Canal Bar

Canal Bar

Dive Bar$$$$
Gowanus, Brooklyn
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    Melody G.
    "Great bartenders and free popcorn and movies in the backyard!"(9 Tips)
    Andrew C.
    "Super cheap and chill dive bar..."(3 Tips)
    Mike W.
    "Fresh beer on tap!"(4 Tips)
    J Crowley
    "Great dive bar with an outdoor space"(5 Tips)
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  • WillMcDheart icon on user image
    WillMcDAugust 14, 2015
    A gem of a dive bar! Free pop corn and High Lifes for days. Also, outdoor space in the back
  • J Crowleyheart icon on user image
    J CrowleyAugust 13, 2015
    Great dive bar with an outdoor space, free popcorn and overhead dim lighting to make you feel like you're in a hip Indy flick.
  • ⚠️Macro E.
    Went there on a Saturday afternoon after waiting for a table at the bbq spot down the street. Best idea ever. Very friendly place with decent prices in a great part of Bk.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistFebruary 5, 2015
    We've been told this Gowanus dive, named after the neighborhood's most charmingly toxic attribute, can be "downright scary." But, hey, that's the real price you pay for a cheap draft, right? Read more
  • Alex S.heart icon on user image
    Alex StillFebruary 11, 2023
    The Fisherman’s Stew is one of the best things you can eat. But all the seafood is top level. Shrimp and Grits is the only good thing I’ve ever said about brunch. Ever.
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyMay 12, 2015
    If you're here, you were probably drinking something else beforehand, so the free popcorn is even more necessary.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew COctober 15, 2018
    Super cheap and chill dive bar... free popcorn with plenty of seasonings to choose from!!
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannNovember 20, 2020
    Great dive bar by the canal - good for cheap drinks and long and languid late night conversations.
  • Fitz H.heart icon on user image
    Fitz HaileMay 29, 2013
    Cool dive bar. Nice vibe. Outside patio. 3-legged dog, Auggie.
  • Melody G.heart icon on user image
    Melody GambinoNovember 13, 2014
    Free popcorn, trivia on Wednesdays and movies in the summer on Sundays at this dog friendly bar
  • Traci S.
    Traci S.April 6, 2013
    Awesome sauce! How can you not like a place with free popcorn?! And the long island iced teas are strong as all hell.
  • Brendan B.
    Brendan BilkoSeptember 23, 2012
    Chicago dogs at halftime -- yes, Vienna Beef and S. Rosen buns -- make this a must for any Bears fan on Sundays.
  • Larry M.
    Larry MitchellApril 14, 2011
    Beware the hipsters that come to "be real" here....other than that, great place, good beers, nothing fancy, nice people, good music...great place to just have a beer
  • Mell P.
    Mell PerlingDecember 14, 2014
    Best dive bar popcorn in town. Bells two hearted on tap. 70s rock on the radio.
  • Peter G.heart icon on user image
    Peter GerardJanuary 28, 2019
    Nice vibe, reasonably priced drinks, and free popcorn! 🍻🍿
  • Angeln9nerheart icon on user image
    Angeln9nerApril 13, 2019
    Olde school. Last of, eat the popcorn while you can. Shake your fist at the kids on the lawn. Fuck that manbun bitch. Both meanings.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughAugust 22, 2015
    Great dive bar. Good outdoor space. Miller Hife Life's!!!
  • Liam K.heart icon on user image
    Liam K.January 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic local bar, with karaoke on Mondays!
  • Drinkopoly
    DrinkopolyNovember 11, 2011
    The kind of place where when you walk in with a comp copy of Drinkopoly, everyone looks up from the bar and stares. Get your Drinkopoly on!
  • Mark T.
    Mark TrumpbourAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    It bugs me that this is listed as "Dive Bar." I guess there's no tag for "Neighborhood Institution." Here's my tip: ask for the Triple Crown. Also, 41-01 on the jukebox is a winner every time.
  • James C.heart icon on user image
    James CJune 23, 2015
    Dive bar. But is great for that exact reason. A diamond in the hipster ruff.
  • Melody G.heart icon on user image
    Melody GambinoSeptember 18, 2014
    Great bartenders and free popcorn and movies in the backyard!
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy McCreeAugust 27, 2012
    If I lived in Brooklyn, this would be my home bar hands down.
  • Kiley L.
    Kiley LambertAugust 27, 2011
    Be sure to try the bottle of Bud and Jameson shot special! It us totally awesome!
  • Desiree T.
    Desiree TarantoJanuary 19, 2015
    Karaoke every Monday night 9pm-1am!
  • Kelsey✨
    Kelsey✨March 18, 2018
    Small bar with limited seating, and the bartender wasn’t very nice either
  • Liam K.heart icon on user image
    Liam K.November 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy a stranger a Tullamore Dew and pay it forward!
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca CopelandMay 11, 2013
    The blond chick make a dam good bloody mary!
  • Melody G.heart icon on user image
    Melody GambinoAugust 22, 2014
    Trivia Wednesdays and movies on Sundays!
  • Mo P.
    Mo PitzMay 9, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to Canal Bar and root for your favorite Chicago team! There's a grill available on the outdoor patio making this a rad summer spot... or for tailgating in the fall! Go Bears!
  • Megan G.
    Megan GMay 16, 2013
    Possibly the best dive bar in Brooklyn
  • John W.heart icon on user image
    John WoodsDecember 5, 2015
    My new favorite dive.
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanJuly 24, 2019
    Quite dirty, but very local feel
  • Julian P.heart icon on user image
    Julian PaulSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat on draft while it lasts.
  • Jen J.
    Jen JohnsonAugust 21, 2010
    Best jukebox in town. Edge of the world represent....it's a modern day Tortuga
  • ᴡ E.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ ElliotFebruary 9, 2018
    The best dive
  • Eric B.heart icon on user image
    Eric BaileyJuly 4, 2017
    It's f*^%ing rad. Check it out.
  • Julia W.
    Julia WuAugust 30, 2011
    The $10 beer buckets are filled with mini Bud 'nips'. Adorable.
  • Charlie S.heart icon on user image
    Charlie SneathDecember 17, 2016
    christmas lights
  • Chicago Bears
    Chicago BearsMarch 26, 2012
    Great place to watch Bears games.
  • Casey S.
    Casey SoloffMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Least likely place to meet an attractive woman. Or any woman for that matter.
  • Marcie Q.heart icon on user image
    Marcie QuintanaJune 20, 2015
    From what I remember, the tequila shot was quite nice. Great place to hang with friends after a night of shuffleboard at The Royal Palms.
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DenardoApril 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Backyard and free popcorn, summer times comin!
  • Erik M.
    Erik MichielsenFebruary 16, 2012
    Spot the Super Bowl Shuffle LP
  • Carly A.
    Carly AyresAugust 23, 2014
    Nothing bad has ever happened to me here. Also, popcorn and Jenga.
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon SickApril 4, 2015
    Place rules
  • Mark J.heart icon on user image
    Mark JohnsonApril 12, 2013
    Old school Brooklyn
  • Jonny 6
    Jonny 6August 10, 2012
    test test test test
  • Eric C.
    Eric CancilNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Bears bears bears beers
  • Bill M.heart icon on user image
    Bill Mc BDecember 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bear down!
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