Best After-Work Happy Hour Spots in Fort Greene & Prospect Heights

Looking for a new go-to pitstop where you can unwind and grab a drink after work? After a long day on the job, there’s nothing quite like a refreshing happy-hour beer or cocktail to relax and recharge. However, in a city overflowing with options, the search for the perfect after-work hangout can be daunting at times.

Luckily, the vibrant neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Prospect Heights offer a plethora of taverns, taprooms, and more to satisfy every mood and craving. From trendy cocktail bars to cozy wine lounges, we’ve scoured the area to bring you a curated list of eight happy-hour hangout spots worth visiting. Check out these best after-work happy hour spots in Fort Greene and Prospect Heights:

Fort Greene:

Putnam’s Pub & Cooker
419 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn

Have you been to one of our BCL happy hours at Putnam’s? They’re a great way for members, new and old to connect and get to know each other! Just a quick walk from our coworking space, Putnam’s offers daily happy-hour food and drink specials. Try their elevated American pub grub, like oysters or chicken liver mousse. Depending on the day, you may even catch trivia or live music. Check the BCL community board for upcoming meetups at Putnam’s. See you on the patio!


Black Forest Brooklyn – Fort Greene
733 Fulton St, Brooklyn

About a mile from BCL you’ll find Black Forest Brooklyn (Fort Greene location), serving homemade regional specialties and a unique selection of German draft beer, wines, and craft spirits. Sit outside and people watch or sit indoors and stay cool during the summer heat. With their authentic German homestyle cooking, Black Forest encourages you to be on your “wurst” behavior!


166 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn

From BCL, you can easily walk to Walter’s in under 20 minutes to enjoy their Mon–Thurs happy hour from 4–6pm. You’ll find 1/2-off oysters, plus wine, beer, and frozen specials to wet your whistle. Yelp reviews mention good food, fast service, a dog-friendly atmosphere, and can’t-miss frozen mango margaritas! Bonus: You can get happy-hour deals at both bar and table.


Café Paulette
1 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn

Looking for an authentic Parisian bistro offering organic French wines? Check out Café Paulette—roughly 1 mile from BCL, just south of Fort Greene Park. This indoor-outdoor space welcomes visitors year-round, with live jazz overlooking the park during warmer months. Just next door, you can visit their sister wine bar, Petit Paulette, for wine and small plates.


Cardiff Giant
415 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn

Another great place where we had happy hour several months ago! It’s only a 7-minute walk from BCL, and you can enjoy good vibes and New York-made alcohol. While it’s warm out, don’t miss out on their frozen drinks and their backyard, which is open until 11 pm on weekdays.


Prospect Heights:

Sweet Polly
71 6th Ave, Brooklyn

Step into this cozy-chic craft cocktail bar offering oysters, cheeses, and small plates. Time Out New York raves, “The ambience is sumptuous, the cocktails are unconventional, and the circular, candlelit tables are tailor-made for two.” You’ll find a weekday happy hour from 4:30–6:30pm, where you can typically save a few dollars on bar bites, draft cocktails, and house wines. (Personally, we’re eyeing the dessert menu’s Absinthe Crème Brûlée.)


Bilt Bar
583 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn

BCL members: Who’s joined us for a happy hour members’ meetup here before? Grab a unique cocktail and some light bites at Bilt Bar, where you’ll typically save $2 on drafts and enjoy $8 house wines during happy hour. Be sure to check out some of their recent pop-up kitchen eats on Instagram. During summer weekends, take advantage of Open Streets and sit outdoors.


Beer Street South
550 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn

A relatively new spot in the neighborhood, Beer Street South was designed by architect and BCL member Eric Safyan—who also designed BCL’s space. They offer an impressive selection of local craft beers on tap, and a nice variety of spirits, too. If you can’t decide what to get off their extensive beverage menu, try smaller pours and build your own flight!


Ready to hit a happy-hour spot with a few friends or coworkers? Go ahead—clock out, kick back, and raise a glass at one of these local haunts. Hopefully we’ll see you there. Cheers!


Want to learn more about our beautiful neighborhood? We’ve rounded up a few places you may want to check out to catch a vibe. Read the blog post—6 Places to Visit: What to Do in Clinton Hill.