The Evolving Bar Scene on Franklin Ave in Crown Heights

Many of you know that when we moved to Brooklyn almost two years ago we came from the Bronx, where we had limited options to enjoy craft beer. We used to have to travel an hour or so for a good beer bar. No longer! At that point, Franklin Park was the neighborhood place to go. Labeled a “Beer Garden,” it has outdoor and indoor space with two bars and a pretty standard, locally focused craft beer selection.

Since then, Franklin Park has been joined by three new places on Franklin Avenue alone: Barboncino, a wood oven pizza restaurant and bar; The Crown Inn, a beer bar under the same ownership as Franklin Park; and 739 Franklin, a brand new bar that opened at the beginning of April. Here are our assessments of these fine establishments:


A pizza restaurant that doesn’t look like much from the outside, Barboncino’s doors open into what seems like a whole other world of exposed brick walls and wood floors. There’s an entrance for the restaurant and a separate one that leads right to the bar. The food is so good here, we haven’t had a bad meal. We especially enjoy the roasted pepper with burrata appetizer.

As for the beer, we appreciate that it’s mostly locally and seasonally focused, and that we’ve been able to get Brooklyn Chocolate Stout on draft, not a common option.

The Crown Inn

We love the ambiance at the Crown Inn. It seems as though every surface is covered in hard wood or exposed brick and the lighting is low with alternative music coming through the background. A nicely sized back patio recently opened for the warmer months, and about two weeks ago, the Black Tree Sandwich Shop opened inside the bar, offering artisanal sandwiches, charcuterie, farm fresh eggs and snacks.

The beer selection is a good mix of local craft beers and quality imports. There’s always a variety of styles and different drafts to try. Happy hour is from 4 to 8 p.m. every day (including the weekend) and features $4 drafts.

739 Franklin

Our neighborhood’s newest bar, the most distinctive feature of 739 Franklin is its television projector, beaming sports games onto the back wall of the bar, so large you can see it from the street. Oh, and it’s also got a ton of lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling.

We weren’t expecting much by way of craft beer (they have a huge liquor selection) but were pleasantly surprised to find no macros on tap – instead brews from Empire, Kelso, Rare Vos, Ithaca and Sixpoint. Service was excellent here, and they just started serving food. The menu had items such as sliders, paninis, guacamole, hummus and fries.

Yea, we’re pretty happy we moved here.


  1. Beer in culture out. At this rate Franklin ave will be as bland as any college strip in Massachusetts where I come from.

    • Thanks for your response. We think the influx of businesses on Franklin Ave, in this case bars and restaurants, is great for the neighborhood, bringing in many more people and activity.

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