Saturday, November 29, 2008

Franklin Park's Winter Palace

Franklin Park, the beer garden that arrived on St. John's and Franklin this April (to the delight of the young, hip set in Crown Heights and bloggers everywhere), has expanded to house more revelers as gardens grow cold and frozen-over. Their "indoor annex" (with more square footage than their original indoor space, by a long shot) opened off their courtyard last week (photos here, as well as the before-and-after shots of the converted garage), and the space is great. The entrance is a clever door-within-a-door that utilizes the original garage fixtures and will likely open wide in the summertime. The bar, tucked into the corner, is a quarter-circle topped with a polka-dotted pattern, and next to it is a legitimate fireplace. The seating is cozy booths and few tables that are placed on either side of the big main room, leaving the central space open for milling or dancing (and there will be dancing--a raised platform houses another booth and a DJ booth, where a bearded fellow was spinning a killer mix of funk and soul last night). For those not inclined to dance, the path to the bathrooms takes you through a games room, complete with foosball, Big Buck Hunter, and the biggest treat, skeeball (9 balls for a buck--after a few beers, I could see myself spending approximately $27 on skee-ball).

If you're looking for an excuse to check out the improvements (not that you need one), First Saturdays will now feature Brooklyn DJ Little Shalimar on the 1s and 2s.

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