back bar made for those who want to kick back and drink without any of the BS. A wide and welcoming space, the bar features tongue-in-cheek humor... ... read full review
497 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
G, F: 4th Avenue; D, N, R: 9th Street
M–F 3pm–4am, Sa–Su 2pm–4am
PARK SLOPE, NEW YORK –
Opened by the owners of Park Slope staple High Dive, Commonwealth is a laid-back bar made for those who want to kick back and drink without any of the BS.
A wide and welcoming space, the bar features tongue-in-cheek humor in the form of shelves piled high with tiki masks, old toys, and bathrooms labeled “Some” and “Others” – the perfect backdrop for the groups of easygoing young professionals and lightly tattooed indie rockers that gather in the lacquered wooden booths to chat over a few pints.
Meanwhile, the glowing jukebox rumbles out underground classics as regulars hunch over their beers at the bar, lit softly by the gold beehive lamps overhead.
The early evenings find a crowd of mellow older drinkers and after-work locals stopping in to read the Onion by the wide front windows, while later on in the night, the bar and tables along the exposed brick walls fill up with eager drinkers and crowds of chatty twenty-somethings looking to get a little rowdy.
When it’s nice outside though, the large seasonal patio gives summer guests and smokers a place to veg in the warm, humid city air.
A far cry from the nouveau dives of Williamsburg and the Lower East Side, Commonwealth is a step up from the average watering hole, with an ultra-relaxed atmosphere that makes those who want an easy night out feel like they haven’t left home.
Young professionals, successful couples, indie rockers, local characters, hard drinkers, and intellectuals, 20s to 30s+.
Jukebox featuring punk and indie rock classics. Seasonal patio.
Happy Hour M–F 3–7pm.
Beer $3+, wine $6+, cocktails $6+.
Casual: t-shirts, jeans, blouses, skirts, sneakers.
Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds.
One block away is Timboo’s Bar (477 5th Avenue), another dive with a laid-back vibe and plenty of drinking camaraderie.