Situated in the hot Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, this beer hall opened in 2014. It has an obligatory list of microbrews. But don’t miss the cocktail list with drinks like a rye hot toddy, and gingerbread punch. Patrons gather around hipster-approved long communal tables. Three food stalls give patrons options ranging from tacos to barbeque.
In their effort to get established as a gathering place in the community, Berg’n advertises the face that people can gather and watch major sporting events, like the Olympics with sound. On a daily basis, the hall sees local gatherings and card games organically develop. The owners, Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby, already have two other successful Brooklyn ventures – Brooklyn Flea – an appropriately named flea market, and Smorgasburg – also a clever moniker for a mega food hall. The duo operates Berg’n with a unique rental model for it’s vendors. Instead of paying monthly rent, they pay a set portion of their revenue. This model allows vendors more flexibility, and there is more host investment in their success.
For couples who like the industrial style architecture, Berg’n offers a variety of venue options. The private room offers 1,000 of space perfect for a smaller reception, or perhaps a wedding shower, rehearsal dinner, or post-wedding party. The outdoor courtyard provides a great space for your cocktail hour. Renting the full hall allows for 250 seated guests.
This is a time when couples are increasingly looking for alternative wedding venues, either for budgetary reasons, or for the sake of expressing their own personalities. And it’s not just about being different, it’s about being a part of a community, and having your life’s celebrations within that community. Berg’n stands out as a new venue option in Brooklyn that satisfies both of those goals with is community focus, modern appeal, and unique style.