The Global Barfly’s Companion #9: 61 Local

The Global Barfly’s Companion #9 by Kristin Maffei

Bar: 61 Local

Location: 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

P1020707Book to Bring: Stop Wanting by Lizzie Harris.

stop wantingIt’s a gutting read, and also her book launch in March 2014 was the first time your humble correspondent every visited the establishment.

61 local nightWhy Writers Love It: This Boerum Hill public house has it all: affordable craft beers, coffee, plenty of seating, wifi, and even an upstairs event space where they host readings and meet-ups.

BeersTheir communal seating is ideal for writing groups and you’re almost guaranteed a spot if you’re on your own.

61 Local interiorThe super-friendly staff has no problem letting you sit with your computer plugged into their outlets for hours. They open at 7 AM on weekdays if you’re searching for a pre-work spot to grab a pastry and some coffee and get some work done. If you’re looking for some delicious grub to keep your brain moving, 61 Local lives up to its name and serves local delicacies from such nearby spots as Brooklyn Brine, Hot Bread Kitchen, and the Bronx Baking Co.

MustachePlus, the mirror in the bathroom has a mustache cut out of it so you can pretend you are Edgar Allen Poe while you wash your hands.

61 Local Kristin Mustache Caveat Emptor: If you’re going for just a beer, bring cash. There’s a $20 credit card minimum.


Kristin Maffei

Kristin Maffei is a poet and copywriter living in New York City. Her work has been featured in Works & Days, Mount Hope Journal, and Underwater New York. For more information, visit

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