Sidecar x Excelsior
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Slide into a narrow booth or pull up a stool for a cocktail and comfort food at Sidecar in South Slope, Brooklyn. The bar, lit by hanging Edison bulbs, offers a stripped-down retro vibe. From the red ceiling to the brick walls and chalkboard menu, you’ll be able to get cozy in no time. The menu further indulges your sense of nostalgia, offering American comfort food staples like fried chicken, gumbo, and a cheeseburger. Stay for dessert—the cobbler will remind you of that old-timey Americana that denoted class, style, and a touch of home.
A staple of the Brooklyn and NYC bar scene, Excelsior first opened in 1999 as part of owner Richard Kennedy and Mary Nayden’s mission to create an extension of everyone’s living rooms. Having gained notice from New York media staples (The Village Voice, New York Magazine, etc.), this laid back gay bar has expanded since its inception. Now sprawled across two floors and a small patio, its colorful interiors, and contemporary décor make it feel like a mini club, though it still maintains a neighborhood vibe that was part of its original appeal. Whether you’re looking for beer or liquor, Excelsior has it all—including service with a smile.
560 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
563 5th Avenue, Brooklyn