Mission Dolores may not be a destination, but for a neighborhood bar, it's just fine. In the bit of Brooklyn just short of Park Slope yet not Gowanus, the self-proclaimed "weird beer bar at 4th and Carroll" isn't all that weird. It has its quirky charms though mainly the fact that what was once an auto shop is now an expansive courtyard where sticky summer nights can be spent drinking local brews and watching neighborhood dogs flirt. The owners, also of Bar Great Harry's in Carroll Gardens, "know it's getting old to brag about reclaimed shit, but we really went bananas." Secondhand pinball machines and well worn wooden tables are quickly crowded even during the week, and though there's no food -- box up some Two Boots slices or strawberry pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds -- there are plenty of draught beers, shots of Fernet with Grolsch chasers and wasabi Bloody Marys that arguably could constitute dinner. Named for the old San Francisco neighborhood, Mission Dolores has only been open since April, but the bathroom walls are already inked with condemnations and odes ("Welcome to the ample hills / Park Slope 'til death"). Maybe not 'til death, but we could wile away an afternoon or two.  

Mission Dolores
249 4th Ave.
Brooklyn
(718) 399-0099
missiondoloresbar.com