Hot Bird

Brooklyn, NY

From the editor

Spacious, beautiful, a little grimy, and steeped in history, Hot Bird embodies why we love Brooklyn. The outdoor beer garden, with its long picnic benches and glowing fire pit, is just a wall away from the busy lanes of Atlantic Avenue. Streetlights, a rush of traffic, and the overhead doors left over from its days as an auto garage give the outdoor space a feeling of urban desolation and electric energy. Inside, white subway tiles and smooth woodwork provide an elegant contrast with the more industrial décor. Meanwhile, the music is great, the crowd is friendly, and the craft beers on tap are in constant rotation.

Hot Bird lives at the intersection of Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, and Clinton Hill, accessible from the Clinton-Washington C train and a quick walk from the many excellent bars and restaurants on Vanderbilt Ave. In homage to the neighborhoods that claim it, it’s named after a barbeque chicken spot that closed in the ‘90s—but whose signage lives on. Keep an eye tilted skyward if you have a chance to wander nearby. Maybe you’ll spy an original Hot Bird ad, claiming in plain, hand-painted letters on bright yellow brick to serve “THE BEST BAR-B-Q IN NEW YORK. DIAL ‘HOT BIRD’ FOR DELIVERY.” We pity the Queens woman who ended up with the original Hot Bird’s phone number.

Tips

  • Happy hour lasts daily until 8 pm, so you can enjoy $4 drafts, $5 well drinks, and $6 glasses of wine until sundown.
  • Take solace, freelancers: Wifi is free!
  • Order from Little Brother BBQ next door and they’ll bring a chopped pork sandwich or vegetarian sausage right out to your Hot Bird picnic table.