Commonwealth

Dive Bar
Commonwealth 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. New York United States 40.66724 -73.987778
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Commonwealth - Dive Bar in New York.
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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

  • Subway:

    G, F: 4th Avenue; D, N, R: 9th Street

  • Phone:

    718-768-2040

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 3pm–4am, Sa–Su 2pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Commonwealth Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

Nothing says drink up like $3 Miller Lights! Beers and cigs on the outdoor patio make for a kickass way to ring in the end of a work day.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, successful couples, indie rockers, local characters, hard drinkers, and intellectuals, 20s to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox featuring punk and indie rock classics. Seasonal patio.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour M–F 3–7pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $3+, wine $6+, cocktails $6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, blouses, skirts, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    One block away is Timboo’s Bar (477 5th Avenue), another dive with a laid-back vibe and plenty of drinking camaraderie.

Commonwealth User Reviews

Average rating:
Reliable Entry Point into South Slope's Bar Scene
Ted M. Feb 19, 2013
Park Slope can get a bad rap--between the toddler armies, lack of great food options (outside of a couple transcendent spots like Bagel Hole on 7th and Toby's Public House on 6th, of course), and being forced into relying on the G train --but there is a healthy, well-rounded bar scene to be found amid the pretentious boutiques on 7th and Gamestops on 5th. Legendary bars like Freddy's, thriving new hangouts with lots of potential like South, and charmingly depressing/eerie uberdives like Buttermilk await--but Commonwealth is the hub that unites all the disparate scenes, and is the first place everyone checks out when getting acquainted with the neighborhood (or when just dropping by one Saturday night to placate your friend who complains about always having to slog into the city to go out). It always has the most active sidewalk smoking circle of any nearby bar, and the huge patio out back is one of those places where it's kind of impossible to not feel like you're in exactly the right place at the right time. If you’re looking for serious drinking with a dependable cast of neighborhood lifers who will treat you like you’re their best friend after a few drinks, this might not be the best choice. But Commonwealth is great for meeting up with friends and hogging a table, while occasionally having conversations cross over into the next table when you realize you all have a pretty similar sense of humor, or taking a date (or whatever it's called these days) for some loose, inspired bullshitting with great music and unique drinks, pretty much guaranteeing a second date if you have any kind of game. One of the things that jumped out at me when I first stopped by was the big, framed Dinosaur Jr poster (of their album Green Mind—the one with the tough looking little girl with ratty hair smoking a cigarette), and I immediately knew I at least somewhat belonged there. Actually, Dino Jr is a pretty good metaphor for Commonwealth—not everyone knows it, but once you do, you’ll always dig it, even though you’ll move on to more complex bands/bars pretty quickly.
Peace At First Visit
lazarus a. Jan 26, 2013
Entering Commonwealth, Brooklyn (Park Slope), New York is a great idea i had with my love. It is a modern Pub with organized staff resulting in well mannered customers. We were treated like a Queen and a King from a rich state, and we parted with so little. They offer quality products and services; beer has never been that sweet, and the comfortable environment. I enjoyed every microsecond i was in Commonwealth. Get there, and see the difference.
Good times at this Park Slope dive
Chris K. Nov 15, 2012
To call Commonwealth a dive isn't exactly accurate. Sure, this is a small-ish corner bar with a jukebox, a rack of beer taps, and a clientele more interested in hanging back and drinking than breaking into a dance party. With that said, there's a certain low-brow positivity going on here that makes one think of the classic dives in popular culture--indeed, one might even say there's a Cheers-ish quality to Commonwealth. The owner and staff are fun and punk rock in their general sensibilities, and most of the crowd is friendly. While it has no gimmick or hugely stand-out qualities, Commonwealth is definitely a nice place to hunker down for the night.
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