The Shanty

Gin Bar
The Shanty The Shanty in Williamsburg is an unpretentious Brooklyn bar built right next to a distillery. Grab yourself the freshest gin in Brooklyn with Party Earth. New York United States 40.718493 -73.948545
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The Shanty - Gin Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review Gin reigns supreme at The Shanty, a fact that’s hardly surprising given that this industrial but cozy space adjoins the New York Distilling Company. Two guesses what the NYDC’s principal product is. Opened in late 2011... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    L, G: Lorimer Street / Metropolitan Avenue

  • Phone:

    718-412-0874

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  • Hours:

    M 5pm–midnight, Tu–F 5pm–2am, Sa 2pm–2am, Su 2pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Shanty Review

The Scene

The Shanty in Williamsburg is an unpretentious Brooklyn bar built right next to a distillery. Grab yourself the freshest gin in Brooklyn with Party Earth.

Gin reigns supreme at The Shanty, a fact that’s hardly surprising given that this industrial but cozy space adjoins the New York Distilling Company.

Two guesses what the NYDC’s principal product is.

Opened in late 2011, the small square room with its poured cement floor, brooding brick walls, and Tetris-style sculpted lights became a quick favorite of Brooklyn’s many avid cocktail hounds.

Serving what its other half is busy stirring, the bar overlooks the distillery through big glass windows where enormous glinting vats shine through the semi-darkness.

Two kinds of gin pour from the stills, both named for famous New Yorkers: The Perry's Tot after Navy Yard Commander Matthew Perry, and the Dorothy Parker, honoring the renowned poet and satirist.

Though the vibe is chill early in the evening, late nights invariably find the space brimming with high-spirited souls mingling along the diminutive wood bar or around the low tables in back, and Fridays and Saturdays after 9pm all but guarantee that a friendly elbow or two is necessary to get a drink.

The libations go the artisan route, heavy on the house-made syrups and exotic bitters, but there’s also a modest selection of local beers and a hard cider on draft as well.

A mecca for gin lovers and those who’ve yet to be gin-spired, The Shanty is like visiting a crazy uncle’s backwoods distillery, except the room is far prettier and the booze won’t make anybody blind.

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Tip from Jonah:

One of the best deals and most unusual tastes at The Shanty is the $8 beer and shot combination. They give you a can of the locally brewed Brooklyn Lager and couple it with the house Pink Gin – served up straight from the tiny still behind the bar.

  • Crowd

    Proud-to-be-from-Brooklyn locals, clean(er)-cut artists, bespectacled young professors, cerebral writers, bearded tradesmen, and creative professionals, mid-20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Rough and tumble music medley ranging from Bob Dylan to Slayer, something the owners describe as a “roadhouse” vibe. Live country and bluegrass bands W 9pm and Su 4pm.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Artisanal bar snacks including maple-bacon peanuts, country olive assortment, spicy pickles, and cheese & crostini plates.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks $3–$8. Beer $5–$18, wine $18–$24/half-bottle, hard cider $5, cocktails $8–$11.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Laid back but tidy: sweaters, plaid, blazers, ironic t-shirts, button-downs, stylish sneakers, tight blue jeans, cheeky blouses, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays through Thursdays at around 5 or 7pm to get in on a free distillery tour before trying the product, anytime after 6pm midweek for a bustling but not too crowded visit, or Fridays and Saturdays after 9pm for a packed house, and Sundays for live music.

  • Close By

    If artisan libations are just feeling too artsy, The Gutter (200 North 14th Street) combines cheap booze with cheap bowling.

The Shanty User Reviews

Average rating:
Mecca for gin-lovers; may convert non-gin-lovers
Mikalena K. Jun 19, 2013
Sometimes you don't want to compete for the bartender's attention. Sometimes you don't want to stand cheek to cheek with a hundred other people, shouting at your friends to be heard above the music and the crowd. Sometimes you just want a good stiff drink and a pleasant conversation with your drinking buddies-- and maybe to make a new one. For those occasions, I highly recommend The Shanty. It's a little off the main Williamsburg drag, which means that even on a Friday night it tends not to get claustrophobic. The atmosphere is an impressive combination of no frills and high class. I know it's all the rage now for bars to look like speakeasies or Victorian brothels, and I'm not going to bash that aesthetic because I do like it, but there's something refreshing about the warm cleanness of The Shanty's design. It's about craftsmanship more than showmanship, and that goes double for their drinks. You see, The Shanty is connected to New York Distilling Company. You can actually look right into the distillery through a window in the wall to see where the boozy magic happens. They distill two kinds of gin on site-- Dorothy Parker and Perry's Tot-- and work them and other spirits into an array of delightful (and strong!) cocktails that changes seasonally. They have a smallish but respectable selection of craft beers, and $8 will get you a Brooklyn Lager and a large shot of their house pink gin (I suggest sipping rather than shooting, but to each his own). There's also a snack menu-- very considerate, since it's a good idea to have some food in your stomach if you'll be staying for more than one round (which you'll want to).
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