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383 Carroll St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States | (347) 799-2154

This cheerful neighborhood bar takes its seemingly quaint moniker from a tongue-in-cheek nickname for the miry, oil-slicked waters of the nearby Gowanus Canal. There’s a great roster of reasonably-priced beer and wine, inventive cocktails, and solid gastropubby food (the fried brussels sprouts are a fan favorite for a reason), but the real gem is the spacious backyard that makes it ideal for parties, office outings, and other big-group gatherings. Come with a crowd, and don't be dissuaded if there's a hint of chill in the air—the patio fire pit keeps things cozy well into autumn.

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This cheerful neighborhood bar takes its seemingly quaint moniker from a tongue-in-cheek nickname for the miry, oil-slicked waters of the nearby Gowanus Canal. There’s a great roster of reasonably-priced beer and wine, inventive cocktails, and solid gastropubby food (the fried brussels sprouts are a fan favorite for a reason), but the real gem is the spacious backyard that makes it ideal for parties, office outings, and other big-group gatherings. Come with a crowd, and don't be dissuaded if there's a hint of chill in the air—the patio fire pit keeps things cozy well into autumn.