In some halls, a union is a sacred institution, but in others, it represents the hallowed joining of mankind and PBR. Experience culinary polygamy with today's Groupon: for $10, you get the Union Sampler (a $21 value), an appetizer platter that includes two PBRs, at Union Hall, located a block east of the R train's Union Street stop in Park Slope.
Union Hall is a 5,000-square-foot converted warehouse featuring eclectic Explorer's-Club-meets-library Victoriana décor. The establishment also offers live music, indoor bocce ball, and a selection of drinks and pub food to its patrons. Before checking out the bocce-ball courts or staking a claim among the comfy chairs and conforming couches, order up your Union Sampler, a platter of appetizers flanked by twin cylinders of brain-lubricating PBR. Crack a can and try to decide which flavor sector will be the first succulent sacrifice. The platter includes chicken potstickers with sake-soy dipping sauce, corn dogs with a cup of Dijon mustard, and roasted-chicken Tex-Mex rolls with three cheeses, black beans, and a jalapeño crème-fraiche dip. With the hard decisions behind you, toast with a dining partner before reading one of the leather-bound books aloud for a bit of interactive bar reading.
Head downstairs to visit the subterranean topography of the lower bar and experience NYC's musical renaissance firsthand. Catch local acts such as past artist Bronwen Exter and upcoming performer Justin Storer and the Working Effective, or see out-of-town talent such as Visqueen and Dance Hall Crasher Karina Denike on the downstairs stage. Some shows sell tickets at the door, whereas others require tickets to be purchased in advance. Check the website to make sure you aren't left in the cold, standing wistfully beside the antique globe and staring at the former Soviet Republic of Estonia.
You must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter Union Hall.
- This bar has everything, and it fits right into the neighborhood. Full of strollers and families on weekend afteernoons [sic] and 20-something kids at night. – phonohohno, Citysearch
- drinks reasonably priced, there is bocce also. i've always found staff to be friendly and accomodating [sic] as well. – browneyedgirl73, Citysearch
- you walk in and feel instantly at home and the bocce ball courts are an awesome thing. its for grownups. i dont mean your mom & dad but even they wouldnt feel too out of place there – knockouted, New York