NoBar

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NoBar NoBar in Prospect Heights is a casual NYC bar even with its celebrity owner. Party Earth recommends you make the trip to this New Orleans-meets-New York bar. New York United States 40.67774 -73.949784
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Party Earth Review Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie’s NoBar, christened in honor of his native New Orleans, provides a relaxed, no-frills atmosphere for the ethnically diverse crowd of neighborhood regulars who flock to this friendly watering... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    A, C Lines: Nostrand Avenue-Fulton Street

  • Hours:

    Su–Th 5pm–2am, F–Sa 5pm–4am
    Kitchen closes two hours before bar

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth NoBar Review

The Scene

NoBar in Prospect Heights is a casual NYC bar even with its celebrity owner. Party Earth recommends you make the trip to this New Orleans-meets-New York bar.

Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie’s NoBar, christened in honor of his native New Orleans, provides a relaxed, no-frills atmosphere for the ethnically diverse crowd of neighborhood regulars who flock to this friendly watering hole.

Eschewing the velvet ropes and Hollywood kitsch that characterize so many other celebrity-owned bars, NoBar is a single room hangout dotted with plain wooden tables and caricatures of jazz performers.

As tatted bike messengers shoot pool and trade stories, Bed-Stuy locals sample from a domestic beer menu and dreadlocked drinkers congregate by the picture windows to wash down their bar food with bottles of brew.

Mackie himself has been known to get behind the bar and mix drinks under the glow of caged bulbs, though that job is usually entrusted to the friendly pourers who are more than happy to chat with the thirty-somethings who belly up for a potent cocktail.

Early evenings see the place populated by a small but amiable crowd of subdued sports fans and chill beer chasers content to catch a game on the flat-screens, but as darkness falls, a steady stream of neighborhood characters and hangers-on fill the Big Easy-inspired barroom with a chorus of laughter and chatter that runs until last call.

Though the bar may be a little far afield for the average LES barhopper, determined revelers will find that NoBar offers all the charm of the Crescent City coupled with the gritty but congenial vibe that is distinct to Brooklyn.

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Tip from Jonah:

NoBar has a small list of specialty cocktails, but the Mackie, named after the owner, may be the most refreshing: light cranberry juice, rum, lime, and Canton liqueur – just the right mix of masculine and sweet.

  • Crowd

    Easygoing young professionals, alternative partiers, laid-back locals, couples, and the occasional pool shark, 20s through 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Staff playlists of classic rock, soul, hip-hop, and Motown mixes. Three flat-screen TVs often tuned to sports. Pool table.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Rotating bar food consisting of veggie Panini and wings. Happy Hour daily 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Bar food $6. Beer $6+, wine $8+, cocktails $8+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    After-work casual: collared shirts or t-shirts for men, blouses and skirts for women.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the weekend crowds.

NoBar User Reviews

Average rating:
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Chris K. Nov 16, 2012
NoBar isn't really in a large nightlife area of town; the Nostrand A stop is much more of a residential station than any sort of place to be on a Friday night. With that said, this small hole-in-the-wall bar, owned by Anthony Mackie, is a lovely spot to enjoy a few cheap beers and play some pool. The weird distorted jazz portraits and laid-back classic rock, hip-hop, and oldies standards on the radio give it a slightly nostalgic vibe to the place. And finally, there's the crowd, a chill gathering of local characters and old timers who will laugh at the corniest of dirty jokes. A destination spot? Maybe, maybe not. But if you're in the area, you can't miss it.
Eh... I like him better in film.
Melissa A. Oct 1, 2012
I love living, eating and drinking in New York, because you can make demands from a hole in the wall or your local bodega and those expectations will be met. Unfortunately, I don't think Anthony Mackie's NoBar is one of those places. First, I thought the decorum was a bit off. It had art on the walls that screamed that a bachelor picked it out with these funky, cartoonish interpretations of musicians. Also, the food and drink was just OK, which is a standard that is right before barely salvageable and below kill yourself and pray to be reincarnated as a sous chef. All in all, I wouldn't go back... unless I had the misfortune of living in that neighborhood again.
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