You won't find shocks and struts behind the counter as the old Monroe sign over this Brooklyn institution's door implies, but for taking the edge off a tough week in the Big Apple, few places are better equipped for tune and service than Bar Matchless in Greenpoint, NYC.
Billdozer stumbled upon Bar Matchless in 2007 at an impromptu pre-party for Gypsy Run I. Manhattanite and ChopCult member Greaser Mike gave Bill the tour of the burrough surrounding the Matchless that evening, and a base camp for serious wanderlust was born. Last month Bill reacquainted me with his favorite Brooklyn watering hole, and I too was hooked.
Apparently, we are not alone. The ownership of Bar Matchless established their restaurant and cocktail lounge as the preeminent place for potent potables for the two-wheeled set years ago, and its legend has only been burnished by time.
The building itself once housed an auto repair shop, and its space for live music is separated from the sidewalk by an imposing metal gate that looks like it could have protected the Matchless motorcycle factory in the 1950's. A copper bar winds around the interior's epicenter, and is flanked on two walls by booths and tables. A secluded third space hosts foosball and billiard tables for the sports-minded, and a kitchen behind that serves comfort food and hearty bar fare until 3:00 a.m.
Nightly entertainment at Matchless Bar runs the gamut, with Moto Monday being a favorite among Brooklyn's chopper set. Old biker flicks backed with music from DJ Casey Block are a good way to shake off the cobwebs from a cloudy weekend of riding and drinking. If that doesn't kickstart your heart, there's Heavy Metal Parking Lot Karaoke on Wednesdays, and of course live music from area bands every Friday and Saturday night. Suffice it to say you won't leave hungry, thirsty or bored after a night at Bar Matchless.
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