Bars We Love: Tap into local beer at Matt Torrey’s!

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What it is: An elegant and casual hideaway (think candlelight and frozen pizzas) nestled between the Graham Ave. and Grand St. L train stations.

Why we love it: Matt Torrey’s balances quieting down and turning up among the late 20s to mid-30s set in East Williamsburg and Bushwick. Whether you’re in the mood for a slow-sipped cocktail or a few frothy pints, Matt Torrey’s has your back.

The bar boasts 15 New York State craft beers on tap along with a variety of bottles and cans, food until 3am (meat and cheese plates, pressed sandwiches) and sleek decor that’s good for a meeting, a date or a group outing. Wooden accents lend to the sophisticated atmosphere, with floors made of antique oak reclaimed from a 100-year-old Virginia farm house and floor-to-ceiling windows providing a corner view of the street where no one’s looking in.

What to order: On tap, you’re likely golden with a Sixpoint, Empire or Southern Tier–the draft selection features new brews from around the state, so you’ll want to check the menu for the latest offerings. A worldly bottle selection includes several Hitachino ales hailing from Ibaraki, Japan and Innis & Gunn’s Oak-Aged Ale from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Regular tip: The bar serves free bagels on Saturdays and Sundays, along with $4 bloody Mary’s and mimosas.


Voted Best Beer Bar in Brooklyn

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Voted Best Beer Bar in Brooklyn by L Magazine in 2012, Matt Torrey's serves 20 craft beers (most of them from New York State) on draft, and over 20 more in bottles and cans.

The rustic, elegant tavern has a 30 foot-long ash bar, tin ceilings, a 96" screen for sports, giant windows that provide a panoramic view of Bushwick and Ainslie, and occasional live music.

The entire space can be reserved for large parties.

Delicious pressed sandwiches, meat & cheese plates, and salads served daily. Complimentary bagels Saturday and Sunday. 


New York Magazine

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The folks behind favored Brooklyn pubs Harefield Road and the Pencil Factory don't mess with success: Matt Torrey's is a similarly cozy, dimly lit bar with reasonably priced drinks and zero contrivances. The twenty beers on tap mostly hail from New York State (with a few exceptions like Guinness and a draft cider), including a Brewmaster's Reserve from the Brooklyn Brewery. Huge rows of glass windows encasing the main bar room facilitate both people watching and being watched. They also make this place a prime spot for a rainy day camp-out. Observant eyes will notice flat screen TVs hanging high in the room's corners, but fortunately they're turned off most of the time. Behind the enormous bar, a large and even darker back room has even more tables.

— Thayer McClanahan

TimeOut New York

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Craft-beer fans have a mecca in this bar from owner Matt Torrey, where 18 taps dispense brews exclusively from New York State. Familiar labels like Sixpoint Craft Ales, Brooklyn Brewery and Captain Lawrence will be joined by less common upstate brands like Defiant Brewing Company. A small selection of bottled brews from around the world, along with a handful of wines and spirits, are also available. The window-lined space includes a back room, where sports fans will find a 96-inch screen and projector destined to show championship-league soccer games, including the World Cup.

Bar of the Week: Matt Torrey's

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Matt Torrey's ears are burning. Opening a bar named after yourself (first AND last -- he doesn't mess around) will do that to you, especially when the buzz has it that Harefield Road and the Pencil Factory are close cousins. After a combined 12 years of tending bar at both neighborhood favorites, Torrey teamed up with owners John Berminghamand Sean O'Rourke for his own piece of the Brooklyn bar pie. On a strip of Bushwick Avenue otherwise known for its rolling tumbleweed problem, Matt Torrey's certainly fills a need, even with the proximity of Harefield Road, just around the corner. Like its brethren, MT's has a comfortably rustic vibe, meaning wood, lots of wood. The oak floors were reclaimed from a 100+ -year-old Virginia farmhouse, and the bar and the columns behind it are a dark, lustrous ash. When the nights get warmer, the huge windows that run the entire length of one wall and half of another, will provide that al fresco feeling we all seem to enjoy when we have a drink in hand. Those who'd prefer that drink to be a beer and local at that, are in luck. Out of 20 taps, 18 come from NY state breweries like Butternuts, Defiant, Southern Tier, and Lake Placid, with some local locals like Brooklyn and Sixpoint thrown in for good measure (Guinness and Blackthorn Cider are the two odd taps out). A month or so will bring toasted sandwiches and simple bar snacks, and all will be well with the world.