Brothers Ben, Seth and Mike Wiley are no strangers to Brooklyn beer bars. In 2006, the boys opened Bar Great Harry in Carol Gardens, a 20-tap joint that quickly became the late-night spot for local hopheads. Geeky masterpiece The Owl Farm and the laid back, airy Mission Dolores followed, both now integral parts of Park Slope’s ample craft beer scene. In 2013, the brothers ventured east, seeing potential in a dark, neglected storefront on a shadowy stretch of Franklin Avenue in Bed-Stuy.
Nestled beneath the elevated shuttle train is Glorietta Baldy, the neighborhood’s newest craft beer den and best-kept secret. Behind fogged windows and witty sandwich board scrawl, this narrow storefront bar serves up creative cocktails, a menu of smoky, artisanal sausages and a damn fine rotating tap list ranging from unique sours to sessionable staples. A diverse crowd perches at the central bar or settles into a candlelit booths, reading, chatting and sipping to the tune of the old school pinball machine’s comforting “cha-ching.” The décor is fittingly minimal – exposed brick, strings of twinkling Christmas lights and a few hip prints of bicycles adorn the walls (a nod to the bar’s New Mexico bike trail namesake). No TVs here, but a monthly beer trivia night, solid tunes on the hi-fi and the friendliest bartenders in New York City keep the people entertained.
Glorietta Baldy is one of those rare gems that manages to have both a well-curated, interesting beer list and a warm, unpretentious atmosphere – a real tribute to the owners’ broad expertise in all things beer and Brooklyn. Consider this one yet another home run for Team Wiley.
Glorietta Baldy is located at 502 Franklin Ave. at Fulton St. Closest subway is the Franklin Avenue shuttle train (S)