Welsh Charm at Longbow Pub & Pantry

Welsh Charm at Longbow Pub & Pantry

There are plenty of Irish bars in New York City—and no shortage of English bars, too, if you think about it. However, when it comes to Welsh watering holes, the city boasts only one, which just so happens to be down the street from my home in southwest Brooklyn.

Resting on bustling Third Avenue in Bay Ridge, Longbow Pub & Pantry is the type of place where the usual sports fans, with all eyes on the TV for a rousing game of pigskin, are replaced by the equally (if not more so) amped up fans eagerly watching a football—soccer to those yanks out there—match, and where watery basics like Miller and Bud Light are replaced with flavorful suds of the Strongbow Dry Cider, Wells Bombardier Bitter and Sam Smith’s Taddy Porter variety.

Although I’m a fan of UK libations, I have to say the best part about a trip to Longbow is the food. On any given night, patrons can nosh on “across the pond” fare like Shepherd's Pie, Bangers and Mash and Welsh Rarebit—melted aged cheddar cheese infused with beer and spices toasted on thick country white bread. For a different spin on the cheeseburger, opt for the Longbow Burger with Welsh rarebit cheese and bacon. If you can’t make it to Wales, a trip to BK is the next best option.  

 

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